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/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
22 North Ratings and Reviews
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.
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..
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