Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar

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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.

Specials

Half off Sparkling Wines!

Every Sunday, we offer Sparkling wines (Champagne, Prosecco, Moscato, etc.) at 50% off as our way of celebrating with you! Enjoy yourself however you would like - by the glass or bottle, with a casual visit at the bar or on the patio or with a full meal in the dining room!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 3, 2019

Ends: August 4, 2118

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-10:00PM

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM
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Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and cocktails!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice food options.

J
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner, service and great atmosphere

K
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a find! We were able to wrangle a reservation (like gold on the Outer Banks, where most restaurants will not take reservations). Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable, and steered us to delicious martinis and a great bottle of wine. The food was some of the best I have had on the Outer Banks, and that's saying quite a bit. My friend and I ordered fish--hers was medium, mine was rare--and both were cooked to perfection, along with delicious sides. The meal was leisurely--although they were packed, we never felt rushed to leave. It's a charming place, a bit on the loud side, but given all its other charms, we would definitely recommend it and will definitely be back.

D
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As it is every year, dinner at Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar is the capper on our week at the Outer Banks! We look forward to our “date night,” and the staff never disappoints! Food was lovely (She Crab Soup is a great starter)! The Dirty Martini was tasty! See you all in 2020!

KJ
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wine, wonderful service by Heather. Fun birthday celebration for 2 couples. Rave reviews for lamb chops, beef filet, tuna and duck large plates. Tuna sashimi was highest praised appetizer. Two bottles of Napa cabs ... Favorite was Honig and Conn Creek was very good for the price, but lacked the full body of the Honig. Macadamia nut tart with caramel ice cream was shared by all 4 of us -- fantastic flats complete with Happy Birthday in chocolate!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So lovely! Food was amazing and creative! Great wine selection, too! My group had the duck, snapper, and swordfish and we were all very pleased. The sauteed calamari is a hit! Better than your typical fried calamari. Our server, Tom, was very polite and refreshing! Very kind and made us feel at home! Will definitely come back next time we're in town!

SG
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The crab cake was to die for. Never had one this good but only served in the summer. The New York Strip is consistently outstanding. The Cheesecake very creamy and also outstanding. Truly the best restaurant you will ever eat in.

Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar
Responded on August 20, 2019

Thank you so much for the compliments, SmoothG! We're glad you enjoyed your visit with us!

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JH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Soup was served barely heated; sent back to kitchen for warming. Cobia( daily specialty) was somewhat dry and poorly seasoned. Not at all tasty; though very designer-presented. Great server. Not our usual taste experience at OB.

DJ
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as usual!👍

CL
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best upscale dining on the beach. Terrific food and solid wait staff. Heather and Donny are great hosts.

Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar
Responded on August 20, 2019

Well Thank You, Camille! We enjoy what we do, and appreciate your visiting us! See you soon!

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JP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner and service
Extremely satisfied with all dishes, especially Tuna, Scallops, Calamari, and Tenderloin.

Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar
Responded on August 20, 2019

We are so glad you enjoyed it, Jennifer! See you soon!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was terrific. You can tell the food is well executed and the flavors are layered and pretty exceptional. The wine and martini selection is vast and the service was excellent. No complaints whatsoever. I’ll definitely be back on my next trip to OBX.

DC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drinks, wine and food were fantastic. The portions are actually pretty big so we probably over ordered – the appetizers are almost more main dish size, but all were very flavorful and great.

IT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent! Specials all sounded great. We ended up getting the Shrimp bruschetta. The bread was soaked in a sauce which kinda ruined the dish. main dishes were good but nothing to rave about. Great for a quick bite but wouldn’t recommend if you wanted to get blown away.

ME
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner for my daughter’s birthday. The food is best on the beach and the service is top notch, but also personable. Try their seven lettuce salad, you’ll be hooked.

Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thank you! We were glad to be part of her celebration! That Seven Lettuce Salad does it every time! ;)

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service. All 8 of us had a wonderful dinner. Would definitely return.

L
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, bottle of bubbly was half price and surroundings were nice! Definitely going to return!!

