Waterfront Dining
Historic Beaufort, NC

“Moonrakers,” named after the rectangle sail flown at the uppermost height of a three-mast 17th-century ship, is a state-of-the-art, upper-casual, full-service restaurant with rooftop dining and bar lounge area located in the Beaufort Historical District.

A dining destination offering friendly, neighborly service, along with excellent food, Moonrakers Coastal Cuisine features a captivating dining room and bar overlooking the waterfront on the ground floor including 14-foot open ceilings, display kitchen, custom mural, acoustical sails, dedicated wine wall and a wood fired brick oven. The comfortable décor is centered around an inviting, light and airy coastal themed atmosphere featuring amazing original artwork of the area and sounds of local musicians for entertainment. The ground floor includes a covered open-air dining space overlooking the coastal waterway.

Sipping on the Dock of the Bay

With three floors of amazing waterfront dining, a creative beverage program is a must, and Moonrakers works tirelessly on ours. From our handcrafted cocktails to frozen favorites, our spirits are always high on Taylors Creek. For our hops lovers, we offer a great selection of local craft beers along with your domestic and international favorites, but our house favorite is our own Boomkicker Kölsch brewed right over the bridge in Atlantic Beach by our friends at Crystal Coast Brewing Company.

Saving the best for last, Moonrakers has received “The Award of Excellence” in Wine Spectator’s 2019, 2020 & 2021 Dining Guides. This coveted award recognizes restaurants whose wine lists offer at least 90 selections, are appropriate to their cuisine, and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. From light, blush colored rosé to big California Cabs, we want to you to have the perfect wine for the moment.

Private Wine Lockers

A Premium Offer for the Discerning Wine Lover

Moonrakers is excited to offer twenty private wine lockers on premises for frequent guests and wine lovers who are looking to enhance their dining experience with us. Lockers come with custom owner plaques, discounted wine purchasing opportunities, an invitation to attend private wine tasting events throughout the year. Locker-holders also enjoy early registration and exclusive pricing to special events.

Please speak to a manager to apply for a wine locker.

Good Times Await

Take a moment to lock in your table for Beaufort’s newest waterfront dining destination. From laidback good times with a glass of rosé, to fun, family dinners or a Sunday hangout, the entire Moonrakers team can’t wait to make sure you have an amazing experience with us.

Summer Hours
of operation

Friday & Saturday 5-10pm
Sunday, Monday & Thursday 5-9pm

Saturday & Sunday 11am-2:30pm

Saturday & Sunday 2:30-4:30 pm

Closed Tuesday & Wednesday


Reservations Recommended.
Walk-ins always welcome.

Reserve Online
for Inside Dining

Private Dining

Welcome to the Concorde Gallery, our 2nd floor dining and private event space perfect for your next special occasion accommodating up to 80 guests. From rehearsal dinners and smaller wedding receptions, to milestone birthday parties, corporate functions and holiday parties, you’ll find the Concorde Gallery with its sweeping waterfront views and accompanying veranda will wow your guests. Our Moonrakers team will work closely with you to execute your vision of the perfect menu and service style for your event. Whether you are interested in cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres or a multi-course dinner featuring gluten-friendly cuisine, Moonrakers offers an experienced staff who is looking forward to assisting you with your event to provide the ideal experience.

Book the Entire Restaurant

For larger events, Moonrakers also offers the possibility of exclusive use of the restaurant. Here we can accommodate up to 140 guests for inside dining and provide the full attention of our staff.  To explore the opportunity of having exclusive use of Moonrakers, please use the “Book Your Event” tab below to discuss availability and pricing.

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Gifts and Gear

No matter the occasion, a Moonrakers gift card is a great gift for those who love good food, good views and good times! Shop for Moonrakers gear and gift cards in-store. Online shop coming soon!

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News & Weekly Events


Monday Sushi Night (Seasonal)

Are those chopsticks? Or are you just happy to sashimi? The fun starts at 4pm and it’s going to be soy awesome! Sushi Night is a seasonal promotion, so please call ahead to confirm.

Thursday Oyster Night (Seasonal)

Local and salty, grilled or raw. That is how we serve oysters each Thursday night at Moonrakers! Served over chipped ice with cocktail sauce and champagne mignonette, our oysters are shucked to order and sold by the individual. So, whether you want three and a half dozen for yourself or just want to try one because you have never had an oyster before, Thursday nights at Moonrakers is the spot to fill your oyster cravings. Oyster Night is seasonal, so please be sure to call ahead for confirmation.

Sharon Bass

Moonrakers is proud to be a gallery for North Carolina artist Sharon Bass. As a “plein air painter,” Bass begins her paintings on-location in the style and tradition of the impressionists. Follow Sharon on Facebook here.

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Concorde Gallery

Moonrakers is proud to be a gallery for North Carolina artist Sharon Bass. As a “plein air painter,” Bass begins her paintings on-location in the style and tradition of the impressionists. 

Purchase a Painting

About Our Team

John & Dennis Stephens

The Brothers

Moonrakers is the result of combined career experiences of John and Dennis Stephens, also known as “the brothers.” John is a forty-plus-year veteran in restaurant hospitality and operations. Dennis is an engineer and entrepreneur with his own company in design and construction. Raised in a large military family of seven children, and the sons of an Army Base Commander, both have ingrained within them a work ethic and determination that reflects a “getting the job done” approach to everything they do.

Christopher Stephens

Executive Chef

Chef Chris started growing his passion for food when he was 15. He hasn’t stopped working in the kitchen since. His career path was an easy decision and so was where to go to College when he gained early admittance into Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI on scholarship. After graduating, he relocated to the Isle of Wight, England, and spent a year apprenticing in a rigorous work environment under a Michelin star chef. Upon returning to the States he started working at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston.


Fri & Sat Dinner: 5-10pm
Sun, Mon & Thu Dinner: 5-9pm
Sat & Sun Lunch: 11am-2:30pm
Tacking Menu Weekends: 2:30-4:30pm
Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays

326 Front Street   |   Beaufort, NC 28516

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