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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Coastal North Carolina

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Brent's Bistro restaurant
5.0
5 (616)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Wrightsville Beach
About the restaurant
Upscale yet casual restaurant located in Wilmington, NC. Located near Wrightsville Beach. Menu changes weekly to highlight the freshest seafood and land dishes. Enjoy flavorful dinners and extensive wine selection in our welcoming atmosphere. When weather permits, book a seat outdoors on our covered patio. For reservations, please utilize Opentable or call us directly. However, reservations for Fridays and Saturdays can ONLY be booked by calling us directly. 910-839-3131.
Top review
Beadiner
Dined 4 days ago
Rack of Lamb was this day's special and it was SPECIAL indeed! A delicious dining experience.
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4.9
4.9 (2701)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Beaufort / Morehead City
About the restaurant
**Only in Beaufort, NC** Executive Chef Jon McGregor’s menu is created to bring you the freshest seasonal items available presented with a creative touch. Aqua’s small plates offer you an exciting array of tastes in
"just right” portions, ideal for passing around the table or enjoying two or three as a full meal. Aqua’s Big Plates feature the freshest local seafood and premier meats, as well as local produce. Aqua prides itself on offering fresh, local products and supporting our local fisherman and farmers.

Enjoy our upscale bar offerings, including specialty cocktails and expansive wine list.

Enjoy your experience in our Dining Room or on our comfortable, breezy screened-in porch. Please take care to select the dining area of your choice when making reservations.

We can’t wait to serve you soon. Cheers for now!


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JohannaA
Dined 5 days ago
The food is so delicious and creative that I feel as if I am eating the creations from the chef competition shows on TV. Simply a joy to the palate.
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4.9
4.9 (183)
$30 and under
American
Edenton
About the restaurant
A life long dream of Karin and Andy Montero, this 1904 home has been transformed into
Elizabeth City's premier location to "Meet. Eat. Celebrate." With our guests in mind,
Montero's is committed to providing a complete "Restaurant Experience"...exceptional service,
creative cuisine and a casual atmosphere. Our staff possesses the same passion and desire for
this restaurant that we do and we hope you will as well!

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JanetT
Dined 3 days ago
Always great food with an enjoyable ambiance to match!
A photo of King Neptune Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (240)
$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.

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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!
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4.8
4.8 (340)
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
Southport
About the restaurant
Farm to fork creative southern cuisine. Handcrafted cocktails and fabulous wine list. We offer seating by reservation for all seats in the restaurant including seats at our bar, indoor dining room, and our outdoor porch which is a wonderful place to sit during all seasons (since porch sitting is a true Southport thing to do).
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MarcS
Dined 3 days ago
Everything was perfect. The appetizers were excellent, we had 4 different entrees and all were excellent, which really doesn’t describe the delicious experience that we enjoyed. I had the fillet with signature topping- what a great mix of a perfectly cooked steak with the richness of goat cheese and sauce. My wife had the Crab Cake, which if you lived in Maryland like us and are fuzzy about your CC, you won’t be disappointed. Our friends had the chicken and their signature pork chop. Everything was perfect. My new bestie in the area. If you enjoy great tasting food, you have to go here.
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4.7
4.7 (825)
$30 and under
Italian
Shallotte
About the restaurant
Lucca Italian Chop House is famous for its USDA steaks , hand made pastas,award wining wine list and personal service. Our restaurant serves more than just pizza and smiles. We have diverse lunch and dinner menus that includes homemade soups, salads, Italian dinners, fresh seafood,house made pasta,calzones,strombolis, tantalizing sandwiches and great appetizers!

Top review
JoeBvip
Dined 3 days ago
We visit the southern Brunswick County beaches regularly. This was our first dining experience at Lucca's, which came highly recommended to us. From the moment we walked in the experience was wonderful. We enjoyed dining out while at the beach and Lucca's did not disappoint. From my 16 oz. Ribeye to my wife's Penne bolognese and other entrees for our party. Every meal from appetizer to sides to entrees was extraordinary. This restaurant is a must go to. I just hope that the next trip to Sunset Beach will be able to get a reservation. I suspect I'm not the only one that feels this way. We hope to visit again soon.
A photo of Roberto's Ristorante restaurant
4.7
4.7 (82)
$30 and under
Seafood
Shallotte
About the restaurant
Roberto's has been serving the Ocean Ilse Beach area since 1985. Its a second generation family business now being run by Chef/Owner Dave Gundrum and Executive Chef Ryan Duganne. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed. The menu is diverse from signature seafood dishes like Salmon Rockefeller or Grouper Saint Thomas to classic Italian dishes including Chicken Piccata, Veal Parmigiana and Homemade Lasagna. For the steak lover hand cut Filet Mignon, Ribeye and Berkshire Duroc Pork Chops prepared on our 1600 degree flame broiler. Appetizers include homemade Cheese Crab Dip, Ahi Tuna, Bang Bang Shrimp and more. To finish your night our Creme Brulee is world class.
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RichardG
Dined 2 days ago
Everything for a party of 12 was excellent, we'll be back.......
A photo of Main & Mill Oyster Bar & Tavern restaurant
4.7
4.7 (256)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 1, 2024
The staff is friendly and efficient. The food is outstanding at a great price.
A photo of The Village Table and Tavern restaurant
4.7
4.7 (710)
$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
Danavip
Dined 2 days ago
Lovely and delicious. Will definitely be back. Thank you.
A photo of Riverside Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (151)
$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
Jimbovip
Dined on May 11, 2024
This place is becoming one our go to places to celebrate most anything. We are greeted as if we live in the community but we live 10 minutes down the road. Our server Grace always has a smile and treats us like friends! She is attentive and lets us know about specials! The new bartender Ryan made us our drinks first class and we observed he watches the dining room to help the servers when needed. He stopped at our table to make we were satisfied with our drinks which we appreciated!
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