Seafood by the Sea at Sam & Omie’s Restaurant, a Nags Head Favorite for 70 years

When visiting the beach at Nags Head, NC, make plans to stop by Sam & Omie’s Restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They have been serving up sea-side favorites for more than 70 years and going strong. They offer an impressive menu of fresh seafood, steam bar, as well as burgers, salads, and such.. When we stopped for dinner, we knew this was the place to eat. Locals and tourists alike keep this place hopping. People were comfortably waiting both in the screened in porch and outside on benches when we arrived. After a short 20 minute wait, we were ready to eat.

Sam & Omie’s Restaurant Review

If you are looking for a fun, casual, family-friendly restaurant that serves up great seafood with non-seafood options, Sam & Omie’s is for you. Located in Nags Head, NC, it is centrally located for all OBX fun, including Jennette’s Pier across the street. The atmosphere is light and friendly, perfect for dining as a family.

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With the recommendation of our waitress, we started our meal off with a Basket of Fried Veggies. This is a customer favorite and we soon found out why when the huge basket of crispy, breaded veggies of cauliflower, zucchini, and okra arrived. Each was perfectly breaded and served crisp and hot. The house-made ranch dressing was the perfect accompaniment. My kids especially gobbled up the okra, which they had never had before!

picture of Sam & Omies Basket of Fried Veggies
Sam & Omies Basket of Fried Veggies

The menu had an abundance of seafood options. I’ve never seen so many seafood sandwich options before including shrimp burger, tuna steak sandwich, fried oyster sandwich, crabcake sandwich and more. Their dinner menu included all sorts of seafood too, soft shell crab, scallops, tuna steak, large shrimp, crabcakes, oysters, platters, and more. For non-seafood lovers, you can enjoy ribeye steak, North Carolina styel BBQ, chickens,burgers, salads, and more.

My kids split an order of Crispy Fried Chicken Breast Tenders with fries and apple sauce. Although there is no kid’s menu, they will split a meal with no problem. As you can see in the picture below, one meal is plenty for  kids.  My kids enjoyed the crispy, juicy chicken and fries. The fries were especially good, it was almost as if they were double fried, they were extra hot and crispy.

picture of Sam & Omies Chicken Tenders and Fries
Sam & Omie's Chicken Tenders and Fries

I really enjoy good shrimp, especially fried. However, since we had fried veggies, I opted for a little healthier broiled shrimp. It was a great choice, the shrimp was plump and tender and way more than I could eat. For my sides, I enjoyed fresh steamed veggies with a sprinkling of cheese on top and hearty, rustic mashed potatoes. The cornbread made the meal complete. In fact, I could have eaten that moist, sweet cornbread until my stomach hurt, it was sooo good.

picture of Sam & Omie's Large Broiled Shrimp Dinner
Sam & Omie's Large Broiled Shrimp Dinner

My husband generally always opts for a healthier option when we dine out. Today was no exception, he order the daily special of Grilled tuna over a mixed green salad served with cucumber wasabi dressing. He said it was a very fresh tasting salad with the wasabi dressing giving an interesting, extra kick to surprise the taste buds. The tuna was fresh and hearty.

picture of Sam & Omies Grilled Tuna over a Mixed Green Salad
Sam & Omie's Grilled Tuna over a Mixed Green Salad

Make plans to add Sam & Omie’s Restaurant to your OBX vacation itinerary.

Sam & Omie’s Restaurant
7228 S Virginia Dare Trail (16-1/2 mile post)
Nags Head, NC
(252) 441-7366


7228 S Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959


This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Sam & Omie’s Restaurant who provided the dinner for review.

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