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Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern

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2316 S Croatan Hwy, US 158 Bypass. MP 10.5, Nags Head, NC 27959-9012
+1 252-441-4116
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4:30 pm - 1:00 am
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Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 2:00 am
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Florham Park, New Jersey
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The green fried tomatoes were excellent! I ordered the filet and it was cooked to perfection, came with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. My wife order the scallops, and for $28 they did not meet my wife's approval, bit dry and bland. We spit key lime pie, seemed as if it was not the most fresh dessert. All in all,... More 

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Thank jackmbruner
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks, Jack, for your feedback. Your comments are very important to us and I will share them with our staff. Thanks for dining at Kelly's and please come back again! More 

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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a restaurant we decided to try and was very surprised. From the gentleman who seated us, Tim who waited on us to all the others it was a good night. You really feel like they value you being there. Each and every person is attentive. Not to mention the food! I got chicken fettuccine and my husband got... More 

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Thank Rosie D
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Hi Rosie, thank you so much for your feedback. Your comments are very important to us, and I have shared them with our staff. Thanks for dining at Kelly's and please come back again. More 

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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a romantic dinner. Incredible service. Wonderful seafood options. I had the Ribs (allergic to seafood) and they were wonderful. The sweet potato biscuits are to dir for.

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Thank Dawn K
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, Dawn. Your comments are very important to us and I will share them with our staff. Thanks for dining at Kelly's and please come back again. More 

Irwin, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family enjoyed our meal while vacationing in the OBX! A party of 10 from grandparents,parents, teens and kids all enjoyed a great meal. We took advantage of the early bird discount and we're seated right away at 5 pm. Please note:some seating includes stairs also entrance has stairs! Food was delicious, served hot and quick. Sweet potatoes rolls were... More 

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Thank ReallyTina
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. Your comments are very important to us and I have shared them with our staff. We sincerely appreciate your dining at Kelly's and hope you will come back again! More 

Stuart, Florida
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have dinner here every time we are in Nags Head. Nice atmosphere with linen tablecloths. They offer small plates and 20% off entrees until 5:30PM. Waitress was very efficient and pleasant. They offer alcoholic beverages and delicious desserts. Try the Godiva chocolate mousse.

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Thank Patricia S
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback, Patricia. Your comments are very important to us and I will share them with our staff. Thanks for dining at Kelly's, please come back again. More 

Yorktown, Virginia
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great dining experience! And we go every summer. I always spend the extra and get the filet Oscar and my husbands loves their broil combo platter. Sweet potato biscuits are out of this world!!!!!! We make sure we eat there on Tuesdays and stay for Tuesday night karaoke , what fun! I do miss their bakery chef, he or... More 

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Thank cabb103
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. Your comments are very important to us and I will share them with our staff. Thanks for dining at Kelly's, please come back again. More 

Philipsburg, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family has come to the outer banks since before I can remember. We have always had great meals from Kelly's. We love the atmosphere, with a great collection of local historical items. The food is delicious. Service is wonderful plus a nice little gift shop. We just hope the rumor isn't true that Kelly's is closing! That would be... More 

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Thank Britt P
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback; your comments are very important to us and I have shared them with our staff. Thanks for dining at Kelly's and please come back again! More 

north carolina, United States
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are local and this our favorite place for out to dinner, for cocktails and oysters, for meetings, for special holiday dinners. Great menu, food is always excellent, great people and great service. Almost always have to have oysters on half shell, and one of the excellent seafood platters. Steaks are good too.

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Thank Martha H
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks, Martha, for your feedback! Your comments are very important to us and I will share them with Mr. Kelly and the rest of the staff. Thanks for your patronage and we look forward to seeing you again! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are lots of really good restaurants on the Outer Banks. This is one of them. Great dining atmosphere, service, and food. Ate there last night with the family including my 7 year old grandson who got special attention from the wait staff. Meals included pan seared scallops, fried shrimp, and bouillabaisse. Everyone left there very happy, but the soft... More 

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Thank Asa B
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Hi Asa - Thank you so much for your feedback! We're glad you enjoyed the soft shells! I am sharing your comments with our staff. Thanks for dining at Kelly's and we look forward to seeing you again! More 

Rockville, Maryland
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are return customers and once again love Kellys food and service. We visited twice this vacation, once with a large family group and once as a couple- both amazing. Favorite menu items were the soft shells, steak oscar, bouillabaisse, and alfredo with both crab and chicken starting with the crab dip. Food has always been good quality. the waiters... More 

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Thank Elaine P
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks, Elaine, for your feedback. Your comments are very important to us and I will share them with our staff. Thank you for dining at Kelly's and please come back again. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $29
Cuisine
American, Seafood
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
4:30 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
4:30 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2316 S Croatan Hwy, US 158 Bypass. MP 10.5, Nags Head, NC 27959-9012
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-4116
Description
Celebrating 30 years as a family owned and operated local's favorite, Kelly's features angus beef, chicken, pasta and vegetarian dishes, highlighting North Carolina Outer Banks Catch seafood! Enjoy a wide range of menu options from raw bar selections, grilled, broiled or fried fresh fish to steamed oysters, clams, shrimp and crab legs. Kelly's is famous not only for their fresh seafood dishes but for their mouth-watering sweet potato biscuits and made from scratch delectable desserts - made in house daily. Kelly's offers an extensive Wine Spectator award-winning wine collection that will complement any meal. The Executive Chef and culinary staff will accommodate gluten-free and other dietary requests. Families and groups large and small are always welcome and easily accommodated at Kelly's. Kid's menus are available.
Kelly's boasts a AAA 3-Star rating and has been featured in Bon Appetit, Gourmet and NC's Our State magazines and numerous other publications. Dinner seating is nightly from 4:30 till 10 pm year-round (except Christmas Day). The separate full-service tavern features nightly entertainment that has showcased not only the best regional bands but national acts as well. You can reserve space for a private party, including the tavern, or you can secure Kelly's for premier catering services with or without wait staff.
Casual dining at its best with a unique, one-of-a-kind collection of local art, artifacts and Outer Banks memorabilia displayed throughout - Kelly's is must on your dining To Do list!

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