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
Pricey but worth it! This is fine dinin ...
Pricey but worth it! This is fine dining in a relaxed but elegant setting. They have a "dress code," but they are pretty liberal about it. Wait staff is friendly and attentive. They offer the price of specials instead of waiting for you to ask (a pet peeve of my husband). We had a view into the open kitchen, and everyone looked happy. The food is exceptionally good, but everything is a la carte, i.e. sides, sauces, etc., so the costs can mount up pretty quickly. All in all, a real treat. We will definitely go back.
We were looking forward to a high-end me ...
We were looking forward to a high-end meal in the Outer Banks and the restaurant was recommended to us by experienced restaurant people. The building and view are impressive, although the noise level was very high even though the restaurant was not full. Of the two salads we ordered, the Caesar was the best and most imaginative with smoked oysters on the side. The tomato panzanetta was average and a disappointment as this is the season for good tomatoes in the South. We ordered the lamb and the scallops for entrees and the lamb was nicely cooked (rare)with a thick juicy crust with tender meat. The scallops were also nicely done , but would have been wonderful without the individual parmesan toasts that were hard to cut. The surrounding creamed corn was delicious. Prices for entrees were inconsistent with some meat choices between $75-$100, a little steep for the Outer Banks. Service was the biggest challenge. Our server was confused with the specials and hard to understand with the noise level.
We had enjoyed this restaurant very much ...
We had enjoyed this restaurant very much a year ago and returned for another visit this year. It has an amazing dining room with scenic soundside views. Food and service are excellent, but, quite honestly, the pricing exceeds an acceptable level. Specials are priced at $60 while regular entrees were still $40 or so and a la carte. We love the place but will be looking elsewhere next year based on current pricing.
Outstanding restaurant experience...Beau ...
Outstanding restaurant experience...Beautiful views, delicious food, staff went out of their way to please.. even let me have a take out order of their delicious oysters for my daughter who was staying home w the kiddoes..
Wonderful dining experience-- excellent ...
Wonderful dining experience-- excellent food and libations. Elegant atmosphere, pleasant and attentive service. The only questionable note would be the overall cost of dining. It is more expensive than all other local restaurants and I'm not sure that I'd say it was justified. I am not an unhappy customer, I merely suggest a bit more reasonable prices would be more in line with the ambiance and dining experience we enjoyed.
First I was sat in a chair that the seat ...
First I was sat in a chair that the seat was broken. I was offered a pillow. Like I'm short. They brought me another chair which was fine. The food was ok. I ordered filet cooked medium. It was overdone but I really didn't want to waste the meat do I ate what I could. I should have sent back. Other food was ok. The flavor of the steak was good. Service was awesome.
My wife and I came here years ago when i ...
My wife and I came here years ago when it was the Left Bank - excellent then and excellent now! Even though it's presumably under new management, it's still part of the Sanderling Resort, which is a respected luxury resort - so we knew it had to be good, and we not disappointed. Chef Dan has some really great food on the menu, (my NY strip was perfectly medium rare; my wife had the Spicy Tuma Roll and was delighted! Our friends were very pleased with their dishes, (can't remember what - sorry!) Anastasia was diligent, polite, and fast! We also enjoyed extra help from your busser and expediter, who ensured a smooth evening. The view is (as remembered) gorgeous, your decor is modern while being warm and inviting. Thanks!
The wine list was grossly overpriced. Th ...
The wine list was grossly overpriced. The noise level was bad. Attempt to rebook was met with a lack of accommodation. It is an expensive restaurant but caters to families with small children who were not the least bit restrained. I will not return.
We were over the moon with last nights d ...
We were over the moon with last nights dining experience. The dining room has immense Windows to view sunset. The wines by glass were outstanding. Every morsel...from appetizer- tuna tartar, lobster bisque- to entree-filet, panzenilla thru key lime cheesecake dessert was exceptional. Ask for server Leslie...she knows her stuff!
Upscale Dining in Duck
This is the most sophisticated fine dining restaurant on the Outer Banks. Definitely a special occasion place. Food and service are very good. View is great over the sound. Expensive but very worth it. Note to parents...please don't bring your small children here...doesn't work for them or for the rest of us looking for one nice place with an adult ambiance...just saying. This restaurant is excellent.
Great food, wonderful atmosphere.
We arrived for a 6:15 reservation and finished at 9pm. That would have been acceptable if we were just there for a leasure dinner. We ordered a glass of wine, had the wine glasses brought to the table and then waited 15 minutes to get the wine. Our waitress was very freindly but this interfered with the service. This is not a representation of the resaurant since we watched as other tables got seated, had there meals and left all while we waited for our meal.
We've been vacationing in OBX for severa ...
We've been vacationing in OBX for several years, and dinner at Kimballs is a fixed part of our vacation schedule. Yet to have a bad meal. The staff is professional and accommodated our request for a window table in time to see the sunset. We had a drink at the bar, where the bartender made heaven in a glass! Look forward to dinner there on our next trip.
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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