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Date
Fri, 5/25
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8:30 PM
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Kimball's Kitchen

4.5
540 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Blonde Onyx Bar: 5pm - closing
Dinner:
Tuesday-Saturday
May 2nd-October 21st: 5:00pm-10:00pm seatings available
(Please contact the restaurant directly for parties of 6 or more.)
Sunday Brunch:
May 38th-October 8th: 11:00am-3:00pm seatings available
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Phone number
(252) 261-8419
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef du Cuisine Tyler Powell
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Special events & promotions
The restaurant is available November- April for private events. During season it is available Monday.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wine
What 540 People Are Saying
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.4
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4.5
service
4.6
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3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Service was terrible. We sat at the table for quite awhile before someone filled our water glasses. The waitress was not knowledgeable about the ingredients in the dishes (I am allergic to cow's milk products) or the wine. Her response to everything that was ordered was "Good Choice." I ordered a bottle of wine. After a long time waiting for the wine the waitress informed me that "The Som" would be serving the wine. We were offered 1 piece of bread each. After I finished the piece of break the waitress scooped up my bread plate as she walked by the table. I was never offered a second piece. My wife had the Mediterranean Caesar Salad. IT was served with blue cheese dressing that had the consistency of store bought dressing. I had the Creole Baked Oysters. They were delicious and the presentation was very nice. The oysters were served on a bed of sea slat and pepper corns. The only issue was that if any part of the baked oyster touched the plate , I ended up with a mouth full of salt and pepper. The grouper was delicious and well prepared. Don't waste your time. There are better restaurants with a view of the sound in Duck.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I found the service to be very slow. To be fair, we dined during the off season. The restaurant was close to capacity with an appropriate number of staff on hand but it still took too long for dinner. Food was great.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

What a wonderful experience! Amazing views, delicious food and drinks, terrific service! We will be back many times!!

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2017

We have been here a number of times, whenever we stay at the SANDERLING. The view is one of the best, sunset is amazing over the Sound. Great food, service etc. Pricey but worth it.

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2.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Service was less than impressive on our visit this year. We vacation at OBX at twice per year and request our favorite eateries and coffee houses every time. We have gotten to know coffee house and restaurant owners and have always provided rave reviews for their establishments. We love locally owned places. Our visits to Kimballs in the past week filled with anticipation on returning on our next visit. This time our waitress was rude, end of story. If you would like more info regarding this, please call or email me.
Don Hunter 937-974-8776 or hunter-health@att.net

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4.0Dined on October 12, 2017

KK has the most beautiful setting ever. Just gorgeous. Sara n Jimmy were terrific servers. We were disappointed they had no seared four gras. Succotash was superb. Excellent wine list.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

The restaurant itself is quite beautiful and has a good reputation for its beautiful sunset view. The food was perfectly prepared, and of course visually stunning. My only negative comment, and it's not terribly negative, was that I thought their wine list by the glass was limited. I was dining alone so I didn't have many choices as to what I wanted.

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2017

Best restaurant on the outer banks

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

The entire dining experience was exceptional. The wait staff was non-intrusive yet attentive polite and very accommodating . The food was delicious! And the sunset that we enjoyed next to the window seat was amazing that evening . We never felt rushed and lingered over s long and enjoyable dinner. Would highly recommend this place as a special occasion restaurant .

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

This was truly an amazing dining experience! The food was incredible, cooked to perfection! Best food I've ever tasted! My husband and I will never forget the meal we had at Kimballs. Happy birthday to us ;)

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2017

Every thing is excellent but the their prices for a glass of wine are outrageous.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Best meal we had in Duck. Filet was perfect.
Bone marrow was so,very good. Great wine selection. Service and ambiance was perfect. Ate in all the restuarants in Duck and Kimball kitchen was the best. Hoping they serve thanksgiving dinner??, will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

I dine at Kimball's once a year when I visit The Sanderling Resort for our summer beach visit from VA and am never disappointed. I really enjoyed the new lobster pasta dish. Our server was very charming and attentive. We were fortunate to get there in time to see the sunset. It was a lovely evening.

