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Steam Restaurant - Embassy Suites

4.2
4.2
376 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Steam is bringing American cuisine to Wilmington using locally sourced goods & ingredients. With an extensive wine & beer selection, plenty of cocktails, indoor/outdoor seating, & beautiful views of the Cape Fear River, Steam is your go-to local restaurant.

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Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Grill

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (910) 726-9226

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tyler Powell

  • Private party facilities

    The Engine Room seats up to 16 people Private The Terrace seats up to 60 people Private

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Cross street

    Estell Lee Place

  • Parking details

    Discounted Parking for Convention Center Parking Garage or discounted Valet Parking by Embassy Suites

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Snacks

  • Oysters Wilmington*$17.00

    fried Carolina oysters | country ham | creamed leeks | bearnaise

    • Pimento & Pickles$12.00

      "almost famous" pimento cheese | assorted house made pickles | everything pretzel chips

      • Crispy Brussels Sprouts*$12.00

        sea salt & vinegar powder | parmesan | chile flakes

        • Hand Cut Garlic Fries*$11.00

          garlic oil | sea salt | parmesan | crumbled herbs | malt vinegar aioli | balsamic ketchup

          • Artisan Cheese Board

            apple mostarda | olives | NC wild flower honey | house jam | dried fruit | grilled french bread

            • MP
          • Charcuterie & Artisan Cheese

            apple mostarda | cornichons | NC wild flower honey | house jam | dried fruit | grilled french bread

            • MP
          • Carolina Clam Bake*$16.00

            middle neck clams | peach smoked pork belly | heirloom tomato | grano Padano

            Soup & Salad

            Salad Additions: grilled chicken $7 | pan seared salmon $11 | grilled shrimp $9

            • Blue Crab & Corn Chowder$9.00

              lump crab | corn | bacon | hush puppy

              • Southern Minestrone*$7.00

                sweet potato | sweet corn | lima bean | okra | kale | fire roasted vegetable broth

                • Riverside Caesar Salad$12.00

                  hearts of romaine | shaved parmesan | house crouton | fried capers

                  • Cape Cobb Salad*$19.00

                    mixed greens | local crab | Carolina prawns | diced egg | bacon | tomato | buttermilk vinaigrette

                    • Farmhouse Salad$16.00

                      mixed greens | grape tomatoes | sautéed mushrooms | blue cheese crumbles | carrot | green beans | crouton | crumble | Champagne vinaigrette

                      • Stone Cold Crazy*$16.00

                        grilled stone fruit | lemon dressed bibb lettuce | spiced yogurt labneh | cold pressed olive oil | pickled red onion | purple haze chevre | toasted almonds

                        Sea Fare

                        • Pan Roasted Salmon*$29.00

                          smoked gouda grits | garlic green beans | romesco vinaigrette | smoked almonds

                          • Shrimp & Grits*$29.00

                            smoked gouda grits | blistered tomatoes | foraged mushrooms | pimento mornay | scallion

                            • Cast Iron Diver Scallops*$36.00

                              peach smoked pork belly | blistered tomato | creamed lacinato kale | Carolina gold rice | pomegranate molasses | Béarnaise

                              • Lump Blue Crabcakes$39.00

                                Chesapeake sweet potato wedges | succotash | meyer lemon | tarragon aioli | crispy country ham

                                • Moqueca*$37.00

                                  diver scallops | middle neck clams | sauteed shrimp | zesty sofrito | coconut milk | cilantro | grilled baguette

                                  Land Lovers

                                  • Steakhouse Strip*$42.00

                                    16oz grilled NY Strip | Montreal Marinade | steak butter | smashed red potatoes | garlic green beans | Béarnaise

                                    • Braised Short Ribs*$29.00

                                      smoked gouda grits | roasted baby carrots | jus crispy shallots | charred pineapple agrodolce

                                      • Farfalle Arrabbiata*$19.00

                                        spicy tomato | roasted red pepper | caramelized onion roasted garlic | marinated olives | parmesan

                                        • Burger Burger$16.00

                                          two smashed griddled patties | American cheese | house pickles | onion | secret sauce | everything brioche bun | hand cut fries

