The Black Pelican

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
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  • Adam G.
    "Loved the fries green tomatoes and shrimp and grits."(5 Tips)
    Dawn C.
    "Chesapeake bay pizza was delicious!"(3 Tips)
    Robin F.
    "The Wanchese Fishermans' Risotto was amazing!!!!"(2 Tips)
    Gary A.
    "Baked shrimp and crab"(2 Tips)
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  • JT
    JTJune 25
    Crab and shrimp dip is a must for the appetizers. Pizza is great so are the carb legs. Waiter and manager we're friendly and was quick service
  • Lauren A.
    Lauren ArthurJuly 23, 2014
    Really good food in a relaxed atmosphere on the ocean. Go early or be prepared to wait. Can't go wrong with shrimp and grits or the bacon wrapped sea scallops!!
  • Jenna
    JennaAugust 25, 2016
    Everything on the menu is delicious! crab wontons and roasted banana cream pie and Wanchese risotto. They offer to go for all of their menu until late too.
  • Gary A.
    Gary Ashmore SrApril 10, 2016
    We had the Baked shrimp and crab, White seafood pizza, and the Chef's seafood pasta. All three were very good and the service was excellent.
  • Jes C.
    Jes CDecember 1, 2013
    Shrimp and grits are spectacular. Get the crab dip as an app...it is awesome and who can have a complete meal without the corn and crab chowder?
  • Kelsey F.
    Kelsey FechoJuly 20, 2013
    Definitely NOT hype. This is an outer banks classic, and worth any wait you may encounter. Check out the ghost stories of the old lifesaving station before your entrees arrive.
  • Holly W.
    Holly WillimanAugust 7, 2011
    Great food, not-so-great service. Definitely try the chicken salad, it's amazing. The fries are delicious. Maybe next time if we had a different waitress, it would've been better.
  • Jeremiah A.
    Jeremiah A.November 12, 2013
    Tuna tataki appetizer was really good. Frog(whatever) clam bake sucked, seafood had no seasoning...don't get it. Prime Rib was decent and the shrimp and grits were respectable.
  • Cheryl L.
    Cheryl Long ❤️June 25, 2013
    Omg the banana cream pie with chocolate chip crust is to die for!!! Do dessert first!!! They make them from scratch!!! Yum!!!
  • Abby R.
    Abby RistowMay 16, 2015
    Sit on the deck and take in the view. The spicy Cajun fish bites were delicious!
  • Alicia O.
    Alicia O'MaraSeptember 18, 2013
    I love to go mid-week when it is less crowded. So far, everything's been a winner and we've been going for nine years now.
  • Wes B.
    Wes BechtelSeptember 17, 2011
    Snapper was the day's po' boy and it was awesome. Possibly the best key lime pie I've ever had, and I'm not sure I even picked the best dessert.
  • Kelly D.
    Kelly DavisJuly 5, 2013
    Blackened tuna bites (app) and steamer baskets are great. Great food that you can roll off the beach and enjoy.
  • Mark G.
    Mark GMarch 30, 2013
    Consistently good food, attentive staff and directly across from the beach for great views on their outside upper deck.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BouchieJune 25, 2016
    Pay attention to the special of the day. Not hype! Tomato bacon Brie soup was amazing sea bass was also delish
  • Tiziana B.
    Tiziana BellomoAugust 23, 2013
    The fish is fresh and well prepared. The swordfish was mouth watering (special of day), and the baked shrimp and crab was delcious. Few cons: the calamari was deep fried too oily, rice was bland.
  • OBX O.
    OBX OutfittersFebruary 28, 2012
    So mellow at dinner, sitting by the windows, eating a bucket of steamers and having a couple of beers. Love it!
  • Michelle
    MichelleAugust 4
    Baja fish is seasoned excellently! Crab cakes are good! Served very quickly😊🙌🏻
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChiccittMay 15, 2010
    Pretty busy on weekend nights, the waitress had a hard time keeping up with our large party, but the food was amazing. Do yourself a favor and get the "Scallops Jaques'"
  • Big Blue E.
    Big Blue EarthAugust 10, 2014
    Amazing Shrimp & Grits. Also the best Jalapeño poppers I have ever had.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BrooksOctober 27, 2012
    You have to have ANYTHING with Tuna in it at this restaurant! The place just has AMAZING food!
  • Collin G.
    Collin GravesJuly 20, 2013
    Fantastic service. The Risotto was incredible. Long waits are well worth it.
  • Robin F.
    Robin FloraSeptember 14, 2014
    The Wanchese Fishermans' Risotto was amazing!!!!
  • Martin S.
    Martin SwanhallApril 16, 2016
    Try the wahoo with orzo with crab meat salad if on the menu
  • Spike N.
    Spike NesmithJune 15, 2012
    The stuffed flounder is amazing. Plus, Stella on tap. What's not to like?
  • Justin B.
    Justin BowersSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The hummus is amazing and you shouldn't leave without trying the coconut cream pie!
  • Lauren U.
    Lauren U.August 18, 2013
    Awesome Shrimp & Grits - brothy was a nice change, now I can't imagine it any other way!
  • Margaret F.
    Margaret FriebelOctober 9, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent food. Consistently superior food. Good service.
  • Josh H.
    Josh HillardJune 26, 2015
    Mixed grill was one of the best meals I've ever had! Ever! Really....
  • David M.
    David MurrayApril 14
    Everything is good. Seafood Rosotto, Shrimp and Grits.
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WaltonAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    This restaurant is always a winner! Amazing ribs and great pizzas!
  • Laurie F.
    Laurie FrereJuly 23, 2016
    Steamed shrimp and pizzas are amazing!
  • Leah J.
