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Riverboat Landing

Riverboat Landing Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://riverboatlanding.com
  • Phone: (910) 763-7227
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday: Brunch: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30m - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, American
  • Executive Chef: The Morgan Brothers- Alex and Nate
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Water
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Riverboat Landing
Downtown Wilmington's landmark dining destination. At the foot of Market Street with balconies overlooking the Cape Fear River, a second floor "al fresco" dining room and views to the Battleship North Carolina. Built in 1854, the unique blue building is featured in countless renditions of Wilmington's historic waterfront and endures as one of the areas most recognized restaurants, not only for the character of the architecture but the quality of the cuisine.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "Got reservations here the day before meeting some friends for dinner. They wanted someplace with a view of the river and Riverboat Landing did not disappoint in that category! Arrived early and were given the intimate upstairs room - perfect for us, as we had not seen our friends in awhile and welcomed the chance to actually hear everyone in our party of 8! The host and our server were very friendly and helpful. Started with cold NC craft beer and Crab Dip appetizer - good. My husband and I had the Shrimp & Grits - would have liked the grits to not have been so runny, but good flavor and nice sized shrimp. Vegetarian daughter had Spinach Ravioli - good. Desserts - ok. Only negative is that I don't think our friends liked their steaks."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Had a wonderful experience here. Food was very good and our waiter was very friendly. Will definitely go again."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Every time I eat at the Riverboat Landing, I tell myself to come here more often. The service is top-notch, and the cuisine is excellent. Our knowledgeable waiter Dave made excellent menu suggestions, and everyone in our party was delighted with their food and the attentive, though not intrusive, service. The gazpacho was a must-have, and the fish and pasta dishes always excel."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The outside patio view was amazing. The food was great. Our server was just outstanding. She went above and beyond and had a great attitude."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Arrived to find rude bartender and missing hostess. He actually told us to find "Stephanie" to seat us. Asked for booth; given table even though two booths were open and remained so during our entire dinner. Menu was filthy and not the same one posted on website. Food was good and arrived without much delay. Returned cocktails as they were too heavy on alcohol."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Saw this place when on vacation in Wilmington off the riverboat ride from battleship. Saw people eating on balcony and wanted to try it. Best decision ever bc the view was amazing over the water and the sunset over the battleship. My date and I enjoyed the amazing food and it was moderately priced and didn't take to long. Repeat coming here when ever I'm coming thru town. A++"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Not the talk of the town but not horrible. The food was above average and well presented. I would not go out of my way to return BUT I would return if I was in the area."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We ate at one of the outdoor balcony tables for two and enjoyed the music from the downtown sundown concert. The food was great and service was fantastic! Great experience!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Two years ago this was one of my favorite places to eat in Wilmington. This year many of our favorites were missing from the menu. The lighting was too dark and the service was lacking. My family and I were very disappointed and will not return next time we are in the area."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I chose this place for the balcony sitting to view the river scene. It was a gorgeous sunset. It was my boyfriends 50th birthday and we really enjoyed everything. The food was perfectly prepared! Great favor and portions! The waitress was very attentive. Definitely suggest for anyone on a date or for just a romantic night out!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The private balcony dining is the best part of the experience. You're suspended over a vibrant part of the downtown scene, which makes for great people watching. And at the right time of day, you can catch the sunset over the Cape Fear River & the Carolina battleship. The food is good--I had a chilled seafood & rice-noodle dish that trumped the shrimp & sausage my husband had. We did get a very fine bottle of wine (& tasty cocktails) & enjoyed considerate if not always prompt service. Very recommended for its unique atmosphere for couples; not a must for larger groups for dinner at least."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I picked out this restaurant based on the reviews, and it was even better than expected. The view from our table by the window was beautiful. We watched the sun set over the cape fear while enjoying the most delicious food. The mozzarella balls (sorry, can't remember the real name) were amazing! We had everything from steak to burgers and it was all fantastic. Would highly recommend and will definitely visit again on our next trip to Wilmington."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I was on vacation with my girlfriend and we were recommended to eat here. The food was cooked really well. But the selling point is definitely the private balcony tables. We thought if was really romantic and added to the experience. My only negative would be that they didn't have daily specials....you're located right next to fishing boats, why not have a catch of the day at least. Good stuff otherwise. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "My first time at river landing. I book this party for some of my wedding party. I was reading the reviews and they were great. Food was awesome. The service was not up to par for 20 people reservation. I would appreciate more if they would have told me that they could not service that many a week of head. We ordered food and it took an hour to get it. I have been to places where the party was bigger and service was better. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great view and privacy on outside balcony. Friendly and courteous staff."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Food was great. Server was too much in a hurry, offered dessert before entree was finished, frequently cleared table of items. Food came quickly also. Only obe other table of diners so they were not 'busy'. We were in and out in 45 min. Not a relaxed experience. Also....requested a nice table for 4 via Open Table.......don't think hostess was aware if request. There were 'nicer' table locations than we were seated at. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My experience was very positive at Riverboat Landing. The food was delicious, the service was prompt and not overbearing. The atmosphere of the restaurant was historical and very charming. If I am ever in the area again, I will be sure to eat here again. