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“Great Experience”

Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$29
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, 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 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 waiter had been working for a 12 hour shift due to a catered event earlier but he did not give us an impression of being tired or anxious to go home. My scallops were the best I have had in a very long time. All our meals were excellent. The sweet potatoe biscuits were delicious and the restaurant was recommended by a local couple who have been on the island for over 30 years so we took their advice and are glad we did, Chocolate cake and key lime pie for dessert was awesome. Also thought the ambiance and decorating was comfortable and well done. Would definitly go back again.

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Thank Susan W
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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 the people from New will be in front of you.(new York,new jersey, new...)

Kellys does have a full bar and a dance floor ...

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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!

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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!

Thank Susan K
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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 & said we'd be waited on shortly. We waited, waited, waited. 10 full minutes (probably more) we walked out. Never saw a sole...instead went a few miles down the road & got great service & spent over $200. Glad Kelly's was so "out to lunch" Great restaurant down the road called "Miller's ". They greeted us with a smile & immediately seated, great view of the sunset during dinner!

Thank Steven K
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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 fresh...sides were actually good, unlike a lot of establishments. The only reason I did not give it a 5 was it needs a little updating. But what do you go out to dinner for...a great meal!

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Thank Bob R
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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!

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