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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
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good23%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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All hours
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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1 - 10 of 496 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

This is one of our favorite restaurants in OBX now. We were looking for some where new to dine. My friend (of 66 years) have vacationed in OBX for about 8 years now & had never ate at Kelly's, so decided to try their food....More

Thank td3891
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you, Linda & Carol, for your review. Your comments are very important to us and I will share them with Kim and the rest of our crew. The seafood Norfolk is one of our most popular dishes, and we're glad you enjoyed it. Thanks...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We found the interior dark and dated and the food was no different. Everything could use an update. Service was rather slow.

Thank ChesterfieldJane
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

There are a lot of choices for Outer Banks restaurants and we sincerely appreciate your dining at Kelly's. We're sorry that your experience here did not live up to your expectations.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food and service without the tourist trap vibe . Great service and we enjoyed the drink specials and appetizers . Great restaurant and for the memories it's great. No other restaurants in nags Head but Kelly's for best deals

Thank JosephCrafnia
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback! Your comments are very important to us and help us to continue to provide a great experience, from the appetizers and drink specials to the meal and ambiance. Thanks for coming in and please come back again.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in on a Sunday night for dinner. Estalla was our server. Friendly, courteous, knowledgeable, and attentive are her good qualities. I did not notice any bad ones. Our food was very good. My wife and myself both had Seafood Norfolk and a house salad....More

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KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks, Bob, for your feedback! Your comments are very important to us and I have shared them with Estella and the rest of our staff. We're glad you enjoyed the Seafood Norfolk, it's one of our more popular dishes. Thanks for dining at Kelly's and...More

Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Very reasonable. Absolutely delicious food. Owner visits tables. Is so hospitable. Alex our waiter, was terrific. So attentive. Highly recommend

Thank Donna F
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks, Donna, for sharing your comments. We sincerely appreciate your feedback and I will share them with Alex and the rest of our staff. We're glad you enjoyed your meal. Thanks for coming in and please come back again.

Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Lobster Mac, Chicken Alfredo, Salmon with green beans and Red Snapper with brussel sprouts, mushrooms and wild rice. Of course the sweet potatoe rolls. Very good meal, well prepared and seasoned but nothing really stood out. Outstanding service. Not crowded but not into main tourist...More

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KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. Your comments are sincerely appreciated and I will share them with our staff and wait staff. Thanks for coming in and we hope you'll come back again.

Reviewed 8 April 2017

Kelly's is an Outer Banks staple that has been here for 30 or so years. We have had dinner here at various times through the years and it has never dissapointed in either food or service. Tonights treat was the broiled Seafood Collection, Onion Soup,...More

Thank Robert S
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your feedback. Your comments are sincerely appreciated and I have shared them with our staff. I'm sorry that the prime rib was not up to par, but glad that the rest of the meal was enjoyed. Thanks again for your...More

Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

While visiting the Outer Banks, my wife and I were looking a local restaurant that served seafood and steaks. Read the TA reviews for Kelly's and it did not disappoint. Wife had a shrimp, scallop and lump crabmeat dish served in a garlic butter sauce,...More

Thank Richard D
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback and we are glad you enjoyed your meals. I will share your comments with Alex, Mr. Kelly and the rest of our staff. Thanks for coming in and we hope you will come back again.

Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is favorite of locals and vacationers alike. It is open all year and serves local seafood. The food is top notch and their service is outstanding. The owner, Mike Kelly, is usually onsite and stops by your table to make sure that you...More

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KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments! Your feedback is very important to us and I will share them with Mr. Kelly and the rest of our staff. Thanks for dining with us and we hope you'll come back again.

Reviewed 9 March 2017

a pretty expensive place by our standards. we all had seafood at a birthday dinner - shrimp, scallops, oysters. we liked them all. i understand they are closing this year - too bad.

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KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. Your comments are important to us and I have shared them with our staff. We will remain open through October 2017 and hope you'll be able to come back again. Thanks for dining at Kelly's!

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chey3232
Hi, chey3232. What would you like to know about this restaurant? according to the internet you are not open now.. Will you be open in September?? We have enjoyed your restaurant when we visited North Carolina on two previous vacations and have enjoyed it very much.. One other question---are oysters in season the last two weeks of September 2017. We would appreciate your reply. Thank you Ed & Lori
25 April 2017|
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Response from CyndyJoPo | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they are still open and I know of no plans to close in the near future.
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KellysOuterBanks
This is Kelly's Restaurant. We appreciate your comments on Trip Advisor and have shared them with our staff. We'd like to extend a gift certificate to you in hopes that you'll come back in and give us another chance. Please call the restaurant and ask for Lee M-F between the hours 10:30 - 4.
11 July 2015|
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Response from KellysOuterBanks | Property representative |
This message was for a certain reviewer; the option to respond to him only was not working. Please disregard the message/offer. Thanks.
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Kayla M
I appreciate the response to my review. I am definitely considering trying the restaurant again. Most places do not respond or care that your service was not up to par. Maybe it is better when there are not any live events although the concert concept inside is pretty interesting and I bet would be a good experience. As a restaurant employee I definitely understand the stress that can come on busy nights!
24 May 2015|
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Response from KellysOuterBanks | Property representative |
Hi Kayla, Thanks for your email. We do value your comments and we will share with the staff. I hope you'll come back and enjoy dinner in the dining room, then maybe venture over to the Tavern for an after-dinner drink and... More
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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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.