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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 - 2:00 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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Huntington, West Virginia
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went with large party and ordered a variety of food, all of which was delicious. The wait staff was very attentive. They were unfortunately out of a few common items on a Thursday night (fried green tomatoes, scallops), which we were surprised about. The area we were seated is a little vacuous and feels more like a banquet hall than... More 

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

Hi Aaron, Thanks 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 

Virginia Beach, VA
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I dined there in early May as part of our week-long stay in Nags Head, and we are so glad we did. The food was superb. We both had the salmon and it was fabulous, cooked perfectly, and very tasty (and we are picky). We are going back for another stay this week and Kelly's is definitely... More 

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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! Thanks for dining at Kelly's and we look forward to seeing you again! More 

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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Food was good as was the service. The atmosphere is very cool. I would certainly go back and would recommend to others. They take reservations but if for some reason everyone doesn't show they will remind you of it several times. The sweet potato biscuits are very good!

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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 will share them with our staff. Thanks for dining at Kelly's and please come back again. More 

Norwood, NC
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The service at Kelly's was exceptional. The waitress was fun, considerate and available when needed. Constantly checked with us to make sure there was nothing we needed. The food? Good to ok. I would not recommend the clam soup/bisque, as it was extremely odd tasting. I imagine everything else is great. I tasted my husband's and so's entrees, and they... More 

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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 and Jamie, our pastry chef, who makes the creme brulee. Thanks for dining at Kelly's and we look forward to seeing you again. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were advised per Upper Class to dine at Kelly's retaurant where we were not disappointed. The food was abundant and outstanding. When we got there the hostess said we were getting her best waiter and she was so correct. Estella was courteous, efficient and patient with one of my friends whom she managed to win over. She made the... More 

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

Hi Fred, thank you for your feedback. Your comments are very important to us and I will share them with Estella and the rest of our staff. Thank you for dining at Kelly's and please come back again! More 

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91 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming here for years and Kelly's is consistently good. Great seafood. I had soft shelled crabs. Yum! Others in our group said it was their favorite meal of all the restaurants we had been to. Yummy desserts too. Love the sweet potato biscuits!!!

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

Thanks for the 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! More 

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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is fabulous! We encountered no wait for our table, there is ample seating. The meal began with a selection of homemade breads. The sweet potato biscuits being by far our favorite. The meal was presented in a timely manner, not rushed at all. The food was exceptional. Our dinner consisted of the fried green tomatoes as an appetizer,... More 

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

Hi Kim, 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 

Winchester, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Second time dining here with large group, both times were excellent. Our group was seated in the large, spacious dining room (pleasing ambience). The young lady who was our server was terrific - friendly, informative, fast, and got all 14 dinner orders correct (even with several special requests/substitutions). The food was great (I had the ribs, they were just right).... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. We sincerely appreciate your comments and will share them with our staff. Thanks for dining at Kelly's and please come back again. More 

Tappahannock, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Super fancy,people super nice,food is the best,they sell cool t-shirts and they have a nice gift shop,all there food is is great is heaven

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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 will share them with our staff. Thanks for dining at Kelly's and please come back again! More 

Rixeyville
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food and atmosphere is very good. Love the sweet potato biscuits. Large restaurant so wait time not bad.

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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 

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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
Bar scene, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups
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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