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Steam Restaurant - Embassy Suites

3.9
3.9
444 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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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 10 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

    William Slade

  • 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, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 444 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Hot spot

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for scenic views

  • Wilmington

    Good for groups

  • Wilmington

    Healthy

  • Wilmington

    Hot spot

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  1. CJ

    CherylJ

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Dinner prior to theater. Arrived and was seated promptly. Started on a good note. Wait staff friendly and courteous but put in orders incorrectly and forgot or order wine and drinks. Had to ask. Food was “eh”. Not great. Not horrible.
  2. JR

    JohnR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The buffet was excellent, meats cooked to prefection, choices were plentiful and the desserts selection was mouthwatering. Service was excellent and we were not rushed at all. Our thanks to you all for spending YOUR thanksgiving day serving us.
  3. JJ

    JaniceJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Efficient, courteous service, attractive dining room with scenic view, well-prepared buffet selection attractively presented, and very tasty food.
  4. KW

    KathyW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Cape Fear River view is great. They have nice tables and chairs. You are not squished at all. Our second time for Thanksgiving- see you next year!
  5. NC

    NCNative

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a group of 10 eat at 1 pm and it was such a nice change to go and enjoy Thanksgiving where all the "cooks" got to enjoy a great meal and spend quality time with the guests! The food tasted just like homemade and the choices were plentiful! The view was also amazing. I highly recommend Steam for Thanksgiving as a great way to celebrate the holiday with friends and family.
  6. JW

    JoeW

    Greensboro

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Thanksgiving Buffet! Very efficiently served. Variety of great dishes including Oysters!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food choices, excellent service!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was good not great.
  9. R

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was rich and portions were generous as a result.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matt was a great server. He was attentive enough and not overly annoying. He made sure our drinks were full and we had what we needed. He has great personality and timing. Thank you
  11. F

    Fitzygirl

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The restaurant was quiet, which wa very ice. The food was. Wry good. It was a nice evening, value for money was good.
  12. VM

    VictoriaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had birthday dinner here. Staff was wonderful and food delicious!
  13. BS

    BarbaraS

    Wilmington

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful setting with a gorgeous view of the river. Special place. Food was good. I would go back!
  14. AM

    AnthonyM

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Slow service and food was barely warm and overdone.
  15. JH

    JanetH

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a reservation for a table by the window. The photos of the restaurant had large side windows which opened to appear as open air dining. During the pandemic, this is what we thought we would get. When we arrived we were told the terrace area was closed - for no apparent reason. We waited for over 20 minutes for a table. None opened up. I questioned about opening the terrace area, but they refused. After 30 minutes of waiting and no table available, they decided to open the terrace area to us. This was nice, but the windows didn’t open. After finally taking our dinner order, the roasted chicken, we were told they were out of it!! We wasted close to an hour at this establishment. And then had to figure out where else we could go for dinner at 7:30pm! A terrible experience, which was unacceptable, and extremely disappointing.
  16. H

    Hank

    Wilmington

    147 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Sunset window table with price fixed pre-theater dinner for $65 for two. Our server J was very attentive. Very close to the Wilson Center and right on the Cape Fear river. Free parking for guests.
  17. SC

    SusanC

    Wilmington

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Used to love this place. Have been very disappointed with the food in the last three times I’ve eaten here. Kept coming back thinking it would change. Very sad because the view in the atmosphere is very nice. Ordered a burger and fries last time I was there thinking that would be safe. Not so.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Location was wonderful. Service great, server pleasant and helpful. My husband ordered a chicken pasta dinner that was not as good as he expected; lots of bow tie pasta with only a small chicken breast at a high cost. The scallops were good as well as the salmon. The crab and corn chowder was excellent.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The wait for our food was far too long given that there weren’t many patrons. Also, our server brought out a huge salad entry when I ordered a side salad to go with my burger. A member of our party agreed to take the salad as his dinner so as to avoid the server having to take the salad entree back but wanted to cancel his order. It came anyway - much unnecessary confusion.
  20. TC

    TimC

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whole meal was excellent from start to finish! Definitely recommend!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our food and the scene of the river from our table.
  22. DW

    DWeb

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    My wife and I have eaten dinner at Steam twice. All its virtues were still in force 3 days ago on our second visit. Parking is good, for a downtown location. Hotel parking space is available -- the entrance to the stack is on the main street, not the side street you drive on to get to front entrance to Emb. Stes., and not especially obvious or intuitive to get to -- and it's smooth walk to Steam from there. Steam validates, bringing the prkg fee down; probably should think about validate for no fee, but minor quibble. Steam is spacious--how many restaurants can you say that about?--with fewer rather than more tables. So no crowding. View outstanding thru westerly or northerly all-windows walls. Food all four thumbs (my wife's and mine) up. Variety of selections is sufficient. Flavoring (mahi mahi, roast chicken) is commendable, although a bit on the stronger side rather than subtler. Cocktail menu variety commendable and the drinks tend to live up to the imagination generated by their descriptions. Would like to see a bit more of the vegetable and potato accompaniment--as it, it's more than garni, yes, but less than what I would consider an acceptable serving size. Service is in spec--would like perhaps a bit more attention throughout the meal, but certainly it was "tip-worthy" (I usually give about 25-30% and this time it was more toward 25%). The "theater" or "drama" that can be an enjoyable part of this level of dining could be enhanced--examples: our attendant read the special, rather than had it memorized to recite; the host seemed harried, as opp. to gracious and welcoming--but these are, again, minor details. Can't comment on desserts, although my wife had an after-dinner coffee drink--was a bit on the watery side, limited amount of coffee-tasting features. Primarily because of the views of river/riverwalk & small marina space to the north, and the satisfactory-to-good dining experience in general, a nice place to take visitors to Wmgtn.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Only place that had availability for reservations, now I know why!!!! The food was AWFUL. Our order came out incorrect, the shrimp on the salad wasn’t edible, brussel sprout appetizer had frozen centers, crab soup was cold and the steak was gross. This place is TERRIBLE!!
  24. g