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2017

View of the sound is beautiful and watching the sun set at dinner is almost worth the price of the meal. Menu is priced above most other restaurants in area and, while food is very good, do not think it is better than many other places. Service starts out good and then staff seems to ignore water glasses, dirty dishes, offering bread. A little disappointing when you are there entertaining special guests for special occasions and expecting exemplary food and service.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2017

We had a window table when we had dinner on Thursday night and enjoyed a beautiful sunset. Meal was terrific and our server was very knowledgable. Overall a most enjoyable evening.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2017

Wonderful experience in every way! Thanks for a lovely evening!

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4.0Dined on September 6, 2017

This is not the most inexpensive meal in Duck, but the food is very good. If you have $125+ (for 2 people) to drop on a meal, then visit Kimball's.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2017

First time there and didn't know what to expect...... was totally blown away!! This place did not disappoint! Service, ambiance, view w/ amazing sunset, etc. Will definitely be going back!!!!

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4.0Dined on September 2, 2017

We dined here in August of 2017.
The view is great with a perfect sunset.
We had a fabulous dinner, but the star of the dinner was the fish dinners. We split the Bison Tartar which is extremely strong and gamey (not that it was bad). The portion was tremendous. The Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon was very good and fresh ingredients.
The Local Line Caught Grilled Swordfish is spectacular and we also had a fish special which was a white fish in a red wine sauce and this dish was the rock star of the night.
We split the Carmelized Brussels Sprouts which were good not great, a little soft and no crisp or crunch.
The last dish we had was the Veal Porterhouse Chop. The chop was cooked perfect medium rare. The veal was missing some flavor, it was just plain, but a nice looking veal chop.
The desserts were not very impressive so we passed on them and got ice cream in Duck.
Wine prices are about 2x the cost, lower than Dc and New York but pretty high for this area.
Look around the list and you will find a good bottle at a fair price.

We will go back.
Service was perfect.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

My husband and I had our best meal on the Outer Banks at Kimball's Kitchen. The service was excellent. We will definite eat dinner here again. It was better than the Blue Point.

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2017

My family and I had a wonderful dining experience at Kimball's Kitchen. The food was delicious and the service was phenomenal! The chef was very accommodating to my vegetarian diet and they offered half size entrees for my daughter.
The staff were all very kind and helpful. We have dined here before during our stays at the Sanderling and have never been disappointed. We are looking forward to returning again next summer!

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

Great service and great food define our visit to Kimball's Kitchen.

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2017

Me, wife and daughter out for dinner. We ordered Smoked Oyster and She Crab Soup, Caesar Salad, Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad, Shrimp Cocktail, Lobster Mafalda, off menu Mushroom Mafalda, and seared Wanchese Scallops, all to share. Had a couple drinks as well. We were very pleased with all the food and drink and the service was top notch. Great view, looking out at the sound.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

Wonderful food and ambiance. Our table enjoyed the lobster pasta, scallops, steak- all very good. We felt like it was a bit overpriced though. But still great, we would go back next we are at the beach.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2017

Excellent food and service. Wife and I shared the wagyu ribeye, which was succulent and cooked perfectly. Wasn't crazy about my oyster appetizer (baked with cheese, etc), but everything else was very good. Expensive but the experience was worth it.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2017

This is a very special spot for sunset dinner in Duck, NC. No other places as nice or with such wonderful food and service in OBX that I know. You can't go wrong.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2017

Absolutely phenomenal!! Everything was perfection!! My favorite place on the island!!

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2.0Dined on August 19, 2017

My reservation was for 7:30pm to enjoy the sunset while we ate. We were there at 7:30, but our table by the window to see the sunset was not ready until 8:00pm, and the sunset was gone. The restaurant made our reservation useless. Food followed the same pattern. I ordered a filet rare, and it came out close to medium. The evening was topped off by being overcharged $30 for a bottle of wine. The restaurant did correct the overcharge. I would not recommend this restaurant. We found two other restaurants with better views, better food, and better service.

