1900 Restaurant & Lounge

1900 Restaurant & Lounge is a chic little dinner and late-night destination that has an eclectic Downtown Wilmington vibe, but which is found a little off the beaten path in a commercial shopping center along...

24 South Coffee House

Downtown Wilmington explorers who want to grab a quick cup of coffee and a warm homemade treat can make an easy stop along Front Street at the 24 South Coffee House. This chic and charming establishment has a collection...

A Taste of Italy

A Taste of Italy has New York roots and a prime location in the heart of Wilmington along College Road – a combination that has helped solidify this market’s reputation as one of the best delis in the Port...

Addicted To The Bean

Sometimes a name says it all, and Addicted to the Bean is a favorite destination for Hugh MacRae park-goers and UNCW college students alike to get an extra jolt of caffeine before an early morning run, a crucial final...

Amy’s Burrito Barn

When it comes to fresh Mexican fare on a budget, it’s hard to beat the diverse and delicious Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn. This collegiate favorite that’s found along busy Oleander Drive has a cult...

Asian Fusion Noodle House

Sometimes a name says it all, and Asian Fusion Noodle House is where hungry locals and visitors alike go to satisfy an appetite for large bowls of Japanese staples. Located in a particularly busy section of Market...

Aubriana’s Fine Dining

Located along a quiet side street just off the Downtown Wilmington waterfront, Aubriana’s Fine Dining is a posh and polished destination for great eats in the heart of the Cape Fear region. Boasting a full menu of...

Balluchi Indian Fusion & Bar

The relatively new Balluchi Indian Fusion & Bar is an enticing spot that combines fresh Indian fare with an ornate lounge atmosphere. Open late, and featuring both a late-night locale for having fun, as well as a...

Bdobo Mongolian Grill

Create your own Mongolian masterpiece with a visit to the casual but delicious Bdobo Mongolian Grill. Located along Market Street, this little gem is veritably hidden in plain sight, and is a fine destination for hungry...

Beach Bagels

Visitors who are en route to the beach and are in the mood for a quick breakfast or lunch on the go can pop into the convenient and surprisingly diverse Beach Bagels. Located just a shell’s through away from the...

Beach House Bar

The Beach House Bar is a casual taste of the islands in the northern Ogden region of the Cape Fear area. Known for its nightlife, cold drinks, and ultra laid-back atmosphere, the Beach House Bar is the place to go for a...

Beer Barrio

Beer Barrio is a chic Happy Hour destination in the heart of Downtown Wilmington that’s renowned for ice cold drinks, fresh cuisine, and an abundance of good times. A perfect stop for refueling after a lengthy...

Bento Box

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...

Bessie & Giuseppe

Bessie & Giuseppe is a casual little pizza and burger joint that utilizes freshly made pizza dough, homemade sauce, and cheese that’s been grated in house. Combined with fresh burger and pizza toppings, and a...

Betsy’s Crepes

The Cape Fear region seems to have a love affair with delicate French cuisine, and Betsy’s Crepes puts one of this country’s favorite cuisines front and center as the star of the menu. Conveniently located...

Big Thai

For authentic Thai cuisine, go where the locals go and head over to Big Thai – a small Thai joint that’s located in the heart of Wilmington along Military Cutoff Road. This small but intimate Thai restaurant...

Billy Ray’s Family Restaurant

Billy Ray’s Family Restaurant is a unique destination that attracts sports fans and southern cooking fans alike. Located in a busy but more local section of Carolina Beach Road, this relatively new eatery serves...

Black Sea Grill

The Black Sea Grill puts a wonderfully unique spin on classic Cape Fear area seafood and southern dishes, with Mediterranean fare that allows the local ingredients to shine. From unique takes on “surf and...

Blue Asia

Blue Asia is a chic and cool little Japanese and sushi joint that is just a stone’s throw from the University of North Carolina Wilmington Campus, and therefore attracts a crowd of hungry college students and...

Blue Surf Café

Blue Surf Café serves up inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner fare to hungry UNCW college students, Wilmington locals, and savvy vacationers-in-the-know alike. Featuring a wonderfully extensive menu, with a host...

Boathouse Restaurant

The Boathouse restaurant is a moderately-sized and unimposing restaurant that’s located in a quiet section of Wilmington, close to Bradley Creek. But although it’s easy to miss, seafood fans will want to...

Boca Bay

Located close to the coastal shorelines of Wrightsville Beach, Boca Bay is the place to go for an array of fresh seafood in an elegant and subtly refined atmosphere.

Bon Appetit

Start a trip to the beach or an exploration of the Cape Fear shoreline off right with a stop at Bon Appetit -  a fresh little breakfast joint that’s tucked away along Carolina Beach Road. Casual but...

Bourbon Street

Downtown Wilmington is known for its collection of hip restaurants with culinary inspirations from around the world, and the centrally located Bourbon Street is no exception. Found just a block away from the waterfront...

Brasserie du Soleil

Brasserie du Soleil takes fine dining to an elevated level with lunch and dinner menus that are infused with traditional French dishes and flavors. Found near a small collection of shops just off of Westwood Road, this...

Bridge Tender Restaurant

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...

Buzz’s Roost

Buzz’s Roost is a fun little spot in the heart of Downtown Wilmington that is known for its solid sandwiches, seafood, and plenty of good times. With a nice long interior bar that boasts a full row or TVs, and a...

C-Street Mexican Grill

C-Street Mexican Grill is a fast-casual Mexican food joint that’s distinctive for its fresh ingredients and almost overwhelming menu. Located close to the corners of Shipyard Blvd. and South College Road, this...

Café Zola

Coffee and tea drinkers who adore a good book and a hot or cold brew will appreciate the chic and relaxing Café Zola. Found within a sweet local book store, and featuring a nice collection of well-made coffee...

Cam Café

Visitors who are touring the Cameron Art Museum don’t have to leave the premises to enjoy a creative and ultimately delicious lunch, thanks to the museum’s on-site Cam Café. Located in a bright and...

