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Restaurants In Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

Isha
Published Dec 27, 2018

The buzzing and lively riverfront city of Wilmington is a port city in North Carolina, USA. Characterized by its long and picturesque riverside boardwalk, Wilmington effortlessly blends its historic past with its modern attractions. A quick stroll down the Victorian and antebellum building-lined downtown will take you to the heart of Wilmington’s past. And a long walk along the shops, restaurants and gallery-lined Riverwalk reveals the future-forward attitude of this city. The food scene in Wilmington is alive and kicking, with a range of restaurants to cater to all tastes and cuisines. Locally owned restaurants to seafood favorites to craft breweries, there’s so much to try! Let’s take a look at the must-try restaurants in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA.

1. Ceviche's


This lively Panamanian restaurant serving Latin-inspired cuisine is a favorite amongst seafood lovers in Wilmington. Must-try dishes here include the wide range of ceviches, tapas and tropical drinks. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant also serves soups, salads and delicious desserts. Along with an array of wines, beers, cocktails and other beverages, Ceviche’s also has a fantastic selection of aged rums that you must try!

Ceviche's

Address: 7210 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403

Website: Ceviche’s

Average price for two: USD 11 - 30

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2. Roko Italian Cuisine


Roko Italian Cuisine is an upscale restaurant where the executive chef personally prepares superb Italian fare with locally-sourced ingredients. The restaurant offers authentic Italian-style cuisine, a large selection of wines, local beers and house-specialty cocktails. Perfect for a large family dinner or a romantic intimate dining experience, the wait staff at Roko Italian Cuisine is friendly and accommodating. A gluten-free menu is also available at the restaurant.

Roko Italian Cuisine

Address: 6801-105 Parker Farm Drive, Wilmington, NC 28405

Website: Roko Italian Cuisine

Average price for two: USD 11 - 30

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3. Indochine


This far-east themed café is Wilmington’s most acclaimed Asian restaurant, specializing in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. The dining room of the café is beautifully done up in a far-eastern theme and an alternate outdoor experience is also highly recommended here. At Indochine, you can dine in gazebos and Thai-style huts named after various Thai and Vietnamese cities. Enjoy fragrant curries, salads, soups, rice and meat dishes at Indochine, that are sure to delight your taste buds!

Indochine

Address: 7 Wayne Drive, Market Street at Forest Hills, Wilmington, NC 28403

Website: Indochine

Average price for two: USD 11 - 30

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4. Caprice Bistro


Caprice Bistro is a classic Parisian-style restaurant located in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington. The restaurant is located just a few steps away from the waterfront and is a favorite among the locals. A beautiful dining room at the ground level and a full-service bar upstairs provide ample seating even at busy times. It is well known for serving French entrée classics along with crepes, soups and salads, delectable desserts and specialty cocktails. A special menu is also available during the holiday season.

Caprice Bistro

Address: 10 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Website: Caprice Bistro

Average price for two: USD 11 - 30

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5. Dock Street Oyster Bar


Dock Street Oyster Bar is a Wilmington seafood institution. Winner of numerous awards, including the ‘Best Oysters’ award for 19 years in a row, this restaurant will definitely wow you with its lip-smacking seafood delicacies. The restaurant’s signature style is its fresh local seafood that is prepared steamed and grilled but never fried. The colorful and eclectic interior of the restaurant sets the mood for a perfect meal.

Dock Street Oyster Bar

Address: 12 Dock St Wilmington, NC 28401

Website: Dock Street Oyster Bar

Average price for two: USD 11 - 30

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6. RX Restaurant & Bar


RX Restaurant & Bar specializes in seasonally inspired, ingredient-driven Southern cuisine. Not only does the restaurant support the region’s local organic farmers and fishermen, but it also works with Wilmington’s local artists by displaying their latest work in its commission-free space. The restaurant is tucked away in the Castle Street Arts District just blocks away from the historic downtown Wilmington. The restaurant also proudly features local craft beers and they have a seasonal cocktail menu as well.

RX Restaurant & Bar

Address: 421 Castle Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Website: RX Restaurant & Bar

Average price for two: USD 11 - 30

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7. Le Catalan


The Le Catalan café and wine bar encourages guests to enjoy alfresco dining on their deck overlooking the Cape Fear River. They serve delicious light French fare along with a wide variety of authentic French wines. Wine is available by the glass or by the bottle to enjoy at your table. An indoor dining room and a wine shop are also available on the premises. The wine list is updated regularly, so there’s always something new to try here. The restaurant is perfect to watch the sunset from the riverfront deck with a glass of good French wine in hand.

Le Catalan

Address: 224 S. Water Street, Historic Wilmington on the Riverwalk, NC 28401

Website: Le Catalan

Average price for two: USD 11 - 30

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8. Brent's Bistro


Brent’s Bistro is a wonderful local restaurant right over the bridge from Wrightsville beach. It’s a new American grille restaurant serving inventive food flavor combinations. The bistro also has nightly specials, a good wine selection and a full bar. It’s a great place for a romantic dinner or to just spend an evening by yourself. In the cozy and modern atmosphere of Brent’s Bistro, there’s something to please everyone!

Brent's Bistro

Address: 7110 Wrightsville Ave c, Wilmington, NC 28403

Website: Brent’s Bistro

Average price for two: USD 11 - 30

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9. Catch


Situated on Market Street in Wilmington, Catch prepares modern seafood cuisine with an international flair. The founder, Chef Keith Rhodes, believes in the ‘from coast to table’ philosophy that is reflected in its seafood dishes prepared from daily specials of fresh catch combined with local organic produce. Flavors of the coastal creations at Catch range from the Caribbean to Asia prepared in a traditional southern base. This award-winning eatery also serves a range of local craft beers, wines and specialty cocktails.

Catch

Address: 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405

Website: Catch

Average price for two: USD 31 - 60

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10. Little Dipper Fondue


The Little Dipper Fondue is a unique fondue restaurant with a menu that is set up as a three-course meal, including a sharing cheese appetizer, salads, and many entrée choices. The restaurant has seventeen types of homemade dipping sauces to choose from, all perfect for meats, vegetables, and seafood. Dessert fondues at this restaurant are not to be missed either! If you’re not in the mood for a fondue, the restaurant offers an a-la-carte menu too.

Little Dipper Fondue

Address: 138 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Website: Little Dipper Fondue

Average price for two: USD 31 - 60

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Local and global fare in Wilmington

Whether you’re in the mood for some inspired Latin food, classic Italian, traditional French fare or some excellent local seafood, Wilmington’s restaurants will satisfy all your food cravings. Craft beers, boutique wines and specialty cocktails will add finishing touches to any meal. An intimate dinner or a group celebration, Wilmington’s restaurants have brilliant options for you.

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Isha is a former corporate nobody. She is tired of hearing, “You’re not on social media? Why?!” She lives a quiet life of travelling, writing, and minding her own business.

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