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This place is fantastic!!! We came here for my boyfriend's birthday and shared the mussels appetize
This place is fantastic!!! We came here for my boyfriend's birthday and shared the mussels appetizer which were phenomenal along with the wings and roasted oysters which were outstanding. We then had the soft shell special which was fantastic. Service was amazing and craft beer selection won't disappoint you as well. Can't wait to go ... read more
Gina Laudone via facebook.com - May 25, 2017
We had fish dinners they were very ...
We had fish dinners they were very good. Waitress was very attentive. Had the house cocktail it was very good too.
Denise H. via yelp.com - May 23, 2017
Went in at the recommendation of ...
Went in at the recommendation of a friend - great experience overall!! I sat at the bar - bartender was super friendly and she provided good recommendations on draft options. Had the calamari as an app (so good!!) and ordered the special for dinner - it was a blackened grouper over penne pasta. Restaurant itself was clean and invitin ... read more
Brittany B. via yelp.com - May 17, 2017
The menu had an excellent selections and was delicious. The service was friendly and professional ... read more
Darrell Mayo via google.com - May 16, 2017
Fish is fresh and the food is great ... read more
Bob McCarthy via google.com - May 15, 2017
Everything we had was wonderful!! We will be back because there are so many other items on the menu
Everything we had was wonderful!! We will be back because there are so many other items on the menu we want to try. We have been there in the past and were not pleased. Things have changed and food is so much better.
Patti Beilstein Lewis via facebook.com - May 10, 2017
Sat at the bar for a quick meal ...
Sat at the bar for a quick meal. Enjoyed excellent trout and seared tuna in large portions at a relatively affordable price. Would recommend for a convenient local dinner ... read more
Brian W. via yelp.com - May 6, 2017
A must-do on Hatteras Island
Spring on Hatteras and Ketch 55 welcomed us in fine style. Raw oysters were plump and succulent, fresh and briny. As a long time Ketch 55 fan, I rarely pass up a dinner special, and the horseradish-crusted sea bass did not disappoint. A huge filet, perfectly cooked, with a crust that complimented the fish and did not overwhelm. Serve ... read more
Marcy N via tripadvisor.com - Apr 25, 2017
Great food and atmosphere. We are looking forward eating there when visiting.
Great food and atmosphere. We are looking forward eating there when visiting.
Greg Underwood via facebook.com - Apr 23, 2017
Can't seem to order anything but shrimp and grits...
Can't seem to order anything but shrimp and grits...
Jerry Doggett via facebook.com - Apr 16, 2017
The food is always excellent whenever I eat there. Although I haven't eaten there in a while, my mo
The food is always excellent whenever I eat there. Although I haven't eaten there in a while, my mother always did and she had rave revues.
Steve Adams via facebook.com - Apr 16, 2017
Very Nice Dinner
Casual atmosphere, nice staff. Food was different and very good. Actually served local seafood. Worth a visit.
kayb49825 via tripadvisor.com - Apr 16, 2017
I can honestly say that I have never been disappointed with the food at this restaurant.
I can honestly say that I have never been disappointed with the food at this restaurant.
Thomas Watkins via facebook.com - Apr 16, 2017
Yum
Just had the Seafood Lasagna, to die for!!! Also had the Ocracoke oysters. The best I've had locally. And I know oysters. Have had them all over the world.
Olwillis via tripadvisor.com - Apr 14, 2017
Fish tacos and calamari awesome ... read more
Teresa Schacht via google.com - Dec 17, 2016
Amazing food!!!!  Chef is fantastic ...
Amazing food!!!!  Chef is fantastic, drinks were great and service was phenomenal. Next time we are in the area we will be back. Absolutely everything we ordered was delicious. From panko covered goat cheese with berry compote to the key lime pie and creme brulee. You could tell that the chef cared about the craft as the  food looked ... read more
Robert B. via yelp.com - Nov 20, 2016
Upscale menu in casual setting ...
Upscale menu in casual setting. Fresh baked bread with oil and seasoning to start. The parmesan fish special with mushroom risotto was decadent, as was the pasta with seafood. We could come here every night and try everything on the menu!!
