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“The place to eat!”

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: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, 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 11 November 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.

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Thank Rosemarty
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Reviewed 10 November 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 not seem to be staffed well enough to handle the volume.

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Reviewed 26 October 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.

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Reviewed 1 October 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 over stuffed and had room for dessert. We were there on August 31 - still the vacation season and the place was packed. We waited about 15-20 minutes. Service was OK but the server was very busy, I had to ask twice for my beverage and it took a long time to get it. Give this restaurant a try.

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Reviewed 28 September 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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