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The Bridge Tender Restaurant

1414 Airlie Rd, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28403-3729
+1 910-256-4519
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“walnut salad” (9 reviews)
“crab cakes” (40 reviews)
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Open Now
4:00 PM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1414 Airlie Rd, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28403-3729
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Reviewed yesterday

35 years ago my parents took me The Bridge Tender, all I remember was they had the best chocolate mousse I've ever eaten, even until today. My son now lives in Topsail and we went to celebrate his 25th birthday. The only let down was...More

Thank Brandy H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My wife and I had dinner with friends. They made a reservation although it wasn’t crowded but that’s always a good idea. My wife had Shrimp and Grits. I had Scallops and Andouille Sausage with Wilted Spinach. Both were delicious. Service was prompt and efficient....More

Thank Jerry_Bagnell
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food, service, and atmosphere were all excellent. We had a very special Thanksgiving Day lunch there!

Thank euclid08
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During a weekend in Wrightsville Beach with friends, we had dinner one night a stone’s throw from the island bridge – plus a view of the bridge’s rise on the hour from our window table. Our waiter was friendly and very helpful with the night’s...More

Thank GundlachB
Reviewed 2 November 2017

The food was outstanding with a nice view of the marina! The atmosphere was nice outside but the inside could use a refurb. Our waiter Phillip was great and there were some nice selections of wines by the glass! Our favorite restaurant out of the...More

Thank BillyVn
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Went with family for dinner on vacation. We were pleasantly surprised by the menu and the atmosphere. Michelle our server was great and knew her stuff. Best ne chowder I've had in the south and I am originally from new England. The fresh hot bread...More

Thank Andre G
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Went with my dad on a beautiful fall day and sat outside overlooking the intercoastal. The service was excellent and prompt. We both ended up with crabcakes, which, while not the best I have ever had, were fresh and tasted pretty darn good. The fries...More

Thank Jessica H
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

I have been here many times and it is always good. The fish is fresh, the salads are great, the service is fantastic. Parking is adequate. The view is good. I completely recommend this restaurant.

Thank Phillip W
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Very good food and a pleasant atmosphere. On the water just off the main waterway, and reachable by boat and by car, it lacks some of the views and open atmosphere of other waterway restaurants and so it is not our favorite. If you are...More

Thank Bob P
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

We hadn't eaten here in over 20 years but the food is just as good now. Great location and an awesome meal.

Thank Deb R
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Questions & Answers
Annette M
14 April 2017|
Response from ktg2012 | Property representative |
The Sunset Special is offered Sunday through Thursday from 4-6pm.
17 March 2017|
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Response from ktg2012 | Property representative |
We are located on the spot where Faircloths was originally.
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
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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
Casual fine dining located on the Intracoastal waterway. Offering fine seafood and steaks, wonderful entrée salads and decadent desserts. Indoor and outdoor seating available.
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