The Black Pelican

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Kitty Hawk
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  • Adam G.
    "Loved the fries green tomatoes and shrimp and grits."(4 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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  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • Abby R.
    Abby RistowMay 16, 2015
    Sit on the deck and take in the view. The spicy Cajun fish bites were delicious!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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'"
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Spike N.
    Spike NesmithJune 15, 2012
    The stuffed flounder is amazing. Plus, Stella on tap. What's not to like?
  • Martin S.
    Martin SwanhallApril 16, 2016
    Try the wahoo with orzo with crab meat salad if on the menu
  • Robin F.
    Robin FloraSeptember 14, 2014
    The Wanchese Fishermans' Risotto was amazing!!!!
  • Justin B.
    Justin BowersSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The hummus is amazing and you shouldn't leave without trying the coconut cream pie!
  • 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.
  • 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 5+ 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....
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WaltonAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    This restaurant is always a winner! Amazing ribs and great pizzas!
  • 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.
  • Laurie F.
    Laurie FrereJuly 23, 2016
    Steamed shrimp and pizzas are amazing!
  • George
    GeorgeOctober 19, 2013
    Its hard to get water view seats when its busy which is MOST of the time.
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LugabihlJuly 3, 2011
    The service is fantastic and the magician, The Amazing Stan, was very entertaining!
  • Alinda F.
    Alinda FallonFebruary 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome food and cozy atmosphere:)
  • 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.
  • Sean
    SeanAugust 14, 2012
    Clam chowder with a clear broth, different but good!
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PardueAugust 22, 2013
    This place is always packed for a reason. They are awesome!
  • 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
  • Stephanie T.
    Stephanie TrunzoSeptember 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Tuna Nagano and any of the desserts
  • Carrie P.
    Carrie PittmanJune 8, 2013
    Peel and eat shrimp, so simple, so yummy!
  • Linda N.
    Linda NiemelaSeptember 9, 2012
    The Bangkok Shrimp is phenomenal!
  • Martin S.
    Martin SwanhallApril 16, 2016
    Ask to sit at window table looking out at ocean
  • Jenna
    JennaAugust 25, 2016
    Order to go and avoid any wait:)
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle RogersonJanuary 31, 2010
    love the pizzas with bechamel sauce. get the stuffed jalapenos if u like spicy!
  • Martin S.
    Martin SwanhallApril 16, 2016
    Note: it was Augustus Whitehead who flew the first airplane in Connecticut
  • Lina D.
    Lina DunnAugust 18, 2012
    Delicious food! Great service!
  • Eddie
    EddieMarch 28, 2013
    Pan seared swordfish...awesome!
  • Dawn C.
    Dawn CimbalaMarch 23, 2013
    Chesapeake bay pizza was delicious!
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