Cape Fear Seafood Company

Though almost hidden behind a busy section of College Road, Cape Fear Seafood Company nevertheless has a big reputation as one of the best places to go in Wilmington for outstanding coastal fare. Named by North...

Caprice Bistro

Caprice Bistro is Wilmington’s go-to for incredible martinis and French cuisine in the heart of the Downtown area. Found within a classic brick building, and boasting two levels of dining, (including an upstairs...

Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill & Sports Bar

Take a break from the daily grind and dive into a game of volleyball, a trivia night, or just a few rounds and a hearty meal with friends and family with a visit to Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill & Sports...

Carolina BBQ House

Carolina BBQ House is a home-style buffet that offers big southern dishes to big southern appetites. Offering a rotating selection of comfort food with all the fixins’, this hearty destination will appease...

Carolina Girls’ Grillin’ Café

For breakfast, lunch and dinner, Carolina Girls’ Grillin’ Café is always cooking up something good. Located just north of Wilmington, on the outskirts of Castle Hayne, this eatery has a ton of big...

Carolina Table Salt & Company

The Carolina Table Salt & Company started as a simple salt venture, with locally grown salt that was used to spice up family pig pickins’ and low country meals like shrimp and grits. Today, the small seasoning...

Casey’s Buffet and BBQ

Where do you go in Wilmington for authentic southern soul food that includes everything from all-you-can-eat BBQ and fried chicken to Chitlins’? You head to Casey’s Buffet and BBQ. With never-ending helpings...

Catch

Catch has been making waves on the Wilmington dining scene since first opening in 2006, thanks to its award-winning and famous chef and owner, Keith Rhodes. Rhodes was a contestant on the national television show Top...

Ceviche’s

Wilmington Visitors who think they’ve seen it all should plan a visit to the refreshingly cool Ceviche’s. Inspired by the cuisine of Panama, Central America, this unique eatery features a colorful menu...

China One

China One is a classic Chinese food take-out restaurant with a wealth of options and a prime location along Market Street. Exceptionally convenient for visitors and locals in the Porters Neck area, this fast and fresh...

Chop’s Deli

Ask a Wilmington local where to go for a casual lunch in Downtown Wilmington, and chances are they will list Chop’s Deli as one of their favorite options. Known for exceptional deli sandwiches, salads and soups...

Chopstix

Chopstix is a simple Chinese food take-out joint that has a decent local following and a convenient location along Market Street. Settled in between a host of local businesses, services, and shops, Chopstix is an easy...

Circa 1922

Indecisive diners will have a fine time at Circa 1922. This chic tapas bar and restaurant has a prime Downtown Wilmington location, and a wonderfully varied menu that allows patrons to sample veritably every elevated...

Clean Eatz

Healthy eaters and the diet conscious finally have a place to call their own in the Cape Fear region. Clean Eatz, which is found just north of the UNCW campus, specializes in creating ultimately tasty creations that are...

College Diner

Both college students and visitors alike can head to the centrally located College Diner to load up on heaping plates of classic American fare to either start off a day of exploring, or to cap off a night of exploring...

Copper Penny

The Copper Penny is a favorite go-to for Downtown Wilmington pub fans and beer lovers, thanks to a great combination of an extensive beer menu, tasty and filling cuisine, and an undeniably cool atmosphere.

Cousins Italian Deli

Cousins Italian Deli brings warm Italian hospitality to the Cape Fear region with an extensive deli menu and special family-style meals that are sure to make visitors feel absolutely right at home. A top-rated...

David’s Deli & Restaurant

David’s Deli & Restaurant is a solid breakfast or lunch destination for vacationers who are cruising from the mainland to the Wrightsville Beach shoreline. Located along Eastwood Drive, this casual and...

Dead Crow Comedy Room

Nothing is more relaxing and liberating than a big belly laugh, and Wilmington’s own Dead Crow Comedy Room is a perfectly convenient destination for Cape Fear visitors to sit back, enjoy a drink, and let loose...

Detour Deli & Café

Detour Deli & Café might not be very big, but it makes up for its small stature with a deli menu that’s full of gigantic global flavors. Found within a miniature brick building on the outskirts of...

Dig & Dive

Dig & Dive is a neighborhood sports bar and restaurant in central Wilmington that is gaining a following that’s well outside the collection of apartment complexes and residential communities which border the...

Dock Street Oyster Bar

Dock Street Oyster Bar has an award-winning reputation as one of the best oyster bars in the Cape Fear region, and this downtown icon continues to impress seafood fans with its extensive steamer menu and plenty of...

Dockside Restaurant & Bar

Wilmington visitors who want the appeal of an oceanfront beach restaurant without taking a spin across the Wrightsville Beach Bridge can pop into the Dockside Restaurant. Located on the waterfront border, with a cool...

Double Happiness Restaurant

There’s plenty of joy to be found in the colorful dishes and unique flavors of the Double Happiness Restaurant. Found in between the heart of Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, this Dim Sum, Cantonese, and...

El Arriero Taqueria

El Arriero Taqueria takes the concept of Fresh Mex to new heights with a uniquely traditional menu and a solid pedigree of local Mexican food experts. Owned by the Ibarra family, the founders of the local favorite El...

Elijah’s

There’s nothing like enjoying a stunning waterfront view, and Elijah’s has a prime location along the Cape Fear River on the edge of Wilmington’s historic downtown. Featuring both indoor and seasonal...

Elizabeth’s Pizza

Though Elizabeth’s Pizza might look like a small pizza joint, with a subtle location along a busy section of commercialized Market Street, the decadent menu offers so much more than a slice or two of pie. Boasting...

Empire Deli & Bagel

Empire Deli & Bagel is a laid-back little breakfast and lunch joint that will satisfy any native New Yorker or New Englander who happens to be in the Cape Fear region. Located just north of Wilmington in the Ogden...

