About Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar

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" for our Martini Bar. We also have an oceanside patio, across the street from the beach, for drinks and waiting.

4700 N Virginia Dare Trail
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Weekdays
5:00pm-1:30am Fridays
5:00pm-11:00pm Saturdays

Cross Street:
Eckner St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(252) 261-2546

Website:
http://obbistro.com/

Entertainment:
After Dinner (10:00pm) on Friday Nights we offer live music with local and regional bands until 1:30am. During the Spring, Summer and Fall, we often have a solo acoustic performer on our Oceanside patio.

Catering:
We are capable of providing food and cocktails for a large variety of events, on- or off-premise. We often host birthdays, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners, pharmaceutical dinners, etc. in the restaurant. For larger events such as wedding receptions and large scale anniversary parties, we can cater in your rental property or selected banquet area with a full scale, personally designed menu.

Parking Details:
Our private lot is on the side of the restaurant by the front door. When the lot becomes full, we have access to alternate lots in cooperation with the Beachwoods Property Group. These parking lots are located just beyond our adjacent lot, to the west.

Executive Chef:
Donny King

Private Party Facilities:
Within the restaurant, we are capable of seating as many as 22 people upstairs for a semi-private event. In our wine room, we can accommodate up to 12. If needed, we can book the downstairs dining area to handle up to 60.

Private Party Contact:
Donny King: (252) 261-2546

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM

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

Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Notable Wine List (22)
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Good for Anniversaries (22)
Local Ingredients (21)
Good for a Date (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Romantic (13)
Worth the Drive (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Authentic (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Cozy (8)
Seasonal (8)
Casual (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Waterfront (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Scenic View (6)
Fun (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Business Meals (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 12, 2018

All was good except we barely !!!sat down the waiter rattled down the specials . It took us a few seconds what he was telling us. That did not sit well with us. In your type of Restaurant we would expect to be seated then after a few minutes being asked if we cared for a drink and when the drinks were delivered then the waiter should/could ask if we would like to hear the Specials. It felt like we were at a fast food restaurant however the food was great and the price justified

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This review concerns the Ocean Blvd Bistro paired wine dinner for New Years Eve. We had been looking for a New Years Eve replacement for the paired wine dinner at Elizabeth's Cafe in Duck, since it closed two years ago. We had a great time and the food and service were excellent. Our only suggestion concerns the size of the food portions. For a five course dinner with paired wines, the food portions were too large. We suggest reducing portion size and using any budget savings to upgrade the wine. This would hopefully improve the quality of this NYE event and maintain the price-break, so it is still affordable. Overall, the best thing I can say is, "we will be back".

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I went to a New Years Eve dinner with 4 friends. We were seated promptly and drink orders taken very quickly. For the occasion, the restaurant had created a 5 course dinner with a nice choice of dishes to choose from. Every course was beautifully arranged and delicious! This is my third New Years Eve dinner at Ocean Boulevard and one of my favorites every time I visit the Outer Banks! Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We love Ocean Boulevard. We are never disappointed. The service is always spot on. The food is creative and nicely presented. We have only once ordered something that missed the mark. It was a soup that was trying to accomplish too many things -- a spicy Thai butternut squash shrimp bisque. It had a LOT going on. It may have been more our palate than the soup itself. However, the spicy wild boar meatballs and cheddar ale made up for it! We look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Ocean Boulevard has been our favorite place to go in OBX. It was the first place we ate when we first can to OBX and we continue to go back. This time we were a little disappointed. Our server Heather was distracted and inattentive. We usually experience excellent service so this was unusual. Food was good but not quite the 5 stars we've experienced in the past. The Jerk pork shank was a disappointing, but the lamb was very good. The appetizers of wild boar meatballs was terrific as were the veal short ribs .

We will be back because it's our favorite. We go every year once or twice and usually give it 5 stars.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our table of 5 had a great time and we all loved our meal and the service.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food was positively wonderful. We were a group of five and everyone enjoyed there meals. Appetizers were awesome and so were the martinis, deserts also were wonderful I’m still thinking about our dining experience at ocean boulevard bistro and martini bar.

Thank you all for making our dining experience a memorable one. Will be back soon. Thanks again

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Always a wonderful experience. Food is always excellent and servers are knowable and gracious. A favorite of our family for many years.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food and food choices are always the best. Only complaint would be that we had to sit for some time before the waiter returned to fill our glasses (tea), and more than once. THat is definitely a pet peeve for me. The place was not that crowded. But after a larger party came in and they were drinking wine, appetizers, etc, which equates to a bigger tip, I think we became an afterthought to our waiter.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Delicious food and excellent service. We have never been disappointed. Ocean Boulevard has become my favorite restaurant. It is always a wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Sunday night off season is great time to go. We were celebrating 2 birthdays in our group. Mike and the kitchen staff prepared a wonderful meal, all perfectly prepared are presented.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is our "go to" restaurant for special occasions! Have never disappointed us. The food is exceptional and the service correct. The restaurant offers a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere. A very successful establishment that offers a superior dining experience. My wife and I highly recommend dining here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went here for their Thanksgiving menu and the choices all sounded amazing and everything we ordered was delicious!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Made Easy
We decided to try the Thanksgiving dinner at the Ocean Blvd Bistro due to packed schedules, coming in from out-of-town for the holidays, etc. We were pleasantly surprised with the fixed price four course dinner, which included several options for each course. We went with the shrimp and grits first course, followed by a soup course, and a traditional Thanksgiving turkey course, plus dessert, a yummy chocolate mousse. Everything was excellent. Great wine list too. The portions were overwhelmingly huge, we ended up taking the main course home. Food quality was very good, service outstanding. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was tasty but the price was steep for turkey, yams, roasted potatoes, a salad, an appetizer and dessert. The coffee wasn't included in the $60.00+ price tag. By the time you add in bar drinks and coffee we were at $90.00 per meal with tip. I would suggest some Thanksgiving decorations as well. We eat here about 6-8 times per year and believe more could have been done to make it feel more festive, more like a holiday.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Dinner was delicious! I will definitely go back again. Service was wonderful!

