About 22 North
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!
Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
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We have a private lot adjacent to our building for convenient parking as well as metered parking along Lumina Avenue. The public parking lot is located on the beach side of Banks channel bridge approximately 25 yards away.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
22 North Ratings and Reviews
Found and service excellent as usual. Th ...
Found and service excellent as usual. The most creative low country you'll come across. Feel free to experiment -- they never miss. Everything is fresh. You can taste/feel the care and dedication that goes into every bite and into the service. A great meal is a sure thing.
Not a pleasant experience on the ears or ...
Not a pleasant experience on the ears or wallet. It is very, very loud in the dining room. It was dark when we arrived and they turned down the lights yet again 2x making the "menu" chalkboards impossible to read. Menu changed 2x while were were there. Chicken turned to Duck, Steak turned to NY Strip (after we ordered). Certainly not a $$ price-point as Yelp and others describe. They charge for bread ($3 for 5 random pieces, some were small muffins), every cup of coffee costs ($2.50 per cup, no refills), and food portions are very small. A $25 "steak" is actually 5 tiny pieces pre-cut with maybe a half-scoop of potatoes. $35 for lobster mac & cheese...in a big dish but with no depth...perhaps one mac noodle deep. The food tasted fine but it took over 45 minutes to get. Not a good place for kids ($7 for a hot dog and no milk). $42 for the same wine you can get at the store for $14. The whole place is overpriced, slow, dark and noisy. Never again. We left still hungry with our heads and wallet hurting.
The menu was all specials - changed dail ...
The menu was all specials - changed daily apparently - and our food was excellent. It happened to be a holiday weekend so the beach was busy. While the kitchen was slow, our waitress did an admirable job handling a table of 12. The interior is typical beach - a little rough and dated - but nice enough. Our food was very good and we enjoyed it.
When our family vacations at Wrightsvill ...
When our family vacations at Wrightsville Beach, we always dine at 22 North! It is without question our favorite restaurant. We know we are getting the freshest food the island has to offer because the menu changes daily. That alone speaks for the Chef's talent! The creative dishes are for young and old who enjoy unique low county cuisine that can't be found here in Indiana. Thanks again for the great food and service! See you next Summer!
All of the food was excellent! We were ...
All of the food was excellent! We were able to meet the Executive Chef and he talked to us about the various items on the menu and how they were prepared. It was a wonderful experience that I recommend 22 North to any foodie!
The items listed on the menu on OpenTabl ...
The items listed on the menu on OpenTable were not offered or available. They only offered 5 entrees that were presented to us on a chalk board positioned in front of our table. Feel like we had the bait and switch.
We have been to this restaurant in the p ...
We have been to this restaurant in the past and have been fairly pleased. This experience was not so great. The service was very slow and not so pleasant. My husband ordered the NY strip which was cooked to order but not very flavorful. I ordered stuffed shrimp and found them to be very spicy. Vegetables were good. I don't recall ever being to a restaurant where you have to order and pay for a bread basket! My daughter, who is gluten free ordered a special meal, which the chef prepared with sauteed shrimp and veggies which she enjoyed. The restaurant is in serious need of a good cleaning and redecorating. The serve the awful sulfur smelling beach water which could be resolved simply by filtering the water as the restaurant across the street does! Of course this is the perfect opportunity to sell you bottled water!
I love that their menu is on a chalkboar ...
I love that their menu is on a chalkboard because of the daily change of fresh catches. They whipped up a vegetarian dish for my son that was not on the menu and he loved it.My new favorite when visiting Wilmington!
Good at the Beach
Conveniently located in Wrightsville Beach. Parking could be problem but not the night we were there. Menu on chalk board and diversified selections. My wife had mani mani and it was great, I had scollops and they were OK. Recommend for all you beach visitors.
Doesn't seem notable from the outside, but the food more than made up for that.
Gazpacho was refreshing; she-crab soup had loads of crab and egg. Chicken confit and Mahi were wonderful, loved the sides that accompanied. Happily surprised desserts were made in-house!
The food can be a bit on the pricey side ...
The food can be a bit on the pricey side, but its totally worth if for fresh seafood. The menu also varies because they only prep meals for meats they can get fresh that day. So don't expect to get the same thing every visit. Our server was pretty "hands off". She wasn't constantly at the table, she gave us our space to enjoy the meal. Food was great, and it came out rather quickly (we came right when they opened for dinner).
