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High Cotton NC BBQ

5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
+1 252-255-2275
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My wife & I visit High Cotton BBQ in Kitty Hawk at least once a week. Consistent, fabulous food and always friendly service with a smile. Strongly recommend the Pork BBQ, Ribs and Smoked or Fried Chicken. Always great whether we eat in or take...More

Thank Jonathan C
Reviewed 3 days ago

Always a must when visiting the OBX. Great place for family's with large parties and some of the best BBQ around. Get in and out quick

Thank Marc K
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Everything we ate was great great great. Fried chicken, brisket, ribs, Brunswick stew, pulled pork, pulled chicken... EVERYTHING. And the only thing better than the food was the service. Myself and my 3yr old arrived before my wife and while we waited the staff brought...More

Thank Seth R
Reviewed 6 days ago

We ate here with some friends and it was a great experience. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was really good, I loved the potato salad. The food came out very quickly. everyone enjoyed the food. I would eat here again. the...More

Thank EZinn
Reviewed 6 days ago

We really enjoyed our meal at High Cotton, NC BBQ. The food was terrific, the service quick, and our server was knowledgeable.

Thank Janice M
Reviewed 1 week ago

High Cotton is one of the reasons we look forward to spending a week in the Outer Banks every year. The barbecued ribs are amazing, perfectly seasoned and so tender that the meat practically melts off the bone. The sides are great also, especially the...More

Thank carver7
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited for dinner and all were happy with our platters. The portions are large and we ended up having leftovers for lunch the next day. We loved the Brunswick stew, pulled pork, pulled chicken, smoked chicken and fried chicken. Mac and cheese was a...More

Thank PhilaTraveler22
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were there for a takeout order. The cashier offered us a taste of the potatoe salad to see if we liked it. We did. The pulled pork was delicious, not drowning in sauce. Great Brunswick stew.

Thank Carol J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live not far from Lexington which is considered the "home of the BBQ" - but each time I have been to OBX I go here. It is by far the best BBQ away from home that I have ever had. My family has gotten...More

Thank Lynn H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Based on reviews, we stopped by and picked up dinner on the way to our place in Nag’s Head. It may have been a different experience had we dined on site, but the takeout boxes left some things to be desired. We ordered two plates:...More

Thank nakamark
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Debbie M
We are planning a trip to the OBX in October and you are our favorite restaurant. Will you be open in October?
22 January 2017|
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Response from SugarPig27949 | Property representative |
HI! We're so happy that you're interested in visiting High Cotton! We are open in October, Monday through Saturday (usual hours are 11am to 8pm). Hope to see you then!
Scott B
Do you have takeout?
17 July 2016|
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Response from Docsknotinn | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They seem to do more carry out than eat in. They also have BBQ sauce, nuts etc
Billy H
Are they equipped to handle a large group of maybe a dozen people? We struggle trying to find large-group-friendly places to eat!
15 July 2016|
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Response from Shawn H | Reviewed this property |
Yes they should be able to accommodate your group! They are flexible with their seating.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: +1 252-255-2275
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Authentic. Simple. Delicious. High Cotton Barbeque has been well-known on the Outer Banks for over 10 years for their Eastern North Carolina Style Barbeque, Famous Fried or Slow Smoked Juicy Chicken, Melt in Your Mouth Ribs and Texas-style Beef Brisket. As Tarheel natives we want to share the flavors and aromas unique to Eastern North Carolina Barbeque. Consistent temperatures and long hours of smoking with hickory coals produce the characteristic pink coloring and sweet outside brown meat of our famous pork barbeque. Combined with our traditional side dishes and a glass of sweet tea and you're in High Cotton, Outer Banks Barbeque at its very best.