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22 North

4.1
489 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Located on historic Wrightsville Beach, 22 North has earned a reputation by visitors and locals alike as "the best kept secret on the beach." Embodying the best of traditional Lower Cape Fear cuisine with classic French and rustic Creole fare, we take pride in providing our guests with the most unique and eclectic Southern comfort food in the Wilmington area. Taking full advantage of the naturally abundant resources Cape Fear is blessed with, our menu changes virtually every day. You're sure to find local favorites along with bold, exciting, and fresh new creations! House specialties like our award-winning silky She-Crab soup, grilled Skirt Steak or our famous Shrimp n'Grits are featured along with more innovative fare such as Sweet Potato Crusted Grouper, Buttermilk fried Alligator and country ham Blue Crab Cakes. And of course our wonderful homemade desserts such as Key Lime Pie and Caramel Bread Pudding are pure delight. We invite you to come on in and make yourself at home!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(910) 509-0177
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brent Poteat
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Birmingham
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Parking details
We have a private lot adjacent to our building for convenient parking as well as metered parking along Lumina Avenue. The public parking lot is located on the beach side of Banks channel bridge approximately 25 yards away.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 489 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
3.3
ambience
3.7
value
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

An unassuming storefront with a simple interior. My guess is people come here for the food.
We were there on a Friday before the season starts. The bar was hopping with some kind of group, but the restaurant was quiet.
Everything we tasted was made with attention to detail. Excellent pairings of seafood with jasmine rice and grilled veggies. Desserts were homemade and it showed. Peanut butter pie was outstanding. Will definitely be back when in the area.

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We were drawn there for the alligator to try something new but was not on the daily menu. Pickled okra was a first and a hit- 7 year old loved them. Kids split chicken sandwich plate. They liked them. Hubbie and I split burger. Basic good ole burger.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

A bit rustic and a long wait for meal, but oh, what a wonderful experience the food was! Delicious entrees. Shrimp & Grits, salmon, popcorn shrimp all the very freshest and tastiest food! Food worth the waiting.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was good but the restaurant needs some updating. The floors and furniture are looking old and very outdated.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Excellent meal! Fresh fish with excellent preparation . The alligator app was awesome!

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was fantastic. It was a little pricey, but overall very good!

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The food was average. The menu is extremely limited. Pricey for the options available. Everything was Ala carte! The place didn't feel clean and felt dated. I guess it was ok for the beach scene but I didn't find any redeeming qualities about the food, service or ambiance. Not worth the money unless you want to eat alligator bites (just the thought grossed me out)! They 'claim' to have been voted in the top 21 restaurants in NC. DOUBTFUL! Seems like a scam claim.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Great service. Great food. Underrated restaurant at the beach.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was excellent, service did a nice job, and the atmosphere was very nice for a special occasion. We will be back again soon.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Good food. Great value. We all had the crab legs special.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The apps were great and the meal started off swimmingly. That is where it ended. The main course was bearable but way over priced. Most of had Scallops that were delicious. The rice and potatoes offered with it were not. One member of our party was told that what she ordered wasn’t available. She was told this as our main course came out. She waited 30 minutes to get her wrap after that. The place has potential, but for a Saturday night with few patrons, they could have given more effort.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Very good scallops , cooked to perfection . The flank steak was also done nicely. Save room for Dessert.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We went to 22 North for New Year's Eve. just moved to Wilmington, so based our selection on reviews and were not disappointed. Wonderful dinner. We will return.

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2.0Dined on December 28, 2017

22 North used to have a very nice upscale menu. It’s now like a bar menu with burgers , fries food wings, and that type of thing. I had a special that was delicious but will not be returning . The restaurant feels dirty, like a “beach bar “ which is what it is now I guess. There is now atmosphere. The restaurant was also freezing, and waitress told us that the heat was broken. Was in the 30’s thT night. Last time there was no air. It’s a shame because I used to love that place.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

The food and service was very good. The ambience was nice, but the noise level increased when the bar became more fully occupied.

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2.0Dined on November 10, 2017

The website doesn’t didn’t reflect the true atmosphere of the restaurant. It looked like a very nice establishment from the website when really all it was, was a glorified bar. The restaurant was empty, literally we were the only ones in the dining room. There were a few guys at the bar watching sports, the waitress Lyndsay did all she could to make us feel comfortable, but it was awkward. We had reservations through Open Table which was never applied to my completed dining. The food was ok. My fish was hot but the rice and steam veggies were cold my wife’s scallops were hot but the seasoned veggies were also cold (and they shouldn’t have been). We ate, we paid, we left- sorry wouldn’t go back.

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3.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Middle of the week, very quiet and hardly anyone there. Too bad for them but good for us.

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2017

Great food! We both had the snapper but with grits instead of rice... The fish was good, but the grits were amazing! Great key lime pie too.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Great Food and drinks. Enjoyed the heck out of it!!!

