Reviews of Kelly's Outer Banks Catering (Catering)

1004 9th Ave, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948, United States

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Jay Losiewicz

Excellent food and a great atmosphere! Very friendly and knowledgeable staff

Rebecca Workman

Went too late and it hard turned into a club. Took 30 minutes to get beer and the DJ was horrible.

Billy Lovell

Awesome food

Cindy Beauregard

My first visit and we loved it. Great atmosphere and friendly staff. I highly recommend this place.

Jonathan Shaffer

We had great service and good food, but it definitely is not inexpensive.

Robyn Smith

Shrimp and scallop pasta was delicious! ...the scallops practically melt in your mouth. The prime rib was also delicious! Great food for the price!

Denise Jacobs

The owner, Mike Kelly, is a chauvinist pig! My girlfriends and I were in the lobby waiting for a table so we decided to take a few group pictures. Mr. Kelly came around the corner and made a comment about having a hoe-down. At first, I assumed it was just a random joke because a couple of my friends were wearing cowboy boots...but then, he proceeded to talk about what happens when you get a bunch of hoes together! I confronted him and got an apology for maybe "taking it the wrong way" and offers of free drinks at the bar. Needless to say, we left and he will not be getting any of my $ in the future. Think twice before supporting a local businessman who has no problem putting a label on his female patrons, even ones who act and dress in a respectable manner.

Robert Higuera

Always excellent food and service. Beautiful decor and reasonable prices.

Kristi Pike

Crab legs were delicious! Frendly staff great service and environment! Expensive but worth every penny!

Matt Priester

It was really dead for a Thursday night, but our waitress was amazing.

Sue R

Great food great service wonderful place highly recommend

Kurt Hunsanger

Kellys is an annual tradition for our family. The seafood is always good, and the sweet potato rolls are the bomb! This year was no exception, food was great, service was good. It's kind of pricey, but it's in line with what I would expect when going out to a restaurant on a barrier island, in a resort town, during a holiday week. The reason I give four stars instead of five, is because my seafood platter came out fried, instead of broiled (it's as menu option). Also the hostess was a little cranky. Otherwise it was great.

elwood125 .

Came in on a friday night about a month ago... Food and service was absolutely top notch. Fast and friendly. Can't wait to come back.

Mike Kunkel

Awesome food. Great entertainment from Inna Sense. Instant fan from my first visit.

Ken Boyer

Food and service excellent. Don't miss this one when on the OBX

Wexley Yarway

I can't give it one star because I actually finished my meal, meaning I enjoyed it to some degree. When you see 30-40 dollar menu items, you expect a certain quality of the food overall. It throws you off when that quality turns out to be mediocre. The bread is the initial indicator. It's usually warm and delicious. I'm pretty sure this place gets rolls from Costco and warms them up a bit. Chicken Alfredo was lack luster and almost hard to eat. Can't really explain. I had a hunch that this is one of those places that is just really expensive because the SEA food is just so good. I asked the friend next to me if his crab legs were outstanding or atleast somewhat substantial in his experience of crab legs. He wasn't enthusiastic about them. Overall, over priced mediocre food. And i'm not a snob in the slightest. I'm a college student who plays video games and wears the same shirt maybe three days in a row. Honestly I wish we had just ordered Dominos tonight. Sorry!

pete mantica

Always been great although there closing for good in a couple weeks

Holly Trainer

Estella was a wonderful server, as was her assistant, Tatiana. The food was delicious, and was brought out quickly. We appreciated being able to make a reservation, and we were seated when we arrived with almost no waiting time.

Roger Nichols

Kelly's will be closing at the end of 2017. It will be torn down & replaced by a new Lidl Grocery store. progress.

Anita Trimbur

The family was really happy to have stopped at Kelly's. We enjoyed the food and didn't have to wait long for it at all. The staff is extremely attentive, and the building has great parking. Definitely recommend.

Lynne Cybulski

This is long overdue. We had no idea where to go for dinner. It was a shot in the dark, but we hit the bullseye. The food was great and our server Ravann was even better. She made our dining experience relaxing and enjoyable. She is an asset. I was a server for years and truly appreciate great service and that is what we got.