Erin W. via yelp.com - Nov 19, 2016
Been visiting hatteras island for fifteen years. This is by far the best restaurant we have been to
Been visiting hatteras island for fifteen years. This is by far the best restaurant we have been to. We will be back next August!!!!!!
Cyle Haggerty via facebook.com - Nov 14, 2016
Excellent food, nice facility
Ketch 55 was the best restaurant we ate at in our week in Avon. We both had local seafood that was absolutely delicious. I had some special requests which they filled with no problem. The beer and wine selection was good. A great dining experience!
cmcnerney75 via tripadvisor.com - Oct 28, 2016
Fabulous locally sourced raw bar
We stopped by for a late afternoon appetizer and glass of wine on our way back from Kitty Hawk. The raw clams and Ocracoke oysters on the half shell were sweet and fresh as can be, plus they were 20% off on Tuesdays. What a treat! You can get them cooked if you prefer. We enjoyed chatting with the friendly bartender about the area. H ... read more
lizinvt via tripadvisor.com - Oct 27, 2016
Great Calamari
Had the calamari and the spinach salad with warm goat cheese. Highly recommend each dish. Have a very good menu with a selection of grilled seafood which can be hard to find in this area. Also offer vegetables other than French fries.
maevans70 via tripadvisor.com - Oct 27, 2016
Best Seafood in The Outer Banks
It looks like such a simple little place. Looks are deceiving. The Asian Tuna, served rare, was phenomenal. My cohort had the Shrimp and Grits. Both, were outstanding. Waiter was attentive and informative in a low key way that made him likable and gave un confidence in the menu and chef. Best meat I've ever had on the Island.
John H via tripadvisor.com - Oct 8, 2016
The best restaurant on the island ...
The best restaurant on the island. We stay nearby just to be able to walk here for dinner. The specials are what you want to get! There is always something delicious to get. Menu is excellent- but you're in the OBX so please. Get. Fish. The fish tacos are my favorite but the specials blow me away every time. The chef seems to like ho ... read more
Helen F. via yelp.com - Oct 5, 2016
FANTASTIC
We came upon this place and read reviews. Thought we would try it and loved it. I don't eat seafood often and this is some of the best I have had. Staff were friendly and professional. Well worth a visit.
A H via tripadvisor.com - Oct 1, 2016
Let's Go Fishing
Group of 6 ordered a variety of entrees. Everything was delicious. The shrimp n grits was excellent. We could eat there every night.
sucoki via tripadvisor.com - Oct 1, 2016
Fantastic Local Flavor!
Excellent seafood! While a bit pricey, it's not pretentious. Waitstaff is pleasant, knowledgable (!) and fast. We really enjoyed our meal. I had the tuna recommendation and SWMBO had the crab cakes. Both were delish and just superb all around.
prezbuba via tripadvisor.com - Sep 23, 2016
Dinner for two!
This was a fantastic stop for a truly culinary experience. Ahi tuna never tasted so good. Just the perfect ending to a perfect day. The only negative was a little boy who did not want to be there. Service was excellent and we will return.
276selmah via tripadvisor.com - Sep 21, 2016
Attention to detail is superb
This restaurant provides a true, gourmet, finely prepared meal. My wife had the filet mignon with mashed potatoes and vegetables. I tried both her steak and potatoes, at her insistence. Medium rare steak honestly melted in my mouth, so very tender! Her spuds were flavorful, but not as tasty as mine. I had the special, a nice piece of ... read more
Mark Y via tripadvisor.com - Sep 19, 2016
We ate at many places while in Avon and this was top two in terms of our favorites. The service was wonderful and the menu was varied. The crab cakes were exceptional as was the steak-fried chicken. The grilled mahi mahi was delicious, as well. I would return to Ketch 55 in a heartbeat.
Nicholas Szewczyk via google.com - Sep 17, 2016
Food here was pretty good.  Nice ...