Epic Food Co

With a name like Epic Food Co, you’d expect the food to be something special, and this casual restaurant off of Military Cutoff Road does not disappoint. Featuring a breakfast, main, and dinner menu, as well as a...

Eternal Sunshine Cafe

Eternal Sunshine Café is a bright and cheerful spot to start the day with slightly unique breakfast and brunch fare that is sure to surprise even seasoned Wilmington food fans. Located just off of US Highway 74...

Fat Tony’s Italian Pub

Fat Tony’s Italian Pub is where comfort food and Downtown Wilmington’s hip bar scene combine, to completely decadent and filling results. Located just a block away from the waterfront, this casual stop for...

Fibber McGees Irish Restaurant & Pub

Fibber McGees Irish Restaurant & Pub is a sweet little pub and restaurant that’s found on a picturesque business-lined street on the outskirts of Landfall, and which is close to a handful of golf courses...

Fire Bowl

Locals and visitors in the Ogden area, which is just north of Wilmington along US Highway 17, can satisfy a hankering for Asian cuisine with a visit to Fire Bowl. Featuring a vast menu that’s chock-full of...

Firebelly Lounge

Firebelly Lounge is a longstanding hang-out for Wilmington’s college crowd. Originally located in the downtown area, and recently moved to its new location along Carolina Beach Road, this restaurant and lounge...

Fish House Grill

The Fish House Grill is located on the foot of the Wrightsville Beach Drawbridge, and has been a Wilmington institution for generations of hungry, seafood loving patrons. The idyllic setting perfectly complements the...

Flaming Amy’s Bowl

Flaming Amy’s Bowl has surpassed its original reputation as a go-to for hungry UNCW college students, and is now a veritable favorite Wilmington eatery in its own right, thanks to a towering menu that can be...

Flying Pi Kitchen

Downtown Wilmington is known for its eclectic collection of restaurants that combine southern sensibilities with modern cuisine, and the Flying Pi Kitchen is no exception. Located along an unimposing corner of the...

Flytrap Brewing

Downtown Wilmington visitors don’t have to meander too far to join North Carolina’s growing homegrown beer craze, thanks to the centrally located Flytrap Brewing. Found just a few blocks away from the...

Folks Café

Folks Café is a sweet little coffee shop that’s found on the outskirts of Downtown Wilmington in an unimposing, (and very easy to pass by), one-story brick “home” in a cluster of small downtown...

Fork N Cork

The Fork N Cork is serving up a new blend of Artisan cuisine to the diners of Wilmington, with truly creative fare that takes advantage of local flavors, seasonal ingredients, and a hefty amount of imagination.

Fox and Hound Pub & Grille

The Fox and Hound Pub & Grille is a prime destination for visitors to relax with a pint and a hearty meal after a long day of shopping in the ultra-posh Mayfaire Town center. Featuring a full menu of drinks and...

Front Street Brewery

Beer fans who want to see what brews the Coastal Carolina region can cook up can pay a lunchtime, dinnertime, Happy Hour or late night visit to Front Street Brewery. Known for a collection of flagship brews that are...

Genki

Genki is a fresh Japanese and sushi joint that’s tucked away along the popular Market Street in the New Centre shopping district. Boasting colorful and flavorful dishes that can satisfy any craving for Japanese...

Giant

Giant is a unique experience for coffee and film buffs in the heart of film-obsessed Wilmington. Located next to the famed EUE Screen Gem studios, and featuring meeting rooms and an on-site movie theater that plays...

Giorgio’s Italian Restaurant

Take a break from a diet and settle in for some rich Italian dishes with a visit to Giorgio’s Italian Restaurant. This decadent eatery, which is located in the heart of the Monkey Junction area, has a full menu...

Golden Dragon

Golden Dragon is a traditional Chinese Food restaurant with a convenient locale along Kerr Street, which is just a stone’s throw away from College Road, Oleander Drive, and the borders of the University of North...

Goody Goody Omelet House

Goody Goody Omelet House Restaurant has the look, the feel, and the grub of a classic southern breakfast and lunch joint, with an accompanying long menu that features all the classics. Located in a vintage building...

Green Line Pizza and Steak

Green Line Pizza and Steak is located on the northern outskirts of Wilmington along Business US Highway 17, and is a nice and quick lunch or dinnertime spot for visitors who are en route to or from the Cape Fear...

Grinder’s Cafe

Patrons who want to settle in for a warm cup of coffee on a well-worn and soft couch, or who crave an easy bite to eat in a relaxing coffee house setting, will find a lot to love about Grinder’s Café. This...

Halligans Public House

Halligans Public House is a surprising find in the primarily residential community along Masonboro Loop Road. Found within a small commercial center, this traditional Irish Pub is a fun destination for hungry families...

Havana’s

Havana’s is an all-encompassing steak, seafood and pasta restaurant that’s just a shell’s throw from the bridge to Wrightsville Beach. Offering lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch in a casual but slightly...

Hell’s Kitchen

Movie buffs and foodies alike will have a fine time at Hell’s Kitchen, a chic little Downtown Wilmington restaurant that had a guest role in the homegrown TV series, “Dawson’s Creek.” Located...

Henry’s

For fine cuisine that benefits from an overall “Farm to Table” philosophy, visitors can head over to Henry’s. Boasting a vintage warm interior with a long bar and an accompanying collection of booths...

Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet

Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet is a traditional Chinese food buffet that offers an array of lunch and dinner options for hungry Asian food fans. With plenty of seating, and expansive rows of hot and cold items, (as well...

Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

This brightly colored and expansive restaurant along Market Street is an eye-catching destination for seafood fans. Featuring a far-reaching menu of steamed, broiled, grilled and fried seafaring creations, Hieronymus...

Hiro Japanese Steak House

Visitors who are exploring the shops off of College Road, Market Street, and Eastwood Road can cap off a long day with a true Hibachi experience with a visit to Hiro Japanese Steak House. Offering the full...

