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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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  • 81
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  • 19
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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
Very Good Food, Odd Drinks

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Charlottesville, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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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35 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Raleigh, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We discovered Kathryn's Bistro and Martini Bar many years ago. Looking for a different type of place to eat out at in Emerald Isle, we tripped across Kathryn's. Since then, we have continued to include Kathryn's on our "go to" list. The menu offers something for meat eaters, seafood lovers and everyone in between. Loved the soft shell crabs. Servings... More 

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Jacksonville, NC
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We have been a few times. Very nice atmosphere, somewhat pricey, but drinks always great. When we eat dinner, we have had great meals but every so often one member of the family has a miss and that is why we cannot rate it 5 stars. If you let the owner know, he will remedy it. Sometimes the service is... More 

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Boulder CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

During our vacation, we dined out with another couple. We had wonderful martinis at the bar while waited for our table. Wait staff was superb. The meals were all excellent - included shrimp, steak and caesar salads.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Nice atmosphere but the staff was not overly friendly. The appetizer was good, we had the crab dip but the entrées were very rich, almost like the dip and we could not finish them. The food was not bad but way too cheesy and rich.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is a nice restaurant with good food and martinis. A little more upscale than most restaurants in EI but not pretentious. Good, reliable food - we usually enjoy the fresh grouper or a nice filet mignon. Decent wine list and a broad list of cocktails. Family friendly.

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Additional Information about Kathryn's Bistro and Martini Bar

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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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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