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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 - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Richmond, Virginia
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83 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a pretty expensive place by our standards. we all had seafood at a birthday dinner - shrimp, scallops, oysters. we liked them all. i understand they are closing this year - too 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 important to us and I have shared them with our staff. We will remain open through October 2017 and hope you'll be able to come back again. Thanks for dining at Kelly's! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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303 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here on the advice of the tourist office. Mistake. First course came out of the freezer still frozen. Was not charged on our bill. Waited an hour to get second course salad. It took 2 hours to get the main course and it was winter and not busy. When we went to use the off season coupon the... More 

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61 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stopped in for dinner because it was off season but Kellys was busy. I ordered the Oysters Rockefeller and the Boullebaise and my friend ordered the petite crabcake dinner. Oysters were good, no complaints. The boullebaise broth was good but the scallops were overcooked. The fish was overcooked as well and had an off taste that was unappetizing. The... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed the oysters and very sorry that the rest of your meal was not to your liking. We consistently enjoy good reviews on our cuisine, so we take it seriously that you had a different experience. I hope you were able to address your concerns with one of our managers while you were... More 

Bryans Road, Maryland
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155 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

We have visited Kelly's numerous times and have never been disappointed. The atmosphere and great staff make the visit more than worthwhile. The pan seared scallops and steamed oysters are two of our favorite dishes. They have two menus to choose from and pretty much can't go wrong on either one. Kelly's goes above and beyond to make you feel... More 

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

Thank you, Jeff, for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed the scallops and oysters! Thanks for dining at Kelly's and please come back again. More 

Chesapeake, Virginia
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67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2017

Great food and the service was excellent. manager came by tables and asked how things where. Jenny the server was also on point

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

My husband always brings me here to Kellys for my b-day. They ALWAYS have the biggest and the best oysters. Never oversteams them.

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

Thank you, Norma, for your feedback. We're glad that you spend your birthday at Kelly's and that you enjoyed the oysters. Thanks again and please come back. More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2017

The food was AMAZING!!!! I could write enough great things about this place. This was recommended to us from a local. It was definitely worth it!!!

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

Thank you for your feedback Qtessa! We think our food, chefs and staff are pretty amazing too. Thank you for stopping in, and please tell the "local" who recommended us, thank you too! More 

Allentown, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

Kelly's Outer Banks Resturant and Tavern welcomed six of us January 3, 2017. Not much going on this time of year in terms of eating. We got lucky here. Wonderfully served martini poured at the table, oysters prepared mildly and flavorably. Soups and entree specials diverse and all delicious. The vintage decor adds a banks feeling and the service and... More 

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

Hi Linda, 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 

Flint
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131 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

This is an Outer Banks tradition. We had the absolutly best server ever. Her timing was impeccable. Of course the food was good, pasta and shrimp with crab meat. A choice of serving sizes. If you only have dinner once, have it here.

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

Happy New Year and 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 

Durants Neck, North Carolina
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511 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

Kelly's restaurant is an outer banks standard. Wide selection of seafood's as well as some beef and chicken dishes. I had the Prime Rib with a potato gruyere cheese and a side salad. I thought the prime rib very flavorful, and somewhat tender. The potatoes were excellent. Salad was well chilled and the balsamic dressing was just right. The check... More 

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

Happy New Year and 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $29
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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 Monday-Thursday from 4:30 until 9 pm, Friday-Saturday from 4:30 until 10 pm (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! Late night at Kelly's Outer Banks Tavern features live music, DJ's, karaoke and bar menu. Hours Monday-Thursday from 4:30 until 12 midnight, and Friday-Saturday from 4:30 until 2 a.m.

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