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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 #32 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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English first
Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This is always a must on yearly Outer Banks trip. Class, roomy, romantic. Food as good as any we have had in OBX. Wife had filet, I had crab legs. Dessert very good. Good wine list

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Blue Springs, Missouri
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We have eaten at Kelly's many times, have tried many different entrees, and have never been disappointed. An extensive, varied menu. The ambiance is cozy, romantic and the service is excellent. Mr. Kelly is a charming host and most nights visits with each table, and often adds personal touch to the service. The decor is tasteful, nautical with dozens of... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Our server Ken was an absolute treat! He was extremely attentive, well-spoken, knew the menu well, and knew his client-base. It was a refreshing experience to be able to truly sit back and enjoy ourselves (I don't think my husband's drink was ever less than half full)! Not only was he wonderful to us but he went out of his... More

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Midlothian, Virginia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Ken gave the best service I have ever had. My drink was never below half full. He gave us plenty of time between courses. He told us he was giving us time in between courses instead of us waiting and wondering. He was extremely knowledgeable about the food. He told us about another restaurant and gave us a coupon of... More

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Pembroke, New Hampshire
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82 reviews 82 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Nice location and interesting items to look at while you ate. Lots of seafood on the menu. Staff were attentive and pleasant.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I've been coming to the outer banks with my family since 1998 and enjoy dining at Kelly's every time. I know I can always rely on their fresh fish, baked breads, roasted red mashed potatoes and much more. My husband and I love the food and have never ordered a single thing here we didn't like. Their price is very... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The food is more upscale than their sister restaurant and its ok for the money. We highly prefer Pamlico Jacks. The food is ok and the drinks are what you'd expect. all in all it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.

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Apex, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Ranked 29th out of 71 and I think that is about right. The décor is upper scale and nice. Prices were inline with quality food and service expected by the quality of the surroundings, but the quality food and variety was lacking. My wife got grilled shrimp and was pleased, not overjoyed with it. Her salad was good. I had... More

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Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My wife and my son's family went to Kelly's for dinner. To get a reservation for our time slot we were told there are tables available on the 2nd floor, 15 steps up. No problem. We were seated after a ten minute wait. Our waitress, Melanie, was great. Very pleasant, sociable, and efficient. I ordered mussels over angel hair pasta... More

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Corapeake, NC
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is one of my favorite places on the OBX to eat and wasn't disappointed this time. The waiter greeted us and was very friendly. He never made us feel rushed even though there was a wait. Food was reasonably priced for the portions, especially desert which is made on the premises. Nice family atmosphere.

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