Neil Yal

Great food! Total shame that it is closing in November..

Fa N

Full disclaimer: The visit took place in early 2013, but I wrote the review just a few days after coming here (I intended to post it to Yelp but never did). It was decided that we go and try Kelly’s. We get there and there is some event going on downstairs, lots of people, lots of bad, loud music. We were lead upstairs, what I appreciated, just to get away from the noise a little bit. Well, the noise was still more than audible, but at least it got compensated by freezing cold temperatures up there! I was sitting there with the hood of my hoodie over my head, my girlfriend was wearing her jacket. Other guests were clearly cold as well, and at some point one of the waitresses closed the skylights (it was windy and cold outside, early April). It got a little warmer. OK, ready to order some food! I went with one of the daily specials, which sounded pretty good (catch of the day with a raspberry-red wine sauce, and a side salad). It took quite a long time for the drinks to show up and we got the salads before we had our drinks. After briefly glancing over all four salad bowls it is obvious that all salads are a different size. And not only that, one salad just had greens, one was missing tomatoes etc. Only one salad appeared to come with everything they presumably intended to include in it. Those salads were going to the same table. Didn't they think people would notice that...? Now to the main course. My daily special looked good. That is about the only pleasant thing I can say about it. The fish was rather bland and the raspberry-red wine sauce tasted like raspberry syrup from the grocery store. Not what I would expect from a ~$25 meal, especially if the website advertises “a little fancy to exceptionally fine” selections. It may have been an Outer Banks catch as they stated, it’s just kinda sad what they did with it. 2 stars because the waiter was friendly.

Deb Parsons

My family has eaten at Kelly's many, many times and have always encountered excellent service and food. The menu is versitile for accommodating different appetites. There is tapas-type menu for lighter appetite and also steak, seafood, burgers, pasta, etc. Something for everybody. We have sampled most everything on the menu. Delicious, great quality food, prepared perfectly. Wait staff are very friendly, attentive and my glass is never empty. When visitors ask places to eat, this is definitely one I recommend.

Erica Strother Marois

Worst customer service I've experienced in 30 years of visiting the OBX. Hope this place goes out of business! Their bartenders are so rude it's absurd. Please spend your money elsewhere.

Shawn Kelley

Good food and great service. You have to try the sweet potato biscuits.

Roger Herron

Great restaurant. But closing at the end of November.

Wynn Malone

Known more for it's night scene than food. Would be great if it was not for all the creepy old men trying to pickup college girls in the summer.

Alicia Harris

Our waitress Raven was GREAT! Food was delicious! Definitely worth checking out :)

Harold Gracey

We have eaten at Kelly's many times in the 12 years we have been here. Each time is a surprise, in the sense that the "good" keeps on getting better. We were there recently with a dear friend who was visiting from Colorado and craved seafood. She got what she wanted and more, and we also had our fill of wonderfully prepared dishes. I heartily recommend Kelly's for just a couple's meal, entertaining guest or taking the whole family!

Nathan Arnold

We continue to go back year after year. The service is excellent. The food is great. The desserts are awesome. I judge the rest of the restaurants in the area by this place.

Courtney Kearney

Came in with a group of 8 and paid cover to a BAR, to them have the bartender be rude to the Birthday Man and his best friend. Their lo$$


The best of both worlds. Kelly's features a world-class, quiet dining experience that is completely separate from its "best on the beach" entertainment scene in it's tavern. You can definitely enjoy great food in a family friendly setting at the same time a party is taking place across the way, you won't hear it.

Betsy King

We had the boullabaise and it was terrific. Since you are closing, what is the chance of getting the recipe?

Mike&lau Murray

Had the shrimp and scallop pasta. Could have been a home run if the chef had used a litter pasta such as angle hair. The other dish, fillet mignon, again just missed the mark. Steak was seasoned and cooked perfectly. Sides left much to be desired Great wine list!

Ryan Morrison-Westphal

Service was great, as was the calamari & crab soup. Large room for large parties like us keeps us away from regular diners. Steaks were consistently a little overdone.

