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Cafe Pamlico
Price: Expensive
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.

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From verified diners like you
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  • OpenTable Dinervip
    Los Angeles •8 reviews
    Dined 3 days ago
    Seabird is now a mainstay in our trip to Wilmington. Everything about this place is perfection. From the amazing service, to the gorgeous contemporary and simple atmosphere, to the delicious, well thought out dishes they offer, this place is always an 11/10. We sat at the chefs table with James Beard affiliated chef, Dean Neff. He took great care in explaining each menu item to us, pointed out his favorites and even sent us a little treat while we dined with him. Thanks Dean, you’re the best! Sean was our server and he was a delight! Very knowledgeable about the menu and had great recommendations. We will certainly be requesting him next time! Seabird is fantastic and anyone in the area should spend a couple of hours here. We’ll see you guys soon! ✨
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    SeabirdPrice: Very Expensive• Seafood• Wilmington
  • OpenTable Dinervip
    Seattle / Eastern Washington •4 reviews
    Dined 4 days ago
    Lovely place right on the boardwalk in historical part of town. Service and staff friendly and attentive and good was good! It was nice to sit on the back porch and watch the world go by.
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    The George on the RiverwalkPrice: Expensive• Seafood• Wilmington
  • OpenTable Diner
    Coastal North Carolina •1 review
    Dined 5 days ago
    Excellent food and service for a late Saturday lunch. So quiet and peaceful there. I took out of town guests who were impressed. Thank you- I’ll return often
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    Riverside Kitchen & BarPrice: Moderate• American• Wilmington
  • JimK
    Coastal North Carolina •6 reviews
    Dined 7 days ago
    We've been to Tarantelli's a number of times; the last time was mid-evening and it was noisier than this visit (5:30). The staff is outstanding, a 'well-oiled' machine as they say. One might also think of a beehive, very efficient, always staff movement in the dining room. We each enjoyed the appetizers and bread starters and as expected, our entrees. As soon as the water bottle has been emptied someone will stop by with a full one. Street parking can be a challenge esp when it's raining but there is an adjoining 'pay' lot where you note your numbered spot and go to the machine to pay with a CC or you can use an app like "Pay by Phone", easy peasy. Try it . . . you'll like it! 👍
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    Tarantelli’sPrice: Moderate• Italian• Wilmington
  • OpenTable Diner
    Virginia •2 reviews
    Dined on 12 May 2024
    Our waitress went above and beyond to take care of my family on Mother’s Day. She really made it a fantastic experience for us. She also had the coolest eyeliner!
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    Tequilas WaterfrontPrice: Moderate• Mexican• Wilmington

Discover Coastal North Carolina

The coastal region of North Carolina is a vacation magnet, and food is big business all along the shoreline. Fresh seafood establishments abound in this area, with many of them catering directly to the visitors as much as the locals. Steakhouses are also very common along the coast for those looking for a great cut prepared just right. The South is barbeque country, and you can add the North Carolina coast to the list, as barbecue smokehouses are plentiful and usually found in a bar-and-grill setting. International food is also a very popular choice along the North Carolina coast. Selections include Thai, German, Indian, and even Peruvian cuisine. Of course, there are many national chain establishments as well as locally owned family restaurants and combination eateries for those wanting something quick.

Frequently asked questions

The best reviewed restaurant in Wilmington is Broken Plate Kitchen

The best vegan restaurants in Wilmington are PinPoint, Seabird and The Green House Restaurant - Wilmington

The best vegetarian restaurants in Wilmington are PinPoint, Kipos Hellenic Cuisine and The Green House Restaurant - Wilmington

The restaurants with the best service in Wilmington are Broken Plate Kitchen, Rusty's Surf & Turf and Ceviche's

The restaurants with the best ambiance in Wilmington are Rusty's Surf & Turf, Ceviche's and Seanna Tavern

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