Restaurants in Wilmington

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Indochine Restaurant 7 Wayne Dr, Wilmington Thai • $$
7 Wayne Dr, Wilmington

“It's worth the 30 - 45 min wait. Have a purple dragonfruit cocktail at the bar while waiting. Came here with a bunch of gfs after a friend posted some appetizing apps while in town and I'm glad we did.We ordered the appetizer sampler which could easily feed 3 people. I ordered their imperial roasted duck curry because the description said it has lychees. Never had that before in other Thai places I'd been and it was delicious. The curry sauce has that hint of heat and sweetness and the flavors blended well. They didn't skimp on the duck either.Will definitely come back again.”

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4.8Superb1920 Reviews
Cape Fear Seafood Company 5226 College Rd #5, Wilmington Seafood • $$
5226 College Rd #5, Wilmington

“I had a basket with scallops, oysters and strips and it was so fresh, crispy and full of flavor. That risotto is nothing to play with creamy & savory. Service was exceptional, clean bathrooms and such an inviting space as well.”

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MISSION BBQ 351 College Rd, Wilmington Barbecue • $$
351 College Rd, Wilmington

“As a former resident of the great state of Texas, it's like a holiday whenever I get to visit the Mission. I always visit when I go to Wilmington to see my daughter.The food is consistently excellent, the staff is professional, friendly, and welcoming, and the dining room (and bathroom) are always clean.I love this place.”

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Double Happiness Chinese Restaurant 4403 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington Chinese • $$
4403 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington

“Fantastic experience with my wife recently here. Kai was our server, and went above and beyond.The food was wonderful, in quality and value. The menu is gigantic, so we have a good reason to come back.”

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Savorez 402 Chestnut St #4026, Wilmington Latin American • $$
402 Chestnut St #4026, Wilmington

“The best restaurant in Wilmington by far! The dishes are creative, balanced, and entirely unique. We’ve never had something we didn’t love!Thank you Arrington for the fantastic service and making our night that much better. Can’t wait to be back!”

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4.8Superb583 Reviews
Cast Iron Kitchen 8024 Market St #6, Wilmington American • $$
8024 Market St #6, Wilmington

“The cinnamon rolls are over the top delicious. It tasted like biscuit doe rolled into a cinnamon roll and smothered with frosting. The pulled pork hash was amazing and so was the fried chicken biscuit with gravy. Go hungry for sure!”

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Restaurants by Cuisine

Fermental Beer & Wine 600 S 17th St, Wilmington Beer Gardens • $$
600 S 17th St, Wilmington

“Excellent selection of beers and wines with 12 rotating beers on tap. Very good selection of livemusic on the schedule. Multiple seating options indoor and outdoor.Parking: Small parking lot available in front of the building. A lot is available in the Cargo District. Plenty of street parking.”

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Our Crepes & More... 3810 Oleander Dr, Wilmington Creperies • $$
3810 Oleander Dr, Wilmington

“Amazing Family business!! Every time I visit I have a great experience! Staff is always friendly and welcoming when you walk through the door. Today I got my breakfast togo. I got to work downtown and my food was still hot & delicious! I highly recommend Our Crepes & More!!!”

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Szechuan 132 419 College Rd, Wilmington Chinese • $$
419 College Rd, Wilmington

“The service staff is wonderful, very helpful and accommodating. The food was fresh and probably the best Chinese in town, maybe the state :) I think it’s the best Chinese I’ve ever had. Very fast service, but the rush was over , so that affects service speed. I can’t say enough good things! This place is 30 years old and I have no clue why I’ve never been here. Will go back for sure!!Vegetarian options: So many options!!!Dietary restrictions: Great vegetarian and vegan options! Almost any dish can be made w tofu or just veggies”