                                          • Grilled Spicy Tofu*$26.00

                                            Carolina gold rice | charred asparagus | ginger scallion puree | toasted sesame

                                            • Roasted Half Chicken$28.00

                                              smashed potatoes | sesame green beans | sweet chili black pepper glaze

                                              Last updated: May 14, 2022

                                              What 376 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                              4.2
                                              4.2 based on recent ratings
                                              • 4.1Food
                                              • 4.5Service
                                              • 4.5Ambience
                                              • 3.9Value

                                              NoiseModerate

                                              Loved For

                                              • Coastal North Carolina

                                                Scenic View

                                              • Wilmington

                                                Good for Groups

                                              • Wilmington

                                                Great for Lunch

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                                              1. KH

                                                KathyH

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Our dining experience was superb. We were on our first date with Tara as our server. She was so attentive, and knowledgeable about the foods. From the hostesses greeting to the end of the meal, it was a wonderful experience.

                                              2. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Raleigh

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                Food was tasty except the fried potatoes. They did come out greasy. Everything else was great

                                              3. EM

                                                EliseM

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                Overpriced. Bruch was $44 per person and $25 per kid... plus drinks. My kids did not eat $25 worth and they could've given me a free coffee with my $44 lunch. I am sure I did not eat my values worth. It was $400 for 5 adults and 2 kids.

                                              4. JM

                                                JohnM

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                Food was ok, hot items were cold. Not worth the money and put a 20% tip Buffet.

                                              5. C

                                                Chrisl

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall3food4service3ambience4

                                                We went to steam for the mothers day special. The buffet food selection was as advertised on the menu. The prepared hot bar items were luke warm. The serving utensils and the utensil rests needed to be changed out more often. The food items were kept well stocked for the most part. Two of the three chefs serving hot items were clearly miserable and did not want to be there. I don't blame them but hey, part of the job is to fake it. Our server was friendly but did not clear plates until asked or offer drink refills. 20% gratuity was added to the bill for our party of four. I personally tip that or more unless the service is absolutely horrinle but I was shocked to see it, especially at a buffet for a small party. It was priced fair for what it was, $44 per adult, $22 kid over 6, $12 kid 6 and under but I just expected better overall service/experience for what it was.

                                              6. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                2.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall2food3service2ambience4

                                                The buffet was nice. The food was nice for a buffet. Options were somewhat limited especially for the price. The service was fair at best. The mandatory 20% gratuity for a party of 4 for buffet brunch was ridiculous. We have always enjoyed STEAM and felt it was decent food at a reasonable price with a nice view. I will definitely be hard pressed to come back after this experience.

                                              7. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Richmond

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                Mother’s Day

                                              8. JB

                                                JacquelineB

                                                Washington DC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great experience. Especially loved the oysters and the prime rib!

                                              9. AF

                                                AngieF

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Excellent mother's day brunch! The place is clean, the staff is friendly and the food is delicious!

                                              10. TR

                                                TrewReview

                                                Raleigh

                                                13 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                13 reviews

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall3food2service3ambience5

                                                This was for the Mother’s Day brunch, the menu really wasn’t a great selection for brunch not enough breakfast/lunch options ( not a pancake/waffle) and it wasn’t a great option for people with children . If you have good allergies not the place. They required a credit card to hold the reservation even with booking through open table and said that they would charge it $50.00 if you didn’t come. none of that is mentioned on the site once you book. Parking was terrible! We had to drive around finally parked on the public parking deck. Wait staff was limited but like we waited forever I mean forever for our drinks ( regular sodas) and on the buffet they didn’t have any condiments, the food was kinda bland …Will not come back for this again!

                                              11. k

                                                kerryr

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Steam at Embassy Suites is delivering on their ads. Delicious food and cocktails, enjoyable setting, great views, attentive service all add up to a lovely evening with enough leftovers to bring home for at least one more meal. A huge plus is not having to leave the hotel for a fine meal; or being able to walk to it from nearby hotels.

                                              12. R

                                                Review

                                                San Francisco

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Fantastic!! Everything was perfect - superb food, the charcuterie appetizer is amazing.

                                              13. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                The service was exactly the way we like it, attentive without excessive interruption/ hovering. The dishes we ordered were exceptional and cooked perfectly. Exactly what we were looking for when we planned the visit.

                                              14. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Des Moines

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                A hidden gem. Food was quite good and interesting. George was a great server.

