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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Wilmington

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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 Quanto Basta: Italian Eatery & Wine Bar - Wilmington restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1021)
$31 to $50
Italian
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington, QB’s diverse yet comforting flavors are reminiscent of a casual but unique Italian neighborhood restaurant, complete with seating in a lush, private courtyard with a stunning fountain ~ a true oasis in an urban setting.
Top review
Dacheze
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
Sauces are amazing. It was a wonderful dining experience. Very value oriented
A photo of Port Land Grille restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2061)
$31 to $50
American
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Port Land Grille has progressive American regional cuisine masterfully executed in a casually elegant coastal setting since November 2000. We have both indoor and outdoor dining and private rooms are available. Thank you for dining with us!

COVID-19 updates: Masks are no longer required to be worn indoors but they are still recommended if you are not vaccinated. Our staff is fully vaccinated and ready to serve you!

We have suspended the ability to bring in outside food or beverage (ex. cakes or wine) while we continue to recover from the devastating affects of COVID-19. Thank you in advance for your understanding and continued support.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
great food great service had a wonderful evening.
A photo of Kipos Hellenic Cuisine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (633)
$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.

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TrevorGvip
Dined 2 days ago
Incredible food, gorgeous garden, truly a top notch experience
A photo of Riverside Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (161)
$30 and under
American
Wilmington
About the restaurant
At Riverside Kitchen & Bar, we specialize in New American Fusion cuisine, providing a sophisticated casual dining experience that strikes the perfect balance between upscale casual and relaxed comfort.

Our eclectic menu caters to diverse tastes, offering everything from indulgent
mac 'n' cheese to succulent short rib. We take great pride in using only the finest locally sourced ingredients to create a memorable culinary journey for our guests. Our chefs expertly fuse traditional American flavors with contemporary techniques, resulting in a menu that boasts both classic comfort dishes and innovative creations.

We offer a versatile menu that has something for everyone, including fresh salads, artisanal flatbreads, and mouthwatering sandwiches, in addition to our elegant entrées. Whether you're joining us for a casual lunch, a celebratory dinner, or a special event, we promise an unforgettable dining experience in a stylish yet relaxed setting at Riverside Kitchen & Bar.

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Jimbovip
Dined 6 days ago
After a day of rain, we decided to go to our other local favorite Riverside Kitchen We had our favorite server, Grace! Crab dip and drinks to start and an unusual special here! My wife got the special meatloaf with potatoes and I chose Meatloaf with rice! The servings were generous and we finished with Chocolate Torte!
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Wilmington, NC restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2313)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Ruth's Chris Steak House in Wilmington is located at the newly constructed River Place in the heart of historic Downtown Wilmington. Whether it's a romantic steak dinner for two, an important business meeting, or a private party, Ruth's Chris Steak House can accommodate your needs and our Wilmington steakhouse provides guests with a warm, comfortable atmosphere of casual elegance.
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MaureenV
Dined 2 days ago
Terrific choice when staying in Wilmington NC. Have eaten at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Manhattan for years and this one in Wilmington followed the same high standards with a southern hospitality.
A photo of The George on the Riverwalk restaurant
4.5
4.5 (630)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Wilmington
About the restaurant
The George on the Riverwalk is in the downtown area of Wilmington, North Carolina. A great location, along with the great food, have helped to make this a very popular eatery. You can find inside or outside seating right on the river. As one of the only dog friendly restaurants in the area, we welcome your furry friends! We provide heated decks in the winter as well as amazing views of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, the USS North Carolina Battleship and amazing sunset views year around! Whether you choose to visit us by car or boat, we provide 3 hour parking vouchers for the lot across the street and have a 90ft floating dock located directly on the Cape Fear River!!





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SusanW
Dined 6 days ago
We shared 3 appetizers & salad for our lunch, all were delicious
A photo of Solstice Wrightsville Beach restaurant
4.4
4.4 (70)
$31 to $50
American
Wrightsville Beach
About the restaurant
Solstice Kitchen + Cocktails is the place to indulge in spectacular food and stunning ocean views. Our award-winning Chef, William Roberts has designed a menu that is loved by locals and traveling foodies alike. Come taste your way through our market-fresh menu of coastal-American dishes and handcrafted drinks. We have a passion for market-fresh ingredients, honest cooking, and a beach-elegant atmosphere that’s welcoming to all.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Just a Beautiful ocean front updated restaurant! Amazing food and ambience!
A photo of Marina Grill restaurant
4.2
4.2 (13)
$30 and under
American
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Marina Grill is a waterfront restaurant that was inspired by our lively Riverfront Marina & ideal Downtown Wilmington location. We offer a wide variety of dishes, NC beers, wine, seasonal cocktails, and a view that is second to none. We offer Sunday Brunch, private event spaces, live music in the boatyard, and a stunning atmosphere that is family friendly. Whether you choose to sit inside or out – you will enjoy the beautiful marina and waterfront views. Time it right and you will be treated to a spectacular Cape Fear River Sunset view.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
A bit noisy with an odd smell when 1st walking in, but overall a good experience.
A photo of Tequilas Waterfront restaurant
3.8
3.8 (91)
$30 and under
Mexican
Wilmington
About the restaurant
A culinary collaboration between Tequila Comida & Cantina and Marina Grill, infusing the vibrant flavors of Mexico into the heart of Wilmington’s waterfront. Established in 2018 by Chef Ramon Villasenor and Miguel Villasenor, Tequila Comida & Cantina has teamed up with Marina Grill to create an exceptional dining experience.

Nestled beside the Riverfront Park and boasting an extraordinary view of the Riverfront Marina, Tequila’s Waterfront offers a unique setting. Our spacious outdoor area is the perfect spot to enjoy live music during the summer months. Located next door to the Riverfront Park, home to the Live Oak Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater hosting open-air concerts and entertainment, we invite you to savor the magic of Mexican cuisine amid cultural warmth and breathtaking views.

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ILMFood
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Lupe was most attentive. Food was outstanding and we all enjoyed the ceviche sampler. Good ritas and chips. Food came out on time. Even with the A/C not working on a hot day, we enjoyed ourselves and will be back.
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 7 days ago
Wonderful food. The preparation and presentation were great!
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