Pleasure Island Restaurants

Pleasure Island Restaurant Guide

Dining out is a vacation staple and the restaurants in Carolina and Kure Beach hold their own culinarily. Whether you are looking for a quick bite, a relaxed atmosphere, or a more upscale aproach, the area has a bountiful array of options. We've compiled a comprehensive list of all the places to dine in Pleasure Island, NC. 

 

 

The Southerly Biscuits & Pie

The Southerly Biscuit & Pie brings an exciting community concept delivering on the best of southern traditions in a takeout environment.  Our menu consists of locally-sourced, made-to-order options to build your perfect biscuit sandwich, and offers a variety of seasonal hand pies, classic confections, and whole pie & cake selections perfect for any occasion! 

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Mr. Bagel Meister

Everyone loves a good bagel! Phil has taken one of the most loved breakfast items, the bagel, and elevated it to the next level. Phil has also added some other classic breakfast and lunch sandwiches to the menu. All products served at Mr. Bagel Meister are made fresh daily for your enjoyment.

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Kate's Pancake House

Laid-back breakfast & lunch diner with nautical decor & specialty pancakes on the menu.

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Havana’s

Casual seafood restaurant set in a fantastic 1916 cottage. Havana’s Executive Chef prepares all menu items & daily specials with using only the freshest ingredients available.

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Michael's Seafood Restaurant

Its seaside décor and outdoor seating allow you to enjoy the coastal weather while the catch of the day is seasoned and served your way. This Carolina Beach favorite is well-known for its international, award-winning chowder, but there are plenty of other reasons the locals and visitors to the area flock to this spot. 

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Surf House Oyster Bar & Surf Camp

Offering sustainable seafood options with a casual atmosphere this is a great locals spot. Their menus rely on small, local farm involvement and sustainable regional seafood. With a focus on craft cooking, small batch spirits and beer, and a ranging cocktail program and wine list, our aim is to be the standard-bearer for dining in the region.

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Shuckin' Shack

Great raw bar, wings and beer joint. Get steamed, fried, or raw seafood all right here! The casual atmosphere with its friendly and helpful staff has made many patrons feel very much at home be they locals or visitors.

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Cape Fear Boil Company

Get your traditional low country boil catered right to you! The place to go if you want to have a traditional seafood steam pot dinner at your vacation rental. Be prepared to get your hands messy! :)

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Jack Mackerels Island Grill

Thie fun, lively atmosphere serves the finest, freshest Caribbean-inspired cuisine on Pleasure Island. You gotta check out their Tomahawk steaks as well! 

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Big Daddy's Seafood Restaurant

This longtime staple serves seafood & steaks, plus beer, wine & spirits in a classically southern style sit-down space.

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Bowman’s At the Beach

For all your "Calabash" fried seafood cravings, Bowman's has been serving fried seafood as well as other choices like bugers and sandwiches and soups since 1992. 

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Deck House

Casual restaurant inside a renovated church, Deck House offers American fare and seafood specials. 

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Buzz's Roost at the Beach

Great happy hour and late night offerings, Buzz's is always buzzing! 

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Olde Salty

With outdoor seating and a comfortable environment, Olde Salty offers reasonably priced seafood and fantastic blue plate specials. 

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Michaelangelos Pizza

Local pizza chain around Wilmington offering NY Style pizza

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Frank's Pizza

NY Style pies, calzones, stombolis and Italian subs. 

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Uncle Vinny's Pizzeria & Ristorante

A cozy restaurant feel offering a variety of options. As they say, "U gona neva fuhgeddabouit" 

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Pizza Hut

Stuffed crust pizza and other classic Pizza Hut offerings.

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Dominos

Track your order with their pizza app.

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Freddie's

Delicious Italian-American fare right on the boardwalk. Come dine with friendly staff and welcoming food!

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Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn

A Wilmington area staple, FAB offers an ecclectic array of burritos with tons of homemade salsas and chips. Vegetarian options galore as well.

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Ida Thai Cuisine

Authentic Thai cuisine, get your curry and Pad Thai fix right here. 

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El Cazador 2

Mexican restaraunt with all the classics. Get your margaritas, chips and queso with your authentic tacos.

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Subway

Casual over-the-counter, build-your-own sandwich chain.

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Jersey Mike’s

New Jersey based sandwich chain offering healthy portions of toppings. 

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Nollie's Taco Joint

Simplicity at its finest. Nollie's offers fresh made tacos and burritos in a cozy setting with a specific affinity for great beer! 