Hoobie’s NY Pizza & Hoagies

Wilmington has more than its fair share of exceptional pizza joints, and even locals and visitors who are in the quieter Cape Fear regions, like the northern city outskirts near Interstate 40, will find a fantastic...

Hops Supply Co

Hops Supply Co is a fresh gastropub on Oleander Drive that impresses patrons with its equally distinctive drink and food menus. With an internal dedication to provide an exceptional beer selection, as well as fresh and...

Hot Pink Cake Stand

Can’t decide whether to have a glass of wine or a decadent cupcake? Then why not do both? Hot Pink Cake Stand is a little gem along the streets of Downtown Wilmington, and this tasty destination serves up a world...

Hungry Heroes

Wilmington residents and visitors in the Ogden and Portners Neck regions can satisfy a hankering for a big thick sub or a floppy slice of pizza with a visit to Hungry Heroes. Offering take-out, delivery and dine in...

Ichiban Express

Ichiban Express is a small and unimposing eatery that’s found just a stroll away from the UNCW campus, but the solid fare and inexpensive prices makes this quick stop for Japanese cuisine a crowd pleaser. Fast and...

Indochine

Indochine has garnered a reputation as one of the most inviting Thai and Vietnamese restaurants in Wilmington, and for good reason. The vibrant and colorful menu is almost overshadowed by the exquisite surroundings...

Innovations Restaurant

Innovations Restaurant is one of several restaurants that are found within the Hilton Wilmington Riverside – one of the largest hotels along the downtown waterfront, and a popular venue for large special events...

Ironclad Brewery

Downtown Wilmington visitors who want to cap off a full day of shopping and exploring can make a stop at the homegrown Ironclad Brewery for a wonderfully crafted pint or two in a casual, spacious, and all-around...

Jackson’s Big Oak Barbecue

When you’re in the south, you have to chow down on big plates of homestyle BBQ, and Jackson’s Big Oak Barbecue doesn’t disappoint southern food fans, thanks to a hefty menu that’s loaded with all...

Jamaica’s Comfort Zone

Dive into a heaping plate of something different with a visit to Jamaica’s Comfort Zone – a unique twist on the concept of hearty home cooking. Located close to the University of North Carolina Wilmington...

Java Dog

As the name would suggest, Java Dog is one of Downtown Wilmington’s few establishments where dogs aren’t only welcome, they’re expected. This cool coffee shop that’s located on the edge of Front...

Jax Fifth Avenue Deli & Ale House

Jax Fifth Avenue Deli & Ale House may look like a Swiss retreat, but the downhome cuisine and friendly atmosphere is the hallmark of a southern destination. Featuring an expansive interior with plenty of bar seating...

Jerry’s

Jerry’s is the brainchild of Jerry Rouse – a Wilmington local who is famed for his nearly 40 years of catering experience. While fresh catering is still available, everyday patrons without a big party to...

Jester’s Java

Veer just outside of the heart of Downtown Wilmington and you’ll discover Jester’s Café – a fun and funky café that specializes in traditional breakfast and lunch fare with a twist...

Jimbo’s Breakfast & Lunch House

Jimbo’s Breakfast & Lunch House, an old school diner-style restaurant with a vintage exterior and sky-high sign, is a time-tested staple for solid breakfast and lunch fare in a basic but nevertheless inviting...

Juggling Gypsy Cafe

Juggling Gypsy Café is a completely original destination where food, drinks, live music, a hookah bar, and even belly dancing can all be found. A popular hang-out with the college crowd, and a fun late-night...

K-38 Baja Grill

K-38 Baja Grill is Wilmington’s time-tested favorite for Fresh Mex cuisine and a definitive surfer vibe. Found along a hopping section of Market Street, this flagship restaurant serves up plenty of vibrant coastal...

Kabob and Grill

Take a stroll along the Downtown Wilmington waterfront, and along a historic section of South Water Street, you’ll find the eclectic and delicious Kabob and Grill. Specializing in refined Indian cuisine, and...

Kabuki Korean Cafe & Sushi Bar

Kabuki Korean Cafe & Sushi Bar is a distinctive restaurant that’s perfect for central Wilmington visitors who are in the mood for something that’s miles away from ordinary. Found along a bustling section...

Katy’s Grill and Bar

Katy’s Grill and Bar is a haven for sports fans, thanks to a recently renovated living room, a full bar with rows of flat screen TVs, a cool outdoor dining area complete with shady umbrella-topped tables, and an...

Keg and Egg

The Keg and Egg is a craft beer emporium with a big Pittsburgh-style influence which, when combined, creates a hearty menu that is sure to appease beer fans and hungry patrons alike. This unique beer garden and sandwich...

Kornerstone Bistro

Kornerstone Bistro is a fun and slightly elevated little restaurant along Market Street that specializes in Italian, Mediterranean, and Latin cuisine. Boasting heaping plates of fresh pasta, and eye-catching appetizers...

Krazy Pizza & Subs

Krazy Pizza & Subs has an almost-hidden location along Shipyard Boulevard, but this fun little Italian eatery is worth a stop for its friendly but casual atmosphere, decent prices, and solid selection of NY-style...

Kyoto Asian Grille

Kyoto Asian Grille, a chic Asian fusion, Japanese and Thai restaurant with a warm and friendly atmosphere, is a favorite local destination for fresh and colorful Asian-inspired cuisine. Boasting an extensive menu and...

La Güera

A coastal town like Wilmington always appreciates fresh Mexican fare, and La Güera is the local go-to for authentic Latin cuisine at its budget-friendly best. Far beyond the typical tacos and burritos, (although...

La Kumbala

La Kumbala is a chic little Mexican restaurant that’s found in the heart of Wilmington along Market Street. Offering a full menu of authentic and sometimes hard-to-find dishes, this Mexican food restaurant is...

