Historic Beaufort, NC
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 down the road in Morehead City by our friends at Tight Lines Brewery.
Saving the best for last, Moonrakers was awarded “The Award of Excellence” in Wine Spectator’s 2020 & 2019 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 lunches with a glass of rosé, to fun, family dinners or just a lazy Sunday hangout, the entire Moonrakers team can’t wait to make sure you have an amazing experience with us.
Friday & Saturday: 11 to 10
Sunday, Monday & Thursday: 11 to 9
• Offering Brunch on Sundays
(Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
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.
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!
News & Weekly Events
Thursday Oyster Night
Local, salty and 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.
Offering unique breakfast items inspired from England to New England, from France to North Africa, and from right here at the Crystal Coast, Moonrakers brunch showcases the versatility of our Executive Chef. The menu offers exactly what one needs to fulfill a Sunday morning appetite. Offered Sundays from 11am to 2:30pm, one can expect to see perfectly poached eggs, a fried egg on our burger, yogurt and granola, and braised collards along with a la carte sides giving one the ability to fulfill even the pickiest appetites. There may even be some items you have never heard of before. So, whether you are soaking up last night’s bad decisions or need to keep the spirit going from your Sunday morning ritual, Moonrakers Sunday Brunch is where you want to be. Reservations available.
Sharon Bass Opening Reception
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. Moonrakers is excited to be hosting an opening reception of new works from Italy and the NC coast. Due to COVID-19 related social distancing measures, the reception has been postponed. Please check back for a new date or follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay current on all announcements. Sign-up to attend the reception on Facebook here.
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About Our Team
John & Dennis Stephens
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.
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.
Tim has worked in restaurants his entire professional career. Most of his experience derives from bartending but there are not many jobs he has not performed in a restaurant. From washing dishes to cooking on the line and bussing tables to hosting, Tim still happily steps in wherever and whenever necessary. He has held restaurant jobs from late night clubs in NJ and NY to fine-dining, star-packed restaurants in Beverly Hills. The phrase “a big fish in a small pond” is preferred by Tim compared to the alternative. He has always had a love for small, quaint towns, which is why he fell in love with Beaufort. Tim has a unique form of hospitality and takes pride in making every guest that enters Moonrakers doors feel like they are part of the family.
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