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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options for off-campus dining, but it's a lot of the same sports bar and grill type things. There are some nice mom and pop, small scale restaurants that may surprise you, but it's mostly what you'd expect.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: We have a Taco Bell across the street that is open 23 hours a day for when you need it. There is also a food place nearby that will deliver until 3 a.m. I haven't heard anything about student discounts but the prices tend to be reasonable as they are.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of off campus dining and a lot of places take student discounts. A few pizza delivery places take food dollars which is very convenient. There are many options but the best and most popular is cookout which is right on the edge of campus walking distance and easy to drive to.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are TONS of options and Cookout is open all the time

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't that many places near the campus, but the city of Wilmington does have quite a few great places to eat. The seafood places are great, and there's a lot of chain restaurants. It's a decent place to get good food.

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Wilmington is well-known for its amazing local restaurants and unique locations. Off-campus dining can get expensive for students, but a meal plan isn't for everyone, so some students use the money normally spent on a meal plan and put it toward eating off campus or preparing their own food. A variety of grocery stores are near campus, as well as a lot of fast food restaurants, such as McDonald's, and quick-stop places like Hibachi Bistro or Little Caesars, for quick eating and late-night snacks. These are going to be the most financially feasible for students. When it comes to sit-down locations and "real" dining, Wilmington can't be beat. Downtown Wilmington not only provides a historic and beautiful location, but the dining options are also great. Ethnic, grill, diner-style, and upscale seafood restaurants are all there, just to name a few. The fantastic seafood continues to Wrightsville Beach with multiple locations, as well as a lot of casual, Baja/Mexican, and pizza joints. Students keep a list of places they want to eat at while they're at UNCW to make sure they experience them all.

Wilmington dining is convenient for students and offers an immense variety, though eating out for students should be kept in moderation while keeping student finances in mind. When parents come to visit, it's actually difficult to decide on a location, and you never have to search hard to find a place to take a date. The Riverboat Landing downtown has little, individual outdoor patios on a second-floor balcony and overlooks the riverfront for a sweet, romantic spot. Dockside Restaurant and The Oceanic offer amazing views of the beach and sound side. National favorites like On the Border and Red Robin are here, and dessert locations are plentiful. From downtown to the beach and on most streets in between, Wilmington is a foodie's heaven and offers availability to everyone.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • College Diner
  • McDonald's
Best Asian
  • Flaming Amy's Bowl
  • Hibachi Bistro
  • Indochine Restaurant
  • Yosake Downtown Sushi Lounge
Best Breakfast
  • Causeway Café
  • College Diner
  • Jimbo's
  • Our Crepes & More
  • Sweet & Savory Bake Shop & Café
Best Coffee
  • The Blend
  • Java Dog
  • Port City Java
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Boombalatti's Ice Cream
  • The Fuzzy Peach Frozen Yogurt Bar
  • Kilwins Chocolates
  • The Little Dipper
Best Healthy
  • Lovey's Natural Foods & Café
  • Nikki's Restaurant & Sushi Bar
  • Whole Foods
  • Zoe's Kitchen
Best Late-Night
  • Cookout
  • Slice of Life Pizzeria & Pub
  • Taco Bell
Best Mexican
  • El Cerro Grande Restaurant
  • Flaming Amy's Bowl
  • Island's Fresh Mex Grill
  • Plaza Mariachi
  • Tower 7 Baja Mexican Grill
Best Pizza
  • Elizabeth's Pizza
  • Fat Tony's Italian Pub
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • Slice of Life Pizzeria & Pub
Best Wings
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Katy's Grill & Bar
  • Kickback Jack's Restaurant
  • Wild Wing Café
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Brasserie du Soleil
  • Fox and Hound Pub & Grill
  • The Little Dipper
  • The Melting Pot
  • Riverboat Landing
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Carolina Ale House
  • Elijah's Restaurant
  • The George on the Riverwalk
  • Oceanic Restaurant
  • Port Land Grille
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Bagel Basket
  • Bluewater
  • Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits
  • Britt's Donut Shop
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Chopstix
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
  • Crow Hill
  • Dockside Restaurant & Bar
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Gauchao Brazilian Steak House
  • Hiro Japanese Steakhouse
  • Hot Pink Cake Stand
  • IHOP Restaurant
  • Little Caesars Pizza
  • Mama Fu's Asian House
  • McAlister's Deli
  • Mixto Restaurant
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • O'Charley's
  • Olive Garden
  • On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Panda Chinese Restaurant
  • Panera Bread
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
  • Ruth's Kitchen
  • Salt Works II
  • Subway
  • Surf House Café
  • Taqueria Los Portales
  • Two Guys Grille
  • Waffle House

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Food Lion
45 S. Kerr Ave.
(910) 343-1997
Daily 7 a.m.–11 p.m.
Harris Teeter
820 S. College Road
(910) 452-9242
Daily 24 hours
Lowes Foods
341 S. College Road
(910) 796-9616
Daily 6 a.m.–2 a.m.
Walmart Supercenter
5226 Sigmon Road
(910) 392-4034
Daily 24 hours
Whole Foods
3804 Oleander Drive
(910) 777-2499
Daily 8 a.m.–10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

