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Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern - CLOSED

2316 S Croatan Hwy, US 158 Bypass. MP 10.5, Nags Head, NC 27959-9012
+1 252-441-4116
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (54 reviews)
“salad” (39 reviews)
“scallops” (38 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
2316 S Croatan Hwy, US 158 Bypass. MP 10.5, Nags Head, NC 27959-9012
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1 - 10 of 525 reviews

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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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$12 - US$29
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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
  • E-mail
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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