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John's Drive In

3716 Virginia Dare Trl, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4277
(252) 261-6227
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Ranked #11 of 59 restaurants in Kitty Hawk
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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English first
Newport News, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We have to visit every time we come to the OBX! No frills, but good food and the milk shakes are out of this world. The only reason we gave 4 stars this time instead of 5 was they didn't have either the hush puppies or fried okra which we like and the fries were over done. Will still be... More

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Ocean City, Md USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

Yummy! Milkshakes, the fish is so good! Love the vibe at the place! Not crazy prices. My friends live in Grandy and come here all the time. I even tried the barbecue and it was tasty also. Will be back

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Tucson, Arizona
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168 reviews 168 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Boy are we lucky. We were able to sneak in just before John's closed for the season! A few more folks may get the chance to eat at John's in 2013, but this shack with unbelievable milk shakes, "skins-on" fries, great mahi burgers, will soon close for the year. You pull up to John's right on the beach road (as... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

This place was recommended by a business acquaintance. Drive or walk up and get a great meal. We both ordered the mahi boat for lunch and were rewarded with a large amount of mahi and fries. Dinner was out of the question that night.

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Best dolphine boats anywhere, and the milkshakes are sooo good, my daughter and her husband and children come a few times a year and if John's is closed they are really sad.

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Used to recommend this place for tourists, but it is poor quality and bad service at rip-off prices. Am a native local, and there are many better places to spend your hard-earned vacation dollars.

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Herndon
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29 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I had a great experience when I visited John's last week. Living in an area where the old fashioned drive-in restaurants are few and far between, I was delighted by my nostalgic experience at John's. I ate a plain cheeseburger, my boyfriend had the "Dolphin boat sandwich" (mahi-mahi). Food was fresh, french fries crispy and I topped it off with... More

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Youngstown, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

After hearing and reading great reviews on Johns we decided to grab some for lunch one day while vacationing in Kitty Hawk. We ordered 2 burgers, a large fry, 2 chocolate milkshakes. The burgers were ok, the fries tasted like they had been in the freezer awhile and then coated in grease - threw them out, milkshakes tasted like a... More

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Glen Allen, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

we've gone to John's every year @ the OBX, but this time it was terrible. they no longer serve "soft serve ice cream", ok, we're fine with that, but the chocolate ice cream they served us had freezer burn, it was terrible. my husband had a chocolate shake, our favorite place on the beach to get shakes, and it was... More

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Prices are a little high and the hours they are open could be longer but the food and milk shakes are well worth the 30-45 minute wait at times. And old fashioned Drive-In, you have to go up to the window and make your order and then sit and wait while it is being freshly prepared. Those home made shakes... More

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