Wilmington NC Restaurants with Awesome Outdoor Patios

by Feb 20, 2018Greater Cape Fear, Restaurants & Bars, The Blog

Somehow food just tastes better outdoors—that’s why we love to grill. That’s why we have picnic tables and patio furniture. And that’s why Wilmington NC restaurants have created terrific outdoor patios for dining.

We love eating outdoors on a pretty day! Sometimes it’s just too nice out to duck inside a restaurant. Luckily, Wilmington, NC restaurants know their patrons well, and that means they offer plenty of awesome outdoor patios and dining areas. Here are a few of Wilmington’s best outdoor patios for your dining pleasure.

Ruth’s Chris

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Make reservations for the outdoor patio at upscale steakhouse Ruth’s Chris, with amazing views of the Cape Fear River, the Memorial Bridge, and downtown Wilmington.

Daddy Mac’s


Daddy Mac’s sits oceanfront. A wide deck set with dining tables affords a beautiful view. Few things are more pleasurable than enjoying a good meal while watching and hearing waves break in the background.


Porches Cafe in River Bluffs

Residents and guests love the indoor and outdoor seating areas, fireplace, views of the pool and surrounding nature. All menu items are locally sourced season produce, picked fresh from the River Bluffs Farm, with nearly 90% of the menu offerings made onsite in the Porches Cafe kitchen.


Banks Channel

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The Patio at Banks Channel in Wrightsville Beach

Banks Channel  at Wrightsville Beach boasts cozy outdoor patio dining with umbrella tables as well as pub fare, drinks, and entertainment.

The Bluewater Grille

The Patio at Bluewater Waterfront Grill in Wrightsville Beach

The Bluewater Grille has two stories of outdoor dining available with fine views and breezes from the Intracoastal Waterway.


Elijah's restaurant in downtown Wilmington NC

Elijah’s restaurant in downtown Wilmington NC has a deck overlooking the Cape Fear River.

This Wilmington landmark, Elijah’s, is nestled along Cape Fear Riverwalk and offers outdoor dining with a wonderful river view as well as casual fare and an excellent oyster bar.

The Oceanic


Ahh, Summer Mondays! 😎 ☀ Sun or shade seating available to start your vacation week off right! #joinusattheo

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Dine on the pier! The Oceanic’s coastal fare is perfectly suited to its outdoor pier dining, beloved by Wilmington residents for many years.

Oceans in Holiday Inn Resort

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Patio dining at Holiday nn Resort in Wrightsville Beach


The huge terrace at Oceans at the Holiday Inn in Wrightsville Beach invites everyone who loves an oceanfront view—and who doesn’t?

Pilot House

The Pilot House Restaurant in downtown Wilmington NC

The deck at The Pilot House Restaurant in downtown Wilmington NC is a beautiful setting for cocktails and dinner.

For history and a view, you can’t beat the Pilot House outdoor patio dining. It’s right on the Riverwalk for fresh air and boat- and people-watching. The food’s yummy, too!

South Beach Grill

South Beach Grill in Wrightsville Beach NC specializes in local produce and seafood.

After soaking up sand, salt, and sun on Wrightsville Beach, quench your thirst and hunger on the spacious, open outdoor patio at the South Beach Grill.

Bento Box

Located in The Forum, you’d never guess Bento Box spot had such a quaint and inviting outdoor patio.


Request a copy today!