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.

Chicks, Cats & Puppies

Seasoned and fried cuts of NC catfish and chicken tenders and our sweet hushpuppies served with classic tartar, jamaican tartar and boomboom sauce

Duck Potstickers

Six steamed and seared potstickers with peking duck meat on a bed of seaweed salad topped with seasame seeds and served with soy ginger and Thai chili sauce

Shrimp Cocktail

The classics never die! Keep it simple with steamed jumbo shrimp rimming a martini glass of cocktail sauce

Fried Bangers & Mash

Real Irish bangers served next to fried loaded mashed potato balls and served with spicy dijon mustard, spicy butter and HP sauce

Just the Chips

Freshly fried tri-color tortilla chips served with salsa, guacamole and queso cheese sauce

Drunken Mussels

A giant bowl of steamed mussels drinking up white wine infused with garlic broth and served with toasted bread

Tuna Poke

Sushi grade Ahi Tuna cut to scooping size, tossed in our Thai chili bacon aioli and served on a bed of seaweed salad and fried wontons

Cajun Seafood Dip

Crab and shrimp make up this creamy seafood delight served with fresh tortilla chips

Pretzel Dippers

An OWG classic! Pretzel nuggets browned to perfection and served with house cheese sauce


Mixed lettuce, onion, shaved carrot, tomato, cucumber, cheddar cheese and croutons


Crisp romaine tossed in OWG caesar dressing and topped with shaved parmesan cheese and croutons


Shredded lettuce, roasted corn, crispy tortilla strips, red onion, tomato, peppers, cilantro, black olives, cheddar and chipotle ranch

She Crab Bisque

Creamy crab bisque meets sherry wine in this house favorite soup made with fresh claw meat and just the right amount of seasoning

Soup de Jour

Our chef has traveled the world over and has taken that knowledge to bring new soups to delight your taste buds, ask your server what he is whipping out today and brace yourself for a flavor overload

Tuna Trifecta

Cold smoked seared sushi grade tuna, OWG tuna poke and grilled tuna cakes served with kale slaw, seaweed salad and dips

Mandarin Shrimp Salad

Seasoned shrimp and crispy chicken atop a chopped lettuce blend with mandarin oranges, red onions, baby corn, carrots and chow mein

Spicy Pineapple Lo Mein

Grilled shrimp, grilled chicken and spicy pineapple mixed in with purple cabbage, bok choy, baby corn, and red and green onion in lo mein noodles

Orange Shrimp Stir Fry

Shrimp and chicken lightly breaded, tossed in a zangy zesty orange sauce, thrown into a wok with Asian veggies and served atop a bed of white rice

General Tso Shrimp Stir Fry

Lightly breaded shrimp and chicken tossed in a sauce so good they made it a General, served with Asian veggies and white rice


Your choice of fried shrimp or chicken with three flour tortillas, sided with kale slaw, rice, beans, cheese and house pico de gallo

Chipotle Pesto

Pasta done the south of the boarder way: Grilled seasoned shrimp with flavor packed chorizo sausage, all sitting on pasta tossed in a southwest chipotle cream sauce

Seafood Quesadilla

Grilled shrimp and scallops folded together in a flour tortilla with cheddar cheese, tomato, onion, and cilantro, served with kale slaw, plus sour cream and salsa on the side

Veggie Quesadilla

Diced season veggies done up in our southwest seasoning and placed in a flour tortilla along with onion, tomato, beans and cilantro, sided with salsa sour cream and kale slaw

Shrimp Pastalaya

The well traveled pasta who got a hangover, err layover, in Louisiana and learned about the seasoning trinity and love of gulf-grilled shrimp, along with what beads mean...shh

Shrimp & Grits

Sauteed NC shrimp with andouille sausage, tomato, onion and pepper, all in a Creole cream sauce over cheesy corn grits

Fish Fry Trifecta

Double-breaded catfish nuggets, battered shrimp and dusted scallops sided with Creole-seasoned french quarter fries, hushpuppies and kale slaw with Cajun dipping sauces

Creole Tuna Salad

Small cuts of tuna seared and blackened with OWG Creole seasoning loaded with house-cut veggies and tossed in Italian dressing

Thick Cut Ribeye

16 oz. ribeye steak cooked to order and served with red skinned mashers, sauteed veggies and corn on the cob for that pop

Crab Mac 'n Cheese

Fresh crab claw meat, sharp cheddar, grilled bacon, onion and tomato all thrown in with elbow pasta in our house cheese sauce and served toasty with a cover of panko breading

Spicy Pineapple Cordon Bleu

Grilled chicken with sliced ham and spicy pineapple, drizzled with queso cheese and topped with crispy bacon on a bed of mashed potatoes, served with season veggies

Fresh, Local Fish

Get any of our freshly caught fish selections with either cous cous and veggies or atop a Caesar salad
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Two half racks of smoked baby back ribs smothered in our chipotle BBQ sauce and served on a mountain of fries with a side of kale slaw

Mixed BBQ

Grilled shrimp served with a half rack of baby back ribs on a pile of french fries with a side of kale slaw

Fish & Chips

A pound of fried seasoned flounder on a bed of golden french fries with a side of kale slaw

Bangers & Mash

A pound of Irish bangers atop hot sauerkraut and served with loaded mashed potatoes, seasonal veggies and stout mustard

Irish Seafood Pasta

Scallops and shrimp seasoned and tossed with corned beef before being mixed with creamy five-cheese elbow pasta

Chicken Parmesan

Hand-cut chicken seasoned, breaded and fried with aged Parmesan, four-cheese blend, fresh pasta and chunky OWG tomato sauce

Surf & Turf Alfredo

Four cheeses weren't enough so we threw in a fifth to make this alfredo over the top delicious, with turf options of beef or chicken and either shrimp or scallops

Shrimp Pesto

Seasoned shrimp, Italian sausage, fresh-cut peppers, tomato and onion all meet the sizzle of hot olive oil before being tossed with our pesto pasta

Seafood Pescatore

Mussels and clams share the show in this dish with onion pepper and tomato all tossed in creamy scampi pasta

Surf & Turf Caesar

Fresh romaine tossed in our house caesar with aged parmesan, grilled shrimp and chicken

Shrimp Pounder

Pound of shrimp seasoned and boiled with andouille, corn on the cob and red potato, served with kale slaw

Shellfish Bowl

Half pound of each shrimp, clams and mussels boiled up just like the others and served with kale slaw

Mussels & Clam Boil

A pound of mussels meets a pound of clams in this pot coupled with andouille, corn on the cob and red potato