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We always look forward to dining at Ocean Blvd. Donnie and his staff are welcoming and attentive, the menu is very tasty and the wine list is probably the finest in the Outer Banks.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Consistently great! If you enjoy good food and a great martini this is the place for you! Open year round too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We enjoyed another great evening at Ocean Blvd. It was restaurant week and we all sampled the specials on the menu: pumpkin soup starter was excellent with a nice spice to it. The catfish and Bison meatloaf were well prepared and quite tasty. Martinis and a wonderful red wine blend were enjoyed by all. Heather and Donny continue to raise the bar with personalized service and top notch cuisine.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was great.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Have been dining here for years when we visit the OBX. Professional, great service and exceptional food, not to mention the outstanding wine list!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good as usual but with some of the complex dishes they serve, the kitchen needs to be careful to include all of the ingredients they list ( golden beets in bistro salad)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fantastic meal and great service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Best meal all week at the Outer Banks. Tuna special was fresh and delicious. Our server Annette was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable about the menu.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was our second visit to this unpretentious outer banks restaurant. Our table was near the open kitchen and we enjoyed watching the well choreographed work of chef's team.

From a very creative menu of staples supplemented by nightly specials, we enjoyed excellent food and superb service on a busy Friday evening from our server, Heather. She was very knowledgeable about the menu offerings, and while working with several tables was able to keep service timely.

We ordered wine from a wine list that was in addition to the wines listed on the menu. The price ($42) seemed to good to be true for this central coast pinot noir. When the bill arrived, the price ($55) was indeed more in line with what I would have expected. We didn't dispute this, but would suggest wine menu prices and vintages be up to date.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Chef Mike did the chicken livers absolutely perfect. The pork shank n short ribs also were fabulous. We sooo look forward to our times at OB. Thanks agdin for a terrific meal

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We had the snapper, shrimp with fried green tomato dish and a special, swordfish, I think and both were excelled. Entree big plates are a little pricey at $30 plus is a bit high for everyday dining but quality of our dishes was excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 8, 2017

For the second year in a row, O Bistro was our favorite meal in the OBX. Last year we enjoyed great entrees and this year we decided to got the small plate route.
Each dish was a unique treat. Our choices were the shrimp and grits, the Ahi tuna and a boar meatball over pasta special.
Again, we found a great wine on the list. This year a 2011 Malbec.
Service is excellent as is the atmosphere.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Ocean Boulevard is a long time favorite on the Outer Banks. Excellent service, local seafood, and a deep wine list combine for one of our most anticipated meals of the year. I wish we lived closer!!

Tags: Seasonal, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Very nice birthday meal with my girlfriends and they provided a wonderful birthday desert! Food was inspired and creative with perfect seasoning (not too salty!) Salad was abundant and tasty dressing on the side. Service was impeccable.
The only down side was it was very loud and there was no music that Saturday night while we were there.
Otherwise, a great experience and wonderful place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Love, love this place . Always go there when we are at the Outer Banks.

Tags: Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Our seats were at the counter right in front of the kitchen. Such a personal touch. The lamb was fabulous and our server was pleasant.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We make it a habit to eat at this restaurant every time we are on the Outer Banks. The food, service and atmosphere are second to none.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Ocean Blvd is a staple to our visit to the Outer Banks. Every year we schedule our Friday night date here. This year as every year the staff, the ambiance, and the food were outstanding. Heather is our go to waitress and for good reason, she know her customers. This year's visit we were suggested to try the bean soup as one of the appetizers, we were not disappointed. We look forward to next visit. Thank you M&M SHEPARD

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 21, 2017

My favorite restaurant on the Outer Banks. Love having the duck dinner. Food is always well prepared. Very much a “step up”!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Wonderful menu. Great Service. The timing of the meal was very good. Excellent desert options and yummy coffee.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

My wife and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary at Ocean Blvd. The atmosphere was very nice, the staff was attentive, and the food was exceptional. Martinis followed by wine, and a beer ( or 2 ) for me..It was a very special night, with a very special Lady!

Thanks Donny and staff for making our Anniversary such a wonderful evening!

David Mc--Kitty Hawk

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Good food and service but very noisey. It is convenient that the restaurants takes reservations

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Perfect as always. Love it here. Food outstanding. Heather is a great waitress

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Waterfront, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Casual, Great Beer
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