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“Lovely seating on pier; mediocre food”

Oceanic Restaurant and Grill
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Pittsboro, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely seating on pier; mediocre food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

We went to Oceanic for a late lunch on Wednesday. The day was gorgeous and sitting on the pier was lovely. Unfortunately food tasted like chain food...very average.

  • Visited October 2013
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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Gorgeous views, Great Service, Mediocre Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

This is a great place to hang out and enjoy the great views of Wrightsville Beach. Great drinks, decent wine/beer but the food is only mediocre. The food isn't bad...just not great. There are many other restaurants in Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach with great food...but only one or two others can boast of having equal views. Salads here are usually pretty good. Sunday brunch, again mediocre, but acceptable.

  • Visited September 2013
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
“Great old place, but food is slipping.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

The Oceanic remains a wonderful place to sit (outside in nice weather) and watch the surf and the wannabe surfers. It's even better now that they have a new, wider pier to sit on. But the food needs some attention. The menu has been tarted up with various aspirational dishes, and an extensive line of craft beers is now available, but the bedrock menu -- the basic fried seafood that I go there for -- is not as good as it should and easily could be. At lunch two of us ordered "baskets," one shrimp and one oyster. They come with fries, slaw, and hush puppies -- a good basic beach meal, one would think. The fries were fine and so was the (skimpy) portion of slaw. But the breading on the shrimp and oysters was downright soggy, on the doughy side, not crisp at all. This made it less of a tragedy that the portions were so small; I wouldn't have cared to eat any more than the half-dozen or so oysters that I got for something like 12 dollars. Someone in the kitchen needs to go down the road to Calabash and take some frying lessons.
The Oceanic is a grand old seaside establishment, one that we've visited every time we've been at Wrightsville Beach, sometimes more than once. We've taken foreign visitors there to eat great seafood in a splendid setting. We'll be back next time we're in town. But if things haven't improved, that's it.

  • Visited October 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Best oceanfront dining....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

My family and I eat here every time we stay at Wrightsville.
This restaurant has great drinks, apps and a wonderful crab and watermelon salad.
Definitely a must...

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Trippandhayley
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Holland, Michigan
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“Trip to Wrightsville”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

We ate outside, it was windy bu oh, so sunny!! We started with the signature drink which was very much like rum punch, and wine. Our server Cheryl, brought us some delicious hush puppies to start. We had bacon wrapped shrimp for an appitizer and I had catch of the day which was tuna blackened, it was perfectly cooked and served on a salad....delicious! My companion had the fish taco's and they were equally good. Our server was wonderful and took great care of us. This is a must to eat here when in Wrightsville Beach

Visited September 2013
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Thank Devon S
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