Restaurants in Southport/Oak Island/Bald Head, NC

Southport, NC Restaurants

Visitors to Southport, NC are often seeking seafood and it can be found in most any restaurant here in the form of shrimp, oysters, scallops and all kinds of fish. But locals especially like a change now and then, so you will find most anything you crave from fast food to fine food. Ethnic restaurants include Italian, Thai and Mexican and, of course, you will also find steak, pizza, hot dogs, sushi and southern eclectic food.

If you are looking for national chain fast food restaurants, you can find them in the Southport area but not downtown. Hardees, McDonalds and Quiznos can be found on the Southport-Supply Road and there is a Subway in Walmart in the Walmart Shopping Center.

At the foot of Howe Street, next to Lois Jane’s Riverside Inn, you will find Oliver's where it overlooks the confluence of the Intracoastal Waterway, the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the other seafood restaurants are located near or along the Old Southport Yacht Basin where you can enjoy spectacular water views with your meal and dine either indoors or al fresco. The newest of these is the Frying Pan Restaurant on W. Bay Street, which opened in July of 2012. This restaurant is raised on pilings providing wonderful views of Oak Island and Bald Head Island out toward the ocean. On Yacht Basin Drive you will find the Yacht Basin Provision Company, a local favorite with a Key West Atmosphere and Fishy Fishy Café, which offers two full bars and live music.

For lighter lunch fare, you can visit the Trolly Stop on S. Howe Street where the specialty is hot dogs. All their hot dogs have names – even the plain one is called Old Baldy. You can also choose from The Southport and others, each with its own special toppings. On N. Howe Street you will find Port City Java, a coffeehouse that also serves items like wraps, sandwiches and salads. You can stroll to the Dry Street Pub & Pizza Restaurant on N. Howe Street at E. Brown Street for homemade specialty pizza, sandwiches, delicious salads and desserts.

If your taste buds are set for tacos or tortillas, you can find Mexican restaurants in the Southport area. The San Felipe Restaurante Mexicano has two locations - one in the Live Oak Village Shopping Center and the second on N. Howe Street at the entrance to the WalMart shopping Center.

To satisfy you craving for Italian food you can visit Bella Cucina: Seafood ~ Pasta ~ Pizza on Southport-Supply Road next to the Hampton Inn or take Long Beach Road to Fish Factory Road SE; then take a left onto O’Quinn Boulevard to find Joseph's Italian Bistro located in South Harbour Village at the Marina.

Whether you want scrumptious seafood, beef, chicken or pasta there are several restaurants in the Southport, NC area that will excite your taste buds. The Pharmacy is downtown on Moore Street. Ports of Call, located on N. Howe Street, was featured in the movie, Safe Haven. Also on N. Howe Street, you will find Mr. P's Bistro and Live Oak Cafe.

Thai Peppers on W. Moore Street serves delicious Thai food and for southern eclectic food, be sure to visit Taylor Cuisine Café on N. Howe Street.

Oak Island, NC Restaurants

If you want to stay on Oak Island, NC but you want to go out to eat, you will find a surprising number of choices. Among them are sub and sandwich shops, seafood, Thai, barbeque, and fine food restaurants. If location is important to you, there are restaurants with ocean views as well as restaurants right on the beach. You don't even have to leave the island for breakfast, coffee or to find a bakery.

Russell's Place Restaurant serves breakfast all day as well as lunch . At Little Bits, you can also eat either breakfast or a light lunch like hamburgers. The Oak Island Sub Shop offers dine in or take out options of their subs, salads and homemade soups. For barbeque, you can visit the Bar-B-Que House, which also serves breakfast. All four are located on E. Oak Island Drive.

Thai by The Sea will satisfy your taste for Thai food located on E. Oak Island Drive.

For ocean views, there are two restaurants to consider. The Flying Fish is located adjacent to the Oak Island Pier on Ocean Drive and Island Way at the Ocean Crest Pier on E. Beach Drive. The Fish House Restaurant at the Blue Water Point Marina Resort, located at the west end of the island, overlooks the waterway.

