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Kathryn's Bistro and Martini Bar

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8002 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2747
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I've been vacationing to Emerald Isle annually for almost 10 years. We stumbled upon Kathryn's 3 years ago and it's a most dine location for us. The staff is professional, polite, experienced, and knowledgeable. The menu offers a broad array of choices, and with 8 of us dining, we've never had a bad entree or appetizer in the 3 years... More 

Thank Joseph S
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I can see why this might be the choice of some, but when I went with a diverse group, no one in the group liked it much. It was too noisy to carry on a conversation (hard services and no dividers), and the effort to be a bit fancier than most other places on the island fell flat.

Thank EIrose
Baltimore, Maryland
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Got here at 5:45pm before the rush on a Friday night. My husband and I, and 3 kids. The hostesses were very nice and the waiter was very attentive. We got the Frito Misto appetizer which was delicious. I had the special- 2 large softshell crab topped with shrimp covered in an Asiago sauce. The seafood was a generous portion... More 

Thank monicaspol
Sunset, SC
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58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a party of 5. We were able to be seated immediately (lucky us)!! The cosmo's were the best ever and were only outdone by the melt in your mouth scallops, grouper and salmon. The fresh bread and olive oil dip are a great way to tide over your appetite till your food comes.....although our food was quickly served. We... More 

Thank pmonty13
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family always comes here twice a week when we are on vacation. The food is always cooked perfectly. The Frito misto app is always our favorite and they have a great she crab soup. The filet is always accompanied by a seafood which is enjoyable and the pork tenderloin is out of this world!!! And the martinis are always... More 

Thank Jschuell
Tillson, New York
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After reading other reviews that the restaurant gets busy my wife and I decided to go at 5pm when they open. They don't take reservations. We even arrived a few minutes early and waited outside. One family in front of us. Walked right in and got seated. I had the rib eye while my wife had a grouper and crab... More 

Thank madmikeb60
New Carlisle, Ohio
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

We tried to get in at 730 on a Sat night during the busy summer season. It was a 45 minute wait. We went back on Sunday night at 5:45; no wait. House Merlot was awesome. The goat cheese appetizer was incredible. I had the lamb chop appetizer for my dinner; it was perfect! Great service, friendly staff; worth splurging... More 

Thank jumpityrabbit
Atlanta, Georgia
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60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Emerald Isle has always had fantastic Carolina style seafood, but Kathryn's raises the bar with outstanding maritinis and a varied menu that would please foodies from New York to San Francisco! The atmosphere is island tropical and the service is professional and attentive. This is a wonderful addition to Emerald Isle. . .especially for special occasions!

Thank Lanie S
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

This restaurant is not cheap, but the meal, service, and atmosphere made the experience well worth every nickel. Fantastic seafood, including the most succulent scallops my wife (or I) have ever tasted. Everything on my plate was excellent. Five stars indeed. We will certainly be returning when we visit Emerald Isle again.

Thank Jon B
Suffolk, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

This is our absolute favorite place to eat at Emerald Isle!! We had a group of 10 family members. We got there shortly after opening and only had to wait about 10 minutes tops to be seated. The specials were grouper topped with crab meat over lobster raviolis with sauce and seasonal sautéed veggies; filet mignon with grilled shrimp with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, 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?