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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Wilmington

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies 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!


A photo of The Melting Pot - Wilmington(NC) restaurant
4.9
4.9 (711)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Welcome and thank you for choosing The Melting Pot of Wilmington. We offer a very unique and interactive dining experience, with a heavy focus on personal service. Our Wait staff has been hand picked and extensively trained to have the ability to provide you, our guest, with nothing less than a "Perfect Night Out." Every visit will be hand tailored to fit your wants and needs during your fondue experience. We are a four-course full service restaurant. We offer a stunning variety of creamy, perfectly balanced cheeses that our servers hand craft table side for your dining pleasure. We have a selection of cold, crisp and fresh salads, paired with house made dressings. Our entrées are as beautiful as they are delicious. We offer a wide range of premium meats and seafoods with a variety of sophisticated marinades and sauces for dipping.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
Lovely waitress, delicious food! We were completely stuffed when the meal was done. I definitely recommend this restaurant but reserve at least two hours for the “experience”.
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4.9
4.9 (350)
$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
EmilyCvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great place all around. Can't wait to go back when in Wilmington again.
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4.8
4.8 (1321)
$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
TJCJvip
Dined 5 days ago
Incredible food, great vibe and excellent service ! Every team member acted as if they wanted you to be there
A photo of Catch - Modern Seafood Cuisine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2043)
$30 and under
Seafood
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Serving the Best Seafood in North Carolina. James Beard Finalist and Bravo Tv's "Top Chef"contestant, Chef Keith Rhodes and his team, explore the Cape Fear Coast,for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced Produce.Providing the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington's Best Chef Dubbed by NYT's,"Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood and Vegetarian options. We offer our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, NC Oysters on the 1/2 Shell, Seafood Ceviche & Conch Fritters . Larger Plates include our "Angry" Maine Lobster, Prime Steaks, Blackend Mahi Mahi & our Award winning Charleston Crab Cakes, Seared OBX Scallops, Flounder Escovitch & Pan roasted Black Grouper. Full ABC Permits.Large selection of boutique Wines by the Glass, Hand crafted Cocktails And over a half a dozen rotating local beer offerings.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
We were wanting to try this restaurant for some time. The food, service and cocktails were outstanding. Highly recommend!
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4.7
4.7 (1740)
$50 and over
American
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Welcome to PinPoint Restaurant!

Located in Wilmington, NC, PinPoint Restaurant serves food deeply rooted in Southern tradition. Featured in Southern Living's Best Restaurants of 2019. The menu changes daily and features local seasonal offerings from Wilmington’s farmers, fishermen, and oystermen.

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BillC
Dined 1 day ago
Convenient location in historic downtown Wilmington. Friendly knowledgable staff. Waitress was helpful and efficient. Food was prepared well and very tasty! Monday night is 1/2 off night on oysters and wine!
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4.7
4.7 (28)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Perfect in every way. Meal, service and location made for very relaxed and enjoyable evening
A photo of Kipos Hellenic Cuisine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (632)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great service ask for Allison he is great. The redfish I prepared to perfection with a sauce of capers and Klamath olives another in our party had the grilled lamb chops which are also a hit and the chicken skewers were great and shared as it was a large portion. Highly recommend. Try the baclava cheesecake you will not be disappointed
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4.7
4.7 (268)
$30 and under
Seafood
Wrightsville Beach
About the restaurant
King Neptune is now offering fresh, local seafood as well as variations of pork, beef, and poultry dishes. There are several salad options as well. Our chefs, John Anderson and Nick Chavez, have a very creative way of combining ingredients to create the most tasteful and delicious meals for our guests.

Top review
TieseR
Dined 6 days ago
Ordered 5 different appetizers and couldn’t pick a favorite if I tried. They were all very delicious!! Exceptional food!
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4.6
4.6 (2664)
$30 and under
Italian
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Tarantelli’s is located on Second Street, just one block from Front Street and in walking distance to the Cape Fear River. The restaurant and event venue is located in the historic district of downtown Wilmington. This lively area spans 230-plus blocks and is home to some of the best bars, restaurants, churches, architecture, and selection of fine art. There are several parking facilities nearby, but you can also reach Tarantelli's year round via horse drawn trolley and carriage, river taxi, trolley cars, or on foot.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The whole experience was wonderful. It’s kind of noisy but in a good way.
A photo of East - Blockade Runner Beach Resort restaurant
3.7
3.7 (325)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Wrightsville Beach
About the restaurant
Whether you’re craving a romantic oceanfront dinner for two or a quick lunch with your family, EAST Oceanfront Dining is just what you’re looking for. Enjoy our famous breakfast during your stay. Savor your lunch in the warm glow of the sun on our oceanfront dining deck. Delight your taste buds with local seafood specials while watching the moon rise over the tides. With award-winning cuisine, the breathtaking view of the beach and our ocean front gardens, EAST Oceanfront Dining is sure to please at any time and for any occasion.
Top review
BobC
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderful food. The preparation and presentation were great!
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