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John's Drive In

3716 Virginia Dare Trl, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
+1 252-261-6227
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Overview
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“fries” (31 reviews)
“burgers” (25 reviews)
“mahi mahi” (20 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Fast food
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3716 Virginia Dare Trl, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Read about this in Our State magazine, so we were all really excited to eat there. Was crowded with no inside seating. Picnic tables in the hot sun. Not "fast food" at all; was 20 minutes to get our sandwiches, which was their "specialty" sandwich,...More

Thank John C
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am sorry that you had to wait to get your order at John's Drive In. Going to the beach is the most popular thing to do on the Outer Banks during the spring, summer and fall and because our little food stand (just 520...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We get take out or eat outside several times a summer. Food is great and portions are large. This is an OBX beach road institution. They are only open seasonally but well worth stopping in during the summer months.More

Thank nightowljeff1
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers for many years and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and for helping us celebrate...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017

This is a place that anyone going to OBX should try. It's a real dive with awesome eats. The fried fish sandwich basket and milkshake is what this place is all about. A must.More

Thank mattheww556
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers for many years and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and thank you and your...More

Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Our family stopped for lunch on the way out of town. We ordered a dolphin boat, cheese burger and a couple of hot dogs for the kids. The food came fast and was tasty. The dolphin boat was delicious and could have served two. The...More

Thank YankeeinRVA
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers for many years and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and thank you and your...More

Reviewed 22 August 2017

This is one of my favorite places, but pricy. A shake and a dolphin basket is $20. but so so good. The crab cakes are good, mostly crab. The shakes are good but expensive, add ins over a buck for each item.More

Thank MariBear63
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers for many years and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. The current price for a Dolphin Boat which comes...More

Reviewed 22 August 2017

Yes, there will be a next time! My sister had told us about this place. Someone else ordered for us and we didn't get the Boat but rather just ordered a sandwich and I guess the assumption, if you don't say otherwise, is that you...More

Thank Tina C
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers for many years and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. I am sorry that you didn't realize that our...More

Reviewed 15 August 2017

For years we've heard about John's and yet after 20+ years we only recently got there. It was worth the wait. A classic drive-in type of restaurant serving what looks like delicious drive-in type food (haven't tried it yet) along with ice cream. A top...More

Thank danieloW7812SH
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers for many years and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and thank you and your...More

Reviewed 8 August 2017

Best dolphin boats on the beach. Puppy cups for your pooch are free! Be patient the wait is worth it!More

Thank OBXT
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers for many years and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and thank you and your...More

Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

A hole in wall actually two holes in the wall where you stand in line outside a plain block building to order your food. Only open 11 to 3 or 5 and closed on Wednesday. The dolphin sandwich is what is most prized with Cajun...More

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dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers for many years and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and thank you and your...More

Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

This was our first visit. The crabcake sandwish was really goid. Order the dolfin boat. It is,always busy here because the food is outstanding.More

Thank 55daylily
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers for many years and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing...More

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Nice_trip
27 July 2017|
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Response from Joel J | Reviewed this property |
between Mileposts 4 and 5 on beach road
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Sally G
11 March 2017|
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Response from OBXJohn | Property representative |
Yes, weather permitting should be open from 11am to 4pm.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3716 Virginia Dare Trl, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: +1 252-261-6227
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Description
Family Owned and Operated since 1977 serving locals and vacationers the best Milkshakes and Mahi Mahi Sandwiches you have ever had! John's has closed for the 2017 season. John would like to thank all of his friends, family and customers (especially the little ones and the furry ones☺) for an exceptional 40th season!
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