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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
Nice restaurant!

Food was good. Good service. Crab and spinach dip was a good appetizer, but could have had more crab in it. Grouper topped with crab a great meal. Pick your martini, they have an extensive collection.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
Jay D
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  • Special occasions
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Durham, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We went to Kathryn's based on the Tripadvisor reviews and were very disappointed. My fiance had the daily catch special and I had a frutti de mare dish. Both were quite bland. Very mediocre food at high prices. (Salad not included.)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Food was good. Good service. Crab and spinach dip was a good appetizer, but could have had more crab in it. Grouper topped with crab a great meal. Pick your martini, they have an extensive collection.

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Charleston SC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Second time here and again it was good. Better if you skip the bar. I get charging me $10 for a glass of vodka but don't act like I showed up at your house unannounced, woke you up and made you make me a drink. $40 round and the guy not only didn't feign pleasantness, he had an air of... More 

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Loveland, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I usually come to Kathryn's every year and it's always great. This trip however, not so great. I'm not sure what happened this visit but the service (at least our waitress) was horrible and the food was just mediocre. The restaurant was empty with only 2 other tables full so the service should have been great. The food, was ok... More 

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Easton, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Went because of the reviews here. On a Friday night at eight there was a forty minute wait so the two of us ate at the bar. Tempura battered soft shell crab was excellent. Service was attentive and timely.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Our family ate there Monday night, and everyone's meal was good although my teenage sons said the portions were a bit small for them. I had the seafood coquina and while it was tasty I wish it had more seafood and less breadcrumbs and sauce. The biggest issue I had with them was that they have nuts in their lava... More 

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Eldersburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We have been traveling to Emerald Isle for 3 years now. We first decided to try Kathryn's because they have viable gluten free menu options. My son can eat safely here without getting glutened. We also have other dietary concerns in our vacation party and the Kathryn's staff is always happily willing to accommodate us. They are a busy restaurant... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Very impressed with the creative menu. This is a great dining option for when you want a fancier island vacation meal. When you feel like not wearing flip flops and dining like an adult, ha. Food and service were great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Kathryn's is by far the best food on Emerald Island and we had one of the best meals we've ever had. We actually ordered a number of small meals to share and everything was delicious. Incredible seafood and steaks and prepared flawlessly. The decor is a bit dated and the exterior doesn't give it justice, but the food and service... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Atmosphere was great. Not your typical beach restaurant. The food was excellent and the variety of martini's was impressive.

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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?