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Black Pelican Oceanfront Restaurant

3848 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4278
+1 252-261-3171
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“pizza” (222 reviews)
“seafood” (243 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3848 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4278
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have made it a tradition of always having either lunch or dinner at the Black Pelican when we visit OBX. This started roughly 20 years ago so this restaurant is doing something right. The food is good. The service is good. The location is...More

Thank BB55Fan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had the chef’s pasta with salmon and shrimp and my husband had the mahi mahi. The pasta was over cooked and his fish looked and tasted like it was straight out of the freezer. We have been here in the past and it was...More

Thank zagnutmom
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has great lunch specials during the off-season! I highly recommend checking it out. There is a blue plate special daily for $6.99 as well as other specials. I went today and got the Fried Mahi Mahi and it was delish and fresh!

Thank babblinbrunett
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have eaten here several times for lunch. They have several specials each day. The blue plate special is a great price and is delicious. You get plenty of food. We have had the meatloaf, fried chicken, and buffalo chicken sandwich. All were very good....More

Thank wolfpackfan66
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Large family group went for a late lunch based on local's recommendation, who said over the years that they never had a disappointing meal experience at the Black Pelican. Went on a Sunday and the bar offered $5.00 Bloody Mary's with a lot of garnishments....More

Thank Frank L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in after a long day trip to Coracoke Island and wasn’t disappointed. We ordered the fish duo which was swordfish and wahoo it was amazing!!!! I ordered the crab cakes and they was also great! I wish we could have saved room for...More

Thank Xraykittykat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They have a good menu with fresh seafood and lots of options for a wide range of tastes. The outdoir seating is great if weathet allows and inside is filled with artifacts of kitty hawk history.

Thank davidkessler2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ate there twice on a recent visit. Late lunch on first visit and the southwest ravioli was excellent. The fried shrimp were very good but had the tail on - which makes it messy to eat if going to peel tail off not to waste...More

Thank BeachinIt28512
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not fine dining, not just a locals place, the Black Pelican has been pleasing customers for as long as I can remember. Lately we have fallen in love with their wood fired pizzas and the Hatteras Clam Chowder (broth based instead of cream based.) But...More

Thank mikeandterri
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Absolutely loved this restaurant! We sat by the window which had a beautiful view. The food was so delicious and healthy. I will definitely be eating here again.

Thank Valerie679845
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19 July 2017|
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Response from wowgirl3 | Reviewed this property |
Some of the tables do.
18 May 2017|
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Response from Debbie K | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, walk in not a long wait
3 April 2016|
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Response from cherryripe | Reviewed this property |
There are handicapped spaces and a ramp. Be careful as you navigate the restaurant, though.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3848 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4278
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: +1 252-261-3171
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