Open Water Grill: Hatteras Restaurant Avon NC


Fine dining doesn’t mean there’s no room for fun. Who says you can’t feast on filet mignon while in board shorts? Not us, that’s for sure. Open Water Grill tries to offer an experience that’s a little different from other Hatteras restaurants, and just a glimpse through our menu reflects that. We keep our kitchen stocked with fresh ingredients, and we try to use as many of them as possible in our dishes. The best way to describe it is a fusion of Oriental gourmet with coastal grill fare that’s been taken to the next level. What exactly does that mean? We’re so glad you asked! No self-respecting Hatteras restaurant can resist drawing from Outer Banks influences to craft appetizers like Oyster Shooters and entrees like crab mac and cheese and locally caught Asian ginger tuna. But dinner is just the tip of the iceberg! Our signature drinks are made to order, using fresh fruit and only the best spirits to create colorful and mighty tasty concoctions. Let’s say you’ve finished your dinner and are enjoying the final sips of your drink; now’s obviously the time to head for dessert. Our baker is also head of the Scratchmade Snackery and has pulled out all the stops to build the World’s Ugliest Chocolate Cake featuring three different types of chocolate, fudge and two varieties of chocolate frosting — and that's in addition to our other mouthwatering desserts. Or combine the best of both worlds with our 21+ Desserts like the Chocolate Lover’s Margarita. But don’t just take our word for it. Take a browse now to learn more about our offerings. Our menu items’ descriptions are simply an entertaining read. And we doubt that even the pickiest of eaters will be able to resist stopping by.

Salmon Sandwich

Blackened salmon with lettuce, tomato, onion and remoulade sauce.

Clam Sandwich

Fried clam strips topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and house Boom Boom sauce.

Fish Sandwich

Our succulent white fish fried golden brown with lettuce, tomato, onion and tartar sauce.

Chicken Sandwich

Delicious chicken breast fried and topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo.

Crab Sandwich

House made crab balls fried and topped with lettuce, tomato and onion, served with remoulade sauce.

Fried BLT

Thick-cut fried tomato slices with lettuce, heaps of bacon bits and mayo.

Shrimp Sandwich

Shrimp poppers topped with remoulade sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion.

Mahi Sandwich

Fried Mahi Mahi strips covered in lettuce, tomato, onion and our delicious Boom Boom sauce.

Classic Cheese

Hand-pattied burger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and melted cheese.

Sriracha Blue

Hand-pattied burger covered in blue cheese with fried onion and sriracha cream sauce.

Chipotle BBQ

Hand-pattied burger with melted cheese under a pile of fried onions and bacon bits all topped with chipotle BBQ sauce.

Ginger Tuna

Diced tuna lightly seared and sided with kale slaw, coconut rice, pico de gallo and cheese. With ginger soy sauce.

Classic Taco

Grilled Mahi Mahi with kale slaw, pico de gallo, coconut rice and cheese. With chimichurri.

Shrimp Taco

Grilled shrimp with kale slaw, pico de gallo, coconut rice and cheese. With chimichurri.

Steak Taco

Grilled filet mignon sliced thin and served with romaine lettuce, pico de gallo, coconut rice and cheese. With sour cream.

Fried Catfish

Fried catfish nuggets with kale slaw, pico de gallo, coconut rice and cheese. With Boom Boom sauce.

Salmon Thai Teriyaki

Grilled teriyaki salmon with kale slaw, pico de gallo, coconut rice and cheese. With Thai teriyaki sauce.

Clam Strip

Fried clam strips with kale slaw, pico de gallo, coconut rice and cheese. With Boom Boom sauce.

Fried Pickle Spears

Fried pickle spears served with a side of remoulade sauce.


A large side of our hushpuppies with butter.

Loaded Cheese Fries

A basket of french fries topped with cheese sauce, onion, tomato and bacon.

Pretzel Dippers

A dozen pretzel bites served with cheese sauce.

She Crab Soup

Creamy and delicious.

Clam Chowder

Hearty and chunky

Side House Salad

Spring mix, tomato, onion, cheese, cucumber and croutons.

Side Caesar Salad

Romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese and croutons.

Caesar Catch

Fresh catch filet laid down on a classic caesar salad.