    Leah JonesMarch 15, 2013
    The Chesapeake Bay pizza is the best thing you will ever eat.
  • Adam G.
    Adam GJuly 16, 2012
    Great place. Loved the fries green tomatoes and shrimp and grits.
  • Halie S.
    Halie SuzyNovember 10, 2013
    Don't even bother going til noon on Sundays to get your bloody fix. NC State law is to thank for a dry half hour between opening and flowing libations.
  • George
    GeorgeOctober 19, 2013
    Its hard to get water view seats when its busy which is MOST of the time.
  • Alinda F.
    Alinda FallonFebruary 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome food and cozy atmosphere:)
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LugabihlJuly 3, 2011
    The service is fantastic and the magician, The Amazing Stan, was very entertaining!
  • Cecily T.
    Cecily ThorneAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The tuna tatake and Chesapeake pizza are both terrific!
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LamprechtJune 18, 2013
    Eat outside at the bar, no wait and a great view. Crab & Artichoke dip was amazing.
  • Josh W.
    Josh WitmerJuly 29, 2015
    Crab cakes were good not great. The shrimp and clam bake was pretty good but a little too buttery
  • Sean
    SeanAugust 14, 2012
    Clam chowder with a clear broth, different but good!
  • Stephanie T.
    Stephanie TrunzoSeptember 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Tuna Nagano and any of the desserts
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PardueAugust 22, 2013
    This place is always packed for a reason. They are awesome!
  • Carrie P.
    Carrie PittmanJune 8, 2013
    Peel and eat shrimp, so simple, so yummy!
  • Martin S.
    Martin SwanhallApril 16, 2016
    Ask to sit at window table looking out at ocean
  • Linda N.
    Linda NiemelaSeptember 9, 2012
    The Bangkok Shrimp is phenomenal!
  • Jenna
    JennaAugust 25, 2016
    Order to go and avoid any wait:)
  • Val G.
    Val GentiliniJanuary 6
    Open during winter months!
  • Martin S.
    Martin SwanhallApril 16, 2016
    Note: it was Augustus Whitehead who flew the first airplane in Connecticut
  • Linda G.
    Food was decent. Love the history.
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle RogersonJanuary 31, 2010
    love the pizzas with bechamel sauce. get the stuffed jalapenos if u like spicy!
  • Lina D.
    Lina DunnAugust 18, 2012
    Delicious food! Great service!
  • Hariot W.
    Hariot Williams-FridleySeptember 12, 2014
    So far everything we eaten.
  • Eddie
    EddieMarch 28, 2013
    Pan seared swordfish...awesome!
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  • Dawn C.
    Dawn CimbalaMarch 23, 2013
    Chesapeake bay pizza was delicious!
  • Kelly K.
    Kelly KennardJuly 20, 2013
    Got the Captains Risotto, delicious.
  • Scott A.
    Scott AntoszewskiApril 30, 2010
    Tuna sandwich was very good, I also enjoyed the crispy French fries.
  • Jenna
    JennaAugust 25, 2016
    My favorite OBX restaurant!
  • Lisa B.
    Lisa BaarJune 26, 2010
    The Frogmore Clambake is awesome! Crowded, but it gives you a chance to enjoy the view and have a beveridge.
  • Dan S.
    Dan SpinosaSeptember 1, 2013
    No brunch, as I found out this Sunday morning at 10am :[
  • Manpreet S.
    Bangkok shrimp are the bang
  • Alan J.
    Alan JonesNovember 18, 2012
    Carolina Combo is great!
  • topher
    topherJuly 9, 2011
    The grilled tuna was amazing!
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew GDecember 20, 2012
    Get the Jalapeño poppers!
  • Doug M.
    Doug MeekinsAugust 16, 2011
    Good food, great menu, good staff.
  • Christine T.
    Christine TraversNovember 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Shrimp & grits. ... No joke
  • Eddie-jo P.
    Eddie-jo PowellApril 5, 2015
    Great food great service
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TFebruary 10, 2013
    Wow - wonderful meal, great service, and really well-priced compared to other restaurants we checked out. Also, the desserts are as amazing as they look!
  • Carrie L.
    Carrie LApril 5, 2015
    Blackened Salmon is delicious
  • Marc W.
    Marc WeinsteinNovember 3, 2011
    Seafood and beer. House Draft
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren ROctober 9, 2010
    Try the Chesapeake Bay pizza. It's delicious!
  • Jenna
    JennaAugust 25, 2016
    Best banana cream pie
  • Carole B.
    Carole BlacksmithNovember 18, 2012
    Delicious Shrimp n Grits!
  • Bradley S.
    Bradley SovineJuly 8, 2012
    Need Google maps to navigate around.
  • Ingrid L.
    Ingrid LeonAugust 14, 2011
    Chef's pasta is delicious
  • Sarah K.
    Sarah KolczakJune 11, 2011
    The deserts were awesome!!!!!
  • Colleen P.
    Colleen PalmeriAugust 28, 2013
    Fantastic!
  • Charlena R.
    Charlena RoseApril 13, 2013
    its all good!
  • Jim S.
    Jim ShiremanMay 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Good pizza!
  • Marie S.
    Marie StineJune 12, 2013
    Get the down south
  • Dan E.
    Dan EdmondsJuly 19, 2011
    If you are over the age of 10, I suggest not eating here :)
  • Marc W.
    Marc WeinsteinOctober 22, 2011
    Get the steamers
  • Lysandra A.
    Lysandra AlexanderJuly 26, 2013
    Overrated, but boyfriend liked it. Wright Bros were here.
  • Bill W.
    Bill WhamondFebruary 13, 2011
    It's nutzoid here
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