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Diners' Choice: Great for brunch restaurants in Coastal North Carolina

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are great for brunch in Coastal North Carolina? 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 Seabird restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1250)
$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.
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Brunch now served Saturday & Sunday!

Top review
Lat655
Dined 3 days ago
Seabird never disappoints! Dean is so creative with his menu selections, it's no wonder he is a candidate for the James Beard award. The service is outstanding as well. If you like catfish, you'll love the catfish and oyster pie and the smoked catfish and grits. Everything on the menu is delicious. Dean also makes the best chicken liver mousse.
A photo of The Green House Restaurant - Wilmington restaurant
4.9
4.9 (335)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Absolutely incredible vegan eatery. So fresh and delicious. Atmosphere and staff were so warm and welcoming! I can't wait to go back & try more dishes when we're back in the area.
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4.9
4.9 (246)
$31 to $50
Unspecified
Buxton
About the restaurant
Cafe Pamlico's mission is to provide a world class dining experience through exceptional food, outstanding detail oriented service, an inspired wine and cocktail program, and gracious attentive Southern hospitality. Our contemporary coastal cuisine is driven by locally sourced seafood, meats, and produce. Our menu changes frequently in accordance with the fresh ingredients our chefs discover on the island, most notably the fresh local seafood we feature. The fish we serve each evening is frequently taken from the nets of friends that very morning. We are committed to supporting local farmers and artisan food producers first, sustainable resources second, and organic third. The Cafe serves elegant gourmet dinners prepared by our world class chefs from four to seven nights each week, depending on season. Dinner reservations are highly recommended, as the restaurant is often filled to capacity by reservation. We are open to the public every morning for our famous casually elegant breakfasts, called "Best on the Outer Banks" by National Geographic Traveler. Cafe Pamlico is committed to extending gracious hospitality beyond the walls of our restaurant and into the community. We manage our organization in an ecologically sensitive and economically sustainable manner, driven by genuine concern for our environment and the jobs we create in our community, and always in accordance with the customer satisfaction policies of our business model. We invite you to learn more about Cafe Pamlico by downloading our current brochure, or by getting in touch with us. Whether dining in one of our intimate well appointed dining rooms, at our elegant copper topped bar, or al fresco on one of our soundfront decks, you will experience exceptional food and service which the Times of London described as "Fabulous" while surrounded by the natural beauty and grandeur of the Pamlico Sound and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
My husband and I enjoyed dining in the Cafe Pamlico recently. In fact, the food and service were so good, we decided to dine a second night before our departure. It was convenient to our lodging since we stayed at The Inn on Pamlico Sound. After a full day of sightseeing, it was comforting to know we could easily make a reservation at the Cafe Pamlico and enjoy a wonderful meal. Those serving us did an exceptional job and even remembered us the second evening. We give dining at the Cafe Pamlico our highest recommendation! My husband says that the scallop carbonaro was one of the best dishes he's ever had!
A photo of Riverside Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (152)
$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.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Excellent food and service for a late Saturday lunch. So quiet and peaceful there. I took out of town guests who were impressed. Thank you- I’ll return often
A photo of Red Sky Casual Dining & Cocktails restaurant
4.7
4.7 (155)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Southern Shores
About the restaurant
Red Sky Café features fresh local foods, inspired by Outer Banks cuisine. A casual atmosphere will make you feel like you're enjoying a meal in the comforts of your own home and the unique flavors will leave you with an unforgettable dining experience.



Chefs at Red Sky Café prepare each meal fresh from scratch and take time to create meals that are visually pleasing as well as flavorful. Signature entrées on the menu include the chef's pasta, crab cakes and southern fried NC seafood. To go along with your meal, Red Sky Café also offers an assortment of wines, beers, & cocktails.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Food was delicious and restaurant staff were so nice. I look forward to going back again
A photo of King Neptune Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (241)
$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
Samantha
Dined on May 7, 2024
Came in for our anniversary dinner and everything was perfection. The staff were incredible and the food amazing. Will definitely be back again!
A photo of The George on the Riverwalk restaurant
4.5
4.5 (596)
$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!!





Top review
Frankvip
Dined 4 days ago
Server was friendly & efficient. Steaks were good not great.
A photo of 34° North Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1497)
$31 to $50
American
Beaufort / Morehead City
About the restaurant
Visitors, boaters, and locals alike will enjoy the newest dining destination on the Crystal Coast

Our waterfront restaurant features locally inspired Eastern North Carolina cuisine with fresh local seafood, hand cut steaks, and seasonal ingredients. 34° North is renowned for its cuisine which is rooted in local farms and pristine waters.

Our menus grant guests a passport to experience delicious locally inspired cuisine and hand-crafted specialty cocktails amidst a relaxed island setting overlooking Taylor’s Creek.

34° North, serves breakfast, lunch, and upscale dinner daily.

34° North captures the island ambiance unique to its Beaufort locale. Dine inside or on the outdoor patio, a covered open-air dining space overlooking Taylor’s Creek and Rachel Carson Reserve, home to over 30 amazing wild horses. The outstanding island views constantly change. Reservations are recommended at all times and outside seating is by request and is not guaran

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent service. Didn’t feel rushed. Food was great!
A photo of Solstice Wrightsville Beach restaurant
4.4
4.4 (54)
$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.


Top review
JanetW
Dined on May 12, 2024
The breakfast buffet was great for my boys. They got plenty of food and loved the omelette.
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