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John's Drive In

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3716 Virginia Dare Trl, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4277
(252) 261-6227
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Hours:
Mon - Tue 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 86
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best little place for food and ice cream, Dogs welcome :)

We love their food and ice cream. my dog goes crazy during the winter when we drive by and they are closed as that's also her favorite place. Highly recommend eating here and enjoying the ocean right across the street.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Jacquelyne D
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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
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137 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We love their food and ice cream. my dog goes crazy during the winter when we drive by and they are closed as that's also her favorite place. Highly recommend eating here and enjoying the ocean right across the street.

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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59 reviews 59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

You have to get the sliders! !! Unbelievable! ! I see many of these in my future!! So many great choices ... the hubby loves the dolphin boats!!

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Went to John's Drive-In on opening day 2015. Despite the cold rain & wind, it was a sunny spot with their smiling faces & friendly service! We got fried Mahi sandwiches and they were delicious! I would have given five stars but the pieces of fish seemed on the small side. It's a traditional favorite of ours so we'll give... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Delicious Mahi-Mahi. Very fresh and cooked perfectly. The burgers are cooked fresh and we loved them.The milkshakes are great! So many different flavor combinations. They have a few tables outside but it's a great place for "to go" food

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Colerain, North Carolina, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We stopped at John's on the way home from our vacation. Both of us ordered hamburgers with fries. Had a short wait while they cooked everything up. Hot and delicious. Husband ordered milkshake, he was impressed. This place is always full when ever we have rode by and we are there a lot. I guess the lady noticed that I... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Have been going every vaca for 3 years now. Went 3 times this past trip. Must try: Swirl Cone (so much REAL DAIRY!) Dolphin Boat Vanilla Shake See you next year!

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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This place is just a old charmer we have to hit along the way when in town,still loven the peanutbutter milkshakes. The food is good just not good for my diet these days, not to "many healthy choice" just yummy ones.

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This place is always full all the time. I believe if it were open 24/7 it would be crowed 24/7. Any kind of milk shake that you can think of can be made here. Just a neat OBX landmark!

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

John's is a local icon and a must-do for any vacation. It's a throwback to simpler times...great food, great people, and the shakes oh my! It's an outdoor walk up, so don't expect to sit in the AC...but you can enjoy the atmosphere of a perfect beach day, sit at one of the outdoor picnic tables, enjoy a conversation with... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

John's is basically just a shack on the side of the road, and if you drove past it, you wouldn't think much of it. We were staying within walking distance of it, so we decided to try it for lunch one day, and we loved it. I had the fried mahi sandwich, and for around $5, it was fantastic. Everyone... More 

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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: (252) 261-6227

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?