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Kathryn's Bistro and Martini Bar

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American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary
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8002 Emrald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28954
252-354-6200
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  • 74
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 17
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  • 11
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food!

I was impressed with the food here, and the Martini! The waiter could have been a little more accommodating but the food was very very good. I am vegetarian so I had a pasta dish and the sauce was very flavorful!!!! I recommend!!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
Candi E
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Cary, North Carolina
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  • Special occasions
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Waxhaw, NC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

One of the best meals I've had in a long time. Had the soft shell crabs, were to die for. Of course, had to have a martini to go with the meal. Both were over the top. Expect to spend at least $50.00 per person. Had a salad and keylime pie. The staff were excellent, both the hostess and waitress... More 

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Union City, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

My mother has raved about this place since her first visit over a year ago-could not stop talking about the shrimp and grits! We took 4 adults and 3 teenagers there on saturday night at about 8pm. We were seated right away but our waitress didn't come by for several minutes. It was so loud in there that we couldn't... More 

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Long Island, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I suspect a new chef becuase the last time we ate here, it was disappointing. The meals (we ate there twice) were perfect, the service superp, and a great choice of beverages.

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Cary, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I was impressed with the food here, and the Martini! The waiter could have been a little more accommodating but the food was very very good. I am vegetarian so I had a pasta dish and the sauce was very flavorful!!!! I recommend!!!

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Raleigh, NC
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

My husband just said, now that we're at home 2-&-1/2 hours away and it's time for supper, that he thought he'd run down to Emerald Isle to pick up some shrimp and grits from Kathryn's: "See you tomorrow!". Right, like I wouldn't be going with him. Kathryn's has THE BEST S & G's we've ever had (formerly, Crook's Corner in... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We visited Katherine's Bistro for the first time on March 27, 2015. Greeted at the door by hostess who told us she could not seat us til ALL 6 of our part was there. We had 5 present including 2 grandchildren. My husband looked at the seating area and only 4 booths were occupied. The rest of the restaurant was... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I've been here several times and every time is excellent. I now live in the area and look forward to coming back. The staff is friendly and the owners are great!

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North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

In every respect, this restaurant is one of the best. We have dined at Kathryn's every time we come to stay at Emerald Isle, and have never been disappointed in our experiences. The staff is, without exception, cheerful, pleasant, good-natured, courteous, and consummately professional. Wait staff are totally professional, and could easily be compared to the staff at some of... More 

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Weems, Virginia
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I visit Emerald Isle for a week plus every year. What a wonderful surprise to find this delicious, upscale restaurant. It's small but we went on a November Tuesday night around 6:30 and there was plenty of open seating. By the time we left it was pretty packed, so you may want to consider a reservation as it's reputation grows.... More 

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Virginia
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161 reviews 161 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I do not order shrimp and grits out, since I had a bad experience multiple times. These were by far the best I have ever had, i loved the mushrooms in them too, and my Husband had Oysters for an appetizers and a Tuna dish that were both outstanding. I think the prices are just where they should be for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8002 Emrald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28954
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Emerald Isle
  • Phone Number: 252-354-6200

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?