Jimmy Harris

Absolutely wonderful service

Elizabeth Sawyer

Food was pretty good. Had coconut shrimp appetizer followed by fried seafood platter. Two of my scallops had the muscle still attached but other wise was good. Plenty of food , unable to finish all of it. Shared a chocolate mousse for dessert which was very rich. Our server was wonderful, very friendly and got the food out fast and hot.

Amanda Christian

Packed always fun but make sure you have cash at door

Bob Berback

Sunday night out and decided on Kelly's. Excellent friendly service, good food, quiet atmosphere. We will be back.

Mike Phelan

The bar here is always fun. Bring your dancing shoes. Bands and DJs make this a great place to go out.

Ricardo Rojas

It's just fun to be there !

Rachel Schmidt

My family and I spent the week in OBX and went to many restaurants during our visit. During our last night, we decided to way at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant. I am very glad we did, most definitely saved the "best for last". Once you enter the restaurant, the building itself is unique. We were greeted by friendly hostess and seated immediately. Service was great. The food was out of this world this. I highly recommend this restaurant! Ever given the opportunity to go back to the OBX, I will most definitely will be dinning her again.

Elizabeth Beltz

Always delicious food here. You can't go wrong with anything you get!

Tonja Halmrast

Turns into an AWESOME dance club after 9 or 10! It was FUN!!

Cyn Owens

Whenever I have attended a Kelly's catered event, or visited the restaurant, the food has been AWESOME! Service has always been good, you guys ROCK!

Caitlin Mason

The fried scallops were good but that's about it. Felt like they were trying too hard to be a good, upscale restaurant but weren't quite up to par.

Jesse Martin

This is a family run seafood restaurant that has been around for generations. As one of the first stapels to Nags Head, the decor and atmosphere bring about a feeling of history of the great area. This is fine dining so expect a little price to the meal, but the quality is impecable. At night, there is live music with lots of dancing. Great place to be!

Julie Stella

"Best wedding food I've ever had" ....I can't tell you how many guests came up to us on Friday and told us that. Kelly's was a dream team to work with and helped us every step of the way create a menu our guests would enjoy and are still talking about after the wedding. It was a pleasure working with such a professional and friendly restaurant for our wedding. Get the shrimp and grits and the mac and cheese!! They boxed all of our leftover wedding food up and we got to enjoy all of our favorites again the next day. Top notch catering company and Kelly himself came to our wedding. Thank you for making our day so special!

Jim Cobb

Iconic beach restaurant! Always great food. Lots of great events.

Benjamin Frey

Good Bar food and seafood, not the best around though.

Jake Worthington

Great staff and always great food. Mike runs one of the best restaurants on the Outer Banks

Sheri Simpson

Great food, cool people,! A joy to work with

Bobbie Tiedt

We love this restaurant and are really sorry to hear that it will be closing.

MrBobbyt20 .

Was greeted by incredibly rude security, who instead of welcome us into the establishment, immediately began to threaten my friends and I about their zero tolerance policy for underage drinking (We're all 20). They held our ID's until we left, placed GIANT black X's on BOTH of our hands with permenant sharpie marker, and placed wristbands on us (The wristband alone wasn't enough?) We promptly left out of embarrassment from the obnoxious markings all over us and harsh treatment. Was degrading treatment, wont be going here again.

Chris Rice

The Food, Atmosphere, and Experience was Exceptional! Also, it was very kid friendly and our waitress Estelle was Great! My son's favorite part was his led light up cup he got to keep ;-)

Jeffrey Roark

I thought this was an upscale fine dining experience. It wasn't. It sounded like Chucky Cheeses with the children screaming. The wait staff was slower than slow. Not a good place to eat.

Isabel Neto

My husband and I decided to take a last minute getaway to Nags Head and decided to try Kelly's for the first time. We were majorly impressed. Ravann was great serving us and even gave us pointers on where to go for the St. Patricks Parade. We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kelly as well. We were so impressed that we decided to come back the following night and again we were extremely pleased. This is one place that will be at the top of our list. Excellent service and Exceptional people.

