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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Coastal North Carolina

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 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”.
A photo of The Oyster Rock Waterfront Seafood restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3165)
$30 and under
Seafood
Calabash
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Oyster Rock, a family-owned and operated waterfront Calabash seafood restaurant specializing in excellent seafood and raw bar items, mixed with a flavorful variety of mouth-watering beef, chicken and pork dishes, along with sandwiches and burgers all prepared in house every day using only the freshest and finest ingredients from local and regional suppliers and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean right outside our doors.

Overlooking the scenic Calabash River and its pristine estuaries and relaxing atmosphere, The Oyster Rock provides the most amazing view around, from our indoor and outdoor seating areas and bars featuring more than 24 domestic and imported beers on tap, 30 wines by the glass and a delicious collection of specialty cocktails.

If you would like to order carryout, orders may be placed by calling 910-579-6875.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Fantastic evening on the patio! Great service and wonderful food.
A photo of Seabird restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1319)
$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!

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TJCJvip
Dined 4 days ago
Incredible food, great vibe and excellent service ! Every team member acted as if they wanted you to be there
A photo of Cafe Pamlico restaurant
4.8
4.8 (290)
$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
Nina
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent breakfast/brunch! Perfection! Attentive, friendly staff. Love the ambiance!
A photo of Kipos Hellenic Cuisine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (631)
$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
Bhagwan1vip
Dined 4 days ago
We dine here almost every month and are never disappointed with the food and service. We particularly like the anppitizers and traditional Greek salad which we get every time. The salmon entree is the best salmon that we’ve had in any Wilmington restaurant.
A photo of King Neptune Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (267)
$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
NancyOvip
Dined 5 days ago
I love what this iconic WBNC has done. The right side of the establishment is the same as it has been since I can remember..which goes back to sometime in the 80s. It’s a fun bar that feels like the k side of a wooden ship. Now the left side is a modern, beautifully decorated restaurant. There Is a variety of sea life art and most especially sea rays. The food?! Seriously as good as any in the area. I had the flounder with crab and a light beach Mel over a little pasta and my daughters had the salmon over a short sweet potato hash. The 3 of us shared the ,Caesar which had a bright taste of fresh basil. I’m so happy to see this place thrive. The food was always good but now - off the chart. We love you King Neptune!
A photo of The Boundary House Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2977)
$30 and under
Southern
Calabash
About the restaurant
The Boundary House Restaurant serves up some of the finest food from the highest quality ingredients available. All of our items are made fresh to order and our dressings and desserts are prepared in house.
Top review
DonM
Dined 5 days ago
As always it was very good. One error, they gave me a salad with blue cheese when I ordered one with the house dressing. I love your house salad and was looking forward to it but the dressing but a little blip in my dinner. I did not send it back as the salad was still good.
A photo of The Village Table and Tavern restaurant
4.5
4.5 (748)
$31 to $50
American
Duck
About the restaurant
Welcome to casual waterfront dining at its best. Yes, we have a stunning waterfront location overlooking the Currituck Sound, but our goal is to be a great restaurant that just happens to have a great view. From casual, familiar fare to elevated, creative originals, we offer something for everyone. Our menu includes crave-worthy appetizers, fresh salads, inspired sandwiches, creatively prepared local seafood, and scratch-made desserts. To complement our food, we serve local and international craft beers, an exceptional selection of wines, and craft cocktails that capture the essence of a seaside tavern. For a special occasion or a casual bite after a day at the beach, The Village Table & Tavern is THE gathering place for family and friends in Duck.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Food and service is always excellent, that’s why we return here every year during our OBX family vacation. Our favorite restaurant hands down!
A photo of Bahama Breeze - Fayetteville restaurant
4.4
4.4 (45)
$30 and under
Caribbean
Fayetteville
About the restaurant
Bahama Breeze offers all your favorites: burgers, salads, seafood, chicken-all with our island flair. From jicama or plantains to jerk chicken pasta, you can enjoy the islands one taste at a time, discovering new flavors along the way. If our Latin and Caribbean-inspired recipes sound delicious but you're not sure you're ready to explore, ask us about the ingredients or preparation. We're always happy to share our knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean cuisine.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 17, 2024
Food was excellent, along with terrific customer service!
A photo of Tequilas Waterfront restaurant
3.7
3.7 (89)
$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 5 days ago
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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