What restaurants are open on Christmas Day in Wilmington NC?

Food is a key ingredient to having a happy holiday season.

Local restaurants are offering special events to put diners in mind, and others will be open for service on Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve. Check back as we update this list and let us know if we need to add a restaurant: email [email protected]

A taste of the holidays

Best basket

This downtown grocery store hosts a Christmas celebration with hot chocolate, cookie decorating and more family fun. It is 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on December 11. Details: 910-399-7539, http://shopbetterbasket.com, 143 N Front St. in Wilmington.

Blockade Runner Resort

This family-run Wrightsville Beach hotel continues a 15-year tradition with an event hosted by the Opera House Theater Company. Holiday Cabaret: listen! The Herald Angels Swing will take place on December 17th and 18th. Night packages are available at the hotel and tickets for the dinner show at the Opera. Details: 866-884-5781, www.Blockade-Runner.com, 275 Waynick Blvd at Wrightsville Beach.

OIB party

This new restaurant in Ocean Isle Beach is having a Celebratory Candlelight Dinner on Wednesday, December 22. You can text 631-879-3562 to reserve your spot and a deposit is required. Details: 910-579-3663, www.facebook.com/FeastOIB, 125 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach.

Michael’s Seafood

This Carolina Beach favorite is hosting a Brunch with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, with specials and their regular menu. Seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Details: 910-458-7761, www.mikescfood.com, 1206 N Lake Park Blvd. at Carolina Beach.

True Blue Boucher & Table

This restaurant and butcher near Landfall in Wilmington is now accepting pre-orders for holiday meals, which includes phone and in-person orders for their signature rib roasts. This year they are combining the pickup with a party. December 23 is their busiest day, and now those who stop by can grab a cider, enjoy a party atmosphere and maybe win a prize. Details: 910-679-4473, wearetrueblue.com, 1125 Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington.

Order in advance for Christmas

Bridgewater Wines + Dinners

Order a prime rib dinner for the holidays that also includes a jumbo shrimp cocktail, side dishes, and dessert. Orders must be received by December 20 to be picked up December 24 at Leland’s location. Details: 910-408 1900, https://www.bridgewaterwines.com, 1132-5, boul. to Leland.

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Gourmet to Go & Catering

This Southport business always has a lot to offer for the vacation. This time it’s a variety of holiday meal packages, from crab cakes to glazed ham with sides that can be ordered per person. You can also add à la carte appetizers and cookie trays. They must be placed and paid by December 19 for a pickup / delivery on December 23 or 24. Details: 910-505-9336, https://gourmettogosouthport.com, 105 W. St. George St. in Southport.

NOMA restaurant and wine market

You can order food for any Christmas celebration, from breakfast and appetizers to dinner at this Porters Neck location. Orders must be placed before December 18 and picked up on December 23 or 24. Details: 910-686-9343, https://noma8207.com, 8207 Market St. in Porters Neck.

Sea Witch Café & Tiki Bar

This Carolina Beach restaurant is accepting orders until Sunday, December 19 (while supplies last) for holiday dinners that include 8- to 9-pound ham with pineapple frosting, mashed potatoes , green beans, macaroni and cheese, buns and banana pudding. Each package feeds about 6 people, but you can add more to your order. Pickup is December 23. Details: 910-707-0533, https://seawitchtikibar.com, 227 Carolina Beach Ave N. in Carolina Beach.

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Cooking and baking with a spoon

This caterer and cafe has a breakfast menu, appetizers, casseroles, sandwiches, snacks, and entrees available for pickup on December 24. Order before December 19th. Details: 910-679-8881, spoonfedkitchen.com, 1930 Eastwood Road near Wrightsville Beach.

Purple onion coffee

This Shallotte restaurant continues its Holiday Reheat & Serve menu for Christmas. Order by December 21 for a December 24 pickup. Options include a “Table for 8” package, a dozen sides, 7-tier cakes, pies and cheesecakes. Details: 910-755-6642 ext. 2, www.purpleonioncafe.com, 4647 Main Street in Shallotte.

Open on Christmas Eve

3315 cut and pour

This new Wilmington steak house opens on December 24, as does its sister restaurant Grand Cru Food & Wine at Lumina Station near Wrightsville Beach. Details: 910-399-3969, www.3315cutandpour.com, 3315 Masonboro Loop Road in Wilmington.

Café Chinois at 3715 Patriot Way # 123 in Wilmington, NC File photo STarNews

Chinese coffee

Discover Asian dishes before the holidays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Details: www.cafe-chinois.com, 3710 S. College Road in Wilmington.

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Bistro Caprice

Savor a French meal at this favorite restaurant in downtown Wilmington. They organize three places on Christmas Eve at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Details: 910-815-0810, capricebistro.com, 10 Market Street in Wilmington.

Waterzooi and floating island dessert at Caprice Bistro in downtown Wilmington.  Photo from StarNews file.

Lake Park Steakhouse

This Carolina Beach restaurant is accepting reservations for meals from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 24. Details: 910-707-0996, https://lakeparksteakhouse.com, 12 S. Lake Park Blvd. at Carolina Beach.


This classic Wrightsville Beach restaurant on the water is accepting reservations for Christmas Eve. They will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the dinner menu, along with holiday shrimp cocktail specials and specialties like seared grouper and grilled filet mignon. Details: 910-256-5551, www.oceanicrestaurant.com, 703 S. Lumina Ave. at Wrightsville Beach.

PinPoint Restaurant

In downtown Wilmington, here’s another option for dining out on December 24th. The restaurant will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and accept reservations. Details: 910-769-2972, pinpointrestaurant.com, 114 Market Street in Wilmington.

Ports of call

In Southport, this restaurant has become well known for its holiday meals. On Christmas Eve there is a four course menu that offers two choices for starter, soup or salad, starter and dessert. Details: 910-457-4544, www.portsoftcallbistro.com, 116 N. Howe St. in Southport.

Seven mile post

This Ogden area pub hosts a “Chinese Christmas Eve Takeout Dinner” featuring local food and the “A Christmas Story” movie on repeat. It takes place from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Details: 910-821-0036, http://sevenmilepost.com, 7219 Market Street in Wilmington.

The interior of Three10 Restaurant at 1022 N Fourth St in Wilmington, NC StarNews File Photo


This new Brooklyn Arts District spot offers a family Christmas Eve meal with a choice of roast duck or whole fish, with cream puffs, yams and bread for catering. Reservations and deposit required. Details: 910.399.5428, three10wilmington.com, 1022 N. Fourth St. in Wilmington.

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Umaii Thai Restaurant

This Porters Neck Asian spot is open on December 24 for lunch and dinner, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Details: 910-821-8474, umaiiportersneck.com, 8209 Market Street in Wilmington.

Christmas open


This popular Wilmington restaurant will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on December 24, and for dinner service from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on December 25. Details: 910-251-9229, indochinewilmington.com, 7 Wayne Drive in Wilmington.

Sushi and Asian fusion bar Nori

At La Pointe chez Barclay, this Asian restaurant will be open during normal business hours, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., on December 24 and 25. You can also order in advance online. Details: 910-765-1888, norisushinc.com, 1412, boul. Barclay Pointe in Wilmington.

The Harp in Wilmington, NC StarNews File Photo

The harp

Stopping at this Irish restaurant on Christmas Day has become a holiday tradition for many locals. This year, they will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Details: 910-763-1607, harpwilmington.com, 1423 S 3rd St. in Wilmington.

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