For a light lunch or dinner to reenergize after a day of exploring Wilmington’s central shopping plazas, head to the Bento Box. This colorful restaurant features a rainbow of fresh cuisine from Japan, China, Thailand and Vietnam, which can range from a five-course meal to a light sushi lunch, and can therefore satisfy any Asian-infused appetite.

For something small but flavorful, patrons will want to peruse the extensive selection of small plates which include plenty of global dishes like duck spring rolls, salt and pepper calamari, and sweet and sour shrimp tempura. Slightly hungrier patrons can treat themselves with one of the noodle and rice bowls, like the classic Chinese-style fried rice or the more unique Bun Vietnamese Noodle Salad, while ravenous diners will want to chow down on one of the hearty specialties like Vietnamese Ginger Beef or Chinese Beef and Broccoli. There’s also an extensive sushi bar, with dozens of options, and a fine selection of namesake Bento Boxes, like the Chicken Teriyaki Bento Box and the Tempura Bento Box, which is a fantastic sample of all of this eatery’s global flavors.

The Bento Box is a truly elevated taste of the world, and is a perfect destination for Wilmington visitors and locals to dive into a flavorful meal that feels miles away from the Cape Fear coastline.

  • Monday11:30am-9:00pm
  • Tuesday11:30am-9:00pm
  • Wednesday11:30am-9:00pm
  • Thursday11:30am-10:00pm
  • Friday11:30am-10:00pm
  • Saturday5:00pm-10:00pm
Bijou Park

Bijou Park

Bijou Park is a hidden gem of a "blink and you'll miss it" attraction in Wilmington, and is a perfect spot for weary shoppers and strollers to find a quiet bench, stretch out their legs, and relax. Located in a rare gap in between downtown buildings on 225 N Front St, the park straddles the heart of Downtown Wilmington and a Riverfront parking area, but the section in between is quiet, peaceful, and buffered from the sound of the downtown traffic by the two tall but historic buildings on either side.

Henrietta III

Henrietta III

It's hard to miss the Henrietta III as she cruises along Downtown Wilmingtontowards the open waters of the Cape Fear River. As the largest cruise boat in North Carolina, and the state's only true stern wheel riverboat, the Henrietta III has become a staple of the downtown scene in Wilmington, adding to its historic charm and southern flair for fun.