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
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.