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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Wilmington

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Wilmington? 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 Brent's Bistro restaurant
5.0
5 (616)
$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 Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Everything was excellent. Can’t wait to go there again. I had the crab cakes and would highly recommend them.
A photo of Genki Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (584)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Wilmington
About the restaurant
We look forward to welcoming you into our warm environment, with food so good you will swear you just stepped off of the train in Tokyo.
If you are reading this description, please take note that we will only hold your reservation for 15 minutes. After that, you forfeit your reservation. Our apologies for this, we can not hold tables past 15 minutes as this does not help with our other wait times. Also, please remember to count small children and babies as a person for seating. Thank you for your participation and understanding in this.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We love Ghenki! Best sushi in town. Wonderful people and great food.
A photo of The Green House Restaurant - Wilmington restaurant
4.9
4.9 (334)
$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 5 days ago
Absolutely incredible vegan eatery. So fresh and delicious. Atmosphere and staff were so warm and welcoming! I can't wait to go back & try more dishes when we're back in the area.
A photo of Jerry's Food, Wine and Spirits restaurant
4.8
4.8 (357)
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Serving the best from North Carolina's land and sea in a warm, casual setting since 1992. Contemporary American dishes lined with classic flavors of the South. Couple your meal with a glass/bottle from our hand picked wine list featuring many Napa, Sonoma, and Oregon options, or go with a delicious hand crafted cocktail like the Hellcat Holler. Jerry's has been featured on PBS' "NC Weekend" with Bob Garner, Wilmington Today, the Wilmington Star News, and has had the pleasure of serving a sitting Vice President, Hollywood actors, pro athletes, tourists and the wonderful Wilmington community for 30 years. We look forward to serving you soon!
Top review
MaureenR
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent food, fantastic service, lovely wait staff!
A photo of Seabird restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1247)
$50 and over
Seafood
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Mindfully sourced and thoughtfully prepared ingredients highlight the landscape of the food in our coastal community. Menu subject to change daily with local availability of seafood and produce. James Beard nominated chef and owner, Dean Neff.

Reservations available for dinner Thursday through Monday. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Try the

Brunch now served Saturday & Sunday!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great food service and atmosphere dish from apps to dessert fantastic
A photo of King Neptune Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (240)
$30 and under
Seafood
Wrightsville Beach
About the restaurant
King Neptune is now offering fresh, local seafood as well as variations of pork, beef, and poultry dishes. There are several salad options as well. Our chefs, John Anderson and Nick Chavez, have a very creative way of combining ingredients to create the most tasteful and delicious meals for our guests.

Top review
KimW
Dined on May 12, 2024
The "new" King Neptune is awesome! I was disappointed that Huevos Rancheros has been removed from the brunch menu, however. It was amazing. We ate dinner and brunch there recently and really enjoyed both meals.
A photo of Caprice Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3203)
$30 and under
French
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Open Wednesday thru Monday. Online orders can be placed from our website. Limited daily availability. 

Thierry and Patricia Moity were previous owners of Patou Bistro in Charlotte, NC and Cafe de Bruxelles in New York City.

Delight in Chef Thierry Moity's traditional French cuisine. Chef Moity, who has been cooking since age 13 in some of the finest French restaurants in Europe and New York City. The French cuisine is influenced by a combination of traditions. Patricia comes from the northern part of France near the Belgium border, while Thierry's origins are deeply rooted in the central provinces of the country.

According to Chef Moity, the food is served fast paced and in generous portions. “I want everyone to feel welcome in my restaurant. We are working against the stereotype that French food must be intimidating and expensive.”

Top review
MaryR
Dined 3 days ago
We are so glad we found this quaint restaurant, The food was delicious, the service was exemplary, and the atmosphere was charming. We are already planning to return even though we live an hour away.
A photo of The Melting Pot - Wilmington(NC) restaurant
4.8
4.8 (706)
$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 2 days ago
We dined at The Melting Pot for an early birthday and relocation celebration. The service was amazing, and everyone was so kind, welcoming us to the area and congratulating us on the move. It was truly the experience I was hoping we would have and we cannot wait to bring friends and family with us for the next great dining experience!
A photo of Port Land Grille restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2036)
$31 to $50
American
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Port Land Grille has progressive American regional cuisine masterfully executed in a casually elegant coastal setting since November 2000. We have both indoor and outdoor dining and private rooms are available. Thank you for dining with us!

COVID-19 updates: Masks are no longer required to be worn indoors but they are still recommended if you are not vaccinated. Our staff is fully vaccinated and ready to serve you!

We have suspended the ability to bring in outside food or beverage (ex. cakes or wine) while we continue to recover from the devastating affects of COVID-19. Thank you in advance for your understanding and continued support.


Top review
SusanWvip
Dined 4 days ago
Dinner was delicious as always. Calvin, our waiter was wonderful and so attentive.
A photo of Riverside Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (152)
$30 and under
American
Wilmington
About the restaurant
At Riverside Kitchen & Bar, we specialize in New American Fusion cuisine, providing a sophisticated casual dining experience that strikes the perfect balance between upscale casual and relaxed comfort.

Our eclectic menu caters to diverse tastes, offering everything from indulgent
mac 'n' cheese to succulent short rib. We take great pride in using only the finest locally sourced ingredients to create a memorable culinary journey for our guests. Our chefs expertly fuse traditional American flavors with contemporary techniques, resulting in a menu that boasts both classic comfort dishes and innovative creations.

We offer a versatile menu that has something for everyone, including fresh salads, artisanal flatbreads, and mouthwatering sandwiches, in addition to our elegant entrées. Whether you're joining us for a casual lunch, a celebratory dinner, or a special event, we promise an unforgettable dining experience in a stylish yet relaxed setting at Riverside Kitchen & Bar.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent food and service for a late Saturday lunch. So quiet and peaceful there. I took out of town guests who were impressed. Thank you- I’ll return often
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