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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
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“gulf shrimp” (7 reviews)
“seafood” (54 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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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 503 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Good atmosphere but way overpriced for mediocre food. I had scallops ($23) which were okay but loaded with coarse salt, I'm reluctant to say but I've had better scallops at Hoss's. Also the chicken Alfredo was, again, mediocre. On par with Hoollihans but far more...More

Thank Talik1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Dinner for five was a delight, with perfect service at a spacious round table with white linens. Excellent salads with chef made dressings, were followed by superb entrees of soft shell crabs, salmon Mediterranean, bouillabaisse, and sautéed shrimp. The Kendall Jackson Chardonnay for three of...More

Thank LeeW26
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for your great feedback! We sincerely appreciate your comments and I will share them with our chefs and staff. We are glad you all enjoyed your meals - great seafood is what we focus on - and the desserts too! Thanks for coming in...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband & have eaten at Kelly's over the years while visiting the Outer Banks & have never been disappointed. When we are in the mood for a nice evening out, quality meats or seafood... this is a favorite place to dine. We also love...More

Thank Helen H
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your feedback. Your comments are very important to us and I will share them with our staff and chefs. Thanks for dining at Kelly's, we look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a delicious meal at Kelly's, from appetizers to desserts. We all tried something different and no one had any complaints. I enjoyed the oysters for an appetizer also. Don't pass up the sweet potato biscuits and if you are lucky the waitress will...More

Thank marpau1
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 and our ever popular sweet potato biscuits! Thanks for dining at Kelly's and please come back again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Mike Kelly is the best and the food top notch. We were going to see Lost Colony tonight, very cold here. He brought us 2 jackets to wear during evening show. Great appreciation!More

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

Thank you so much for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed your meal and hope you also enjoyed The Lost Colony. It's not often we get a nor'easter this time of year, but when they blow out, it is usually followed by beautiful weather....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was at Kelly's Sunday May 28. Family dinner with 4 others. This was our 5th trip to Kelly's in the last 5 years. Consistently good food, good service, good desserts! We've never been disappointed with Kelly's!

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

Thanks, Scott, for your feedback. Your comments are very important to all of us at Kelly's. Thanks for dining with us over the years!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have spent a week in Nags Head every year for 21 years and each time I have eaten at Kelly's. The food has always been very good but service has sometimes been slow, one year it was very bad. My visit on May 28, 2017...More

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

Thank you so much for your comments. We sincerely appreciate your patronage over the years! If sale does not go through, we look forward to seeing you again next year.

Reviewed 20 May 2017

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 reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

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 16 May 2017

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 reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

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 14 May 2017 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 reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

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.

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
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 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
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
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, 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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