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Kathryn's Bistro and Martini Bar

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Seafood, American, Contemporary
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8002 Emrald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28954
252-354-6200
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  • 21
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  • 15
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best by ten miles in Emerald Isle

I don't know why it took us over 10 years of visiting Emerald Isle to get around to visiting Kathryn's which is becoming an institution. The food and service were exceptional and definitely the most creative south of Beaufort. Considering the offereings, I'm not sure why I went for the vegetarian... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2015
Douglas B
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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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New Bern, North Carolina
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75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love Kathryn's Bistro! The atmosphere is nice, service is excellent, and food is very yummy! I have ordered a number of different plates and have never run into something I did not like. I love the Fire Cracker Shrimp! You won't be disappointed. The surf & turf is awesome and so is the scallop dish, which is served with... More 

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Thank CBarr617
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kathryn's is always consistent with good food and service. It is the only finer dining restaurant in Emerald Isle. We have eaten here many times since it opened several years ago. The menu is varied from local seafood to steaks, chops, etc. all prepared in unique ways. They have a full bar which features martinis but keeps up to date... More 

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Thank Joe S
North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I returned here after several years, for my birthday dinner, on December 22. It was fabulous. The scallops were cooked and seasoned perfectly. My martini was wonderful. Thank you!

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Thank buckeye2162
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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143 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

I don't know why it took us over 10 years of visiting Emerald Isle to get around to visiting Kathryn's which is becoming an institution. The food and service were exceptional and definitely the most creative south of Beaufort. Considering the offereings, I'm not sure why I went for the vegetarian Portobello Wellington (pictured) but I'm glad I did. It... More 

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Thank Douglas B
Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

Mediocre food. Asked for additional sauce for my dish and was given cold salad dressing instead of the beurre blanc. When I pointed it out, they said they'd correct it. They scraped the salad dressing off and returned the same piece of fish on a different plate returned dried out and still with the taste of salad dressing. Really? Gross... More 

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New Bern, North Carolina
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140 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Lots of restaurants are closed for the winter season in Emerald Isle, but we were lucky enough to fine this gem. We were not disappointed in the food or the service. Rob was our waiter - and what a pro! Their wine list was extensive and well priced. Although the specials for the evening sounded great, we opted for menu... More 

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Thank Jeanne Z
New Bern, North Carolina
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150 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

This was our first time here and on a Tuesday night in November the placed was packed. Very nice, but it seems like it was set up for a luncheon seating with booths and tables very, very close together. The cosmos were very good, the service was great (Rob!) and the food was very good - albeit a bit expensive... More 

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Thank GringoDave47
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

We keep going back because we want to try an the ever changing seafood specials. The filet is melt in your mouth. Tuesday and Wed has half price wine. Great place lovely staff. Will keep going here for sure.

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Thank Missy D
New Bern
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Love the food and great service. The grouper is my favorite, but I have never been disappointed with anything that I have ordered.

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Thank JeffNewBern
Raleigh, North Carolina
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Nice atmosphere. Scallops were delicious. With the Jasmine rice the flavors were spectacular. Tuna was cooked perfectly. Nice presentations. Abundance of martinis to chose from. Grass Hopper & Milkyway were yummy, $12 ea. Our server, Morgan, was very knowledgeable about the area. She directed us to store locations and super menu choices. Little pricey but well worth it. If you... 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: Seafood, American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?