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John's Drive In

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3716 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4277
12522616227
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Thu - Mon 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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White Plains, Maryland
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68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Johns is a regular stop when we are in the OBX there fish sandwiches are the best, burgers and fries to, the wife was happy with the fried okra as a side. You will not get a better milk shake anywhere and I mean Anywhere

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Thank bheath1461
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's... More 

Martinsburg, West Virginia
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They could have turned us away, we got there right as they closed. They came outside the store to take our order and made us 3 delicious milkshakes served with the big smoothie straws. The people there are awesome. This is the perfect spot to cool down after a day on the beach!

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Thank Angelica B
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had read what great fish bites they had, but I found them to be over cooked and extremely salty and dry. Maybe they just had a bad day.

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Thank Carol S
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this review

I was sorry to hear that you did not enjoyed your meal at John's. Our Dolphin Boats (Mahi Mahi) are one of our most popular item. I would have been happy to re-cook them for you or refund your money if you found that they were not acceptable. We do batter dip and fry each piece of fish we serve... More 

Waldorf, Maryland
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77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just visited OBX for the time. John's was recommended to us so we stopped for lunch before we checked into where we were staying. Great sandwiches and the milkshake was among the best I have had. Friendly service. It is busy so be prepared to wait but it is worth it!

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Thank terpfan1
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's... More 

Smithfield, Virginia
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When I'm down on the OBX on business, I always stop at John's for their dolphin sandwich. It's the best anywhere! The roll is fresh, the dolphin well fried and generous and the crisp lettuce and fresh summer tomato set it all off. Well done John's!

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Thank LSNS2652
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

This place had been around since I was a little girl and it was great the and still is!dolphin boat is the entree to get! (Among many others ) love love love it!!! Not to mention this was my 1st job ever and the owners have ALWAYS BEEN SOME OF THE BEST! I F U ARE ON VACATION THIS IS... More 

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Thank Jennifer D
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's... More 

Northampton, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Our Airbnb landlords told us about this place so glad we went there. Ordered a Cajun shrimp and Cajun crabmeat sandwhiches. Both were insanely tasty. Staff was polite and fast. Perfect food for being at the beach most of the day.

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Thank cyrusshirazi
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's... More 

Corning, New York
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Every have one of thise days when you are standing in front of one of the best milk shake shops in the country and you can not decide what flavor to get? Problem sloved! Combine your favorites together. :O Still can't decide? Then listen to some one else order or ask what are some if the local popular cobinations. Be... More 

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Thank Michelle G
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's... More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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140 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

The place looks like it has been there forever and it's cool to imagine what it was like years ago. the place was very busy when we stopped by mid afternoon with a steady flow of cars. Everything is cooked to order. The dolphin on the sub was very good, but overall was just ok. Same with the chicken sub.... More 

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Thank IRMLJM
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's... More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

One of the coolest places to eat on the Outer Banks. Old school drive across from the ocean. The dolphin boats and subs are to die for! The milkshakes are unbelievable. Killer fried okra! Just a fun place to eat!

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Thank Harry P
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Fast Food
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3716 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4277
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: 12522616227
Description
Family Owned and Operated since 1978 serving locals and vacationers the best Milkshakes and Mahi Mahi Sandwiches you have ever had!

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