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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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  • 168
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  • 75
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 12
    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
Mother's Day Treat

Had a nice meal on Mother's day while on vacation in the OBX. I enjoyed my pan seared scallops unfortunately my husband did not like his meal which was the rockfish recommended by the waitress. Every mom received a rose and a discount for their meal. Nice touch.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
boktasofattleboro
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attleboro, ma
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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Midlothian, Virginia
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I have dined at Kelly's since the 1980's. It is a must for dinner during my visits to the Outer Banks. It is always a delightful evening. This time I ordered the scallops which were some of the best I have ever had. The sides that accompanied my scallops were cooked to perfection. Our waiter was extremely friendly and attentive... More 

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attleboro, ma
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39 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Had a nice meal on Mother's day while on vacation in the OBX. I enjoyed my pan seared scallops unfortunately my husband did not like his meal which was the rockfish recommended by the waitress. Every mom received a rose and a discount for their meal. Nice touch.

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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. Thanks for coming in on Mother's Day and we hope you will come back again. More 

Edenton, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Had read about it on tripadvisor as being a top restaurant in Nags Head and it turned out to be one. Service and food were good. Price was average for this meal. Desert very good.

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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! We're glad you enjoyed your meal and hope you'll come back to Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern. More 

Camden, North Carolina, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

So we attended the listener's appreciation party and I started a tab with the Lady at the bar that told me I couldn't sit at the bar stools because someone was sitting there. Then later I wanted something to eat. I found a menu and when I was ready to order we asked the server taking an order a the... More 

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

Good morning Kayla, Thank you for your feedback on your recent trip to Kelly's Tavern. We take all comments seriously and have shared your experience with our staff. While an apology will not change the past, we hope that you will give us another chance and come back to Kelly's. We have an awesome line up of entertainment this summer,... More 

Spotsylvania VA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

While on a three-day mini vacation my wife and I had planned on one meal at a "nice" restaurant, not just fast food, pizza and sandwiches. She recalled Kelly's from a previous visit a number of years ago, so we went on a Wednesday evening for dinner. First, the service. For a slow evening it was sort of, shall we... 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 comments - we love to get feedback from our guests. We're glad you enjoyed your dinners and please come back again! More 

Orlando, Florida
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

went there for a fun time...good food. great staff. dancing if you want to. good cocktails. just an all around fun place

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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! We love getting feedback from our guests and are glad that you enjoyed your evening at Kelly's. Please come back; we've got a great line up of entertainment this summer! More 

Mount Gilead, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

Even with four kids 5 and under in tow, our dinner at Kelly's was amazing. Other reviewers said about it being family friendly and they weren't kidding. From the waitress making special accommodations, and the tour of the animals on the wall throughout the building to the pirate who stopped by to say hello.... It was a great dinner. Food... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to share your comments, and we are glad that you enjoyed your visit to Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant. Please come back again! More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Bought pizza for the kids and left them back at the room while the wife and I had a date night. Unfortunately we ended up sitting next to a large family with young children. Although they were well behaved, it diminish the romantic ambiance. But our server was great, the food was delicious and it didn't break the bank. We... More 

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

Thank you for your comments, and please come back and dine with us again! More 

Winston Salem, North Carolina
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

There was a group of 9 of us and everything went like clock work. We ate in the tree house, which is private and obviously at the top of the restaurant. Beginning with the opening round of cocktails the service was perfect. We had 5 different appetizers ranging from Lobster Mac & Cheese to fresh Oysters that were plump and... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

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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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, Pub, Pasta, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Entertaining clients, Bar scene, 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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