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Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern

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American, Seafood, 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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Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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  • 160
    Excellent
  • 71
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great customer service!

After a very long couple of weeks, we were grumpy and hungry. We decided to go to Kelly's Tavern for a quick bite, and went in to the lounge to decide what to eat. We were greeted by Kat as if we were long lost friends. She made us feel very welcome and both the ladies gave us personalized and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Gypsy M
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Nags Head, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Nags Head, North Carolina
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

After a very long couple of weeks, we were grumpy and hungry. We decided to go to Kelly's Tavern for a quick bite, and went in to the lounge to decide what to eat. We were greeted by Kat as if we were long lost friends. She made us feel very welcome and both the ladies gave us personalized and... More 

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Nags Head, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Early Bird Specials; great food; wonderful service. So much Outer Banks History to be viewed while in this remarkable building.

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Nags Head, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Open 364 days a year, only one on the Outer Banks. Welcomes meetings. A good night club. Mike Kelly is one of the most public minded people here.

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Nags Head, NC
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58 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We have eaten at Kelly's many times in the 12 years we have been here. Each time is a surprise, in the sense that the "good" keeps on getting better. We were there recently with a dear friend who was visiting from Colorado and craved seafood. She got what she wanted and more, and we also had our fill of... More 

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Grandy, North Carolina
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63 reviews 63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Kelly's has great food, atmosphere and service...always! Highly recommended! This is a must visit for locals and vacationers.

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Frostburg, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Last June my wife and I had our wedding catered by Kelly's. Everything was perfect and delicious. Customer service was beyond excellent. I highly recommend Kelly's to everyone.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

Had an early dinner in Kelly's Sunday, March 15, and got there just as lots of revelers were gathering for the party in the tavern to celebrate St.Patrick's Day. However, the dining room was quiet and our server was fun and personable. The food was fabulous, largest piece of flounder I have ever had, sweet potato biscuits melted in my... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Checked out trip advisor for a restaurant in the outer banks and choose Kelly's from the reviews and they didn't disappoint. We had the seared scallops, the slow roasted prime rib and the pan fried boneless chicken breast specials. Plus we had the sesame fried tuna w/Asian dipping sauce. Everything was excellent The tuna was great and the chicken was... More 

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Grover, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Dale was our server and was amazing. Mr Kelly came by the table and was great fun. The food quality was off the scale terrific. My steak was cooked perfectly, the steamed oysters were the best I've ever had. Strong wine list, shag dancing and sweet potato biscuits. The best of OBX.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My husband and I decided to take a last minute getaway to Nags Head and decided to try Kelly's for the first time. We were majorly impressed. Ravann was great serving us and even gave us pointers on where to go for the St. Patricks Parade. We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kelly as well. We were so impressed... 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, Pasta, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?