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“Great atmosphere, average food, horrible service.”

Mama Kwan's Grill & Tiki Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout
Description: We have been serving the Outer Banks, NC for the past 10 years, with our very own twist on food from around the world – and around the block.Our local seafood menu is designed to cover all types of tastes, so even the pickiest member of your party will find something they enjoy.We’re a laid back, fun and offer a casual dining experience for the entire family. We offer a kids menu, so everyone will find their happy place.We laugh a lot and smile because we enjoy what we do here. We hope you enjoy your time here at our local OBX bar and grill, and on vacation at the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great atmosphere, average food, horrible service.”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

We were craving fish tacos & chose Mama Kwan's after reading all the rave reviews. Honestly, I don't know how anyone can give such good reviews of this place. Yes, the atmosphere is perfect for a beach joint, but that's where the good ends. Our tacos both the blackened fish & the jerk chicken were dry with a scoop of rice on the side.

On top of the average food, our server was uppity. Didn't even tell us the feature although other servers around us were telling their tables.

On a positive note, Jennifer, the manager, handled the situation properly. After informing her of everything, she apologized and invited us back. Maybe we'll try again next year.

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Smith Mountain Lake
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Mama Knows Good Food”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

I have been going to Mama Kwan's for years and have never been disappointed. It's a funky place with half of a Volkswagen bus built into the wall. Family friendly with special drinks for the kids, as well as the adults. The menu is Polynesian/Asian inspired, with exceptional appetizers. All of the pork offerings are delicious, quite different from the typical Asian restaurant fare. The "build your own" fish tacos are always good, with plenty of fresh fish. In season, there will be a crowd and you will be seated more quickly at lunchtime.

  • Visited September 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Make a reservation”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

We like the food here, but don't even think about getting a table in less than an hour if you show up during the dinner rush. Nice cocktails.

Visited July 2012
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1 Thank Papr1ka
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Oil City, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very good food”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Mama Kwans was the first place we went to eat after arriving at the OBX based on reviews we read before going. We were not disappointed. The coconut shrimp was delicious. The only thing I was disappointed in was that our server did not tell us what the specials were and we had ordered when we then heard her tell someone else. If we would have known we would have ordered very differently.

Visited September 2012
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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Locals eat here!”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

My favorite of course is the fish tacos! Always the best, I am now trying to replicate at home. Pork plate also rocks. The service is always above superior with lots of very nice attentive folks. These guys work very hard to put out the great products they do, it is always tasty. They seem to be doing something right! Great staff that works well together and the food rocks.

  • Visited September 2012
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