Restaurants in Wrightsville Beach, NC

 

Dining out in Wrightsville Beach, NC, is pure heaven — waterfront dining on the Intracoastal Waterway, amazing views of the ocean, and simply spectacular fresh seafood. You'll find something for every price range on the island too — from tasty hot dogs from Trolly Stop, perfect to eat with the kids in your bathing suits while taking a break from the waves, to a special sunset dinner on the pier at the Oceanic, where you can enjoy some of the best seafood in the area while admiring the beach.

Start your culinary tour of Wrightsville Beach with a stroll down Lumina Avenue and a stop at Cafe Del Mar where you can enjoy a cup of coffee from local roastery Java Estate and a Baja breakfast burrito. After a brisk walk or jog on The Loop, relax with an ice-cold smoothie, fresh juice, or frozen yogurt at SurfBerry. Hungry for more? There are plenty of options — from the Causeway Cafe for the best brunch on the island to the Mellow Mushroom for delicious pizza and a cold beer. Locals love the fried pickles at the South Beach Grill.

For a romantic dinner, you can't go wrong on Wrightsville Beach. Try local seafood and grass-fed beef, with a view of the surf at East Oceanfront Dining or 22 North's delicious seafood offerings reflecting Southern, French, and Creole influences. Just over the bridge, you'll find even more restaurants to tantalize your tastebuds — from the Bridge Tender seafood and steakhouse and their sunset special, to the Portland Grille's progressive American regional cuisine. 

If you'd like to venture off the island, you'll find plenty to tempt you in Wilmington as well. There are no restaurants on Figure Eight Island, NC, but Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach are both a short drive away.

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South Beach Grill Wrightsville Beach RestaurantsSouth Beach Grill  $$-$$$100 S. Lumina Ave.
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 • map(910) 256-4646
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A strong local following has made South Beach Grill successful not just for its exquisitely prepared menu, but its coastal ambience as well. The decor is marked by rich colors with warm candlelight at dinner and dark wood tables and armchairs. The location, immediately south of the fixed bridge near the...more about South Beach Grill

22 North  $$-$$$22 N. Lumina Ave.
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 • map(910) 509-0177

Voted the best restaurant at Wrightsville Beach by WWAY-TV, 22 North showcases the abundant resources of the Cape Fear Region. Their menu reflects classical French, Creole, and Southern influences. Their daily blackboard menu reflects the creative style of chef Brent Poteat, featuring an every-changing array of captivating items like saffron lump...more about 22 North

Bluewater Waterfront Grill  $$4 Marina St.
Wrightsville Beach, NC • map(910) 256-8500

Located in Wrightsville Beach overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Bluewater is a sprawling two-story restaurant voted the 2011 "Best Outdoor Dining" venue by Encore readers. Bluewater is open daily for lunch and dinner year-round and serves American cuisine with a distinctly coastal flair. For lunch, enjoy starters like the Bluewater Sampler, which...more about Bluewater Waterfront Grill

Causeway Cafe  $114 Causeway Dr.
Wrightsville Beach, NC • map(910) 256-3730

Full of character and friendly service, Causeway Cafe offers possibly the best breakfast in Wrightsville Beach. Traditional made-to-order egg plates are hearty and standard fare. Choose from 15 different omelets, including the Carolina Blue Crab and Beefy Vegetable as well as traditional options, made from three eggs and cheese, served with...more about Causeway Cafe

East Oceanfront Dining  $275 Waynick Blvd.
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 • map(910) 256-2251

What could be better than award-winning cuisine paired with the sounds of breaking surf and an ocean breeze? East Oceanfront Dining's chef Mark Lawson delights his guest's senses with expertly prepared local seafood, grass-fed beef, and local produce. Dine on the canopied oceanfront deck and relax with a glass of wine...more about East Oceanfront Dining

King Neptune Restaurant  $$11 N. Lumina Ave.
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 • map(910) 333-6688

King Neptune has been in business since 1946, outlasting hurricanes and the competition but not its appeal. Brothers Danny and Earl McPherson took over the landmark restaurant this year, bringing with them a redesigned menu and dining room. Look for tasty fried seafood, burgers, healthy offerings, and family-friendly fare at affordable...more about King Neptune Restaurant

Mellow Mushroom  $$224 Causeway Dr.
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 • map(910) 679-4645

No need to leave the island to satisfy your craving for the Mellow Mushroom. The Wrightsville Beach Mellow Mushroom, newly opened, cooks up delicious pizzas, deli hoagies, grilled hoagies, calzones, and salads. This is a great spot to kick back with a beer, good food, and friends after a day of...more about Mellow Mushroom

Oceanic Restaurant  $$-$$$703 S. Lumina Ave.
Wrightsville Beach, NC • map(910) 256-5551

Few culinary experiences are as delightful as dining on the pier at the Oceanic. There's nothing better than a pier table in the moonlight. By day, as pelicans and seagulls kite overhead and the surf crashes below, you could be enjoying a chilled beverage, Sesame-seared Yellowfin Tuna, spicy Sunburned Shrimp, or...more about Oceanic Restaurant

Trolly Stop  $94 S. Lumina Ave.
Wrightsville Beach, NC • map(910) 256-3421

Trolly Stop, a beach tradition since 1976, offers hot dogs in a surprising array of choices. How about a Surfers Hot Dog with cheese, bacon bits and mustard? Or go Nuclear with mustard, jalapeno peppers and cheese on your dog. Want something more traditional? The North Carolina Hot Dog is as...more about Trolly Stop

Port Land Grille
The Bridge Tender Restaurant
Fish House Grill
Front Street Brewery
Brasserie du Soleil
Lovey's Natural Foods and Cafe
Which Wich Superior Sandwiches
South Beach Grill
 
 
 
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