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Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

$$$
Seafood, Grill
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2106 N Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-7946
+1 252-441-5955
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Worth the wait

Had dinner here with my family recently. The wait was over 90 minutes. Thankfully we were able to find seats while we waiting, and although we were not at the bar or table, the bartender and waitress hooked us up with appetizers and drinks. The steamed shrimp and crab cocktail were amazing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Amy M
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Maryland
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Had dinner here with my family recently. The wait was over 90 minutes. Thankfully we were able to find seats while we waiting, and although we were not at the bar or table, the bartender and waitress hooked us up with appetizers and drinks. The steamed shrimp and crab cocktail were amazing! Everyone enjoyed their meals as well.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Beware if you are going with a large group, go some where else. We called ahead to see if we could do call ahead seating for 10 "nope". So we all trucked down there, wait time... 2 hours then we could not even sit with each other. Was the food worth the wait? Mine was excellent!! My daughter not so... More 

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Gloucester, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had a group of 10 and were told there was a 30-45 minute wait, so one of the mom's with us who had two little girls went next door to a gift shop to kill time. We were called to our table a little sooner and the mom and two girls were still nextdoor. Because they were not with... More 

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Newark Valley, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Living up to its name, Awful Arthur's was just awful. I ordered a shrimp salad that tasted so salty that it was returned and I did not have to pay for it. It looked like it was made with canned baby shrimp (they are supposed to use all fresh seafood). It left me so disgusted, that I couldn't order anything... More 

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This place had good food and decent service. We had a large crowd and were seated quickly. Management is above average and when I went back for drinks the bar was very knowledgable and attentive.

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Waterford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We stop here every year when we're in OBX - we love it! There is nothing 'awful' about this place. Service is always perfect - just attentive enough - and the food is always great. Lots of fried items, but they work and don't feel too heavy. A must visit during a trip to OBX.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We loved the atmosphere and food was great. We had to wait 1 1/2 hour to wait for a table. Just noticed we seen 5 groups were seated before us that didn't wait long. Even our bar waiter noticed we were sitting a long time. I was going to say something but was so hungry the food was worth the... More 

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Canandaigua, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We went to Awful Arthur's for a taste of the Outer Banks and we were not disappointed. The oysters, shrimp and crabs were all delectable. I have Celiac and the waitress was very knowledgeable and very helpful. I know in a second how safe it is to eat somewhere from the reaction of the wait staff. I am not a... More 

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Loved this restaurant. You've got to try a soft shell crab sandwich, just to say you've done it. The service was great and there is quite a good draft beer selection. They are a little off the beaten path but worth it.

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Phillipsburg, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We went for a late lunch arriving about 2:30. Even so were forced to wait 30 minutes for table. If we wanted, we were told to go upstairs during the wait and order apps/drinks ($$$). Table in back by bathrooms which were disgusting and smell entered table area. Waitress ignored request to warm up the cold chowder. Another server did... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2106 N Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-7946
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kill Devil Hills
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-5955

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Grill

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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