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Dockside Restaurant

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American, Bar, Seafood, Sandwiches
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1308 Airlie Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403-3727
910-256-2752
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 58
    Excellent
  • 93
    Very good
  • 51
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delicious seafood

Delicious shrimp and oysters, fried to perfection. Sweet potato waffle fries were also good. Eating on the deck beside the water, watching the boats was a treat in the sunshine.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
JHSuomala
Good for:
  • Scenic view
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237 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Delicious shrimp and oysters, fried to perfection. Sweet potato waffle fries were also good. Eating on the deck beside the water, watching the boats was a treat in the sunshine.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend and I came here for our 3rd anniversary and were absolutely shocked at how awful this restaurant was. First, we were seated and waited 20 minutes without anyone coming to our table to get our drink order or anything. When I finally brought this to one of the waitress' attention, she groaned, "What do you want to drink."... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

My husband and I were looking for a place to have a date night while at the beach,and decided on Dockside based on family members knowing the "chef"(I use that description loosely.) While the location is waterfront, the food was less than desirable. In fact it was down right awful. My husband ordered shrimp with stone milled grits(their description,) and... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The food was very good. The service was very good. Sitting outside on a beautiful day to watch life on the waterway was our primary reason for choosing this restaurant. There are other seafood restaurants to choose from in this general location, but if you are looking for a casual outdoor setting to sit, relax and enjoy the waterway, this... More 

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lower burrell
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We tried this restaurant because we were looking for a seafood restaurand on the water. This place was phenominal and I cannot wait to come back. First off location was perfect. We got to see the boats coming and going on the sound. The staff were nice. The hushpuppies were wonderful! I gotnthe shrimp and grits which I would highly... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Came here in recommendation of our hotel shuttle driver after s morning of kayaking. We wanted a casual place with good tasting ample food for the money and a view. This restaurant did not disappoint. Despite the 20 minute wait for an outside table (totally worth it) our service was prompt and friendly. The free hush puppies were to die... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

This was by far one of the worst restaurant experiences I've ever had. The wine tasted like something from a gas station-- so bad we had to send it back. The catch of the day was delicious, but such a measly portion I ended up enjoying the fries more than the fish. The scallops-- which are supposed to be sweet... More 

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

My husband and I took a drive to Wrightsville Beach to check it out and have a seafood lunch. I had researched restaurants on TripAdvisor last night, but only saw mention of this restaurant in another review since I was looking at those identified with Wrightsville, not Wilmington. But it was worth the search to find the place! We both... More 

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Sandy, Utah
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64 reviews 64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I'm not sure why this isn't higher on the overall rating for the city, but this place was really good! It is a very busy spot to the locals so come early. I went at a little after 11 for lunch and was able to grab a seat with ease. I had the tuna and it was beyond good! My... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The restaurant overlooks the water and seating outside is fabulous. The food is very good and there is a wide variety of choices to choose from. The servers are polite and caring. The portions are a good size and the noise level is average. Parking can be difficult at busy times although the turnover is quite rapid. A must trip... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1308 Airlie Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403-3727
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: 910-256-2752

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 24
  • Cuisine: American, Bar, Seafood, Sandwiches

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?