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15 Jun 2022
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Local Recommendations

What’s your favorite part about vacationing on Holden Beach? Among your long list of perks, we imagine “eating at Holden Beach restaurants instead of cooking!” is among them. We’ll help you explore the variety of dining options in and near Holden Beach.

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And don’t forget — the food from your favorite area restaurant will be just as tasty when enjoyed from the deck or dining room of your Holden Beach vacation rental (or as a picnic on the beach)!

Holden Beach Restaurants

Archibald’s Deli
Phone: (910) 842-6888
2991 Holden Beach Road SW, Supply

This local favorite offers a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads, and more. Some popular items include lobster rolls, shrimp salad, and dessert! You and your family can enjoy your Archibald’s favorites for breakfast or lunch, though offerings and hours vary in the off-season.

LouLou’s Waterfront Restaurant
Phone: (910) 842-3381
1045-B Var Road SW, Supply

While you soak in the unobstructed views of the Holden Beach Bridge and the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as live music from the bar, you and your family will enjoy the delicious menu containing a variety of local seafood entrees. Other choices are also offered, as well as a children’s menu. LouLou's is open for dinner only.

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Castaways Raw Bar & Grill
Phone: (910)-842-5743
112 Ocean Boulevard West, Holden Beach

When you and your family visit Castaways, you can enjoy ocean views from two levels, as well as your oysters on the half shell, crab dip, or other favorites. Live entertainment is a regular feature, and everyone enjoys the cornhole games in the sand. Castaways is open daily for lunch and dinner.

The Cove Restaurant
Phone: (910) 846-2633
2633 Holden Beach Road, Supply

This farm-to-table restaurant is a family-owned local restaurant. Open daily for dinner, The Cove is also dog-friendly with a special seating area. Enjoy your favorites from their great menu, as well as ice cream from Holden Scoop next door.

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Dock House Seafood & More
Phone: (910) 846-9920
103 South Shore Drive, Holden Beach

When you dine at Dock House, the breathtaking views of the Intracoastal Waterway are the perfect accompaniment to the unique selection of menu items, including redneck eggrolls, seafood, and yummy salads. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Dock House offers a kids’ menu and welcomes families.

The Hot Buffalo
Phone: (910) 846-2525
3446 Holden Beach Road SW, Supply

Opened here at the beach by former vacationers from New York, The Hot Buffalo specializes in chicken wings and pizza logs, as well as their popular fried avocadoes, fried pickles, and more. It is located in a new cluster of businesses near the foot of the bridge on the mainland side, adjacent to Holden Beach Scuba.

Jersey Girls Deli
Phone: (910) 846-4455
2978 Holden Beach Road SW, Supply

This popular sandwich shop features Boar’s Head meats and cheeses and offers a variety of fresh salads, subs, sandwiches, soup, and more. The family-owned and operated Jersey Girls is open for lunch.

Mini Jalapeno
Phone: 910-842-1862
3408 Holden Beach Road SW, Supply

Mini Jalapeno, located in the former Main Street Bar & Grill building to the right of Magic Mountain Water Slide, is a great addition to Holden Beach dining options. They feature a variety of Mexican dishes with fresh, high-quality ingredients and offer a friendly and vibrant atmosphere for this neighborhood location.

Mankins Causeway Café
Phone: (910) 846-3430
3397 Holden Beach Road SW, Supply

We think you need to experience Mankins at least once when you come to Holden Beach! You’ll enjoy old-fashioned hand-pressed burgers, hot dogs, and fries at this local Causeway stop. When they ask if you want everything on it, that means coleslaw and chili, and you should just say yes! They are open for lunch only Monday-Saturday, and calling ahead with your order is a great idea. 

Mermaids Island Grill
Phone: (910) 842-4999
102 Jordan Boulevard, Holden Beach

Mermaids is proud to feature a variety of local and from-scratch ingredients in the creation of their variety of local seafood and other selections, and folks rave about their Greek salads, among others. They are open for lunch and dinner and their casual dining includes indoor or outdoor seating with a beach view. A children’s menu is also available.

Patronies Pizza in Holden Beach

Patronies Pizza
Phone: (910) 842-7900
2625 Holden Beach Road SW, Supply

This fun pizza parlor features fun décor and a kid-friendly atmosphere filled with bubblegum oldies music. The menu features great specialty pizzas, calzones, pasta dishes, wings, and more. Patronies is open for dinner only, and take-out is available.

Provision Company
Phone: (910) 842-7205
1343 Cedar Landing Road SW, Supply

Provision Company is located along the Intracoastal Waterway just under the Holden Beach Bridge on the mainland side with one of the greatest views around. You can order your favorite menu items, like the unique shrimp burger (not fried) at the counter before relaxing patio-style in the screened-in dining area overlooking the water. They are open daily for lunch and dinner and feature live evening music seasonally on the deck.

The Scoop
Phone: (910) 805-5015
3425 Holden Beach Road SW, Supply

With their selection of breakfast and lunch items, sweet ice cream treats, and baked goods, The Scoop makes a great one-stop dining experience for the whole family and is conveniently located on the Causeway.

The Seafood Barn
Phone: (910) 842-2177
3219 Holden Beach Road SW, Supply

The Seafood Barn is a rustic Holden Beach favorite with its selection of local seafood, steaks, chicken, pasta, and their yummy redneck eggrolls among so much more. They are open daily for dinner and have space upstairs to reserve for special occasions.

