Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar

4.8
1394 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martini Bar is an upscale dining restaurant on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We are open nightly for dinner and drinks through all seasons. We pride ourselves in using fresh local and regional ingredients, in season, to create interesting and flavorful meals. We have a comprehensive wine list and have been awarded "Best of the Beach - 2014-2017" for our Martini Bar. We also have an oceanside patio, across the street from the beach, for drinks and waiting. If your reservation can not be completed online, please call us at 252-261-2546 to inquire about special seating arrangements.

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:15PM - 10:00PM

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Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice anniversary dinner

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Columbus
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this dinner was impressive. The bread, the drinks, the soup, salads and desert were all 5 stare. The staff was attentive and the dining area is also very unique. A little on the pricey side, but we'll worth it.

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TB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Have been returning for many years and I have never been disappointed. Good to know the OBX skillet is still available, even if it is now on the secret menu.

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BB
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Bar Service a bit slow on the uptake but well done with the final product signature Martini! Dinner Service with Brian was excellent! Knowledgeable of the recipes, reciting specials and insights to standard dishes. Jamaican Jerk Pork Chop was LUCIOUS! Seared scallops were tender and on point! See ya' soon!

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Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding cocktails, outstanding food with generous portions, outstanding service. The tables were jammed together so that you couldn’t help hear conversations on either side of you and the overall noise level was distracting and also made conversation difficult. Our opinion is that for the prices being charged we should enjoy greater separation of tables and reduction of noise.

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RR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dining experience. Food quality and atmosphere is fantastic. We will return and strongly recommend to others.

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

Very nice place to enjoy a great dinner. Excellent service. Reservation was spot on time. Seated immediately. Drink order came quickly and explained perfectly. Loved the Martini menu. Very expansive wine list. Our waiter Brian was outstanding. Food was excellent. Specials were explained perfectly. The desert menu finished off the night. Outstanding dinning experience.

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Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

While the food was outstanding as always, the service was distracted and uneven. And it looks just a bit tired. However, definitely recommend it for the wonderful flavor profiles of the food and freshness of the ingredients.

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ocean Boulevard never disappoints - love, love, love!

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our party of three had 7:15 pm reservations and was promptly seated upstairs in a semi-private room. Our waiter seemed a bit nervous but was very helpful and sweet. The food did take a while to arrive, but I’m happy to sit for some extra time drinking wine in order to wait for complete freshness. We ordered two swordfish specials and a barrelfish special and they were absolutely delicious! Highly recommend this restaurant.

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SL
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal with each course tastier than the prior. Friendly, attentive service from Brad who offered great recommendations. My favorites were the salad with almonds & strawberries, tasty salmon with black rice, asparagus, and buttered beans, and the oh-so-yummy macadamia tart with cinnamon ice cream and caramel. All enjoyed with sips of my mango vodka/pineapple juice martini! Perfect meal! I could eat this every day!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, love that you can see right into the kitchen!

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R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We sat upstairs which would be great for a date night but was a little weird for a group of friends. The food was phenomenal and I think the downstairs ambiance would be great for a group of friends or a more casual experience.

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TB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall a wonderful dining experience. 2 things I would like to comment on. The additions to the menu while described by the waiter should also include the price. Although I expected to pay more than usual for a restaurant in OBX, $14 for a half bowl of she crab soup is pricey. Secondly, the main entree for two of our diners was a menu addition as well and one of them astutely realized that the polenta with goat cheese side was missing. This was rectified but a dish should be complete before being served. This is a great restaurant with an attentive staff and delicious food!

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BH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous crab cakes, but honestly you just can't go wrong with any entree here. Great wine list, attentive service, and a dessert list to die for.

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

Both my husband and I ordered off of a separate dinner menu that didn't include the "frills". There is no need to reinvent the wheel. A well cooked piece of snapper does not need to have a cinnamon fraiche, the taste of the fish should speak for itself. Also, remove the bloodline! You will lose little meat and your fish will taste much better.

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

Amazing martinis and food. Cannot say enough good things about this place. Especially love sitting at the chef's counter and checking out all the possibilities.

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W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Treated us great to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Great service and the food was terrific. Highly recommend the duck! Will return

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TK
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome experience at Ocean Blvd, as usual. Filet, duck breast, and lamb were perfectly cooked, and the veggie and potato sides were delicious. Asparagus soup with cheese and bacon was a special treat. Although the creme brulee was yummy, the house-made caramel ice cream was over the top! A lovely meal with a long-time friend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We love you! For whatever reason, we have been seated next to very loud guest twice in a row.

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Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing the food was so delicious the service was impeccable definitely would love to come again!!

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RJ
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best of OBX. Modern and comfortable at the same time. My neighborhood favorite.

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BH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only our second visit but will not be our last. Food was outstanding as well as the service. Celebrated our 24th anniversary and the staff were so friendly and seated us at a table facing the ocean. It was a perfect evening!

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KD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The crab cake dinner is our favorite!!! It was amazing from the first bite until the last bite! The martinis never disappoint and the chocolate dessert we had was outstanding!!

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CC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fresh, eclectic, well thought out and well paired. They all work as a team with the goal to satisfy their customers. Can't wait to go back!

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NL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't want to write too good of a report because I am selfish and want to be able to get reservations!! But to be fair, I love that you can get reservations in an area that normally doesn't appreciate a diners time. Their service is unbelievable. I have been there many times and food comes quickly, the service staff is on the ball and water glasses never get to the bottom. The food is NY quantity with the flair of the Outer Banks. And desserts are a must! Now, forget I said the above.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time! Loved the blue cheese stuffed olives in our dirty martinis. Dinner for all 6 of us was delicious and we had a great night!

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M
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and wine with a very attentive wait staff. Love it!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere!

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FG
Las Vegas
43 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is awesome! We were in the Outer Banks for 4 nights in this was by far our favorite restaurant. The ambiance is great in the food it's delicious. The drinks were also great.

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Wilmington
15 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food as always!!! Definitely recommend the lamb chops. We tried the appetizer special and it was delicious.

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PM
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service and inviting ambiance. Service was prompt, knowledgeable and friendly. All courses arrived at the proper temperature and food for all four guests was served simultaneously. The food was delicious and all guests were more than satisfied with the menu item they had chosen. Four different deserts were chosen and they were all shared and all were excellent.

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RH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and service were perfect.

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JM
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have dined at OBlvd quite a few times and this is the first that was a little disappointing. When we visit the Outer Banks, and eat out, we usually order fresh fish, often one of the specials. This time, it seemed like the chef was trying too hard to make some sort of culinary statement by combining many different flavors on the plate with the fish. It was a little much. A simpler approach would have been better in our opinions. YMMV. In any event, quality of the food and service was excellent.

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j
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food!!

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SH
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The creativity, presentation and taste of all food and beverage is consistently superb! Thank you also to Tom Sloan for his friendly, knowlegeable and professional service. Ocean Boulevard is a treat and a pleasure!

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MB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Karen was great, as well as the food. The lamb meatball where some of the best I have ever had.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Halibut was excellent and the service was too. A smaller cozy place with a good selection of wine and bottled beer. Love the bread.

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M
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ocean Blvd is my favorite fine dining restaurant on the OBX.

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KL
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant and we've been coming here for years - I think my husband and I just didn't order the right things - instead of my beloved lamb chops I ordered the salmon and instead of scallops he had the lamb meatballs and a salad. We both thought the seasoning on the salmon and meatballs was very bland which isn't the norm. So of course we'll be back and probably order our "go to's" next time!

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