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High Cotton NC BBQ

5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
+1 252-255-2275
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“brisket” (293 reviews)
“fried chicken” (179 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 8:30 pmAll hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We ordered the family take out based on the reviews. It was a lot of food: pulled pork, ribs, fried chicken, with sides and bread. However, it was not the best BBQ I have ever had. The ribs were only OK. It was not possible...More

Thank Mary G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Basic menu, BBQ was just ok, sides were better. Sweet tea was very good. Owner and wait staff were very friendly and engaging. Not good enough for a return trip, but ok if you are in the area and need a BBQ fix.

Thank agober
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The service is impeccable and the food is outstanding! We loved it so much we went twice during our 4 day vacation!

Thank Chelsea B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was a wonderful place to eat. Our service was quick and the food was delicious. Generous portions at very reasonable prices!

Thank Carol R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food and friendly staff. Have ordered the last 3 years while on vacation and food is always great. Will continue to make this a tradition and part of our vacations to the Outer Banks.

Thank Bucksfan20
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great BBQ,Great Service!! We stop here every year when we visit OBX and are never disappointed. Great BBQ, Must try!!!

Thank Vafam4
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Seriously delicious barbecue! We both got pulled pork sandwiches, and they were amazing. Really good mac and cheese also. The food came out quickly. Go out of your way to eat this bbq; you won't be disappointed.

Thank Rachael G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here last night for the first time and loved the entire experience. Everything was amazing from the service recieved to the food we ordered. We will definitely add this as a must stop every time we are out here!

1  Thank Cliffs262
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really loved their NC style chopped BBQ. All the food, side dishes, etc., were great as well. Super fast - our meals were delivered only a few minutes after placing our order. Extremely attentive staff; two different young people were constantly refilling our sweet teas....More

Thank guitartrek
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pulled pork was very good and tender. The ribs were ok but seemed to have been cooked on stove before grilled. Only sauce was Carolina vinegar sauce which is not my favorite. The different servers seemed to want to serve you and for you to...More

Thank Papflap
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Debbie M
We are planning a trip to the OBX in October and you are our favorite restaurant. Will you be open in October?
January 21, 2017|
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Response from SugarPig27949 | Property representative |
HI! We're so happy that you're interested in visiting High Cotton! We are open in October, Monday through Saturday (usual hours are 11am to 8pm). Hope to see you then!
Scott B
Do you have takeout?
July 16, 2016|
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Response from Docsknotinn | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They seem to do more carry out than eat in. They also have BBQ sauce, nuts etc
Billy H
Are they equipped to handle a large group of maybe a dozen people? We struggle trying to find large-group-friendly places to eat!
July 15, 2016|
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Response from Shawn H | Reviewed this property |
Yes they should be able to accommodate your group! They are flexible with their seating.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: +1 252-255-2275
  • E-mail
Authentic. Simple. Delicious. High Cotton Barbeque has been well-known on the Outer Banks for over 10 years for their Eastern North Carolina Style Barbeque, Famous Fried or Slow Smoked Juicy Chicken, Melt in Your Mouth Ribs and Texas-style Beef Brisket. As Tarheel natives we want to share the flavors and aromas unique to Eastern North Carolina Barbeque. Consistent temperatures and long hours of smoking with hickory coals produce the characteristic pink coloring and sweet outside brown meat of our famous pork barbeque. Combined with our traditional side dishes and a glass of sweet tea and you're in High Cotton, Outer Banks Barbeque at its very best.
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