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.
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 Restaurant, View, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
The restaurant is available November- April for private events. During season it is available Sunday and Monday.
Kimball's Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
Great seafood and steak selection!
Great seafood and steak selection!
Wait staff and management were wonderful ...
Wait staff and management were wonderfully attentive. Ahi tuna was perfect!
I think our dinner resembled a Saturday ...
I think our dinner resembled a Saturday Night Live skit from a few years ago mocking an arrogant New York restaurant. When we were served the shrimp and grits appetizer and the farro salad, we honestly thought someone was joking with us. For $18.75 the appetizer was one teaspoon size gritscake and 2 medium size shrimp. The salad literally looked like someone grabbed one handful of farro and salad leaves and then scattered it over the long plate I appreciate the haute cuisine styling and the talent of the chef but at these prices something more substantial must be presented...would it have been unreasonable to have 4 shrimp and 2 gritcakes at this price? how about a cup of salad and faro? As for entrees, the steak was billed as 8 oz, but couldn't have been more than 4. If not for the large serving of the tomato and onion puree sauce I selected (instead of bernaise) the plate would have been embarrassingly empty except for 6 leaves from a brussel sprout Regardless of how tasty the food may have been I would never return. I am surrounded by excellent foody restaurants in Richmond and large portion size is never essential ...but a fair portion size in relation to the price is critical. This restaurant would never survive if not for the high end Sanderling sending unsuspecting guests here
Tuna and the she-crab soup were deliciou ...
Tuna and the she-crab soup were delicious but the chicken was dry and tasteless. Great sunset but it didn't make up for the meal.
The food was OK, certainly properly cook ...
The food was OK, certainly properly cooked. The portions are small and the prices are large. Forewarned is forearmed
One of the best restaurants we have been ...
One of the best restaurants we have been to lately.
Nice ambiance. Clean look: the windows a ...
Nice ambiance. Clean look: the windows are the centerpiece. Excellent service, good food, great presentation. Love the fact that they have a dress code: more restaurants in the US should do the same. It brings up the standard of the whole place. Well done!
A new chef brings his house made cheeses ...
A new chef brings his house made cheeses and outstanding food which is he hallmark of Kimball's Kitchen. The outstanding food is matched by the service and a staff which returns every season. Still the best on the beach.
Would have done better at A fast food....
There is no value here, there is no remarkable food. The setting is gorgeous. Our shrimp cocktail had three shrimp in a tasteless cocktail sauce. The rolls were served cold and were unsavory. Salad was severely overdressed. The fresh lobster ravioli contained a trace of what might have been a lobster, but I am still uncertain. The sauce, if it were good, was ruined by being watered down to a soup consistency; a sign the "chef" did not drain the pasta before saucing. There were only two covers the time we were there. Service was good, but the food was pathetic. Will never return.
The experience was far different from any other OBX Restaruant we have found. The dining room was beautiful, and view of The Sound was spectacular. The wait staff was excellent. The food was presented perfectly. The price was pretty high. But if all the previous accolades are desirable, this is the only place in town.
Wonderful! A gem of the Outer Banks!
Our second time at Kimball's Kitchen was good as the first! THe food was fantastic. Had the Kimball's Oysters to start (delicious!) and the Blue Crab Stuffed Flounder entree' (wonderful!). For dessert, the Strawberry Shortcake (the Grand Marnier is the secret!) No corkage, but the wine list is extensive and Michael the sommelier is on top of his game. I thought I would slip one past him with an obscure Australian Shiraz I knew on the wine list, but he immediately pointed out that hardly anyone orders that bottle but it is a gem of a wine. And, at $65 a great bargain! Highly recommend Kimball's Kitchen the next time your on the Outer Banks!
We diner her often and always have an in ...
We diner her often and always have an incredible experience!
From the moment we walked in the staff was friendly and attentive. Our server was very helpful and knew the menu well. She recommended a fantastic dish that we are still raving about. The wine list was extensive and the sommelier helped us choose the perfect one. We will return for our third time next September. We can't wait to see what the chef comes up with when we return. Well done to the entire staff!
Truly a fine dining experience
I have dined at some of the finest restaurants in the country and this ranks with the best. Simply exceptional. A must visit the next time at OBX.
The food, ambiance and staff are equally terrific! When you want an exceptional meal, endless great wine and spirits choices, look no further. Eat in the dining room or at the bar--both are memorable. This is one of the few consistently good fine dining spots North of Nag's Head and Kitty Hawk. Enjoy!
