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John's Drive In

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3716 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4277
+1 252-261-6227
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11:00 - 16:00
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Thu 11:00 - 16:00
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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113 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Heading out of town this past Sunday (4/23/17) and glad we did, including luck on timing as only one family ahead of us. By the time we left (11:40ish) parking lot full and a line, which confirms why to stop and get some great eats. Also confirms get there early, even early in the season! We had John's crab cakes... More 

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Thank CIndyCsml
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers for many years and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. If you have already LIKED us on Facebook, please do so you can view our menu and check out our hours which change between... More 

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Cajun crab sub is so worth the money . Also had the dolphin boat which was also incredible. Close to our rental, it is my "Go to" place for lunch while we are here. Staff is so understanding for newcomers to the area.

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

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers for many years and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. If you have already LIKED us on Facebook, please do so you can view our menu and check out our hours which change between... More 

NC
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101 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You order and pay at the window, and they give you a buzzer that goes off when the order is ready. System works well. There are picnic tables outside, and it's easy to strike up a conversation with other hungry people. The food arrived fairly quickly and it was all fine, just nothing to write home about. Fish and chips,... More 

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

I was sorry to hear that you did not enjoyed your meal at John's. Fried Okra is one of our more popular items although the majority of our customers enjoy our Dolphin Boats (Mahi Mahi) and fresh fruit milkshakes. Our okra comes breaded from our supplier and therefore we have no control as to what type of breading is used.... More 

Greenville, South Carolina
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our second trip to John's. We love this place:) The Dolphin Sub is so good. We tried the scallops also they were so good! Everthing is fresh and cheap.Try a milkshake they are the best! See you next time!!

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Thank Ellie W
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers for many years and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and are happy to hear you've already been to John's twice and we just reopened for the season on March... More 

Charleston, West Virginia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

If you are in the OBX you HAVE to come here! My wife and our two girls stop here every year multiple times! Something here for everyone and absolutely everything is AMAZING! No I am not exaggerating! If you come here just once you have to try the Dolphin Boat and get a milkshake! Trust me you will never be... More 

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Thank Japhillips05
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers for many years and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and are happy that you were able to have one of the first dolphin boats of our 40th season since... More 

Williamsburg, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

This place is a nice little drive in place to sit and eat some great food. We went here a couple years ago and really enjoyed it. We try to go back every year and get some amazing mahi-mahi. They have really good milkshakes too but we haven't had one yet. We like beer with our fish haha. They have... More 

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

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers for many years 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 up to date... More 

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We have been going to John's Drive In for over 20 Yrs. Great Ice cream, fantastic mahi fingers, loads of sweets & food. Don't miss this important part of Kitty Hawk, NC. One of the best on the OBX! Picnic tables on site. No inside tables. It is a DRIVE IN, not a drive thru.

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Thank NCSTOLAT
dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers for many years 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... More 

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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

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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dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, 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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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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, 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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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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, 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, Fast food, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 16:00
Monday
11:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 16:00
Thursday
11:00 - 16:00
Friday
11:00 - 18:00
Saturday
11:00 - 16:00
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 1977 serving locals and vacationers the best Milkshakes and Mahi Mahi Sandwiches you have ever had! Join us in celebrating our 40th season!

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