Parker Freeman

One of the only places you can still get Outer Banks-style chowder. Also love their bouillabaisse and dinner specials.

Lucile Christie

Best Place ever, so sad for all it is closing....

Jeff Keenen

Always a treat with great food and the atmosphere is nice.

Nathan Hines

The seared scallop appetizer was excellent, as was the crab soup. The seafood Norfolk was packed with large chunks of blue crab.

Brian Woods

I came for a reception dinner, and the waitresses were terrible. They didn't want to bring us a wine list, and after I retrieved my own, wouldn't take our order. I ended up walking to the bar to get my own drinks. The waitresses then continued to seen annoyed and bothered by our needs. It was a terrible wait staff experience, but I give praise to the others who cooked and continued doubt their part to make the evening nice. The joyful wedding event was soured by the staff's discontent and poor attitude. I do not recommend this location for any event or at the least a date night.

Dave Todd

Food, service, and atmosphere were absolutely wonderful. We WILL be back! Estella was a wonderful server!

Sue Ward

The Sweet Potato Ham Biscuits are to die for! We had a baby shower this morning, and our girls went wild eating them...there were only 15 left. Three men came in afterwards, and scarfed down the rest of sad there are none for dinner. Next time, we will double our estimate! Thank you, Kelly's.

Ruth Basth Johnson

great, friendly waitresses lovely place to hang out....thanks

Joshua Griffin

Excellent place. Historic to locals

Raymond Parker

No doubt, one of the very best places I've ever dined at on the OBX - 5 stars, plus !

LeRoy Chandler

Good night life. So sad it is closing. Last day is December 9th 2017

Sherry Taylor

It's pricey fare, but it's well deserving. The food was delicious. The place is clean and the people are nice and prompt. The Virginia Daredevil drink I had was absolutely amazing.

Nora Best

Best place to eat in the Outer Banks. Food was delicious and wait staff was excellent. We come back every year and are never disappointed. We had steak, crab, tuna and shrimp and everyone loved it.

Becky Holbrook

Great food, excellent service! Will definitely be making this one of my favorite restaurant's!

Alfonso Parker

The worst waitress I ever encountered is affiliated here. Food is stupidly overpriced and not worth it. I will not go back there.

R T Raffish

We love Kelly's and go there every trip. Food is excellent (especially the sweet potato biscuits) and service is terrific. Our server on this trip - Estella - was exceptional. Thank you, Kelly's, for 20 years of great meals and memories.

alexandria dixon

Great main lobster and great tasting steak. Very impressed and will be back...although I wish they had a ceaser salad... but overall very good food

Chris Lemmert

Kelly's catered our wedding three years ago. The food was so great we decided to make it a tradition to come back every year. Every year they deliver the best anniversary dinner. Service is great as always. Estela was our server tonight, she did a great job to make us feel welcomed. We also love the atmosphere here.

Tina Webb

Excellent service. Great entree selections and a jaw-dropping daily dessert (made in house) array. We will absolutely return. One of the best restaurants in the OBX.

J Ball

Although we started with a misunderstanding, they made it right quickly...and the food was excellent. Will definitely return.

Mark Powell

Food ranged from mediocre to bad. Expensive for what you get. Bizarre's hard to explain this aspect, but it feels strange in this restaurant. It almost feels as though it was once a thriving, great place to eat, and just took a wrong turn somewhere down the line. I would not go back.

Thom Swift

What a find! Off season looking for a light meal. The hostess walked me into the tavern introduced me to the sushi chef and pointed out the free hors d'oeuvres. Did not eat a full meal but it has to be good based on the sauted veggies, pulled pork and cole slaw on the free table. The sushi roll with lobster was superb.

Jeannie Maynard

Consistently good food and good service. Open year 'round, which I appreciate since I am a local here. Kelly's is a very good steward and supporter of the Outer Banks community too...donating time, money and the use of the restaurant for events and fundraisers. Locally owned and managed. Love it and would recommend to anyone.

