Kimball's Kitchen

4.2
794 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Located on the Soundside of the Sanderling Resort, the AAA 4-Diamond rated, Kimball’s Kitchen 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. Enjoy fresh seafood dishes, pasta, and hand-cut steaks accompanied by an extensive Wine Spectator recognized wine and champagne list.

Attire
"Resort Casual"– Come as you are to dine in our refined setting overlooking the Currituck Sound. We recommend pants or shorts with a collared shirt for the gentlemen and comparable resort wear for the ladies.

Groups
Please contact the restaurant directly or parties of 6 or more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 794 people are saying
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Cosmo
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Expected real cranberries with turkey not a little dab of jelly. Green beans should be cooked a little more. Cocktail, salad and apple pie were excellent. Turkey and dressing was delicious. That’s what I expected for the money.

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Special occasion, Thanksgiving

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vipAnjaB
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The Thanksgiving dinner was way overpriced, the three courses were definitely not worth $125.00

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vipetturner24
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We took our family there for thanksgiving, very excited about the experience and view. NOT at all worth the price tag. Myself and my sister turkey both had bones in them, my water was empty the whole time. I was never brought another fork for my dinner, and the salt and pepper shakers weren't correct. I expected a lot more from a fine dining establishment. The told me they were out of the apple pie but then I was served one for dessert, when I ordered the cheesecake. 20 minutes later, the cheesecake arrived, frozen in the center. Not impressed. The waitress also brought us a Pino Grigio, which was order however it was a red wine she put down. If you work in a fine dining environment I'd expect for someone to know the difference.

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vipDeniseO
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went on Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving, the oyster stew could not have been better. Great time

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WB16
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Thanksgiving dinner was excellent. Everyone was seated rapidly and the complimentary glass of champagne was appreciated.

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vipeastcoastvoyager
Richmond
59 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Kimball’s Kitchen handled the Thanksgiving crowd with ease. We were welcomed at the front desk with a glass of bubbly. The room was full at 4:30 in anticipation of a great sunset over the sound. No one was disappointed. Service was excellent - attentive but never rushed. We were there almost 2 full hours. The food was pretty good for a holiday. We both had the butternut squash soup, turkey with the usual sides, and pumpkin pie. It was pricey but a very nice evening. We were thankful.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect Thanksgiving!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our first Thanksgiving in OBX. Dining at Kimball’s Kitchen was great. Loved the choices & the food was delicious. The ambiance is beautiful!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation which was backed by a credit card. Reconfirmed when restaurant asked. Showed up and restaurant closed. Never happened ore with Open Table. Inexcusable.

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vipdeedee
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Open Table sent us a confirmation
that our reservation was on via our
credit card.
We then found out only an hour before
our 5pm seat time, the restaurant was
closed for the season.
What gives? My credit card was used
to secure my seating and the place
wasn't even open.

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vipLuAnnO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It’s closed! This restaurant should be removed and not an option for dining. Thankfully we were able to get dinner somewhere else but if it had been a half hour later that would not have Bern the case.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We are not happy!! Got dressed and ready for date night. I made the reservation, you all confirmed the reservation AND THE RESTAURANT MADE US GIVE THEM A CC AND $$ was put on HOLD!!!
We get there and it looks quiet. YES IT WAS SO QUIET, see IT WAS CLOSED!!! I’m so angry!!! Our night was ruined. We needed this, it only added to our stress. YOU BETTER GET THAT HOLD OFF MY CREDIT CARD NOW ,,,NOW. Thank you, Kelly M. Mulkins

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Char
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Unknown to us, it was the last day that the restaurant would be open. Our reservation was for 7 pm and the special had already sold out. The wine we asked for was unavailable. Our waiter was nice but very slow. We have been to Kimball's Kitchen in the past and had a much better experience. We can only hope and assume that Covid is to blame. I would not suggest eating there until employment returns to pre-Covid levels.

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DesignOmnivore
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most incredible sunset views are to be found at this gem of a restaurant! Delicious food, gorgeous setting, modern decor and outstanding service make Kimball’s one of our favorite restaurants in the world. We always dine here when visiting the Outer Banks!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere !

