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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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  • 72
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 16
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  • 11
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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
Our Very Own First Class Restaurant

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 3, 2014
isabel_stout
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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
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Raleigh, NC
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

My husband just said, now that we're at home 2-&-1/2 hours away and it's time for supper, that he thought he'd run down to Emerald Isle to pick up some shrimp and grits from Kathryn's: "See you tomorrow!". Right, like I wouldn't be going with him. Kathryn's has THE BEST S & G's we've ever had (formerly, Crook's Corner in... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We visited Katherine's Bistro for the first time on March 27, 2015. Greeted at the door by hostess who told us she could not seat us til ALL 6 of our part was there. We had 5 present including 2 grandchildren. My husband looked at the seating area and only 4 booths were occupied. The rest of the restaurant was... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I've been here several times and every time is excellent. I now live in the area and look forward to coming back. The staff is friendly and the owners are great!

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North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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154 reviews 154 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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 via mobile

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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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

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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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?