22 North Restaurant

22 North is a highly acclaimed Wrightsville Beach restaurant that serves up classic southern fare with a Creole and French flair. Located on Lumina Avenue, just a block or so away from the Causeway to the beach, this...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Causeway Cafe

The Causeway Café is a sunny little breakfast and lunch spot that has a prime location on the very edge of the Wrightsville Beach Causeway. Popular for a pre-beach breakfast that is undeniably filling, this...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

King Neptune Restaurant

King Neptune Restaurant is an all-encompassing breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night hot spot that boasts a friendly hometown vibe, and a big wave of classic American fare with a coastal and southern influence. Known...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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 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...

Tower 7 Baja Mexican Grill

Tower 7 Baja Mexican Grill is a sister restaurant to Wilmington’s famed K-38, and is a Fresh Mex joint that is extremely popular with the surfer crowd, and everyday locals and visitors alike. Serving up a wealth...

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...

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...

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.

Wilmington, NC Boating Guide

Wilmington, NC Boating Guide

Wilmington originated as a port city, and its reputation as a haven for vessels of all sizes has lasted throughout the generations, making it one of the most popular boating destinations in southeastern North Carolina. From unique cruises of the downtown area to extended treks along the Intracoastal Waterway, the sheer range of boating adventures will entice any mariner to drop anchor in this distinctive town. Spend a day exploring the local waterways, or sign up for an area cruise, and discover why Wilmington life is at its finest on the water.