Silver Hill Grill
Phone: (910) 842-6420
2049 Holden Beach Road SW, Supply

If you’re wondering which restaurant has the best fried seafood in the area, lots of locals will tell you about Silver Hill Grill. Call ahead to place an order, grab it to go, or eat a picnic on the screened porch. This restaurant has been family-owned for more than 40 years and is open for lunch and dinner, Thursday through Sunday.

Simply Barbecue
Phone: (910) 712-4441
3240 Holden Beach Road SW, Supply

Simply Barbecue serves a variety of in-house smoked meats and sides. Picnic outside at a table or get your order to-go to enjoy a picnic in your favorite Holden Beach spot or on the deck of your Holden Beach vacation rental. It's open for lunch and dinner and is located behind Flamingo Snow Balls and Mini Golf to the right of BB&T.

Subway and Mama Deluca’s Pizza
Phone: (910) 842-9920
3386 Holden Beach Road SW, Supply

Subway and Mama Deluca’s Pizza are new additions to Holden Beach for the 2020 season. They are located to the left of the waterslide, in the same building as Pete’s Sweets.

Surfers Café
Phone: (910) 842-2582
1096 Sabbath Home Road SW, Supply

This family-friendly café is conveniently located in the Food Lion shopping center. They serve a variety of fresh seafood, burgers, sandwiches, and platters. They are open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.

Food Trucks

One super new option which became available in 2022 is the rotating schedule of food trucks at the Holden Beach pier during the summer season. Visit the Town of Holden Beach's schedule to plan ahead.

Holden Beach Sweets & Treats

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Phone: (910) 842-7326
3316 Holden Beach Road SW, Supply

New and original flavors are served daily in small batches at this homemade ice cream shop. Featuring local produce and North Carolina milk from free-range cows, Beaches-N-Cream is open daily from noon to 10 pm.

Pete's Sweets
Phone: TBD
3386 Holden Beach Road SW, Supply

Holden Beach is excited to have Pete’s Sweets join the dining lineup. With the original location in Ocean Isle Beach, they are also now located on the mainland side of the bridge in the same building as Subway and Mama Deluca’s Pizza.

Saltwater Shanty
Phone: (910) 264-4848
1027 Sabbath Home Road, Supply

The beautiful, lighted garden setting at Saltwater Shanty is a great backdrop to the specialty selections that include homemade ice cream, sorbet, gelato, and ices. All items are made with organic and natural ingredients. A gift shop is also on-site. Saltwater Shanty is open daily from 11 am to 9:30 pm. A participant in the Hobbspitality Discount Program, enjoy a homemade waffle cone at half price with the purchase of one at full price. On the gift shop side, spend $25 and get a free bath bomb.

Sandcastles Sweets and Treats
Phone: (910) 619-7724
109 Jordan Boulevard, Holden Beach

A variety of sweet treats are offered at Sandcastles, including candy, taffy, fudge, old-fashioned soda, and other classics. A participant in the Hobbspitality Discount Program, guests can receive a one-time 10% discount.

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Sunset Slush
Phone: (910) 846-COOL
111 Jordan Boulevard, Holden Beach

Choose your favorite out of nearly 30 flavors of classic Italian ice at family-owned Sunset Slush, located under the bridge behind Hobbs Realty. Another participant in the Hobbspitality Discount Program, guests can receive a one-time 10% discount.

Sweet Gecko Candy Bar & Creamery
Phone: (910) 842-3600
3271-B Holden Beach Road, Supply

Sweet Gecko is located next to a popular Holden Beach souvenir shop. They serve ice cream, coffee, candy, old-fashioned soda, and more! Shop and eat, or eat and shop... your choice!

Cooking in Your Vacation Rental

If you prefer taking advantage of the time at your vacation rental and preparing a meal in that beautiful, well-equipped kitchen, we’ve got you covered there, too! We encourage you to support our local farmers with your own farm-to-table cooking.

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Both of our local farmer’s market stands are participants in the Hobbspitality Discount Program. At Ludlum’s Produce, you can get $5 off a $20 purchase, and at Heritage Fresh Market, enjoy $5 off a $25 purchase - great deals for healthy eating while you’re enjoying your island vacation!

There are also a number of seafood markets in the Holden Beach area, offering a great selection of the freshest catch of the day. Old Ferry Seafood is a participant in the Hobbspitality Discount Program, which gives you $5 off your purchase. In addition to their fresh selections, they offer made-for-you steamer baskets that you can take back to the vacation rental, cook, and enjoy!

Finally, you can always enjoy the convenience of our local grocery store. Their Food Lion to Go program is a participant in the Hobbspitality Discount Program, which gives you $10 off your first order of $35 or more. You can order your groceries online for pickup or delivery!

Book Your Next Holden Beach Vacation

Well, that should take care of the food part of your vacation! Supporting our local restaurants during your time with us will free up more of your precious vacation time to focus on other things – you know, like relaxing on the beach. Don’t forget to tell them Hobbs Realty sent you, and be sure to keep your current #Hobbspitality bracelet handy to use with our Hobbspitality Discount Program partners!

In the meantime, if we can help you in any way, give us a call at 1-800-655-3367. Our friendly vacation experts will be happy to guide you through the selection and planning process as needed. We look forward to seeing you soon here on beautiful Holden Beach!

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Darcy Geho is a contributing author to this Hobbs Realty blog. She spent 11 years working in the vacation rental industry while she lived on and traveled the North Carolina coast. Like most of our visitors, when Darcy isn’t on Holden Beach, she looks forward to her next visit.