Nov 18, 2020

Mako’s Restaurant: Fresh OBX Seafood and Much More

A Unique Outer Banks Dining Experience

A longtime fixture on the OBX, Mako’s Restaurant is a family-friendly restaurant with offerings to satisfy any palate. From seafood to steaks to a great kids menu and even pizza, restaurant co-owner Mike Kelly says the goal at Mako’s was to bring a wide variety of fresh food to the menu.  Mako’s is open year-round, seven days per week, from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and reservations can be made ahead of time.

“Welcome to the Outer Banks, please enjoy yourself…..if there is anything we can do to improve for your visit please let us know.” 

Customer service is a big part of the success at Mako’s. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the restaurant and the menu. 

A Unique Outer Banks Restaurant ????

Mako’s opened in 1995 on the Outer Banks. The restaurant was named after the mako shark, and they hand out shark’s teeth to children that come through the doors (or grown-ups that are young at heart). One of the first things you’ll notice upon arriving at Mako’s is the fish tank, which is the largest saltwater fish tank on the OBX. You won’t find any sharks in it, though! 

The owners and staff at Mako’s are always on the lookout for new ways to keep their customers happy and coming back.

Mako’s co-owner Mike Kelly has been on the Outer Banks for about 50 years. He is no stranger to the Outer Banks restaurant business. Mike worked at two different restaurants on the OBX before purchasing his first restaurant when he was 35. Throughout the years, he has owned or co-owned several OBX restaurants, including George’s Junction, Kelly’s Restaurant, Pamilico Jack’s, and Mako’s. 

“Customer service, that’s one thing that does not change.” 

Mako's restaurant bar

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry ????????

The big menu at Mako’s has something for everyone. Fresh North Carolina seafood, aged Angus Beef, and woodfired pizzas all are included on the menu. They even have an extensive kids menu for the little ones. 

Mako’s updates the menu on a regular basis, and they always strive to provide a wide variety of choices. Many appetizers and entrees feature locally-sourced Outer Banks seafood, like oysters from Hatteras, shrimp from the Pamlico Sound, and tuna (when it’s in season). When flounder is in season, they have several recommended entrees that feature this fresh local fish.

In addition to fresh OBX seafood, aged Angus steaks and prime rib are also offered. A woodfire oven is available to chef up pizzas, as well as their tasty Wood Oven Baked Oysters Rockefeller. 

The bar menu is just as impressive, with beer, wine, and an assortment of house-specialty cocktails. Refreshing summer cocktail favorites, either frozen or on the rocks, may come garnished with fresh fruit and/or a tiny umbrella. 


Mako's restaurant shark

Events and Catering ????️ 

There are two private dining rooms at Mako’s that may be reserved for private events. The Cove seats 24 people and The Great White Room seats 70 people. In addition, the entire Mako’s restaurant can be reserved for a private event during the off-season with up to 240 people. Thanksgiving dinner is offered at Mako’s, as a specific plated menu, for dine-in or curbside pickup.

Catering is offered via Mako’s sister company, Kelly’s Outer Banks Catering. Prior to the holiday, you may reserve a fully cooked Thanksgiving meal, available for delivery or pickup the day prior to Thanksgiving or the morning of. 

Mako’s famous sweet potato biscuits, either with or without country ham, are a delicacy well-known to visitors and locals throughout the OBX. These tasty biscuits are available for pre-order at Mako’s and Kelly’s Outer Banks Catering. 

COVID Precautions ????

Mako’s thoroughly cleans the restaurant prior to opening and tables are socially distanced. All customers check-in at the door, and the 3 W’s are taken seriously, which includes wearing a mask. 


Stop at Mako’s in the Off-Season ????

Mako’s is located in the heart of Kill Devil Hills, so you’ll pass by on several of our off-season Outer Banks itinerary recommended routes. Stop by for dinner to fuel up after a fun day of exploring the Outer Banks.

Mako's restaurant

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