The Lost Colony Brewery and Cafe

Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

208 Queen Elizabeth St
Manteo, North Carolina, 27954
United States

(252) 473-6666 | map

Notes: Formerly Full Moon Cafe and Brewery
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Ratings by vabeerguy:
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Rated by vabeerguy from Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Oct 17, 2015
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
A decent Brewpub located in Manteo close to Nags Head in a quaint little town close to the marine on the sound side of the OBX with decent selection of beers on tap.
Aug 26, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by Nitty703 from Virginia

Dec 08, 2021
Rated: 2.98 by SonOfKyuss from Virginia

Aug 17, 2018
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Reviewed by rmf5 from Pennsylvania

1.45/5  rDev -61%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 2
My wife and I made a special trip to visit as we have an affinity for brewpubs. Sadly, we conclude that it was not worth the time, money and effort.

The server committed the cardinal sin of failing to deliver the proper beer. The tuna sandwich was delivered raw, not medium rare as specified.

After the meal, I discreetly registered my complaint with the manager, who couldn't be bothered: no apology, nothing.

This place spent a lot of time, money and effort in developing graphics for each of their beers. They should have concentrated on customer service and basic pride of ownership.

I got the distinct impression theycould care less now that the tourists have arrived. Shameful!
Jun 14, 2018
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.87/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
Visited on a Wednesday, early afternoon just after the lunch rush.

V - Located right in the middle of old town Manteo. A quaint little cafe with a pub room, which is also the two-barrel brew house. Small with a copper top bar. Not a beer geek clientele, but many aficionados were present. 4.25.

SEL - IMO a great selection based solely on all in-house brews - An English IPA, blonde, RIS, barley wine, scotch ale, brown, dry stout, and a porter. And one guess tap. 4.5

SER - The bartender, who was nice and informative, but he was doing double duty in the restaurant and so service in the pub was slow. 3.5

Q -Always a 4.0 when at the brewery unless there is a reason to change. In this case sampler glasses were not clean. Proper glassware otherwise. 3.5

F - A full restaurant but I did not eat.

Ten-barrel brew house under construction.
Sep 02, 2016
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Reviewed by T-34-85 from New York

4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Cool little brewpub with the bar/taproom on one side, a restaurant section on the other, and a good amount of outdoor seating. The taproom was tiny but still accommodated about 12 seats and had a nice little flat screen TV to watch the games.

Good beer selection with 10 in-house brews and one guest tap to pick from.

Food was good as well with a mix of pub food and higher end seafood to pair with the location near the water.

Overall: Great little spot with solid beers.
Jul 04, 2016
Rated: 3.53 by Cavanaghty from Maine

May 09, 2016
Rated: 3.19 by barflybastard from Pennsylvania

Nov 03, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Oct 20, 2015
Rated: 3.34 by Craft_Imperial from Pennsylvania

Sep 12, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by ShepardCommander from Virginia

Sep 06, 2015
Rated: 3.76 by Beerdudenumberone from Indiana

Jun 02, 2015
Rated: 3.92 by Gadun76 from Virginia

Nov 12, 2014
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Reviewed by vwbus7 from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.4%
Had the pumpkin porter today which was outstanding. I would rate it 5. Please clean the place. I hate to see thousands of dollars of equipment covered in old duct tape, black soot, dirt, etc. You have a really cool place. This is my second time here but my wife will not try the beer due to the lack of cleaning.....Just sit at the bar and look under the burners alone. Message me and I will personally come help clean the brewery.
Oct 07, 2014
Rated: 4 by aleckpa from North Carolina

Oct 01, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by richobrien from California

Aug 26, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by brotherloco from California

Aug 11, 2014
Rated: 4 by jfcaa193 from Canada (QC)

Jul 06, 2014
Rated: 4 by beerslushy from Ohio

Jul 04, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Navalartichoke from Virginia

May 21, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by JWalterWeatherman from Virginia

May 06, 2014
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
A great destination for the Outer Banks traveler. I did not go to the bar/tasting room, but the cafe was very inviting. High ceilings, lot of brick and big windows. I was there the day after Labor Day (closed Labor Day "by order of President Grover Cleveland"). It wasn't at all crowded at the end of the season and the service was very prompt and friendly.

The food was excellent. Good variety and reasonable prices (High teens to mid twenties for an entree) for decent, well prepared food. I had a scallop dish that was very tasty.

The beers were good also. They had nine of their own beers and a nice selection of mostly North Carolina beers. They had flights of four beers to sample. You could pick from 7 of their 9 beers. The two high octane beers (an Imperial Stout and a Scottish Wee Heavy were not available on the flight list. I had a pint each of the Irish Red, The English IPA and a 13 oz tulip glass with the Scottish Wee Heavy. The beers were very good. They specialize in British beers. The pint glasses could have been a little less chilled, but other than that, it was a great evening. This place is not open in the Winter time, but all their beers are available when they are open. A great dining and drinking experience.
Sep 08, 2013
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Reviewed by lackenhauser from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5
Right in downtown Manteo. The cafe is in one door and the tasting room/bar to the other. We sat in the cafe area as my wife is not much on sitting at a bar. However I poked my head into the bar area-nice copper top bar, brewing system in the open directly behind the bar and 2 or 3 bistro tables off to the corner. Nice little place with a warm feeling to it.

