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Black Pelican Oceanfront Restaurant

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3848 Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4278
(252) 261-3171
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 595
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  • 398
    Very good
  • 176
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  • 47
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  • 30
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Something for everyone

This is a very good restaurant that has been continuously operating on the OBX for what seems like forever. It is consistently good over the years and has a menu with something for everyone in your group. From good fish to steaks to pizza to pasta they have it all. Served fast by friendly staff.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Bridge M M
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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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Powhatan, Virginia
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

great place to go in the obx for steamed oysters!! daily drink and food specials and they have the online game buzztime!! terrific wood fired pizzasC!!

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a very good restaurant that has been continuously operating on the OBX for what seems like forever. It is consistently good over the years and has a menu with something for everyone in your group. From good fish to steaks to pizza to pasta they have it all. Served fast by friendly staff.

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Thank Bridge M M
Rodanthe, North Carolina
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always a favorite and usually perfection. Tonight was not a perfectly prepared fish, but the Black Pelican staff wins extra kudos for turning a subpar experience into an extraordinary one. Kudos to server Allie and manager Frieda for being superstars.

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Thank Rick S
Hagerstown, Maryland
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59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the few restaurants that is open year round. I had the shrimp and crab sauté and could not finish it. Very rich but yummy. Veggies were cooked to perfection. Would definitely return.

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Thank jilcc
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not your standard fried shrimp and crab cakes type restaurant. They actually put some effort into creating a seafood dish that you can't get anywhere else. It was absolutely delicious too.

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Thank Brian H
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came down from DC to do a sampling for my daughter's weed reception. The owner and staff were great and the food and deserts were fantastic. Came back before the wedding and had lunch with family and several wedding party members. Again the food was awesome with very generous portions. The local version of chowder is to die for.

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Thank DOC_SGM
Greeley, Colorado
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43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whenever we are in the OBX, we make it a point to eat at the Black Pelican. Never had a bad meal there. Seafood is obviously their specialty. There can be long lines if you go during rush hours (5-8). We usually go about 4:30 and the service and everything is better because the staff aren't so busy. Price are... More 

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Thank Driftinman
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent fresh local food offerings in a rustic beach and historical setting (News of the Wright Brothers first successful flight was telegraphed from this location).

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Thank Rebel53
Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great dinner at the Black Pelican. The crab cakes and pecan crusted Mahi were the highlight. The homemade dressings are outstanding. The key lime pie is also not to be missed. Our waiter was pleasant and on top of everything.

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Thank CrystalM7373
Fishkill
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The service was great, but the food was ok. Didn't like the sauces on the fish and the cheese cake was lacking.

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Thank Margaret S

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3848 Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4278
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: (252) 261-3171

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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