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Kimball's Kitchen

4.6
4.6
919 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Located on the Soundside of the Sanderling Resort, the AAA 4-Diamond rated Kimball’s Kitchen offers glorious views 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 coastal 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 for parties of 6 or more.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Duck

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 919 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Ambiance

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Notable Wine List

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Romantic

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Scenic View

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Special Occasion

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Contemporary American

  • Outer Banks

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Having no beer available was ridiculous. Also overpriced.
  2. D

    David

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Our experience at Kimball's Kitchen was terrible. Not only will I never be going back, it's the only restaurant where I'm making sure other people I know don't make the mistake of going either. I didn't even want to give Kimball's Kitchen the time in my head of writing this review, but was told I should. So here it is: We were at the OBX for Labor Day and I wanted to do something special for my girlfriend. Picking Kimball's Kitchen was a massive misfire on my part. The view is nice, but not even remotely worth the wildly overpriced menu. We started with the Tuna tartare and didn't finish it. No spices and the tuna itself tasted off/bad. Thankfully they did bring bread to the table. Now I knew going in it was going to be expensive, but there are certain expectations that I think are justifiable if you're serving pretty expensive food. My girlfriend had the $52 Halibut and it was edible, unlike the Salmon entree I ordered. A $52 plate from a "4 Diamond" restaurant should be at least very good -- not just passable. The salmon I got was raw and after getting our entrees we didn't see our server or wait staff for another 15 minutes. By the time someone came over and I let them know about the dish we were just ready to leave. The sides for our meal were also underwhelming. A few Brussel sprouts that would've been 100 times if just cooked in an air fryer and a spoonful of underwhelming mashed sweet potatoes - which I'm not sure how you can mess up sweet potatoes, but they did. Ultimately we got 20% off our meal but still paid $140 to leave hungry and frustrated. It's just really disappointing to see a place that clearly has been good in the past (unless the diamond ratings are a complete scam) under terrible management, serving bad food. I'd recommend skipping it and picking really any other place in the OBX to eat.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The food was good but expensive for what you received. They were out of most of the red wine by the glass selections. I get that it’s the end of the season, but for the price that is charged I would expect that you have what is on the menu or change the menu. There was a review from two days prior that said the same thing. The popover bread was touted at the beginning of the meal, but we didn’t receive it until the main course came out, and it was very undercooked in the center when it arrived. Our steaks were cooked nicely but I was expecting more for the amount that we paid.
  4. WH

    WesleyH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Despite a full staff, the place was pretty chaotic. Our waitress was unfriendly, and forgot several parts of our order. The food was decent, but very overpriced for the quality.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner and views of the sunset.
  6. K

    Kathy

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Very low inventory on wine and alcohol. I understand service can be poor but the manager was rude.
  7. F

    Frances

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Food is amazing!! It was a little noisier than I recall from past experience. The service was a little slow - our server was very nice; however, she would forget about us a lot
  8. DS

    DeanS

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Food was good. Very small portions and very large price tag. Had to sent the steak back it was over cooked
  9. EB

    ErikaB

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Totally not worth the price. Both my husband and I ordered the 14 ounce NY Strip. His medium came out rare. Mine , half was well and then other have was the way I ordered it, medium well. Both steaks were so veiny and very fat. The waitress was not the best. At these prices it’s not worth it. The drink were very delicious. We had much better food across the street at The Lifesaving Station.
  10. S

    Super18

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Beautiful setting. Upscale atmosphere with a casual vibe. If you are seeking fine dining in Duck/Corolla, this is the place to be.
  11. ST

    SThomas

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner at Kimball's. The food, service and ambience were outstanding. The price is high, but if you are looking for a special dining experience on the Outer Banks, this is it.
  12. M

    Michelle

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we have ever had. Excellent from start to finish.
  13. P

    Pope

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    First, the food is absolutely amazing. I knew it was pricey going in, but it was absolutely outrageous. $69 for a filet that comes with nothing and if you order 2 sides you are $90. I will likely never go back. Our server was VERY slow also but that wouldn’t prevent me from going back.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was phenomenal. Our waitress was outstanding. I cannot say enough about this wonderful experience.
  15. RY

    RichardY

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and atmosphere was very pleasant would recommend anyone how wants a quality meal besides the usual burgers and wings and French fries served at a lot of the restaurants around the area. I will definitely be back Thanks for the outstanding first impression.
  16. RB

    RicardoB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent location. Excellent server. Shortage of bread that turned out to be “pop overs” I.e. Yorkshire puddings. Very odd/usual “bread” tp serve especially in an American restaurant. The kitchen could not keep up with the pip overs. Ours arrived mid meal and mine was cold and undercooked. Otherwise the entree, fish was excellent and my husband said that his was the best pork chop he had ever had! Tender and cooked beautifully
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food! Wonderful all around
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sam, Garrington and Karin made our night very special. Thank You for being so wonderful. Amazing experience and amazing drinks and amazing food.
  19. p

    peggaret

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    A beautiful setting with fabulous service! The food was good, but, the amuse bouche, appetizers and desserts were our favorites!! The crab soup was amazingly velvety and delicious with just a tad bit too much salt. I ordered grilled shrimp app as my dinner and I was disappointed to find they were not actually grilled...still tasty, but, I would not have ordered if I'd known they weren't going to be grilled. So many menu options that I would return to try all the mouthwatering options with the tuna tartare and halibut high on my list. My husband got the pork and enjoyed it! We would return for a special occasion!
  20. BT

