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Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

2106 N Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-7946
+1 252-441-5955
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (271 reviews)
“hush puppies” (90 reviews)
“crab balls” (24 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill, Gluten Free Options
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2106 N Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-7946
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Spent a few days in Nags Head - spotted Awful Arthur's around lunch time - looked like a good place to stop. We were impressed immediately - very nice, but relaxed setting - service was very attentive. Our server recommended the seafood (shrimp, etc.) chowder...More

Thank Billk54
Reviewed 1 week ago

my wife and I always visit Awful Arthur's a few times when we come to Outer Banks. She loves the lobster bisque, I like the clam chower. My wife likes the steamed clams, I like the shrimp. Any meal we have had has been good.

Thank Steve C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We all had soup for starters. I had the shrimp and lobster bisque. It was wonderful! The guys had the clam chowder and the other guest had the soup of the day. They were all great! We then had appetizers . The crab dip and...More

Thank Pr614
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for dinner last night and walked into quite the crowded place. We were told it would be at least an hour wait but we were welcome to go wait upstairs and someone would come and get us when our table was available....More

Thank van233
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoy visiting awful arthur's on almost every trip to the OBX. It's un-fussy and casual, but solid food. They have the best hushpuppies in town! It is a small space so it's not great for larger groups. They have good lunch specials which is...More

Thank Lindsay S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We weren’t that hungry so we ordered some apps and they were good! Waitress was good as well. Hostess.... not so good. She is the 1st person you see and she did not have the personality for that position.. I don’t think she smiled once.....More

Thank AmyF1965
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Off season so no wait. Very friendly waitress. Fried flounder was nicely breaded & 2 large pieces. Shells on steamed shrimp were hard to peal, prob could have steamed a couple more minutes. Corn & shrimp chowder was delicious! Little pricey for lunch.

Thank Gayle G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I make a point to stop by Awful Arthur's once or twice every visit to the Outer Banks. This year was no exception. It's a no frills kinda place, but the seafood is good, particularly the steamed shrimp, plump, juicy, and flavorful...More

Thank Tedith
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Haven't been to this restaurant for a good couple of years. Unfortunately, it was not what we remembered. Maybe the reason it is called "Awful" Arthur's is because it is! We had to sit at the bar, so I watched the server behind the bar...More

Thank friendlyskies00
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

Awful Arthur's has stood the test of time. They have always served great local seafood and been quite the hotspot. They have an upper bar with views of the ocean and they are conveniently located right across from the Avalon Fishing Pier.

Thank davidkessler2017
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Response from Kevin O | Reviewed this property |
Yes, best oyster wow!
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Response from matthew n | Reviewed this property |
I have only been in the summer - Sorry --
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2106 N Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-7946
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kill Devil Hills
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-5955
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