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Gulfstream Restaurant

Family owned and operated for over 35 years, the landmark known as Gulfstream Restaurant continues by serving great food at affordable prices to locals and vacationers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Nikki’s Gourmet & Sushi

Delicious, hand made sushi with a modern vibe. Nikki's offers outdoor seating as well.

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The Bistro - Courtyard by Marriott

Seasonal menu open for breakfast and dinner only.

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Top Wok Chinese Restaurant

Take-out and delivery Chinese food.

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Island Burgers & Bites

Take in the view as you dine on some island inspired seafood and burgers. Always a refreshing drink at Island Burgers!

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Hang Ten Grill

Hang Ten Grill offers a great view and atmosphere with a lively staff and delcious burgers, sandwiches, seafood! Also serves breakfast. 

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Beach House Burgers

Positioned in a walk-up style beach house, these burgers are worth the wait! 

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Pop's Diner

Classic 50's era diner with delicious, mouth-watering burgers, malts and shakes!

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McDonald's

Classic American drive-thru restaurant. Open 24 hours on the weekends.  

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Hardee’s

5AM - 10PM Hardees is another popular fast-food burger chain. 

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Kure Beach Diner

Laid-back local joint with an old-school vibe serving American food from morning to night.

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A & G Barbecue & Chicken

Humble eatery offering BBQ meals & other homestyle fare, including breakfast, since 1989.

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Granny's Country Kitchen (Carolina Beach)

Bustling, family-run eatery cooking up homestyle Southern favorites for breakfast & lunch.

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Carolina Smokehouse

One of the best views around, Carolina Smokehouse offers amazing homemade sauces and outstanding barbecue. Featured on Food Network and PBS.

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Soul Flavor

Chef Newton crafts a diverse and evolving menu with a little something for everyone. The atmosphere reflects the menu in its uniqueness. One-of-a-kind artwork hangs on the vibrantly painted walls and guests dine to classic Soul music. 

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Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill

Whether you prefer to relax in a rocking chair on our front porch, enjoy an ocean breeze in our courtyard hammock, play a friendly game of checkers, throw darts, play a challenging game of billiards, test your skill at cornhole or take the whole family out to our sand volleyball courts for a great time guaranteed. 

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SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar

The SeaWitch is a unique restaurant and entertainment venue serving locals and tourists in Carolina Beach and the greater Wilmington area. Established in 1995, the business has operated as a restaurant and tiki bar, specializing in casual dining, private functions, and year-round live entertainment.

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Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar

The Ocean Grill is an oceanfront gem nestled between rows of sand dunes and the Golden Sands Motel in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Ocean Grill is a rare combination of ideal location, fresh coastal cuisine, and casual beachfront bar scene.

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Bud & Joe's SandBar

Great drink specials with a renovated look. So bring your beach party to the new Bud & Joe's and have great time drinking, playing pool and getting to know everyone. See ya there! and remember it's ok to...get stranded at the sandbar.

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The Fat Pelican

The Fat Pelican has survived over 50 named storms and hurricanes over the 30 years of business including Hurricanes Bertha, Fran and Floyd. One constant is always “Beer is Love” at The Fat Pelican.

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Silver Dollar

Great local dive bar with a late night menu for all your cravings. 

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Island Beverage

A laid back craft beer and wine bar with a fantastic selection of both local & national craft beer and wine. 16 rotating taps and a diverse wine by the glass menu.

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HopLite Irish Pub and Restaurant

Serving the Island with the best Homemade Irish and American pub fare in a welcoming atmosphere with great service! Plenty of Irish beer on tap.

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North End Cafe Java Stop

A colorful coffee shop on the north end, Carolina Beach. Featuring roasted-on-island, freshly ground exotic blends, award-winning espresso, & more!

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Wake N Bake Donuts

Named "Best Donuts" in NC by Buzzfeed. Champions of the Cooking Channel Show, Donut Showdown.

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Squigley's Ice Cream & Treats

The iconic Squigley's® building was constructed in the 1930's as a private home with a detached Model-A Ford garage. The Squigley® is our trademark treat that has made us the most famous ice cream parlor in Southeastern NC, and the #1 rated ice cream parlor on Pleasure Island. 

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Pop's Homemade Ice Cream

Nostalgic walk-up window selling ice cream frozen custard, funnel cakes as well as burgers, hot dogs & sandwiches.

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Stoked

Located right on the waterway, Stoked is a brand new restaurant set to open in 2019. We are excited to give it a try!

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