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Black Pelican Oceanfront Restaurant

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3848 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4278
+1 252-261-3171
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Don't understand what all the fuss is all about. We had better meals during our stay at ObX. The food was good, but nothing really stood out as being special. Our waitress pretty numb and unaffected . She pretty much took our orders and went off to do whatever. Only did she returned to serve our meals, and off she... More 

Thank Doctor M
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Food was excellent. Service was very good. BUT....a couple glitches.....we ordered the mussels and clams appetizer. All but one of the clams was closed. We pointed it out to the waitress and she took them back to have them steamed longer. They came back in a small soup bowl, so we missed out on all the broth with additional vegetables... More 

Thank Nancy W
Mechanicsville, Virginia
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our senior group went to the Black Pelican several times during our stay at Duck, NC. You can't improve on what was a great experience: good views, good service and great food! For the app we tried: Wood Fired Flat Bread, Oysters Orville, Crab Rangoon and several others. GREAT! For the meal: Oyster basket; Pelican Crab Cake on Kaiser Roll;... More 

Thank Betty B
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We just visited on 14 march, 2017, was not busy, we came for "Early Bird Specials" they just handed us the lunch menu, I saw Maui on Menu board by bar, waitress 1st said, we don't have it, but then placed order, it was just chunks of greasy fish-fried, she appoligized that it was just normal fish. Then came entree,... More 

Thank DM C
Burlington, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My only hesitation was the table we were seated at. There were a few available at the front window and instead, we had to look through other tables to see the shore. It wasn't very busy as it was pouring and cold when we visited in March 14, 2017. The staff at the door was not pleasant but our server... More 

Thank Kajayjay
Outer Banks, North Carolina
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always a great experience everytime we eat here. Staff is very helpful and friendly. Food is great and at a reasonable price. Highly recommend we eat here at least once a month.

Thank Beverly O
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the first restaurant we eat at when we get to the OBX! I love the shrimp and grits!!! Vacation doesn't seem like vacation without eating here

Thank Hannah G
Clayton, North Carolina
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Decided to try the Black Pelican in our most recent trip to OBX. We're OBX regulars and have visited 25+ times, with many more times to come. Menu looked pretty good so we thought we'd give it a shot. It's charming inside and nicely lit. Wasn't the best food ever, but wasn't the worst either. Started with pita bread and... More 

Thank NEG19
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was very good and if you sit out on the porch you get a great view of the ocean over the barrier dune. I eat here every time I go to the OBX (Outer Banks). Service is generally good but can be a bit slow at times.

Thank Eric O
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been coming here for many years, and the service has always been excellent. I would say that 9 out of 10 meals have been great. This is saying a lot since they put out thousands of meals. After dozens and dozens of visits, I can count on one hand where we've had a few mishaps that could have easily... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3848 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4278
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: +1 252-261-3171

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?