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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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Wayne
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very reasonable. Absolutely delicious food. Owner visits tables. Is so hospitable. Alex our waiter, was terrific. So attentive. Highly recommend

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

Thanks, Donna, for sharing your comments. We sincerely appreciate your feedback and I will share them with Alex and the rest of our staff. We're glad you enjoyed your meal. Thanks for coming in and please come back again. More 

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125 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lobster Mac, Chicken Alfredo, Salmon with green beans and Red Snapper with brussel sprouts, mushrooms and wild rice. Of course the sweet potatoe rolls. Very good meal, well prepared and seasoned but nothing really stood out. Outstanding service. Not crowded but not into main tourist season yet when reservations are a must.

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Thank 5aRBy6
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. Your comments are sincerely appreciated and I will share them with our staff and wait staff. Thanks for coming in and we hope you'll come back again. More 

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kelly's is an Outer Banks staple that has been here for 30 or so years. We have had dinner here at various times through the years and it has never dissapointed in either food or service. Tonights treat was the broiled Seafood Collection, Onion Soup, Prime Rib and Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chip pie. Seafood was excellent, fresh and tasty. Onion... More 

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

Thank you very much for your feedback. Your comments are sincerely appreciated and I have shared them with our staff. I'm sorry that the prime rib was not up to par, but glad that the rest of the meal was enjoyed. Thanks again for your remarks, and please come back again. More 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While visiting the Outer Banks, my wife and I were looking a local restaurant that served seafood and steaks. Read the TA reviews for Kelly's and it did not disappoint. Wife had a shrimp, scallop and lump crabmeat dish served in a garlic butter sauce, wow. She commented that it was exceptional. I had a ribeye with garlic butter and... More 

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

We appreciate your feedback and we are glad you enjoyed your meals. I will share your comments with Alex, Mr. Kelly and the rest of our staff. Thanks for coming in and we hope you will come back again. More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is favorite of locals and vacationers alike. It is open all year and serves local seafood. The food is top notch and their service is outstanding. The owner, Mike Kelly, is usually onsite and stops by your table to make sure that you enjoyed your meal. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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

Thank you for your comments! Your feedback is very important to us and I will share them with Mr. Kelly and the rest of our staff. Thanks for dining with us and we hope you'll come back again. More 

Richmond, Virginia
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83 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

a pretty expensive place by our standards. we all had seafood at a birthday dinner - shrimp, scallops, oysters. we liked them all. i understand they are closing this year - too bad.

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

Thank you for your feedback. Your comments are important to us and I have shared them with our staff. We will remain open through October 2017 and hope you'll be able to come back again. Thanks for dining at Kelly's! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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323 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

We came here on the advice of the tourist office. Mistake. First course came out of the freezer still frozen. Was not charged on our bill. Waited an hour to get second course salad. It took 2 hours to get the main course and it was winter and not busy. When we went to use the off season coupon the... More 

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64 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

We stopped in for dinner because it was off season but Kellys was busy. I ordered the Oysters Rockefeller and the Boullebaise and my friend ordered the petite crabcake dinner. Oysters were good, no complaints. The boullebaise broth was good but the scallops were overcooked. The fish was overcooked as well and had an off taste that was unappetizing. The... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed the oysters and very sorry that the rest of your meal was not to your liking. We consistently enjoy good reviews on our cuisine, so we take it seriously that you had a different experience. I hope you were able to address your concerns with one of our managers while you were... More 

Bryans Road, Maryland
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158 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We have visited Kelly's numerous times and have never been disappointed. The atmosphere and great staff make the visit more than worthwhile. The pan seared scallops and steamed oysters are two of our favorite dishes. They have two menus to choose from and pretty much can't go wrong on either one. Kelly's goes above and beyond to make you feel... More 

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

Thank you, Jeff, for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed the scallops and oysters! Thanks for dining at Kelly's and please come back again. More 

Chesapeake, Virginia
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67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Great food and the service was excellent. manager came by tables and asked how things where. Jenny the server was also on point

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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, Gluten Free Options
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, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?