Before we went I looked at the bad reviews on Trip Adviser. I'm really surprised by some because we had none of the issues that were mentioned. The only thing I can think of is we went right after Labor day and others might have gone in season. I'm pretty sure that the complaints about the lobster bisque are probably because they use tarragon in it. This can be a strong herb and if you don't like things like anise (or licorice) you might not like the soup. I happen to hate cilantro and if something contains cilantro I usually hate it but I know that's the reason not that the item is no good, or bad. I was pleasantly surprised by the appetizer that contained ox tails. I happen to love these and they are very labor intensive the way it was presented. I know that some people would say yuck ! Ox tails ?! All in all we had a wonderful experience on our 22nd anniversary. When our waitress got bogged down with a table of 8 or 10 people somebody came over and helped her. Everybody was very nice. I was never a fan of the Left Bank and was reluctant in trying Kimball's but I'm very glad we did.
Everything was fine until the bill came. The value of the meal was not in line with the price.
We like to dine out on our beach vacation, and decided to try Kimball's Kitchen. We had been there when it was the Left Bank and were not too impressed. Kimball's is a nicer dressier place to go at the beach. Have a date night and enjoy the sunset. Their oyster preparation was delicious with ample crabmeat. The fish dishes, grouper and flounder were delicious. Service was attentive and not intrusive. Expensive, but worth it. Enjoy!
My wife loved the special request white ...
My wife loved the special request white wine sangria they made for her. Filet was excellently prepared. Nicole's service was top notch.
A huge improvement over Left Bank
Left Bank didn't'quite work. Too fancy and too expensive for OBX. Kimball' brings it down a notch but still is upscale and trendy. Beautiful decor. Very comfortable. Great views. Great food great service. Decent prices.
Great service, food was outstanding . Mu ...
Great service, food was outstanding . Must try lobster bisque! Worth the price.
Not what it used to be
My wife, son and I have been fans of this restaurant for more than ten years. As the "Left Bank" it combined outstanding food with great service and the best views in Duck. Based on our experience a year ago and, more recently, last week, only the great view remains. Last week and last year the service was poor and the food very mundane - even if you're wise enough to stick with the basics. This is a holiday resort, but that should not mean 100% turnover amongst the kitchen and restaurant staff - but that's what you get from year to year. It was near impossible to identify any full time professionals amongst the staff - and that was reflected in the service and the food. The restaurant also has a truly absurd, antiquated, so-called "dress code" in effect. Shorts [however unsightly] and flip-flops are fine but a smart casual shirt will not make the grade unless it has a collar. This is a wonderful location and building - but a dreadfully disappointing restaurant. It is a place that has lost its way. That was the case a year ago; it was even more so last week. Very sad.
Spectacular on the Outer Banks
A superb meal was excelled only by the amazing sunset arrayed through Kimball's perfectly-designed glass walls, complete with automated shades rising at just the right moment. My companions and I all had filet mignon, cooked perfectly, and I do mean perfectly. Everything from the opening round of cocktails to the professionally attentive table service was well- orchestrated to make this a most memorable and satisfying meal. The only downside was the price, of course. This was an Expensive outing. We knew that going in, having returned here many times over the past several years. But you get what you pay for, and Kimball's consistently delivers. If you don't mind the splurge, this is the finest place to dine on the Outer Banks.
Great meal and great service. It started with a selection of five kinds of raw oysters, followed by a crab-stuffed flounder with a nice light sauce beurre blanc that was amazing. No skimpy portion either as in a lot of high-end restaurants. Family style whipped potato and mushroom side dishes were also wonderful. Great find on OBX!
We were promptly seated to a table for 2 overlooking the sound. Our service was friendly and attentive. The portions are a tad on the smaller size but amazingly delicious. We ordered a bunch of sides and apps with our entrees to share and it was perfect. This was the nicest place we ate during our trip. I dine out a lot in the NJ-NY area and have to say this place was on point -a special place. I'd go back every time I'm in OBX.
FINE DINING AT ITS BEST!
Service and food were fantastic. The restaurant did their best to accommodate our request to sit next to the windows with a great view. All restaurant staff were professional and cordial from the hostess to the bartender and finally our server. I would definitely recommend trying this restaurant. Food was delicious and portions were perfect. Great for date night or dinner with close friends.
Top Romantic Spot in the OBX
This was our second year visiting Kimball's Kitchen and once again we were thoroughly impressed by our dining experience. The ambiance is to die for, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the sound, surrounded by the natural vegetation as the beautiful NC sun is setting. The light and airy decor makes one feel just as relaxed as if they were on the beach. On top of that, the food was superb. The lobster bisque appetizer with the lobster/brie hushpuppy is not to be missed, and all of the fresh fish dishes are sure to impress. Our group had the local Wahoo from Hatteras, as well as the Blue Crab stuffed Flounder, and the local Shrimp Bucatini pasta dish. Black Truffle mac and cheese and grilled asparagus were excellent choices for side dishes. Finished up our meal with the local blueberry cobbler that was simply delicious. Our server and bartender were quite accommodating and pleasant as well. Overall, our experience was one of the best we've had in the OBX.
Great ambiance and ok food.
