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Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern - CLOSED


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Oysters Rockefeller, Casino, or Combo of the Two
Cream spinach and tasso ham, flavored with anisette and bacon/pimento seasoned bread crumbs
Cajun Grilled Oysters
Live grilled with a cajun garlic flair
Clams Casino
Bacon and pimento seasoned bread crumbs
Buffalo Blue Water Tuna Bites or Shrimp
With​ blue cheese dip
Parmesan fried and served with spicy marinara
Warm Lump Crab-Artichoke Spinach Dip
Served with pita crisps
Coconut Fried Shrimp
With apricot dipping cream
Shrimp Cocktail
Gulf shrimp with tangy horseradish sauce
Choice of dressing – bleu cheese, light ranch, thousand island, red wine vinaigrette with feta, balsamic vinaigrette and poppy seed
House Salad
Choice of dressing
Small $4.99
Large $8.99
Warm Mushroom Salad
Sautéed wild mushrooms served atop a bed of baby greens with pecans, goat cheese and balsamic dressing
Classic Caesar Salad
Romaine, croutons and parmesan cheese
Champagne Spinach Salad
Red onion, egg, mushrooms, and tomato with bleu cheese bacon vinaigrette
Cup $4.99
Bowl $7.99
Creamy Crab Soup
Sherry-infused cream soup with lump crab
Cup $4.99
Bowl $7.99
Outer Banks Clam Chowder
“Hatteras style” with clear broth, vegetables, and clams
Cup $3.99
Bowl $5.99
French Onion Au Gratin
Caramelized onions with apple brandy topped with provolone cheese
All entrees are served with a dinner salad, starch, vegetable and fresh baked bread and sweet potato biscuits.
Flounder with Lump Crab
Cajun broiled flounder and jumbo lump crab served with tangy cucumber salsa and scallion crème fraiche
Lump Crab Cakes
Broiled and served with dill aioli and fresh salsa
Seafood Bouillabaisse
Sauteed shrimp, scallops, clams, and fish in a rich saffron broth over rice finished with asiago and garlic crustini
Crispy Oysters (Seasonal)
Cracker meal fried oysters atop black pepper fries and spiced jalapeno tartar (in season)
Smoky Filet Oscar
8 oz. Filet mignon served with jumbo lump crab, asparagus, potatoes, and finished un-traditionally with a smoked gouda cream
Half rack $18.99
Full rack $26.99
Honey-Hickory BBQ Ribs
Served​ with black pepper fries and north carolina slaw
Pan Seared Scallops
Fresh atlantic scallops, pan seared plump and tasty
Bronzed Chicken
A cajun cast iron seared free-range chicken breast served with sauteed shrimp tossed with pasta alfredo finished with fresh salsa and spring onion creme fraise
Stuffed Pork
10 oz. Bone-in pork chop stuffed with apple-wild mushroom stuffing, marsala demi and potatoes
Free Range Chicken
Sweet and smoke seared French cut free-range chicken
Seared chicken tossed with vegetables, pasta, and a cajun cream
Shrimp and Sea Scallops
Seared shrimp and scallops tossed with pasta and a spicy scampi sauce topped with asiago cheese
Pan seared seasonal vegetables and wild mushrooms, pasta, and a basil tomato pesto
Crab Fettuccini Alfredo
Jumbo lump crab with our house made alfredo sauce over pasta
Served flame broiled with house garlic steak butter
5 oz $22.99
8 oz $30.99
Filet Mignon
12 oz. With bourbon molasses glaze
12 oz $26.99
With shrimp $29.99
Scallops (fried, sautéed or grilled) $29.99
NY Strip
12 oz $26.99
16 oz $32.99
Prime Rib
Black angus rubbed with chef’s spices and slow roasted served with horseradish sauce and soaked with au jus
Seafood Norfolk
The perfect combination of sauteed shrimp, scallops, and jumbo lump crab in a sherry garlic butter
Gulf Shrimp
Fried or sauteed in butter and garlic
Fried or broiled (some small bones possible)
Atlantic Scallops
Golden fried or sauteed in butter and garlic
Nc Seafood Collection
Nc flounder, shrimp, scallops, and crab cake (fried or broiled)
2 crabs $19.99
3 crabs $23.99
Soft Shell Crabs
A​ dare county favorite, golden fried (seasonal)
1/2 dozen $4.50
Dozen $8.99
Steamed or raw
1/2 dozen $4.50
Dozen $8.99
Steamed​ or raw
1/2 lb $10.00
1 lb $16.00
Steamed Spiced Shrimp
Peeled (spiced on request)
Crab Legs
Steamed – 1 lb
A Daily Choice of Entrees Offered for Your Pleasure. Your Service Person Will Keep You Abreast. (Priced Daily)
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
US$12 - US$29
American, Seafood
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, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed November 11, 2017

Our family always has a dinner at Kelly's when visiting the Outer Banks. Service and food are excellent. I had filet and it was fantastic! Everyone loved their meals. I highly recommend having a dinner here.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank Rosemarty
Reviewed November 10, 2017

We have eaten at Kelly's several times over the years. While the service staff is good and cares a lot, sometimes the wait is longer than it should be. While the food is consistently good it is not outstanding. Very large restaurant that sometimes does...More

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank nightowljeff1
Reviewed October 26, 2017

For a long time, we have visited Kelly's with another couple and have never been disappointed with the food. Love the atmosphere in the main dining area with high backed booths for added privacy. We will miss the Kelly's experience.

Date of visit: October 2017
2  Thank mimi242017
Reviewed October 1, 2017

I had a really good dinner - I choose the smoky filet Oscar. It was done just as I asked.. But go there for their biscuits-they melt in tour mouth! (Kelly's will give you the recipe,)My dinner was very good. Just enough - I wasn't...More

Date of visit: August 2017
1  Thank kkh8306
Reviewed September 28, 2017

Suprised to read some poor reviews, that was not our experience at Kelly's. They seated us (table for 4) even though they were serving an employee's wedding reception that night. Our waiter was very attentive and our meal came quickly. We later found out the...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Susan W
Reviewed September 22, 2017 via mobile

We've been patron's of Kellys for 20+ years.. The food is always good and the service is always good.. I dont mean this in a bad way..but Kelly's is such a tourist trap..so during the Sumner months.. Prepare to wait for a table, because all...More

Date of visit: September 2017
1  Thank johnnyquest111
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2017

Thanks so much for your review and suggestions! We hope you come back and see us!

Reviewed September 21, 2017 via mobile

Walked out of the place last year due to terribly rude service. Thought we would try it again and it was the same ole snobby people that could care less if you enter their door. Rude! Terrible!

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Susan K
Reviewed September 20, 2017 via mobile

Stopped in with 4 adults for dinner on Wednesday evening about 5:30 pm 9/20/17. No one at all in the reception area. After a few minutes of waiting, a man (did not ID who he was, clearly not official uniform) came into the reception &...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Steven K
Reviewed September 17, 2017

Have not been to the Outer Banks for almost 20 years. Remembered Kelly's as always being good. Has not changed! The salmon my wife had was the best she has had while dining out. I had a combination dish of crab, shrimp and scallops. Very...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Bob R
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write this review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal and hope you will come back and see us!

Reviewed September 16, 2017 via mobile

The sweet potato biscuits were excellent. The rest of our dinners were good but bland. Will not return!

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank E4092MZsusanc
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2017

We are sad to hear you had a bad experience here at Kelly's. However, we do appreciate your feedback and I will be sure to show your review to the staff. Thank you.

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