The Black Pelican Oceanfront Restaurant is located directly across from the beach at Mile Post 4 in Kitty Hawk! The Black Pelican originally served as historic Lifesaving Station # 6 which was constructed in 1874. Station #6 and its crew served to provide aid for boats and their crews that were stranded along the oceanfront. The building also served as an active weather bureau. The Wright Brothers used information garnered by the weather bureau to plan their experimental flights. In 1903, after their successful First Flight, the Wright Brothers sent the telegraph announcement from Station # 6.
The Black Pelican is open year round serving lunch and dinner. We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas day, so that our employees can enjoy time with their families . In addition to our menu we serve delicious lunch and dinner specials. Fresh seafood, steaks, vegetarian dishes, sandwiches and wood oven pizzas are some of the items offered on our menu. The Black Pelican also has a menu designed just for kids. We have comfortable dining rooms that will accommodate dinner for two or 22. Lunch and dinner are served at our full service bar, along with some local color.
Private parties are welcome depending on availability. Catering services for weddings and other special events are our specialty.
Don’t just take our word for it! Read some customer reviews:
“I have been experiencing the Black Pelican since I was a little girl, many summers were spent in the Outer Banks of NC! The pizza is the best, ever. And is always a stop on the way in and out! Now most people go for the seafood, but families travailing with picky eaters, this is a much favored rest. The seafood is great, and I know my grandpa loves the wine. But how many places serve kids’ pizzas on a Frisbee? Where you can run to the sandy beach and play a game before loading back into the car?…”
“After hearing rave reviews about the Black Pelican, we thought we’d take a crack at it. And that was a good decision. A kid-friendly place that provides CRAYONS (our daughter is 19 months old), the Black Pelican also serves up quality food – my wife had the pork chop, which was tender, expertly cooked and nicely accented by the raspberry glaze. I had the shrimp and grits, the signature dish. Nicely balanced. Importantly, the ambience was calm and casual with a good serving staff. I was turned onto the crab cake appetizer and was delighted to have very little breading. All in all, we had a very nice meal at the Black Pelican.”