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Kathryn's Bistro and Martini Bar

8002 Emrald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28954
252-354-6200
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Ranked #5 of 32 restaurants in Emerald Isle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner
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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This small restaurant in a strip mall was by far one of our better finds. Service was excellent, food presentation was very nice and food was excellent. So glad we traveled out of Atlantic Beach to find this hidden gem. Would highly recommend this restaurant for great food. The menu is a bit pricey but so worth it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We have been searching for a good family dining experience but were dismayed at the prices for what you get. Salad with added grilled shrimp was great but $8 for 5 shrimp? Also, my parents ordered Tuna appetizer--$13 for about two dominos of tuna, quarter cup if so so rice and OK seaweed salad! Though the Tuna was very good,... More

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Fairfield, CT
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9 reviews 9 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We had done some research in advance of our trip and it seemed like Kathryn's was a "nice" place to go. I was looking forward to it! I was very disappointed in the experience. There are not alot of decent dining options in the vicinity so this is one of the better places but it's nothing to look forward to.... More

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Loveland, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I have been to this restaurant on 3 different occasions and each time I have been pleased with the excellent customer service, as well as the food! Food is great!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Our group has been dining at Kathryn's for 8 years. During that time, the overwhelming majority of the staff has not changed - same bartenders, waiters, etc. What we can't figure out is why these folks aren't more friendly. The bartender is quite surly, no matter how hard you try to make him smile. We also find it strange that... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Kathryns' is always busy in season -- the only time we're at the beach -- and doesn't take reservations. Here's what you do: Skip lunch. Be there when they open at 5:00. Order a martini and the the shrimp and grits. No regrets.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We love Kathryn's for the great martini's and food! It is not "fine dining" but we have made this a tradition every year since it opened! We have been coming to Emerald Isle for over 25 years and I can say this is the best place and drink on the island.

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Burlington, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

Kathryn's a bad taste in our mouth. We arrived early to an almost empty restaurant. By the time we left, more than two hours later, we had watched the restaurant fill and tables of people come and go. Meanwhile, we had no food, empty glasses, and no one coming by to explain why. We ordered wine by the glass, and... More

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My partner and I have come here on many occasions and it has never disappointed. The filet mignon and fire cracker shrimp are my favorites but all the entrees I've had have been delicious. Service is right up there with the food; excellent! You may have to wait to be seated but that's what to expect for good food. Only... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

My wife and I have a house in Emerald Isle that we go to a lot. We enjoy fine dining so Kathryn's is the only real option on the island. Let me say before I go much further. The food is not bad, but for the price, not great, just average. For a local visitor, it is disappointing that they... More

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