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Cafe Pamlico
Price: Expensive
Cafe Pamlico's mission is to provide a world class dining experience through exceptional food, outstanding detail oriented service, an inspired wine and cocktail program, and gracious attentive Southern hospitality. Our contemporary coastal cuisine is driven by locally sourced seafood, meats, and produce. Our menu changes frequently in accordance with the fresh ingredients our chefs discover on the island, most notably the fresh local seafood we feature. The fish we serve each evening is frequently taken from the nets of friends that very morning. We are committed to supporting local farmers and artisan food producers first, sustainable resources second, and organic third. The Cafe serves elegant gourmet dinners prepared by our world class chefs from four to seven nights each week, depending on season. Dinner reservations are highly recommended, as the restaurant is often filled to capacity by reservation. We are open to the public every morning for our famous casually elegant breakfasts, called "Best on the Outer Banks" by National Geographic Traveler. Cafe Pamlico is committed to extending gracious hospitality beyond the walls of our restaurant and into the community. We manage our organization in an ecologically sensitive and economically sustainable manner, driven by genuine concern for our environment and the jobs we create in our community, and always in accordance with the customer satisfaction policies of our business model. We invite you to learn more about Cafe Pamlico by downloading our current brochure, or by getting in touch with us. Whether dining in one of our intimate well appointed dining rooms, at our elegant copper topped bar, or al fresco on one of our soundfront decks, you will experience exceptional food and service which the Times of London described as "Fabulous" while surrounded by the natural beauty and grandeur of the Pamlico Sound and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

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  • JamesR
    Coastal North Carolina •2 reviews
    Dined 3 days ago
    Had 7 of us and they had everything ready. Everyone was pleased with drinks, food and service. Will do it again. Love Sunday brunch! Thank you!
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    Riverside Kitchen & BarPrice: Moderate• American• Wilmington
  • OpenTable Diner
    Los Angeles •1 review
    Dined 4 days ago
    Amazing dinning experience here!! First of all waiting for the balcony is SOOO WORTH IT. It provides a very intimate dinning experience. All of the food and drinks are all top tier. Absolutely loved the experience and the customer service. I will definitely be visiting Floriana everytime I come to Wilmington! Thank you so much!
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    Floriana - WilmingtonPrice: Expensive• Italian• Wilmington
  • KathyP
    Detroit / Eastern Michigan •27 reviews
    Dined 6 days ago
    This was my second time dining here with my husband and it didn’t disappoint. Our server (Gavin? Not sure if I’m recalling his name correctly but he was from Beaufort) was excellent. We ordered the spaghetti al formaggio again, and he was terrific in his presentation, explaining to us about the Parmesan that was used and showing/explaining each of the steps in the dish’s preparation. Everything was exceptional, including the pizza our son ordered. We’re already planning our next visit when we’re back in South Carolina.
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    Tarantelli’sPrice: Moderate• Italian• Wilmington
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    Coastal North Carolina •1 review
    Dined on May 20, 2024
    My first time at Seabird , as soon as you open the front door ,you can feel a great energy with lots of people enjoying theirs drinks ,and, a lot going on. Than, when you step into the dining room , you can appreciate the refine interior decor , modern , with slight accents of Barocco ,very elegant . We were welcomed by our server Jack ,his professionalism stood out as soon as he introduced himself ,to than explain the dinner menu in a way that i was t so taking by ,that i let him choose my appetizers and the main entrée . High quality ingredients with intense flavors , the dishes presented themself like portraits ,very difficult to choose what was the best part of the all entire dinner ,but the desserts were a great way to end this great dinner experience. It was my first time at Seabird ,but........ it won't be the last one.
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    SeabirdPrice: Very Expensive• Seafood• Wilmington

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Discover Coastal North Carolina

The coastal region of North Carolina is a vacation magnet, and food is big business all along the shoreline. Fresh seafood establishments abound in this area, with many of them catering directly to the visitors as much as the locals. Steakhouses are also very common along the coast for those looking for a great cut prepared just right. The South is barbeque country, and you can add the North Carolina coast to the list, as barbecue smokehouses are plentiful and usually found in a bar-and-grill setting. International food is also a very popular choice along the North Carolina coast. Selections include Thai, German, Indian, and even Peruvian cuisine. Of course, there are many national chain establishments as well as locally owned family restaurants and combination eateries for those wanting something quick.

Frequently asked questions

The best reviewed restaurant in Wilmington is Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

The best vegan restaurants in Wilmington are PinPoint, Seabird and The Green House Restaurant - Wilmington

The best vegetarian restaurants in Wilmington are PinPoint, Kipos Hellenic Cuisine and The Green House Restaurant - Wilmington

The restaurants with the best service in Wilmington are Broken Plate Kitchen, Rusty's Surf & Turf and Seanna Tavern

The restaurants with the best ambiance in Wilmington are Ceviche's, The Friend's Table and The Little Dipper

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