About 22 North
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
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
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
22 North Ratings and Reviews
My husband & I were in town for my broth ...
My husband & I were in town for my brother's wedding for a week. It just happened to also be our 7th/18th Anniversary & Valentine's day as well. We were able to make reservations last minute & the food, atmosphere, & service were absolutely Amazing!!! Would recommend & will definitely be back!! The menu changes daily & everything is very fresh & locally caught.
Our first visit. Friendly greeting upon ...
Our first visit. Friendly greeting upon entering. Fun to read the menu off a chalkboard easel. Menu changes daily with what fresh ingredients are available to the chef. The yummy lobster and corn bisque (really a chowder) had generous pieces of lobster and a little kick of hot spiciness. Three generously-sized, homemade biscuits subtly flavored with rosemary came out nice and warm. My scallops wrapped in bacon were served 3 each on two skewers and were delish, as was my husband's duck. All arrived to the table hot and fast! Attentive wait staff.
Wine menu isn't as extensive as we'd like but we had a great bottle of Carne Humana, a Napa Valley red. We skipped dessert but the offerings included bread pudding, key lime pie, chocolate cheesecake and a few others. All looked appealing. We were just full.
Our tummies went home very happy --- now for the big but-- BUT not sure we would return, even though we would suggest that others try it. The ambience was a disappointment. The restaurant itself doesn't match the classy image portrayed by the website nor the quality of the food. Somewhat dark inside. Smelled of stale beer the minute we walked in. Carpeting on the floor probably doesn't help with that. Nor the large bar area at the back. Have to assume that the place is hopping in the summer, though.
I ordered the pork chop with mushroom ra ...
I ordered the pork chop with mushroom ragout and feta. I didn't see any mushrooms or feta. Instead it was smothered in a yellow spicy hot mustard sauce. It was so spicy I couldn't eat it. Not at all what I expected. And it was served over mushy over cooked carrots and collards. I was very disappointed in the food. Very pricy. There were no prices on the menu and our dinner for 2 was over $120. I wouldn't have minded if it was good. Also had to ask them to turn the music down. "Born to be wild" was blaring in the dining room. It felt like a bar. Must say our waitress was very attentive and provided great service. Courtney I believe was her name.
Our first time - we came away pleasantly ...
Our first time - we came away pleasantly impressed! While not busy, it wasn't deserted ... to be expected in the winter months. Ambiance was a little lacking, but OK. Service was good, knowledgable and attentive enough without being overbearing. A good wine selection and plenty of dining options on the chalkboard menu. We started with the shrimp martini, the cocktail sauce is unique and highly recommended. For entrees we chose the tuna and shrimp and grits ... both well prepared and presented. An interesting find on Wrightsville Beach - we will be back!
Turner out to be a quiet winter evening ...
Turner out to be a quiet winter evening with an excellent bottle of wine and enjoying truly fabulous food. Of special note were the curried scallops delicately seasoned and dressed with vegetables just cooked right. 22 North is a true gem!
This is one of those hidden gems. Chalk ...
This is one of those hidden gems. Chalkboard menu that changes daily, but a couple staples that stay on the menu. Food was perfectly prepared and the server was knowledgeable and helpful. We love coming here in the off-season as locals and leave it to the visitors for the summer months.
We were spending the Labor Day weekend i ...
We were spending the Labor Day weekend in wrightsville Beach and, much to our delight, 22 North was less than a block from our lodging. We had a wonderful dinner there and will return on our next visit to Wrightsville Beach, or even if we are in nearby Wilmington. Wonderful restaurant!!
The food was perfect while we limited ou ...
The food was perfect while we limited ourselves to splitting 3 appetizers - they were amazing. The nit we were there they had a very limited chalkboard menu. I saw some of the entrees that came out of the kitchen and they also looked amazing.
We felt that this restaurant was over-ra ...
We felt that this restaurant was over-rated. The food (3 of the 4 of us had the shrimp and grits) was good, but not great. This is the first restaurant I have been to that charged extra for bread and the bread offerings were just 'OK'. The soup two of us had was probably the highlight of the meal. The service was very good, but overall, the value was just not there. We ate at a much better restaurant (Cape Fear Seafood Company) the night before.
My wife's family beach vacation is usual ...
My wife's family beach vacation is usually close to our anniversary. 22 North has become our go-to spot to celebrate. We have enjoyed all our meals here. We like not having a fixed menu and getting to discover what's on the chalkboard menu.
I usually make a reservation for opening time. Once ingredients for a dish are sold out, that item gets removed from the menu. My choice this time was blackened red-fish. The next three tables after us also made at least one order of that dish; it probably sold out.
One guest at another table informed the waitress he was vegetarian. Shortly after that, the chef came out, pulled up a chair, and started discussing options. Nice personal touch.
The only "problem" is making an entrée selection. I usually find 3 or 4 that are enticing; picking one means missing something from the others. At our last visit, there were duck breast and pork tenderloin offerings that I would have enjoyed trying, but, I've made it a personal rule to stick with seafood while at the beach. Even with that limit, it takes me some time to decide.
A meal @ 22 North is one of the highlights of our vacation.
22 North is our favorite restaurant sout ...
22 North is our favorite restaurant south of the Mason-Dixon line, and we have eaten at many restaurants in many different cities and states. The food has the best flavor, the menu changes daily, and the prices are extremely reasonable for the quality of the food. We have eaten there five or six times and we have never ordered anything that was not exceptional.
The calamari gazpacho and shrimp and gri ...
The calamari gazpacho and shrimp and grits were super delicious! The restaurant is a little dark and the appearance is a bit dated, but the food and service more than made up for that. Word of warning: the menu changes, so what you see online won't be what your options are when you dine there, other than the shrimp and grits. This was not a negative in our view, and we were prepared for that, based on reviews we read beforehand. I definitely recommend a visit to this restaurant.
Interesting menu with lots of local food ...
Interesting menu with lots of local food. The hanger steak was outstanding! The pork chop was thick, but fatty and tough. It was very loud in the main dining room but mostly because of some noisy kids at one table. Service was great! Our waitress was very attentive and personable.
Only had a few options (maybe 8) on the ...
Only had a few options (maybe 8) on the menu. Almost every dish was served with Jasmine rice. Rice is cheap, and for the prices $25-$35, I expected better sides. The restaurant was dark. Not a lot of atmosphere. We ate in Wrightsville beach 4 nights, and this was bottom of the list for us.
In the last few years we have had the op ...
In the last few years we have had the opportunity to come and visit wrightsville beach for a week of vacation, this is our #1 restaurant. We always look forward to it and chef and his team never disappoint! Menu is changing constantly but the quality never suffers. It's one of the few places you get an app, main course, and a dessert because everything is that good (regardless of how much extra walking, running, or swimming you have to do to make up for it).
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.
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