Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar

4.8
1315 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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DJ
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at the Ocean Blvd is a wonderful experience. Highly recommended for an evening of intimate dining!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always great food. Relatively quiet on an off-season Sunday night. Very enjoyable.

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DL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always enjoyed our sojourns at Ocean Blvd, and value the friendships we've made over the years. It is a special place for us, and, quite frankly, we save our visits for special occasions. We thank the staff for making our experiences so special.

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TD
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply put, Ocean Boulevard is the best restaurant in the OBX. They had a Fat Tuesday event that was quite enjoyable. The New Orleans themed menu, staff and entertainment were great. If you are ever in the OBX, plan on going to Ocean Boulevard. I guarantee you, you will be disappointed.

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l
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always exceptional in every area. easy to make a reservation. enough parking great food excellent service

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CK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Ocean Blvd is one of the few restaurants on the beach road, and has a friendly warm atmosphere. Our server was very good and attentive. The food is good and presented well. Sometimes, dishes have too many ingredients and are a little over the top. But they do seafood and fish very well and the salads are great. It is a little on the expensive side.

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LT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner Friday night was absolutely delicious! We had the flounder/shrimp dish and it was one of the best meals I've ever had. Donnie and Heather plus the staff took wonderful care of us. My suggestion...GO!

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OT
Richmond
100 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Mike is superb at preparing delicious cuisine. Portions were perfect and the flavors were exceptional. We love this place especially at the chefs counter. Fried oyster salad was outstanding as were the chicken livers with hot honey glaze.

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SM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Fancy food without the fancy flavor. Wasn’t impressed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
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 on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was terrific

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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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VC
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fantastic. Pricey

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SG
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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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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
100 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 17, 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 12, 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 12, 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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j
Pittsburgh
35 reviews
Dined on January 4, 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
64 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 30, 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 30, 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
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 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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