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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!
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
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
This is one of our favorite restaurants in Wilmington and definitely our favorite on Wrightsville beach. The food is delicious and it is nice that they have a menu that varies daily although I have never been there when shrimp and grits were not an option... That is our favorite!! The peanut butter pie is amazing! And we love their bread basket too! Always great service!! Small, typically pretty quiet for dinner, I think most would appreciate it the way we do!
Chef came out to talk to us and to find out what kind of food we liked. He suggested he serve us a few small plates of his choice. Ended up with 6 plates that were more more than generous. Food was incredible, creative, and delicious. Price was very reasonable especially for what we got. The host and wait staff could not have been more professional and welcoming. Next time we are back in the Wilmington area, that'll be the first dinner stop we make. What a wonderful experience that was and the personal touch by the chef made it very personal. Thank you 22 North!!
The most interesting thing about 22 North is the contrast between the food (which is really excellent), and the decor, which is extremely modest (to say the least). When we first walked in, I considered walking back out again - the dingy carpet was not a good sign. But I'm glad we stayed - the shrimp appetizer and swordfish entree were fabulous. The servers were friendly and well-trained, and the cocktails were delightful. I would recommend this place to a friend, but I would suggest that they go for the food, not the ambiance.
This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Wilmington area. Never disappoints. Two of us had the oyster salad and the oysters were some of the best I've ever tasted. Large, delicately breaded and perfectly cooked. Oh, I wish I could have them again tonight. I can't wait to go back.
Farm to table - appetizers are always unique and tasty
4-5 fresh seafood dishes on the menus along with a great ribeye, duck and chicken dish.
Desserts are always great - I think they are made in house.
Very casual three star menu
This is my third time back - we came here last year - end of college season and it was a bit loud but goes with the territory near a college town; tonight was great environment.
We ended up at 22 North when we were unable to get a table at another local spot. So so glad we did. The ambiance is very low key but the food is the real star. They have no set menu and use a chalkboard to write the day's local fare. Everything is fresh and local, sort of farm to table or in the case of the fish "ocean to table". You can't go wrong here. It is a new FAVORITE!
Interesting blackboard fresh menu brought tableside. However it requires a verbal explanation of how each entree is prepared & what comes with it, etc... Not my favorite way to figure out my choice. I chose the porterhouse pork chop which was terribly overcooked & nearly impossible to cut thru. I struggled but didn't want to create a scene by sending it back. Had I not read previous positive reviews the outside look of this place would have been enough to have stopped me from going in. Interesting concept & clearly gets favorable reviews... But my experience wasn't good enough to have me return.
The food is creative and delicious, as good as any fine restaurant in a big city.
The decor needs a total overhaul. The owners should immediately hang shades or drapes between the bar area and the restaurant. Don't seat customers in the booth in front of the open catchall room. Close off this room. Again, I would return for the food--and wear sunglasses.
We had a late dinner (8 p.m.) and 22 North was quiet. Had burgers and pork sandwiches which were good. Green fried tomatoes were great. Service was good. Out of Coors Lite which was a disappointment to our guest. Disliked the dark underground feel of the restaurant.
This restaurant is highly overrated. The menu is overly priced with a limited selection that could even remotely be considered palatable. The prices are exorbitantly expensive for the mere toddler sized portions that are served.
I would not recommend going to this restaurant unless you are not hungry and want to spend a ridiculous amount of money.
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 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 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 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!
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.
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