Las Olas Mexi-Q Grill

Las Olas Mexi-Q Grill is a relatively new but popular restaurant that is a sister restaurant to Wilmington’s acclaimed surfer hang-out, K-38. Found in the heart of the Mayfaire area along Military Cutoff Road...

Le Catalan French Cafe and Wine Bar

Take a break from exploring the Wilmington waterfront and settle in for a little romance and fine French cuisine with a stop at Le Catalan French Cafe and Wine Bar. As the name would apply suggest, Le Catalan...

Little Buffalo Pizza Shop

Don’t let the “Little” in Little Buffalo Pizza Shop fool you – this sweet little pizza joint that’s on the edge of Downtown Wilmington in the Castle Hayne region serves up big slices, big...

Long Island Eatery

Long Island Eatery is a classic New York Delicatessen and coffee bar that was founded by authentic New Yorkers and which is a decent spot to find a wide array of fresh salads, sandwiches, desserts, and drinks to enjoy...

Louie’s Hot Dogs

Louie’s Hot Dogs is a sliver of a restaurant that’s tucked away in Wilmington’s Historic Downtown, and which is less than a block away from the Riverwalk and ensuing waterfront. Measuring only 6...

Lovey’s Natural Foods & Cafe

Lovey’s Natural Foods & Café is a dream destination for vegetarians, health-conscious eaters, and anyone who craves a healthy meal or an array of natural and organic goodies. Located along Military...

Low Tide Pub

Casual and perfect for the college crowd, Low Tide Pub is where locals go to grab a beer, a bite to eat, and a little after-hours entertainment. This pub and bar is located on the edge of the UNCW campus, which makes it...

Lucky Joe Coffee

Lucky Joe Coffee is a lucky find for visitors who are cruising to or from the central Wilmington area via Interstate 40 or Business US 17. This coffee house that serves up fresh brews, smoothies, and even juices, is...

Luna Caffè

Luna Caffè is an inviting little coffee shop that’s found in a charming residential neighborhood on the edge of Downtown Wilmington, and which is bordered by historic cottage homes and antique stores...

Main Moon Chinese Restaurant

Main Moon Chinese Restaurant is a conveniently located Chinese food restaurant that allows patrons to enjoy pick-up or delivery service with perfect ease, thanks to an online ordering option, and both lunch and dinner...

Manna

Manna is an enticing fine dining destination in the heat of Downtown Wilmington that applies French techniques to elevated American fare. Using local ingredients whenever possible, diners will be treated to a...

Martino’s Italian Deli

Whether you’re in the mood for an easy-going lunch, or just want to pick up a collection of fresh ingredients to feast on back home, Martino’s Italian Deli delivers with authentic meals, meats and...

Merritt’s Burger House

Merritt’s Burger House is a classic little drive-in joint that’s been a subtle Wilmington institution for generations. Featuring a drive-in style exterior, complete with an old-school sign, this simple...

Midtown Deli

Midtown Deli is a fresh little sandwich shop that’s found just south of the Downtown Wilmington area along 17thstreet. Boasting a full menu of slightly upscale sandwiches, salads, and other fare that’s...

Might As well Bar & Grill

Might as Well Bar & Grill is a modest-sized bar and restaurant that’s a solid destination for filling food and Happy Hour or late-night drinks with friends. Boasting a big array of beverages and drink...

Mike’s Fresh Seafood

Mike’s Fresh Seafood is located along a busy section of Market Street, but is often overlooked by seafood fans as its rustic exterior and convenience-store vibe might not register with visitors who are looking for...

Ming Yao Restaurant

Ming Yao Restaurant is a classic Chinese take-out food joint that’s convenient for visitors and locals in the Monkey Junction region, and which features an array of Thai, Cantonese, Szechuan, and Hunan-style...

Mission BBQ

Mission BBQ has a cool location, cool interior, and a big menu that boasts a world of bold and classic southern flavors. Opened on September 11, 2011 by two friends who went on a cross-country tour to discover the...

Ms. Pat’s Wings

Ms. Pat’s Wings is a locally owned soul food joint that has a basic exterior and interior, but plenty of delicious home cooking to go around. Located on the outskirts of downtown Wilmington, in a quieter area...

Nawab Fine Indian Cuisine

The goal of Nawab Fine Indian Cuisine is to provide authentic and genuine Indian cuisine to patrons at reasonable prices, and for Wilmington locals, this longstanding restaurant accomplishes the goal nicely. Boasting a...

NeMa Eatery and Lounge

The NeMa Eatery and Lounge is one of the newest hot spots to hit the Downtown Wilmington scene, and its ultra-modern menu is already turning heads among Cape Fear visitors and local alike. Featuring progressive spins on...

Niche Kitchen & Bar

Despite the name, the Niche Kitchen & Bar actually caters to veritably all tastes with a unique menu that combines classic tapas, sandwiches and entrees with inspired and coastal flavors. With a relaxed setting and...

Nicola’s

Though Nicola’s restaurant might not stand out along this busy section of Market Street, the stellar menu, which is loaded with a wealth of Italian favorites and decadent specialties, will lead visitors and locals...

Ogden Tap Room

Ogden Tap Room is Wilmington’s newest haven for beer lovers, thanks to an extensive beer menu that includes 40 rotating beers on tap. Coupled with an inviting interior, a family-friendly atmosphere, and a full...

Okami Japanese Steakhouse

Okami Japanese Steakhouse offers a wide range of dining experiences under one extensive roof along College Road. From the traditional Japanese steak house “show,” with flying knives and freshly prepared...

Old Cape Fear Smoked Meats

Old Cape Fear Smoked Meats’ moto is “We Smoke It, You Inhale It!” and carnivores won’t be disappointed by the extensive, and unsurprisingly meat-heavy menu that’s loaded with southern...

Olympia Restaurant

Visitors and locals who are running errands or enjoying a leisurely day of shopping along Oleander Drive can satisfy a big Greek appetite with a visit to Olympia Restaurant. Tucked away in a small shopping center off of...

