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Black Pelican Oceanfront Restaurant

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3848 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4278
(252) 261-3171
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sumter, South Carolina
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had the oysters orville appetizer and the rockfish special with red pepper risotto and gumbo topping. The oysters were different, but not objectionable. I would not call them a "take on oysters Rockefeller" as our server did, as the oysters had ham and cheese in the shell. Too much cheese, for our liking. The rockfish was good and the... More 

Thank Karen C
Newport News, Virginia
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Old school beach restaurant vibe...good service and the entree was delicious. The sides however weren't worth eating. Limp green beans and saffron rice are the standard with most entrees. I asked to sub cheese grits for the rice, but it was still pretty bland. The fried flounder and shrimp were really good though...and that is what I came for....

Thank staci s
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We lived in the OBX for many years & can assure you that there are many 5☆ restaurants but this is our go to place we always visit now that we have moved.

Thank Robin W
Maryville, Tennessee
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52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Yes...We made it back to one of our favorite restaurants on the Outer Banks, The Black Pelican. While the beach road in front of the restaurant is undergoing repairs yet again (thank you Hurricane Matthew), the food & fun continue! Our family is enjoying an off season beach vacation and The Black Pelican is one of the places we always... More 

Thank Gary M
Poquoson, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our family has bragged about the Black Pelican. It lived up to our expectations. We had the seafood bucket and it was delicious. My husband and I shared it and there was plenty of food. The waitress good have been a little nicer, but other than that it was a really nice experience with great tasting food.

Thank PegRB
Richmond, Virginia
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Black Pelican is a 5 star restaurant without the 5 star prices. The seafood tastes like it was caught the same day, it is so fresh. I discovered it a few years ago based on a friend's recommendation, and since then I am hooked. I have tried many restaurants in the Outer Banks, many of which are great, but... More 

Thank Patty S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We visited The Black Pelican after hurricane Matthew had left the obx. Great food, prompt service and good drinks with a friendly waitress. Thanks for helping our vacation be fun even though the weather didn't help.

Thank Cindy R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food and service on both visits! Drinks were well made and everything we tried on menu was well prepared. Kids got free Frisbee as well!

Thank John I
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I had lunch at the Black Pelican on a week day after some shopping. The atmosphere is wonderfully appointed ship items and some are available in the store! The front door has an authentic porthole and it's fun to stand inside and look out at the ocean. There are lots of photo ops around the restaurant and... More 

Thank Brenda K
Rodanthe, North Carolina
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29 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another fabulous dinner at Black Pelican last night. Of particular note is the Pecan Crusted Mahi which has become one of my favorites over the past few months. I would heartily recommend this entree as it is awesome!

Thank Rick S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3848 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4278
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: (252) 261-3171

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