Monday, August 19, 2013

Outdoor Dining at Wrightsville Beach

Whether it's for a quick bite or elegant meal, waterfront dining is hard to beat. From the bustling waterway to the sparkling Atlantic, Wrightsville Beach has quite a few dining establishments where patrons can enjoy warm ocean breezes and stunning views. Here they are:

Beginning with a few spots along the waterway, there is The Fish House Grill, the Bridge Tender, and Dockside. All three of these restaurants are on Airlie Road and across the ICW from Wrightsville Beach. Each one boasts its own delicious seafood specialties and runs the gamut from casual to upscale. All three are open for lunch and dinner and you can check menus, hours, cocktail or dining specials and live music schedule on their websites linked above.

Across the drawbridge, and back towards the ICW, is one of the island's largest restaurants. As the 2013 Encore Magazine winner for "Best Outdoor Dining", the Blue Water Grill has a reputation as a lively place for lunch, dinner, cocktails, and live music. Two stories and ample outdoor seating offers guests sweeping views up and down the waterway.

Two Wrightsville Beach hotels where dining outside is an option are the Blockade Runner and the Holiday Inn Sunspree. Please note that only registered guests may use the pool. However, diners are always welcome at the Holiday Inn's Lazy Daze and the Blockade Runner's open air poolside restaurant. The Blockade Runner is at 275 Waynick Bvd and the Sunspree is at 1706 N. Lumina. Both offer a variety of salads, wraps, grilled items and full bar.

The Oceanic Restaurant is hands down one of the island's best places to enjoy true, oceanfront dining. Situated at the south end of Wrightsville Beach, the Oceanic is undergoing a comprehensive facelift and addition. Don't worry! They are still open and happily serving lunch and dinner. There is often live music on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer.

Please note that during the busy weeks of summer, calling ahead and making a reservation, especially for dinner, is recommended.

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