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Restaurants with Delivery

Caprice bistro 10 Market St, Wilmington French • $$
10 Market St, Wilmington

“This was a wonderful birthday dinner for me! I started with Crepe Caprice, which is a true thin, delicious crepe filled with a melty Gruyère cheese and I think some Brie, and a mushroom sauce. This just melts in your mouth. Then I had the special of the night, which was a pan-seared mahi topped with 5 large shrimp all in a white wine sauce with fresh garlic - simply sublime. A mashed potato mix of Yukon gold and sweet potato made an incredibly tasty side along with a fresh vegetable mix. Oh so delicious! And then I had the Floating Island for dessert, which I always love. It is a beautiful, light meringue, with a macaron cookie on the side swimming in a vanilla sauce with fresh mint leaves and strawberries. It is so light, airy and delicious! Caprice is simply one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. And I have traveled a lot! It is just wonderful French food. They take care to have the highest quality ingredients and to cook them in the traditional French way. They are simply the best!”

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Seabird 1 S Front St, Wilmington Seafood • $$$
1 S Front St, Wilmington

“Arriving I was concerned that because it was Super Bowl Sunday we might not receive the high quality of food and service we experienced on our last visit. I was so glad to be wrong. Everything was exceptional... food, service, and presentation. And even though we were the last to leave. we did not feel rushed throughout the meal.”

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Cugino Forno Wilmington 1020 Princess St, Wilmington Pizza • $$
1020 Princess St, Wilmington

“This place is the best for pizza in Wilmington hands DOWN?? The employees are great, the environment?? I recommend 1,000 times! If you haven’t been you’re missing out.Kid-friendliness: They even gave my child a dough ball to play with while we waited, which she loved and took home.”

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Nicola's Italian Restaurant 5704 Oleander Dr #102, Wilmington Italian • $$
5704 Oleander Dr #102, Wilmington

“Great local family restaurant with a large menu that has something for everyone to enjoy. Friendly and professional service in a nice atmosphere. Large portions of tasty food. Full bar and fine wine and beer. Plenty of free parking.”

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The Green House Restaurant 1427 Military Cutoff Rd #106, Wilmington Vegan • $$
1427 Military Cutoff Rd #106, Wilmington

“It was our first time dining at this place after hearing so many good things about it.The atmosphere was great, my friend and I felt like we were at a restaurant in a major city.The food, was incredible. The flavorings were spot on, it was not missing anything at all. The fact that everything was vegan and using REAL food/ingredients without using anything artificial was mind blowing. Bringing friends there who weren’t vegan and seeing them enjoy the food was awesome too.It was slightly pricy but it all makes sense because the menu is always rotating depending on what is available/what they get from the locals (in season) and also what they grow.My fiancé got a mixed drink and said it was made perfectly which he was very pleased with.We will be back!Dietary restrictions: I loved how everything on the menu except 1 thing was gluten free. That gave me a peace of mind knowing I was safe.”

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The Maine Lobster Roll Company 5202 Carolina Beach Rd Unit 6, Wilmington Seafood • $$$
5202 Carolina Beach Rd Unit 6, Wilmington

“We are on vacation from Minnesota and wanted some fresh seafood.We Googled and this gem came up. Fantastic food and kind, friendly people. We will definitely be back when we visit again!”

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24 Hour Restaurants

Panacea Brewing Company Anderson Square, 4107 Oleander Dr STE H, Wilmington Vegan • $$
Anderson Square, 4107 Oleander Dr STE H, Wilmington

“Loved this vegan brewing company! Really yummy hard kombucha! Get the Trash Burger and Fried Pickles! Friendly service. Dog friendly patio. Must try in Wilmington, vegan or not!”

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The Keg and Egg 4039 Masonboro Loop Rd, Wilmington American • $$
4039 Masonboro Loop Rd, Wilmington

“This place is one of my favorite, places to grab breakfast!! Have the best homemade biscuits and gravy! Eggs are always cooked perfectly!And on the weekend they have amazing breakfast specials!”

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Wrightsville Beach Brewery 6201 Oleander Dr, Wilmington Brewpubs • $$
6201 Oleander Dr, Wilmington

“Best West Coast style IPA in North Carolina. I wish they distributed to Charlotte! Worth a visit to pick up a couple 4-packs.Kid-friendliness: Relaxed atmosphere good for families.”