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3.0Dined on August 19, 2017

The service was wonderful from start to end! Food presentation was great but the quality and taste did not match to price. The Life Saving Station has a better prepared and seasoned steak for less.

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2.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Terrible service throughout the meal. Slow to get to ordering or drinks or waiting for table to be cleared when we were finished, pouring our own wine throughout. Food came out quickly, too quickly based on service. For such an expensive restaurant a real disappointment.

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2.0Dined on August 15, 2017

Most of the food was really good. Everyone enjoyed their appetizers and salads, and the steak entrees were great. $28 for German spaetzel with some sweet potato cooked into it? Please. Server was a snob and she along with staff were quite hurried. For as much as we paid for this meal, we should have been able to finish our meal entirely without feeling like we're holding someone from a hot date. Good grief. The staff was quite eager for us to get on with our meal. Overall, we enjoyed the ambiance and most of the meal. There was nothing that would make me recommend Kimball's Kitchen over many of the other fine and delicious restaurants on the Outer Banks.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Overpriced mediocre food. Terrible service. Waitress was condescending and rude. This was our third year going. First year was terrible but we heard it got better so we went back last year. Last year it was delicious and staff were friendly. This year it seemed to have reverted back to its old ways. All the other servers seemed nice, I guess we just lucked out with miss grumpy!! Also it's on a family resort so it would be nice to have some food options for kids and young adults

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Made reservations for 3 . Was seated initially at a table meant for 2. They added a chair at the middle. In fact there were several tables available along the window all during our dinning a four top sat empty. My husband is 6 ft 5 this was not going to work with the lack of leg room . We were moved to an inside table close to the kitchen, which was fine. The shades were put down during the sunset? Many patrons were not happy. Our server left us sitting during dinner and never checked back after the meal was placed out. Once cleaned up (from a helper) we sat idol for 20-25 mins? The manager never table touched to ask about our experience ? We live in corolla 6-7 months a yr and love the Sanderling , in fact when the reno was taking place on the life saving restaurant we frequently dinned at the kimballs location but with the other menu. The service was spot on than and preferred the menu, the mussels were fabulous . I made reservations six days a head and requested a window seat and as I stated a four top sat vacant during our entire stay ? We waited 15-20 mins for our first round of drinks, perhaps a bartender dedicated to dinners and one for bar top would help. Our food was delicious and will be the reason we return.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2017

Service was second to none. Excellent service, and the food was fantastic. One of the best steaks I have had. The sunset is truly a diary moment, and we had the best table in the place. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

We loved your restaurant to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Our waiter was especially nice and accommodating. The food was delicious. Our waiter fixed on a plate with raspberry syrup happy 50th anniversary and put two small yummy cookies with a candle on the plate. Just a wonderful way to celebrate our special occasion. Thank you!!

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2017

The ambience is very nice, but the food tasted boring and is overpriced. I wouldn't recommend the restaurant.

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2017

We had both Sunday brunch and dinner another day. Brunch was good but potatoes were cold. Dinner was outrageously priced and food was just OK. Caesar salad was a block of romaine with cheese and a little of some dressing that didn't taste like Caesar. Filet Mignon was OK but had better at The Paper Canoe the night before. Lobster pasta dish was good.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2017

One of my all time favorites. Everything about this restaraunt is fantastic. The food, the wine, the device and special touches are all wonderful. I love it.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Had a very good meal at Kimball's Kitchen, but for an inflated price tag. Here in Duck, we have had some great meals, and this was the least value for the money. Service was matter-of-fact, but not helpful with the menu. Foix gras appetizer was phenomenal. Swordfish main dish at $41 was good, but not great.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Very disappointed that there was no fish special that evening. Understandable because of the rain storm all day. Also, my husband's appetizer was cold. Otherwise we had a delicious dinner and anniversary celebration.

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