With a sea-to-table approach in a variety of restaurants found in Wrightsville Beach, it’s easy to want to try them all.While it might seem like a feat, taste around the island by restaurant hopping, stopping off at various eateries and splitting small plates or entrees with your significant other or a group of friends. For the ultimate foodies’ night out, taste around town tapas style.

Start your night with peek-a-boo ocean views, craft cocktails, and appetizers in the lush gardens of EAST Oceanfront Dining. Located in the historic Blockade Runner Beach Resort, ingredients combine fresh, local seafood alongside produce from the hotel’s own garden. Share a cheese board, indulge in ahi tuna tartare and split a baby iceberg wedge for the table.


Perfect for sunset or watching a full moon rising over the Crystal Pier, enjoy craft cocktails on-tap and shareable small plates like the Sun Kissed Shrimp, lobster and shrimp sliders, Carolina crab dip and oysters Rockefeller at Oceanic Restaurant.


When it comes time for entrees, 22 North is an under-the-radar spot that locals love. Bring your appetite for comfort food favorites like bacon-wrapped scallops, lobster mac n cheese, fried green tomatoes or order off the ever-changing chalkboard menu. The blackboard menu at South Beach Grill is perfect for sampling and savoring fresh-caught specials, enjoy Atlantic swordfish and southern soft shell crabs while taking in stunning views of Bank’s Channel.

Perfect for a nightcap, stop by Shark Bar & Kitchen. Satisfy your sweet tooth with house-made desserts like the brownie a la mode, cheesecake, and key lime pie. Pair your sweets with craft cocktails including the shark attack or cucumber gin spritzer or have dessert in a drink with a creamsicle, classic mudslide or jaws colada frozen cocktail.


After sampling the various cuisine found around town, enjoy live music at local joints like The Palm Room or sip craft beer at the brewpub, Poe’s Tavern.

Enjoy epicurean experiences during Encore Wrightsville Beach Restaurant Week, Oct. 23-30 as 14 participating restaurants offer special prix fixe menus or at Taste of Wrightsville Beach, Nov. 17 as over 30 food, wine, and beer tasting booths serve up inventive small plates in a beautiful setting. Taste the island life with tapas-hopping around Wrightsville Beach.