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Takeout Restaurants

Cousins Italian Deli 7 N 3rd St, Wilmington Deli • $$
7 N 3rd St, Wilmington

“Great experience! We were there for their weekend family style 6 course dinner. You get a lot of food and can take home what was served to your table that wasn't eaten. Only negative is that it's loud. Joe, the owner, was a pleasure to deal with through many reservation wait-lists and changes. And, he came around to our table to say hello. Nice people.”

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Ceviche's 7210 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington Seafood • $$
7210 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington

“I went to Ceviche, thanks to one of my drivers who referred me to the restaurant. The only thing that he didn't tell me was that I needed reservations. So, I got there, the restaurant obviously is packed and everything was reserved. If that happens to you, don't get discouraged. Do like me, ask for TAKE OUT. The lady didn't offer that, but I saw a lady picking up an order. So, I went back, and there was someone else upfront (I think it was the owner this time). I asked her for a "to go" order, and she said YES!!! Poke bowl awesome, yucca frite delicious, pollo empanadas for my boss yummy and the guacamole. Don't forget the DESSERT!!!”

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Genki Japanese & Sushi Restaurant of Wilmington NC 4724 New Centre Dr STE 5, Wilmington Sushi • $$
4724 New Centre Dr STE 5, Wilmington

“This was my first visit to Genki, and it was AMAZING ? It’s a hidden gem in a strip mall, but the sushi at Genki is definitely the BEST that I’ve had in Wilmington area. Pictured is the sushi deluxe, Matt specialty roll, Fire in the hole, tempura roll, and we got kimchi & assorted pickles as an appetizer…and of course a cold Sapporo! Here is my official rating out of 5 stars. Atmosphere 4 stars - Service 5 stars - Food 5 stars - Value for your money 5 stars. Overall I would give Genki 4.5 stars. The sushi & specialty rolls are a definite 5 stars. If you are from or visiting the Wilmington, NC area and want sushi then definitely checkout Genki!Vegetarian options: The fishes are labeled.Parking: Large parking lot.”

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Drive-Thru Restaurants

Sealevel City Vegan Diner 1015 S Kerr Ave Unit A & B, Wilmington Vegan • $$
1015 S Kerr Ave Unit A & B, Wilmington

“The food was delicious! It was 30 mins out of my way but I'm so glad I went by there. The chili cheese fries were amazing. I can't wait to go back again. I was so happy to find a healthy vegan resturant while I was away from home. The burgers looked amazing, can't wait to try them next. The staff was also super friendly too.”

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Ida Thai Cuisine Beau Rivage Market Place, 5920 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington Thai • $$
Beau Rivage Market Place, 5920 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington

“Love this place. Service always great and food is wonderful. Pad Thai tonight with spring rolls that were hot (temperature) and delicious. Food always fresh and plentiful. Inside restaurant is attractive and airy. Not crowded. Hoping they will open back patio once they are established there.Parking: Well lit. Shared with Harris Teeter”

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Brent's Bistro 7110 Wrightsville Ave c, Wilmington Bistros • $$
7110 Wrightsville Ave c, Wilmington

“I love Brent's Bistro!!! You know how some restaurants just hit you at your core? Brent's hits me at my core. Every time I go, I love it. Could I possibly just be ordering the perfect meal each time? Maybe. But I truly believe, you cannot go wrong here. I am constantly bragging about it all over Wilmington. This time was Firecracker Shrimp-perfect amount of heat. Delicious. House side salad-Can we talk about your White Balsamic Vinaigrette? Main course was Korean Beef Medallions. Sesame and Soy sauce-So good. Asked for medium rare and cooked absolutely perfectly. Did not need a knife. Melt in your mouth. Did I dessert? You betcha. Pecan Pie with vanilla ice cream. What a close!!! Folks, do yourself a favor. Eat a light lunch-Save up. Get reservations at Brent's-Go Big and Thank me later!!!! Seeing you again Brent's, cannot come soon enough. Now, where is that treadmill.....”

