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Kathryn's Bistro and Martini Bar

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American, Seafood, Contemporary
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8002 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2747
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We first dined at Kathryn's soon after they opened and loved it. It brought to Emerald Isle a level of dining above the usual seafood place. We just returned and it was still as remembered. The Martini list is expansive and it is hard to choose. The food this time was exceptional. We visited twice and had the filet (cooked... More 

Thank Merge42
Roanoke, Virginia
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71 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Four of us went to Kathryn's twice in one week. It is by far the best restaurant in Emerald Isle. It has a wonderful assortment of appetizer's , soups, do it yourself salads and entrees. We all opted for the Kathryn's romaine salad with shrimp or oysters. All were excellent. I indulged in crab and corn bisque, it was very... More 

Thank Diane1313
Mantua, Ohio
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner here on a weeknight & were quite surprised to see it as busy as it was but after getting our food we could see why! I got the grouper (catch of the day) & shrimp & it was amazing! My sister got the steak with crab & said it was one of the best steaks she's had.... More 

Thank L6Seith
Washington, North Carolina
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is very consistent in food and service. Everything is delicious and well prepared. Service is friendly and efficient. A really nice dining experience in Emerald Isle.

Thank Shell_Diva55
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner with our 4- year old here and it was great. Our waitress let us order a custom entree for our daughter( grilled chicken and rice), and both our dinners were great! The only thing I would say that needs improvement would be the dining area... Tables are very close and in one room. But overall, a great... More 

Thank Tina B
Columbus, Ohio
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow! The food was wonderful! We all had the special which was Filet of Mignon, shrimp with smashed potatoes and asparagus! Filets were so tender and great flavor. We were seated right away, maybe due to off season? Waitress was attentive! Very good meal and we will return!

Thank SusanLC0126
Raleigh, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's high time we shared our praise for Kathryn's since we've been coming here since it opened at least ten years ago and really elevated the dining options on Emerald Isle. We especially love the imaginative fresh seafood entres, like seared tuna, the Carolina Classic shrimp & grits, and any grouper special, and my husband's favorite, the sweet chili glazed... More 

1 Thank ncglobetrotter2016
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here several times, service is top notch, martini choices are great! The food is always fresh, the grouper is my favorite, my husband loves the fillet. Can't go wrong here for fresh food.

1 Thank Tina T
Budd Lake, New Jersey
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food, drink and service remains consistent year after year! Kathryn's is always on our list of restaurants to visit when we are in EI.

Thank dbg128
Oakland, Maryland
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful dinner one of the nights of our weeklong stay on Emerald Isle. My husband had the escargot and said it was some of the best he's had. I had the Portabella stacked with roasted veggies and it was worthy of going back again, just for that! Great service...we went right as they opened and had a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
American, Seafood, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8002 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2747
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Emerald Isle
  • Phone Number: 252-354-6200

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?