R
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Sat at kitchen table, magic at work!

KH
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and we will definitely be back next time we are at the beach.

M
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service and a really nice meal. Building and decor a little dated.

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a nice spot and the food had a bit of flair to it (and that’s good!). One complaint: the steak was ordered medium and it came out medium well.
Really good bread!!

f
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love OB and have been coming for years. This is our annual date night on the family vacation so we have some quiet time together..
The Fried Chicken Livers were YUMO as were the Fried Green Tomatoes.

My swordfish was very good but just shy Of overcomes and the BLOB of sauce on it was pushed aside. Should be a buttery sauce. The risotto underneath was AMAZING! My wife’s pork chop perfect!

Special shout out to the bartender who was soo nice and made an excellent Manhattan. Also our server who was very nice.

OT
Raleigh
38 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I arrived on a busy Thursday evening, and were promptly seated in an upstairs room with an ocean view. I ordered a classic gin martini (since "martini" is in their name), which was perfection. I also ordered one of the "specials": grilled swordfish with saffron risotto, fave beans, okra, and andouille sausage, which was sublime! My husband had the tuna steak with shrimp, wrapped in a banana leaf; also superb. They had a tuna poke bowl on the appetizer menu, which we didn't order, but the adjacent table raved about. We did sample the desserts; the key lime cheesecake and the blueberry sorbet were both pleasing. Service was a tad slow, I think they were trying not to rush us... decent wine list; low noise level upstairs, a little louder in the large downstairs room. We are looking forward to going back!

SL
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Unfortunately, our experience at this restaurant was far from what we expected. Every year we make sure that we make a reservation at this restaurant because the food is so good; however, our latest experience failed to rise to our expectations. The service we received was inadequate because it appeared that our waitress was inexperienced. We waited a long time for our drinks and bread and eventually had to ask for the bread to be delivered to our table. Menus were not removed from the table until we asked our server to remove them. One of our meals, a pork chop, was undercooked, and I mean it was RAW in the middle. Our waitress did not check on us and did not appear until the end of our meal. It seemed that attention went to all of the other tables around us, but we seemed to be in a vacuum. As we left the restaurant, I did complain with the owner/chef of the restaurant. He promised to make it up to us on our next visit, but it is doubtful he will remember us if we return a year later! More attention to what is coming out of the kitchen in terms of quality control is needed. There is no excuse for undercooked food! I took the meal home intending to recook it but decided to throw it out instead.

RM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We found Ocean Blvd Bistro to be an enjoyable dinning experience on the beach. Reservations are highly recommended. We went a little early to sit at the bar and have a martini before dinner. The Bartenders were very friendly and were making excellent drinks.
Our dinner's were the tile fish special and crab cakes. Both were very good, an excellent portion size and beautifully presented. Service was good with an attentive waiter who was knowledgeable about the menu.
This is an upscale restaurant on the beach road with a friendly and happy staff. Ambiance in the restaurant was pleasant with appropriate decoration. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there

RO
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the chefs counter and had a wonderful experience tonight. Great service, the dood was fantastic and great value. I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant!

PM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really did enjoy our meal, the service and will definitely come back when I am in Nags Head again !!!

JT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on the outer banks

BT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ocean Blvd. is always the Dining Out highlight on our OBX summer vacation and this past Thursday was really great. The asparagus soup and New York strip steak were delicious. The atmosphere was warm and friendly as usual.

LN
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They treated us like royalty for our anniversary with a special dessert and even put my flowers in the cooler to stay fresh. Delightful staff and wonderful food!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very well taken care of. Food and service were great

Z
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my 1 year anniversary and had an amazing dining experience. Would highly recommend to any couple interested a special dining experience

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our food tasted amazing!! So so good!

OT
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Excellent food.

F
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food. Interesting combination of flavors. One of the best places in obx

KM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an awesome night out. We were seated at the chef's table, which we understood since it was just the two of us, and a bust beach weekend. We are excited to experience the ambiance of the main dining area. Our dinner/drinks were delicious.

O
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice anniversary dinner

OT
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
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.

TB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
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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