About Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar
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.
Contemporary American, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Weekdays
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
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.
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.
Private Party Contact:
Donny King: 252-261-2546x
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
Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar Ratings and Reviews
Food and setting outstanding as usual. S ...
Food and setting outstanding as usual. Staff have been great during our many previous visits, but we had a confrontational and generally unpleasant waitress. OB management will surely weed her out pretty quickly as this has always been an excellent restaurant in every way.
We both started with she crab soup. The ...
We both started with she crab soup. The soup had good taste, but was barely warm. The duck dish was fair at best. The meat was tough and the side of kale was bitter. The special was a red snapper done in an Asian style. Served over rice noodles with a few pieces of calamari. The fish was done perfectly. The overall dish was good. We thought the price was to high for the quality of the meal.
Our favorite go-to restaurant when we ar ...
Our favorite go-to restaurant when we are in the Outer Banks for vacation. Service, food, ambiance- all exceptional. Heather will take time to chat and is delightfully personable. We had dinner at OB twice during our beach week. Can't wait to go back!
The food was great! I loved the pork sho ...
The food was great! I loved the pork shoulder and my boyfriend loved the steak with horseradish sauce! The martinis were very good as well, I had the bellinitini! Can't wait to go back next time we visit kitty hawk.
We visited OBX with family, the last tim ...
We visited OBX with family, the last time in 2009. My wife and I wanted to have a night to ourselves so we went here again. It's a wonderful place to eat in wonderful locale. Nice interior, good food and service. We really enjoyed our evening.
This was our third visit to Ocean Boulev ...
This was our third visit to Ocean Boulevard Bistro over the years, and we will continue to come back for the combination of fresh seafood and great local atmosphere. This obviously popular local bistro is consistently excellent in food and service. My scallops were served over a bed of grits and cooked to perfection. The cobia special was superb according to my wife, who is quite particular about her fish. The wine list is extensive and fairly priced. This is a hidden gem on the Outer Banks.
We hadn't been in several months because ...
We hadn't been in several months because honestly the restaurant scene in OBX has really improved over the last year so we've tried other places. How nice though to come back to an old friend and have creatively prepared dishes, a fantastic server, and cozy room. The red snapper was prepared excellently with the fish fresh and moist. I tried a piece of my wife's filet, and I'm not a filet guy but it was melt in your mouth delicious.
I only wish they offered draft beer!
Always enjoy coming here the first night ...
Always enjoy coming here the first night of our vacation in OBX - it has become a tradition! Fantastic food and cocktails, excellent service - in an upscale, but beach relaxed atmosphere. Definitely a must try if you've never been!
Definitely a pleasurable experience for ...
Definitely a pleasurable experience for our 37th anniversary. Very tasty and unusual preparation of seafood. The seared scallops were outstanding the the crab cakes the way a Marylander likes them.. Lump crab and little filler. The ambiance was terrific. Highly recommend !!
We make it a point to have at least one ...
We make it a point to have at least one dinner at Ocean Blvd every year during vacation for the past several years [since they've been open]. Last year  we reconsidered after enduring a painful, uncomfortable seating situation due to the "park bench" booth seats and the fact that they are squished together so tightly.
This year  we asked for better seating [normal chairs!] which improved the experience. Be forewarned: it is a VERY noisy place - an old hardware store with concrete floors and the bar about 12 feet away from the tables - with a TV screaming sports, loud piped in music, and barflies getting louder after each drink...like the couples on either side of us, we gave up trying to have conversations and focused on the delicious food. And the food is truly very good.
A dinner at Ocean Boulevard has been an ...
A dinner at Ocean Boulevard has been an essential part of any vacation in the Outer Banks for our family for a number of years.
Our experience this year was a mix of good and not-so-good.
Pro - The NC BBQ Pork Shoulder was excellent.
Cons - The Salmon special was not special, the homemade peach ice cream had no flavor of any kind and the desert special was bland.
Oceans Boulevard is a fantastic upscale ...
Oceans Boulevard is a fantastic upscale restaurant, right off the beach and within a stone's throw from the surf. We visited this place when our kids were small (6 and 3 y.o.) and had a great meal then. They are now 20 and 17 y.o. and we were pleasantly surprised that the restaurant was still open. This place needs reservations up to a week or more in advance. Upon our arrival we saw that there was outdoor seating. We were approached by Donny who we later learned was the proprietor. On a pleasant nite it's a great location to dine al fresco. However, we went inside and were seated near where we sat 14 years ago. They make a variety of enticing martini's so we started with those and then moved to a favorite Syrah, which was reasonably priced (Plumpjack). The wine list is extensive and you can order wines anywhere from the mid-$20 range all the way up to $1700 a bottle. I ordered the lamb rack and the wine reduction sauce was to die for. Probably the best lamb I've ordered to date. My wife and kids keep dipping their veggies in my sauce. The bass and snapper we ordered were also tasty and well presented. My daughter ordered the crab cake, which was divine. The desserts were great too. Try the cheesecake with raspberry sauce - light and creamy. Also the chocolate dessert was smooth and airy. The service was excellent and we never felt ignored. This place is as good as it was 14 years ago and maybe even better. Ask for Donny. He made the experience top notch.
My husband and I always love a night out ...
My husband and I always love a night out at Ocean Boulevard. This time, it was a special visit. It was our anniversary. And Ocean Boulevard staff helped us celebrate with delicious drinks, appetizers and main courses. The chefs, kitchen staff, bartenders, servers and front desk staff are wonderful people who care about their customers. What delicious food, always prepared with care---and often with ingredients sourced locally. Thanks to the whole staff for a fantastic anniversary dinner!
As expected a great meal here. We have b ...
As expected a great meal here. We have been back every year to Ocean Blvd Bistro and are never disappointed. The food is excellent. The martinis perfect, and this time around I had a glass of wine with dinner and it was a perfect match. The service is also quite attentive v
If you're at the Outer Banks you must tr ...
If you're at the Outer Banks you must try OB at least once. We make it a point to stop by every time we're in town (roughly 5x per year).
Our go-to food category is almost always seafood. But I've had a pork cheeks appetizer and their lamb chops and was thrilled with all. It's good that even the standards that usually appear on the menu get tweaked from season to season.
Pricier than most places. Cocktails are north of $10-12 with martinis falling in at about $15. Our dinner selections always seem to find their way to $30.
The staff is great! During the summer they can be a little taxed and less doting. Off season is definitely the best time to go.
We wanted to have a romantic dinner, and ...
We wanted to have a romantic dinner, and this place was close to our resort. My husband and I split an appetizer, split a salad, and split an entree. We each had one glass of wine and split a dessert. The food was good but not great, the portions were small, and the prices were high. We ate at a BBQ place the next night and the entire bill for three people was equal to the price of the small entree (one crab cake). We probably would not go back, as there are so many wonderful places in OBX for a lot less money.
I'm sorry to report that the food at thi ...
I'm sorry to report that the food at this once-fantastic establishment has gone downhill. We had such a disappointing dinner, and then went back to our cottage and made something that was actually edible! I can't believe we spent so much money -- and our only night out -- trying to eat a meal that did not live up to its description. At least the cocktails were great, the company superb, and the service fairly attentive.
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