Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar

4.8
1996 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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ScottJ
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food, amazing desserts and well done craft cocktails. Special occasion location for us and never been disappointed.

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Marty
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu and wonderful preparation. Staff are equally wonderful. We went back 2 nights later to enjoy this restaurant again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service from Cameron!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience as always. Our server was wonderful.

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birder700
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good place to celebrate a special occasion. We split a salad and each had an entree. My husband loved his lamb. The fresh tuna had too much pepper for my taste. No room for dessert. Todd was a fine waiter

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ShellyJ
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening. Ambiance, food and service were all over the top. We can’t wait to have an O Blvd experience again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best dining experience on the Outer Banks!

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vipruss
Wilmington
106 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ocean Blvd continues to be one of the best restaurants on the OBX. Food was excellent, well prepared, and nicely served. Oksana was a wonderful server, and provided warmth and good advice for our meal choices

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LauraP
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints ! Brought my co-workers diverse group of 4 , one very picky eater and one vegetarian, they were all very impressed and stated they couldn’t wait to bring others back to try it. I always enjoy this restaurant.
My #1 pick on the OBX

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VerySatisfied
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner - outstanding tuna, caesar salad and dessert.

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LindaW
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ocean Boulevard never disappoints! The menu was varied but every dish we had was perfect. Wish we had saved room for dessert!

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WayneD
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wide selection of wines. Excellent Scallops and awesome accommodating waiter (Cameron).
Will definitely return

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HANKG
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Our third night in a row eating there. Service tonight was very fair. After having Kara two nights in a row, I guess we were spoiled. But the fair service effected our overall enjoyment of the dinning experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall excellent. Server, food, and environment just right.

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MichaelB
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for New Years Eve special meal. Food was EXCEPTIONAL. Service was amazing. A great value for the price. This is a must visit for foodies in the OBX

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SusanS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ocean Boulevard never disappoints! Definitely the most exquisite food in the area. I have celiac disease and the chef and staff are both educated and accommodating. They advise on which dishes are safe for me to eat and will make modifications if necessary. I love it here so much and the holiday prix fixe menus are AMAZING! Shout out to Oksana for her thorough knowledge of menu ingredients and bar stock! We will return soon!

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HANKG
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

NYE special. All courses were very good. Dessert was excellent

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HANKG
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was exceptional, from appetizer to dessert. The sever we had, Kara was one of the best we have ever had. Wonderful place to have a dinning experience.

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Songbird
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Ocean Blvd Bistro for special occasions for over 20 years. We have never had a bad experience.
The staff is knowledgeable, attentive and personable.
The food is outstanding with a simple menu and vegetarian menu available in addition to their superbly crafted main menu dishes.
An extensive wine list is offered in addition to a fully stocked bar and house special martinis.

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vipDebD
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ocean Boulevard. The wait staff are all so courteous and efficient. The food and drink are amazing. My only complaint is that I want everything on the menu!

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WayneE
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We made a reservation a week in advance. The day of the reservation they called and wanted a credit card to secure the reservation. It was an annoying call and it would have been better taking the card when the reservation was made.
Food was excellent except one meal didn’t come and we had to wait for them to make it. Not good for a restaurant of this caliber.
Staff was very well trained.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely service and great food.

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karend
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We had a yummy martini soup and an appetize then shared dessert. Perfect late night meal.

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PatC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. Always a unique experience at Ocean Boulevard.

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Bitsey
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in northern part of OBX.
Last night had 2 Apps for dinner. Vol u Vent with small shrimp and veggies in Feta cream sauce. Out of the world delish! Also beef tips that were very tasty

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vipAnnU
Indiana
21 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed Ocean Blvd just as much as the first time we went. The roasted chicken was the best chicken I have ever eaten!!!

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SusanA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Menu offers something for everyone including vegetarians/ vegans. Went twice during our two week stay in Kitty Hawk.

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TonyaN
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh, inventive dishes. Yum! People were fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening with amazing food and exceptional service.

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Lane
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always top-notch, but am starting to notice a tendency to over-salt. My husband and I both had an appetizer and an entrée. Of the 4 plates, 2 were much too salty for us. Hoping the chef/kitchen staff will address that issue as we all are getting older and need to watch our sodium intake. But again, the food was carefully and lovingly prepared…except for the salt issue.

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vipRLW3
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far, best fine dining restaurant in OBX. Come here at least twice a year when we are in the area and it continues to impress with awesome wait staff, complex and interesting takes on a variety of proteins, really creative and talented kitchen, and probably best Martinis on the planet, and very well balanced wine list as well. No wonder this is such a favorite with locals.

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vipruss
Wilmington
107 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We always enjoy Ocean Blvd. It consistently provides great food and good service. Our meal of puppy drum was very well prepared, and so was the salad. Get the 7 lettuce salad when you're there, it's consistently excellent. Kudo's to our server Cameron as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Windy
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A nice atmosphere with good service. I would recommend for dining.

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vipMICKI
Kansas City
56 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great dining experience at Ocean Boulevard!

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JudyT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was recommended by my niece and I have already recommended it to other friends that come down here often.
Every dish that we had (6) were excellent. Waiter was really great and we got to watch some of type food being prepared.

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Lane
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our 4th time there and as usual, we sat at the bar (first time we’ve encountered a bar that requires reservations, but seeing the bar setup, we understand why) and had a very private experience due to the clear plexiglass-glass partitions that separate each party. We had 3 apps and split an entree and it was more than ample food for 2 foodies. The appetizers and small plates were generous and the food was glorious. Enjoyed every mouthful. Great wine selection. Thoroughly enjoyable dining experience and we will be back.

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SeanB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out favorite dining experience in the OBX. First time with a toddler, but they gave us a little extra room and were flexible with the menu. Couldn't have asked for more!

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ElishaH
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful presentation great service and the food was amazing

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Kleindog
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy our meals here, and this latest dinner was no exception. The food was delicious, the martinis perfectly made, and the service warm and friendly. Our go-to place on the Outer Banks!

FAQs

Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (252) 261-2546.

Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 1996 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.