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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Seafood Restaurant
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“See the beautiful gardens, huge oak trees, paths and trails, and many live events here. See their site for ticket info. Highly recommend the events they put on, specifically Enchanted​ Airlie - a holiday event where they decorate the whole park in lights with music, Santa, hot chocolate, cider, plus! Tickets are hard to come by if you don't buy in advance but check craigslist and facebook market and you will usually find some for sale. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Amazing atmosphere, the decor is really impressive, almost as impressive as the food. My favorite is the yellow curry aubergine. The servings are normally big enough for at least one leftover meal!”
  • 64 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Food and drinks on the water. You can sit on the pier over the ocean and enjoy a frozen drink or bite to eat. Indoor seating available too. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“With the tiki bar you feel like your on a true beach vacation. Good food. Good drinks and average prices. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Has the largest selection of whisky in NC and an in house brewery. Lots of room and great food. Good for everyone, plenty of room for families!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“When you tell people you came to Southport, they will ask if you went to Provisions. This place is unique. You order of a blackboard menu, grab your own beer out of the cooler (on the honor system) and find a seat on the deck overlooking the Yacht Basin. They bring your food out yelling your name. Plan to wait during summer months and it is closed in the winter.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great place for surf & turf and drinks. Located right on the main strip and around the corner from the Boardwalk!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bar
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“Home of some great burgers and a classic Philly cheesesteak, this is a locals hangout. In my opinion, they have the best sweet potato fries in town and a great selection of beers.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great "on beach" dining. Take a stoll and visit the Coast Guard Station - Wrightsville Beach. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Casual spot for local, sustainable seafood, which also offers surfing classes & group ocean outings.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Shop & Service
“Wander through lots of unique local shops with local artists in an historic setting. Free parking if with a purchase receipt. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Exotic cocktails made in-house by professional mixologists and award-winning food from infamous chefs. Great place for foodies.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Burrito Place
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“Another Wilmington food classic; It is a burrito barn and has a unique atmosphere.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Southern California Baja style tacos, burritos, and sandwiches. Fresh made everything and local seafood. Best margaritas you've ever had. And their Rsh tacos and salsa are to die for. Very popular with locals and tourists. The wait on the weekends in the Summer can be over two hours. Make sure to beat the crowds!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great place on the ICW Sunday afternoon has music call head to check on times and who’s playing. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A famous spot for locals and tourist. Right on the Intercoastal Waterway with amazing views, live music on the weekends, food, and drinks with an indoor and outdoor bar. Walk around the docks as well. Bring sunscreen!”
  • 27 locals recommend