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John's Drive In

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3716 Virginia Dare Trl, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4277
12522616227
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Hours:
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 119
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  • 50
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Dolphin boats every year for over 20 years!

We come back every year. My kids love the chocolate banana peanut butter shakes too! Mahi mahi never tasted so good. Fired to perfection with some magical batter that even Arthur Treachers can't touch. The tarter and cocktail are perfect. We never miss visiting John's.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Corgilover68
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Ithaca, New York
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Ithaca, New York
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We come back every year. My kids love the chocolate banana peanut butter shakes too! Mahi mahi never tasted so good. Fired to perfection with some magical batter that even Arthur Treachers can't touch. The tarter and cocktail are perfect. We never miss visiting John's.

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Thank Corgilover68
Baltimore, Maryland
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

I have been going to the outer banks for years and Johns is always a welcome sight. Perfect place to come off the beach and grab lunch. Have to get the fried fish and the milk shakes are a great way to cool down on a hot day.

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Thank chenry1203
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

I've been eating and getting milk shakes from this dive since I was a young girl. I love it and will always recommend. I love the owners and the fam. I was pregnant with my 12 year old and always got the chocolate peanut butter shake my friend Mrs. Pat would always say your having a boy, and she was... More 

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Thank Cherry B
Poplar Branch, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Every year I enjoy coming back for a dolphin boat and chocolate milkshake or strawberry cooler. Delicious and memorable.

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Thank RoamingLadyVianne
Reading, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

This is a great walk up restaurant with fast service and good food. Milkshakes are a must. The chocolate peanut butter is the best. All food is fried, shakes are thick, so this is not for the diet conscious, but what the heck, you're on holiday!

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2 Thank Deb52653518
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We've been eating John's sandwiches for 35 years and it's still consistently good. The Mahi Mahi Fish sandwich is a specialty and I would highly recommend it and I don't even LIKE fish sandwiches but this one should not be missed. Traditional walkout ordering and laid back beach atmosphere.....always packed but that just means it's the place to get good... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

good food and prices. Had my first peanut butter milk shake, very good.. Summer season over; wish it was opened more days. One of our "must visit" places to visit each year.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Ok, first of all........... "why" does this place call themselves a drive-in? A drive-up perhaps...........LOL.....it is located on the backside of the beach......YES..........you can WALK directly over from it, order your grub, grab a seat at the bench....then return. There is limited parking near John's. So much so, it is advantageous for the driver to remain IN the car to... More 

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Thomaston, Connecticut
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119 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

A couple of good sandwiches and one meteor for one. My Cajun crab sandwich was excellent. My wife had the mahi-mahi bites and that was below average. My son had a Philly cheesesteak and he said that was totally excellent. So, overall, very good but not awesome.

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Thank RedSoxRule27
Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

I have eaten the Mahi Mahi Sandiwch many times while in Kitty Hawk enjoying the beach with the family. We have gone to John's for over 5 years in a row now and it never disappoints. You have to try it. Get one and go sit on the beach and enjoy it. Excellent.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3716 Virginia Dare Trl, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4277
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: 12522616227

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 4:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 4:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 4:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?