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Kathryn's Bistro and Martini Bar

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American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary
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8002 Emrald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28954
252-354-6200
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  • 70
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 10
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Consistently excellent

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2014
2011Travellings
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North Carolina
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
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North Carolina
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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145 reviews 145 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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Suffolk, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This restaurant was not on our radar and not recommended to us as first time visitors to Emerald Isle. Trip Advisor rated it well so we thought we would give it a try since it was so close to our cottage. What a pleasant surprise!! It was beyond our expectations with drinks, food and service. All was fresh, delicious and... More 

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

In our very small town of Emerald Isle, we are luckily to have a restaurant that measures up to any restaurant in a big city. Kathryn's is sophisticated and an excellent experience all around. The food is excellent (try the oysters), the drinks are creative and the service is solid. Although it can be pricey, I have never had a... More 

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Newport, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My wife and I have dined here several times. It's an upscale restaurant in a very small strip mallon the main road through Emerald Isle, NC. Impressive service and excellent food and drinks. The owner checks on every table personally. I feel it's a little pricey for the area though, but that's my only complaint!

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Bealeton
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Recently had dinner at Kathryn's the food is always fresh and appealing. The service excellent and the drinks are Perfect!

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Cedar Point, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We have been here as a couple and with our daughter. The food, desserts and martinis are good. it is a nice restaurant; it's nicely decorated and nicer than it looks from the outside. They do consistently under cook their steaks in my opinion which is why they only get four stars, and it's really too bad because sending back... More 

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Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

Early Saturday evening visit while everyone was at Mullet and Mum Fest. Have not been here in a year in or more....did not find anything new or seasonal. Wait staff is exceptional, but he made an assumption we were visitors "down here" even after we told him we were local. Food was prepared perfectly. Portions were single and no salad... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

We have visited the Crystal Coast from Ohio every year since 2006 and discovered Kathryns Bistro while in Emerald Isle in '08. We usually dine here twice during our week long stay but adding a child to our dynamic had prevented us from dining in in the last 4 yrs. This yr we decided to give it a try and... 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, Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

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