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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in Coastal North Carolina

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic 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”.
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4.9
4.9 (470)
$31 to $50
French American
Beaufort / Morehead City
About the restaurant
BLUE MOON BISTRO of Beaufort, NC; Casual fine dining experience with superb service team, a creative and well-stocked bar, & TWO chefs sharing in our culinary leadership of French/American cuisine.

CHEF JAYSON FOSTER graduate of CCCCP; Culinary Arts student who studied in France under two-starred Michelin Chef Marc Meurin. A stalwart on the Beaufort Food Scene, Jayson has cooked at Chef’s 105, Circa 81, and at Aqua, where he was the Chef for 10 years. In 2012, Jayson and team won the Fire on the Docks Competition in Wilmington, NC.

CHEF JOSH MACKLIN, Honors graduate of CCCCP, Josh ALSO went to France to study with two-starred Michelin Chef Marc Meurin. Following this tenure, Josh joined Floyd’s 1921 as banquet chef. He has worked at Circa 81 as chef and joined the Oysters and Pearls group, opening both Catch 109 and served as Executive Chef for Table 9. Josh loves how food brings together families and friends. He is a proud believer of food being a bond we all share.

Bon Appetit!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The Caesar salad, scallops with pork belly and grits, and the creme brule were as good as I could have made, which is saying something as I am a classicly trained French chef and was in the restaurant industry for more than 20 Years. Lara, behind the bar, was a wonder, mixing drinks, serving meals and holding conversations with us all.
A photo of Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2706)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Kitty Hawk
About the restaurant
Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martini Bar is an upscale dining restaurant on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We are open nightly for dinner and drinks through all seasons. We pride ourselves in using fresh local and regional ingredients, in season, to create interesting and flavorful meals. We have a comprehensive wine list and have been awarded "Best of the Beach - 2014-2017" for our Martini Bar. We also have an oceanside patio, across the street from the beach, for drinks and waiting. If your reservation can not be completed online, please call us at 252-261-2546 to inquire about special seating arrangements.
Top review
Donaldvip
Dined 2 days ago
Delicious dinner here. Crab cake was meaty and fresh. Lamb was flavorful and tender. Desserts spectacular. We’ll be back.
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4.8
4.8 (3233)
$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
Pinky
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful as always! The escargot and the leek appetizers were superb
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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
DavidM
Dined 3 days ago
We had a wonderful time at Cafe Pamlico! The view from the porch where we were sitting was beautiful! The food was fantastic! The server was prompt and attentive to our needs. Overall, we had a lovely evening!
A photo of Prime Bistro & Wine Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (322)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Beaufort / Morehead City
About the restaurant
An elevated dining experience with wood-fired steaks, seafood, housemade pasta and world-class wines.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Hidden gem!! My husband and I were on vacation at the beach and wanted to try somewhere new. As we approached the restaurant, I was a little hesitant as it’s essentially in the parking lot of a Hampton Inn. However, as soon as we opened the door we were not only greeted by the most friendly maitre’d, but were also welcomed into almost a speakeasy-ish themed atmosphere. Dark wood, white tablecloths, beautiful bar, jazz music. After being walked to our table, we were greeted by an extremely friendly waitstaff. The cocktails were delicious, as was the food. We ordered the filet flight and the grouper and neither disappointed!!! If you’re in the area and looking for a break from your typical seafood restaurant, give this a try! It was pricey (about $300 for my husband and I, each ordering two drinks) but totally worth it!
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4.7
4.7 (2060)
$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
BillTvip
Dined 4 days ago
Everything was wonderful. Our server was very friendly and efficient. She really displayed great hospitality. Thank you.
A photo of Floriana - Wilmington restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1091)
$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
Richard
Dined 5 days ago
The black and red decor is played out. Time for an update. The food is exquisite and the service is impeccable, yet the serving sizes are shrinking and the prices are rising. SIX mushroom “purses” is not a full meal and should not cost over $4 EACH! The duck pappardelle (which seemed much more like tagliatelle) should have come with a side vegetable for $30. And $10 for what amounted to a half of a glass of white wine was also simply too much to charge for not enough wine. Floriana’s has been our go-to for every occasion, alone and with every set of friends and visitors. This was the first time I felt ripped off.
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4.2
4.2 (1070)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Duck
About the restaurant
Located on the Soundside of the Sanderling Resort, the AAA 4-Diamond rated Kimball’s Kitchen is open Tuesday–Saturday 5:00 pm–10:00 pm and offers glorious views of the Currituck Sound and its inspiring sunsets, outstanding service, and a world-class menu.

Spotlighting Certified Angus Beef, freshly caught local seafood and oysters, the restaurant creates a great dining experience with an upscale coastal casual environment. Enjoy fresh seafood dishes, pasta, and hand-cut steaks accompanied by an extensive Wine Spectator recognized wine and champagne list.

Attire
"Resort Casual"– Come as you are to dine in our refined setting overlooking the Currituck Sound. We recommend pants or shorts with a collared shirt for the gentlemen and comparable resort wear for the ladies.

Groups
Please contact the restaurant directly for parties of 6 or more.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
An absolute Must! Perfect Date night spot in OBX. Your tastebuds will never be the same. Looking forward to the next time I am down to come here!
A photo of Steam Restaurant - Embassy Suites restaurant
3.9
3.9 (612)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
Great dinner. We did the pre Wilson Center deal for $65 for two
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