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Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill
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2106 N Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-7946
+1 252-441-5955
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wait staff was great, the seafood was wonderful cooked to perfection, very fresh. Hostess was not friendly at all. Not sure if she was having a bad day!! I watched her even after being seated however her facial expressions never changed with any other customers that were seated after us. Hopefully this will improve for the welfare of the restaurant.

Thank Heather H
Calgary, Canada
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65 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Every 2 years we manage to make it into AA's for a lunch and once again we were not disappointed. The service was exceptional and the food, as always, great. As we told our server Sam, " keep the shrimp coming" and we spoiled. I would suggest that anyone in the area try AA's and use the upstairs bar for... More 

Thank spookietooth
Kingsport, Tennessee
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was recommended by our DIL, which surprised us because she doesn't like seafood. Turns out, our son loved it, so we stopped in for dinner last night. My husband is not a seafood fan either, so like our DIL, he ordered the chicken fingers and fries. He said they were very good, and I had the white fish,... More 

Thank Lyn1951
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best raw oysters in the OBX area. Steamed shell fish was as good as I remembered. Greg was a terrific bartender who made the best drinks. Great place for seafood.

Thank Karrell S
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We always look forward to visiting Awful Arthur's when in the Outer Banks. This year was no exception. Great food, service and at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend Awful Arthur's to anyone staying in the Outer Banks.

1 Thank Dale B
Greenville, North Carolina
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274 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Seafood here is the freshest , service is prompt and efficient and the beer cold. Excellent steamed combos but must either get the onion rings or homemade fries to complete the mral. Make it here when you are in the area

Thank Furlough
Richmond, United States
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62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been going to Awful Arthur's for years and years! My husband decided he wanted oysters, so off we went. The not so friendly hostesses told us there was a 30 minute wait and to go sit at the bar if we wanted. When I asked if there were seats available, I got a cold, blank stare. Anyway the... More 

Thank Mary R D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great return to Awful Arthur. As usual great food. We had the raw oysters and they were great.

Thank Darrin H
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We always go to Awful Arthur's the first night when we arrive in OBX. The crabmeat cocktail is excellent!! I had the shrimp cocktail and it was made perfectly with delicious cocktail sauce. The filet mignon with lobster tail was the best I've had in a long time. Our meal was so good, that we went back for a second... More 

Thank Joan B
King George, Virginia, United States
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was pretty disappointed in Arthur's this time. Maybe we just hit it on an off day. :( We went for lunch. He was all about getting the backfin crab in butter. It's so simple, yet so decadent! I probably should have gotten that too, but I was trying to be different. We had the crab ball appetizer which was... More 

1 Thank Jessica F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2106 N Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-7946
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kill Devil Hills
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-5955

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