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Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern

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American, Seafood, Pub, Pasta, Wine Bar
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2316 S.Croatan Hwy, US 158 Bypass. MP 10.5, Nags Head, NC 27959
+1 252-441-4116
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4:30 pm - 1:00 am
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Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Celebrating 30 years as a family owned and operated local's favorite...
Celebrating 30 years as a family owned and operated local's favorite, Kelly's features angus beef, chicken, pasta and vegetarian dishes, highlighting North Carolina Outer Banks Catch seafood! Enjoy a wide range of menu options from raw bar selections, grilled, broiled or fried fresh fish to steamed oysters, clams, shrimp and crab legs. Kelly's is famous not only for their fresh seafood dishes but for their mouth-watering sweet potato biscuits and made from scratch delectable desserts - made in house daily. Kelly's offers an extensive Wine Spectator award-winning wine collection that will complement any meal. The Executive Chef and culinary staff will accommodate gluten-free and other dietary requests. Families and groups large and small are always welcome and easily accommodated at Kelly's. Kid's menus are available. Kelly's boasts a AAA 3-Star rating and has been featured in Bon Appetit, Gourmet and NC's Our State magazines and numerous other publications. Dinner seating is nightly from 4:30 till 10 pm year-round (except Christmas Day). The separate full-service tavern features nightly entertainment that has showcased not only the best regional bands but national acts as well. You can reserve space for a private party, including the tavern, or you can secure Kelly's for premier catering services with or without wait staff. Casual dining at its best with a unique, one-of-a-kind collection of local art, artifacts and Outer Banks memorabilia displayed throughout - Kelly's is must on your dining To Do list!
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    Very good
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    Average
  • 22
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Glad We Came Back

Haven't been here for years, since they didn't accommodate large parties (we were split between 2 tables many years ago). This year there was four of us, so we stopped by for dinner. We didn't get into the dining room, but were seated out near the lobby. At first I wasn't pleased, but the server... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
PJWallyrock
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Charles Town, West Virginia
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
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English first
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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We were at the restaurant with a large party. The waitress was awesome! She worked hard to get our orders right and out in a timely fashion. The steamed shrimp and clams were excellent. The mushroom salad was tasty and good. The kids meals were plentiful. The crab soup was disappointing. The Sherry made the soup taste bitter and it... More 

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KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. Your comments are very important and I have shared them with our staff. Thanks for visiting Kelly's and please come back again. More 

Robersonville, Nc
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The service in the main dining room stopped being good after the drink orders were taken. The waitress introduced herself while pouring ice water. we could not understand her. she removed our things on the table before we finished. we were going to order after dinner drinks. went down stairs to dance floor. Better service from the bar staff...

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KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. Your comments are very important to us and I have shared them with our staff. We're sorry that your experience was not enjoyable, but we hope you'll give us another chance and come back again.. More 

Rye Brook, New York
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

It took us barely 5 mins to find a table for dinner at Kelly's after we called them from the car on our way to Nags Head. The staff was very friendly and managed our order perfectly - the kids meal came quickly with the appetizer, as per our request. The appetizer and entrees were very nicely prepared and tasted... More 

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KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback; your comments are very important to us. We're glad that you enjoyed your meals at Kelly's and we hope you'll come back again soon. More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is the perfect restaurant to have an outstanding meal to complete your stay in the Outer Banks. This fine establishment has friendly, quick, and excellent service. The food is excellent and worth the price. I would feel confident to recommend any item from the menu. Do not shy away if you have kids. Order a Shirley Temple and ask... More 

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KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. Your comments are very important to us and I will share them with our staff. Thanks for visiting Kelly's and please come back again. More 