    gman

    Savannah

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The view from the restaurant is what separates this from others in the area. We want a sunset with a view of Cape Fear river.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Appetizers took ages to arrive and was not the oyster dish pictured online (not on half shell). Server rarely came by. Dinner came out very quickly but fish was over cooked. Polenta was like glue and inedible. Bar was out of empress gin for a drink on the menu. Bartender made a different drink instead and used wrong vodka. Wanted to have a drink at the rooftop bar before dinner but it was closed for a private event. Wanted to like this place but won’t come back. Frustrating experience very overall especially as it was our anniversary dinner.
  26. SC

    SteveC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always an enjoyable time and wonderful experience.
  27. KG

    KimG

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish at our table was delicious. Wonderful ambiance, terrific service
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was awesome!
  29. D

    Dziadzi1957

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    While there's a nice view, and a clean comfortable dining room, I was disappointed with their evening fresh catch dish as it was overcooked, dried out, very small filets, and the golden rice that came with it was more like a pasty mush. I ate it rather than complain simply because we had theatre reservations to get to. The seafood chowder was actually very good - hearty, hot and tasty. My wife liked the brussel sprouts, which was a large serving, as well as the beef short rib dish. Smoked Old Fashioned was tasty, but overpriced in my opinion.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Great views of the river but on a night when the restaurant appeared to be only half full, it took an hour to get dinner and the food was underwhelming. They seemed to be under staffed. It took a long time to get drinks and staff was indifferent. With so many great options I don’t think we’ll be back.
  31. SP

    SandraP

    Wilmington

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Reservations at 7:30. Seated ourselves at 8:30. Hostess kept saying tables not ready or reservations still ahead of us…obviously not so. Bar was crowded and service was poor! Some guests left in frustration. After seating ourselves the area was 1/4 full. Orders crab cakes. Tasted like salmon. Parking was a joke. Most places near by were reserved for Chamber of Commerce after 7:00 on Saturday night???? HORRIBLE experience all around! Will NOT be going back!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We had a long wait but the server and food made up for it!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Had a reservation 90 minutes prior to a show at Live Oak Pavilion. Ordered within 5 minutes of sitting down. John, our server was great…but, it just wasn’t going to happen. We had to leave before we were served.
  34. o

    ojvd

    Nashville

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    We had a reservation at 6:30 PM before a show next door at 8 PM... It took almost the entire time before we received our food. I believe we received our appetizers at 7:45 PM and food at 7:55 PM. Hostess was very apologetic, etc.. AND nothing was even taken off the check OH and to add insult to injury because our party was 8 we got an automatic gratuity added.
  35. TD

    TiffanyD

    Wilmington

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food4service3ambience2
    it took us over 2 hours to get our meal for a dinner for 4. Other tables had to leave before their food arrived in order to make a nearby show. Our food and drinks were delivered to the wrong table and other tables were incorrectly delivered to us. Our server was wonderful but was struggling between angry chefs + angry customers.
  36. JS

    JeanS

    Wilmington

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    We waited 30 min for cocktails and after an hour and 10 min, our food still had not arrived. We left.
  37. K

    Kitty

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    I went with my family to celebrate three birthday dinners. The restaurant is beautiful with a great view! Our server didn’t seem to know anything about the food or the alcoholic beverages. My daughter asked three times for salt and pepper. The waiter finally said that he couldn’t find any salt so he went downstairs in the hotel and got a shaker that was completely clogged. Most of the food was bland. Since we were celebrating birthdays I asked if he had any dessert specials. He said no. We overheard the table next to us saying they were celebrating birthdays and asked their waiter if there were any birthday specials. Their waiter said yes we do have a special red velvet birthday cake tonight. When my waiter returned I told him this and he said “oh I guess they just took some out of the oven“.
  38. M

    Marty

    Wilmington

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    We ate at Steam last night. The view of the river was amazing. Our waiter Alex was friendly and competent. We ordered the caesar salad and the new fish stew entree called Moqueco. The fresh rolls were warm and perfect. The caesar salad with the capers and fried anchovies was delicious. The fish stew had a problem. The 4 large clams were inedible they were so chewy. This was especially disappointing since this was the same complaint we had months ago at our last visit when the clams were in their bouillabaisse.
  39. H

    Henry

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food & the service were both very good and the atmosphere was nice. The only drawback was that we were seated for dinner at a table which faced a blinding sunset reflecting off of the river. The hostess tried to lower the blinds but they weren’t working. She left, saying that she was going to try & find someone to fix it. No one came back and we could have been moved to an empty table about 30’ away where we wouldn’t have had to squint for the next 30 minutes. On the flip side, we had a business dinner which lasted five hours and the staff was OVERLY patient and didn’t try to move us out. All in all, a very good experience.
  40. LC

    LizzieC

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food with a great view of the river! Our group was 3 adults and 2 small children; staff was great, seafood was awesome and kids’ meals reasonable.

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 3.9 stars by 444 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 10 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

    William Slade

  • Additional

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