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John's Drive In

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Sandwiches, Delicatessen
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3716 Virginia Dare Trl, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4277
(252) 261-6227
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11:00 am - 5:00 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: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 112
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 5
    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
Milkshakes!

This place has the best milkshakes. My favorite is the chocolate with peanut butter. The dolphin boats are good too. Get there early because they get busy!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
jules0691
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Madison, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This place has the best milkshakes. My favorite is the chocolate with peanut butter. The dolphin boats are good too. Get there early because they get busy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Get the mahi mahi sandwich. It is delicious and so fresh. Yummy shakes. A perfect meal after a great beach day. We have driven two hours just to come to Johns before.

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Manassas, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

John's was in walking distance to where we were chilling on the beach. The service was friendly and efficeint, the food was good and reasonably priced, and the seating out front was perfect.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Good for a quick and inexpensive meal. The burgers and chicken tenders were really good. We had a lot of food so we didn't have room for milkshakes. The can drinks are pricey, next time I will bring drinks. The parking is tricky, be careful.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

What a dive, but don't they always have the best food? This one does! The mahi mahi sandwich is awesome topped off with one of their incredible shakes! Go there and hope you can find a place to park!

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Love these local drive ins when on vacation. If there are lines...which there are....you know it's great. Food is good....so are prices. Plus the perk of having the ocean only steps away.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Holy cow! This place offers the best milkshake I think I've ever had! I will definitely go back to try their food, too. The place opened at 11 a.m., and I was third in line when it opened! Don't miss John's for a great milkshake treat!

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Glenn Dale, MD
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

After reading the review, my son and I were sure to make a visit here before we went home to Maryland. Parking is difficult here as there are only about ten spots and street parking is difficult. We had to abandon on our first pass and circled back around five minutes later and lucked out. We then found out that... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I personally do not drink milkshakes but my kids do and they raved about the milkshakes! But, just realize when you go there that it's a very busy place and the line to get food may be VERY long. But, the wait is worth it.

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Hastings, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Stopped at John's after seeing reviews on Tripadvisor. John's is exactly as described, it is a no frills drive in right by the ocean. We all had the Dolphin baskets and shakes, it was all very good. There was a line and we waited about 20 minutes for our food, but the view was very good. I was a little... 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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Sandwiches, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?