Explore New Dining Options During Wilmington Restaurant Week

Posted Jan 31st, 2020 in Weekend Wish List

If you’ve ever wanted to venture out of your groove and try a new restaurant, now is the time. Encore Magazine’s Wilmington Restaurant Week (WRW) is underway and this is a great opportunity to explore new dining options, especially downtown.

This year, 15 downtown restaurants are taking part in bringing you a delicious array of options to suit any taste. For some excellent seafood, check out The George, Steam Restaurant and Bar or Marina Grill. All of these restaurants have breathtaking views across the Cape Fear River with indoor and outdoor seating.

If you enjoy riverfront dining and want a taste of luxury, Hotel Ballast is hosting its 3rd Annual Chef’s Showcase this Saturday. Tickets are required for this five-course extravaganza. Each course is skillfully created by one of five notable chefs from the region and guests will be treated to wine pairings and light entertainment. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse at Hotel Ballast is also taking part in Restaurant Week with a three-course dinner menu featuring a selection of premium cut meats cooked to perfection.


For global-influenced riverfront dining, Stalk & Vine is a classy, crafty, casual restaurant with a dog-friendly patio. During Restaurant Week, you can choose from a two-course lunch menu or a three-course dinner menu—both include vegan and vegetarian options. Add your favorite beverage for the perfect dining experience.

Other downtown eateries featured in Restaurant Week that specialize in global, tapas-style food include Circa 1922 and Dram + Morsel, both on Front Street. If you enjoy this social dining style, you may also like to try fondue at Little Dipper.

Asian dining is another popular choice for people who like to expand their palate. During Restaurant Week, chefs at Yosake and Nikki’s Restaurant & Sushi Bar are both offering delicious, four-course meals that include spectacular sushi and other colorful creations.


Southern food is a must-have during Restaurant Week and Bourbon Street is the place to dine New Orleans style. Here, you can gather with friends, appreciate the rhythm of live music, sip the perfect bourbon and celebrate the best Cajun food downtown. Another eatery influenced by the “Big Easy” is Superior Grill in the 100-block of Market Street. For Restaurant Week, the menu specials are served with a side salad, garlic bread and the New Orleans staple—beignets.


If you’re short on time or prefer a light bite, head to CRUST on Princess Street for a classic grilled cheese with a new school twist. Order a cocktail to make your visit special. Another great place to enjoy an adult beverage or two and a bite to eat is Pour Taproom. Small bites are a great complement to the self-pour taproom experience.


To give you plenty of time to explore, Wilmington Restaurant Week extends until February 9th and at most of these eateries, you can just show up, ask for a WRW menu and enjoy. However, if your time is limited or you are dining with a group, call ahead and make a reservation.   

Visit Encore's WRW for Menus and Details