Quarterdeck Restaurant

Categories: Steakhouse, Seafood, Family Restaurant

Contact Information

54214 Hwy 12
P.O. Box 277
Frisco, NC 27936

Phone: 252-986-2425

Hours of Operation

Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Meals served: Lunch, Dinner

  • Cooking

When you are motoring on Highway 12 South, through the Frisco Village area on Hatteras Island, you will come to a white cinderblock structure on the right-hand side. If you are looking for somewhere to eat, your first impulse may be to keep driving to find a place with a fancier exterior; but that would be a mistake, because this restaurant is known for its Island cuisine.


  • Health Department Grade:  100
  • Lounge/Bar:  Bar
  • Credit Cards:  MC, Visa, Discover
  • Attire:  Casual
  • 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


Russ Ochs, Gina’s husband, was stationed at the Navy Base on Hatteras Island. Following his tour of duty, he decided to make the island home.  In January 1963, he started operating the Lighthouse Restaurant in Buxton, and in 1978, he exercised an offer to purchase a vacant building in Frisco, which had previously been a bar, motel, seafood market, private club, and restaurant.  The rest is history.  Russ, Gina, and their children have worked hard to create the reputation that the Quarterdeck Restaurant now enjoys.

Chef Biography

Quarterdeck Restaurant

The Quarterdeck Restaurant is literally a family affair. There are four members of the Ochs family that participate in the operation of the eatery.  Gina, the matriarch, sons Eddie and John, and daughter, Tiffney, all contribute in making this eatery a true Hatteras Island Landmark.

Owner Biography

Quarterdeck Restaurant

The Ochs family ownes and runs Ouarterdeck Restaurant.

Specialties & Additional Menu Options

  • Menu Seafood: 

    Daily catch from the Pamlico Sound and surrounding waters!

  • Beverage Specials: 

    Wine and Beer.

  • Course Specialties: 

    NY Strip, handcut ribeye, stuffed mushrooms, and crab balls.  Stuffed flounder, fresh crab cakes, and homemade desserts!


Average Rating for this Restaurant: 4 Stars based on 5 reviews
  1. Quarterdeck Restaurant
    Rating: 0 Star
    Best Seafood

    Ms. Gina, Eddie and John have been friends since the mid 1960's. First lighthouse restaurant, then Quarterdeck. I started out at Oregon Inlet then Buxton Coast Guard. No one anywheres makes crab bisque, crab balls, crab cakes and the best darn seafood ever. Hush puppies that I can't wait for. I remember in earlier years when John had his pet egret and used to feed him shrimp. Will see you between 12th and 18th April 2014. Brought a friend down fishing and stopped for dinner and Ms. Gina's grand daughter brought out the last bowl of crab bisque and Ms. Gina gave him the bowl since I already had it before. He still tells everyone about it ant it was 8 years ago. Rod and Debbie Tozour

  2. Quarterdeck Restaurant
    Rating: 5 Stars
    best seafood and friendly service

    We've tried the quarterdeck last year on our vacation and were very impressed. I have 3 grown sons and 1 daughter with huge appetites and we all left very satisfied and stuffed. the service is very friendly and the food is delicious. We are planning on going back to Frisco in May and definitely will be eating at the Quarterdeck often.

  3. Quarterdeck Restaurant
    Rating: 5 Stars
    My favorite place to eat and visit

    Can't wait to get back to Frisco for some of the best crab cakes, shrimp and hushpuppies on the east coast!!!!!! The Austin Family from South Florida

  4. Quarterdeck Restaurant
    Rating: 5 Stars
    Miss it

    When we lived in Virginia we always took a week in the fall to stay in Frisco. By chance on our first visit we stopped by the Quarterdeck one evening and ended up eating there four nights out of seven. Eddie and the staff were always delightful and friendly. The food was beyond words.....in particular the stuffed flounder. In 2005 we moved to the Northern Oregon coast and while the area has many good restaurants, no one, and I mean no one, can come close to matching the food the Quarterdeck. Eddie you really set the gold standard for seafood. Carla still has her discount card. Best wishes, Phil and Carla DeLongchamps

  5. Quarterdeck Restaurant
    Rating: 5 Stars
    Great, reasonable food

    Great food. It's our first, and last stop every time in the outer banks. We didn't go to the beach for a decade, and the food was as good as before. Can't wait to have our first lunch at the quarterdeck in June 2012!!!! And TRY THE SCALLOPS!

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