Asian Mandarin Chicken Salad

Grilled chicken, mandarin oranges, carrots, spring onions and Asian noodles, tossed in poppy seed dressing.

Life Salad

Packed full of goodness with strawberries, blueberries, blue cheese crumbles, shaved almonds and raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

Catfish Basket

A pile of golden brown catfish nuggets with your choice of french fries or hush puppies.

Fried Shrimp Basket

Fried shrimp poppers sided with french fries or hush puppies.

Sea Scallop Basket

Succulent sea scallops fried up golden brown and sere with you choice of french fries or hush puppies.

Fish & Chips

Fried flounder piled atop a mountain of french fries.

Crab Popper Basket

House crab poppers fried golden brown and served with french fries or hush puppies.

Chicken Strip

Fried chicken breast strips atop a bed of french fries or hush puppies.

Clam Strip

Fried clams piled high with french fries or hush puppies.

Fried Mahi Basket

Fried Mahi Mahi strips sided with french fried or hush puppies.

Quesadilla Basket

Three flour tortillas stuffed with cheese blend, bacon and pico de gallo, served with french fries or hush puppies.

Fresh Catch Dinner

An Open Water Grill classic. Your choice of any of our fresh catch fish options with sides of our delicious couscous and seasonal veggies. Check out the chalkboard or ask your server for today's options.
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Fried Trifecta

Take our fried clam strips, catfish nuggets and fried shrimp and side them with kale slaw and your choice of french fries or hush puppies.

Asian Platter

Three shrimp dumplings, duck potstickers and eggrolls on a bed of seaweed salad with rice.

Mixed Grill

Grilled fillet mignon sided with grilled shrimp, seasonal veggies and french fries.

Chicken Parmesan Platter

Chicken breast coated and fried in our panko Parmesan breading, topped with melted cheese sauce and served with french fries and veggies.

Tuna Platter

Diced tuna loin tossed in bacon Thai chili, served with fried wontons and rice.

Coconut Rice


Hush Puppies


French Fries


French Fries


Kale Slaw


Seasonal Veggies




World's Ugliest Chocolate Cake

This delight contains the 3 major dessert food groups: milk chocolate, Swiss chocolate, and dark chocolate. With so much chocolate goodness on one plate, you can clearly see we had no time to make her pretty! It's what's on the inside that counts!

Key Lime Pie

Our bartenders have perfected the art of turning fresh fruit into amazing drinks. Well, they had a meeting with our snooty chefs and a key lime pie was born! It won't be pretty to look at, but your fork will be so happy you ordered it. Giant and able to be shared, but you will regret it!

Cheese Cake

Okay, here it is. We said we would never have one on the menu, but the OWG scientists have figured out a way to make a cheese cake arrive at your table and not be a sliver of what you really want. The formula is simple: Take the normal restaurant portion of cheese cake and multiply it by a factor of two. Unlike the repair of NC Highway 12, this project is ahead of schedule and offered at half the price. Note: While flavors may vary, the result will be smiles for miles!

There's a new baker in the building!

We've brought in a new baker, the head of Scratchmade Snackery in Hatteras, to handle all of our desserts, all made from scratch using fresh ingredients. Ask your server about any dessert specials available today. Trust us, you won't regret it!

Champagne & Berries

A pleasant glass of our Kenwood Cuvee with fresh berries. Keep it simple, light and fresh!

Guinness Float

Guinness Stout served in a frosty mug with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream and then drizzled in chocolate syrup. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

Chocolate Lover's Margarita

Patron Silver Tequila, Creme de Cocoa, fresh cream, strawberry puree, and a little squeeze of chocolate syrup. There is nothing wrong with having this cocktail before your dinner!


Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Pepsi, 7-Up, Mountain Dew, RC Cola, Cheerwine, IBC Root Beer, IBC Cream Soda, Stewart's Key Lime Soda, Stewart's Black Cherry, Orange Nehi, Grape Nehi, Shirley Temple, YooHoo.


Fresh lemonade, fresh iced tea, fresh juice, Arnold Palmer, milk, coffee


San Pelligrino, Aqua Panna

Cheerwine Float

Cheerwine wild cherry cola served over a scoop ice cream. Fountain Style.

IBC Root Beer

The best root beer in the business with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Fountain style.