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The Bridge Tender Restaurant

1414 Airlie Rd, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28403-3729
+1 910-256-4519
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“crab cakes” (40 reviews)
“walnut salad” (8 reviews)
“tuna” (28 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1414 Airlie Rd, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28403-3729
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Reviewed yesterday

Food at lunch was very good, however there was not enough wait staff. Tables were vacant but people were waiting for seats. Also, once seated it took a while to order and then a while to get refills for tea and coffee. The staff person...More

Thank terry s
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went here for our daughters UNCW graduation celebration. Had 14 people in our party. They were very busy with other graduations, proms, and PGA parties. That did not stop them from giving us impeccable service. From the moment we sat down (and they started opening...More

Thank berniez
Reviewed 2 days ago

We lived in Wilmington years ago and this was a Go-TO then for celebrations or for a great lunch by the water. Now that we don't live in Wilmington, the Bridge Tender is a mandatory stop for lunch or dinner (or both). The staff is...More

Thank Lauri P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The food was very good and the view of the waterway and boats is beautiful. The reason for the mediocre review was that two of the eight meals ordered came out and the rest of us had to wait more than 15 minutes for the...More

Thank Denise C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The bridge tender has been around awhile and has always been good !! Whenever I go to Wrightsville I always want to eat there !! I had some wonderful grouper !! Bridgetender keep up the good work!!

Thank Andrew W
Reviewed 1 week ago

First visit and already planning to come back. Waitress suggested the tuna and it was excellent. Nice change from fried food. Presentation was good as was service. Too cool to eat outside, but the view was nice. Ended the meal with the key lime pie,...More

Thank 361robertas
Reviewed 1 week ago

I ate here with a fishing friend. He only had spring rolls, because he had eaten earlier. I had not had time to eat anything before teaving docks on our charter that morning and this was about 4:00 pm. (That could influence the preception of...More

Thank Wally V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate on the deck overlooking the waterway. The grouper was grilled to perfection and the vegetables were excellent. First class service, which was very attentive. I would highly recommend The Bridge Tender.

Thank scwaterfalls
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This past Tuesday may 9th, a party of five, location & view is very nice & the restaurant itself is top shelf, except, one of the top appetizers is , oyster Rockefeller, everything is great except, where is the proper fork , no answer, this...More

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have lived in Wilmington for 2 years and had never tried this place. Earlier this week, my wife’s company took a job candidate there for lunch, and she reported back that it’s pretty good, so we gave it a shot for lunch this afternoon....More

Thank fsu23phd
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Annette M
What time for sunset specials?
14 April 2017|
Response from ktg2012 | Property representative |
The Sunset Special is offered Sunday through Thursday from 4-6pm.
In the 60's there was a seafood restaurant in that area called Faircloths. Are you in this same place?
17 March 2017|
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Response from ktg2012 | Property representative |
We are located on the spot where Faircloths was originally.
I was wondering if this would be a romantic spot for a wedding night meal for the bride and groom? Yes, in wedding attire.
28 June 2016|
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Response from raible01 | Reviewed this property |
We have seen 3-4 wedding parties over the years and yes, I think it would be a great location. Best WB location for romance without going into Wilmington.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, View, Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1414 Airlie Rd, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28403-3729
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Wrightsville Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 910-256-4519
  • E-mail