Wondering where to eat in Wilmington, NC? This is a great town to eat your way across, with excellent choices for fine dining and casual alike. Roll up your sleeves and dig into a pile of local oysters or peel and eat shrimp – overlooking the waters they were caught in that same day. Enjoy an expertly prepared meal from one of our chefs who’ve established local celebrity status. Dig into the perfect burger or plate of wings as you cheer on your favorite NC sports team. Find the true flavor of the South at one of the traditional diners or “meat and three” spots, beloved by Wilmington locals. Whatever you’re craving there’s sure to be a Wilmington restaurant to satisfy your appetite.

Featured Restaurants in Wilmington and the Area Beaches

Fox & Hound Pub & Grill

Fox & Hound in Mayfaire Town Center is a great place to relax with friends. Great food, an impressive selection of 44 draft beers, and all the sports you could ever want set this hot spot apart.

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Buzz’s Roost

Buzz’s Roost is new to downtown Wilmington. The large restaurant has a huge bar, upstairs lounge and an outdoor patio seating area with over-sized games like Tic-Tac-Toe & Jenga.

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The George on the Riverwalk

“The George” is located directly on the Cape Fear Riverfront. With  relaxed outdoor seating and an elegant indoor dining area, The George is perfect for every occasion.

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Boathouse Restaurant

Boathouse Restaurant is an excellent place to eat with friends and family. The casually comfortable vibe of Boathouse pairs perfectly with their extensive menu, complete with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Beach House Bar & Grill

Beach House is your one stop party spot. If you are looking for games, an outdoor stage and amazing food, you’ll want to check out Beach House. With regular live entertainment and drink specials every single day, how could you not love Beach House?

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Copper Penny

The Copper Penny is one of our favorite places to eat in Downtown Wilmington. The food is excellent and the vibe is very laid back. They are open for lunch and dinner.

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Restaurants We’re Into

Breakfast Spots

Start your day off right with these breakfast locations.

The Dixie Grill – Downtown Wilmington
116 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Cobblestone Cafe – Downtown Wilmington
Chandlers Warf
225 South Water St
Wilmington, NC 284o1

Sweet n Savory Cafe (by Wrightsville Beach)
1611 Pavillion Place
Wilmington, NC 28403

Gulf Stream Restaurant
78 Myrtle Ave
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Phone number (910) 458-8774


Lunch Spots

Grab some lunch at these fine establishments.

Oceanic (Oceanfront)
703 S Lumina Ave
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Phone number (910) 256-5551

Bluewater Grill (Intracoastal Waterway)
4 Marina St
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Phone number (910) 256-8500

Chops Deli (Downtown)
130 N Front St
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone number (910) 399-6503

Wayfarer Delicatessen (Downtown)
110 S Front St
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone number (910) 762-4788

Saigon Bistro (Downtown)
21 N Front St
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone number (910) 769-2628

Surf House
604 N Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Phone number (910) 707-0422

Ocean Grill (Oceanfront)
1211 S Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Phone number (910) 458-2000

Casual Dinner

Places to grab a casual dinner in Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, and Carolina Beach

Cape Fear Seafood Company (Monkey Junction)
5226 S College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28412
Phone number (910) 799-7077

Copper Penny (Downtown)
109 Chestnut St
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone number (910) 762-1373

K38 Baja Grill (Midtown)
5410 Oleander Dr
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone number (910) 395-6040

Nikkis Fresh Gourmet – Sushi (Mulitple Locations Around Town)
16 S Front St
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone number (910) 772-9151

Brixx – Wood Fired Pizza (in Mayfaire by Wrightsville)
6801 Main St
Wilmington, NC 28405
Phone number (910) 256-9677

Mellow Mushroom – Pizza
224 Causeway Dr
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Phone number (910) 679-4645

Tower 7 Mexican Grill
4 N Lumina Ave
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Phone number (910) 256-8585

Hops Supply Company (Midtown)
5400 Oleander Dr
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone number (910) 833-8867


Dinner - Higher End

Looking for a slightly more upscale night out? Check out these dining options.

Indochine – Thai – (Close to Downtown)
7 Wayne Dr
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone number (910) 251-9229

Circa 1922 (Downtown)
8 N Front St
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone number (910) 762-1922

RX Restaurant & Bar (Close to Downtown)
421 Castle St
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone number (910) 399-3080

Caprice Bistro (Downtown)
10 Market St
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone number (910) 815-0810

Osteria Cicchetti (out by Wrightsville)
1125-K Military Cutoff Rd
Wilmington, NC 28405
Phone number (910) 256-7476

South Beach Grill
100 S Lumina Ave
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Phone number (910) 256-4646

Deck House
205 Charlotte Ave
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Phone number (910) 458-1026

Freddies Restaurant
111 K Ave
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Phone number (910) 458-5979

Waterfront Dining

Enjoy the views from these waterfront restaurants in Wilmington, Carolina Beach, and Wrightsville Beach

The Pilot House (Downtown on Cape Fear River)
2 Ann St
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone number (910) 343-0200

George on the Riverwalk (Downtown on Cape Fear River)
128 S Water St
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone number (910) 763-2052

Oceanic (Oceanfront)
703 S Lumina Ave
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Phone number (910) 256-5551

Bluewater Grill (Intracoastal)
4 Marina St
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Phone number (910) 256-8500

The Bridge Tender (Intracoastal)
1414 Airlie Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone number (910) 256-4519

Ocean Grill (Oceanfront)
1211 S Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Phone number (910) 458-2000

Desserts on table outside.

Where to Eat Dessert in Wilmington, North Carolina

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OK – I’m going to have to follow this post with a list of Wilmington gyms and fitness centers BUT there are so many great spots in Wilmington to satisfy your sweet tooth, from donuts at the beach to elaborately decorated designer cakes. Of course the cupcake and frozen yogurt bar crazes have also hit Wilmington. So, on to the sweetness… A local favorite, Apple Annie’s Bakeshop has been in Wilmington since 1984. The family who…

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Wine grapes in the sun. Information on wineries outside of Wilmington, NC.

Wilmington Area Wineries

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North Carolina is the twelfth largest wine producing state in the US. The original wines produced in the state were from the Scuppernong variety of muscadine grapes, but today there are over 100 wineries around NC, producing wines of all types. There are a few wineries in town, and three within an hour drive of the Wilmington area, each offering tastings, tours, and unique local wines. Duplin Winery Duplin Winery, located to the North off…

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Entrance of the Copper Penny in Wilmington, NC

7 Reasons to Love The Copper Penny

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Our office is right around the corner from the Copper Penny ("the Penny") and we eat there about three times a month. Below is a list of seven reasons why we keep going back to the Cooper Penny for more: 1. Not Your Typical Pub Food - The Penny is not cheap but the food is not some bland craptastic bag of junk that went right from the freezer into the fryer and onto your...
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