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Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern

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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 - 2:00 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: This unique restaurant welcomes families with children, large groups...
This unique restaurant welcomes families with children, large groups, small groups, offers private quaint dining, special occasion and party services, accomondates business meetings, and takes reservations! On the other side of Kelly's, behind the unique antique stained glass facade, is the smell of the free fresh popcorn which just lures you into the beautiful tavern! There you'll find more delicious food, drink specials, TVs, games, pool tables, a cozy fireplace, comfortable smoking area, a stage & huge dance floor, and a balcony too! It's a cozy place for the whole family, and later in the night it's a fun late night bar scene with a varity of live music and the best dance floor on the OBX! You can dine on a budget at Kelly's or shoot for the moon.
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Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 150
    Excellent
  • 69
    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
Kelly's ROCKS!

I was able to enjoy an awesome belated Valentine's dinner with my husband last Saturday at Kelly's. Not only was the service amazing the food was absolutely out of this world! I had a seafood trio of shrimp, scallops and crab and my husband enjoyed a steak and shrimp. Both of us were RAVING... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Kimberly3696
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Kitty Hawk, 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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284 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I was able to enjoy an awesome belated Valentine's dinner with my husband last Saturday at Kelly's. Not only was the service amazing the food was absolutely out of this world! I had a seafood trio of shrimp, scallops and crab and my husband enjoyed a steak and shrimp. Both of us were RAVING about how amazing the food was... More 

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Williamsburg
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Don't worry if the parking lot is full. They can probably still fit you in, as they have over 300 seats. It is a lot bigger inside than it appears, and a lot more elegant too! You don't have to dress-up to enter nor to appreciate the atmosphere. if you want the bar scene, they have that available, with pool... More 

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PITTSBORO
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Driving down the Croatan Highway in mid February my husband and I noticed a restaurant sitting back from the road which was packed. We decided to stop and have dinner to see what the commotion was all about. Kellys restaurant was even better than we could have imagined. Our waitress Trish was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and helped my... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Enjoyed a wonderful evening and delectable dinner at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern this evening. Capped off with mmm-mmm delicious dessert! All gluten-free. Gluten free is of medical importance to a member in my family. Kelly's understands gluten allergy through & through, and delivers spot on. The entree selections are marvelous; wonderful, caring service. Thank you Mike Kelly and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere, accommodating staff, friendly service! Delightful dining experience. Absolutely love this place! Excellent knowledge of handling GF & shellfish allergies --- we ate with confidence knowing our food was handled with proper care, meeting our GF and shellfish allergies. Awesome!

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Cary, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The service was excellent, and the bread was also good. The appetizer was fried shrimp with a jerk coating that was very good. I also had the shrimp and scallops pasta which was fine, but not terribly exciting. Generally the food and atmosphere was good but not exceptional. For the Outer Banks in the winter, I suspect that it is... More 

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Annandale, Virginia
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

As a 24 year veteran of working in the restaurant business, I've had my share of great experiences. I was visiting OBX recently, off season. I live 300 miles away so when I'm there I try to eat in as many different places as possible. However, this time the food, service, and overall impression were so outstanding the first night... More 

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Flint
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

We've visited the outer banks for 44 years and this was our first visit to Kellys. Not much to choose from in January but we will add Kellys to our list of favorites.

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Akron, Ohio, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Folks, this place has got it all together. A warm and immediate greeting by the hostess. Great ambiance with beautiful rich wood interior done in a nautical motif. Beautiful fish mounts, antique fish pictures, and old photos of OBX life fill the dining rooms, all collected personally by the owner. Mr. Kelly, the owner, is passionate about fish, and the... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Great dinner experience with a group of 6. Very attentive service. The oyster special was a delight followed by seafood Norfolk. Good serving size, fresh, and well presented. Coming in December means no crowds and everybody incl hostess, manager, owner, and server took time to make us feel welcome and appreciated.

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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 3 - 29

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

This unique restaurant welcomes families with children, large groups, small groups, offers private quaint dining, special occasion and party services, accomondates business meetings, and takes reservations! On the other side of Kelly's, behind the unique antique stained glass facade, is the smell of the free fresh popcorn which just lures you into the beautiful tavern! There you'll find more delicious food, drink specials, TVs, games, pool tables, a cozy fireplace, comfortable smoking area, a stage & huge dance floor, and a balcony too! It's a cozy place for the whole family, and later in the night it's a fun late night bar scene with a varity of live music and the best dance floor on the OBX! You can dine on a budget at Kelly's or shoot for the moon.
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?