Mr. Clockman

An Outer Banks Landmark. Always had fun at Mr. Kelly's place. Thanks for 30+ great years!!! We'll be missed be all. Thanks for the memories!

Cindy Harned-Keys

Used to like this place. Last two visits it was terrible. They were out of the lobster special. Crab cakes were burnt on one side. Creme brulee was burnt on the bottom. Steak was overdone and tough. Waited too long on drink refills first time. Second time never got refills. Overall this place is on our list of places to avoid. Could go on but this pretty much says it all.

Brenda Cordell

Absolutely great food, beverages, and service !!! Definitely 5 stars !!!

Abigail Carroll

Great place to eat! Comfortable seating. Friendly staff. Well worth any wait you might incur.

Cathy Leahy

Don't know who is paying for the rave reviews. Very disappointing - had the half chicken - dry, no seasoning. My husband had the crab cakes - all filler with green beans straight out of a can. I remember the sweet potato biscuits from years ago as something really special - no more - bisquick with a spoonful of canned sweet potato.

April Armstrong

Service was superb! Rolls were delicious. The house dressing was too tart. The broiled fish wad too salty but the rice pilaf was awesome.

Millie Culpepper

My awesome friends took me to Kelly's, one of our favorite restaurants ever, for my 50th birthday party.....Mike and his gang helped to make it the best party in my life.....The food was excellent, the staff was wonderful, and Mike was the best host anyone could ask for..........Just hope my friends take me back for my birthday this year......Can't thank Kelly's enough for all the memories........................

Justin Nordmeyer

We've been going to kelly's for years! The food is always good. They've started doing djs and parties. We've never had a bad experience here.

Julie Anna Engelbrecht

Customer service is horrible. The worst service i've ever had. Never in my life have I been more disrespected

Eric Ricottilli

I worked there and it was also the only place I liked to eat and the rest of the staff was amazing but the owner was always friendly to everyone and If you have a problem he is always quick to help as well as the staff hope to go back soon on vacation

Kim Crocker

Save your money! Been coming to the Outer Banks since 1986. One of the worst meals I've ever had here. Two tubs down. Go to the Black Pelican instead.

Grace McKay

Cool local joint. Went for karaoke, it was dead at first except for some regulars but honestly even that was fun. I've been here in the past as well and seen it get real crazy. So it's something for everyone

D. Kahn

Many bad restaurants on OBX. This is NOT one of the bad restaurants. Excellent prime rib. I paid only $14.95. Wide price range. Professional wait staff. Beautiful ambiance. Amazing photos and historical documents on the walls. Locally owned. Really fresh locally caught fresh fish and crabs. Try the tuna. By fresh I mean the fish was swimming within the last 48 hours (Mondays may be the exception, maybe not). Note: This is the first review I have posted to the web.

Evans Dad Scoggins

Great food. Great shrimp.

David Kessler

Catering experts! They have been doing it for over 25 years and have it down to a science. I have been to many events catered by Kelly's and have never been less than impressed.

Kelly Gordon

Delicious seafood and great wait staff!

Mark & Karen Caulfield - The Home Team

Wait staff was good, food ok. If you have a large group this could work.

julie lukonis (STU)

this place is amazing!! the food is amazing and the service is amazing!!! i thought everything was perfect!!


I've been going to Kelly's for over 15 years now, ALWAYS a good experience! They have the best atmosphere on the beach and tasty food every night! Get ahold of the oyster specials while you can! The bar and lounge area is great and probably the biggest on the beach. Great spot for family meal or special date night. I'd recommend going for sure!

Skeptic Cash

Excellent meal, excellent service and great people. John H. Is exceptional.

John Mattox

The #1 hotspot in OBX! If you are looking for live music, dancing, and more, then this is a must stop.

dana harris

Great food, friendly Staff Thanks Glenda

Edith Eubanks

Delicious food in a neat atmosphere. The service was excellent! Both owners came over and talked with me and my husband during our meal. We will definitely go back the next time that we are in the area.

Ros Scho

Really great home cooking, fresh seafood and awesome basket of bread rolls. Very good service.

