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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Wilmington

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants 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!

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4.9
4.9 (620)
$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
AshevilleResident
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Excellent restaurant, highly recommended. Super nice server.
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4.9
4.9 (340)
$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
Best meal we had on our vacation! Outstanding quality.
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4.9
4.9 (587)
$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
snowskinjvip
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Great place for fresh sushi in Wilmington. I have been spoiled by their quality and service. Don't tell too many people or this great little place will be overloaded. It will be our secret.
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4.8
4.8 (1275)
$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
Absolutely amazing in every way - a spectacular experience from start to finish. We truly loved everything we ordered, but the smoked catfish and oyster pie was BEYOND.
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4.8
4.8 (12)
$31 to $50
American
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of downtown Wilmington, Dram Yard offers dinners featuring Southern coastal flavors with a global twist. Join us for craft cocktails, carefully curated wine and beer offerings, and thoughtful preparations of locally sourced ingredients in our re-opened dining room.
Top review
MrsTWill
Dined 1 day ago
Our brunch experience this morning at Dram Yard at ARRIVE in downtown Wilmington NC was exceptional. The host was pleasant and attentive, setting the tone for a delightful meal. The upscale atmosphere perfectly complemented our delicious meals, and the Bloody Mary and French 75 cocktails were spot on. Highly recommend for a memorable brunch experience.
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4.8
4.8 (365)
$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
VickiC
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
The service and food were awesome! We would go back in a second.
A photo of Quanto Basta: Italian Eatery & Wine Bar - Wilmington restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1002)
$31 to $50
Italian
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington, QB’s diverse yet comforting flavors are reminiscent of a casual but unique Italian neighborhood restaurant, complete with seating in a lush, private courtyard with a stunning fountain ~ a true oasis in an urban setting.
Top review
KimA
Dined 1 day ago
Lovely meal! We had excellent service and great food.
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4.7
4.7 (2044)
$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
BrianGGGvip
Dined 3 days ago
Great food and excellent service. Outside dining made it better than most.
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4.8
4.8 (3212)
$30 and under
French
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Open Wednesday thru Monday, closed Tuesday. Online orders can be placed from our website; limited daily availability. Reservations recommended; table times limited to 2 hours max.

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
StephenS
Dined 2 days ago
My go-to place to dine when I visit Wilmington. Always delish!
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4.8
4.8 (593)
$30 and under
Greek
Wrightsville Beach
About the restaurant
Kipos Hellenic Cuisine, an elevated extension of Kipos Greek Taverna in Chapel Hill, boasts a large garden and extensive bar which features double-sided seating indoors and out – all of which lends to a spacious dining area that flows seamlessly from the dining room to the patio. The bright, light-filled dining room, with high ceilings, terrazzo floors, and a variety of seating areas.

Enjoy Kipos’ classic Greek menu, curated by Executive Chef George Delidimos – including its legendary Avgolemono, Moussaka, Tzatziki, grilled whole fish. In addition to the largest Greek wine selection in the area.
Top review
Ronniet75
Dined 2 days ago
It was our 49th Anniversary and we were seated at a lovely table for 2. Our server, Alison (sp) was on the spot with water; he took our drink orders and decided on the Tzatziki appetizer with pita points and crudité. We perused the menu and decided on the Branzino and moussaka. The moussaka was rich and full of eggplant, ground meat and potatoes and topped with a creamy bechamel sauce; I couldn't finish it all so I took the remainder home. My husband's branzino was brought out whole and Alison deboned expertly - quite the sight! It was finished with an herbs and olive oil, and served with a mixed green salad. We decided to have our dessert in liquid form and chose an espresso martini (yummy) and port wine. All in all a wonderful experience.. Highly recommend this for a fabulous evening out. The garden are beautiful and last night a pre-wedding party was happening under the pergola. Live music in the gardens is offered on certain evenings.
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