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Diners' Choice: Best Service restaurants in Coastal North Carolina

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best service in Coastal North Carolina? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Melting Pot - Wilmington(NC) restaurant
4.9
4.9 (711)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Welcome and thank you for choosing The Melting Pot of Wilmington. We offer a very unique and interactive dining experience, with a heavy focus on personal service. Our Wait staff has been hand picked and extensively trained to have the ability to provide you, our guest, with nothing less than a "Perfect Night Out." Every visit will be hand tailored to fit your wants and needs during your fondue experience. We are a four-course full service restaurant. We offer a stunning variety of creamy, perfectly balanced cheeses that our servers hand craft table side for your dining pleasure. We have a selection of cold, crisp and fresh salads, paired with house made dressings. Our entrées are as beautiful as they are delicious. We offer a wide range of premium meats and seafoods with a variety of sophisticated marinades and sauces for dipping.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
Lovely waitress, delicious food! We were completely stuffed when the meal was done. I definitely recommend this restaurant but reserve at least two hours for the “experience”.
A photo of Brent's Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (624)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Wrightsville Beach
About the restaurant
Upscale yet casual restaurant located in Wilmington, NC. Located near Wrightsville Beach. Menu changes weekly to highlight the freshest seafood and land dishes. Enjoy flavorful dinners and extensive wine selection in our welcoming atmosphere. When weather permits, book a seat outdoors on our covered patio. For reservations, please utilize Opentable or call us directly. However, reservations for Fridays and Saturdays can ONLY be booked by calling us directly. 910-839-3131.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Our waitress was extremely kind, upbeat, accommodating, and definitely put you in a feel good mood! Outstanding setvice and food
A photo of The Oyster Rock Waterfront Seafood restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3168)
$30 and under
Seafood
Calabash
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Oyster Rock, a family-owned and operated waterfront Calabash seafood restaurant specializing in excellent seafood and raw bar items, mixed with a flavorful variety of mouth-watering beef, chicken and pork dishes, along with sandwiches and burgers all prepared in house every day using only the freshest and finest ingredients from local and regional suppliers and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean right outside our doors.

Overlooking the scenic Calabash River and its pristine estuaries and relaxing atmosphere, The Oyster Rock provides the most amazing view around, from our indoor and outdoor seating areas and bars featuring more than 24 domestic and imported beers on tap, 30 wines by the glass and a delicious collection of specialty cocktails.

If you would like to order carryout, orders may be placed by calling 910-579-6875.

Top review
Melodyvip
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful as always! Best food ever.. tried sea bass for first time! ( A special) was delicious!
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4.9
4.9 (470)
$31 to $50
French American
Beaufort / Morehead City
About the restaurant
BLUE MOON BISTRO of Beaufort, NC; Casual fine dining experience with superb service team, a creative and well-stocked bar, & TWO chefs sharing in our culinary leadership of French/American cuisine.

CHEF JAYSON FOSTER graduate of CCCCP; Culinary Arts student who studied in France under two-starred Michelin Chef Marc Meurin. A stalwart on the Beaufort Food Scene, Jayson has cooked at Chef’s 105, Circa 81, and at Aqua, where he was the Chef for 10 years. In 2012, Jayson and team won the Fire on the Docks Competition in Wilmington, NC.

CHEF JOSH MACKLIN, Honors graduate of CCCCP, Josh ALSO went to France to study with two-starred Michelin Chef Marc Meurin. Following this tenure, Josh joined Floyd’s 1921 as banquet chef. He has worked at Circa 81 as chef and joined the Oysters and Pearls group, opening both Catch 109 and served as Executive Chef for Table 9. Josh loves how food brings together families and friends. He is a proud believer of food being a bond we all share.

