Downtown Wilmington Restaurants

 *See below for Map of all locations.

The Basics

319 N Front St
(910) 343-1050

It's often the simplest meals that when done right can truly be like food for the soul. That's the promise that The Basics makes with their menu, and boy - do they deliver! This is a must-visit for any lovers of gourmet soul food out there.

Paddy's Hollow Restaurant and Pub

10 Walnut St The Cotton Exchange
(910) 762-4354

Here's a truly unique location for you to try the next time you're downtown. Paddy's Hollow is designed to look like an old-school Victorian Pub, and they really hit their mark. You'll feel like you've been transported to another era as you sip your brew & grub on their delicious Shepard's Pie.

Copper Penny

109 Chestnut St
(910) 762-1373

Known for their relaxed & charming atmosphere, Copper Penny is the perfect place to grab lunch with some good company. They offer a large variety of sandwiches, appetizers, & of course - beers.

The German Cafe

316 Nutt St The Cotton Exchange Building, Lower Level, Facing the Hilton
(910) 763-5523

This Downtown Wilmington gem has been operating out of the same location in The Cotton Exchange for 32 years, and that's no coincidence. They serve authentic Old World German dishes such as Jager Schnitzel, Wiener Schnitzel, & potato pancakes.

Port City Java

300 N Front St Ste E2
(910) 251-8809

If you're a coffee lover like me, you know the difference between Coffee coming from freshly roasted beans vs. the alternative. That's why you need to visit Port City Java. They roast their beans 5 days a week, guaranteeing a fresh cup every time.

Caprice Bistro

10 Market St
(910) 815-0810

This Bistro is a must-visit for any true Foodies out there. Serving everything from Beef Bourguignon (beef braised in red wine sauce, lardon, onions, & mushrooms) to Escargots Petits Gris (tender escargot sautéed w/garlic in Roquefort cream), you won't find this eclectic selection anywhere else.

Kilwin's Ice Cream & Candy

16 Market St between Front and 2nd
(910) 772-1298

If you're in the mood for some of the world's best Mackinac Island Fudge or homemade Ice Cream, then Kilwin's can't be beaten. This is the perfect place to take your kids, as they'll get to see the Fudge & Ice Cream making process play out right before their eyes.

The Scoop Sandwich and Ice Cream Shop

365 N Front St
(910) 399-4818

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs anyone? This local favorite is so much more than your average Ice Cream Shop. Take a break from your shopping at the Cotton Exchange & grab one of their famous milkshakes - your mouth will thank you.

Front Street Brewery

9 N Front St
(910) 251-1935

You won't find a better Whiskey selection than that of Front Street Brewery anywhere in the state of NC. In fact, they have more than 360 bottles to date, with more being added regularly. Not to mention their 25+ gourmet burgers & sandwiches.

Chops Deli

130 N Front St Suite 101
(910) 399-6503

Chops Deli has consistently ranked in Top 10 lists for having the best Sandwiches & Soup in Wilmington. At this Delicatessen, you'll find that they use only the highest quality ingredients - quickly proving why they've earned their great reputation.