    BruceT

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food,drinks and service.
  21. MS

    MarthaS

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bartenders Paul and Barrington were fantastic as was our server Leslie.
  22. RS

    RobertS

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner, food, service, ambiance and value.
  23. S

    Super18

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Excellent food, service was a bit slow, but nothing to freak out about. Gorgeous view of the sunset over the bay. Going back for sure
  24. ER

    EmilyR

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    OBX tends to have mediocre restaurants overall… this place is the exception. Very good!! A little pricey but that’s to be expected with a place like this. We will definitely return in the future.
  25. a

    ayannag

    Jacksonville

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The view of the sunset looked to be spectacular, while I was given the option to wait at the bar since I was 12 min early. The drinks were amazing! Kudos to the bar tender for the snacks, convo and well made drinks. The issue really started when what should have been my table was given to another couple who arrived after me. After noticing this I approached and asked and the young lady apologized. Ok. Sure. We then waited for 40 min to be seated. The manager did Compensate us for our wait with our drinks, but our 8pm reservation at sunset became a 9pm service. The meal was underwhelming as the crab soup did have crab but no crab flavor. The crab Mac and cheese had the same dull effect. Unfortunately this was the theme of our meal. The oysters were superb though. What seemed to be a great opportunity in the Outer Banks, left us feeling very under appreciated. I wouldn’t say the meal was worth the wait.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall1food4service2ambience5
    We made a reservation for 7:45 and were not seated for almost an hour. The manager was spectacular in handling the situation (a few tables that simply would not leave) but if this is a known problem at this time of the evening, they need to anticipate that and take fewer reservations. There were at least 2 or 3 other tables that had similar experiences. That said, the food was very good and the view spectacular.
  27. DN

    DN23

    Key West

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Beautiful space, especially if you’re there for a sunset.
  28. L

    Lex1

    London

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Nice area, but not 4 diamond material. Three menu items were served incorrectly. Scallops were salty, halibut was dry, beef sliders were visibly uncooked, cocktail with missing ingredients, and “fettuccine” was actually cavatappi. Risotto, charceuterie, and bread were good. Additionally, whereas other tables were cleaned with a crumber, ours was not. All in all it was a lack luster birthday experience. It is a shame that Sanderling doesn’t have better options.
  29. ML

    MaryL

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were able to get a last minute reservation for my Daughter’s Birthday. This restaurant was recommended by my sister and it did not disappoint! Our server was super friendly and attentive. The food was spectacular. This is definitely a restaurant I will Recommend to others and definitely come back to again.
  30. AE

    AnnE

    Wilmington

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good good Not enough for price Scallops slightly rubbery
  31. JG

    JaniceG

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Leslie our waitress was very helpful and knowledgeable…food was excellent Pricey but enjoyable meal! Hope they stay open this fall!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kimball’s Kitchen is so worth experiencing! We really enjoyed our dinner there- it was the last night of our vacation. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and professional- the food- from the amuse bouche to dessert- was fantastic! Great cocktails and wines, and a friendly, affable bartender. Highly recommended!
  33. AP

    AmyP

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant and excellent service! Highly recommend.
  34. JH

    JudyH

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The room is lovely, with sunset views of the Sound. The food was uniformly over salted, and the $69 a la carte filet I ordered medium rare was served to me well done. I sent it back and the staff was apologetic and brought me a new, properly cooked steak (actually undercooked, but better) and comped us on the steak. The service was excellent, drinks well prepared, and oysters were served fresh and chilled. Overall an OK experience, but I am not in a hurry to return.
  35. VT

    VT1987

    Richmond

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was a special occasion dinner, and I particularly appreciated the staff's assistance with wine selection and dessert for the evening, acknowledging our celebration. The food was all exceptional. I think my filet may have been the best steak I have ever had anywhere.
  36. N

    Nufed

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Splendid experience for my family. The food was very enjoyable. Staff was friendly , attentive and helpful. We had already checked out of the Sanderling resort but stayed back just to enjoy the food. We all agreed it was worth it.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We love Kimball’s, the food never disappoints. We’ve had some interesting service experiences but nothing that would keep us from returning.
  38. AG

    AGirlFromMD

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance and delicious food for both kids and adults.
  39. M

    Maureen

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dinners we’ve ever had. This includes not only the wonderful meal but also the awesome, warm service from the moment we entered and were greeted by the hostess and taken to our perfect table. Server was personable , knowledgeable and let us sit and talk for a long time before we ordered. The ambiance is impeccable. The food delicious. Expensive but well worth it!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful views and beautiful food

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Kimball's Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 919 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Kimball's Kitchen

1461 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Duck

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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