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was excellent. Our appetizers and main courses were something to rave about. Dessert was a brownie with ice cream and wasn’t much to rave about. Our waiter was polite and service was pretty good.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

We were there during dinner hours off season so quiet, great food, very creatve. Also, they have a great hours dance scene and comfort food menu for late night fun which we unfortunately couldn't try.

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2017

Parking is tight so be ware but once your there the choices are excellent. We were a little disappointing the alligator was fried which we try to avoid but other choices on the menu were varied and tasty

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Great place. Being local we tend to eat at places on the beach or downtown in the off season . This place was delicious and we will definitely be back !

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4.0Dined on September 4, 2017

The locals know about this little gem in Wrightsville Beach. No atmosphere but well executed dishes. Feels like the chef is cooking just for you alone - and maybe he or she is as it can be quiet depending on the night

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4.0Dined on September 1, 2017

We went for my husbands birthday...we loved the stuffed oysters they were delicious, the crawfish corn bisque was delicious, my hubby ordered the shrimp and grits and they were delicious. I ordered the bacon wrapped scallops but was disappointed they were pretty burnt. The staff were very friendly. The restaurant was nice but a little musty smell.

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2017

This place has good food and decent cocktails. The restaurant , however is very dated in its decor but after a conversation with the manager we were informed that renovations would be taking place as the restaurant is also a late night spot for music and dancing for the locals. We would definitely go back as we are curious to see what improvements will be made. Wait Staff were both friendly and professional. Worth a second try...

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2.0Dined on August 18, 2017

The staff was friendly and aimed to please. They were the best thing about the meal. By the stale beer/cleaning solution smell wafting throughout and the sticky booth, i'm guessing this is actually more of a bar than restaurant. Bleck. The food was poorly concepted and even more poorly executed. Someone in the kitchen has a serious thing for cooked green peppers, a lttle restraint would go a long way. I'm not trying to be unkind, but the bill was $80 for mostly inedible food. When on vacation, you want every meal to count, it's just not fair to walk away so dissappointed.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

The food and service were absolutely incredible!! One of the best restaurants in Wrightsville Beach!! We loved this restaurant and will definitely return on our next visit to WB.
We had the shrimp & grits with BBQ sauce & collards. The shrimp was perfectly cooked, the grits were creamy & the collards such a tasty & interesting touch to this dish. The cornbread prepared with jalapeños was light & fluffy and some of the best we' ve ever tasted!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

22North was excellent as usual. We make or to wrightsville beach several times a year an 22 North is always a go to for dinner. The diverse menu is listed on a black board and the the choices are Lways fantastic. Highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2017

We wanted to love this place. Walked away feeling so-so. Menu had tons of potential. Chowder was excellent and hot. Other food was presented beautifully, good flavor but cold. Gator was good. Collards seemed to be a theme that was overused. In fairness, it appeared that there was a lack of staff. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. He definitely had his hands full. Think he was only one there. Not a place for kids. Mac and cheese was a disaster. Sent it back. Hot dog was good. Chicken tenders not cooked fully. With so many other options, we are unlikely to give this one a second try.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Thank you for the scrumptious shrimp n grits and thank you for the friendly, attentive service.

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2017

The restaurant was not that great for the prices. It was extremely hard to hear our table's conversation because of the very loud patrons seated at other tables throughout the place. It looked & felt dirty, more like a bar than a nice restaurant that had fine dining prices.
The waitstaff was friendly.
Food was marginal for the price.
I will not go back for diner because there are copious amounts of restaurants in the area that offer good food, cleanliness, & atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2017

We were promptly seated and a server came for our drink orders within minutes. The fresh menu is presented on a large table side chalkboard. Food is fresh and changes regular. We had wedge salads with smoked blue cheese--delicious. The entrees we enjoyed were grouper and lobster ettoufe. Both were amazing. The only downside is the atmosphere needs a little sprucing up. We were seated in the bar room. Next time we will definitely ask to Be in the dining room, and there definitely will be a next time!

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2017

just ok. wedge salad was not good (didn't think you could mess up a wedge) - main course meal was reasonable but not worth the price paid - don't think we'll go back - i'm not sure how this place got rated so highly on here and tripadvisor

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent food and service! We will be back! The only that would have made this better would be to add a bread basket.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2017

Was a great meal! We were in town on vacation and wanted to find a great seafood place. 22 North delivered! Thanks for a wonderful experience and can't wait to come back next year!

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2017

Service and food were excellent. Very personable wait staff. Delicious summer drink and the fish was fresh and expertly prepared. Would go again if I was in the area

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2017

A true gem! The food far exceeded our expectations. The
Shrimp and grits were amazing. My husband had the scallops which were equally amazing! All very fresh, perfectly seasoned. We will be back for sure.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

A great spot for dinner. The menu changes and isn't huge, but all of the options were delicious! One of the best seafood restaurants I have eaten at.

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2017

Drinks excellent. Soup very good. Entrees were so-so. Parking was very difficult to find on a busy beach weekend. Service was excellent.

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