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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
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“gulf shrimp” (7 reviews)
“seafood” (55 reviews)
Open Now
16:30 - 22:00All hours
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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LOCATION
2316 S Croatan Hwy, US 158 Bypass. MP 10.5, Nags Head, NC 27959-9012
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1 - 10 of 513 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Much different than Awful Aurthurs in terms of atmosphere. Quiet, not hectic, great for a sit down dinner with family. Also a great place for a wedding reception or group meal. That said, service was slow, and food was good but not great. Did have...More

Thank jmichel01
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Dinner for 11. One of the few places that we didn't have to wait over an hour and 1/2 to be seated. Husband was very pleased with the full lobster and the price was great at $28 - not just a tail but a full...More

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

Thanks for your feedback. Your comments are very important to us and I will share them with our staff. We're glad you enjoyed the lobster. Thanks for coming in, please come back again.

Reviewed 9 July 2017

I met up with some friends to see a new band. It's a great place for dinner, drinks and dancing. Been going for years and I understand that they are going to sell it. It will be missed.

Thank George19
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Great restaurant that we've been going to for years. My favorite thing here are the sweet potato biscuits, I think I could easily eat a dozen of them! If you get a salad make sure you get the house dressing, a vinaigrette w/feta cheese, delicious!...More

Thank beachgoer21
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

Thank you for your feedback. Your comments are very important to us and I have shared them with our staff. We're glad you enjoyed your meal and the ever popular sweet potato biscuits. Thanks for coming in and please come back again.

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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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KellysOuterBanks
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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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
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, 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
  • E-mail
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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