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22 North Restaurant

22 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480-2803
+1 910-509-0177
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Birmingham
Description: Located on historic Wrightsville Beach, 22 North has earned a reputation by visitors and locals alike as "the best kept secret on the beach." Embodying the best of traditional Lower Cape Fear cuisine with classic French and rustic Creole fare, we take pride in providing our guests with the most unique and eclectic Southern comfort food in the Wilmington area. Taking full advantage of the naturally abundant resources Cape Fear is blessed with, our menu changes virtually every day. You're sure to find local favorites along with bold, exciting, and fresh new creations! House specialties like our award-winning silky She-Crab soup, grilled Skirt Steak or our famous Shrimp n'Grits are featured along with more innovative fare such as Sweet Potato Crusted Grouper, Buttermilk fried Alligator and country ham Blue Crab Cakes. And of course our wonderful homemade desserts such as Key Lime Pie and Caramel Bread Pudding are pure delight. We invite you to come on in and make yourself at home!
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English first
Stuttgart, Germany
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10 reviews 10 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Located right downtown...parking can be a challenge. The service was not great...slow and the waiter pompus and was massively distracted by his drunk friends eating at the next table. The food when we finally got it was excellent...really good food made to order. After dinner the place turns into a nightclub...so if you want to avoid that eat earlier. Again,... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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99 reviews 99 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I stopped by 22 North for dinner with my mom, and we were pleasantly surprised after numerous sub-par dining experiences in Wilmington. The front dining area was smaller than I expected, but offered an intimate setting - especially with the presence of the large easels displaying the menu for the day. There was a short wait, and the hostess offered... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Me and my family with kids after a full beach day wanted a simple sit down right off the beach. Honestly I thought it was a dive from the outside and I have never been so glad to be so wrong. A farm to table restaurant with amazing flavors. I would highly recommend this for your next adventure dinner just... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The food is delicious, and very fresh. But I feel like the price is a little too steep. Also the restaurant felt like a little more 'bar scene' than upscale seafood restaurant. If I ate the exact same meal, same price, but with a ocean view and without the 'bar scene' I'd feel it was totally worth it.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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77 reviews 77 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My husband and I had dinner here over the weekend. The food was just outstanding! My husband had the skirt steak, which was cooked to perfection. I had their shrimp and grits, the flavors were plentiful and unique. Loved the assortment of breads (corn bread, zucchini bread). Nice wine selection, the prices were great, and so was our service. This... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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193 reviews 193 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Good food and service in a small restaurant right in "downtown" Wrightsville Beach. It leans towards an upscale menu, so do not expect burgers and chicken. Instead it offers quality seafood and seasonal items, prepared just the way you expect. Shrimps and Grits, scallops, and other items are excellent. Depending upon the season, they also offer frogs legs. There is... More

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Apex, North Carolina
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A hidden gem among the vast beach eateries. My family and friends have been coming here to WB for several years and have never ventured to 22 North. A pleasant surprise to the "frisbee" meals we are used to. No matter what other reviews are out there, consider this: no eatery on the beach between the ocean and sound is... More

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My boyfriend and I consider ourselves foodies and we were very pleasantly surprised! I was very good and the portions were huge.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

First of all this place is in need of a thorough cleaning. I don't expect fancy décor at the beach but I do expect it to be clean. I truly don't understand the glowing reviews for this restaurant. Bread was cold in the center. My scallops were fine but nothing special. I think my experience was marred by the horribly... More

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Youngsville, North Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Prior to going to Wrightsville Beach, we read a lot of reviews on restaurants. North 22 was raved about so we chose it for dinner; always excited to try something new and innovative. However, our first impression when walking in was not good - decor old, dated, dirty, and very basic. Service was mediocre, with our server barely speaking to... More

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