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Top Spots for Food & Drinks with a View in Wilmington and Beaches

The top restaurants, bars and beach spots with amazing views

Top Spots for Food and Drinks with a View in Wilmington and Beaches

There’s no need to pick between stunning vistas and good food and drinks in Wilmington and Beaches.

Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach comprise a destination of waterfront restaurants, rooftop bars, and miles and miles of natural, river and beachfront beauty. There are tons of spots around each town to catch sunsets on the water while enjoying fresh, farm-to-table meals alongside craft cocktails and local beers.

Here, Wilmington and Beaches' local chefs, brewers, musicians, and entrepreneurs share their favorites spots to grab food and drinks with a view.

Dockside Restaurant

Recommended by: Audrey Longtin, Carmin Black, Khalisa Rae Williams, Craig Love, Mike Barlas

Neighborhood: Wrightsville Beach

Dockside Restaurant

True to its name, Dockside Restaurant and Bar sits on the edge of Wrightsville Beach. Dockside, fittingly, specializes in seafood.

Audrey Longtin, Owner and Barista of The Workshop, says, “You can go to the Dockside Restaurant, look out at the Intracoastal Waterway, sit there, have a drink, and look at boats passing by.”

Oceanic Restaurant

Recommended by: Tony Silvagni, Haley Jensen, Jason Frye

Neighborhood: Wrightsville Beach

Drinks on the Pier at Oceanic

Oceanic Restaurant is another beloved seafood restaurant on Wrightsville Beach.

Haley Jensen of Beer Barrio and Skytown Beer Company says, “I love to watch the sunrise at Wrightsville Beach around the Crystal Pier. It's a great spot to hang out before going surfing. You can actually even surf with dolphins there!" 

According to well known local author Jason Frye, "Oceanic has been a favorite for a while. When I was in graduate school and we wanted a great, fancy place to eat, we went to Oceanic. It sits right on the beach with the long pier extending out from it, so dining there, you get a great view of Wrightsville Beach looking out at the Atlantic Ocean, but you can also get a great tuna, great salmon, excellent local seafood. It's a good spot!"

Wrightsville Beach Brewery

Recommended by: Haley Jensen, Mike Barlas, Jason Frye

Neighborhood: Wrightsville Beach

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Haley Jensen also endorses Wrightsville Beach Brewery saying, “I’m a big fan of Wrightsville Beach Brewery because the space is awesome and the food and beer are great.”

Author Jason Frye adds that, "Wrightsville Beach Brewery is a beautiful spot. The outdoor space is fantastic, they've got a really good food menu, and they make some really good, summer-y beers that are perfect for crushing when it's hot and humid out."

Cloud 9

Recommended by: Dan Brawley

Neighborhood: Wilmington's Historic Downtown / River District

Cloud 9 Rooftop in Wilmington's Historic Downtown / River District

Cloud 9 is a relaxed hotel bar that offers incredible sunset views overlooking the Cape Fear River.

Dan Brawley, Chief Instigating Officer of Cucalorous Festival says, “Cloud 9 is the newest rooftop bar in Wilmington. It’s on top of the new Embassy Suites, and when you're up there, you get great views of the riverfront.”

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar

Recommended by: Craig Love, Billy Mellon, Sam Romano

Neighborhood: Carolina Beach

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar

Carolina Beach's Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar is a great spot that sits right on the water and has attracted fans from the restaurant and craft cocktail industry, as well as from tons of locals.

Billy Mellon, Chef and Owner of manna ave. 123, says, “Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar sits on a pier in Carolina Beach, and the views are amazing!"

Sam Romano, Co-Founder of Seaview Crab Company, builds on that, saying, “Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar does a great job with their food.”