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vipFletch
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Sadly not as good as it’s used to be. Still one of the better dining places on OBX but like every restaurant it seems, standards overall have dropped given COVID and struggles to find good staff.

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JeffN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

We had a poor experience due to the chef who was completely unprofessional. Our starters were excellent and shortly there after the side of lobster Mac and cheese came out with a single bite of lobster ($18 for Mac and cheese with a half ounce of lobster I don't believe was their intent). I figured it was an oversight so pointed this out out our server. 3 minutes later our lobster and steak came out and were both cold. The hostess(who was very accomodating) came over to check on us and I mentioned our entrees were cold. She immediately took the food back saying they will fix it. There is an open kitchen here and I could clearly see the chef was angry with us. I then proceeded to watch 2 or 3 members of the kitchen staff feel the steak to see if it was warm to the touch. 10minutes later our food came back out, the same lobster tail but half the size and the same piece of steak, now overcooked to medium on a cold plate. The waitress slipped and mentioned the chef thought the lobster was warm enough (probably why he was giving me the evil eye and shaking his head from the kitchen). They put pieces of the lobster tail I had ordered into the Mac and cheese and gave me the half tail back. Weird that they thought I wouldn't notice and unprofessional but whatever. What really irked me was the steak that had been touched by the entire kitchen staff then overcooked and re-served all while I was watching. I found this to be very unprofessional. I thought about leaving, as my wife was now grossed out by the steak but decided to stay. The hostess comped the lobster tail. Just disappointing that the chef treated me like the bad guy because our food was cold and my wife felt uncomfortable the entire time on what was supposed to be a romantic evening. Could have been handled much better. Such a shame as we visit our inlaws here 4 or 5 times a year and were hoping this would be our new go to spot.

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Jude
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks at the bar and a wonderful dinner. So glad to see you all so busy on a Monday night.
Look forward to returning .

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Food was definitely not worth the price. The drinks however were good!

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vipMari
West Palm Beach
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner. The service was superb. And the food was divine.

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vipScott
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Just not up to snuff for high end dining. Felt a bit rushed, my appetizer was wrong , so a delay. Sides we're forgotten, so a delay (arrived half way through meal). Food quality was acceptable but not special. Several hundred dollars of "Meh"

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StevenV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

So sad. This restaurant used to be amazing but it is so bad now and the service was awful. Stay away.

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vipBuffalove
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Visit to The Sanderling resort but first time eating at Kimballs. Excellent steak. Service good.

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KelseyG
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! The drinks were amazing and the dinner was even better.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Thanks for making my birthday dinner enjoyable, everyone was so nice and the food was absolutely delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 44th wedding anniversary. We had a lovely table by the window overlooking the ocean but they pulled the shades down 1/2 way through our meal.

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vipDatenight
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing choice for a special evening. Tops anyone else
In the area. Great food and amazing views of the sound.
Thanks for a great evening.

SF
ScottF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! So good, we returned the next evening…

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RayW
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service especially at the bar. Our favorite place to be

RH
ReneeH
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

No recognition for our anniversary. Very high price for the value.

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vipMisterajs
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love the total experience at kimball’s Kitchen. Unrushed service, white table cloths, food quality, ambience, view; it all comes together to create a wonderful dining experience.

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LisaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful location to watch the sunset! The food was great- little high on the prices and for the prices I feel like the service could have been better. The hostesses were very nice!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal at Kimballs Kitchen. We have been before and perhaps this was even better than our last visit - which is saying a lot because Kimballs sets the standard for exceptional dining on the OBX.

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ToddR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to most of the high end restaurants in obx this was definitely the best place!!’

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LisaH
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Really delicious food, pretty restaurant and if you are lucky to catch a great sunset it’s a really wonderful experience.

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vipJohnT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great anniversary dinner.

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FoodGuy
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The service doesn’t match what this restaurant attempts to pull off.

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Kimball's Kitchen is rated 4.2 stars by 794 OpenTable diners.

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