Food here was pretty good.  Nice atmosphere and good service.  I had the shrimp tacos, which unfortunately required assembly. But other than that they we're tasty. Desserts were also good.  They also had trivial pusuit cards at the table, which was a fun way to entertain ourselves while waiting for our food!
Becca K. via yelp.com - Sep 17, 2016
This place rocks! I love that they have a card game at each table to play while you wait for your f
This place rocks! I love that they have a card game at each table to play while you wait for your food! One of the few places I've been to in the area that has really been worth it! Will definitely come here anytime I'm visiting the area!
Courtney Christine Watson via facebook.com - Sep 16, 2016
First time visit just after Labor ...
First time visit just after Labor Day on a week night. Hospitality was fantastic. I could really get a sense of a community feeling around the bar. My husband and I shared an appetizer and entree, both were good portions and very tasty. The grapefruit margarita was strong and we enjoyed the atmosphere. I highly recommend the goat che ... read more
Elizabeth Y. via yelp.com - Sep 13, 2016
Always good
I am a crab cake afficianado and i have had delicious crab cakes twice this week. Ketchs shrimp and grits is also a favourite. The smoked tuna dip is awesome-ask for extra toasted bread :-). Been come in to Avon for many many years this is one of the best.
LDtravelalot via tripadvisor.com - Sep 12, 2016
Delicious Meal!
Each year we eat here for my Birthday! Wonderful setting and the menu offers something for everyone. My favorite is the Filet. We save room for dessert too! We also have a fish meal and a seafood meal. Quaint looking on the exterior and def a restaurant not to miss out on.
slynndaniels via tripadvisor.com - Sep 12, 2016
The best cuisine on the beach
We received excellent casual service for an early dinner on Sunday which was given to us by the bartender. He was very friendly and gave great suggestions. The Ocracoke oysters where delicious as where the steamed clams. For entrees we had the Asian Tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes, shrimp and grits, crab cakes, and the catch of the ... read more
crystall c via tripadvisor.com - Sep 11, 2016
Terrific food, friendly service
The food in Hatteras keeps getting better. Ketch, at mile marker 55, has terrific meals. The entrees are generous enough to feed two people. We had fresh tuna and local shrimp with grits. Very well done. The restaurant is family friendly but there's also a big comfortable and friendly bar.
Lorraine W via tripadvisor.com - Sep 8, 2016
Will definitely make this one of our annual stops when visiting the Outer Banks
Will definitely make this one of our annual stops when visiting the Outer Banks ... read more
Robert Mosko via facebook.com - Sep 6, 2016
Great seafood
Wonderful seafood flavor and fresh. Friendly staff and atmosphere. Food was not greasy at all and the price is right ... read more
twilson29 via tripadvisor.com - Sep 3, 2016
Great Ocracoke Oysters
We are staying in Avon for vacation and was told to make sure we go to Ketch 55. A buddy and I walked from our house for some oysters and beer. The staff was really friendly with a nice selection of craft beers. The oysters come from Ocracoke and were quite delicious. We will definitely go back before we leave.
Brent M via tripadvisor.com - Aug 31, 2016
We read an article about this place ...
We read an article about this place about a year ago and it looked like it would be worth a try. We come to OBX once a year and this year we rented a house in Avon so we were right down the road. The two of us stopped in on a Thursday around 6:30. The hostess had a big smile and welcomed us like we had been there before and she was h ... read more
Michael B. via yelp.com - Aug 26, 2016
Excellent fresh seafood!
We dined here for dinner this past week while vacationing on the Outer Banks with family. There were 5 adults and 2 kids in our party, and every single one of us left satisfied! There is an interesting list of designer drinks and a great wine and beer selection. We didn't try any appetizers-- though they looks very good. We enjoyed t ... read more
Barb B via tripadvisor.com - Aug 25, 2016
Love love #Ketch55 a must eat place while in #Avon
Love love #Ketch55 a must eat place while in #Avon ... read more
Rebekah L Phelps via facebook.com - Aug 22, 2016
Exceptional meal for the area
The fried calamari is some of the best I've ever had, service has always been good & all around better dining experience than most at the beach.
kousy via tripadvisor.com - Aug 22, 2016
Good Food
The clams and oysters on a half shell were local and fresh. The steak was well seasoned but green beans were boring. The tuna tataki was yummy. Skip the shrimp bisque as it taste like butter soup. Great service and beachy atmosphere.