Turtle Island Restaurant on E. Oak Island Drive is an excellent seafood restaurant. You might want to visit on Steam Night – every Wednesday night. You will also find Calabash style seafood, pasta, sandwiches and more.

Bald Head Island, NC Restaurants

On Bald Head Island, NC, the Maritime Market Cafe & Deli at 8 Maritime Way serves breakfast and lunch daily. Lunch items include sandwiches, wraps and pizza slices. You can also visit their Ice Cream Shoppe for special treats.

At Mojo's on the Harbor you can eat lunch and dinner while watching the arrivals and departures of the Bald Head Island Ferry from indoors or outdoors. Mojo’s specializes in seafood, serving shrimp, crabs and fish but you will find steak, pork and chicken as well on their eclectic menu. You can also eat gluten free at this restaurant.

The Bald Head Island Club is also open for lunch and dinner. The menu at this restaurant is seasonal, assuring you of the freshest ingredients. The chef prepares local and regional fish and garden fresh vegetables. The Grille overlooks the golf course. The Palms has a full bar and an outdoor terrace for dining. Membership is required for dining at the club.

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Planning and Pricing

You can use this price code information to help you in deciding where to eat. Please keep in mind, however, that price is not everything. If you just want a quick lunch you might consider the Trolly Stop in Southport or Little Bits on Oak Island. For a meal by the water, The Provision Company in Southport or The Flying Fish on Oak Island will serve perfectly. If you are celebrating a special occasion you may want to dine at Live Oak Cafe in Southport or to Turtle Island Restaurant and Catering on Oak Island. The following price codes are based on the average price for two dinner entrees only. For restaurants not serving dinner, the codes reflect mid-priced lunch entrees for two. Dual codes indicate that lunch and dinner prices vary significantly. The price codes do not reflect the state/county sales tax or gratuities.

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5177 Southport-Supply Rd.
Southport, NC
(910) 454-4540

Beautiful Kitchen, indeed! Beautiful dining room, beautiful lounge, beautiful food. At Bella Cucina you will find Tuscan-style food made with recipes handed down in the family and using only the freshest ingredients, including produce from neighboring farms and locally caught seafood, to achieve the subtle flavors. From Antipasto to Dolce, the...more about Bella Cucina: Seafood ~ Pasta ~ Pizza

4907 Fish Factory Rd.
South Harbour Village
Southport, NC 28461
(910) 454-4002

You can sail your boat right up to the docking spaces to spend your evening at the Dead End Saloon located on the Intracoastal Waterway. You can enjoy your food and drinks on the dog-friendly outdoor patio or in your choice of one of two dining rooms, or in the full-service bar. You will also...more about Dead End Saloon

4907 Fish Factory Rd.
South Harbour Village
Southport, NC 28461
(910) 454-4002

You can sail your boat right up to the docking spaces to spend your evening at the Dead End Saloon located on the Intracoastal Waterway. You can enjoy your food and drinks on the dog friendly outdoor patio or in your choice of one of two dining rooms or in the...more about Dead End Saloon

101 E. Brown St.
Southport, NC
(910) 457-5994

Directly across the street from the Southport water tower you will find Dry Street Pub & Pizza. Local art decorates the walls of this cozy restaurant with small tables and a bar. If it’s lunch or a light dinner you want, then you have come to the right place. The food...more about Dry Street Pub & Pizza Restaurant

106 Yacht Basin Dr.
Southport, NC
(910) 457-1881

When in Southport, don't miss Fishy Fishy Cafe! Whether you arrive by land or by sea, you will thoroughly enjoy the Caribbean ambience of the restaurant as well as the food, two full service bars and live music. Dine indoors in the main dining room or outdoors on the pier, the...more about Fishy Fishy Cafe

