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Kimball's Kitchen

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1461 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949-4635
+1 252-261-8419
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Atmosphere, wait- staff, and gluten free bread were superior. Brussel sprouts side ( which we have had at the Culinary Institute in NY) was beyond "roasted" and lacked taste. Inconsistent palate results on entrees for five people...Presentation was beautiful but flavor did not meet expectations.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Now, my partner and I travel a fair bit and have had some great food together in the last two years including 5-star restaurants in Boston, San Francisco and Raleigh. However, she and I agree that this was the most outstanding meal we've had in years. It started with being seated just as the sun was setting over the sound... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

The Speaker at my Veterinary Conference recommended for all of us to try this restaurant...said the Brussel Sprouts were to die for! We made reservations and we were not disappointed. I had the Lobster Ravioli stuffed with claw meat presented with the Tail in a lemon butter sauce. I asked for a piece of bread so I could enjoy the... More 

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kitty hawk, nc
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

You can go out to dinner anytime, but when you want something really special, memorable..Kimball's Kitchen is the destination! I recently had the pleasure of dining at Kimball's Kitchen. First off, don't dine here if you are concerned about price, dine here because you want a memorable experience. Yes it's pricey but every once in a while you need to... More 

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sanderlingresort, Manager at Kimball's Kitchen, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing this. We have shared with the Kimball's culinary and service team. We are thrilled that it made for such a special anniversary celebration. No need to wait until 25 years to join us again. More 

Bridgewater, United States
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We arrived 6:15 for 7 reservation. First: great drinks, well-made at the friendly bar. We were seated on time at 7 to endure perfectly horrible service. Hubby knows his wine and ordered a french chardonnay which took a while to arrive... but when it did - Yikes! it was a Sauvignon Blanc which would've been opened had he not stopped... More 

1 Thank Steven K
sanderlingresort, Manager at Kimball's Kitchen, responded to this review

We appreciate your comments and apologize it was not an experience that had you looking to return. We still hope to see you at the bar and maybe give us another chance. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

I had never been to the Sanderling but have heard about it for years. I was not disappointed! The meal at Kimball's Kitchen was one of the best that I've ever had in OBX. The scallops were incredible and we were treated so well by the staff. I definitely will go back and highly recommend it!

Thank Pattie D
sanderlingresort, Manager at Kimball's Kitchen, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and recommending us to others. We hope to welcome you back. More 

Reston, Virginia
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90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

I've dined at Kimball's Kitchen yearly for many years dating back to when it was the Left Bank. I've always loved the setting where you can watch the sunset over the sound and enjoy a high caliber meal. Our reservation was for 8pm and arrived around 7:15 just before sunset. We enjoyed cocktails and apps at the bar with fantastic... More 

1 Thank luxurybarginlover
sanderlingresort, Manager at Kimball's Kitchen, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing with us. We strive to have our service match the culinary experience. We will continue to use the feedback to improve and do hope you will join us again and find it back up to the level you have had in the past. More 

New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

We came to this restaurant exactly one year ago and swore we would never be back. Thank goodness we persuaded ourselves to return. The service, food and wine were all outstanding. Under the new chef everything has turned around and improved by 100%. Waitress Anastasia was very attentive and informative, general manager checked up on us twice. The tuna tartare... More 

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sanderlingresort, Manager at Kimball's Kitchen, responded to this review

Thank you so much for giving us another chance and appreciate you taking the time to share your recommendations with others. We look forward to your return for another memorable meal. More 

1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Great place with an amazing view. The sunsets make a perfect backdrop for eating the amazing food here. The staff at this restaurant is wonderful and made our dining experience a very memorable time. Thank you so much. The Oyster Rockefeller and the Filet were both amazing. The prices were right in line with what you would expect and well... More 

Thank Jerry D
sanderlingresort, Manager at Kimball's Kitchen, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us and sharing your experience with other diners. We look forward to welcoming you back. More 

Batavia, New York
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4 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

For being sold out the food wasn't very good. The service was ok...not great. I had 2 beers and a steak (filet).Had to order al la cart Brussel Sprouts to have a side with a 34 dollar steak! The steak was well done not medium well. The view was nice of the sound but was disappointed with the food. I... More 

1 Thank nitty44
sanderlingresort, Manager at Kimball's Kitchen, responded to this review

We are sorry to learn of your experience via Tripadvisor. If it was felt the food had an adverse reaction prior to leaving or even during the night that is something we would want to learn about directly. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$48 - $90
American, Seafood
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1461 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949-4635
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Duck
  • Phone Number: +1 252-261-8419
If a special evening of dining is in your plans, look no further than Kimball’s Kitchen, formerly the Left Bank. Located on the Soundside of the Sanderling Resort, Kimball’s offers glorious view of the Currituck Sound and its inspiring sunsets, outstanding service and a world class menu. Kimball’s Kitchen offers everything that is special about both the Sanderling and the Outer Banks. Spotlighting local, grass-fed prime steaks, freshly caught local seafood, and an extensive raw bar selection, the restaurant creates a great dining experience with an upscale coastally casual environment. Of particular note are the numerous varieties of local oysters and the classic seafood tower, with a daily changing list of locally caught fish and seafood. Daily pasta and risotto specials are accompanied by an extensive Wine Spectator wine and champagne list. Children are welcome and are served smaller portions of the standard menu with a 50% price break.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?