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2316 S Croatan Hwy
Nags Head, NC 27959


A wide range of early dining specials are available from 5 - 6 pm, 362 days a year. These specials include our "Fish of the Day", Gulf Shrimp, Roanoke Island Crab Cakes, Marinated Chicken Breast and our delicious 8 oz. Rib Eye Steak! We also feature an extensive wine list. And, a complete children's menu is also available. Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover & Diner's Club accepted.

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Rating: blah 1/4/2014
Reviewer: siswalker

The food here is consistent... consistently mediocre and overpriced. So many better restaurants on the Outer Banks!

Rating: A favorite for 20+ years 6/21/2013
Reviewer: Brandilynn

My family has been vacationing in the Outer Banks since I was a child and while we have seen many changes over the years, one thing has remained the same- the quality and service at Kelly's. It is out favorite restaurant by far and the one we have to hot up no matter what. The seafood is excellent and cooked to perfection, they have great options for those who do not like seafood, their kids menu is fantastic, and their desserts are to die for (we might be full after dinner, but we cannot resist their delectable, in-house made desserts.) I look forward to heading here every single time I visit OBX.

Rating: okay but not great! 9/28/2012
Reviewer: wencarol

Our service was good, but the food was not hot, the aparagus has the woody stems on them and they just forgot our second drink order! Won't go back!~

Rating: Mixed reviews 9/18/2012
Reviewer: Jstangl

We ate here twice during our recent two week stay - the first visit was excellent thanks to some very good specials (Panko Crusted Rockfish) - the second visit was mediocre - the specials selection wasn't very good and I made the mistake of getting my softshells fried - should have gotten them sauteed which is my usual.

Rating: Very bad experience! 4/13/2011
Reviewer: Dizzy

We used to make Kelly's an annual stop till the one time that we waited a very long time to be seated and I'm talking well over an hour. It was painfully clear that the hostess passed over our name on the waiting list as many customers that came after us were seated as we sat. And once seated while the entire area was empty, the maitre'd was smart alecky with us about our wait. We've not been back since and will definitely discourage others from going!

Rating: Decent Food 10/5/2010
Reviewer: George

Kelly's is pretty good, do a decent job with our child's food allergy. But as some others have pointed out - a little pricey.

Rating: Blech 10/23/2009
Reviewer: don't want enemies

Was baited in with the .25 oysters. They arrived dry...like they had been shucked in the morning and served at night.

Rating: Loyal Customers for over 10yrs. 9/28/2009
Reviewer: Seahawk

Kelly's is an architectural wonder of the OBX. Contemporary multi level nautically designed dining areas and an excellent wine cellar. We have had dinner at Kelly's at least twice a year for the last 10 years and have alway had excellent service and very good food. I can only think of one time service was slow but on a busy night that can happen.
I also enjoy the night life here. With 2 levels in the separate night club area Kelly's brings in the best local bands so expect the music to be loud and the dance floor packed! Love it!

Rating: Excellent 9/15/2009
Reviewer: Jstangl

Our party of five ate here two weeks ago - the waitress was very attentive and the food was excellent. All five of us gave a "thumbs up"!

Rating: Ok but pricey 7/28/2009
Reviewer: Joe

A bit pricey but the food has remained consistent over the years. The service is usually attentive. Will go back.

Rating: Will never return 6/16/2009
Reviewer: OBXgirlwannab

Over priced, over cooked food and the service is RUDE. Cannot understand how they stay in business

Rating: GOOD FOOD 9/12/2007
Reviewer: Anonymous

just overpriced.

Rating: Food.....what food 7/21/2005
Reviewer: vanative

After waiting 45 minutes for a table, after we got our water we never saw our wait-person again. We left after 30 minutes. We used to go to everytime we visited the OBX, we will not go back.

Rating: Very accomodating and great food! 2/18/2005
Reviewer: Kara OH

We needed a place to celebrate a birthday and Kelly's gave us amazing accomodations in their secluded party room at just a day's notice in the middle of the summer! We had our own private waitress so the service was outstanding! The food was really great though some prices were a little high. Great place for families! I wouldn't think twice about going back to Kelly's.

Rating: Never wonderful - but always good 11/22/2004
Reviewer: Tim

Kelly's is a fine place to go on the OBX and you will seldom pick it as yu #1 favorite, but it is good and priced OK. Fish is fresh and they have a good selection. This place is busy all year long which shows that the locals like it too. Worth a visit!

Rating: O.K but not for the price 6/26/2004
Reviewer: Bob+

Food was O.K. Service was O.K. Price was not O.K. Have found better for the same or less at the Outers.

Rating: Over-Rated 3/30/2004
Reviewer: Dave

Priced as fine dining, with unsophisticated wait staff, the odors and noises of a night club (which it is), and a busy and unimaginative kitchen, Kelly's is well promoted and usually very crowded. While the atmosphere is above average and Mike Kelly is a gracious host, usually the quality of the meals is not worth the wait or the expense.

Rating: Won't go back 11/28/2003
Reviewer: Rob

Used to love this place, now I found it over priced, with substandard service. The place does not seem able to handle large parties (over 8), and twice they have been very mistaken about the wait time for a table (off by at least an hour). Not worth the $$$ nor the wait for a table.

Rating: Unique Entrees 11/17/2003
Reviewer: Lisa

Great food and relaxing atmosphere. A little more calssy than your average restaurant but comfortable also. They have some very uniw=uqe and delicious daily specials.

Rating: Fine seafood 11/8/2003
Reviewer: Ace Mclean

Food and service are excellent, and the atmosphere is comfortable and not as stuffy as some nicer places.

Rating: How much?! 11/8/2003
Reviewer: Beth

First, let me say that both the food and service were very, very good. Good selection, quick and polite service. However, when the bill came, it was over one hundred dollars for three of us. Yikes...