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This is my second time at riverboat landing. I had the opportunity this time to sit at the balcony. My food was wonderful, my waitress was great. Beautiful view! Highly recommend this place. I will be back again! "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Ran out of menu items and waited till we ordered to say " we are put of that food item". $30 bottle of wine does not have a cork! Food was cold and very bland / not seasoned! We payed for wine and left!!! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Riverboat Landing was a great place to eat we got the fried pickles as an appitizer.. They were pretty good the chili sauce was amaze. And for or main course we got the riverboat burger and fries. The plate display was gorgeous and the food was to die for. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone I know. We set on the balcony over looking the Cape Fear River and Riverwalk and the view was spectacular. It was definitely a romantic type place which was perfect for us because me and my husband were on our honeymoon. I would definitely love to eat there again and this time maybe do dinner. I know that it would be even better to sit on the balcony and eat at night with the whole town lit up. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Good location and ambience. Drinks were a bit pricey, but tasted good"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for our one year anniversary despite some less than stellar reviews on Yelp. I can honestly say that the risk payed off. We were able to get balcony seating, which overlooks the river and is very pretty. Naturally this led to a slightly louder dining experience due to the shoppers below, but the view was well worth it. If you do decide to dine on a balcony, BRING SUNGLASSES! The glare of the setting sun over the river can be quite bright. The service was wonderful and my Mahi Mahi was excellent. It is a little pricey, but that is to be expected. Overall, this is a great date spot for special occasions."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "The service was excellent and timely. The private balcony dining was a great touch with an excellent view of the water. The food tasted great, it was cooked perfectly, and presented well. Prices were very fair considering the location. Recommend without hesitation. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The day's schedule spilled over into the early evening, causing a quick redirect. Using the Open Table app on the fly...... we made the reservation, parked, and were seated within 20 minutes. Our meal was simply outstanding!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was delicious, the service was wonderful!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Best meal we have had in a while!! Everything taste great!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The food was prepared and presented nicely. The atmosphere was just OK. Service was good. In the end, after spending $100 for two, we left and said it was "good" but we probably wouldn't want to return quickly. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I usually walk by Riverboat Landing and wish i could be one of those people dining on the little balconies outside. My most recent trip to Wilmington's river front was no different. For date night with my husband it was my turn to pick the place. I made reservations and enjoyed a fabulous dinner. The wait staff were very gracious and attentive. Can't wait to visit there again! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Good food at fair prices. The service was a little too quick. We were in and out in less than an hour. We hadn't finished our salads when our entrees were served, but otherwise a very positive experience. We would come back."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "They awesomely accommodated all of the food allergies at our table - with a smile & without hesitation. Just simply a pleasurable experience - and the food was top-notch!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My wife and I drove down to Wilmington from Raleigh area for our anniversary, so we called ahead to get reservations on one of the balconies at the Riverboat Landing. Approx. 10 mins before our reservations, we were walking across the street from the restaurant, they called me to tell me that they were not opening for lunch that day!!! Wouldn't go back to that slip shot run of a company for love nor money!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The food was outstanding and a great view from the balcony!! Our waitress, Lauren was very friendly and always there when we needed her."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "If you're looking for a casual evening, a romantic date night, or just some great food (at a reasonable price), you should definitely stop into the Riverboat Landing. They have cute two-person balconies that look out over the Cape Fear river. They don't take reservations for this prime real estate, but they always do the best they can to be accommodating. The food is divine. The steaks melt in your mouth, the potatoes and veggies are always fresh, the appetizers are fantastic, and the seafood is always cooked perfectly. There are so many great choices, you can't go wrong."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I took my best friend for a day trip on her birthday to Wilmington, and wrapped it up on a perfect note at Riverboat! Our server was professional, polite, and welcoming and the food was out of this world. We were lucky enough to get a table on a balcony and we were constantly admiring the view! This restaurant is a gem of Wilmington and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area. I will definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Beautiful setting, over the top delicious cuisine, and spectacular outdoor view. It doesn't get much better than this."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This a good but not great restaurant. The seating experience was frustrating. Lots of reasons why every table that we preferred was "not available" to us. Once we got seated things improved with good service and excellent food."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The lobster rosetto was out of this world. We have lived in Wilmington five years and this was our first visit, but not our last."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Weather permitting, balcony seating would be preferred. Inside simply too dark. Food & service were both good. Would return but cannot recommend."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Would recommend for lunch or dinner... Great view... Private balcony... Exceptional service ... Fantastic clam chowder!!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I came here for a Valentine's Day celebration and absolutely loved the food. I got the salmon and he got the mahi, and both were cooked to perfection and were absolutely delectable. However, we had checked out the normal menu online beforehand and saw reasonable prices, but their Valentine's Day menu was pretty pricey. We didn't realize there was a special menu - but now we know! Other than that, it was sooo good. I would definitely recommend a friend here."
    Dined on 2/15/2014