Kim Chace

Awesome Our meal was top of the line and would recommend it to everyone. No finer meal that I have found on the OBX and the price was very reasonable.....Make sure that you try Kellys for a great time and meal. Kim and Brenda Chace Belhaven NC

Martin Brossman

One of the best seafood sampler I have ever had and great local draft beer. We were there just before the karaoke started. They have a nice dance floor, area for a band, interesting bar and restaurant area as well. I greatly enjoyed meeting the owner and this is part of the richness of going to local owned and operated business like this. Look forward to coming back.

Lester Deimler

We always eat at Kelly's when we are at the outer banks. Always get Bouillabase and then the creme brulee. A glass of wine tops it off. Never disappoints!!

Barton Murray

Love Kelly's. I always order the Prime Rib and the sweet potato biscuits are the bomb. If you want to catch a live band or music, the tavern is a fun place to hangout with friends.

Robert King

Good food,great service, good time with friends.

Chandra Whitaker

The experience was unpleasant some of the waiting staff was unpleasant and rude very comfortable

Patrick Wilson

Best place for live music in the outer Banks!!! Guiness on tap as well as full liquor bar.

Kelly Lynn Ludwig

Went to Kelly's Tavern last night to get outta the house. They had a live performance from a band named, "Tailgate Down", & OMG!! they were freaking awesome!! It's the 1st time I'd ever heard of them & man do they perform!! I'll definitely be seeing them again!!

Harry Roule

Loved it. Excellent service

Judd Yaeger

Great service with Estela to go along with outstanding food. Price is worth it with quality of food and service.

Brandy Lahr

We had a great dinner!! Estella was a fantastic server. Thoroughly explained the specials and answered any questions we had about the menu. The food was excellent!! We will definitely go back!!

Bill Harker

Very good fish and oysters here I would suggest making reservations for a table on the top top floor where you have your own private room for about 6-8 people. Also make sure to eat the sweet potato bisquits that they give you before your meal.

Tori Starke

I honestly believe this was the best wedding food we could ask for, our guests are still talking about it! Everything was delicious and the servers were outstanding and especially attentive to us. We really appreciate Kelly’s and Marianne making our day super special and for treating our whole group like family. Thank you!

Boyce Porter

Good food and service, go early bird

David Negron

The ambiance was pleasant and relaxing. Server was courteous, friendly and very attentive. The meal was exceptionally delicious. Their signature sweet potato biscuits were great and the server did not hesitate to provide the recipe along with several biscuits to take home.

Greg Webster

Atmosphere just par, food par. Tuna was overcooked, and other food choices nothing to write home about. Our waiter was very personable.

L Roy

Food was outstanding and the server was entertaining and attentive. Would definitely recommend, excellent seafood!

Wendy Pollok

I liked that we were seated in a secluded area, as requested. However, I wasn't impressed with my food. My appetizer was pulled from under me before I could finish it- $10 for 4 scallops? My main course lacked flavor, I had to request extra sauce to cover it in -to enjoy it. My waitor couldn't inform me of the price of my wine before I ordered a 2ND glass and didn't offer to go find out. And the late crowd of red necks we muddled through trying to leave really left a bad taste in my mouth after forking out for a $300 check to feed 7 people. We have eaten at Kelly's every year for many and I can say, sadly, it was a major dissapointment. We will not be returning. There are too many places here in the obx that offer exceptional food with reasonable prices for us to buy into Kelly's hype any longer.

Alyssa W.

Simply put, nice place and even nicer people. Me and my husband were just in the area for a mini vacation, and were starved. We got there a little after ten on a weekend night with a live band (pretty good pop jazz band), we sat at the end of the bar and had a couple drinks and the food was decently priced and delicious. I would recommend it!

