About Kimball's Kitchen
Located on the Soundside of the Sanderling Resort, Kimball’s offers glorious view of the Currituck Sound and its inspiring sunsets, outstanding service and a world class menu.
Spotlighting Certified Angus Beef, freshly caught local seafood and oysters, the restaurant creates a great dining experience with an upscale coastally casual environment. Daily pasta and risotto specials are accompanied by an extensive Wine Spectator wine and champagne list. Children are welcome and are served smaller portions of the standard menu with a 50% price break.
“Resort Chic” – Relaxed business dress. Dress pants or shorts with a collared shirt for the gentleman and comparable resort wear for the ladies. We ask that you leave the beach behind along with any hats, denim or casual attire.
Please contact the restaurant directly at 252-261-8419 for parties of 6 or more.
Duck, NC 27949
Hours of Operation:
Blonde Onyx Bar: 5pm - closing
April 30th-October 24th: 6:00pm-10:00pm seatings available
(Please contact the restaurant directly at 252-261-8419 for parties of 6 or more.)
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Chef du Cuisine Dan Grunbeck
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
The restaurant is available November- April for private events. During season it is available Sunday and Monday.
2nd time at Kimbal's . It remains a very good restaurant choice on the Outer Banks. Nice location and very well done modern restaurant layout. Open kitchen with the head chef watching over the dishes as they are prepared and served. Food is very good to excellent. It is not cheap....but also reasonable for the quality it presents. We will be back again. Enjoyed it ...and took friends there this visit. Thanks to the staff and kitchen .
An elegant restaurant for when you want to get away from sun screen, flip flops and deep fried foods. The menu includes many wonderful selections. The veal chop was superb and the oysters entrée was the best my wife has tasted. They have an extensive wine list. Appetizers and deserts were also a hit. The service is spot on and the bartender makes a great martini. The tables are far enough apart which allows you to enjoy quiet conversation. The view is great as well. We vacation in the Outer Banks every year and Kimball's Kitchen will always be included in our plans.
Usually excellent so may have just been an off night. Service was great. Food is where it feel short. Had the seafood tower the lobster and shrimp were excellent but the oysters were below average you would expect a selection of good oysters here but all are very average. This evening three from VA and one from NY. Had the filet and mushroom bread pudding both were just warm, always served on a metal plate which is usually hot but this too was cold? Both were better as leftovers next day at the right temperature. The bread pudding was also just warm but the portion was huge and had excellent flavor. The bread has been disappointing this year it is served with a lovely trio of butter, salt and oil but the let down is a choice of whole wheat or sourdough roll you can find in the supermarket. Wine list has shrunk over the past few years but still has some nice selections.
What a wonderful place. The staff paid attention to all details, showed great teamwork but yet was unobtrusive. The food was excellent. My husband stated it was the best swordfish he had ever had. My pasta with truffle and poached duck egg was out of this world. We wish we lived closer! Well worth every penny.
It was a good experience overall, but there were definitely problems. One, I asked several questions on my reservation request and no one responded. Guess you don't actually read them? Two, it was very loud. I was hoping to have a conversation with my wife of 25 years (that's what we were celebrating) but we had to shout most of the time. Not fun. Three, my wife ordered a margarita, salted, on the rocks, but apparently your bartender felt his special recipe was better than anyone else's. My wife's lips were on fire because you use jalapeno's in your recipe. It would have been nice if it were mentioned when we ordered it, but she tried to drink it. However, she had to send it back for a new one since she just couldn't take it. The waiter took it back and when he returned it was the exact same drink only more diluted. Really? She took one sip, called the waiter and had to tell him that she wanted one that did not include anything related to jalapeno's. The one she ended up with was sub-par at best. Finally, the steak she received was terrible. I can cook one better than that and I'm not a chef! For the price we paid for this dinner, I expected things far better than this. I guess some folks just accept what you do since you're so "upscale", but us normal folks think your restaurant needs lots of work. We will not be returning and not recommending it to anyone. Least to say, we were very disappointed. It ruined everything good about your restaurant.
