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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
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (56 reviews)
“scallops” (38 reviews)
“salad” (36 reviews)
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All hours
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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Value
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LOCATION
2316 S Croatan Hwy, US 158 Bypass. MP 10.5, Nags Head, NC 27959-9012
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Reviewed 8 July 2017

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 July 2017 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 10 July 2017

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 2 July 2017 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 10 July 2017

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 22 June 2017 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 29 June 2017

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 22 June 2017

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 11 June 2017 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 15 June 2017

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 7 June 2017

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 9 June 2017

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 7 June 2017 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 9 June 2017

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 5 June 2017

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 6 June 2017

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 29 May 2017

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 1 June 2017

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.

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Lyndsay D
18 September 2017|
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Response from Donna F | Reviewed this property |
I did not see lobster on the menu. Would have ordered!
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Lisa B
16 August 2017|
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Response from LeeW26 | Reviewed this property |
Kelly's has a full bar and we really liked their wine list.
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chey3232
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!
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
Monday
4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday
4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday
4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday
4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday
4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday
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
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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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