Charles Town, West Virginia
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105 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Haven't been here for years, since they didn't accommodate large parties (we were split between 2 tables many years ago). This year there was four of us, so we stopped by for dinner. We didn't get into the dining room, but were seated out near the lobby. At first I wasn't pleased, but the server was very personable and made... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback and we're glad you came back to Kelly's too! Your comments are important to us and I have shared them with our staff. More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The service is Kelly's is nice, they may not be the fastest restaurant, but they make up for it with the very friendly staff. The atmosphere is very relaxed, so it is a nice place to go on a family dinner. Our food was good, and the rolls they provide are very good. Kelly's was nice stop on our trip... More 

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KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. Your comments are very important to us and I have shared them with our staff (and the gift shop). Thanks for dining at Kelly's and please come back again. More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Having dined at Kelly's several times over the last 30+ years I recommended this place to those I was traveling with last night. Immediately upon entering the restaurant I wondered why we were greeted with a fan blowing hot air out the front door. Time capsule warp, the establishment looked exactly the same as it did many years ago, now... More 

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KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. Even though your visit to Kelly's did not meet your expectations, we value your comments and will share them with our staff and management. More 

Nashua, New Hampshire
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90 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We had a group of 9 adults and went to dinner around 7PM when the restaurant was pretty busy. The place has a number of rooms so it's very comfortable and doesn't feel crowded. I know it's hard to service a table that size and keep everyone happy but our server was John and he wasn't rattled by all the... More 

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KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. Your comments are very important to us and I have shared them with John and our staff. Thanks for visiting Kelly's and we hope you'll come back again soon. More 

Richmond, Virginia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The atmosphere was casual, but the pricing was luxury. That said, the food was delicious, and almost worth the price. However, It did remind me of your everyday Red Lobster on the inside but with a gift shop. My waitress was accommodating but was pushy in a way that didn't sit well with me. She was quick to clear the... More 

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KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. Your feedback is very important to us and I have shared them with our staff. Kelly's Restaurant is a proud member of Outer Banks Catch, a nonprofit organization that supports local commercial fishermen who earn their living bringing fresh, seasonal seafood to our restaurant and to our customers. Thanks for choosing Kelly's and we hope... More 

Grandville, Michigan
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Great service and delicious food. Prices were a bit high, but we went for the 20% off early bird special (between 4:30-5:30pm) so that was helpful. Healthy portions and a variety of complimentary breads made this meal satisfying and enjoyable for all of us. Our waiter was especially on the ball and kept our drinks filled and made sure we... More 

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KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. Your comments are very important to us and I have shared them with our staff. We work hard to offer good food and friendly, efficient service, and I’m so glad your visit was enjoyable. Thanks for coming in and please come back! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2316 S.Croatan Hwy, US 158 Bypass. MP 10.5, Nags Head, NC 27959
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-4116

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 29
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Pub, Pasta, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions

Description

Celebrating 30 years as a family owned and operated local's favorite, Kelly's features angus beef, chicken, pasta and vegetarian dishes, highlighting North Carolina Outer Banks Catch seafood! Enjoy a wide range of menu options from raw bar selections, grilled, broiled or fried fresh fish to steamed oysters, clams, shrimp and crab legs. Kelly's is famous not only for their fresh seafood dishes but for their mouth-watering sweet potato biscuits and made from scratch delectable desserts - made in house daily. Kelly's offers an extensive Wine Spectator award-winning wine collection that will complement any meal. The Executive Chef and culinary staff will accommodate gluten-free and other dietary requests. Families and groups large and small are always welcome and easily accommodated at Kelly's. Kid's menus are available. Kelly's boasts a AAA 3-Star rating and has been featured in Bon Appetit, Gourmet and NC's Our State magazines and numerous other publications. Dinner seating is nightly from 4:30 till 10 pm year-round (except Christmas Day). The separate full-service tavern features nightly entertainment that has showcased not only the best regional bands but national acts as well. You can reserve space for a private party, including the tavern, or you can secure Kelly's for premier catering services with or without wait staff. Casual dining at its best with a unique, one-of-a-kind collection of local art, artifacts and Outer Banks memorabilia displayed throughout - Kelly's is must on your dining To Do list!
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
4:30 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
4:30 pm - 2:00 am

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