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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%
Travellers talk about
“crab cakes” (40 reviews)
“walnut salad” (8 reviews)
“tuna” (31 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 14:00All hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1414 Airlie Rd, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28403-3729
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I very recently had a late lunch scheduled with two very good friends of long standing. They're local women, and knowing I wanted some kind of seafood dish, they took me to the Bridge Tender, where I had shrimp and grits. The only disappointment at...More

Thank Edie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Due to the location and recommendation from neighbors we decided to try this restaurant. Our reservations were for 7:15 but was not seated until 7:35. Not a big deal as we were enjoying the views from the outdoor deck. However, once seated we had to...More

1  Thank ltucker1022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place to be at Wrightsville Beach. Unparalleled water views. Inside and outside seating. Recently updated. Best food for miles around. Friendly, professional staff will pamper you. The crab is the best in the USA. Tuna is a deal right now. There is a lot...More

Thank rabbitsrafferty2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visited the Bridge Tender for an anniversary dinner and we were absolutely blown away with the service, food, and attention to detail. We started our evening with drinks on the deck by the bar, as we arrived about an hour early...More

1  Thank ATrainVB
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed stuffed flounder and calamari. Good food! Nice views of water. Great service! Will be sure to visit again.

Thank Sandra H
Reviewed 23 May 2017

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

1  Thank terry s
Reviewed 23 May 2017 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 23 May 2017

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 22 May 2017 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 19 May 2017 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
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
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
View, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
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