The Best Spots to Eat and Drink in Wilmington, North Carolina
Eat Like a Local!
May 11, 2022 at 8:00 AM in Where to Eat
Wilmington, North Carolina, is known as a fantastic beach destination on the East Coast. However, there’s a lot more to do here beyond the beaches, including seeing the historic sites, visiting a range of museums and taking expert-led tours to learn more about the area. However, with all this fun, you’re bound to get hungry (and thirsty!) at some point. When you are, look to one of these five top spots to grab a bite to eat and a frosty beverage, all in Wilmington, North Carolina.
A casual cafe with a beach-y vibe, and serving delicious eats that the entire family can enjoy, Blue Surf Cafe is your spot to go for modern American dining for either breakfast or lunch. In the morning, expect heaping breakfast plates and buttermilk waffles; for lunch, you’ll find light sandwiches and wraps, perfect for a day at the beach when you're hungry but don't want something too heavy or filling.
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For seafood dinners, live music on the weekends and a great Sunday brunch, look no further during your Wilmington stay than the Marina Grill. Located right on the water, as you might expect by the name, this grill offers gorgeous river and port views, alongside a menu of locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. Expect a large selection of seafood-based entrees, like crab-stuffed salmon or a scallops and shrimp risotto. However, even those in your party who aren't quite seafood fans will find something to love here, like the chicken and grits or baby back ribs.
The George proudly proclaims that it’s the only riverfront restaurant in downtown Wilmington that offers dock and dine, for those boaters looking for a bite. No matter how you make your way to this can’t-miss restaurant, with its bright yellow awnings, though, you can find a dog-friendly atmosphere and outdoor dining. The George specializes in Southern Coastal cuisine, but also offers some vegan and gluten-free options, so no one’s left out of the fun.
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When you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, you’ve got to go to Cape Fear Rum Cake. This bakery offers the region’s famed rum-based dessert, a nod to Cape Fear's legendary pirates. The best part? If you visit and fall in love with this delectable treat, the bakery will ship it straight to your door, no matter where in the country you currently call home.
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For skyline and river views in Wilmington, visit this rooftop bar perched atop a historic theater. This watering hole provides some of the best views in town, alongside affordable drinks, live music and a party atmosphere if you visit on the right day and at the right time.
Need even more tips for your trip to Wilmington? If so, check out the Discovery Map guide to Wilmington, North Carolina, for recommendations on what to do, where to go, where to stay and more, while you’re visiting this beautiful beach town.