We went as a date night to escape the madness of 36 people in our home. You can't beat the atmosphere and decore. It's a perfect location to have a meal and watch the sunset. The food did not meet expectations but it was ok. You are paying for the view and the five star service.
Spectacular meal in Duck
Kimball's Kitchen is located across from the Sanderling in Duck. My wife and I dined with friends in the summer of 2015. From start to finish, the meal was flawless. The scenery overlooking the Sound complemented the outstanding fare and wine. Servers and bartenders alike provided top-notch service. We will be back!
Fantastic place, fantastic food, fantastic service
We went to Kimball's recently to celebrate a special occasion. The staff, especially Andrew and Deric, went above and beyond to make the evening incredibly special. All the food was delicious and the wine selection was wonderful. The dining room and ambiance is even prettier than the pictures look online, and the pictures are very impressive. I would recommend Kimball's to anyone!
Elegant Dining in the Outer Banks
Rarely to go to the beach and find a restaurant as sophisticated and fun as Kimball's Kitchen. Our meal was top-notced from the moment we sat down and were greeted by Tania who was our amazing server. She recommended must-trys, wine pairings, checked on things in the back for us and met every single need and want we had the entire evening. Each course that was put down in front of us was delicious. However, I am still missing my Kimballs Oysters which were the best oysters I have ever had. The only problem we had was walking out of the restaurant too full because we wanted to try everything and ate it all. :-) Love this restaurant and cannot wait to come back!
We always go twice
We stay in Duck for a week every summer and we always make plans to visit Kimball's at the start and again at the end of our stay. The menu is varied enough that there is always something else to try. The seafood is fresh and well prepared, as are the non-fish items on the menu, and the service is terrific. The last time we were there (last week) my husband and I split a filet and lobster tail. The steak was delicious and prepared as ordered. The lobster tail was also terrific. Don't bother asking for a table by the window. They are given out on a first come, first serve basis, so if it is really important to you to have a window seat, get to the restaurant by 6pm. However, one whole side of the restaurant, facing the Sound, is a wall of windows, so the view from every table is wonderful. Kimball's is a little pricey compared to other restaurants in OBX, but that does cut down on parties with a lot of little children so dinner can become a romantic interlude.
It is a wonderful restaurant. The servic ...
It is a wonderful restaurant. The service, food and staff were all excellent.
Scenic venue with high end cuisine.
Beautiful sound-side view from a dining area built to appreciate it from every angle. Everything was top notch from attention to detail on every dish, delectable cocktails, great wine menu and outstanding menu options which catered to the tastes of all five of our dinner companions. Our server was both knowledgable and friendly. This spot is a definite for all of us the next time we visit the Outer Banks.
Good, but pricey
The food was pretty good and the service was great / a lot of fun, however the prices seemed a bit high for all things considered.
Excellent special occasion spot
Service was outstanding, food was excellent, and tye view of the sunset can't be beat. Outstanding experience.
Great early Birthday dinner!
My family and I had a fabulous dinner at Kimball's. Boys had Lobster Bisque which they enjoyed and I had a Caesar salad that was fabulous! We all ordered different steaks after a week of seafood and all of us were very happy with our choices. Our waiter did a great job taking care of us and explaining all the specials. Great Malbec completed our sunset steak dinner! We'll return for sure!
A beautiful and expensive restaurant that missed.
A beautiful restaurant with excellent service, but rather disappointing flavors, particularly the main entrees. Given the anticipatory build up of an expensive meal and overall pleasant atmosphere, which fully met expectations, the food actually lacked creative tastes. Unfortunately, both patrons independently deemed the quality of the dinner to be a disappointment. Regrettably, given their own experience, one that could not be recommended to friends solely for the reason of mediocre tasting food. In total fairness to the chef, the Kobe steak appetizer and brussels sprouts side possessed some interesting flavors. The lobster bisque was too creamy and lacked chunks of lobster meat; although the cheese flavored baked dumpling in the center helped save it to a small degree. The red beat and Caesar salads were adequate, but nothing special. The biggest disappointments were the main entrees of the black tipped shark and the blue fin crab meat wrapped in a strip of Flounder. Both were very bland tasting, and the accompanying sauces were only somewhat helpful in making them better. The cocktail drinks and wine were fun and tasty helping to make for an enjoyable evening out, but we were both disappointed to have the food itself be the lacking element in such a wonderful setting.
THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD. THE ONLY COMPLAI ...
THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD. THE ONLY COMPLAINT IS THE SERVING SIZES WERE SMALL FOR THE PRICE AND THE FAMILY STYLE SIDES WERE REALLY FOR ONE TO TWO PEOPLE
Way overpriced. Main course was three scallops (nothing else came with it) for $30. The shot glass sized complimentary consommé appetizer and macaroon that came with the check did not justify the prices. Restaurant was extremely loud making conversation difficult. Convenient if you are staying at the Sanderling, otherwise there are other options on the Outer Banks to choose from. Server was great.
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