Hatteras Inlet at dawn. Photo by Peter Vankevich

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Peak visitor season has wound down. Here is an breakdown of openings and closings for the next several months. Any Ocracoke businesses wishing to post their seasonal information, send a note to info@ocracokeobserver.com. 

Open year round:
(but will close for about 20 days in February)
Magic Bean Coffee Bazaar
Ocracoke Bar & Grille
Ocracoke Station
Ocracoke Oyster Co.
Zillie’s Island Pantry

The following two establishments are planning Thanksgiving buffets:

 Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Noon to 4 pm. Taking orders for pumpkin pecan pie until Nov 16.
Gaffer’s. Noon until 5 p.m.

Other Food & Drink activities:

Zillie’s Island Pantry, Monday to Thursday: 1 to 7:30 p.m.; Friday to Sunday: 1 to 8 p.m.
Wine Tastings, 6 p.m. on Nov. 22 and 24. Reservations required.
  Special event: Thanksgiving Wine Dinner at the Berkley Manor, Nov. 25.
Annual Open House: Nov. 26, noon to 6 pm. Complimentary spiced apple cider, hot mulled wine, holiday treats and secret surprise savings.  For details and reservations, visit zillies.com, or call 252-928-9036.

1718 Brewing Ocracoke: Grand Opening scheduled in November. Watch online for details. Oyster Roast with a special brewed oyster stout Nov 21. Expect some pop up entertainment and food events during the month. Open weekends for most of the winter.

The Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Association 12th Annual Oyster Roast, Shrimp Steam and Seafood Stew Fundraiser,  Saturday, Dec. 30

Jolly Roger:
closed for the season.
Fig Tree/Sweet Tooth: closed for the season.
Dajio: closed for the season.
Howard’s Pub: closed for the season
Flying Melon: Nov. 4 or 10, depending on weather.
The Back Porch Restaurant: Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday the first two weekends in November. Closed for season: Nov. 12.
The Pony Island Restaurant: closing late November.
Jason’s Restaurant: open through Thanksgiving weekend, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 8:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day.  Re-opens on Valentine’s Day
The Fudge & Ice Cream Shop:  Closing Nov. 10 or 11
The Slushy Stand: Nov. 26.
Ocracoke Coffee Co.: Noon, Nov. 26.
Thai Moon and School Road Deli: open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 8 pm. Thanksgiving week: open Monday through Wednesday; closed Thanksgiving Day, then open for the rest of the weekend. TBD beyond Dec 3.
SmacNally’s: Open through Thanksgiving weekend.
Sorella’s: open until the end of December from Thursday through Sunday. Open daily during Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks.


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  1. 4 off us went to the Pirate Jam 2 years ago. Beautiful time of year to visit the Outer Banks We had a great time but were really disappointed that so many of the restaurants were closed. Would love to come again, enjoy the hospitality and bounty of Ocracoke with a few more dining options and events. I think is an amazing way to ‘close the season’ and bring a little more revenue before the slow season. Looking forward to the next one.

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