Kimball's Kitchen

4.5
651 reviews
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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.
What 651 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
1 review
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
27 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Has not maintained the same level of overall quality since its days as the Left Bank. Food was ok, not great and service was similar. Hostess disregarded a reservation seating request made over 5 months ago and sat us at the worst table in the dining room.
Disappointing that this dining option has not consistently filled the need for an upscale dining option in Duck/Sanderling since the legendary Elizabeth’s closed years ago. As the Sanderling Resort’s signature restaurant, this should be a better experience.

DA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Excellent food. Convenient for our stay at Sanderling Inn

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately the quality of the experience at Kimball’s Kitchen is declining. On a recent visit our table of four, was served incorrect drinks, the food was served cold and the table was surrounded by fly’s.
After annually coming for 10 years, I’m not sure our group will returning.

p
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was very good. I thought the steak was high quality but a bit over salted. Sides were good, especially the asparagus which was simply prepared and very fresh.

EA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on vacation with family in OBX. It was our date night out away from the family and worth every penny. The view of the sound was brilliant, service was quick, impeccable and the staff overall were beyond friendly. Most of all dinner was an incredible culinary experience. The complimentary amuse bouche was perfect and the most amazing start to our experience. Each course was a magical moment that we will never forget. Thank you Kimball's for the perfect dinner!!!! We would absolutely come back when in OBX next.

KL
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a wonderful experience

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food and ambiance was very good to outstanding although, unfortunately, we did not experience good service with our waiter. He took forever to get us water and wine. He also failed to clean our table, leaving mushrooms on our table while we had our dinner drinks. Needless to say, it was not very appetizing staring at leftovers on the table while having a nightcap. Lastly, he was the least friendly waiter we ever had at Kimball's.

4
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A Wednesday summer night, restaurant busy but not over crowded. Food was very good (steaks and seafood) but service was slow. Had to remind server about ordered items. Restaurant has an open kitchen, usually fine (we’ve eaten here a number of times in the past) , but this night was so cloudy with smoke that staff was commenting about it. We were happy not to be sitting in the back of the restaurant! The ambiance of the restaurant and its beautiful bay and sunset views suggest a romantic and intimate venue, however the high noise level diminishes that effect. We will still go back for the food and sunsets!

Sommelier was very helpful and friendly.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

We had flies swarming our table throughout dinner

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite vacation eating spots!

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

Was a super dinner food was great and Robert our server was fantastic

OT
Poconos
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Had to wait 20 minutes after being seated to be waited on for drinks and to hear the specials. Our server didn’t stop by once our drinks were empty to ask if we wanted anything else, I had to stop them after they walked by 3 times to ask for a another drink.

It was pricy for the quality of service received.

OT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine was incredible snd the service was awesome the food was so tasty would definitely love to come back

LS
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner food was great and cooked perfectly. Great location. Service was good but a little slow. It is expensive. Wine selection is great for OBX. Overall this was perfect for our 38th anniversary dinner. The staff was very gracious and friendly.

D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Had an 8:00 reservation. Seated us at 8:30. Entrees were served at 9:50. Not worth the time. Won’t be going back.

b
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite possibly the best overall experience and meal I have ever had. It was a business meeting dinner. All were very impressed. From the delightful hostess (a twin!), to the service by Paul our waiter, to the meeting of the new chef who came to our table himself, we were overwhelmed with the greatness of the staff. The food was truly a treat and absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. We especially loved the cheese platter and even bought some locally made honey on our way out.

F
Nashville
108 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This return visit to Kimball's Kitchen was wonderful! I have nothing but accolades about the service, menu selection, food quality and presentation. The room itself is stunning, as is the view of the Sound. I only wish Kimball's were closer to where we lived so we could be frequent guests! Thanks Kaitlyn, Robert, Dino and the Chef for making our evening so special. We are already looking forward to our return to what we consider the gem of the Outer Banks!

PP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Not what it used to be, sadly. The view of the Sound, which set the restaurant apart from others, is almost completely obstructed by over grown shrubs. The service was friendly and attentive. The food was not as locally sourced and creative as it used to be. Overall a pleasant experience but probably not worth the high price tag.

DG
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Menu had lots of options for various palettes. Appetizer serving sizes were large. Waiter was very knowledgeable and accommodating to dietary requests.

O
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This was our wedding anniversary and we couldn't have picked a better place to celebrate. The food was excellent, with the filets possibly the best we have ever enjoyed. The chocolate bomb dessert drew the highest praise from my wife, a chocaholic. Our waiter, Kyle was extremely efficient and friendly. The only drawback was a table of about eight who were noisily enjoying themselves, which made conversation difficult. We will go back to Kimball's the next time we are at the Outer Banks.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Filet Mignon is the best anywhere around! Don’t change a thing! My only recommendation is please keep the bushes trimmed down in front of the soundside windows so guests can enjoy the beautiful sunsets while dining! We were seated right next to the window but a tall bush blocked our sunset view and that’s one of the things we love about your restaurant, enjoying the beautiful view from all those windows!
Would also recommend opening for dinner on Sundays so guests staying at The Sanderling through the weekend could have that dinner option across the street. (The Paper Canoe is also closed on Sun)

MB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular Waygu Tomahawk. Great bartender. Perfect Views. Waiter was funny and engaging.

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