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
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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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar Ratings and Reviews
Friendly, knowledgeable staff and a menu ...
Friendly, knowledgeable staff and a menu that evolves during the year. Specials are always enticing. One of the few places at the beach that I'll order something other than seafood (which is equally good). Lamb and duck entrees caught my attention during our last two visits and were outstanding. We like to sit at or near the open kitchen and love to watch the dance that goes on there. Al fresco with music will probably get us back during the summer.
Great server,Greg. Well worth the drive ...
Great server,Greg. Well worth the drive from up north.
Nice restaurant with a lovely view of th ...
Nice restaurant with a lovely view of the ocean. The food is always presented in a pleasing way but is always significantly under-seasoned. We have been on a number of occasions and each time we have received food that was poorly seasoned. And if you ask for salt to be brought to the table you do get the occasional "eye-roll" from the wait staff. Overall a decent restaurant but don't forget to bring along a little salt in your pocket!
Great food, don't let the exterior fool ...
Great food, don't let the exterior fool you
WE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS RESTAURANT!!!
It is hands down our favorite restaurant in the OBX. When we are down for a week we have to have dinner here at least 2-3 times. They are open all year and have a menu that changes with the seasons so it never gets old. The owners Donnie and Heather are always very warm and welcoming, The wait staff such as Greg and Annette are very friendly and attentive. The chefs Michael, Timmy, Rachel and Jen are spectacular. The food here is so inspired and their specials are truly sensational. Ocean Boulevard is not just your old steak and potato no sir. We give them a 5 star-rating and would give them a 10 if it were available. Try them out and we are sure that they will soon become a favorite for you as well.
Every course of the meal was fantastic. ...
Every course of the meal was fantastic. Started with the tuna poke salad and loved it. For my entree I had a salmon special and in so happy I went with it! The martinis were delicious and the wine choices were great! Will be back for sure!
Amazing dinner! My husband is still talk ...
Amazing dinner! My husband is still talking about the Tuna app and entree as one of his top 5 meals ever! Service was attentive and friendly and we will definitely be back when in town!
Ocean boulevard is never less than a ten ...
Ocean boulevard is never less than a ten. The food is always excellent and the service is quite impeccable. The ambiance is outstanding without being snobby. It is a place for fine dining or a fun evening with friends.
Food is good if a little fussy . Service was slow .
Very good food and professional staff.. ...
Very good food and professional staff.. Only disappointment were the mussels.. A bit gamey and some over cooked while others undercooked. Too many good things on the menu so avoid those
Great place on the Ocean
Took my wife here for Mother's Day and was very pleased. Not only is the food, service, and atmosphere great, but you can see the ocean, and my wife got to see a large sailboat go across the horizon while eating dinner. The service was professional and the waiter was very informative. Great spot, highly recommended.
Superb dining on the Ocean Road in Kitty Hawk, NC
To celebrate our 34th anniversary my wife and I visited the Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar while in Kitty Hawk. To our surprise we found an outstanding restaurant and bar on the Ocean Road. Every aspect of our meals was perfect. The Flounder was very fresh and the flavors well balanced. Compared to other restaurants in the Kitty Hawk, KDH, and Nags Head, this rises above the rest. It is highly recommended.
Excellent meal starting with the bread a ...
Excellent meal starting with the bread and then my scallop with risotto was excellent. My husband had the flounder had a wonderful delicate taste that you could enjoy and remember all day. My husband had an ice cream sandwich of raspberry sauce and cookies. Would high recommend this restaurant and I suggest the chef’s wife stay in the kitchen and not be a server.
Every dish that I tasted was excellent. ...
Every dish that I tasted was excellent. From the mussels to the fresh monk fish. But the show stopper was the tuna sashimi with cold noodles and pickled cucumbers. OMG....OUT OF THIS WORLD, DELICIOUS. Not one negative thing to say about this dining experience.
Ocean Blvd. is a MUST!
