Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

4.3
148 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Area's Authentic Seafood Restaurant The experience that you will have at Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar is uniquely Wilmington, North Carolina. Our specialty is Cape Fear cuisine, including fresh local seafood, fresh vegetables, and local craft beer. When you walk through our doors, take a look around. You will see many items that are a part of our history. The shells inside the tables have been brought to us by many guests throughout the years. Nameplates on the bar designate locals that have told many a tale. News releases show Hieronymus cooking for Bryant Gumbel on the Today Show. You might copy a recipe for soft shell crab or take a gander at some of the "stars" that have dropped by for dinner.
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great online reservation. Very friendly service. Great food.

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Raymond
Wilmington
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We don’t come here often enough.
All around good service and good food from the back of the house.
Restaurant appears managed well, everybody on the floor working together to seat, serve and clear. Food came out smoothly.
Will come back.

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MartyC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service was great. I ordered a Dark and Stormy for $9.00 and it was awful. Didn’t come with any limes and tasted like crap. The bar tender obviously had no idea what the hell he was doing. Other than that the place was great!

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DocShrop
Western NC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Outstanding she crab soup. Oysters we're small but very tasty. Shrimp and grits was amazing. Also, Brennan was a fabulous waiter.

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DonnaB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hometown feel to the restaurant. We had the Steamed Oysters, Steemer, Flounder, and
Mahi-mahi.

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DougB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food, relaxed, but a bit expensive. The shrimp and scallops were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere. Best Shrimp & Grits ever

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DebbieD
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hieronymus is an icon in Wilmington that you don't want to miss! Honestly the best fish entree I have ever eaten!

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ValerieE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Waitress Was friendly and accommodating. Food was cold when brought to the table. Ordered grilled shrimp and it came blackened. Waitress immediately replaced the dish. Servers were very young and inexperienced

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a 5:30 pm reservation and had to wait for approximately 20 minutes to be seated. However the hostess were very apologetic and attentive. After being seated, the service and food were great. It was a very accommodating dinner served out. If you like seafood, I recommend you try this establishment. This restaurant is on my top 3 list of places to eat in Wilmington, NC.

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AndreaP
London
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Tasty local seafood restaurant! We enjoyed the ambience and the friendly service, definitely recommend to have a meal here if you’re visiting the coastal towns of NC!

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vipPumpkin
Raleigh
82 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The fresh fish is always good. I had blackened corvina, and enjoyed it; the others in our party also enjoyed their meals, although my husband said he would not order fried red drum again. Salads were good, but the supposedly steamed broccoli and cauliflower turned out to be brocolini swimming in butter sauce. The watery sauce filled the plate and I had to move my fish to my bread plate. Disappointing.
Service was unfortunately quite slow. We could see that our server was busy (not just standing around chatting or whatever), but once our friends arrived it was 25-30 minutes before our server even greeted them and took their drink orders. He did well while he was there, and I suspect that, like many other restaurants, they were short handed.
We will be back; Hieronymous is one of of favorite restaurants. I don’t know that our friends were impressed enough to plan a return visit

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Charmag
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service with Michelle.

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a but come down every now and then to see friends. Been coming here for 35 plus years. Never disappointed. We now live in VA. When we do come back to this area, we always eat here. Service last night was "spot on"! Food, as the "usual" great! Looking forward to our next trip down!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food quality and service was all OK …. No issues, but nothing to write home about with exception of the nut crusted lobster sauce option for their fresh catches of the day … I chose the swordfish … the sauce with a hint of cinnamon was very good

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TracyE
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, atmosphere was great. Price was good. 2nd time going, will be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent. Made reservation days before, but still had to wait longer than I thought for seating. Slow pace.

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FrankR
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Very nice family dinner. Our waitress, Jessica, was pleasant and very efficient. Food came quickly and was quite good. All 4 in our party were very pleased.

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ThomasG
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat, Jess was a wonderful waitress and her recommendations right on. Seafood a little different, but fresh and very delicious. Thank

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vipJAG2020
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great place with lots of choices from fried to fresh seafood daily including oysters. We will definitely return.

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FromSayville
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Oysters, salad and cheese biscuits were great! However the main meal was so-so. Ordered the Grouper and it was overcooked and dry.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food, very casual, but waited a long time for our food and then they gave our food to the wrong table, so we had to

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. I will be back. Michaela did a great job as our waitress.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was really good. Casual and very friendly atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Good enough service

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vipRealoldNavy
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Been trying to go here for sometime and Friday was when all the stars aligned. So glad they did. This is a superb no frills great food great service friendly fish house. I've been going to places like this for a long time and when I find one like this, I mark it for frequent return. Menu is driven by what is fresh. They offer several great sounding preparations I selected Carolina style Black Drum. You get a large portion cooked perfectly. Two traditional sides. Recommend grits with lobster sauce. My partner ordered the fried captains dinner. It is a "loosen your belt a notch" delight. Lots of well prepped fried seafood. From scallops, clams shrimp to fish it is fantastic. Oh yea, if you saved room. The home made cheesecake is to die for. Only had it this good in NYC. Great food reasonable price. A little loud crowd, so maybe not the place for a romantic night unless you just love good seafood

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vipAdrienne
Wilmington
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The fish was so fresh & delicious and live that they have local beers on draft.

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3isnotacrowd
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

The waiter was great, friendly and personable. The problem was that it is an oyster bar and they were out of oysters. They had fresh catch fish listed , but they were out of 4 of the 6 choices. Even out of some of the side dish choices. Our food was excellent, and we enjoyed what we had, but we had to keep changing our order.

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PattyS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We chose this restaurant mostly because it was one of the only restaurants open on Monday-our only day in the area. We were so pleased with the food-it was all delicious-the best seafood we've had in a long time. Our party of 4 ordered 4 different fresh catch options and each chose a different preparation method (what a GREAT thing to offer-pick a fish, pick a style). Each one of us loved what we ordered. We also all shared the she-crap soup (rich & filling and amazing), oysters (very fresh and tasty) and dessert. Super casual atmosphere, we came in right from the beach. Very friendly wait staff.

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WilliamP
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Catch of the day done Carolina style was killer. Service was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day dinner was nothing but amazing. The wait staff was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Reservation was at 7:45 but wasn’t seated until 8:30. The management wasn’t that good and didn’t help or say anything when it was taking long, didn’t give us anything for it. Server was super nice, but food was just okay. Wouldn’t go back based off of the wait even with having a reservation in advance.

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Boston
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Restaurant was very crowded but the waitress and staff pulled it off. Food was served in a timely manner and was hot. Food was delicious

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LisaR
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!! Will definitely be going back

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RobertF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Large portions. Madison was a fantastic server!

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DianaH
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hieronymus is my favorite seafood restaurant, and actually a favorite restaurant. The servers are always helpful, friendly, knowledgable and kind. The food is excellent and well prepared and top quality. What is NOT to LOVE???? Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to ALL the servers, chefs, cooks, cashiers, EVERYONE who works to make a dinner so wonderful and special! Thank you!

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SusanA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fresh. Seafood was not overcooked. Would definitely recommend this restaurant

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vipCaraF
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Great food. Terrible service. Made a reservation and was told when we got there it would still be a 45 min wait as they were short staffed. Then why even take reservations! Only saw our waitress twice. Doubt we will come back.

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Leslie
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Our server was amazing and the peel and eat shrimp were great!! The steak was lacking in flavor though, which was very unfortunate.

FAQs

Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (910) 218-2048.

Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 148 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.