                                              15. J

                                                Joan

                                                San Francisco

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Steam is a great place to eat dinner. Nice view of the river. Great menu and the staff were very good!

                                              16. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Wilmington

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                Excellent service and beautiful atmosphere. Loved all of our entrees. The Charcuterie board was a little pricey 40bucks) and had three meats that most of us didn’t care for a beef/chicken pate, a type of bologna and salami. The cheeses were good but not great. The other things on there were awesome like local honey, mustard, jam. Presentation was wonderful. Just thought the Charcuterie was WAY over priced for the selection of meets and cheese (cheddar, provolone and blue cheese).

                                              17. SP

                                                SharonP

                                                Tampa

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                We arrived early for our reservation but they did a good job of seating us as soon as possible. We hung out in the bar area while waiting. The food is great and look forward to going back soon!

                                              18. J

                                                Julies

                                                Charlotte

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 13, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I had scallops cooked to perfection. Others in my party tried steak and salmon. All were delicious

                                              19. RH

                                                ReneeH

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great meal with a wonderful view! Will visit again.

                                              20. TH

                                                THam

                                                Wilmington

                                                1 review

                                                1.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 4, 2022

                                                overall1food1service1ambience3

                                                There was one server for the entire dining room. Our server was very nice but by no fault of her own could not provide good service. Our food was terrible. My husband ordered shrimp and grits which came in a small bowl with a circle of floating oil all around the perimeter. I ordered salmon with gouda grits that had no flavor, no sauce on the fish which was dry and again oil all around- it was so bizarre. Our server never came back to check on us (not her fault) and I didn't eat mine. My husband ate his b.c he was starving and no service to send back. He was sick the rest of the night. They took mine off the check. I thought it was perhaps a fluke night but a coworker told me they also had a poor experience a few weeks ago. First time there- will not go back. Too many other great restaurants in Wilmington.

                                              21. B

                                                Brook0995

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 4, 2022

                                                overall3food2service4ambience4

                                                The appetizer and bread were good. The soup we ordered although perhaps hot when pot into the bowl, it was a bit gelatinous when it arrived at our table and had a film on it like gravy gets after it sets awhile. My wife’s swordfish was excellent.

                                              22. PS

                                                PaulaS

                                                New York Area

                                                14 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                14 reviews

                                                Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Service was great!

                                              23. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Atlanta

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 31, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                A birthday dinner for my daughter & 10 of her friends. They did everything thing to make dinner a success! Service was top notch!

                                              24. JB

                                                JensB

                                                New England

                                                3 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on March 28, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                Perfect business dinner! Tara took fantastic care of us !

                                              25. BS

                                                BrianS

                                                Wilmington

                                                4 reviews

                                                2.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on March 20, 2022

                                                overall2food2service4ambience4

                                                Overall atmosphere is very nice and the server Jake was attentive as well. We were disappointed with the appetizer that was served. It was clear that this was prepared well in advance and was sitting in a refrigerator. The appetizer Pimento Cheese & Assorted Pickles with bagel chips, was a lump of near frozen pimento cheese with carrots, beets, and asparagus in a pickle brine. The bread slices (not bagel chips) we rock hard stale and the ice cold (just out of a refrigerator). This was clearly not freshly prepared. We advised the server who was cordial and apologetic. He did inform the chef and manager. The manager looked directly at us as Jake shared our concerns. The manager failed to address it with our table on the 2 visits where the nearly untouched appetizer sat. Overall the dinner was fair and in my opinion well over priced given the quality. The lack of attention when our dissatisfaction was brought to the managers attention is disappointing. This was their chance to make it right and they failed. They lost a customer.

                                              26. M

                                                Marty

                                                Wilmington

                                                12 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                12 reviews

                                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                We had not visited Steam for many months because our last experience was bad. They were short-staffed and our waitress seemed totally untrained. But our dinner last night was like the Steam of pre-pandemic days! The service was excellent. The waiters were clearly well trained, friendly and professional. My wife and I shared the Farmer's Salad which was fresh, delicious and huge. She had the bouillabaisse which was very good except for the 4 large, very chewy clams. I had the special swordfish entre which was fantastic. We will definitely be returning soon to Steam.

                                              27. PJ

                                                PaulJ

                                                Cleveland

                                                13 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                13 reviews

                                                Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Food was delicious and the service was great. Very nice venue with views of the Cape Fear River.

