Kimball's Kitchen

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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Located on the Soundside of the Sanderling Resort, Kimball’s offers glorious view of the Currituck Sound and its inspiring sunsets, outstanding service and a world class menu.

Spotlighting Certified Angus Beef, freshly caught local seafood and oysters, the restaurant creates a great dining experience with an upscale coastally casual environment. Daily pasta and risotto specials are accompanied by an extensive Wine Spectator wine and champagne list. Children are welcome and are served smaller portions of the standard menu with a 50% price break.

Attire
“Resort Chic” – Relaxed business dress. Dress pants or shorts with a collared shirt for the gentleman and comparable resort wear for the ladies. We ask that you leave the beach behind along with any hats, denim or casual attire.

Groups
Please contact the restaurant directly or parties of 6 or more.
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Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kimball's has more than restored our faith in what has long been one of the very best restaurants in the Outerbanks. The setting has always been stunning and remains so. The service and the food during two visits this past week were outstanding. The food was wonderfully fresh with a very strong local flavour. Without question our dinner on Saturday evening was, for all four of us, the outstanding highlight of yet another wonderful week at the Sanderling - still, by a very long way, the very best way to enjoy the very best that the Outerbanks has to offer.

TB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The only thing I was a little disappointed about was our service. Our server never refilled our water, non-alcoholic, and alcoholic drinks. That’s is one of my pet peeves.

CB
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very romantic spot. They were not quite ready for our reservation so they sat us at the bar which was nice. Bartender could have used a helper. Drink selection was great. For dinner we shared an appetizert, the tomato and burrata, which was plenty for two people and tasty. We had filet mignon which was cooked perfectly. Also had a side of brussel sprouts but wasn't a fan of the fried onions on top. Good wine selection. All and all a very lovely evening!

OT
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food! Wait staff was wonderful

WE
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a terrific experience. Both of our entrees were top notch. The loaded twice baked potato that I chose to compliment my filet was a meal in itself. My wife opted for the proscuttio wraped chicken breast. The Parma ham was thick cut and the chicken breast was huge and delicious. The only downside was the dessert. It was just average. Overall a plus meal and venue.

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was quite slow, particularly for our first round of drinks. Food was delicious! Lovely sunset.

M
Richmond
58 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was wonderful- great menu. Service was not great- regular staff had not returned after Dorian and backservers had stepped in. Slow service, wine wasn’t served, wrong cutlery etc. will try another time!

GS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a absolutely wonderful time. So much so that we brought the whole family back the next night. Our server Paul was incredibly accommodating and made our experience that much better. Would highly recommend the black ink linguine, but every dish looked incredible.

RS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was solid. Service was horrible. Waiter was clearly too busy. Bartender was just not that nice. Way over priced for the value.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and the sunset view is incredible! Little understaffed during our visit. The staff though a great; friendly, knowledgeable, and hard working. Food is not cheap but you get what you pay for....great food in great atmosphere!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent somolier - very helpful and willing to share knowledge.

OT
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have lived on the Outer Banks for approximately 4 years and this was our first time at Kimball's Kitchen. Without a doubt the best meal we have had. That's saying a lot since we go out 3-4 times a week. The attentiveness of the staff was superb. Dinosaurs and his staff work extremely hard to make your experience remarkable.

BN
Atlantic City
37 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s an good upscale restaurant for obx. The food and service were very good. The soup and appetizer were deliciousness have the soup and watermelon salad. Everything was fresh and served well.

F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way romantic sunsets great food professional friendly service

s
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little pricey but beautiful setting and great food!

DD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The ambiance and the view of the sound was stunning. We had a great waiter. The food was good. We would certainly go again.

D
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

pay attention to dress code. you may have on a nice shirt, but if it does not have a collar, you will not get in, even if the place is empty.

h
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience - wine list unique and comprehensive

g
Philadelphia
121 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is good but not spectacular - especially for the price. Local is terrific and maybe that's what you pay mostly for. I had steak, partner rockfish - they were very good but not inventive in any way. Related items - my m. potatoes were lukewarm at best. Main side dish arrived near the end of dinner so was largely useless. Again, it good, just not at that price which is `20% more than Blue Point and about the same or lesser quality.

RX
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Other then our waitress, who was cold and inattentive, we enjoyed our evening here on Friday night. I’m hoping she just had an off night. The ambiance is lovely. Perfect for date night.

