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Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern

2316 S Croatan Hwy, US 158 Bypass. MP 10.5, Nags Head, NC 27959-9012
+1 252-441-4116
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Overview
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“gulf shrimp” (7 reviews)
“seafood” (56 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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2316 S Croatan Hwy, US 158 Bypass. MP 10.5, Nags Head, NC 27959-9012
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Have not been to the Outer Banks for almost 20 years. Remembered Kelly's as always being good. Has not changed! The salmon my wife had was the best she has had while dining out. I had a combination dish of crab, shrimp and scallops. Very...More

Thank Bob R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The sweet potato biscuits were excellent. The rest of our dinners were good but bland. Will not return!

Thank Susan C
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are sad to hear you had a bad experience here at Kelly's. However, we do appreciate your feedback and I will be sure to show your review to the staff. Thank you.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have eaten here 3 times in 5 days - all excellent meals and didn't feel like waiting an hour for other restaurants!!! You can eat in the bar if crowded - never a wait - have had a hamburger, scallops, tuna, and ribs this...More

Thank DCSVirginiaBeach
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your time here with us. I will share your review with the staff! Come back and see us!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of my fav spots that left an impression with me after 20 years! All because of those sweet potato biscuits. Love them however back in the day they were much bigger. I was disappointed in the petite biscuits now being served. I stopped by...More

Thank Mary H
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback. Your comments are very important and I have shared them with our staff. In the future, if you want larger biscuits, please ask when placing your order and we will be glad to prepare them. We went to a smaller biscuit...More

Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Food is always delicious with a large variety to pick from I had the 1/2 rack of ribs they were very good lots of flavor & very meaty, my husband had the north Carolina seafood combination which was also very good... salad dressing are homemade...More

Thank Mary Ann B
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the ribs and the seafood conbo. Thanks for dining at Kelly's, we hope you'll come back again.

Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Family run business. Good staff but slow under pressure. Seafood good but not overwhelming. Would benefit from offering a choice of rice, veg , salad or baked potato for all meals. Why does the USA think people should pay for a healthier choice? Excellent prices...More

Thank Megavin
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback, your comments are important to us and I will share them with our staff. Thanks for coming in; please come back again.

Reviewed 30 July 2017

We were a large party of 4 adults and four children (ranging from 14 to 6 years of age) with 5:30 reservations. Although we arrived 15 minutes early, our table was ready and we were seated immediately. The three-person wait staff lead by Estella, was...More

Thank wbcert
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

We very much appreciate your taking the time to review our restaurant! And we especially thank you for the glowing remarks. I'll be sure to share them with Estella and the rest of our staff. Thanks for dining at Kelly's and we look forward to...More

Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Family dinner for 9 adults and 3 children, we reserved in advance so that they had a room off to the side ready and waiting. Service was excellent. Food delicious. We will return.

Thank Nola R
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Thank you for your feedback; your comments are very important to us and I will share them with our staff. Thanks for dining at Kelly's!

Reviewed 24 July 2017

We were early birds on a Sunday, so had the place to ourselves. Oysters Rockefeller were good, very fresh. Bouillabaisse was wonderful, generous portions. Waitress was very friendly and helpful.

Thank melorello
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Thank you for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed the Oysters Rock and the bouillabaisse. Thanks for coming in and please come back again.

Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

We went here based on having a gift card to use. Don't go here, this place is terrible. They lost our reservation even though we called them 40 minutes before to confirm it. When we were seated, the two ladies working that table could not...More

Thank Djrrossi
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Lyndsay D
18 September 2017|
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Response from Donna F | Reviewed this property |
I did not see lobster on the menu. Would have ordered!
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Lisa B
17 August 2017|
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Response from LeeW26 | Reviewed this property |
Kelly's has a full bar and we really liked their wine list.
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chey3232
25 April 2017|
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Response from KellysOuterBanks | Property representative |
Thanks for your question. We will be open in September and we should definitely have oysters on the menu and lots of other fresh local seafood. Look forward to seeing you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$12 - US$29
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
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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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