                                              28. B

                                                albertB

                                                Washington DC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                great meal great service nice atmosphere freindly staff

                                              29. MC

                                                MichaelC

                                                Wilmington

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 9, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                George, our waiter was excellant. His review of the menu was also good. My wife and I enjoyed our evening at the Steam Restaurant very much.

                                              30. c

                                                clzg

                                                Wilmington

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I had been to STEAM numerous times after work for cocktails and appetizers and was impressed with everything about the food, service and atmosphere. Their Restaurant Week menu caught my attention and I decided it was time to get some of our friends together and meet at STEAM for dinner. FABULOUS! Everyone enjoyed themselves and we enjoyed excellent service, food and conversation. Craft Cocktails are delicious and the Brussels Sprouts were amazing! Service is impeccable! We’ll reserve a spot again in the future!

                                              31. JF

                                                JanF

                                                Raleigh

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Lovely view out over the river. Parking is easy in the attached parking deck. We were a party of 9, celebrating 2 birthdays. No trouble getting reservations. Service was excellent. Cocktail menu is great! Food was very tasty. Would recommend!

                                              32. AM

                                                AllisonM

                                                1 review

                                                2.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                overall2food1service3ambience4

                                                The food was very boring and mediocre at best. The food sounded amazing on paper but the execution was poor. Felt very similar to a low end Cruise line dinner. Our waitress was very nice and attentive no complaints about service at all. The restaurant was lovely and clean and had beautiful views of the river.

                                              33. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Indiana

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on February 22, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The Port City Taste week special was delicious! Gorgeous views! Great service!

                                              34. KG

                                                KimG

                                                Wilmington

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We dine downtown very often but wanted to bring some out of town guests to a new place. Everyone in our party was pleased with the beautiful views of the water, the delicious food and fabulous service. We will definitely be back to enjoy another experience. Thank you!

                                              35. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Charlotte

                                                1 review

                                                2.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                The food was alright but not worth the cost. My wife didn’t eat any of her food.

                                              36. FP

                                                FranP

                                                Greensboro

                                                2 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                The food was very good and nice sized portions but the grits were cold under the salmon. The salad was huge and it might be better to offer a smaller sized side salad with the entrees. Our server Meghan was lovely and very helpful. The bar was comfortable as we had to wait until our table was ready although we saw empty tables. Perhaps the restaurant was short chefs or servers as it was Valentine's Day but we found that strange.

                                              37. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Wilmington

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                The service was great as was the appetizer, the entrees were a little underwhelming but acceptable.

                                              38. b

                                                billybklyn

                                                New York Area

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The reservation process was easy, there was a call to confirm and hold reservation. Arrived on-time and seated quickly. Staff was super friendly and polite. Food was excellent and atmosphere terrific. Great job.

                                              39. JC

                                                JasonC

                                                Wilmington

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Excellent experience great food great people just overall a great place

                                              40. GM

                                                GeneM

                                                Charlotte

                                                6 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                Great view and service. Unfortunately my main dish had to heatedly

                                              Safety precautions

                                              • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                              • Physical distancing

                                                • Limited number of seated diners
                                                • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                • Extra space between tables
                                              • Protective equipment

                                                • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                              • Screening

                                                • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                • Staff temperature check required

                                              FAQs

                                              Steam Restaurant - Embassy Suites is rated 4.2 stars by 376 OpenTable diners.

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                                              Booked 6 times today
                                              Google Map for Steam Restaurant - Embassy Suites

                                              9 Estelle Lee Pl Wilmington, NC 28401

                                              Additional information

                                              • Cross street

                                                Estell Lee Place

                                              • Neighborhood

                                                Wilmington

                                              • Hours of operation

                                                Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

                                              • Cuisines

                                                American, Seafood, Grill

                                              • Dining style

                                                Casual Dining

                                              • Dress code

                                                Casual Dress

                                              • Parking details

                                                Discounted Parking for Convention Center Parking Garage or discounted Valet Parking by Embassy Suites

                                              • Payment options

                                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                              • Executive chef

                                                Tyler Powell

                                              • Additional

                                                Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                              • Phone number

                                                (910) 726-9226

                                              • Private party facilities

                                                The Engine Room seats up to 16 people Private The Terrace seats up to 60 people Private

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