I had the flight of their 4 beers. A blonde, brown, porter and stout. The brown was my favorite-nice caramel and malty flavor to it. Thought all were very solid efforts for the size of the place and the guy being a homebrewer who has upped his game.

Service in the cafe was fine and the 3 folks in the bar/brewery area could not have been any nicer or happy to see me walk in.

Selection was good and they did have 7 or 8 local NC breweries on tap as well. Highland, Weeping Radish, Duck Rabbit, etc.

I had shrimp and grits that were simply outstanding. My wife had some of the best tomato soup I have ever had. A slice of french bread or similar would have been nice with her soup. Regardless it was some excellent food. Menu was very eclectic and interesting-I could see going back even if they didn't brew their own beers!

A great resource to the Outer Banks. Beers could use some tweaking but they are solid offerings. Best thing going in Manteo since Weeping Radish closed up shop.
Apr 20, 2012
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Reviewed by mstaunton from New York

4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Found this restaurant while checking out the waterfront. The dinning room is not touristy at all. They have a small bar with 11 taps of North Carolina beers and 2 to 4 of their own brews. I tried the stout and the chocolate porter my friend had the brown ale and blonde ale. All were tasty but the brown ale stood out. Not enough chocolate in the stout.the owner said it was his first batch of that beer. We found the small tasting bar and brew house as we left. Very small and intimate. Understand they had the restaurant for years and just added the brewery this spring. I liked the family run feel mom pop kids all involved.We got lucky. We were told their beers run out alot but they are expanding.
Sep 29, 2011
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Reviewed by Kolsch from Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
EDIT: Updated from previous review back in 2011. Visited this past summer (2014) again after first visiting several years ago (2011). As you can see from my previous review below, the beers were less than stellar and quite frankly should have never been sold to the public.

While vacationing this past summer, I ran across an ad in a local OBX paper about how Full Moon beers have won awards. Since I had such a bad taste experience the first time around, I had to try them again. The part I remember from my initial impression was the beers had an off flavor that I could not really pinpoint. Sort of had a plastic taste and they all tasted the same style wise.

First up was the Devils Own IPA described as an English IPA. Appearance was medium amber and carbonation looked fine. Aroma.......hmm, I detect that plastic taste again (Chlorophenol) that I had the first time around. Taste was very bland, even for an English IPA. Hops were extremely subdued. Next up was the Lost Colony Ale, which is described as an English Brown Ale. Once again, that aroma of plastic shows through. Taste was sort of like a very watery root beer.

That was enough to tell me they did not fix their problem. I think the issue might be the water used. Since they are in a coastal town, I believe they need to do a better job of treating (if they treat it at all) the brewing water. I know the head brewer is self taught and it shows here. Nothing against that at all but someone has to tell him the beer is just not good. No reason to ever go back again.
Stopped by for lunch while on vacation. Place is actually called Full Moon Brewery now since they are brewing several of their own beers.

Atmosphere: I liked the atmosphere. They have a small tasting room along with dining indoors. Also, seating available outside.

Quality/Selection: they have several of their own beers along with 7 taps of mostly regional Highland and Mother Earth. I tried one of the house beers, a cask ale that was described as a malt forward red ale. Appearance of the beer looked wonderful however it had a vinegar taste (past it prime?) and was unpalatable. I sent this back and was not charged for the beer. The waitress remarked this happens half the time? Ok...then let me try a sample of the house stout, which was described as a dry stout. Hmm...glad I got a sample. This tasted nothing like a dry stout. More along the lines of a very sweet porter with root beer thrown in. Ok....think I will go with something more familiar this time and opted for Mother Earth Wit beer which was pretty tasty.

Food: was very good and would go back just for the food alone.

Overall: I do understand they only started brewing since spring 2011 but they really need to work on these beers before selling them to the public.
Sep 23, 2011
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Reviewed by midweb23 from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
The brewery just opened inside this restaurant. I tried the 4 beer tasting. They had a Red Ale, a Stout, a Blonde Ale, and a brown ale called Lost Colony. They also featured about 8-10 other local breweries and only one non-local, Guinness. The beers had a great flavor and did not disappoint. I would definitely recommend trying the sampler. The food selection was classic Carolina low country cuisine. I tried the shrimp & grits and they were flavorful and fulfilling. The also had an outdoor patio with umbrellas. Overall, the whole atmosphere was very welcoming and enjoyable.
Jul 22, 2011
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Reviewed by beer2day from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Located in historic downtown Manteo, home of Andy Griffith. Decent on-street parking, but be prepared to walk a bit in the summer. Garage under the shops across the street is usually open, though.

Nice outside seating with dog-watering station for those out for a stroll. Inside is a bit cramped and can get a bit noisy. Small, really small, bar area with stools for only 5 or 6.

10 NC-VA beers on tap, plus Guinness. Craggie Antebellum and Endo IPA were my choices for the day. Highland and Foothills also represented as well as St. George from SW VA.

Food is really good. My wife and kids really like eating here. Everything they do is well prepared and well presented. Portions, while not enormous, are large for the presentation style.

In the process of putting in a small brewpub. Two beers coming on line this summer. Looking forward to that.

Stays crowded, put the servers do hustle. Weekend lunch can be really crazy.

Well worth a stop if in the OBX for vacation.
Apr 30, 2011
The Lost Colony Brewery and Cafe in Manteo, NC
Brewery rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 183 ratings