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Food and restaurants in Wilmington

Top restaurants

Thai Restaurant
“One of Wilmington’s top restaurants. Thai food served in huge portions and expertly decorated with both indoor and outdoor seating. While they will do call-ahead seating for parties of 8 or more, they do not accept advance reservations, so people start lining up outside at 4:30! They also offer take-out with the same high quality food. Pro tip: Try the wings and enjoy them as soon as they come out to your table.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“One of the nation's premiere gardens featuring 67 acres of beautiful Southern nature. Explore walking trails, formal gardens, and beautiful big oaks.”
  • 47 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“I would say this is one of the finer dining options in town. Go on Sunday to the bar from 5:30-6:30 PM for the Beggars Can't Be Choosers small plates for $9 each (our favorite was the meat option) and Dealer's Choice cocktails for $8. So fun and creative! ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Taco Place
“An easily overlooked beach break, it’s become a favorite surf spot for many locals. Established in 2001, Tower 7 Baja Mexican Grill has become a local favorite just like that famous surf break we discovered. We continue to bring you flavors that fuel the spirit of adventure and that never-ending search for the perfect local spot in Wrightsville Beach, NC.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Brewery
“Also known for their food. Go to happy hour from 4-6 or after 10PM and get the 1/2 price apps - especially the onion rings. The best in town. Always a good happy hour beer special too!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Bar
“Home of some great burgers and a classic Philly cheesesteak, this is a locals hangout. In my opinion, they have the best sweet potato fries in town and a great selection of beers.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Beautiful venue. It is a popular tourist restaurant but still worth a stop for beverages and apps. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Organic farmers and fishermen. Locally inspired southern cuisine. Can't go wrong here. Also excellent for brunch!”
  • 32 locals recommend

Cafes

Café
“Great for any meal- but specifically renowned for breakfast! Surfer casual local spot with flavorful food!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Cafe
“Wonderful coffee and espresso, and an amazing atmosphere, located in the heart of downtown near easy parking if you aren’t up for a morning walk.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Easy walk from High House on Queen for a cup of coffee. Great atmosphere to sit outside or inside. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Another great place to stop in Wilmington is Bitty and Beau's. This local coffee shop is dedicated to providing jobs to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They've been featured on CNN, Rachel Ray, The Today Show, and more! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“It's so close, and the coffee is always so fresh. People who don't like Starbucks and/or who prefer their coffee not overly roasted will enjoy. There are several locations in and around Wilmington.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Health Food Store
“We like to support this co-op. Go for it! They have so much to offer. We love picking up some tasty desserts from in front of the coffee, juice, and smoothie bar. They also have a great hot bar. Check out the farmers market on Saturday mornings — best one in town (much better than the downtown FM)!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
“Great little place with breakfast foods, premade sandwiches, smoothies, coffee, tea and beer & wine. This is one of our favorite hangouts, simply because it's right next door!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
  • 4 locals recommend

Bakeries

Bakery
“Great food and hugely popular. Prices are good and breakfast and brunch is the most popular time of day but the wait isn't typically too long.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Easy walk from High House on Queen for a cup of coffee. Great atmosphere to sit outside or inside. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bakery
“There are many spots to get coffee nearby. We really liked their coffee. It's a darker roast and excellent. Don't get me started on the baked goods. The cinnamon bun was the size of your head. Definitely worth a visit.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Café
“It's so close, and the coffee is always so fresh. People who don't like Starbucks and/or who prefer their coffee not overly roasted will enjoy. There are several locations in and around Wilmington.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
  • 1 local recommends
Bakery
“Great coffee with window seating. They serve their coffee with one more shot than most chains.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bakery
“Amazing bakery on the Northside, close to Palate and Boombalatti's! Their cream cheese croissant is heavenly. They're open Thursday & Friday from 7am-4pm, and Saturday & Sunday from 8am-4pm. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bakery
  • 5 locals recommend