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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 - 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: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 100
    Excellent
  • 42
    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
Right by the beach!

We actually drove far out of our way to visit this restaurant after getting a recommendation from a friend. This place was hopping; it is obviously very popular! It's all about the mahi-mahi boat- delicious. Despite being very busy, service was good and we didn't have to wait too long for our food... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
ali00per
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Norfolk, Virginia
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Norfolk, Virginia
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We actually drove far out of our way to visit this restaurant after getting a recommendation from a friend. This place was hopping; it is obviously very popular! It's all about the mahi-mahi boat- delicious. Despite being very busy, service was good and we didn't have to wait too long for our food. Be aware that this is a drive... More 

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Walkertown, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We had one of our party run up to Johns for takeout so we could eat on the beach; we had shrimp boats, burger boats and a fish boat; everyone of us was very pleased with the delicious food still hot and a gracious plenty; my bro TW and Robin know all they yummy places and this is definitely one!

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New Bern, North Carolina
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

John's is not your typical Drive-In facility. The carryout plates are very delicious - love the Mahi boat, my favorite. They also offer other seafood dinners as well as sandwiches and burgers. If you are looking for affordable, fresh quality, local seafood and don't need the fuss of a tablecloth and cloth napkins, you can't beat this place.

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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

This great OBX institution is a must visit for great milk shakes, burgers , dogs and fish tacos! Walk up from beach, bike , or simply drop in for simple food made fabulous!

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Easton, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

If it wasn't for the fact that parking is limited I'd have given 5 stars. The Mahi Sub was absolute Heaven on a sub roll! My daughter got the Crab Cake sandwich and the wife had the BLT...we all ordered Milkshakes and shared a order of fries which were the way Fries are supposed to be...crispy on the outside, soft... More 

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Jarvisburg, North Carolina
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Milkshakes awesome just a few - chocolate banana, Chocolate Malt,, Chocolate Strawberry all good & others. Subs whether fish or beef awesome as well as the sides They have something for everyone & Don't forget the puppy cups of vanilla ice cream

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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This place is great! The mahi sandwich is so good! We ate at a neighboring restaurant the same week did not even compare to Johns. They give you so much fish unlike the other place. What a great find! We will definitely be back on our next trip!

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Montpelier, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I reviewed John's last year when we were in Nags Head for vacation. I could have written that same positive review for them the past 20 years before since we have vacationed yearly at this beach for as long as I can remember. We LOVE John's and it is a must go to place for our family. We were there... More 

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Abingdon, Virginia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

We love this place! The food is awesome! There was a little bit of a wait but that's because this a popular spot to eat. I found this place on TripAdvisor & made a point to stop by during our stay. I was not disappointed. The food was sooo good, prices good, & the service was great too in spite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

The wonderful place if you always like to try something new!!!!! They have over 20 different flavors of ice cream. Delicious, very creamy and the best ice cream I've ever tried. The GREAT PLACE to go with the family and friends. My brother and sister absolutely fell in love in Johns Drive in. Also you MUST visit their SECOND location!!!!!... More 

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Additional Information about John's Drive In

Address: 3716 Virginia Dare Trl, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4277
Phone Number: (252) 261-6227
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
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
Cuisine: Sandwiches, Delicatessen

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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: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
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?