Always use tripadvisor to pick local restaurants for a good meal and usually happy with the choice. Unfortunately it must have been a really bad night for the chef. My husband NEVER complains about a meal but his meal consisted of over cooked and over priced scallops wrapped in bacon with old rice. I had the fried crawfish legs which were salty and tasted like fried batter. I would not recommend 22 North for anyone who enjoys well prepared fresh seafood.
Food was very good and creative, with nice wines.
Mixed views. Food and drink choices were good and the preparation and presentation was great; however the amiabne is tired and not up to the quality coming from the kitchen. Wait staff and general management was friendly and knowledgeable. Only the decor, including rest rooms, and lack of significant separation from the bar area, detract from an otherwise very nice restaurant in downtown Wrightsville Beach, NC.
Best food ever, Great Chef
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here. This is by far the best food my wife and I have ever eaten. I can't say enough about the quality of the entire experience dinning here at 22 North. Our server Jessica was terrific from the start. She was very friendly and helpful. She answered all the questions we had and took great care of us. We started with Shrimp and Grits as our appetizer and it was incredible. The best Shrimp and Grits we had ever had. Brent Poteat the chef came and checked to see how we liked the appetizer. Talk about first rate service.
The entire meal was outstanding and Brent came to check on us during our two hours there. Yes we ate for two hours. He is a great Chef and a terrific host. You can tell he takes a lot of pride preparing your food. M y wife was ready to take him home with us. We ended the night with a picture with Brent to remember our night. We will definitely be returning. I recommend anyone looking for great food to visit here.
Great Birthday Dinner
A friend wanted to take me out to dinner for my birthday and we decided to go somewhere we hadn't been before, so we chose 22 North. The menu there changes frequently and it is written on large chalkboards. There was an excellent selection and we both chose the Shrimp and Grits, which was excellent, and we ordered a bread basket. The jam they serve with the bread was really good. We also had dessert, key lime pie and their bread pudding with ice cream. Our server Skylar was very attentive and polite. The prices were reasonable for a restaurant in a tourist area. I would recommend 22 North to anyone living or visiting the area.
Went for valentines day. Made reservatio ...
Went for valentines day. Made reservations and it was pretty empty. Not many tables filled and a couple of people were told there was a 30 minute wait on a table or they can sit at the bar. Thought that was a little strange but regardless Food was good. Scallops were overcooked but overall it was good and fresh..
Just dinner nothing special
The dinning experience is unique in that the chef creates a menu every day. That is a true plus since they use only local fresh ingredients. The limitation is there are only 6-8 main's. One of my pet peeves was they couldn't be bothered to make a menu, but rather had chalkboards they placed by your table without explanations of the dish. We were required to inquire for additional information on each menu item we were curious about. That might not have been as big of a deal if we had an available waitress. Our waitress was not readily available.
I had currie scallops and it was quite good. The sauce and vegetables were well paired and the curry was really just a hint of flavor without an overpowering heat. My wife had stuffed shrimp and, but what I tasted was a bar appetizer rather than a dish fitting of a $21 price tag. Overall we spent $100 and had dinner without any real sense of the need to return.
Best food value on the North Carolina coast!
We always eat at 22 North when we visit the Wilmington, NC area. The food quality and taste cannot be beat and the prices are extremely reasonable for the quality. The menu is limited and varies frequently, so do not expect dozens of entrée choices and the same entrée each time you visit, but I have never been disappointed there. We do not go in for the bar scene, but we hear that the late night bar spirits and energy are excellent. The martinis we had at dinner were strong and delicious.
Went with a group of 6 for a work lunch during Triangle Restaurant Week. Two of us selected from the TRW menu, while everyone else ordered off the regular menu. Everyone all around the table was happy with what they ordered. No alcohol drinks to review because it was lunch. Would love to go back and try the sake menu. Only negative was the green tea pot had only one tea bag to serve three of us.
Noisy but tasty
22 North apparently was/is a hopping bar a bit later in the evening. We had reservations for 6:45 PM & thought we'd be OK with our 4 year old granddaughter. However, it was a Saturday evening & the noise level was uncomfortable. There is a partial wall between the dining room & the bar, but the noise just floats around the edges & overwhelms diners in the booths.
With all that said, the food was great & the service was very good. We'd go back, but likely go earlier to have a quieter dinner.
All the dishes that we had were deliciou ...
All the dishes that we had were delicious. The scallops in a curry sauce were tender and savory without being overwhelmed by turmeric or spiciness. English style curry as there were peas in the sauce. Get the bread basket to soak up all the sauce.
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