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John's Drive In

3716 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4277
+1 252-261-6227
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Overview
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“fries” (41 reviews)
“fish sandwich” (14 reviews)
“sandwiches” (22 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Fast Food
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3716 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4277
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Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

Hands down, the best milkshakes on the beach! We get the milkshakes a few times each summer and it never disappoints. Our latest stop included Oreo in our shake and John’s actually provides a straw big enough to get the pieces of Oreo, which is...More

Thank 412toOBX
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2018

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...More

Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Best milkshakes! Dolphin boat is to die for! Long wait and hard to find parking, but it was worth it! Not my first time here and won’t be the last!!!More

Thank catcole12
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2018

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...More

Reviewed August 19, 2018

This was the second summer we've been able to hit John's and we made sure to get there twice, and early for lunch. The cheeseburgers taste the way burgers are supposed to....they're made perfectly, with excellent meat and standout buns and fixings. You're just seldom...More

Thank SonnyBeach1
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2018

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...More

Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

Got for lunch as a to go order, was good typical food although it can get so busy in which case I would suggest giving up and going to Spanky’s instead.More

Thank EdenViolet2016
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2018

I am sorry that you thought our food was "typical" and that our establishment is so busy. Because we are so close to the beach and going to the beach is the most popular thing to do on the Outer Banks during the summer our...More

Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

This always one of my favorite parts of coming to OBX! The food is always cooked perfectly and tastes outstanding. Also they have some of the best Cajun mayo I’ve ever had in my life!!!!More

Thank Jenn S
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2018

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...More

Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

We were told this was a place not to miss but we’re not sure what all the hype was about. We’re ordered the grouper boat with fries. The fries were over done and tough the grouper was also over done but the cocktail sauce was...More

Thank Barbara B
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2018

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers for many years and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. I am sorry that you thought your Grouper and...More

Reviewed July 24, 2018

We stopped at John's Drive In at the recommendation of my friend. We ordered the special of the day which was a Grouper Sub and a Crabcake sandwich. The seafood was very fresh and delicious. We added onion rings to our order which were just...More

Thank MomDof3
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2018

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...More

Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

Stopped on a Saturday afternoon and though it was crowded they took our order at the window immediately and our order was ready in about 10 minutes. I had the dolphin boat that was like the best fish and chips I ever had. Also, my...More

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dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2018

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...More

Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

The fish sandwich is always fresh and delicious. Shakes are good too and a large variety. It's a great stop for an old time walk up sandwich stand.More

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dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

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...More

Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

Love the drive-in effect. Prices not bad. Shrimp sub would be PERFECT if there was cole slaw to add...ala NC style. Mahi not thick enough for thick sub role but chipotle mao helped.More

Thank SamiSushi
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2018

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers for many years and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and comments but we've been...More

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Nice_trip
July 26, 2017|
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Response from Joel J | Reviewed this property |
between Mileposts 4 and 5 on beach road
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Yes, weather permitting should be open from 11am to 4pm.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
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: +1 252-261-6227
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Description
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON, Thank you for another great summer! An Outer Banks tradition, John's has been a favorite with locals and vacationers since 1977! Serving Fresh Tuna and Fried Dolphin served with homemade tartar sauce or fresh made cocktail sauce. Also available many flavor of malt, fresh fruit milkshake and other tasty ice cream treats. John's gives free ice cream to dogs, horses, rabbits, skunks and any other type of pet that you would bring to John's would earn you a "puppy cup."
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