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Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern

2316 S.Croatan Hwy, US 158 Bypass. MP 10.5, Nags Head, NC 27959
+1 252-441-4116
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Ranked #23 of 72 Restaurants in Nags Head
Price range: $3 - $29
Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 2:00 am
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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English first
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 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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Greenville, NC
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The selections were good, but the food was mediocre. The ambiance and service were great, but we felt it was pricey for the amount and quality of the food.

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Mike K, Owner at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks for coming to Kellys & taking time to write. We are sorry that you felt the meal was a bit overpriced. If you care to elaborate further we'll be glad to address your concerns immediately. Thanks again. Mike Kelly More 

Ebony, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We go to Kelly's each January for our anniversary when we stay at the Outer Banks. The atmosphere and service are both wonderful and the food is excellent. Mention your anniversary and they give you all the attention a special occasion deserves. Kelly's has half price specials during happy hour and the oysters are top notch. Yes the dinners are... More 

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Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Superb Food, Wine List, Service & Atmosphere! We often go with friends and have ALWAYS been welcomed by Mr. Kelly himself! We also very much appreciated the 'on the house' dozen oysters each (!) over Veteran's Day when we identified ourselves as both being retired military. Sometimes we eat in the bar (Friday's) ... other times in the dining room... More 

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Mike K, Owner at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for the comments. Our pleasure to take care of you & your guests. Also remember if there is ever a concern let us know as soon as it occurs. Our friends such as you keep us on top by the accolades but also by evaluating the larger picture. Happy Holidays!! More 

New Brunswick, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The food and atmosphere was just wonderful! Our waitress was very friendly, we will be back very soon to enjoy it again.

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Additional Information about Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern

Address: 2316 S.Croatan Hwy, US 158 Bypass. MP 10.5, Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone Number: +1 252-441-4116
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
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
Average Prices: USD 3 - 29

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