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“Sweetpotato biscuits are out of this world.”

Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern
Ranked #28 of 85 Restaurants in Nags Head
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$29
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Good for: Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Reviewed 6 April 2012

The dinner that we had was ok - nothing fabulous, but the sweet potato biscuits made up for it. Prices were high for the type of food we got.

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Reviewed 5 April 2012

Hot spot for tourists. Way overpriced and honestly, the food just isn't that great for the money. Decent bands, nice dance floor and bar, mixed drinks are more mix than drink.

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Reviewed 1 April 2012

Being a vegan in fish country is daunting, but Kelly's went out of their way to accommodate our dietary needs. The entrees are a bit pricey, but the food was excellent, as was the service, and we took doggie bags back for lunch the next day.

Thank amyla321
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

For people not familiar with the Outer Banks, let me explain it. Many businesses close down for the winter as soon as the summer tourists leave. North Carolina's Outer Banks do have quite a few cold, windy storms during the winter, and although it's warmer than up north, it's not Florida. Tourists don't want to be here during the winter, certainly not enough of them to support the many restaurants along the main drag. So if you're in the Outer Banks during the winter, it's hard finding a decent place to eat or meet up for drinks. Kelly's is one of those few places, and they have decent food and a nice bar. There are only a handful of good restaurants that stay open during the winter, and so winter visitors should mark it on their lists.

Kelly's doesn't have very good vegetarian options, but they will work with vegetarians so that they don't starve. The food is pretty good -- not the greatest but at least they're open. Prices are a little on the high side but not too bad, service is attentive. They try hard. If something's wrong, tell them and they will fix it.

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Reviewed 26 February 2012

Our family has been going to this restaurant for Thanksgiving for many years. The food is excellent, and for this holiday well represented with both traditional Thanksgiving dishes and wonderful seafood options. Well prepared turkey, pork, baked ham, oysters rockefellar, clams casino, oyster stuffing and my personal favorite, a wonderful shrimp and grits are a real treat. A ceasar salad and 2 soups are there to start with and also a great selection of desserts in servings just small enough to sample several. The restaurant is very visually appealing, the buffet area large and accessible and the crowd decked out in their holiday best. A lot of fun for the whole family. Also the regular menu is availalbe which is great for my vegan daughter for which the buffet doesn't have many options. There is a vegetable pasta dish that she orders, sans cheese, it always comes prepared perfectly with more than enough for leftovers.

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Thank Martina C
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