DaSypress via tripadvisor.com - Aug 19, 2016
Always a pleasure to spend my money here. I never look at menu with the knowledge that the special will be a treat straight out of the Avon harbor. Outdoor seating!? Please, the flies on the Island are reason enough not to fret over it and the establishment, doors, ABC permit and so on are not compliant to seating outside regardle ... read more
Kristen Meier via google.com - Aug 17, 2016
This is excellent locally caught fish at very reasonable prices. I come back every year. You can't make it on this island if you're not doing it right and this plave has been serving top shelf food and drinks for at least 10 years.
Brandon Nicklas via google.com - Aug 17, 2016
Better than expected! ... read more
April Lightfoot via google.com - Aug 17, 2016
This is a real gem on the OBX in ...
This is a real gem on the OBX in Avon, NC. Martin was our server and he was excellent. I had "Crispy Oven Baked Crab Cakes" and Pam (my wife) had the "NC Coleman Farms Chicken". My crab cakes were full of crab meat, full of flavor and crispy as advertised. The veggies were a bit overcooked but still tasted great. Pam's chicken was mo ... read more
Paul B. via yelp.com - Aug 14, 2016
The Shrimp & Grits tonight were ...
The Shrimp & Grits tonight were awesome. Nice atmosphere & good service.
Michael A. via yelp.com - Aug 7, 2016
Excellent place
This place was great in all areas! Staff, service and food. Everyone enjoyed their meal and will be coming back next time as well. Oysters appetizers were a hit as were the peach cobbler and key lime pie.
dgil2004 via tripadvisor.com - Aug 6, 2016
Great Dinner
We were in Avon for a family vacation and wanted a nice dinner out. We walked in, a party of 7, hoping not to wait too long. We were pleasantly surprised to be seated immediately! Bread and dipping oil came out with our drinks --yum! My grapefruit margarita was strong and good. Everyone got something different to eat and everyone was ... read more
Sheila H via tripadvisor.com - Aug 4, 2016
Party of 7....Amazing dinner..
Party of 7....Amazing dinner...Shrimp & Grits, Shrimp Bisque, Tile Fish, Crab Cakes, Fried Goat Cheese, Calamari.. Amazing!!! Service was outstanding. Worth the drive!!!!!!
Bria L. via yelp.com - Jul 31, 2016
We decided to go here because it ...
We decided to go here because it didn't seem busy, and with two kids we prefer less crowded places. The food is a bit pricey and the menu isn't very big, which is why I'm guessing it wasn't super busy. I got the fish tacos, which were pretty good. I'm not sure the food is worth the price, though the service was great and so were the ... read more
Breann H. via yelp.com - Jul 29, 2016
Great food
If your looking for a relaxing meal that taste good look no more The food is wonderful and the service is great Please check it out ... read more
Bonnie G via tripadvisor.com - Jul 25, 2016
Perfect got date night
This is the fourth year we have visited this restaurant during our annual vacation in Rodanthe, and we continue to experience fine dining, exceptional staff and an overall great evening out. Yes, it can be crowded and there may be a wait, but it is the only restaurant along the shoreline with an upscale ambiance and the type of food ... read more
Dianne T via tripadvisor.com - Jul 23, 2016
Very nice meal. Not too busy on a Tuesday night. Service was great and prices were reasonable. We've been here before about 2 years ago but went on a Thursday and the place was packed waiting over an hour. Best to go earlier in the week, ... read more
Lawerence Mustico via google.com - Jul 17, 2016
Pricey, but excellent!
Drove from Waves to Avon looking for a decent place to eat, as options are limited in the trivillages. Gave this place a try and we were impressed! Food was a little expensive, but well worth it. I am from Maryland and took a chance on the crab cakes, they were amazing!!! My husband ordered the Shrimp and Grits and absolutely loved t ... read more
Jamie O via tripadvisor.com - Jul 16, 2016
If you want a deep fried Red Lobster style dinner go anywhere else. If you want real food cooked by
If you want a deep fried Red Lobster style dinner go anywhere else. If you want real food cooked by a real chef this is your place. This is top 5 best restaurant that I've had the pleasure to enjoy, anywhere. Thanks Ketch! Well done!
