Pony Island Restaurant

Categories: Seafood, Roadside Grill, Family Restaurant, Breakfast

Contact Information

51 Ocean View Road Hwy 12
P.O. Box 610
Ocracoke, NC 27960

Phone: 252-928-5701

Fax: 252-928-3992

Hours of Operation

Open Monday - Saturday

Lunch: 7am - 11:30pm

Dinner: 5pm - 9pm

Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2pm

Meals served: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner

The Pony Island Restaurant is located just off Highway 12, beside the Pony Island motel as you motor south into Ocracoke Village. Known as the place to have breakfast on the island, the eatery also serves dinner. The pine wood floors and wainscoting provide this eatery with an old cottage feel. On the walls are rare pictures of Boy Scouts on horseback.


  • Health Department Grade:  98
  • Credit Cards:  MC, Visa
  • Attire:  Casual
  • Banquet Facilities:  30 max
  • Handicap Accessible:  Ramp
  • On Site Parking:  Yes
  • Serve Safe Certification:  Yes
  • Green Initiative:  Yes
  • Table Side Service:  Yes
  • Take Out:  Yes
  • Fisherman's Catch:  Yes
  • Kids Entertainment:  Yes
  • Good for Groups:  Yes
  • Samples:  Sample


Built in 1959, originally as the Ocracoke Restaurant, the name was later changed to the Pony Island by the owner of the motel by the same name. Vince has operated the restaurant since 1992.

Chef Biography

Pony Island Restaurant

 Vince's mother, Peggy O’Neal, makes the homemade desserts they offer, as well as the Crab Cakes and Fish Cakes.

Owner Biography

Pony Island Restaurant

Vince and Sue O’Neal are the owners of this landmark establishment.  Vince, who is a 6th generation resident of the island, is involved in various duties and projects which include Preservation, Health, and working with the Boy Scouts.

Specialties & Additional Menu Options

  • Menu Seafood: 

    Various fresh seafood from Pamlico.

  • Course Specialties: 

    Pony potatoes: hashbrowns with salsa and sour cream and melted cheese! Crab cakes, seafood platters, and local steamed shrimp from the Pamlico Sound.


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