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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 62 restaurants in Kitty Hawk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Virginia Beach, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

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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14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is the best kept secret on outer banks. you will never taste a better milk shake anywhere and the burgers are phenominal. they also have great seafood baskets. during lunch hours the place will be crowded but it is definitely worth the wait.

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Dallas, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Little bit of a wait, and crowded when we went, but friendly service and hamburger and milkshake were great! French fries ok, wish I had gotten fried mushrooms or okra. Perfect place to grab lunch in your bathing suit after a morning or afternoon of swimming and hanging at beach :-)

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The dolphin fish sub is top notch but the chocolate peanut butter milkshakes are HOF material. Cheesy fries are simple and perfect.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We have a few go to places in outer banks this being number one. It's pretty cheap, very dog friendly and damn good. Simple as that.

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

John's Drive-In is home to just about the best milkshakes on the planet. Get your basic vanilla or chocolate or add just about any "topping" to be mixed in. Trust me, the chocolate peanut butter malt is amazing. The peanut butter banana, also amazing. Their shakes aren't the only thing that's good here. The Mahi Mahi Boat is also a... More

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Roanoke
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Our first visit to the OBX and this was a great place to start. No inside seating more like a beach hut one sand dune away from the beach. But the dolphin fish was yummy. Shakes were good very casual fun place swim suite attire recommend

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