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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 - 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: 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice restaurant for families and friends

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
CambridgeJim
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Nashua, New Hampshire
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

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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Nashua, New Hampshire
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80 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We've been going to Kelly's for over 25 years and this years visit was another wonderful experience. Our party of 14 was served promptly and graciously by our server. The sweet potato biscuit were great as usual and my bouillabaisse was fantastic!! Everyone enjoyed the meal. Another wonderful evening at Kelly's!!

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

Thank you for the great review of Kelly's. Your comments are very important to us and I will definitel share them with our staff and chefs. Thanks again and please come back again soon. More 

VA
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Stopped in for drinks and appetizers, very nice place with beautiful décor, very clean and the staff was very friendly!

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

Thank you for the great review of Kelly's. We work really hard to serve the best and freshest food here and I'm glad to see those efforts paid off on your last visit. I'll make sure that our staff gets the recognition they deserve. Thanks again and please come back again soon. More 

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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Each of us had a great meal. My wife (who is a rather picky eater) thoroughly enjoyed her filet. I enjoyed the shrimp and scallop scampi. Sweet potato dinner rolls were great. Everything was great with the food. Went in with some hungry and cranky kids, and was able to show them the various decorations while we waited for food,... 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; we are glad you all enjoyed your meal. Your comments are very important to us and I have shared them with our staff. Thanks for visiting Kelly's and please come again! More 

Carmichaels, Pennsylvania, United States
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We enjoy the food so much that we went twice while we were there this past week. The food is delicious. The sweet potato biscuits are divine. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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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 and I will share them with our staff and with Toni - aka the Biscuit Lady! Thanks for choosing Kelly's and please come back again. More 

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

Kelly's is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year and we have visited there since they first opened. A number of their staff members have been with them for a very long time which speaks well of the management and the quality of the restaurant. Their seafood is fresh, local and cooked to perfection. If you have never had a sweet... 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 important to us and I will share them with our staff. Thanks for visiting Kelly's and please come back again! More 

Florence, South Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Reading reviews we decided to give it a try. We always try to give business to the local places. ALWAYS...We came into the outer banks on a motorcycle trip, one we take every year to a different location. We decided to sit in the bar area as it was less crowded and we could sit & eat at the bar.... 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're sorry your experience was disappointing and we hope you'll give us another chance. More 

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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 12 - 29
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Pub, Pasta, Wine Bar

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Pub, Pasta, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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