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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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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“gulf shrimp” (7 reviews)
“seafood” (54 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2316 S Croatan Hwy, US 158 Bypass. MP 10.5, Nags Head, NC 27959-9012
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Reviewed 3 days 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
Reviewed 4 days 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
Reviewed 5 days 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 1 week 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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The only thing better than dinner at Kelly's is having the chance to visit with Mike for a bit while dining at Kelly's. Mike Kelly is such a world class gentleman.

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

Thank you very much for your comments. We sincerely appreciate your patronage and I'll be sure to share your feedback with Mr. Kelly.

Reviewed 5 weeks 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
KellysOuterBanks, Public Relations Manager at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback. Your comments are very important to us and I will share them with our staff. I'm sorry your experience wasn't better. Thanks for dining at Kelly's.

Reviewed 21 June 2017 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 5 weeks 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

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24 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!
10 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.
Kayla M
23 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
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Average prices
US$12 - US$29
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
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 22:00
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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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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