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Jimmy's Seafood Buffet is a fresh seafood buffet restaurant located in Kitty Hawk, NC. We strive to provide our customers with fresh all-you-can-eat seafood that actually tastes great! Our goal is to offer as much local fish and shellfish as possible, but source crab legs from all over the country. In addition to our fresh seafood, we serve dishes with flavors from all around the world with an emphasis on Caribbean flavors. We feature over 100 items, all of which are made fresh, in-house, daily. As a family-owned business, we aim to make Jimmy's a great place for the whole family. On any given visit you might find a petting zoo, live radio remotes with trivia and prizes, live music plus corn
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Dinner
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American, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Buffet, Live Music, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed September 7, 2023 via mobile

I was somewhat disappointed due to the fact this place is overcrowded. The tables are so close you can barely squeeze in and out. It was very loud. The food was average at its best. The service was ok. The ladies at the registers weren’t...the friendliest; but I don’t know what they encountered before we arrived. It’s a bit overpriced. I wouldn’t be in a hurry to go to this buffet againMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed July 31, 2023

Poor service, poor food, poor cleaning. Staff cleaning table do a very poor job. No happy faces on any staff. Very dingy place. Seafood is only so-so and slightly warm. Will never be back

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 20, 2023 via mobile

Avoid this place like the plague. It’s way overpriced and anything beyond the seafood is awful. They couldn’t even get Mac N’ Cheese right. Our family spent $270 to eat here and we were all sorely disappointed.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 21, 2023

When we arrived we were told it would be,"up to a 50 minute wait," after an hour we were told it would be at least another 30 minutes. Thirty minutes later(90 minutes after getting there), we were told it would be another 30 minutes. I...have came here multiple times before and loved it, but after this, I'll never come here again!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed June 19, 2023

Horrible experience! Just left! Oysters were awful and hot liquid from them burned my chin. Would not let me substitute a different side for fries. They did not charge me for my meal which I sent back but not a good experience for the family...when one person can’t eat. We should have all left - maybe people only go there for crab legs- i did not want to try something else and not be able to eat it bc they were not very accommodating!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed June 17, 2023

We go to Jimmy’s every single year on our family vacation. We have two small boys (4 & 2). They can be a handful at times, but Jake is always top notch! Not only is the food amazing, but the service is above and beyond...too! We have already gone twice this trip, and we plan to go tonight! It is by far our favorite place in the Outer Banks! Shout out to Jake! You are always so wonderful to our family when we are there! We will be seeing you again next year!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed June 4, 2023

Everything was excellent. I wish I could go everyday while in town. You were very busy. It was great service. Only one problem. The blue crabs were not cooked enough. The crabmeat was liquid. You could look at shell and know it was not done....Wish I had a restaurant close to home. This is our first time in Outer Banks and I’m so glad my husband picked your restaurant to go to. I hope we can go back before we leave town.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed April 13, 2023 via mobile

Wow!!! 10 different crab legs, lobster tails and lobster claws!!! We always make it a point to eat at Jimmy’s!!! Our waiter, Jason was absolutely wonderful! Friendly and, after cutting my finger on a piece of shell, he got me a bandaid!! You don’t see...that kind of service, often! Of course I tried other items on the buffet, like, calamari, which was delicious and clam strips and stuffed crab! Can’t wait to return to Kitty Hawk, again and enjoy Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet! I’m a friend for life!!! ❤️More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed September 19, 2022 via mobile

We visited this location on 09/17/2022 for a good meal. It just happened to be all you can eat lobster Saturday. The price at this time was about $55 for the buffet plus an additional $12 if you wanted all you can eat lobster. There...was a line outside before it opened. Once inside, we were quickly seated. The place was nice and clean. There were several types of crab legs plus other seafood options along with non seafood options. Our server, Jake, was fantastic! Buttercup had her fill of crab legs and I ate my money’s worth of lobster. They bring them out one at a time as you eat them. I actually had 8 whole lobsters with little room left for anything else. The place isn’t that big, but the quality of the food is superb. We will put together a video of the inside and put it on youtube(2weekendtravelers). We highly recommend this place if you love seafood and will eat your money’s worth!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 5, 2022

The food selections were off the charts. The food tasted amazing and plenty to choose from. Getting back n forth from table to buffet is very uncomfortable and unorganized.. so narrow especially at the hot table for butter. Always feel like your in someone's way...and rude people bumping I to you. Our server was greatMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 30, 2022

Came here with my son as we wanted a seafood buffet with crab legs. This place did not disappoint. While the restaurant was a bit chaotic given the crowd of people, it was manageable and added to the experience. The server was amazing, always stopping...by to make sure we were okay and if we needed anything. The food considering it was a buffet was really good, and the plates were not over the top which allowed us to moderate. I would definitely recommend this place if you wanted a buffet experience with no less than 60+ options of fish, sides, desserts, etc.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 31, 2022

Wacky Wednesday's they have ten different types of crab legs. They also had lobster tails and claws. The Tile fish was new but totally amazing. So much seafood that you definitely want to bring your appetite with you.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 25, 2022 via mobile

You gotta love the whiners. You want a Michelin Star drive to Charlotte. You’re not going to get a half pound crab cake on a buffet. Or a three pound lob-sta tail. Or a one pound flounder filet. Do people realize how much food is...wasted already by picky eaters. They provide smaller portions to avoid waste. If you want a big crab cake ask, they’ll probably make you one cuz you’re special. Otherwise take a plate full of the minis and get over it. We love Jimmy’s. Great job you guys.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 22, 2022 via mobile

Embarrassing. The tails were definitely from less than a one pound lobster. Carb cakes were microscopic crab balls. Crabs were just OK. All other menu items including dessert were horrible. $12 for a 12 ounce draft. Any local clam shack in Mass, NH, Maine or...Vermont would put the place to same for 1/4 the price. Don’t waste your time, and hard earned money. For 2 people my total bill came to $160 with tip. From what I can figure, they owe me about $140!!!!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed November 30, 2021

I had low expectations for this place, being a buffet and a touristy one at that. I also had some memories of here from my youth and remembered it was just ok. While the food was still nothing amazing other than a couple options it...was better than most other places we tried on the trip. Like most places in the Outer Banks you have to get here early or will be waiting for ever for a table. If I could have changed one thing about this trip, it would have been to better plan our dining outings. Jimmy's has decent food on the buffet and the crab legs were fresh and delicious but for me the stand out was the Crab Bisque, I would go back just for this.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Trek617145
September 19, 2018|
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Response from amberw697 | Reviewed this property |
It’s kind of hard to navigate throughout with tight spaces.I am not sure what makes it compliant for sure.They do not have stairs to navigate into the main floor seating and buffet area
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MNavey
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Response from jenniferc1973 | Reviewed this property |
It is a seafood buffet so I didn’t really see a menu but there were lots of options for kids on the buffet.
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Usually the best times are before 5:30pm or after 7:30pm. The food stays plentiful until 10:30pm. The less busy days are Sundays Monday and Saturday. Call and get your name on the waitlist to cut down wait time
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JIMMY'S SEAFOOD BUFFET, Kitty Hawk - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

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Yes, Jimmy's Seafood Buffet offers takeout services.

Jimmy's Seafood Buffet is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3
  • Atmosphere: 2.5