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Black Pelican Oceanfront Restaurant

3848 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4278
+1 252-261-3171
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“pizza” (222 reviews)
“seafood” (245 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 11:00 pmAll hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3848 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4278
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My favorite place to visit when staying in Duck N.C. been there for years and the bartender is the best I’ve ever had! Great service and food stone oven pizza and pittas steamed oysters and shrimp omg heaven on earth! Lots of fun and history...More

Thank tim s
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had dinner at the Black Pelican on Saturday (02/10) night. Got an excellent greeting at the door and we decided to sit at the bar for dinner and watch the world go by. Dinner and cocktails where great, staff is excellent and very attentive. We...More

1  Thank jjgangone
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been going here since 2006. Has always been consistant for the quality of food and always has wonderful specials. Wood fired pizzas are great.

Thank OBXJohnson138
Reviewed 1 week ago

When the Wright Brothers conducted their historic first flights, they were attended by some of the surfmen that manned the very same life-saving station that is now home to the Black Pelican restaurant. Perhaps it's the unique history of the building that leads to the...More

Thank D2958ZXgarym
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building is historic,the service is upbeat and friendly, and the seafood is outstanding. I loved this dining experience completely. The atmosphere is a dynamic blend of old and new and is very comfortable. It doesn’t get any better than this- fresh catch dining at...More

Thank Claude F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Appears to be a local casual hangout with great, fresh seafood. This is our 2nd visit. Very friendly, attentive waitstaff. The fried, fresh flounder melted in your mouth. Fresh, fried shrimp was done in a tempera style batter. French fries were good. Everything came to...More

Thank Kathie D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great lunch specials, seafood is delicious! We always visit the Black Pelican when we visit OBX. Try the desserts, too.

Thank reflady16
Reviewed 16 January 2018

We have made it a tradition of always having either lunch or dinner at the Black Pelican when we visit OBX. This started roughly 20 years ago so this restaurant is doing something right. The food is good. The service is good. The location is...More

Thank BB55Fan
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

I had the chef’s pasta with salmon and shrimp and my husband had the mahi mahi. The pasta was over cooked and his fish looked and tasted like it was straight out of the freezer. We have been here in the past and it was...More

Thank zagnutmom
Reviewed 12 January 2018

This place has great lunch specials during the off-season! I highly recommend checking it out. There is a blue plate special daily for $6.99 as well as other specials. I went today and got the Fried Mahi Mahi and it was delish and fresh!

1  Thank babblinbrunett
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19 July 2017|
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Response from wowgirl3 | Reviewed this property |
Some of the tables do.
18 May 2017|
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Response from Debbie K | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, walk in not a long wait
3 April 2016|
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Response from cherryripe | Reviewed this property |
There are handicapped spaces and a ramp. Be careful as you navigate the restaurant, though.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3848 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4278
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: +1 252-261-3171
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