Maria Soriano

RUDE. I'm writing for brides who might be considering Kelly's. I haven't even eaten at this place, so I'm not sure it's a fair review, but I wanted to warn you all. My wedding is scheduled for 09/2012 and I contacted Kelly's to schedule a tasting. A) Mary insisted that there would be a fee for the tasting, which is absolutely UNHEARD of. Caterers should be bending over backwards for your business, especially if they know they are competing with at least 5 other companies. B) Mary also insisted that I choose items from the menu before the tasting, but then when I called the day prior to the tasting with my selections, she copped an attitude saying that it was too late, and she didn't have time to accomodate me. PLEASE NOTE: I had scheduled 5 other tastings with other caterers within 1-2 days notice and they were ALL accommodating, nor did they insist that I MUST send items ahead of time. If I did not provide selections, the caterer just presented me with a platter of their more popular items. It's a wonder that this place gets any business at all if person Mary is always answering the phone. I told Mary to take my wedding off her schedule, and I took her off the list of potential caterers. My relationship with vendors should be easy for my big day, I don't care how cheap the food is, it's not worth the stress. I'm a thirty something bride from the DC Metro Area.

Kevin Powell

My wife and I were married on the beach on July 26th. After our ceremony, we went to Kelly's for dinner. I had made the reservation online which was very easy and helpful. We had our children with us and were made to feel right at home. The service was wonderful, the food was amazing and we all had a wonderful time. They had karaoke going on that night in the lounge and we were even able to chime in on some of the fun and singing along. Kelly's will always have a special place for my family and I and we will definitely be coming back any time we are there for vacation. Thank you for your hospitality. Mr. & Mrs. Kevin L. Powell

Rebekah Weber

Kelly's is a family favorite. If we're vacationing in the OBX, we're here at least 2 times.

Jd Barr

My wife ordered the lobster it was so overcooked it was like rubber and very difficult to get out of the shell, small portions for the price the rice and green beans were cold by the time the meal was served. very disappointing experienced would not recommend to anyone.

Shea Singerling

Kelly's is a really classy dinning place with a unique nautical decor and true southern homey feel. The staff were great and added to the relaxing atmosphere. Most importantly the food was great! Kelly's prices are on the higher end but worth the money. On average, you'll spend around $20 per person while here.

Ken Powell

Awesome food and service. Great bar menu also

Kim Utley

Excellent food excellent service, and the best thing is there's no long wait to get in and you can go late

Ed Browell

Celebrated our 47th anniversary at Kelley's. We had a fatastic meal and Estella's service was great! We look forward to coming back soon!

Manda Panda

I went to for kareoke night with my friends on spring break. I put in our song choice 2.5-3 hours before kareoke ended. People that put in there songs after us got to go multiple times. The DJ told us we were next but we never were. This is obviously a place that is biased towards locals. I would not suggest this place to anyone and will never waste so much time in that place again. I put a one star because it is not possible to put zero stars.

James Phelps

Good service and good food

Norman Bibeau

Never had better seafood and prime rib. Service is exceptional. Wonderful wine list to boot.

Kailee Archer

The food is fantastic and the service is amazing. The prices are good for an awesome dining experience!

Suzanne Bennett

We drive out here from New Bern on a regular basis JUST to have their buffalo tuna bites and sweet potato biscuits!

Matt Price

1. Not the greatest food 2. Owner is rather misogynistic

Barbara Ewing

Great dinner out with friends! The mixed grill seafood combo, oysters and filet were all excellent. Glenda's service was top-notch. Sweet potato bread pudding was amazing!!!

Nick Hoeksema

This would be a great night life spot if they didn't try to force reggae as music to get down to. The bands weren't bad but they absolutely killed the vibe. Knock off with the reggae and let the DJ work.

Gracie .

I had a great time here at Kelly's Tavern. The food was good. Didn't have to wait long. Enjoyed my time. There was a bartender named John who was such a great and wonderful person. Also very polite unlike some other places. Just want to say thank for the great time!

Derek Carter

This place is great, Good food and bread with a nice bar very close to Restaurant. Ive been here multiple times and will be back again and again

Brenda Graninger

Had a table reservation for 10. Great table and location. Nice atmosphere My meal was wonderful. Scallops were huge, cooked wonderfully Shrimp and crab sauteed.Mashed potatoes and green beans awesome.. I would get this meal again for sure My husbands prime rib was so so. Alot of fat. Was not a real lean cut. It was alot of fat for the price. He said it had a good taste to it though. Service awesome. Bartender made a great Tom Collins (2). Dale very professional and a caring server. Our birthday boy was surprised! Fun at the nite club afterwards..Real nice evening we all will not forget!

