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“Our Wedding Reception”

Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern
Ranked #24 of 85 Restaurants in Nags Head
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $29
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Our Wedding Reception”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Last weekend we had our wedding reception at Kelly's. The food was absolutely amazing, the service was wonderful and everything was perfect. We had a party of 95 with varying food needs and everyone was thrilled. The vegan guests loved the food as much as the meat eaters. The beef was tender and juice and the seafood fresh and local. We can't thank the whole crew at Kelly's enough for everything they did for us.

  • Visited December 2012
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KellysJune1985, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
Wow !! Thank you so much for taking your time to write a review for Kelly's, especially at such a busy time for you and yours!! We strive to make everything just right for our visitors and our special event clients. Mr. Kelly and his crew really enjoy special events and your wedding reception was very important to us. We certainly do appreciate the wonderful compliments you have shared. It's our pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful time in your life! Thank you for including us! Congratulations on your marriage and may the new year bring you much love, happiness, good health and prosperity! Hope to see you in again soon, hungry & thirsty!
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Durants Neck, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
523 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
“Nice Place on the Outer Banks”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

This is basically a seafood restaurant, but along with the seafood and fish on the menu they also have some other offerings. We have been here many times and have always enjoyed it. On this visit I had Coconut Shrimp, French Onion Soup and Spinach Salad. Everything was served fresh and hot (thanks to our waitress), having been recently prepared and not sitting under a warming light. The sweet potato rolls came to the table fresh. They were really good, and had a hint of molasses. The Coconut shrimp had great flavor, but the coating was too heavy and tended to fall off the shrimp. The French onion soup was some of the best I have had with very well caramelized onions which imparted great flavor to the soup. The spinach salad was a disappointment as they ran out of spinach and replaced that with mixed greens. In all, it was a good alternative to spinach and the salad was good, but did not have the hint of bacon one would expect with a spinach dressing.
My partner had Pasta with Shrimp and Scallops and said that it was "Good", but that the house vinaigrette on his salad was too vinegary.
The meal for two, without alcohol and before tip was $53. Our waitress was Estela who was really personable and was a positive addition to our dining experience.

  • Visited November 2012
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KellysJune1985, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review, December 8, 2012
Thank you so much for taking your time to submit a review for Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern in Nags Head, NC. We are so grateful for our customers !! We strive to offer excellence and your comments help us with this! We really hope you'll come in again and please don't be shy !!......let us know what you're needing to make your dining experience with us one of your best ! Again, thank you!!
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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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“Great Thanksgiving Meal!!”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

Although we love Kelly's menus (which you could order from if you wanted) Kelly's Thanksgiving buffet has been a family tradition and this year, as in the past years, it was just FABULOUS !! There were so many choices and something for everyone!! There was Kelly's traditional turkey meal, delicious seafood choices, and so much more on this buffet! The famous award winning desserts did us all in! You could eat as lightly as you wanted to.....or just eat like a pig thinking only of your TV remote - your next important mission!! Kelly's is so accommodating to all and we just love the place! Mr. Kelly and staff, you've done it again!! Thank you for another great Thanksgiving meal !!

  • Visited November 2012
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KellysJune1985, Kelly's Trip Advisor Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Thank you very much for your wonderful review! Winters on the OBX are long, so please come back to see us! We really appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again soon!
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Topeka, Kansas
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Thanksgiving Buffet”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

I liked the way they organized their reservations so you did not have to wait. The buffet was good but not great. There was a wide variety of dessert selections but the portions were the smallest I had ever seen. The selection of breads was okay. The entrees were okay but nothing that was special. No drinks included with the meal and it was really pricey for what was available. There were long lines at certain popular dishes so y9u had to wait quite a while in in line and you had to wait while additional food was brought to the buffet. I wish I had ordered from the menu--perhaps that would have been better.

Visited November 2012
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MORRISVILLE
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6 reviews
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“Pre OBX 1/2 marathon dinner”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

The restaurant provided a nice selection of pasta dishes perfect for dinner the night before a long race. The food was great but our server seemed a bit confused. It took 4 adults 2 hours from sit down to finish despite being one of the only tables. Our server had difficulty figuring out how to split our check in two and made 3 attempts at it. We also needed to request items rather than be asked if there was anything we needed. We did note that another table with 2 parents and 2 teenagers were near us. 3 of the guests received their food and it took the 4th guest over 10 minutes to get his soup. This seemed like poor judgement on the server rather than a reflection on the restaurant.

  • Visited November 2012
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