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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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Dallas, Texas
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had fish and shrimp, which were good. The pizza was very good. The apple crisp dessert was not good. The pecan oatmeal crust was too thick and they did not even heat it up. We told the server we did not like it and she took it off our bill.

Thank flipmc
Niagara Falls, Canada
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We're staying near Corolla but heard good things about Black Pelican. It was exactly what we wanted. The selections were ample for lunch. All three of us had a cup of she crab soup. If you don't like thick creamy soups, don't order it. We do and LOVED it. My brother had the shrimp and grits. We all sampled it... More 

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Florham Park, New Jersey
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Food was very good. Fish was fresh! Right off the beach. Terrific place to eat. The atmosphere was open and bright. The wait staff was very friendly and we enjoyed their service! We'll be back again!

Thank jackmbruner
Syracuse, New York
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

After seeing the Pelican on Food Network our expectations were pretty high. It wasn't awful but it wasn't great either. My drink, summer smash was very good but the food was just ok. The Wanchese risotto they are known for was decent but we wouldn't seek it out again, my Mediterranean pizza had very little flavor, my husband didn't like... More 

Thank OBXluvr
Akron, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Thank you to the employees at The Black Pelican for making our experience there a memorable one. While waiting for a table, our son accidentally got an entire drink spilled all over him. He was literally dripping wet on one entire side of his body. Before we could even walk him to the bathroom, which was only a few feet... More 

Thank FamilyVacation20161
Chesterfield, Virginia
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Black Pelican has become our favorite place to eat on the OBX. The food and service have been consistenly very good. The mussels and clam app and the tuna bites app (more like tuna strips) are excellent. My son had the pork shank that was huge and came with a fantastic berry sauce. The specials are usually very good,... More 

Thank jr13167
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Omg! Food was excellent! I had the Captains prime rib, blackened with the Gouda mashed potatoes. Order it! My wife has the steamed shrimp that was way more than a pound! Good local place that has been around for years. I was only sad that they lost the slogan.. I shot the bird!

Thank Tabby B
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is our 3rd time here. We have enjoyed this restaurant every time. Excellent service, and excellent food. Don't be afraid to try anything, even landlubber's meals. The Pork Shank is one of the best meals ever. The risotto is a favorite of many of my family members. Drunken Crab, fish bites, honestly, in three trips to this restaurant we... More 

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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340 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After learning about this place on the Travel Channel on TV we had to try it out. The lunch menu didn't have a very extensive entree menu for those of us seeking a full meal during the day. But the food was good and you can't go wrong with the fried shrimp or fried oysters with some clam chowder North... More 

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East Liverpool, Ohio
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64 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I got the Delmonico steak because it was on special and it was 6.99..I didn't expect it to be that great because of the price but boy was I surprised..it was huge and it cut like butter.it was wonderful.it came with a nice portion of mashed potatoes..everyone at my table was staring at the size of my steak..best catch of... More 

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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
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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?