On a Roll

On a Roll is a small little sandwich joint on the edge of the downtown area that shows newcomers just how good local cuisine can be on a roll, between two slices of bread, or curled up into a wrap. Boasting a big...

Osteria Cicchetti

Sample decadent Italian cuisine in a beautifully ornate atmosphere with a visit to Osteria Cicchetti. This classic but slightly modern bistro has a wonderful selection of Italian specialties that are sure to appease any...

Our Crepes & More

As the name aptly suggests, Our Crepes & More offers a vast range of both sweet and savory crepes that is sure to give Wilmington newcomers a delicious introduction to this traditional French cuisine. Located on a...

Paddy’s Hollow

Wilmington visitors who are touring the downtown area’s famed Cotton Exchange can whet an appetite for a cold drink, a hearty lunch, or a decadent dinner with a visit to Paddy’s Hollow. Featuring an...

Papa Fin’s

Visitors and locals who are cruising along Carolina Beach Road and who are hungry for a laid-back lunch or dinner that’s topped with a frozen treat can swing by the casual but tasty Papa Fin’s. Tucked away...

Paso Fino

Paso Fino is a completely authentic Mexican food restaurant, bar, and lounge that serves up overflowing plates of budget-friendly cuisine, as well as hosts big name Latin acts and live music in the adjoining lounge...

Pembroke’s

Pembroke’s is a favorite choice for fine dining in the Mayfaire region of Wilmington. Located just off of Military Cutoff Road, longtime fans declare that Pembroke’s is more of a “dining...

Pilot House

Fresh seafood, southern cuisine, and the Downtown Wilmington waterfront all seem to go together seamlessly, and the fare and atmosphere at The Pilot House is no exception to this rule. Found within a former historic...

Pine Valley Market

There’s a little something for everyone to savor at the Pine Valley Market. Centrally located along College Road, this modest-sized establishment specializes in catering, fresh meats, wine, prepared foods to feast...

PinPoint Restaurant

PinPoint Restaurant is a chic little downtown restaurant with a big reputation as the perfect destination for a romantic Wilmington date night. Featuring a relatively seasonal menu that showcases local ingredients at...

Pirate’s Table Seafood Restaurant

Pirate’s Table Seafood Restaurant is a classic seafood restaurant that’s found along Carolina Beach road, and features all the Cape Fear region classics, but without the big close-to-the-beach prices. With a...

Pizzetta’s Pizzeria

For decadent pizza and pasta, Pizzetta’s Pizzeria is hard to beat. Though Pizzetta’s can get crowded on a weekend afternoon with hungry families who want to dive into the big floppy slices, the cheesy, gooey...

Poor Piggy’s

College students and professors who need a filling pick-up in between classes, or visitors who are taking a tour of the extensive UNCW campus, will want to look for the distinctive Poor Piggy’s food truck. With...

Port City Brew Bus

Beer lovers will be thrilled to discover that there’s a local Wilmington tour designed just for them – the Port City Brew Bus. Open to visitors who are 21 and older, this tour bus heads to three of the...

Port City Chop House

Wilmington visitors who are in the mood for a big, juicy steak or a signature burger can head on down to the Port City Chop House. Elegant and a fine date night destination for carnivores, this steak house is sure to...

Port Land Grille

Port Land Grille is becoming one of Wilmington’s favorite destinations for delicious steaks and refined entrees in a warm and elegant atmosphere. Convenient for visitors staying in both Wilmington and Wrightsville...

PortCity Cheesesteak Company

PortCity Cheesesteak Company is a cool little sandwich shop that’s located just off of Market Street on the edges of Downtown Wilmington. As the name would suggest, this is place that Philly fans and natives can...

Positalia Italian Eatery

Positalia Italian Eatery allows patrons to enjoy fresh Italian cuisine on their own terms, with a wealth of grilled items, fresh extras, and delicate sauces to create the perfect and completely personalized Italian...

Priddyboy’s Sandwich Grill

Priddyboy’s Sandwich Grill specializes in mouth-watering meals and friendly customer service in a nicely casual environment. Located on a busy section of South 17thStreet, Priddyboy’s is a fine destination...

Reel Cuisine’s Pacific Grille

Reel Cuisine’s Pacific Grille, which is found just outside the downtown area along 17thStreet, is a truly unique destination for Wilmington visitors and locals who crave fresh flavors, healthy cuisine, and just a...

Reggae Hut Bar and Grill

Being this close to the water may inspire a taste for the islands, and Wilmington visitors can appease this craving with a visit to Reggae Hut Bar and Grill. Located in the heart of the Downtown area, and just a few...

Riverboat Landing Restaurant and Bar

Riverboat Landing Restaurant and Bar will impress patrons right from the start with a stunning Downtown Wilmington location on the corner or Water and Market Streets. Featuring two levels of dining, including the...

Roko Italian Cuisine

Roko Italian Cuisine is a “casual-upscale” Italian eatery just off of Military Cutoff Road that features fresh fare that’s infused with local ingredients. Overseen by Executive Chef Jadran Peros...

Rx Restaurant and Bar

Rx Restaurant and Bar has a goal to feed the soul, with a distinctively fresh menu that uses local ingredients from regional growers, farmers and fishermen. With complementing drinks that are just as unusual as the...

S&L New York Style Deli

For a fresh breakfast or lunch with a clear New York-inspired influence, S&L New York Style Deli literally delivers. Located just outside the downtown area along busy 17thStreet, this little deli is garnering a...

Sahara Pitas & Subs

Sahara Pitas & Subs is a fun little spot that’s found along Market Street, and which features a colorful menu and equally colorful atmosphere. With an outdoor counter for easy ordering, lush outdoor seating...

Sakura Japanese Restaurant

For a taste of fresh Japanese cuisine that’s varied and budget-friendly, Sakura Japanese Restaurant is a solid and centrally located destination. Found in between the downtown area and the UNCW campus, this small...