319 W. Bay St.
Southport, NC 28461
(910) 363-4382

The Frying Pan sits atop pilings in the Southport Yacht Basin and from this vantage point you will have fantastic views of the waterways that converge at Southport. You can enjoy sweet potato biscuits, home made desserts and scrumptious seafood among the many choices for lunch and dinner. For Starters you...more about Frying Pan Southport NC

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5003 O'Quinn Blvd.
South Harbour Village Marina
Oak Island, NC 28465
(910) 454-4440

Overlooking the intracoastal waterway at South Harbour Village, Joseph’s offers spectacular Italian Cuisine and fine wine and spirits served while you soak in some of the most breathtaking sunsets on the east coast. Seating is available outside whenever possible. Two private dining rooms are available for those special occasions for parties...more about Joseph's Italian Bistro

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309 N. Howe St.
Southport, NC 28461
(910) 457-0801

Mr. P's is family owned and operated and offers Low Country cuisine. Here you will find seafood platters, slow roasted prime rib, stuffed fish, crab cakes, filet mignon, grilled beef tenderloin, chicken and penne and more - each dish a succulent feast. Wines are available to complement your meal and the...more about Mr. P's Bistro

116 N. Howe St.
Southport, NC 28461
(910) 457-4544

At Ports of Call you will find a lovely Mediterranean atmosphere along with foods with the flavors of Greece, Morocco, Spain, Portugal and American Cuisine prepared with fresh, local, in season produce and foods. The menu includes such luscious sounding items as Rigatoni, Chicken or Veal Forestiere, Spinach and Wild Mushroom...more about Ports of Call Bistro & Market

Live Oak Village Shopping Ctr.
4961-9 Long Beach Rd
Southport, NC
(910) 454-0950

If your taste buds are set for authentic Mexican cuisine in an awesome array of mouth-watering choices, San Felipe is an excellent choice. San Felipe was voted the Best Mexican Restaurant and Best Margarita in the 2013 Brunswick County People's Choice Awards. Located in the Live Oak Village Shopping Center, San...more about San Felipe Restaurante Mexicano

731 N. Howe St.
Southport, NC 28461
(910) 454-0088

If you are searching for a Southern eclectic culinary experience at a full-service restaurant, Taylor Cuisine Cafe is tailor made for you. For breakfast, lunch or dinner you will find quality fresh foods creatively prepared and friendly service at affordable prices. For breakfast, try eggs any style, pancakes, waffles, French toast,...more about Taylor Cuisine Cafe & Catering, Inc.

115 E. Moore St.
Southport, NC 28461
(910) 457-0095

When Thai Peppers opened in 1992, it was the only Thai Restaurant in the region. The owner, a former monk originally from Thailand, does all the cooking himself and uses only fresh ingredients. Here you can indulge in salads, soups, noodles, specialty stir fry and curry dishes including vegetarian dishes. Thai...more about Thai Peppers Restaurant

111 S. Howe St.
Southport, NC
(910) 457-7017

Walking through historic Southport can work up an appetite, and Trolly Stop's long list of dogs is sure to appeal. The Trolly stop features several types of hot dogs including an all beef dog, a vegetarian dog, a fat free turkey dog, and the Trolly Dog, which is beef and pork....more about Trolly Stop

122 Yacht Basin Dr.
Southport, NC 28461
(910) 363-4108

Yacht Basin Eatery opened in 2011 and is open year round. The food is prepared fresh daily using fresh natural local products. As a member of Brunswick Catch, the folks at the eatery support local fishermen and serve local seafood. The extensive menu offers your choice of fish, shellfish, sandwiches, pasta,...more about Yacht Basin Eatery

130 Yacht Basin Dr.
Southport, NC 28461
(910) 457-0654

Though this restaurant was named the #1 Seafood Dive in NC in the Spring of 2012 by Coastal Living Magazine, unless they have been forewarned, first time visitors looking for 'Provisions' (as this restaurant is referred to by the locals) may go right by it thinking they have been given incorrect...more about Yacht Basin Provision Company

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