For a full range of seafood and steak selections that is complemented with waterfront views, head to the edge of the Wrightsville Beach Causeway to the distinctive Bridge Tender Restaurant. Found within a unique weather-worn building, this lunch and dinner restaurant with a sweet waterfront atmosphere outside, and a warm and inviting interior, is sure to appease seafood fans and land lubbers alike.

The lunch and dinner menus extend for multiple pages, and include a full host of traditional southern entrees, and seafood or meat-based classic dishes. Lunch patrons will find a nice array of sandwiches, burgers and wraps, small entrees, and colorful salads that can be enhanced with seafood add-ons like Mahi, tuna or fried oysters. Meanwhile, dinnertime guests can treat themselves to a full meal that begins with a coastal appetizer, like Asian seared tuna or gorgonzola buffalo shrimp, and which follows with a hearty entrée like a horseradish encrusted tuna, crunchy coconut shrimp, crab stuffed flounder, or one of the Bridge Tender’s many selections of steak. There are also a handful of chicken and pasta entrees, as well as a full range of desserts, which makes the Bridge Tender an all-encompassing and perfect representation of Cape Fear cuisine at its elevated best.

  • Monday11:30am-10:00pm
  • Tuesday11:30am-10:00pm
  • Wednesday11:30am-10:00pm
  • Thursday11:30am-10:00pm
  • Friday11:30am-10:00pm
  • Saturday4:00pm-10:00pm
  • Sunday4:00pm-10:00pm
Downtown Wilmington, NC

Downtown Wilmington, NC

For many visitors, the waterfront downtown region is where the action is in Wilmington, and an extended visit to this area is the highlight, if not the majority, of a great Wilmington vacation. Downtown Wilmington is steeped in history, filled with attractions, and offers all the enticing restaurants and shops of a major city, while retaining its small-town coastal charm.

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.