Sam’s Hot Dog Stand

Sam’s Hot Dog Stand isn’t technically a “stand,” but it has all the flavor of a favorite hot dog stand in NYC or big metropolis that’s well outside the port city. Priding itself on great...

San Juan Café

San Juan Café serves up gourmet Latin American cuisine in the heart of Wilmington, with a distinctive menu that has plenty of fresh coastal flavor and just a dash of southern influence.

Sea Captains Calabash Seafood

Sea Captains Calabash Seafood is a fairly traditional seafood restaurant that features a host of seafood selections in addition to southern-influenced fare. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this casual eatery will...

Sealevel City Gourmet

Vegetarians and fresh food lovers will find plenty of reasons to celebrate at the Sealevel City Gourmet – an enticing little café that boasts a wealth of fresh and handmade food and drink. Spearheaded by...

Shuckin’ Shack

Seafood lovers who don’t mind getting their hands dirty will want to take a stroll to the Shuckin’ Shack. Located in the heart of Downtown Wilmington along a busy section of Market Street, this casual and...

Shukai Thai & Sushi Bar

The Cape Fear region has an abundance of restaurants that specialize in delicious and creative seafood cuisine, and the Shukai Thai & Sushi Bar is no exception to this legacy. Located close to the Wrightsville Beach...

Siena Italian Restaurant

Authentic Italian dining in an inviting and casual setting is the everyday philosophy of Siena Italian Restaurant - a slightly elegant eatery that’s found in a quiet section of Wilmington along Masonboro Loop...

Slainte Irish Pub Monkey Junction

Wilmington residents and visitors in the Monkey Junction area have a new venue for a Sunday football game or a Happy Hour drink with friends in the form of the Slainte Irish Pub. With a friendly atmosphere, plenty of...

Something Fishy Seafood Restaurant

Something Fishy Seafood Restaurant is a back-to-basics seafood shack that’s found in central Wilmington along a quieter and less bustling section of College Road. Found within a modest sized but distinctive bright...

South College Sandwich & Deli

If you want to find good eats at a nice price, follow the college crowd. And in Wilmington, the crowd will typically lead Cape Fear newcomers to the South College Sandwich & Deli - a casual spot along South College...

Southern Thai

Started by two distinct restaurants which were established in both the United States and Thailand, Southern Thai is a fresh little restaurant that combines Thai cuisine with a heavy dose of southern hospitality. Located...

Stuffedwich

As the name would smartly suggest, Stuffedwich is where hungry Downtown Wilmington visitors go to get stuffed on a variety of piled-high hot and cold sandwiches. Located along Market Street in a small corner of a...

Sub Stop

For Wilmington visitors who are exploring the outskirts of the downtown area, or who are just setting off on a trip to the coastline via Carolina Beach Road, Sub Stop is an easy destination to feast on a big lunch, or...

Sunny Sushi & Lounge

Wilmington visitors can enjoy a full taste of Asia without ever leaving the downtown region with a stop at the Sunny Sushi & Lounge. Located along Front Street next to a collection of cool bars, shops and...

Sweet N Savory Café

There’s always something sumptuous to discover at Sweet N Savory Café – an artful little eatery that’s found on the edge of Wilmington’s Landfall Park, and the River to the Sea Bikeway...

Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant

Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is a delightfully elevated Chinese restaurant that is found close to the University Landing Mall, and which features a relaxed atmosphere and a wholly unique menu. In business for nearly...

Tama Tea

Tama Tea is a unique addition to the Wilmington coffee house and café scene, and is a unique little tea shop that serves up both hot and cold brews as well as a selectable selection of small sandwiches and midday...

Tandoori Bites

Tandoori Bites is a fresh Indian food restaurant that features an opulent ambiance and a wealth of delicious cuisine. Located long College Road, just steps away from the UNCW campus, this cool restaurant allows college...

Taqueria La Tapatia

Many locals attest that some of Wilmington’s best restaurants are those hidden hole-in-the-wall eateries that are easy to miss, and for Mexican food lovers, the Taqueria La Tapatia certainly proves this theory...

Taqueria Los Portales

Bypass the chain Mexican restaurants and fast food joints, and head to this little hole-in-the-wall local favorite for fresh Mexican fare that’s incredibly budget friendly and always delicious. Located along the...

Tazy’s Burgers & Grill

College kids and visitors who are cruising along Oleander Drive will find an easy lunch and early dinner spot in the form of Tazy’s Burgers & Grill. This casual eatery features sunny outdoor seating...

Terrazzo Trattoria

Terrazzo Trattoria is an Italian restaurant and pizza place that has a slightly elevated atmosphere and appeal, and a vast menu that showcases a wealth of Italian specialties. Located along a busy section of Military...

Thai Spice

For a fabulous introduction to the staples of Thai cuisine, take a trip to Thai Spice. This little restaurant that’s tucked away along Carolina Beach Road has a vast menu that includes all the favorites and a few...

The Basics

The name of “The Basics” is also an illusion to this casual eatery’s philosophy, which is to serve up all the stales of southern comfort food, keep it simple, and let the inherently rich and wonderful...

The Dixie Grill

The Dixie Grill is a down-home taste of southern cuisine in the heart of Downtown Wilmington. Found in a modest building just a couple blocks away from the waterfront, this breakfast, lunch and dinner spot is a longtime...

The Donut Inn

Start a busy day off right with a hot cup of coffee and a perfect hand-cut donut or hearty breakfast sandwich with a visit to the Donut Inn. Located on the corners of Eastwood Road and Military Cutoff Road, and open...

The Fortunate Glass

Wine lovers will adore The Fortunate Glass - a wine and tapas bar that has a 21 page menu, with 20 pages dedicated to wine (and beer) alone. Located in a central section of Downtown Wilmington, this little eatery is the...

