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John's Drive In

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3716 Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4277
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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
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 3 days ago NEW 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
Cincinnati, Ohio
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134 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago 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 

White Plains, Maryland
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

By far the best milkshakes anywhere, fresh fish sandwiches and burgers great food for such a small space. usually a line but well worth the wait

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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 

Westminster, Maryland
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is very good and the prices are too. There is a bit of a wait and long lines but that is a testament to their popularity. The kids enjoy walking there for lunch when we spend the day at the beach. One warning: we walked down a second time this afternoon because I promised them milkshakes. We got... More 

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Thank Colleen N
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. I am sorry that we had to close early on Tuesday but we had some equipment malfunctions (ice cream machine) and had to shut it... More 

Thurmont, Maryland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our family has been coming to John's since I can remember. We stop here every year several times. Our favorite thing to get is a milkshake -- John's milkshakes are famous. The food is delicious as well!! A must try!!!

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Thank tayswoo
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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by John's for lunch. This is a busy little place, but they are fast! I had the mahi sandwich which was fantastic. The fish is fried in a light batter that doesn't take away from the flavor of the fish. My husband got the prime rib sandwich which he raved about for days after. FYI: the whole sandwich... More 

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Thank Courtney L
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 

Fredericksburg, Virginia
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fish sandwich here is my favorite. Great burgers, fries and cheese steaks as well. Good soft serve too!

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Thank liketotravelots
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 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been going to John's for over a decade.. Best Shakes on the beach and great customer service. Our Beach House is in walking distance so we frequent customers... Also we love John's for the beachy atmosphere and dog friendly with their Pup Cups! Peak Season you must have patience. John's is always hoppin. But it's worth the wait and... More 

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Thank EAIVY
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, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3716 Virginia Dare Trail, 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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