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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Wilmington

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 (713)
$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 Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
We always have a wonderful experience at this Melting Pot. Our waiter Samantha P was outstanding!! Couldn’t ask for better service. Love that this location offers outdoor seating. We will be back again soon!
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4.9
4.9 (263)
$30 and under
Seafood
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Seafood Restaurant in Winterville, North Carolina. Main & Mill Oyster Bar & Tavern offers an amazing menu with the service to match. We hope you join us soon.
Top review
DonnaR
Dined 4 days ago
Great food, we had the Oysters appetize and Shrimp and Grits for our main course. Awesome service, very professional and informative. Great wine list.
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4.8
4.8 (3242)
$30 and under
French
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Open Wed-Mon, closed Tues. Reservations recommended; table times limited to 2 hours max. Please call the restaurant directly for reservations of parties over 4 guests. Online orders can be placed from our website; limited daily availability. 


Thierry and Patricia Moity were previous owners of Patou Bistro in Charlotte, NC and Cafe de Bruxelles in New York City. Delight in Chef Thierry Moity's traditional French cuisine. Chef Moity, who has been cooking since age 13 in some of the finest French restaurants in Europe and New York City. The French cuisine is influenced by a combination of traditions. Patricia comes from the northern part of France near the Belgium border, while Thierry's origins are deeply rooted in the central provinces of the country.

According to Chef Moity, the food is served fast paced and in generous portions. “I want everyone to feel welcome in my restaurant. We are working against the stereotype that French food must be intimidating and expensive.”

Top review
Raymond
Dined 5 days ago
Always excellent. This is our go to place for special occasion dinners. Doesn’t get much better downtown.
A photo of Jerry's Food, Wine and Spirits restaurant
4.8
4.8 (388)
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Serving the best from North Carolina's land and sea in a warm, casual setting since 1992. Contemporary American dishes lined with classic flavors of the South. Couple your meal with a glass/bottle from our hand picked wine list featuring many Napa, Sonoma, and Oregon options, or go with a delicious hand crafted cocktail like the Hellcat Holler. Jerry's has been featured on PBS' "NC Weekend" with Bob Garner, Wilmington Today, the Wilmington Star News, and has had the pleasure of serving a sitting Vice President, Hollywood actors, pro athletes, tourists and the wonderful Wilmington community for 30 years. We look forward to serving you soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
Fresh fish cooked and composed on a plate. Awesome vegetables. Sauces were amazing. We will be back.
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4.8
4.8 (1332)
$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 Wednesday through Monday. Closed Tuesdays.


Brunch now served Saturday & Sunday!

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RachelD
Dined 1 day ago
We stopped here for a second time on our weekend trip to Wilmington and our sever Logan was phenomenal! So professional, attentive and sweet. We tried different food than our first visit and it was all incredible! The kitchen really does an awesome job with the dishes they put out. Best food and service we experienced while in Wilmington by far. We can’t wait to go back the next time we’re in town!
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4.8
4.8 (143)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Wrightsville Beach
About the restaurant
G Prime offers the highest level of service and ingredients for the entire community to enjoy – from beautifully curated and customizable prime cuts, locally sourced fish and fresh seasonal produce, a classic craft cocktail and mixology program, to one of the largest, most prolific wine cellars in the area.
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JenniferK
Dined 6 days ago
For a local, just felt so special!! The Value for our food was amazing. Our waitress treated us like we were her only table. Our wine was so delicious (Cakebread) and our steaks were cooked to perfection. The sides werent your average brussels and creamed spinach. They were so fresh. Everyone treated us like they were so glad to have us. Cooks behind the line were smiling and happy and the managing staff came around and checked on us as well. Romantic atmosphere and not stuffy AT ALL. Loved our experience and made for a special date night. we Thank you!!
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4.7
4.7 (2064)
$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.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderful menu and a beautiful patio to dine on! Will definitely be back!
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4.7
4.7 (639)
$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
TrevorGvip
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
Incredible food, gorgeous garden, truly a top notch experience
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Wilmington, NC restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2320)
$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.
Top review
EllenMvip
Dined 2 days ago
Food and service were excellent. We celebrated a birthday and it was great!
A photo of Floriana - Wilmington restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1102)
$31 to $50
Italian
Wilmington
About the restaurant
We are open for carry out and for dine-in guests. The balcony tables are available first come first serve upon reservation. If one is not available upon arrival, guests are welcome to wait at the bar or in the lounge until one becomes available. We are open for Dinner MON-SUN 4:30 pm till 10 pm and for Brunch on SUN 11:00-2:00 pm.

Floriana Restaurant is about friends, family and community. We are an independently-owned Italian bistro serving dishes made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers. We pride ourselves on our menu, service and passion for food. Our beautifully appointed dining room is the perfect setting for any occasion — an intimate, romantic dinner, or when you have reason for celebration and want all your closest friends together at the same table.

The Wilmington Floriana Restaurant is located in Wilmington, NC riverside at 2 Market Street.

Top review
HenryK
Dined 5 days ago
This was an excellent upscale restaurant! The server was very attentive and our meals were delivered hot and tasty! A great place to enjoy!
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