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Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern

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American, Seafood, 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, Reservations, Takeout
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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Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 163
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 36
    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
Great Food, Service and Atmosphere.

Easter Sunday on vacation forced us to review OBX dining options via TA and Online. Checked out options, reviews and pricing and we chose Kelly's for our Easter meal at night. The atmosphere is nautical, homey, warm and inviting. We were seated promptly and were warmly greeted by Carol, our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
CandyMan627
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Lutherville, Maryland
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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301 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

It was awesome nothing was wrong thank u dusty are server for making it special I will come back and bill and Mr Kelly for visiting our table it made my friend experience our food the desserts are to die for thanks jamie

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Richmond, Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I've come here a lot over the years. During high season its always packed. Check out their website for calendar events. During off season is when I like to visit the most. Its still lively, but not as crowded, a little more local color. They have bands and brews. It is an eclectic mix from rock cover bands to rap... More 

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Lutherville, Maryland
Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Easter Sunday on vacation forced us to review OBX dining options via TA and Online. Checked out options, reviews and pricing and we chose Kelly's for our Easter meal at night. The atmosphere is nautical, homey, warm and inviting. We were seated promptly and were warmly greeted by Carol, our server, who has been part of the Kelly's family since... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Meal was awesome. Service was awesome. Ask for Shaun. He is retired military. And an awesome waiter!!!!

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maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Meals terrific. Prime Rib needed to be a bit better. Dale our server wonderful lady! Very professional. Atmosphere sesational. Nite club after realllll fun!

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Nags Head, North Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

After a very long couple of weeks, we were grumpy and hungry. We decided to go to Kelly's Tavern for a quick bite, and went in to the lounge to decide what to eat. We were greeted by Kat as if we were long lost friends. She made us feel very welcome and both the ladies gave us personalized and... More 

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Nags Head, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Early Bird Specials; great food; wonderful service. So much Outer Banks History to be viewed while in this remarkable building.

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Nags Head, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Open 364 days a year, only one on the Outer Banks. Welcomes meetings. A good night club. Mike Kelly is one of the most public minded people here.

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Nags Head, NC
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93 reviews 93 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We have eaten at Kelly's many times in the 12 years we have been here. Each time is a surprise, in the sense that the "good" keeps on getting better. We were there recently with a dear friend who was visiting from Colorado and craved seafood. She got what she wanted and more, and we also had our fill of... More 

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Grandy, North Carolina
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63 reviews 63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Kelly's has great food, atmosphere and service...always! Highly recommended! This is a must visit for locals and vacationers.

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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
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Pasta, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?