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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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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

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Visitor rating
  • 91
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 7
    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
The BEST EVER!!

The food is pretty simple, but good. Good sized portions of all types of seafood and burgers. The "to die for"?? Their Shakes! All different flavors. Each better than the next. A must stop when visiting the OBX.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
John D
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New York
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

The staff here are rude. We order food that took forever to cook. We finally got our food and it was all raw and under cooked. These people have no clue on how to cook any food. They are way OVER PRICED. The people take care of their locals instead of the people who actually do travel there to eat... More 

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New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

The food is pretty simple, but good. Good sized portions of all types of seafood and burgers. The "to die for"?? Their Shakes! All different flavors. Each better than the next. A must stop when visiting the OBX.

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Stopped for ice cream... It was good but they don't have the "wet" walnuts (disappointing).. But overall it was good. When down at the beach it is a "must stop" place.

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OBX
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

Love the fish and chips but today I had a cheeseburger. John's never let's me down. Great food, great people, great atmosphere.

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Always fresh seafood, delicious batter, and the atmosphere can't be beat. I love it that some things don't change!

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I had written a review a while back and I have to say they have improved greatly. The food,shakes and service was fantastic. Glad that a friend talked me into going again. Two thumbs up!

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Selma, North Carolina, United States
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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We loved the Dolphin Boat & peanut butter chocolate milkshake! Not a lot of parking so arrive at an 'off' time if possible or keep circling until you find a spot-it's worth it! Note their closing time changes daily but ranges from 4-5pm.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

They have the Best fried Mahi. This meal is great every year and is an absolute must everytime. Parking could be much better and the wait in line can be daunting if you get there at a bad time. Other than that, this place is a must.

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

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
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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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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

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?