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“Great view and service”

Oceanic Restaurant and Grill
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
DC area
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great view and service”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We stopped at Oceanic for lunch on Saturday during the 4th of July holiday weekend. Needless to say, they were BUSY, but the service was exceptional - parking for the patrons on their lot is very convenient, the hostess seated us on the pier in the shade, the server (Scot) was very courteous, food and drinks arrived fast, and the manager checked on our experience after we were done. Now to the nitty-gritty: we tried 3 different cocktails from the menu and they were all on the weak side (and they were the ones with multiple liquors in them, so I would imagine a simple gin-and-tonic would feel really light but I can’t say for sure since we didn’t order one). Hot crab dip was not bad, but it was a very small portion for $11.99. We both got crab cake sandwiches as entrees since this was a recommendation of a local resident (not restaurant staff), they were tasty with a lot of lump crab meat and very little filler (red peppers and celery were unusual but added a local flavor). The manager stopped by and we gave him our honest opinion about the drinks and complemented the service and the view. We were not unhappy with the whole experience and we were not complaining about it so we were very impressed when he caught up with us again as we were just about to leave the restaurant and offered to take the drinks off the bill – which we declined and then he offered us a free brunch the next day – which we declined again as we were leaving town. This attention made the visit worthwhile and showed the management cares about the customers, so I will consider Oceanic during my next visit to Wilmington.

  • Visited July 2013
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Newport News, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Lots of history, good view, but food isn't worth it”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

There is a lot of history with this location, and a nice view (except for the renovations) but the food is just average and the prices are high. Like other reviews have said, the seafood should be amazing. That's what people expect when you're looking at the ocean - but I've had better seafood at fast food places!
Skip this place if you're thinking of going somewhere else. And DON'T drink the water unless you want to taste shells/salt water. Even regular drinks have the taste because of the ice.

  • Visited July 2013
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lunch Anyone”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

This was our first visit to Wrightsville Beach and we found this restaurant to be a great lunch choice. I had the fish tacos which were very good with just the right kick of spice. They also have my new beer favorite...summer shanty. The new pier seating is awesome.

  • Visited June 2013
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Spectacular view, horrible food and service”
Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

The oceanic has a spectacular Oceanview. The drinks are overpriced as well as the food. It seems like a restaurant right on the beach should have excellent seafood but it does not. Our waiter was barely adequate. In conclusion, if you want somewhere to sit and look at the beautiful ocean this is the place. However if you would like an excellent meal with excellent service go somewhere else.

  • Visited July 2013
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Chapel Hill
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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Great view and good food”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

They have now finished part of the outdoor seating on the new pier - very nice. Great view and place to sit any time of day. Always had great seafood here and good chicken tenders. Definitely always a good place to sit in the bar and hang out.

Visited July 2013
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