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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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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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    Very good
  • 36
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  • 20
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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
Pleasant surprise

After years of traveling to the Outer banks but dining elsewhere, we decided to try this restaurant when we won a gift certificate. We were very pleasantly surprised. The sweet potato biscuits were delicious, the seafood well prepared and the staff very friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
we4fluhs
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Factoryville, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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Orlando, Florida
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Our family has been going to Kelly's for many years. It used to be wonderful, but has really declined. We are a large group and were expecting great food and great service. Wow, were we disappointed! Of the 13 entrees ordered, only 3 were good ( not great), the remaining 10 were overcooked, over spiced, and difficult to choke down.... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Excellent, fresh seafood. The raw oysters are superb and the crab cake sandwich is awesome. Everything is great. Get there early. Gets crowded very quickly and there are not a lot of seats. Great local place. So you know the food and drinks are excellent. When crowded service can be slow, but not too bad. Never had a bad meal... More 

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Currituck, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is an Outer Banks favorite with the locals as well as the visitors. The good is amazing and the bar is fun and cozy with a huge fireplace to add to the atmosphere in the winter months and great entertainment.

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Factoryville, Pennsylvania
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

After years of traveling to the Outer banks but dining elsewhere, we decided to try this restaurant when we won a gift certificate. We were very pleasantly surprised. The sweet potato biscuits were delicious, the seafood well prepared and the staff very friendly.

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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 important to us and I will share them with our staff. Thanks for visiting Kelly's and please come back again. More 

Fredericksburg, United States
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed the appetizer and soup I ordered; crab chowder was tasty and very thick. The scallops were sweet and delicious. I did not order an entrée because I don't eat much. These two filled me completely and it is a good thing. On the appetizer menu the three scallops were $9.95. The entrees were priced at $25 and above.... 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 and I have shared them with our staff. Thanks for visiting Kelly's and please come back again. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Six of us enjoyed dining at Kelly's. Three adults had the Norfolk Seafood (shrimp, scallops, and lump crab) it was very good but a tiny bit over cooked. The poppy seed dressing, smashed garlic potatoes, and sweet potato biscuits were out of this world. They are generous with their bread and we loved it all. Owner stopped by our table... 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 and I have shared them with our staff. There are a lot of restaurants on the Outer Banks to choose from, and we are glad you chose Kelly's! Please come again. ...Lee More 

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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I visited with my husband and three small children for dinner. We walked in and were seated immediately. The place is a bit dated, but the service is excellent!! Our waiter, Aaron, was great!!! It was very quiet and we enjoyed a nice meal. The kids meals are huge and were big hit. I ordered the shrimp and my husband... 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. Thanks for choosing Kelly's Restaurant and please come back again! More 

Westminster, Maryland
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We were welcomed very graciously to Kelly's. Our waitress was prompt and helpful. I had a delicious salmon dish. Others had cream of carb soup which I tasted, it was delicious, seasoned just right. There were two children in our party and they were able to find something to their liking. Pleasant atmosphere and not too noisy. Owner or manager... 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 have shared them with our staff. We know that there are a lot of other restaurants on the OBX, and we sincerely appreciate that you chose Kelly's; and welcome you back in the future. More 

Jupiter, Florida
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

What's not to like after meeting owner during an excellent meal? The location is perfect. Manager also stopped by our table & chatted for a while. Very nice atmosphere!

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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 on Trip Advisor. Your comments are sincerely appreciated and we will share them with the staff. Thanks for choosing Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and please come back again. More 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

My husband & I ate dinner here last week as part of a bus tour to Outer Banks. Our meal was excellent. I got broiled flounder & he got crab cakes. Both were great & even better were the sides--fresh green beans and rice (as well as great rolls/biscuits). Desserts were excellent too. We tried key lime tart and raspberry... 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 on Trip Advisor. Your comments are important to us and we will share them with the staff. Thanks for choosing Kelly's and we hope you will come back again. 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: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Entertaining clients, Doing business, 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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