Great food, atmosphere and service every time! Great ocean views as you drink fine wine and eat great food. Owner, Donnie & his team make Ocean Blvd. a must food choice while on the Outer Banks!
Dinner at the Beach
If you are ever on the middle or North of the Outer Banks this is a must try. Creative but recognizable food, great service, comfortable surroundings that are not stuffy...and just a stones throw from the Atlantic. Excellent wine choices, great "mixologists", and attentive staff. Loved it.
We were visiting the Outer Banks for the first time and weren't sure where to dine. Upon searching the web we chose Ocean Blvd & Bistro. Driving up and entering the restaurant we were wondering if we made the right choice. No worries...it was perfect! The food was exceptional, the service as well and their wine list is quite extensive for the area. Lots of nice options. We got there earlier than our reservation and shared a cheese plate and a bottle of Rombauer Zin at their bar. We were seated promptly and the Ocean Bistro took great care of us!
Such unpretentious EXCELLENCE. From the ...
Such unpretentious EXCELLENCE. From the warm welcome of their host, to the proficiently seamless flow of service, to the all enticing menu, to every sublime bite of food...Ocean Blvd is a 5 star establishment. The ambiance is thoughtful and inviting, with the choice of music (and level played) a perfect complement; which sets the stage for the true star - the FOOD! We were enticed by every single item on the menu as they're beautifully worded to whet the appetite. Let us be clear though, the food more than delivers on its descriptive promise! We had the two soups: wild mushroom and the shrimp bisque both developed with rich layers from the essence and spot on seasoning. The 'duck' main was (as my Mom stated at first bite), "The Bomb!" Because we couldn't decide, we chose to make a meal of starters including: Tuna sashimi (so pleasant to the eye), Shrimp w/ handmade pasta (and a fragrant sauce) and the fresh Lamb & vegetable skewers. Great attention to detail and a development of flavor that rang true to the last bite. MAJOR KUDOS to the chef and sous!!! An INCREDIBLE FIND for our family as we enjoy culinary ventures wherever we go. Sincere thanks to the Ocean Blvd Bistro & Martini Bar team for a wonderful experience.
Amazing food We always make it a point to have dinner here. Wonderful menu with always great specials from local fresh caught seafood to pasta the wine list is great and they always have what is on their list.
First time on Outer Banks
Spent a week in mid-April on the Outer Banks. Tried the Bistro early in our visit and nothing else measured up to their standard. Food, drinks, service- all above par. Hope to return to this find restaurant again.
Very dissapointing experience
This restaurant was highly recommended by several people. Needless to say we were very disappointed. The pork medallions were more like boneless pork chops with very little flavor, and the chicken entrée could be beat for taste by my local grocery store with a rotisserie chicken. Some of the vegetables served were unidentifiable.... I had to goggle them to discover what they were, green odd shaped things that were pretty tasteless. I was hoping to have a view of the ocean as it was on Ocean Blvd. That was on my ignorance of the area. Server was not very attentive and we could hear the chef constantly asking were he was for serving meals. Our meal was actually served by another server. My arm would have to be twisted to even think of going back.
Most Innovative Restaurant In the OBX
When I'm in the OBX for business, I always go to Ocean Boulevard. As always, they over delivered. Dennis and Donnie were as gracious hosts as always. The "small taste" menu is great. The wine list is good. Don't miss it
Mushroom soup was fantastic, something s ...
Mushroom soup was fantastic, something special !!! something to crave for !!! (Dinner 3/16/16)
This was one of many visits to Ocean Boulevard. My wife and I try to go there at least once during every visit to the Outer Banks. Their food, as always, was outstanding. I had the yellowfin Tuna special which was superb, served with mussels, shrimp and grits. My wife had pasta loaded with so much shrimp, she almost could not finish each shrimp provided. Service was great, as always. This restaurant just keeps getting better with time.
Long Time customer
I have been coming to OB pretty much since they opened and love the atmosphere, service and food! I think it will always be one of my OBX faves.
Excellent food and service.
Excellent food and service.
