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John's Drive In

3716 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4277
+1 252-261-6227
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Overview
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“fries” (40 reviews)
“sandwiches” (22 reviews)
“mahi mahi” (20 reviews)
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3716 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4277
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been visiting John's for over 30 years each time we come down to our house in Kitty Hawk. Today will be the last time we or any of our family visits. My 14-yr old developed an allergy to shellfish recently. I ordered three...More

Thank cherylannroth
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

I am sorry that you were disappointed in your visit to John's Drive In however, you could not be more incorrect about our food handling practices. These facts were also documented by the Health Inspector who came to John's Drive In at your request after...More

Reviewed 6 February 2018

Best Milk Shakes on the beach; at little bit of a wait, but well worth it. Parking can be tedious when they are busy.More

Thank b3cca21
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

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 6 December 2017

This place is amazing and simple. I've gone there for over 15 years and the quality and family run attitude have never changed. Pop over for an amazing (early if you want Dolphin) lunch boat while you're on the beach.More

Thank CallieMarie117
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2018

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 3 October 2017

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 9 October 2017

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 19 September 2017

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 22 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 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

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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
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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
Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3716 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4277
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: +1 252-261-6227
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Description
An Outer Banks tradition, John's has been a favorite with locals and vacationers since 1977! Serving Fresh Tuna and Fried Dolphin served with homemade tartar sauce or fresh made cocktail sauce. Also available many flavor of malt, fresh fruit milkshake and other tasty ice cream treats. John's gives free ice cream to dogs, horses, rabbits, skunks and any other type of pet that you would bring to John's would earn you a "puppy cup."
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