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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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Today
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 85
    Excellent
  • 35
    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
Most recent review
Great place

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 28, 2014
Charlene H
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Colerain, North Carolina, United States
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
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133 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Colerain, North Carolina, United States
Senior Contributor
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
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Virginia Beach, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you are looking for a great family restaurant with an oceanview this is it. Dolphin Sandwiches and Milkshakes are the best, and the prices fit any family budget. No inside seating, but who needs that when you can eat on clean picnic tables and fell the ocean breeze. Great for people with young children, they can play in the... More 

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Montpelier, VA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is one of our go-to places when we visit the Nags Head area. This restaurant looks like a shack on the side of the road because that's what it is. But we wouldn't miss it for the world. The milkshakes are what take us there but we have gotten food items as well, all delicious! It can be crowded... More 

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Waynesboro
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My family has been coming to John's for as long as I can remember. The food is always great and we always look forward to it. I have my own family now and planned to continue our tradition of coming to John's multiple times on our vacation. Today after a 6 hour drive our first stop was Johns. My 11... More 

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Awesome place in Kitty Hawk on the beach rd. local fav. Known for the dolphin boat, and milkshakes. been going there since I was a little girl. A must when you visit the OBX.

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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?