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Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar – Kill Devil Hills, NC

Whether you just discovered this famous Outer Banks restaurant, have been coming in for years, or have always wanted to, one thing rings true: Awful Arthur’s OBX has a reputation that is second to none. The first oyster bar to open its doors on the Outer Banks 33 years ago, Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar is a local mainstay known for its fresh, delicious seafood and casual and friendly atmosphere.

Customers will delight in watching hot oysters come hissing right out of the steamers as the guys behind the bar shuck and serve them on the restaurant’s copper-topped bar. Order them steamed, fried, or slurp them down raw…no matter how you like your oysters, Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar has it covered.

One of the only Outer Banks restaurants with an ocean view lounge, Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar emits a welcoming, coastal vibe. Dubbed one of America’s greatest oyster bars by Coastal Living and recognized by Esquire for its steamed, spiced shrimp, Awful Arthur’s is not only a household name on the Outer Banks, but is recognized all over the country by its emblematic logo, backed by its delicious seafood and other popular menu items.

Nautical adornments lend to the salty, seaside atmosphere of this quintessential Outer Banks restaurant – the perfect place to bring the entire family, enjoy a casual date night or join a group of friends to enjoy a peck of oysters, an ocean view, cold drinks and good times! Kicked back is the name of the game and Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar plays it well.

Along with its esteemed national recognitions, Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar was the proud winner of the 2014 Outer Banks Taste of the Beach Annual Chowder apparel for its popular shrimp corn chowder. Awful Arthur’s isn’t just about oysters, there’s also a wide selection of crab legs and clams from the steamer, fried seafood, or steaks, chicken, pasta and salads to choose from that keep people coming back year after year. Oh, and don’t forget to get a homemade dessert before you leave; they truly put the icing on the cake.

Chef AJ Johnson has been with Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar for 25 years and in 2011 was promoted to head chef and kitchen manager. Consistency and customer service are two of AJ’s hallmarks as a chef, and many of the restaurant’s regular customers wouldn’t consider it a complete experience without a visit from him.

If longevity is any indication of quality, it’s no surprise that over the past three decades, Awful Arthur’s has become a favorite among both locals and visitors.

Visit Awful Arthur’s Beach Shop and discover great AA apparel. 

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