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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Seafood Restaurant
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“Beautiful venue. It is a popular tourist restaurant but still worth a stop for beverages and apps. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“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
Restaurant
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“Longtime local favorite place grab a cold drink and mingle in the afternoon - located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway with plenty of outdoor seating. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
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“In such a unique space, this is Panamanian food done right! Delicious ceviche, margaritas, and empanadas. Located right near Wrightsville Beach. Reservation recommended!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Their well-known brunch runs 11AM-2PM Saturdays and Sundays, but they do so much so well, you'll be satisfied no matter when you show up. This is one of our favorite overall spots in Wilmington, and we usually try and get in before 9:30AM to beat the crowds! (you'll still get a killer breakfast before 11.) They're open for most of the day, so check them out for lunch & dinner as well. What's the best part you ask? Sweet n Savory makes all their baked goods in-house, from pastries to bread, and you can take some treats from the bakery counter to-go!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great place on the ICW Sunday afternoon has music call head to check on times and who’s playing. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Fantastic French restaurant with an open atmosphere and outside seating. Fresh oysters, good wine, and their deserts come in minis so you can try all kinds.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A varied seafood menu that includes sushi is served in refined digs with a full bar & covered patio. (Comfort food • Small plates • Healthy options)”
  • 11 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“My favorite place to get sushi, I go for sashimi and sushi, but if you feel like fried rice or rolls, or if it is a random night they have fried chicken, its all good!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located on Wrightsville Beach- catch a game and enjoy a beverage and excellent pub food. Very good draft selection. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great place for swimming and fishing. But, further away, parking is limited and pricey. Virtually always open, (with the exception of a hurricane closing or two), the pier is one of the best spots on Wrightsville Beach to reel in the big one, get those lines wet, or just relax and enjoy an unparalleled view of the endless Atlantic Ocean landscape.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Lumina Station: Your Shopping Village by the Beach. Here, you'll find a unique collection of shops, restaurants and services in an idyllic atmosphere. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Large bar area for more casual dining. Great Italian Food and small plates ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Beach
“Experience the best of Wrightsville Beach on SUPs, Kayaks, Outriggers or Bikes - just ask a local! You'll love life on the water as much as we do at the end of the day! Come take advantage of the best location - welcome to the family! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
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“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!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“This is a little organic grocery store that also has a good hot food bar. Those looking for clean food from a local establishment will be happy here. :)”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Beautiful venue. It is a popular tourist restaurant but still worth a stop for beverages and apps. ”
  • 40 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
Restaurant
“Longtime local favorite place grab a cold drink and mingle in the afternoon - located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway with plenty of outdoor seating. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
“In such a unique space, this is Panamanian food done right! Delicious ceviche, margaritas, and empanadas. Located right near Wrightsville Beach. Reservation recommended!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bakery
“Their well-known brunch runs 11AM-2PM Saturdays and Sundays, but they do so much so well, you'll be satisfied no matter when you show up. This is one of our favorite overall spots in Wilmington, and we usually try and get in before 9:30AM to beat the crowds! (you'll still get a killer breakfast before 11.) They're open for most of the day, so check them out for lunch & dinner as well. What's the best part you ask? Sweet n Savory makes all their baked goods in-house, from pastries to bread, and you can take some treats from the bakery counter to-go!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great place on the ICW Sunday afternoon has music call head to check on times and who’s playing. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fantastic French restaurant with an open atmosphere and outside seating. Fresh oysters, good wine, and their deserts come in minis so you can try all kinds.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A varied seafood menu that includes sushi is served in refined digs with a full bar & covered patio. (Comfort food • Small plates • Healthy options)”
  • 11 locals recommend

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