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John's Drive In - TEMPORARILY CLOSED

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3716 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4277
+1 252-261-6227
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Oh my god. This is a must people! You have to get a milkshake. The milkshakes are where it's at, but the food is awesome too. Super low key vibe. You order your food and they call your name. You can take it to the beach which is directly across the street or eat it right there at the picnic... More 

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Thank Christina B
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In - TEMPORARILY CLOSED, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 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 you again as 2017 we will celebrate our 40th season! Be sure to check out our... More 

Poquoson, Virginia
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The best fried dolphin boat on the beach. Place order at one window & pick up at the other. Very small parking area. A must though if you like dolphin.

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Thank PegRB
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In - TEMPORARILY CLOSED, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 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 you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's... More 

Easton, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We rented a house on the beach in the Kill Devil Hills/Kitty Hawk area most every summer from the late 1980s to early 2000s and a trip to John's for Dolphin Boats (Mahi Mahi) was a must have that we always looked forward to, often several times a week for lunch or dinner! (we were not there in October 2016,... More 

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dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In - TEMPORARILY CLOSED, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 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 you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's... More 

Helena, MT
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955 reviews
612 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 420 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Our cousin who goes to the OBX all the time took us here. After all the foo foo places we needed a real family owned, old OBX place before they are all gone We had some kind of fish called dolphin, which was fish and not a porpoise. Good. We sat outside. It had a very basic outdoor porta potty... More 

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Thank vintagetrailer
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In - TEMPORARILY CLOSED, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 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 you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's... More 

North Carolina
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This used to be a great place to get a Dolphin boat years ago. My husband ordered one and it came in a Styrofoam container and not a boat shaped basket. It was chicken and not Dolphin. You get either fries or coleslaw, but not both the way they used to serve it. My crab cakes were as thin as... More 

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Thank Sue B
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In - TEMPORARILY CLOSED, responded to this review

I was sorry to hear that you did not enjoyed your meal at John's. Our Dolphin Boats (Mahi Mahi) are one of our most popular item. Many of our customers order these items TO GO so we began serving them in a container with a lid so that they could travel in the car or to the beach. I would... More 

White Plains, Maryland
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88 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Johns is a regular stop when we are in the OBX there fish sandwiches are the best, burgers and fries to, the wife was happy with the fried okra as a side. You will not get a better milk shake anywhere and I mean Anywhere

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Thank bheath1461
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In - TEMPORARILY CLOSED, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 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 you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's... More 

Martinsburg, West Virginia
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

They could have turned us away, we got there right as they closed. They came outside the store to take our order and made us 3 delicious milkshakes served with the big smoothie straws. The people there are awesome. This is the perfect spot to cool down after a day on the beach!

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Thank Angelica B
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In - TEMPORARILY CLOSED, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 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 you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Had read what great fish bites they had, but I found them to be over cooked and extremely salty and dry. Maybe they just had a bad day.

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Thank Carol S
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In - TEMPORARILY CLOSED, responded to this review

I was sorry to hear that you did not enjoyed your meal at John's. Our Dolphin Boats (Mahi Mahi) are one of our most popular item. I would have been happy to re-cook them for you or refund your money if you found that they were not acceptable. We do batter dip and fry each piece of fish we serve... More 

Waldorf, Maryland
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79 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

We just visited OBX for the time. John's was recommended to us so we stopped for lunch before we checked into where we were staying. Great sandwiches and the milkshake was among the best I have had. Friendly service. It is busy so be prepared to wait but it is worth it!

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Thank terpfan1
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In - TEMPORARILY CLOSED, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 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 you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's... More 

Smithfield, Virginia
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

When I'm down on the OBX on business, I always stop at John's for their dolphin sandwich. It's the best anywhere! The roll is fresh, the dolphin well fried and generous and the crisp lettuce and fresh summer tomato set it all off. Well done John's!

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Thank LSNS2652
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In - TEMPORARILY CLOSED, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 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 you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Fast food
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 15:00
Monday
11:00 - 15:00
Friday
11:00 - 15:00
Saturday
11:00 - 15:00
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
Description
Family Owned and Operated since 1978 serving locals and vacationers the best Milkshakes and Mahi Mahi Sandwiches you have ever had! CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR THE SEASON, WILL RE OPEN IN SPRING OF 2017 FOR OUR 40TH SEASON!

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