Whether you’re looking for a local favorite or a new and unique option to try, taste your way across Wrightsville Beach to enjoy a fresh menu of dining experiences. From sustainable cafes and juice bars to Baja Mexican food and craft brews, read on to discover Wrightsville Beach’s top trendy foods finds.
Kick Start Your Day
Experience the island lifestyle with organic coffees, health-focused breakfast choices and more to energize your day of adventure. Browse unique handmade fossil jewelry while enjoying gourmet espresso and French fare at The Workshop. Try a Bullet Proof coffee or creative concoctions like a cold brew with coconut water alongside an almond croissant.
Located inside the famous Robert’s Grocery, Adapt Kitchen & Juice Bar serves nutrient-dense food and beverage options to boost all of your active adventures. With a focus on plant-based dishes, the menu caters to a wide variety of dietary needs. Try organic coffees like the “Japanese-style” iced coffee or Black Pearl Latte, and enjoy colorful smoothie bowls like the Adapt Green Smoothie Bowl and Blue Majik Smoothie Bowl. Come back later in the day for healthy lunch options including artisan toasts and signature poke bowls.
Stop by the family-friendly, laid-back SUNday’s Café located above South End Surf Shop. Grab a light bite, smoothie bowl or cup of java at the locally-owned coffee shop, a favorite among the surf community. Come back during happy hour for one of the café’s craft draft or single beers.
Find healthy breakfast served all day at Zeke’s Beans & Bowls. Build your own acai bowl or choose from bowls like the North Pole or the PB&J, or opt for one of the egg omelets. You can also find fresh-pressed juices and organic coffees anytime you need a morning boost.
Continue your food tour across Wrightsville Beach with fresh seafood and clean choices that embody the spirit of the island. Hang ten in the surfer vibes at Tower 7 Baja Mexican Grill. The famous spot has become a favorite of locals and visitors alike, including Sophia Bush of “One Tree Hill,” a popular television series filmed in Wilmington. Choose from a variety of Mexican dishes prepared with a coastal flair using the area’s freshest seafood from fish salads and shrimp tacos to Baja burritos and more.
Savor locally and sustainably sourced dishes at Shark Bar & Kitchen located next to Johnnie Mercers Pier. Start with the Firecracker Shrimp or try the daily fresh catch from the Raw Bar. Choose from main dishes like burgers, sandwiches and tacos, and pair your meal with a drink from the wide bar menu.
Known for an excellent craft brew selection and unexpected craft burger options, Poe’s Tavern focuses on local and regional selections served in a friendly atmosphere. Many of the burger and salad options feature unusual ingredients and are inspired by the tavern’s namesake, Edgar Allen Poe. Try the Annabel Lee, a burger topped with fresh vegetable remoulade and a crab cake, or the Veggie Raven, a house-made black bean burger.
Water Views & Beach Brews
Dine on fresh local seafood while overlooking scenic Banks Channel at South Beach Grill, serving Southern-inspired, locally sourced cuisine. Share the South Beach “Sea-cuterie,” the chef’s selection of chilled seafood, artisanal cheese, candied pecans and more, or delight in the Sea Scallops Maison-boro.
Located at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, EAST Oceanfront Dining’s award-winning creative fare is served in a beautiful oceanfront garden setting. Choose from Mediterranean, Asian and Mexican-inspired dishes from Chef Jessica Cabo of FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen like Lamb Meatballs, the Blue Crab Cake or the Pasta Fra Diavolo.
With a mission to make good beer while giving back to the community and located just off the island, Wrightsville Beach Brewery offers a variety of craft brews including a rotating “Beer of the Month,” where proceeds are donated to a local nonprofit organization. Sip on a brew like the Oysterman Stout, a roasted dark ale, or the Puppy Drum Pale Ale, featuring floral and fruity notes, alongside delicious food options served in the brewpub. Try one of the brewery’s specialty pizzas, made with beer-infused crust. Or, if you’re just looking for a light snack to pair with your brew, opt for the Tempura Cauliflower or the Fried Oyster Bites.