Bon Appetit!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The Caesar salad, scallops with pork belly and grits, and the creme brule were as good as I could have made, which is saying something as I am a classicly trained French chef and was in the restaurant industry for more than 20 Years. Lara, behind the bar, was a wonder, mixing drinks, serving meals and holding conversations with us all.
A photo of The Green House Restaurant - Wilmington restaurant
4.9
4.9 (350)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Wrightsville Beach
About the restaurant
The Green House offers inventive, plant-based menu with an emphasis on sustainability, seasonality, and all of the amazing local producers this area has to offer
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent food and service. Pricing is spot on and highly recommend sharing everything.
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4.9
4.9 (384)
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
Southport
About the restaurant
Farm to fork creative southern cuisine. Handcrafted cocktails and fabulous wine list. We offer seating by reservation for all seats in the restaurant including seats at our bar, indoor dining room, and our outdoor porch which is a wonderful place to sit during all seasons (since porch sitting is a true Southport thing to do).
Top review
KarenSvip
Dined 3 days ago
We took our friend there to celebrate our birthdays. The service was excellent. The food was absolutely delicious! All of us were very happy and can't wait to go back.
A photo of Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1164)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Beaufort / Morehead City
About the restaurant
Clarke Merrell's (Circa 81 Executive Chef/Proprietor) goal is for Circa 81 to provide creative, quality, & delicious food in a beautiful setting. Offering small plates that are perfect for passing around the table in true tapas style, our dishes are meant to inspire and engage our diners. So, start a conversation, relax, and enjoy a fresh take on cuisine. Clarke developed Circa 81 in hopes that guests will try something new and different and truly have a dining experience. Circa 81 offers great wine and cocktails too, with more than 30 specialty drinks on our cocktaileria menu. Our menu also includes medium and large plate selections - delicious sandwiches, homemade soups, local seafood and fresh-made desserts.

Circa 81 also offers take-out and catering - just contact us for more details.

Top review
JohnJ
Dined 2 days ago
Been dining here for years. Never an issue with food, service, prices, anything. I DO recommend that if you're going for Sunday Brunch, make a reservation. Some Sundays are busier than others, so your mileage may vary.
A photo of Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2706)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Kitty Hawk
About the restaurant
Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martini Bar is an upscale dining restaurant on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We are open nightly for dinner and drinks through all seasons. We pride ourselves in using fresh local and regional ingredients, in season, to create interesting and flavorful meals. We have a comprehensive wine list and have been awarded "Best of the Beach - 2014-2017" for our Martini Bar. We also have an oceanside patio, across the street from the beach, for drinks and waiting. If your reservation can not be completed online, please call us at 252-261-2546 to inquire about special seating arrangements.
Top review
OBXersvip
Dined 5 days ago
Another amazing meal at Ocean Boulevard! Really enjoyed items from the summer menu and a wonderful tilefish special. Nothing like having a fresh seasonal dish. Some of the best and most creative drinks and yummy deserts. We sat at the chef's counter and were able to watch the kitchen magic happen.
A photo of Prime Bistro & Wine Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (323)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Beaufort / Morehead City
About the restaurant
An elevated dining experience with wood-fired steaks, seafood, housemade pasta and world-class wines.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Hidden gem!! My husband and I were on vacation at the beach and wanted to try somewhere new. As we approached the restaurant, I was a little hesitant as it’s essentially in the parking lot of a Hampton Inn. However, as soon as we opened the door we were not only greeted by the most friendly maitre’d, but were also welcomed into almost a speakeasy-ish themed atmosphere. Dark wood, white tablecloths, beautiful bar, jazz music. After being walked to our table, we were greeted by an extremely friendly waitstaff. The cocktails were delicious, as was the food. We ordered the filet flight and the grouper and neither disappointed!!! If you’re in the area and looking for a break from your typical seafood restaurant, give this a try! It was pricey (about $300 for my husband and I, each ordering two drinks) but totally worth it!
A photo of Montero's restaurant
4.9
4.9 (199)
$30 and under
American
Edenton
About the restaurant
A life long dream of Karin and Andy Montero, this 1904 home has been transformed into
Elizabeth City's premier location to "Meet. Eat. Celebrate." With our guests in mind,
Montero's is committed to providing a complete "Restaurant Experience"...exceptional service,
creative cuisine and a casual atmosphere. Our staff possesses the same passion and desire for
this restaurant that we do and we hope you will as well!

Top review
Brianvip
Dined 5 days ago
Montero's never disappoints. Service and food are always top-notch.
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