Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar

4.8
1306 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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

feb 17

It was a little pricey for wine.
The food was delicious! My steak was perfect!
Service absolutely wonderful Kendall was our waiter

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was terrific

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This a very good restaurant!

My only issue was the way the wait staff was deployed on the night of our visit.. We were assigned a table on the upper level of the restaurant, with six tables in our section. After being seated, we waited a full 20 minutes before we were approached by a waiter, all the while, the other tables were being attended to by other wait staff.

After our waiter finally arrived, he apologized profusely for the wait, and explained that he was assigned two of the six tables in the upstairs dining area, and the rest of his tables were on the main level of the restaurant. Upon observing the other tables, it was determined that there actually 3 waiters assigned to the upper section, each having 2 tables.

This configuration required the wait staff to constantly traverse the stairs in order to properly attend to their two tables. Most inefficient!

It would just seem more reasonable to have one waiter assigned to the six tables in the upper section. Yes, the waiter/waitress would be climbing steps all night, but I don’t imagine any more than they were as it was.

Alas, once our waiter became aware that we were seated in his section, he was most attentive, and the evening was a success.

Food was fantastic!

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DM
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Valentines Day dinner. The rack of lamb was outstanding and the bourbon bacon sauce over apple crisp really good. OB is the best on the beach!

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SG
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly one of the finest restaurants in the world. Our meals have always been outstanding as well as the service. Their Valentines Day special menu was fantastic. Can’t wait to return. See their menus on their website. The preparation goes far beyond any other restaurant.

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VC
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fantastic. Pricey

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JD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the chef's table and enjoyed the food very much. A little more explanation of the food would have been appreciated. Great experience, overall

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AH
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

I love this restaurant the food is always delicious. Very well done. But my boyfriend I are vegetarians and more vegetarian options would be wonderful.

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F
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food that is always prepared in a very different way. Love the use of different flavors and spices. The poke tuna app so good. A definite go to restaurant anytime in obx !!

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BH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our best dining experiences ANYWHERE! Everyone was warm and friendly. The food was just over the top! From cocktails to apps to soup to entrees to coffee and dessert. We would highly recommend.

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LW
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food Not a big menu but everything is delicious but unfortunately prices are high. A true treat!

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GP
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great casual fine dining in the OBX. Interesting diverse menu and good specials. We went twice in a row since there were no other choices of the same caliber nearby.

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LH
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to have a wonderful meal at Ocean Blvd. Favorite memory is 20 years old when we took our oldest grandson for dinner and his Mom d=said we had ruined him for life since he would not eat out anywhere that did not serve creme brule.

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MI
Kansas City
43 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the Manhattans to the chocolate dessert, everything was exceptional. We had the lamb meatball appetizer which was delicious. My husband had the flounder, shrimp and grits special and I had the swordfish. Both were prepared to perfection! Most definitely our favorite place on the OBX for a special dining experience.

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OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. The prices were high as compared to similar dishes at other restaurants, but we would definitely go again! Important note for those with mobility issues: restrooms are on the second floor.

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Richmond
97 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at chefs counter n loved chatting w Chef Mike . Welcome to chef Jay too.
Loved chicken livers n pork belly.
This place is really the best

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BW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife there for her birthday. It was just great. Couldn’t ask for better anything and the food was perfect . Probably the the best we’ve had on the beach.

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OR
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been dining here for many years and are never disappointed; this visit was no different. OB is hard to beat with great service, a nice environment, excellent wine list, and especially good and creative dishes. You won’t regret going here.

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in Kitty Hawk. Fantastic wine list. They made my wife’s 59th Birthday special.

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ST
Pittsburgh
33 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner at OBBistro. The oyster stew, venison and lamb selections were outstanding. Our server Annette took very good care of us from beginning to end. Executive Chef Donny King paid us several visits and made us feel very welcome. We will go back often..

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E
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ocean Blvd always meets & exceeds expectations with ambiance, service, special requests and food quality.
The salads are fresh. The entrees outstanding and generous. We enjoyed the seven lettuce salad with warm bread. The scallop entree with rotolo was superb, not a morsel left on our plates. The filet & venison were outstanding as well. Highly recommend OB for a great all around dining experience. Thank you, Heather & Donny and all your accommodating staff.

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AN
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Ocean Blvd. My go to place for that "special"meal".

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AA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was absolutely wonderful. The atmosphere is very relaxing

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TF
Wilmington
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good. Restaurant was pretty busy but our service was spottier than usual. Will probably skip it on our next visit to the area

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and our server, Tom, was very friendly and super helpful answering all our questions. He’s great!

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SO
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I took friends visiting from Texas for dinner, who had recently purchased a vacation home. We wanted the celebration to be special and we were not disappointed. From making a reservation to our warm welcome, good service and delicious food and beverages, Ocean Blvd Bistro & Martini Bar was a perfect choice.

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RP
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed an excellent meal, start to finish. Would definitely recommend!

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here. Really enjoyed the small plate menu. Perfect amount of food. Also got big plate Mahi-Mahi. Lamb needed some seasoning, but cooked perfectly. Price point was perfect. Conner made several recommendations which were spot-on. We will be back.

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MS
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

High quality restaurant with wonderful food and excellent service. One of the best restaurants on the Outer Banks for gourmet dining and fresh seafood.

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m
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine food,vattention to detail, not just beach food. Great cocktails, menu selection great, staff really great. Must try!

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EB
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Say at the bar for wine and a dinner of bar food. Lamb meatballs and accompaniments were delicious. The tuna poke bowl was so fresh and a perfect dinner portion. And for dessert , the macadamia torte with caramel ice cream was perfectly decadent. The wine pours are always generous. As locals we will see you again soon.

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JL
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting OBX for one night, and wanted somewhere nice to eat. Opentable recommended Ocean Blvd Bistro, and we went for it. Perfectly cooked seafood (one of us got flounder, one tuna, and one swordfish). I'm fussy about seafood, and this was magnificent. Fresh, perfectly cooked, and nicely seasoned.

Our martinis and wine were great, the service was great, and food was great. Highly recommended.

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K
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OB has been our go to place for Thanksgiving Dinner for at least five years. Highly recommend it!

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VG
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a favorite of mine that I enjoy on almost every visit to the beach! Great selections with delicious side dishes and wonderful desserts!

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L
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another fabulous time and wonderful food. Love it!

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G
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there for our anniversary weekend get away. I must say the dining experience was excellent the service was excellent and the food was outstanding from the New York strip steak to the scallops .It was a wonderful excellent dining experience in you will love it we plan on coming back.

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OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can barely describe how wonderful the food was! My husband ordered roast chicken and I had lamb chops. All of the sides were super flavorful. Very creative combinations of flavor with every vegetable dish.
We also ordered one dessert to share. It was a type of molten chocolate cake with a raspberry sauce and whipped cream. Beautiful presentation on every dish.
The restaurant itself is lovely inside and elegant but not pretentious at all. The waiter, Brian, was knowledgeable and professional. Even the young hostess was memorable. Can you tell I loved this place? Only wish I could get back there soon!

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EE
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food in a classy setting, both of which are unusual for this area.

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LH
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of our favorites. Great food and wonderful wait staff.

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S
Wilmington
23 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been experiencing Ocean Blvd for years and always wonderful. Excellent service and food. We especially like the wine selections.
This visit there were friends with us that had never been. They were extremely pleased.

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