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Cheap Eats

Fish Bites Seafood Restaurant 6132 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington Seafood • $$
6132 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington

“We had a great dining experience along with our 2 pre-school aged kiddos. We called 30 mins in advance to try to make reservations. They took our name and number and suggested to be added to the waitlist which helped cut down our wait time when we arrived. Service was excellent and food is delicious. Would highly recommend the Crab Cakes and the Fisherman’s Stew. This place is a gem and looking forward to coming back!”

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three10 1022 N 4th St, Wilmington Seafood • $$
1022 N 4th St, Wilmington

“As newcomers to the Wilmington area, we are always looking for great food, drink, service and atmosphere. Three10 did not disappoint. A quaint bungalow turned restaurant in the Brooklyn Arts District, with a small but inviting dining room area and a dining bar that faces the very organized and chill kitchen. The dining bar was our choice. Jill was our primary service person working alongside Claire. They were both excellent! Knowledgeable, professional and personable; not easy find, regardless of caliber of restaurant. I started with the cocktail "The One Where They Brown the Butter", which was bourbon based, had hints of sweet from the browned butter and brown sugar, although not overpowering. It was delicious and easy to drink.We started our meal with the Hushpuppies, Tuna Tartare and raw Oysters, all of which were excellent. The pepper jelly base under the hushpuppies was subtle but added so much flavor. The base of diced beets/sweet potatoes with the Tuna Tartare was seasonally fresh.The 2 NC blue crabcakes had a subtle cayenne heat, balanced with the creaminess of the celery root gribiche and made with the same base as the hushpuppies. Needless to say, we did not have room for dessert.....Overall, our first visit was excellent, not only for the great food but for the knowledgeable and friendly service. We will be back!”

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Catch 6623 Market St, Wilmington Seafood • $$$
6623 Market St, Wilmington

“Pricey but Very good seafood and generous portions...took half my seafood platter home. Everything very flavorful. Drinks were also good. Would rate five stars but I got my first drink quickly but my wife had to wait quite a bit for hers. And the chef wouldn't cook her tuna well done, because it was sushi grade. While I personally prefer my tuna rare, at these prices I think a customer should be able to get their tuna cooked, however they want it. Atmosphere, decor was okay.”

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The Brewer's Kettle 4718 Oleander Dr, Wilmington Beer Gardens • $$
4718 Oleander Dr, Wilmington

“The owner was extremely friendly and accommodating . The atmosphere was relaxing . Great selection from cigars. Beverages for days.Clean, inviting, great music.Absolutely plan to return.”

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The Basics 319 N Front St, Wilmington Southern • $$
319 N Front St, Wilmington

“The wife and I stopped in on date weekend because our Airbnb hosts recommended The Basics for brunch. We didn't have a reservation but were seated quickly outside in the breezeway. We were waited on fairly quickly and were very happy with the menu selection . Plenty of mouthwatering descriptions to choose from. I had the Omelet which was probably one of the best I have ever had. The everything bagel seasoned bacon and the sage mushroom cream sauce made the omelet a super standout! The wife had the Chimichurri pulled pork served over a black bean-goat cheese potato cake with two over easy eggs which was absolutely delectable! We also ordered a Bloody Maria (bloody mary made with tequila) but the house made bloody mary mix was not to our taste. Service was great and we will return on our next trip to Wilmington”

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Celtic Monkey Irish Pub and Grill 5607 Carolina Beach Rd STE 100, Wilmington Irish Pub • $$
5607 Carolina Beach Rd STE 100, Wilmington

“British hubby finally got his properly poured Guinness. Don’t go anywhere else for a pint! Fries also done to British standard, boiled then fried for a soft meaty center. Guinness pie & cottage pie good but heavy on the mash. You might want to opt for the puff pastry crust.”

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