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Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar

4.6
1116 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Weekdays
5:00pm-1:30am Fridays
5:00pm-11:00pm Saturdays
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Phone number
(252) 261-2546
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Donny King
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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.
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Private party contact
Donny King: (252) 261-2546
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Eckner St.
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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.
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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.
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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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What 1116 People Are Saying
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lovegoodfood (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar, is one of our favorite restaurants in the outer banks. The food is always excellent. I don't think we have ever been disappointed in anything we have ordered. The wine list is excellent also.

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vipSmoothG (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Ocean Boulevard is not only THE best fine dining on the Outer Banks, it truly is on of the best restaurants worldwide. A must for foodies. The lobster bisque was loaded with lobster and had a pleasant sweet flavor. The NY Strip is always perfect and the seafood stew of mussels, clams, shrimp, mahi mahi, cabbage and Brussels sprouts was superb. The red velvet cheese cake and Guiness chocolate cake with homemade scotch vanilla ice cream were a fabulous end to the dinner. The wine list is excellent and we had a bottle of Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir which completed our dinner perfectly. Don’t miss an opportunity to dine here if you love gourmet cooking at its best.

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vipLuv2eat (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Great Mardi Gras atmosphere and food! Loved the 4 dishes we ordered! All excellent!

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vipValentine (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

This was our first visit to Ocean Blvd Bistro. Don't know how we managed to miss this gem during all our previous visits to the OBX. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we returned the following evening for their Mardi Gras event. We will definitely return again whenever we're in the area.

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vipChase (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

My favorite restaurant!

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PatR (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Best Old Fashion I have had in a long time. We also loved our salads, entrees and dessert. It was the second time we had a wonderful server. She is certainly an asset to your restaurant!!

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OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Always good. Warm and comfortable, varied seasonal menu. Good wine list

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vipCalReview (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Ate here several times and always enjoy the creative food. The chef is very good with fusion of flavors. This is highly recommended for "foodies".

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Good food and good service

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btoofind (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on January 11, 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

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Larry (Wilmington)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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".

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OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
5.0  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!

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Obxers (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
4.0  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

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OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
5.0  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.

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BABS (Wilmington)
4.0  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.

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DonnieB (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 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.

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Michael (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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Walter (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 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.

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Fantastic (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

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

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Schatzkammer (Wilmington)
4.0  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.

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vipRita (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

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lucysfriend (Washington DC)
3.0  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.

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Mezzosongbird (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

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

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vipgr8eats (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 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.

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Richard (Wilmington)
5.0  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!

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vipEatingoutwell (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 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.

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vip60somethingfoodie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was great.

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