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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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16:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 16:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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Sandy Ridge, North Carolina
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Thanksgiving Buffet featured a great variety of meats, salads, vegetables and desserts plus breads. Would definitely go again!

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Thank Kim49511
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Hi Kim, thanks for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the buffet. Thanks for dining at Kelly's. More 

Outer Banks NC
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great dining experience. The prime rib was great.as was our service. I am a local person so I would definitely recommend it.

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Thank Patty27954
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Hi Patty, thanks for your feedback! We're glad you enjoyed the prime rib and thanks for dining at Kelly's! More 

Bedford, New Hampshire
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96 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

34 dollars for a big poor-quality buffet. No bright flavors, just bare bones plain food. All the meats tasted processed, and the pork was dry as a bone. Nothing was hot, I had to ask for my plate to be microwaved This wasn't cooking, it was just food that was set out. The service, however, was outstanding.

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Thank Daniel B
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 I will share them with our staff. Thanks for spending Thanksgiving at Kelly's, we're sorry it did not meet your expectations. More 

Winston Salem, North Carolina
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This past weekend was the 2nd time my husband and I had dinner at Kelly's. First, the interior is really nicely appointed. Very elegant, professional wait staff, comfortable tables and quaint booths. Food is wonderful and the desserts looked amazing (too full to get any though :-() Crab Cakes - OMG soooo good. Husband had chicken and pasta with fettuccine.... More 

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Thank Mona F
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! More 

Bryans Road, Maryland
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124 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've been coming down to the Outer Banks for almost 20 years and have never stopped in. However, this trip we did and what a great surprise on how good the food and service was to us. Excellent selection of mixed drinks and NC draft beer on tap. The steamed oysters and the Norfolk seafood plates are awesome! The interior... More 

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

Hi Jeff, Thanks for your feedback. Your comments are very important to us and I have shared them with our staff. We're glad you enjoyed your meal. Thanks for dining at Kelly's! More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Visited during restaurant week. Good menu selections. Crab soup was delicious, Prime Rib very good, Fillet Oscar great, and staff very friendly. The pecan pie was good as well. Reservations preferred.

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

Thank you, Rhonda, for your feedback. Your comments are very important to us and I have shared them with our staff. Thanks for dining at Kelly's! More 

Fletcher, North Carolina
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167 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Good seafood and they were doing restaurant week so had several $20 and $30 deals. Waitress was awesome and kept our glasses filled. Food was reasonably priced for amount served. Only negative, our bread wasn't warm. They did have lobster on the special menu but reported that the truck had not delivered 😏 we've been here before and will keep... More 

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Thank Cathy G
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 

Norfolk, Virginia
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746 reviews
530 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern did an incredible job feeding thousands of people at the event. Delicious food was enjoyed by all.

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

Thanks for your feedback; we look forward to this event every year and are proud to be a part of it! More 

West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This restaurant is architecturally interesting reminding us of the different levels on a ship. Service and food are excellent. I had fried green tomatoes, yummy, and crab soup. The soup was spicy and full of fresh crab, delicious! Everyone was pleased with their meal. Large servings too.

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

Thanks, Lillian, for your nice comments. Your feedback is very important to us and I have shared them with our staff. Thanks for dining at Kelly's! More 

West Kingston
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

My husband, son, daughter-in-law and I went to Kelly's for dinner and we were very impressed with both the service and especially the food! I had the blackfish special and their sangria, mmm! My daughter-in-law had the same except I had spinach and she had kale. My husband and son both had meat dishes. My husband and I both had... More 

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Thank 258phyllisa
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 chefs and 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
US$12 - US$29
Cuisine
American, Bar, 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, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
16:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
16:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
16:30 - 21:00
Thursday
16:30 - 21:00
Friday
16:30 - 22:00
Saturday
16:30 - 22:00
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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