Eric Murphy

This is one of my favorite places to see a live show. I have been here to see Collie Buddz twice and Tribal Seeds w/ Josh Heinrichs & Skillinjah once. I love the experience of driving up early, ordering from their vast menus and then enjoying the show. I always get the crap soup which reminds me of a creamy Thai Massaman curry. The sweet potato biscuits that you get with your meal are a always something I look forward to. There's definitely something for everyone here and if you ever get a chance to catch a live show I highly recommend it.

Brenda Oliver

It was amazing. Loved the creamy crab soup. Nice atmosphere. Can't wait to visit again.

Goby1 Hydro

We totally enjoyed this place. We were late on a Wednesday and the service by Ed was pleasant and accurate. The food was done just right. The Filet Oscar style and the Prime Rib were nicely done and very flavorful. Sweet Potato biscuits were worth the visit! We will definitely return to Kelly's!

Kayla Campbell

Staff was friendly and efficient. The food came out incredibly fast. However, I got the shrimp and scallops pasta and it was way over priced for what i received. The pasta was over cooked and chewy and I had to fill up on bread because I couldn't make myself eat the pasta. My husband got the wild caught shrimp with fries and it was great! I guess they're just not too great with pastas.

Norma Russell

My husband always takes me to the Outer Banks for my bday. Our favorite meal is steamed oysters, which Kellys has the best of everything. ..price, size, and perfectly steamed. Their service is impeccable.

Catherine Faulkner

We had a very recent wedding in another city for our daughter. I just had to let all of you parents know who are trying to figure out what to do and how, CALL KELLY"S!! I cannot explain the level of professionalism, attention, and expert advice we received from Kelly's. Mary Anne worked with us on the menu and all of the planning. Her patience was unbelievable! She advised us and made suggestions, carefully allowing us to have the final say, but trying to make sure our day was perfect! Vicky and her TEAM were the group who turned this into a PERFECT, delicious, wonderful evening. When we say something is catered, we often think, they brought the food. This was much more than that. When you are "catered to" your every wish, your every need is met and/or exceeded. We were truly catered! My final word of advice is this. If this event planning is not something you do on a regular basis, trust them to help you. At the last moment, as they were going over the list,the owner said, they do not need two kegs of beer for that number of people. We will bring extra bottled beer in case, but not two kegs.He was completely correct! Not only did we not use any bottled beer, we did not finish one keg! They had our best interest at heart, and I appreciate them so much! I cannot express strongly enough, for your events, go to KELLYs in OBX!!

Patti Allen

Delicious food, well prepared and beautifully presented. Our special place at the OBX!!

Patrick McGovern

Was simply trying to have a quaint dinner with my wife and 5 children, but waiters kept telling us to "turn up". BLASPHEMY

Cynthia Smith

Great food and wonderful attentive service from Raven. I liked being able to get a petite plate.

Lauren Suchy

You can't go to the Outer Banks and NOT visit Kelly's outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern! Home to some of the best crab dib I have EVER tasted, Kelly's is more than just a restaurant--it's a tradition. After you go once, you'll never want to go anywhere else--the food and service is just that good. Everyone is always so friendly and accomodating...they can handle the two party diners or the multi family parties. There's always something for everyone--definitely a "must eat" at the beach!

Rudy Gregory

Paid cover charge for ten minutes of band playing. Ripped me off and did not care. Bump this joint.

Carey Rich

Kelly's has been, and continues to be, a family favorite since 1995. We have never had a bad meal, or a disappointing time at Kelly's.

Brandy Grimes

Just had our final dinner on vacation, as we do every year. The food is always amazing and the staff is so friendly. We can't wait for next year!!

Jeff Johnson

This place is amazing and the food was great!

Barbara O'Dea

I love Kelly's! It has the best food, service and is very relaxing there! We eat there often!

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