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“Can't have enough of Kelly's”

Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $29
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings
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.
Reviewed September 29, 2013

Kelly's is a favorite. The dining room is formal yet welcomes casual attire. We were a group of 6. Amongst the favorite dishes: the crab and artichoke spinach dip as a starter was great, the lump crab cakes were awesome, the fried oysters were to die for and the BOUILLABAISSE was outstanding. The meals are complimented by well trained, caring and personable staff. Kudos Kelly's!

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KellysJune1985, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2013

Hello Austin, Texas! Thank you very much for your review. Your subject line, “can't have enough of Kelly's” is really true! We're going to make your taste buddies very happy and fill you up too! Come in beachy casual, come in dressed up....just come in and have a wonderful time with great food and good company! BB

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Reviewed September 22, 2013

we have visited the OBX many times over the years, and eaten at Kelley's many times. We went again this year and as usual had a good meal at Kelley's one evening. They have kind of become our when we can't make up our mind where to go place to eat. The food and service are always good, and I rally like the sweet potato biscuits.

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KellysJune1985, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2013

Thank you for your kind review and letting us know we're still doing things right. We'll continue to be the go-to place on the Outer Banks so we can depend on seeing you and yours again! BB

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Kelly's OBX Restaurant has a nice banquet/private party space that was recently used for a rehearsal dinner. The food was alright (not quite my taste - others really enjoyed it). My favorite part was the dessert - Bourbon Pie! Very good.

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Thank breezyg03
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KellysJune1985, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2013

Hello breezyg03. Thank you for your review. We really hope you'll come back again and order something just for yourself. I know you'll enjoy your meal. Kelly's has unique areas on site for special events and we are also proud to be northeastern North Carolina's premier caterer. Come to us or let us come to you, just experience Kelly's! BB

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We used to go to Kelly's every year that we visited the OBX but had stopped because it seemed the quality had declined over the past few years. We reluctantly went back the last week of August and had a great meal and great service. We were very happy that we chose to give them another chance. I think the old Kelly's is back :)

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KellysJune1985, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2013

BeakerRX, so glad you're back and helping us spread the word about our great meals and service. For over 28 years we have served and entertained neighbors and visitors, 3 million and still counting. Starting your meal with our signature, homemade sweet potato biscuits and ending with an award winning,homemade dessert - with all the delicious choices in between, you will enjoy yourself at Kelly's. Looking forward to seeing yal again!! BB

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Since our first visit to the Outer Banks in 1989, Kelly's has been a favorite! We have eaten at Kelly's in season, and out, and we have always been pleased with the experience! Whether we're there on a family summer vacation, sharing a meal with close friends in the winter, or enjoying a romantic dinner for two, Kelly's continues to be a go-to spot, every time! We love the atmosphere, and the food!

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KellysJune1985, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2013

Your review says so much - thank you !! We are very happy we've become an OBX stop for you and yours. Kelly's really is one of a kind - like an Outer Banks museum, room to room to room. Fabulous food along with such a fun, unique atmosphere....I totally agree with you - it really is an OBX go-to spot. We're looking forward to your next visit!! Thanks again!! BB

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