There are lots of places to eat out on Pleasure Island, from Monkey Junction to Kure Beach. And the cuisine choices are just as plentiful… steakhouses, Italian, Delicatessens, Mediterranean, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Barbecue and more. But certainly Seafood is king at the beach. Look through our complete list of dining choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night. Many bars stay open until 2:00 am.
Dining / Restaurants in Wilmington, NC
Sometimes on vacation, you just want a cold beer and a great steak! Now you can in Carolina Beach at The Squeeze, Ralph “Pops” Roof’s newest dining venture. Seafood lovers rejoice, The Squeeze has fresh seafood selections too.
A great burger is all beef, hand-pattied, grilled medium, topped with American cheese and your favorite toppings and condiments. That’s exactly what you get at Island Burger and Bites. Same goes for the hotdogs, wings, cheese steak, you name it. It’s good. It’s fast. It’s fresh. Their reputation is well earned.
Located in the heart of Carolina Beach, Havana’s is choice of locals and visitors alike for fresh seafood dishes, excellent steaks and creative pasta dishes served with attention to detail by a friendly staff in a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere.
Why not feel like you’re in Mexico while on vacation in Carolina Beach? Everybody loves Mexican food, which is why so many beach visitors make a family night of it at El Cazador Mexican Restaurant.
At the southern end of Pleasure Island, at the Kure Beach Fishing Pier, stands an Island Icon, Jack Mackerel’s Island Grill, a family favorite for seafood, steaks, burgers and other casual dining for lunch and diner.
Fins Island Buffet & Grill serves freshly prepared seafood buffet-style, with lots of seafood choices from shrimp and oysters to crab legs, plus a carving station, sides, a salad bra and desserts. We have a full bar with great wine, beer and spirits. Plus our rooftop grill offers the best view on the island.
No trip to the beach is complete without a delicious ice cream cone or sundae at Squigley’s Ic Cream Shoppe. With thousands of flavor combinations and toppings, Squigley’s has been a family favorite for generations.
Good Hops Brewing is Carolina Beach’s entry in the growing collection of craft breweries piping up around Wilmington. You fins their taps in some of the best restaurants in Wilmington, but you can’t beat going to the source.
Right by the Atlantic Ocean is one of Pleasure Island’s must visit restaurants and bars… The Sea Witch Cafe & Tiki Bar. Serving tasty lunch and dinner entrees, daily specials and great pub food, the Sea Witch is the perfect spot to watch the game, enjoy a hot local band or just relax and feel the ocean breezes.
Used to be the best place to get a hot dog was the ballpark. But Charlie Grainger’s has elevated the hot dog to an art form. Serving gourmet dogs with loads of toppings, plus tender beef brisket, turkey gumbo, sandwiches and more. Welcome Charlie!
When you walk in the door of Blackburn Brothers, you know you found the best selection of today’s catch of fish, shrimp, crab and more. Displayed on ice and sold by the pound, you’re shopping where the restaurants shop—right a the docks on CB Harbor.
The Lazy Pirate features pub food like wings, burgers and sandwiches in addition to great seafood dishes in a fun atmosphere with beach volleyball, corn hole, pool tables and lots of TVs for live sport.
Jersey Mike’s has perfected the made-to-order sub sandwich, from the classic sub made with top drawer meats, to fresh garden vegetables, Jersey Mike’s in Carolina Beach is a what a sub restaurant should—great food, fresh ingredients and fast, friendly service.
One of the few restaurants on Pleasure Island that can say they are fine dining. The Deck House features steaks, seafood and pasta specialties, a full Bar and Cocktail Lounge inside a former Presbyterian Church building.
You can’t go wrong if you know where the locals go… and that’s to The Gulfstream for good food, good service good prices. From breakfast choices to sandwiches and burgers, to seafood and entrees made just like home, Gulfstream is a Carolina Beach staple.
Gibby’s Dock and Dine offers the only Harbor Views of any dining establishment in Carolina Beach. Steps from the beach, the Boardwalk and with free parking, Gibby’s is the place to go for great seafood, burgers, wings and more. Open seven days a week from 7:00 am to 2:00 am.
Big Daddy’s now offers fresh local seafood prepared using all new recipes that bring out the best flavors of the ocean. Join us for lunch or dinner outside on the deck, at the tiki bar or inside in one of our large nautical themed dining rooms.
Pops is an authentic 50s style diner with the cool atmosphere, great music and awesome diner food that goes great with a vacation at he beach, just look for the giant hot dog dowsing itself with mustard right on Lake Park Boulevard in the hear of Carolina Beach, in front of the world famous Boardwalk.