This was our second visit to Kimball's Kitchen. Last year's dinner was good but there was room for improvement. This year we decided to try it again and I'm sorry to say this visit was less satisfying than the last. 4 of 8 dinners were good 3 were ok but one was almost inedible. This one was the $36 Kobe burger with an egg on top. It was sent back to the kitchen to have the egg cooked because the egg white was not at all. The taste was very bland and my guest could not get over the mushy texture and the strong metallic taste. He is not new to Kobe beef and has enjoyed it numerous times while living in NYC.
Aside from the mediocre food, the service was poor at best. We were never asked if we would care for another cocktail and had to ask for our water glasses to be refilled. The waiter never returned to ask how the food was either. In fairness, the manager did return after the burger was brought back out and asked how it was. After hearing how disappointed my guest was with the meal, he indicated that he would take it off the bill, but never did. I'm sorry to say that we will not return to this restaurant. It's very unfortunate that the food and service is not better because the location and ambience have such potential.
My husband and I had a great anniversary dinner at Kimballs. Nice cocktail and wine list. Amazing sunset views over Currituck sound. Very nice place without being pretentious. Fairly small and quiet. Good for conversation. We were happy with everything we ordered. She crab soup and oysters rockefellar for starters. Both very good and would recommend. Fresh catch was tile fish over wild mushroom risotto and was delIcious. My husband got the strip steak and enjoyed that as well. They finished us with a couple macaroons. Would definitely go again for a special occasion when back out that way!
Went scrambling for a dinner reservation on a change-over day in Corrola and was able to grab a last minute table for 2 at Kimball's on Open Table. My wife and I split the tuna app and both had the filet (she had the herb butter which was terrific, I went the au poivre route which was ok - not great) along with the creamed spinach and mashed potatoes. Everything was very good. The most exciting thing was the first solid wine list they offered. They were sold out of the bottle we wanted, but the sommelier made an outstanding recommendation - if you like cabs, try the Ghost Block). We'll be back next year!
We all enjoyed the experience and food. I ordered the 28oz wagyu ribeye, it was worth the price. My wife had the filet, it was excellent as well. The service was also very good. A true fine dining experience. The best steak I've had on the OBX without a doubt. It's expensive but I think it's worth it. I will return the next time I'm here on vacation.
The atmosphere and service at Kimball's Kitchen is wonderful and very unique with being right on the water. Our service was great and the staff was very attentive. I do have to admit the food was not as good as I had anticipated. The oysters and cocktails were great but my salad was over salted and the main dish for what I paid could have been more flavorful.
Very good food. Staff responsive to request to move reservation up a half hour. Spotty table service...did not feel we had adequate attention from our waitress--slow wine delivery; tried to take the men's orders before the ladies and so forth. Food servers were okay except they removed plates before we were all finished eating. We generally thought the level of wait staff professionalism should have been much higher considering what Kimball's promises and the prices charged.
Beautiful interior; reasonably priced wine and good selection. Creative options for entrees. Very nice presentation of food. Way too dark to read the menu and to see the red snapper on my plate.
One of our diners had to return steak a few times to get it right. Two other steaks were fine. Pasta course was bland (no salt) rack of lamb was mediocre at best and not worth the price . Dessert sorbet selection was unusual and the addition of black pepper was distracting. The sunset was amazing but not worth the cost
overall, a high priced dining experience in a really nice spot. decor was very well done but it has very high ceilings with lots of wood, so the sound bounces around like a ping pong ball. It was almost impossible to hear any one at our table of 4. Service is on the slow side. 60 minutes from sitting down until we were served our food. one steak was over done and the staff responded very quickly to replace it. the presentation of the food for all our meals was very well done.
For these prices in a major city, you would expect a higher level of attention and service. potentially on the island, that is too high of an expectation. but very good food, presented well, in a very loud environment where you are not eating in a hurry.