Jason White via facebook.com - Jul 15, 2016
FANTASTIC food!
A bit on the higher priced side for Avon, but worth every penny! I highly recommend sitting at the bar, as the bartenders are very nice. Shrimp and grits are my fave! A definite have-to-try!
imawriter32159 via tripadvisor.com - Jul 11, 2016
No Real Complaintsssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
Does it really matter what I ordered:) It was very good :) The service was steady and everyone was very nice:) Loved my shrimp and scallops:) My wife and I ordered two different dinners and then shared:) Loved her Mahi Mahi:) She liked my Flounder:) If nothing else their reviews are consistent overall, that says a lottttttttttttttttt ... read more
Jayjay099 via tripadvisor.com - Jul 9, 2016
Nice restaurant for dinner
We visited Ketch 55 for dinner during our vacation in Avon this month. The food was delicious. We ordered quesadillas to start and the tuna and fish tacos for our entrees. Each arrived in generous portions. For dessert we had the peach cobbler with ice-cream, which was good but came out cold. It would have been better warmed up. Al ... read more
Marianne G via tripadvisor.com - Jul 8, 2016
Good Dinner, Love the Trivia Cards
We have now been here two years in a row, and enjoyed it both times. One of our favorite parts are the Trivial Pursuit cards on the tables - they help keep us entertained while waiting for our food and are good conversation starters. We started with the calamari and smoked tuna dip appetizers. Both were very good. For our entrees, I ... read more
K1715 via tripadvisor.com - Jun 27, 2016
Hoping they make it!
We went here for a date night out on a Saturday night. We came early before 530 and we were the first table seated. We ordered a bottle of wine from a. Wry respectable wine list and price and quality was in range. For our appetizer we had Conch fritters and the portion a bit disappointing. They were small and not a good value. Choo ... read more
Chris44145 via tripadvisor.com - Jun 26, 2016
Always great
This restaurant is consistently great. Caesar salad is excellant, shrimp and grits is always a hit, it's all good but those are my favorites. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
BetsieMo via tripadvisor.com - Jun 23, 2016
"Good food, nice atmosphere, great service!"
Six for dinner with drinks, $220. Fully stocked bar. Food was great. Service was great. Easy access. Plenty of parking. We recommend this one.
BigAlWestVirginia via tripadvisor.com - Jun 23, 2016
Good food attractively served
We eat here every year when visiting Avon. The menu tends to be seafood-focused but our daughter had the chicken and said it was very good. They have a children's menu. They also have a wide selection of beer and wines. Our only complaint is the noise and we wish they could hang some tapestries are drapes in addition to the window v ... read more
Nancy L via tripadvisor.com - Jun 21, 2016
Gourmet eats on the island!
Have been coming to Hatteras for many years, but for some reason had never eaten here. Met a family member who was staying in Avon, and decided on Ketch 55 for dinner so we could eat and catch up. She had the shrimp and grits, and cleaned her plate. I had never had Puppy Drum before so I decided on their special. Was delish! Great sa ... read more
gocoastl via tripadvisor.com - Jun 20, 2016
Good... Most of the Time
We've eaten here several times. The first was fantastic! The second time was also pretty delicious. The third time was disappointing. The last visit was better but yes, overpriced for what we got. Or at least overpriced for the quality. We'll try again and see what the fifth visit holds. A little lacking in consistency, but when the ... read more
Kristin W via tripadvisor.com - Jun 20, 2016
We have eating here 2or3 times during our 2week vacation since it was MacDaddys, best shrimp and gr
We have eating here 2or3 times during our 2week vacation since it was MacDaddys, best shrimp and grits on OBX, Ray and Debbie and family ... read more
Ray Van de Castle via facebook.com - Jun 19, 2016
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