The George

Take a break from strolling along the Wilmington Riverwalk and enjoy an impeccable meal with a waterfront view at The George. Featuring vast vistas of the adjacent Cape Fear River, and located in the heart of the...

The Golden Chicken

For an overflowing meal that’s definitely unique, head to The Golden Chicken. This casual restaurant that’s tucked away along College Street next to the UNCW campus specializes in Peruvian food, and offers...

The Greeks Mediterranean Deli & Market

Locals know that when it comes to hearty and convenient Greek fare, you got to visit The Greeks. This Mediterranean Deli and Market has an outstanding location in the heart of Downtown Wilmington, just a couple blocks...

The Harp

Take a trip to the edge of Downtown Wilmington to dive into authentic Irish cuisine with a visit to The Harp – a subtle little eatery that’s found just a couple blocks away from the Cape Fear Riverfront, and...

The Little Dipper

Spend a romantic evening out in the heart of Downtown Wilmington with a visit to The Little Dipper. This charming fondue restaurant features heaping plates of veggies, breads, meats, and desserts that can be dipped into...

The Lunchbox

Wilmington visitors who are cruising along Shipyard Blvd or 17thStreet, and are in need of a quick lunch, can swing by The Lunchbox, a fun and funky sandwich joint that features a wealth of easy-going grub to go.

The Olive Cafe & Wine Bar

The Olive Cafe & Wine Bar is a fun little destination for families and friends to sample a wide range of delectable tapas and small plates in a cozy and relaxed atmosphere. Tucked away along Military Cutoff Road...

The Paper Crane

The Paper Crane has an easy-to-miss location along Eastwood Road, but Wilmington sushi and Asian cuisine fans will want to try this spot that’s known for its distinctively colorful rolls, unique vegan options, and...

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

The Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is a fun Happy Hour or late-night destination for pub fans who like good eats, a fun atmosphere, and a good excuse to sit back with a beer and watch the game. Located just off of the...

Tokyo 101

Tokyo 101 is a fun go-to for lunch or dinner after a full morning or afternoon of shopping in Wilmington’s expansive Mayfaire complex. Featuring a wealth of sushi and Japanese fare in a slightly upscale and...

Tokyo-Deli

Tokyo-Deli is easy to miss, but locals in-the-know are well aware of this little spot for exceptional Japanese cuisine. Located within a small shopping plaza along Carolina Beach Road, this tasty destination is part...

Two Fat Ladies Over a Simmering Pot

Sometimes a name says it all, and Two Fat Ladies Over a Simmering Pot is a local favorite for sumptuous soul food that’s made right, at a slow pace, and is served with a dose of southern hospitality. Take-out or...

Two Guys Grille

With solid prices, great grub, and a convenient location for Porters Neck locals and visitors, Two Guys Grille allows casual food fans to chow down on a hearty and slightly elevated menu without breaking the bank.

Umaii

When you’re this close to the coast, and in a city that’s as creative as Wilmington, it’s easy to find restaurants that take new twists with traditional seafood, and Umaii is no exception. This sushi...

Uncle Lim’s Kitchen

It seems that all Wilmington locals and frequent visitors are on the hunt for good Chinese take-out, and Uncle Lim’s Kitchen answers the call with a refreshing menu and a central location on the corner of Carolina...

Uncle Louie’s Pizza Lounge

Visitors and Wilmington locals on the hunt for a convenient and all-encompassing destination for pizza and Italian fare can call on Uncle Louie’s Pizza Lounge. This slightly upscale but still casual pizza parlor...

Wasabi Sushi

For a big range of sushi selections and Asian cuisine without straying too far from the University of North Carolina campus, head to Wasabi Sushi. This budget-friendly destination is within walking distance of several...

Wayfarer Deli & Bistro

The Wayfarer Deli & Bistro is found in the heart of Downtown Wilmington along Front Street, and is a cool cafe that features bold cuisine with a surprising wealth of global influences. Never restricted to a certain...

Whiskey Trail Pub & Grill

Whiskey Trail Pub & Grill is a hidden gem that’s tucked away near the Masonboro Sound, and which serves as a popular hang-out for Wilmington residents in the Masonboro Loop and Monkey Junction area. Serving up...

White Front Breakfast House

White Front is a no-frills breakfast joint that’s found within a weather-worn, one-story building on the outskirts of the downtown area, and despite its humble exterior, is a popular local go-to for good breakfast...

Wilmington Taco Factory & American Grill

Don’t let the busy location along College Road, or the simple black and white sign, fool you - Wilmington Taco Factory & American Grill is the UNCW student-approved location for fast, yummy fare on a budget.

Wilmington’s House of Pizza

Wilmington’s House of Pizza is a convenient destination for folks along College Road who are craving a pie and a big helping of Italian fare. Located along College Road, and close to a wealth of local shopping...

Winnies Tavern

Visitors who crave a really good burger and a beer in a super casual environment should make a beeline to Winnies Tavern. Located in a relatively quiet section of Wilmington, with a slightly rustic exterior, Winnies is...

Yosake

Yosake is a chic little sushi bar, Asian fusion restaurant, and after-hours lounge that has an equally cool atmosphere, menu, and location in the heart of Downtown Wilmington. Located on the second floor of a historic...

Wilmington Riverwalk

Wilmington Riverwalk

The Riverwalk in Downtown Wilmington is a showstopper of a stroll that is a distinctive attraction all its own. Originally conceived in the 1980s as a way to generate more interest and tourism to the Cape Fear River waterfront regions of Wilmington's historic Downtown, today the Riverwalk encompasses a full mile of scenic boardwalk, hugging the borders of the riverfront, and providing visitors with endless views and easy access to some of the Downtown's most beloved attractions.

Wilmington Riverfront Park

Wilmington Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park, which encompasses a decent chunk of the popular Downtown Riverwalk, is a scenic region which will lure visitors into pulling up a bench seat, staying a while, and enjoying the miles of Cape Fear River views on the horizon.