As with so many other reviewers, found this spot thanks to Trip Advisor! My husband and I and our 8 & 10 year olds ate here on our first night in OBX. It was a Saturday evening, we had checked into our rental in Kitty Hawk earlier in the afternoon and after spending some time at the beach and pool, headed out for dinner (we hadn't done our shopping for the week yet).
We decided to head down the beach road (12) while I scanned TA. Saw the review, so we stopped. It's a the Sea Ranch Resort, and at first, I have to admit, I was a little wary of what looked like was going to be a "hotel" restaurant, but it was not that at all. We sat outside, and yes there is an obstructed view of the beach as one other reviewer put it, but it's the natural dunes! It was already dark when we were there and the breezes were just lovely. A 2-piece was setting up for live music for the evening and there was a wedding reception taking place just adjacent to the restaurant in a larger catering space at the Sea Ranch.
Our server was prompt and friendly. Our cocktails/drinks came out quickly. We ordered and unfortunately, the weather turned and it was about to rain. We quickly relocated just inside, which was no issue, space-wise. The inside restaurant area was pleasant and the musicians had also relocated inside and the music was nice. The were competing a bit with the DJ from the wedding reception which was just across the hall, but it wasn't too bad.
Our food came out quickly and was delicious. My 10 year old had fried shrimp selection from the kids menu, which was very tasty and my 8 year old had the BBQ sandwich also from the kids menu. Both were very nice portions and the BBQ sandwich was quite good as was the shrimp.
I opted for a Bistro House Salad that was generous in size and was very fresh and nice. My husband chose a fried flounder and crab cake special. We kind of split the two between us. The flounder was fresh and delicious as was the crab cake. Very nice portion size. My husband also tried the clam chowder. We're from NY/NJ and are intimately familiar with New England and Manhattan style clam chowders and love trying new chowders. The waitress did explain that this chowder was in a clear broth (something neither of us had experienced before). The soup had a nice flavor and had plenty of clams and vegetables, but I will admit, I wasn't bowled over. Just my preference for a different style of clam chowder.
Overall, we were very happy with the Beachside Bistro and would recommend having a meal here.
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