Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

4.4
119 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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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3isnotacrowd
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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WilliamP
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!! Will definitely be going back

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RobertF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DianaH
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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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.

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Joselyn
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Classically "beach town kitschy" vibe and décor. Food was decent, but nothing spectacular. Raw oyster choice of the day was so-so; the meat was not cut fully off the shell, and there was grit. Good restaurant if you're visiting and want a slightly fancier place than casual.

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MarvinS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband has filet. He doesn’t’t eat seafood. I love seafood. I had scallops.They were scrumptious. My husband said his meat was cooked exactly the way he wanted.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service from Brandon

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GeorgeM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was quite good. Good value and ambience was good. Service was a little disjointed but I think our server was new

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RobG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Decent Seafood, but at a cost. The catch of the day Grouper was just cooked meh. The taste was good. And it was very expensive. Wanted to get some oysters but the cost was also crazy.

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haluko
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

it is a mess. we had reservations, host was clueless. they did not know what they were doing. the daughter of the owner was clueless. host was clueless. horrible experience. do not recommend anyone never go again.

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BrownieMom
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is so good! Some of the best seafood I’ve ever eaten. They offer small portions on some of the dishes which is a real plus for those with smaller appetites. Fried shrimp, shrimp and grits and the fresh catch were all delicious. We also loved the grits with lobster sauce. Took two desserts to go and they were both wonderful. Our server was so helpful and did a great job. We were seated right on time and i was so glad we made a reservation with OpenTable on a busy Saturday night.

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Neil
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food was only okay. For the price, it was not what we expected. We sat outside in a very welcoming covered area. There was a strong skunk-like smell coming from the parking lot behind the restaurant.

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RonL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing Mother's Day brunch at Hieronymous. Great food and service.

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Delish
Wilmington
18 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and drinks! Didn't look like much from the outside but we went on a recommendation and it did not disappoint AT ALL! We'll absolutely be back and will pass along the good word!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Makayla was super kind and knowledgeable. We truly enjoyed our food, it was season very well and cooked to perfection. We will be dining here again, bringing family and friends, and telling all we know about this wonderful restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our service by Matthew was amazing!! The food was great and the she crab soup was delightful!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service great as always. Love this place since I was introduced to it a couple of years ago.

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vipJAG2020
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First time dining here, many fresh seafood choices daily served a variety of ways. The portions were plentiful and the fried seafood platter terrific. We will definitely return.

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Gadget317
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us enjoyed dinner on Friday April 16 and each selection was perfectly prepared. We started with crab dip that was well prepared. Two of us had blackened scallops that were perfectly cooked and generous servings. My son had a small plate of calamari and shrimp and grits, and I had fried shrimp and fish which were excellent. All side dishes were delicious as well. We’ll definitely be back.

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vipCaptkev
Las Vegas
71 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

both my wife and my black seabass were way over salted ....(note to chef) other than that the service was excellent

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HLMC
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

She Crab soup very good. Pasta special so-so. Clams miniscule and only a few. Unusually rushed service this visit: appetizers, soups, salads and entrees all came out almost at the same time. Wait staff friendly but not especially proficient.....

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vipHappyHunger
Atlanta
236 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Our cooked food was good. Blackened shrimp and scallops were good. Service was very good (thank you, Brendan).
But our steamed oysters were served uncooked and covered in dirt and mud. The kitchen hadn't washed them.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Worst meal we’ve had in Wilmington in the 1-1/2 years we’ve been here. Not only was my salmon so undercooked (raw) that I had to send it back. When it returned my sides were missing from my plate. Wait staff was friendly but inefficient. Had to ask for various items 2 and 3 times ie napkins, cocktail sauce, fork, lemon. Topped off my husband’s drink with Mountain Dew unfortunately he was drinking club soda. Won’t be beck again!

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Travelingfoodie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Casual and relaxed atmosphere, delicious seafood dinner and surprisingly crowded as diners left and more came in on a Friday night at 8 - and all with reservations on open table. Would have felt more comfortable, as things reopen but covid is still a concern, if there was a way to direct those leaving out a different exit from the one entrance/exit past the bar (crowded and noisy). Everyone wore masks but there was no social distancing as we checked in for our table. Service was attentive and pleasant.

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BarbaraP
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious she crab soup! Filet mignon done perfectly medium rare.

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vipdarrins
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Brendan our server was terrific. The food was average and the price was way too high compared to the ambience, decor, and quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time overall

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dianeg
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was fun returning to this restaurant that we’ve been coming to for over 30 years and bringing friends to experience the wonderful food for the first time the fish and seafood Are always fresh and prepared perfectly!!!
The presentation of the plates were very well executed
we will definitely be back soon.

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vipannodboo
Cleveland
43 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at reasonable prices . Good service - friendly caring staff .. good social distancing and covid guidelines followed

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vipbeltlinebandit
Atlanta
78 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The pecan crusted mahi mahi was very good. The lemon “flounder “ wasn’t flounder.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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BethB
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was good. The serving for the blackened scallops was 8 large scallops-very delicious, but more than I could eat. Side salad was very fresh. The baked oysters with crab and spinach and cheese were delicious; the raw oysters were good, but a little small. The fresh catch with the nut crust was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

The food was disgusting. Didn’t even order entree after how poor the raw oysters were.

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vipMichaelC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and place was fantastic.

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 4.4 stars by 119 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.