M
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, space, and views were all amazing.

s
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Sara recommended the lamb with truffles and chimichurri that was perfect in every way. We watched the sun set through the huge windows as we enjoyed our meal. Our visit was a highlight of our vacation. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a special evening in Duck.

FC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We had reserved Kimball's for a special birthday dinner. Unfortunately though the dining room was pleasant and open to sound views the level of fine dinning was compromised. Waiter checked on our meal while holding a pile of dirty plates. Waiter carried out martinis spilling them as he rushed through the dining room. However the food was very good. The She-crab soup was delicious and the salad fresh with delicate croutons that absorbed the sweet and tart dressing. The duck breast was prepared rare as requested, but the skin was not crispy and begging to be trimmed. The squid ink pasta was undercooked but the shrimp and lobster topping for the dish was generous and delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The wine list is in disarray. My first two requests could not be found. Third selection was chosen solely because it was available. It was not good. Other than the wine, it was an excellent meal and evening.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The finest restaurant in the outer banks of NC

BD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started visiting Kimball’s last year when we were on the Outer Banks for vacation. The food was amazing as were the service and the views. We came here for our 25th anniversary dinner and they definitely lived up to or even exceeded expectations. The staff were exceptional, the waiter knew the menu well and helped walk us through options. The food was out of this world. I’ve never had scallops as perfectly prepared as at this restaurant. We splurged and ordered a dessert, a spin off of tiramisu. Amazing, though I probably should have stopped before I did! The staff and chef made it a night to remember and we got the opportunity to watch sunset between dinner and dessert. What a wonderful view. Highly recommended!

e
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

The waitress brought the wrong drink and made a face when we told her. When we asked for a few minutes more before ordering she made face and stormed off. As we sat and chatted after dinner she interrupted us and asked for the silverware so the dishwasher could go home. There was still a table of 6 and people at the bar. What was the urgency? The waitress ruined our evening

P
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding view of the sound with panoramic windows. The food was outstanding, although the service was less than I would have expected for the price of this restaurant. If you want a top notch dinner at the beach, however, this place will not disappoint.

AS
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and experience. Would go back 100 times over!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress! Fabulous food and view. I had a great birthday dinner.

TM
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have visited Kimball’s a number of times over the last ten years for special occasion dinners. We are locals and have appreciated the inventiveness and upscale nature of your meals. Unfortunately you did not deliver this time. We had had dinner Friday night at 9. The food was good but not great. The three she crab soups were lukewarm. My daughters foie gras appetizer was very good. The star of the night was her duck with mushrooms sauce. My Wagyu burger was a good burger, but not worth $38. Nothing really special. The sauce on it was overpowering and overpowered the beef. Lobster tail on Kale salad was good and well cooked but also not hot and very small.

Everything took longer than expected especially the dessert. But they were good. Service was OK, but the server seemed tired.

When the maitre de asked us how things were after the appetizer, we told him the soup was not hot and he said OK but did not offer to do anything to fix it. We knew we might as well not make complaints.

All in all, a three star meal, but not what I expected for a nearly $ 500 meal with tip. The saving grace was it is my daughters favorite restaurant and her meal was outstanding.

One more suggestion- If you are not going to give 9 PM guests the same dining experience as earlier guests, consider closing earlier. We got the distinct impression we were keeping everybody up.

NC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Our service was very subpar. Waiter was not friendly and seemed irritated to be working. Not something you’d expect from a restaurant like this.

We ordered a Stag’s Leap Artemis 2014 but were presented with the 2016 and told that it would be the same price even though it’s a lesser quality bottle. I have never had this sort of experience before and may never return.

K
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. View was excellent. Drinks from bar were disappointing, however. We will definitely return for dinner -- although we would skip the cocktails.

CK
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food (prosciutto wrapped chicken), appropriately attentive service, good drinks. Great experience!

C
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kimball’s Kitchen is a short walk from the lovely Sanderling Inn. The view, food and service were amazing!

DG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was amazing. The service was extremely slow and spotty

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience! Our server, Kyle, was very attentive even though he was busy with a full restaurant last evening. Beautiful views, delicious food and a fantastic experience! Tomato & barrata salad was divine, as were our main entrees. We will be back in future vacations at OBX!!

SC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Kyle was amazing. Incredible food. Awesome sunset. Great experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great food!

DD
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific experience all around! Food, service, and ambiance were all outstanding.

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