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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Coastal North Carolina

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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!

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4.9
4.9 (2712)
$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!

Top review
stillafanvip
Dined 1 day ago
Cozy venue with excellent food. Mussels were the tastiest ever. Red snapper small plate special with mixed vegetables and sweet potato puree was superbly prepared and presented. A delightful evening.
A photo of Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1158)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Beaufort / Morehead City
About the restaurant
Clarke Merrell's (Circa 81 Executive Chef/Proprietor) goal is for Circa 81 to provide creative, quality, & delicious food in a beautiful setting. Offering small plates that are perfect for passing around the table in true tapas style, our dishes are meant to inspire and engage our diners. So, start a conversation, relax, and enjoy a fresh take on cuisine. Clarke developed Circa 81 in hopes that guests will try something new and different and truly have a dining experience. Circa 81 offers great wine and cocktails too, with more than 30 specialty drinks on our cocktaileria menu. Our menu also includes medium and large plate selections - delicious sandwiches, homemade soups, local seafood and fresh-made desserts.

Circa 81 also offers take-out and catering - just contact us for more details.
Top review
RowdyRooster1
Dined 3 days ago
Always great food at a reasonable $$! One of best staff in the area!
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4.9
4.9 (710)
$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 5 days ago
It was a fantastic meal, and enjoyable for both of us. Awesome experience. Will definitely be back.
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4.9
4.9 (193)
$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!
Top review
Weddingdesigner
Dined 1 day ago
Perfect place and terrific meal. Mandy was our server and always available, great attention to detail and always made sure we had everything we needed. Just a very nice dining experience
A photo of Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2686)
$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
HERMANF
Dined 1 day ago
ONCE AGAIN, OUTSTANDING SERVICE, THANKS, TODD!!! FROM START TO FINISH, EVERYTHING WAS GREAT!!!
A photo of Jerry's Food, Wine and Spirits restaurant
4.8
4.8 (367)
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Serving the best from North Carolina's land and sea in a warm, casual setting since 1992. Contemporary American dishes lined with classic flavors of the South. Couple your meal with a glass/bottle from our hand picked wine list featuring many Napa, Sonoma, and Oregon options, or go with a delicious hand crafted cocktail like the Hellcat Holler. Jerry's has been featured on PBS' "NC Weekend" with Bob Garner, Wilmington Today, the Wilmington Star News, and has had the pleasure of serving a sitting Vice President, Hollywood actors, pro athletes, tourists and the wonderful Wilmington community for 30 years. We look forward to serving you soon!
Top review
KnowMyFoodvip
Dined 4 days ago
5 Stars across the board!! What a gem of a restaurant— highly, highly recommend! 🤩
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4.8
4.8 (360)
$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).
Top review
Debbie
Dined 3 days ago
The menu had great choices to choose from, the service was impeccable and the food was delicious.
A photo of Prime Bistro & Wine Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (312)
$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
Alchemy
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent service. Food was great too. Keeps getting better and better
A photo of G Prime restaurant
4.8
4.8 (129)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Wrightsville Beach
About the restaurant
G Prime offers the highest level of service and ingredients for the entire community to enjoy – from beautifully curated and customizable prime cuts, locally sourced fish and fresh seasonal produce, a classic craft cocktail and mixology program, to one of the largest, most prolific wine cellars in the area.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great food, great time. Birthday celebration was a success.
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Wilmington, NC restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2281)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Food was great staff excellent setting was nice enjoyed our anniversary.
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