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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Wilmington

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Main & Mill Oyster Bar & Tavern restaurant
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.
A photo of Quanto Basta: Italian Eatery & Wine Bar - Wilmington restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1022)
$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
marlam
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent server, Lucas was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. We were seated in the wine room which is quiet so people can talk. Great night!
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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!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Outstanding food and delightful service and hospitality. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening!
A photo of Catch - Modern Seafood Cuisine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2049)
$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
Ellevip
Dined 5 days ago
Fantastic service from entering until leaving. Delicious and beautiful food that’s filling. Always a great experience!
A photo of Kipos Hellenic Cuisine restaurant
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing food! Great seasoning, super fast and attentive. Definitely recommend 🙌🏼
A photo of King Neptune Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (270)
$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
noman
Dined 5 days ago
Super relaxed, great wine list, nice local menu. Great place for a chilled lunch.
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 Flying Machine Oyster Bar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (112)
$31 to $50
Oyster Bar
Wrightsville Beach
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Harbor Island on Wrightsville Beach, Flying Machine Brewing Oyster Bar focuses on serving fresh oysters in creative ways showcasing local mariculture alongside Southern-inspired cuisine, craft cocktails, and Wilmington's award-winning Flying Machine Brewing Company beer. Join us inside or sit at our patio area overlooking the Loop!
Top review
BettyB
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
Great oysters and superb service. Delicious beers!
A photo of Steam Restaurant - Embassy Suites restaurant
4.0
4 (614)
$30 and under
American
Wilmington
About the restaurant
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.
Top review
Smiths
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
A lovely venue, staff were so nice and friendly. My shrimp and grits were excellent. I will def go again.
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.

Top review
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.
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