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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely, but pricey

We arrived before 6:00 on a Sunday night, and didn't have to wait for a table at all. My husband and I both ordered the prime rib, and we agreed that it was the best beef we've had in a long time. Service was great too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
Beth R
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We arrived before 6:00 on a Sunday night, and didn't have to wait for a table at all. My husband and I both ordered the prime rib, and we agreed that it was the best beef we've had in a long time. Service was great too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Have dined here 8-10 times and have never been disappointed. Outstanding seafood and beef, as is the service. The bar is a very busy place on weekends and the drinks are very good. Be prepared to wait for a table, but believe me, it is worth it.

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Mebane, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

More of a white tablecloth place but the food was good. Had the catch of the day and it was good. Not much of a wait.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The service was excellent they were so polite, I honestly haven't had a better steak. Strongly recommend! Great drink list too!

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Food is absolutely great. Martini's even better. If you want a fancy meal for your birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion this is the place to go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

The whole family enjoyed our food. Wonderful atmosphere and great hostess! My son said it was the best food on the Island! We ordered the steak and shrimp special! Awesome!

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Charlottesville, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The martini bar portion focuses on brightly colored novelty drinks rather than on taste, but the food here is very good. My husband had the soft-shell crab special, fried in tempura batter and served with a sweet/hot thai sauce over rice, and I had the shrimp and grits, which are cheesy and cooked with smoked bacon, sliced mushrooms, and green... More 

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Southeastern U.S.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I have reviewed Kathryn's Bistro several other times but just want to say that things have not changed since my last visit - STILL excellent! I won't go on and on about the crab cakes as I have before, except that they are exceptional!! :-) On this visit, we got our food for take-out to enjoy on our deck overlooking... More 

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

busy ,small town bistro, on island, place to dress up and meet up with friends......food is best to find here for an occasion but better menus in nearby Morehead NC if willing to drive 30 mnutes....bar drinks are well done, food is overpriced but good, menu seems to never change. Located in small strip on main drag thru small town...good... More 

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Suffolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Our family visits Kathryn's each time we visit Emerald Isle. My husband I visited for our anniversary in December and brought my sister and brother-in-law back for Valentine's Day celebrations. We have never been disappointed! I would say it is a bit expensive, but we keep coming back for the food...drinks aren't bad either. We usually bring home left overs.... More 

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

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  • 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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