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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Wrightsville Beach

South Beach Grill Wrightsville Beach Restaurants
100 S. Lumina Ave.
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
(910) 256-4646

A strong local following has made South Beach Grill successful not just for its exquisitely prepared menu, but for its coastal ambiance 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...more about South Beach Grill

22 N. Lumina Ave.
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
(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 features an ever-changing array of captivating items like saffron lump crab risotto with chorizo and their award-winning She...more about 22 North

4 Marina St.
Wrightsville Beach, NC
(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

275 Waynick Blvd.
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
(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 executive chef Jessica Cabo delights her 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...more about East Oceanfront Dining

11 N. Lumina Ave.
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
(910) 333-6688

King Neptune has been in business since 1946, outlasting hurricanes and the competition but not its appeal. Look for tasty fried seafood, burgers, healthy offerings, and family-friendly fare at affordable prices. King Neptune serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner Tuesday - Saturday from 7:30 am to 2 am, Sunday breakfast and lunch...more about King Neptune Restaurant

224 Causeway Dr.
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
(910) 679-4645

No need to leave the island to satisfy your craving for the Mellow Mushroom. The Wrightsville Beach Mellow Mushroom 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 sand, sun,...more about Mellow Mushroom

703 S. Lumina Ave.
Wrightsville Beach, NC
(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 Sun-Kissed Shrimp, or...more about Oceanic Restaurant

94 S. Lumina Ave.
Wrightsville Beach, NC
(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
South Beach Grill
Lovey's Natural Foods and Cafe
Which Wich Superior Sandwiches
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