Very much enjoyed our time at Kimball's Kitchen. Very high-end restaurant with fantastic sunsets looking out over the Sound. Loved the ambiance. I do wish the tables slightly smaller and a little bit lower. I found myself rather far away from my date!
Worth the expense and would dine here again.
Kimball's was a very pleasant surprise on the Outer Banks. The restaurant is on the Sanderling Resort campus. Short walk across the street. The restaurant itself is modern and beautifully done inside. Greeted by friendly staff, and seated immediately. The two ladies doing our service with personable and made the evening that much more pleasant. We had a nicely done melon salad. Very nicely presented and great overall. Our dinners were recommended by the wait staff. Perfectly cooked and fit for any foodie. The desert was a little less up to expectations. Some very good elements...others less successful. Notably a peach sorbet with thyme. The herb overwhelmed the base sorbet.
Of special note...the open kitchen...with the Exec chef obviously directing the kitchen staff....and checking every plate making its way out of the kitchen. That exceptional quality control at Kimball's , or lack thereof in some other establishments..... has been a major flaw in several high end restaurants we have visited. Not here....the Exec Chef and kitchen were efficient. Timely...and they delivered on every dish. Our thanks for an excellent dinner and experience.
the oysters rockefeller was the best i have ever had. The cream sauce was extremely delicious. I will be going back just to get them. The waitstaff was on point and energetic about their jobs. beautiful transition from wine to appetizer to meal to dessert.
Very warm and friendly service. Wine list could add some variety in pricing as the mark-up is considerable. Ambience is great overlooking the sound and the open kitchen. Would love to have a dining bar at the kitchen, but looks like they used that for food service.
I think the food was good. However, the entrees took an hour and fifteen minutes to get to our table; we watched as diners who arrive after we did got their meals and finished eating and left. So our levels of upset were too high to really enjoy the food.
We repeatedly requested that our food be brought to us.
When I spoke to the manager by phone after arriving home, he assure me that he would email an invitation for a free meal. He did not.
The wine was very good; the appetizer and the salad were good. But the overall service left so much to be desired and the lie told by the manager are too off-putting to recommend this restaurant.
The service was the worst we have experienced in a restaurant of this caliber. My husband had to ask the hostess who our server was after 15 minutes of waiting. We then waited another 5 minutes before being acknowledged. Cocktails took 15 minutes to be delivered and on and on it went. Dinner for 3 people took 3 hours. Tables all around us turned over once. We won't go back again despite the fact that the food is really good and inventive. It was torture to sit there.
Our server Leslie and Sara were excellent! They added so much to the overall evening. Everything we ordered was delicious. The views were spectacular. The outside of the building does not do the inside justice. We were all pleasantly surprised by the ambiance. The next time I am in the OBX area I will be making sure I have at least one dinner here.
Three of us went this time.
TRUFFLE POTATO GAUFRETTES - Very uniform and well fried, but NO truffle taste, also needed a dipping sauce, you just get a bowl of chips.
FAT BOY DIVER OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER TRIO - Excellent (only thing we loved)
A-5 WAGYU BEEF CARPACCIO - Was ok, nice mushrooms
PROSCIUTTO ENCRUSTED WANCHESE SCALLOPS - ok
KOBE BEEF AND FOIE GRAS BURGER - Two of us got this. Terrible, tasted like old ground chuck, smelled, didn't even finish. Would rather have a royal red robin burger. :) Complained twice to waitress but she just shrugged and the second time offered to take money off. That wasn't the point. Second time we asked if they were sure it was fresh?
Skipped dessert and macaroons at end were good.
Bread was good.
Service was spotty
We still miss the Left Bank.
Overall I would rate the restaurant very good. That said, we had reservations for 8:15 pm and were not seated until 915 pm. Upon arrival we were told it would be about "15 minutes" before the table was ready. By the time we were seated several tables were empty. We never did receive any kind of explanation. In the end, once seated we had a very nice evening.
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