A favorite of ours while at the Outer Banks, as the service is always top notch and the food never disappoints. For Valentine’s Day dinner they offered a Prix Fixe menu and that was a slight disappointment. We always love their regular menu and would prefer a better selection then just the chef’s choices for that evening. Overall, the martini bar is the best in the Outer Banks and we will be back, but only if the regular menu is available.
The Valentines Day special menu was just right as well as the wine pairings. The choices met both our tastes in all the courses and was delicious
best food on the beach! chefs are so creative, lots of seafood options, homemade bread and desserts are to die for!
Disappointed with this experience
This was the 4th year our group of friends have dined at Ocean Blvd for Valentine weekend. The food was a disappointment this year. One friend ordered steak Medium rare and was served medium well, he returned it and then it came back undercooked, almost rare, on the second try. He was too hungry to send that one back. His wife's meal was "given to someone else" as our waitress so eloquently stated, and she had to choose another item causing another 20 minute delay in her meal. They should have been compensated in some way since both errors happened to the one couple. We were told we could order from the specials menu for Valentine's day as "a la carte" since I didn't want all four courses for $60. I was served 4 scallops and charged $32.00. Considering I can buy 1 lb of scallops for $20 or less, I was not impressed. So for $32 I had 4 scallops and water. I went home hungry. Another friend stated his chicken was greasy and overcooked and was disappointed in his meal this year as well. Not sure we will return again next year. Overall, not worth the $$$. Past experiences were so much better. It may have just been an off night for the cooking staff. But the the others issues are not forgiven so easily. We may give them another chance but not anytime soon.
Ocean Boulevard is one of the best in th ...
Ocean Boulevard is one of the best in the world and I can say this because we have experienced fine dining globally. You don't get any better than OB. Everything is served to perfection, and the staff who have been there for years are the most professional and knowledgable servers you will find. Can't wait to go back. It can't come soon enough.
Great Place to Celebrate!
Our family celebrates our special occasions at Ocean Blvd because the chef is willing to prepare a special vegan plate for several in our group. The wait staff is very helpful and attentive without being overbearing. Its always a treat to eat there!
The specials sounded excellent, but we w ...
The specials sounded excellent, but we went with the basic plates. You can't go wrong either way.
Night in the Outer Banks
Looking for a place that wasn't closed for the season for a nice dinner seemed to be quite a chore. However landed upon this place on Opentable, and noted good reviews. Those were not misleading. There was a warm welcome when we walked in the door. Our waiter was very attentive but not overbearing. Due to some dietary restrictions, asked about a mild change to the daily special and this was not a problem at all! Food was very well done and prepared. Wine list had several choices. It was a nice place, I can only imagine how much nicer it is during the summer. Highly recommend.
Romantic dinner date night
Great restaurant with interesting choices and excellent food and wine! Staff is great and the atmosphere is wonderful!
Our server, Greg, was great. The food an ...
Our server, Greg, was great. The food and drinks are always awesome.
A New Obx Favorite
After visiting the Outer Banks for 15 years, mainly staying on the southern end, I had neglected Ocean Blvd. My mistake. Service was the best, and the good was delicious. I call places like this "oh, my goodness!" restaurants, since that's the unsaid thought after every bite. Our beverage server refused to let my water glass rest empty, which i really appreciate. At many places I have to conserve water to make it last. Ocean Blvd is one of very few OBX restaurants that offer their quality of food and service. We made the immediate decision to bring our foodie, wine-loving adult children here this summer on our next trip.
Happy New Year!
Enjoyed New Year's Eve dinner with two other couples. Neither couples had been to OB before. We had no concerns about their level of satisfaction. We have enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner here as well over the last few years. Great for special occasions!
Great spot. Good food and service was ju ...
Great spot. Good food and service was just right. We cN always count on having a perfect evening at Ocean Boulevard.
Another great dinner and experience
The service was professional, friendly and timely. Ice cold drinks that were well prepared. Our four meals were delicious to eat and look at. The men always order and are never disappointed by the simple roasted chicken.
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