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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 #27 of 71 Restaurants in Nags Head
Price range: $3 - $29
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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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Windsor, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I was a little disappointed with Kelly's Restaurant. I was expecting more after reading the reviews. We went there because it was not busy like many of the other restaurants with good reviews. Our waiter was nice and the food was good. My crab cake was very good but some of the others in our party of four said the... More

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Windsor, Canada
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152 reviews 152 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

On a busy summer weekend we made reservations and were glad we did. The wait times can be an issue. Our party of 7 ordered Oysters Rockefeller, Soft Crab. Gulf Shrimp and three salads. The only plate that wasn't cleared was a salad with balsamic vinaigrette. Our entree's were Bouillabaisse, Whole Steamed Lobster. Tile Fish, 8 oz steak and crab... More

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Nags Head, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I've been going to Kelly's since I was a wee one... and it's always amazing. The atmosphere is killer and the food/service rock. Noshed down on some Jerk Tilefish last week and it was killer! Get their homemade dressing on the salads and ask for xtra sweet potato biscuits! Great Oyster specials in the offseason too. I love how Mike... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Visited Kelly's twice during our trip to OBX. We liked the friendly faces, service, and good food so much the first time, we decided to return. Of the six adults, we all agreed on the return visit. If I had to nit-pick, I would say that their service level declined noticeably at the end of both visits. But even at... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This reviews an individual's meal within a greater family order. I had a pre-dinner Cosmopolitan, the Gulf shrimp appetizer, shared a calamari appetizer, the clam chowder soup and the salmon dinner. Ordering the cosmo, I was asked if I wanted olive juice and an olive. When reminded, they corrected themselves. The Gulf shrimp were ovetcooked; a bit chewy and the... More

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Annapolis
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Our group (11 diners) visited Kelly's because it is one of the few places in the Outer Banks that you can order late night food. When we arrived, the tavern doormen asked us to pay the $5 cover but when we explained that we planned on eating, they informed us there was no charge, though they didn't act very happy... More

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We have been going to Kelly' every summer and are still happy to call it on of our favorites! The food is fresh, good portions and the service is outstanding. We love the dded touch of separate wait staff for drinks and food. My husband always gets the steak oscar and my favorite is the soft shells- not too heavily... More

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Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

After multiple visits to the sister restaurant Pamlico Jack's we visited Kelly's... the menus are different but similar in overall quality / style. Kelly's has a much more formal feel with smaller areas broken off from the main dining area. The food was as we expected - EXCELLENT! The decor is beach / ocean oriented as opposed to pirate but... More

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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Kelly's is consistently one of the best restaurants on the Outer Banks. The crab soup, sweet potato biscuits and the fresh NC seafood collection are all excellent. Our server, Estella, made our dinner even more enjoyable.

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Oakland, Maryland
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Our family had a fantastic evening dining at Kelly's! We had lobster, ribs & crab cakes all were prepared to perfection! Our server Sarah was outstanding! A dining must when visiting the Outter Banks!

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