The Blend
Food: Coffee, tea
5226 S. College Road
(910) 799-8899
Price: $3–$8
Cool Features: Sometimes local musical acts perform.
Bonefish Grill
Food: American, seafood
4719 New Centre Drive
(910) 313-1885
Price: $10–$20
Boombalatti's Ice Cream
Food: Ice cream
1127 Military Cutoff Road
(910) 256-8330
Price: $3–$8
Brasserie du Soleil
Food: French
1908 Eastwood Road
(910) 256-2226
Price: $10–$25
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
206 Old Eastwood Road
(910) 798-9464
Price: $8–$15
Carolina Ale House
Food: American
317 College Road
(910) 791-9393
Price: $8–$15
Causeway Café
Food: American
114 Causeway Drive
(910) 256-3730
Price: $8–$15
College Diner
Food: American
911 S. College Road
(910) 793-0991
Price: $5–$15
Cool Features: Breakfast is served all day.
Food: American, fast food
715 S. College Road
(910) 399-2656
Price: $3–$8
Cool Features: Right next to UNCW campus; most popular stop for late-night snacks
El Cerro Grande Restaurant
Food: Mexican
341 S. College Road
(910) 793-0035
Price: $8–$15
Elijah's Restaurant
Food: American
2 Ann St.
(910) 343-1148
Price: $10–$25
Elizabeth's Pizza
Food: Pizza
4304 Market St.
(910) 251-1005
Price: $10–$20
Fat Tony's Italian Pub
Food: Italian
131 N. Front St.
(910) 343-8881
Price: $10–$20
Flaming Amy's Bowl
Food: Buffet
4418 Shipyard Blvd.
(910) 799-6222
Price: $8–$15
Fox and Hound Bar & Grill
Food: American
920 Town Center Drive
(910) 509-0805
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Specialty cocktails; in the heart of Mayfaire Shopping Center where there's a lot to do
Front Street Brewery
Food: American
9 N. Front St.
(910) 251-1935
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Tours of the brewery are available with beer tastings; great sweet potato fries; serves until after midnight
The Fuzzy Peach Frozen Yogurt Bar
Food: Frozen yogurt
250 Racine Drive
(910) 523-5278
Price: $3–$8
Cool Features: Open until 11 p.m.; first Fuzzy Peach location; created by three UNCW graduates
The George on the Riverwalk
Food: American, seafood
128 S. Water St.
(910) 763-2052
Price: $15–$30
Hibachi Bistro
Food: Asian
341 S. College Road
(910) 793-5983
Price: $8–$15
Indochine Restaurant
Food: Asian, Thai, Vietnamese
7 Wayne Drive
(910) 251-9229
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Beautiful gardens and huts for outdoor seating
Island's Fresh Mex Grill
Food: Mexican
260 Racine Drive
(910) 799-2109
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: $1 tacos every day after 5 p.m. and good drink specials
Java Dog
Food: Coffee, tea
303 N. Front St.
(910) 343-8890
Price: $5–$10
Food: American, breakfast
1529 S. College Road
(910) 799-2211
Price: $5–$10
Katy's Grill & Bar
Food: American
1054 S. College Road
(910) 395-5289
Price: $5–$15
Kickback Jack's Restaurant
Food: American
418 S. College Road
(910) 523-5669
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Sports bar atmosphere for great fun
Kilwins Chocolates
Food: Chocolate
16 Market St.
(910) 772-1298
Price: $5–$15
The Little Dipper
Food: Fondue
138 S. Front St.
(910) 251-0433
Price: $15–$30
Lovey's Natural Foods & Café
Food: Healthy
1319 Military Cutoff Road
(910) 509-0331
Price: $5–$10
Food: Fast food
822 S. College Road
(910) 395-4627
Price: $3–$8
Mellow Mushroom
Food: Pizza
4311 Oleander Drive
(910) 452-3773
Price: $10–$20
The Melting Pot
Food: Fondue
885 Town Center Drive
(910) 256-1187
Price: $20–$40
Nikki's Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Food: Sushi
260 Racine Drive
(910) 799-6799
Price: $5–$15
Cool Features: Eat free on your birthday when you bring three friends; happy hour is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with cheap drinks and half-price sushi.
Oceanic Restaurant
Food: American, seafood
703 S. Lumina Ave.
(910) 256-5551
Price: $15–$30
Our Crepes & More
Food: French
3810 Oleander Drive
(910) 395-0077
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: French radio!
P.T.'s Olde Fashioned Grille
Food: American
4544 Fountain Drive
(910) 392-2293
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Right across from campus; fresh lemonade every day
Plaza Mariachi
Food: Mexican
326 S. College Road
(910) 313-6894
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: $2 margaritas and great service
Port City Java
Food: Coffee, tea
820 S. College Road
(901) 796-0850
Price: $5–$10
Port Land Grille
Food: American, fine dining, seafood
1908 Eastwood Road
(910) 256-6056
Price: $30–$60
Riverboat Landing
Food: American
2 Market St.
(910) 763-7227
Price: $15–$25
Slice of Life Pizzeria & Pub
Food: Pizza
1437 Military Cutoff Road
(910) 256-2229
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Open until 3 a.m. perfect for a late-night snack
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
317 S. College Road
(910) 798-9677
Price: $3–$8
Sweet & Savory Bake Shop & Café
Food: American
1611 Pavilion Place
(910) 256-0115
Price: $10–$20
Taco Bell
Food: Mexican fast food
630 S. College Road
(910) 392-3123
Price: $3–$8
Tower 7 Baja Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican
4 N. Lumina Ave.
(910) 256-8585
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Right by Wrightsville Beach
Vito's Pizza
Food: Pizza
8 N. Lumina Ave.
(910) 256-5858
Price: $5–$20
Cool Features: New York-style pizza; right by the beach bars so perfect for grabbing a late-night snack
Wild Wing Café
Food: American, wings
1331 Military Cutoff Road
(910) 256-3838
Price: $8–$15
Yosake Downtown Sushi Lounge
Food: Asian
33 S. Front St.
(910) 763-3172
Price: $10–$25
Zoe's Kitchen
Food: American
1011 International Drive
(910) 509-2773
Price: $8–$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 114 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 126 responses

  • 50% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 36% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 10% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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