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Dec 27, 2008 10:37 AM

Gift certificate for Wilmington restaurant - any ideas?

Hey there.

My sister and her husband are expecting their first child in March, and have just moved to Wilmington. I'd really like to get them a gift certificate to a nice dinner in the Wilmington area so they can go out before the baby comes. Unfortunately, I don't know that much about the area, and since I'm in NYC, it's a little hard for me to do research. They love seafood, sushi, Asian food, and American comfort food, among other things. I want to send them somewhere nice, but not stuffy, and I'm thinking somewhere around a hundred bucks sounds right, since they won't be drinking because of the baby.

Thanks so much for your help!

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    1. I don't know about Wilmington, but at the rate restaurants keep going out of business all around the country, maybe you should consider just getting like a dining certificate from American Express or one of the other cards and they can choose any restaurant they have heard about or want to try. I know I've bought several certs in the past six months and the restaurants are no longer open.

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      1. re: pilches

        at Wrightsville Beach,Great seafood and atmosphere.

      2. Have you tried doing a search on here? I think you will get lots of possibilities that way. Some places to consider are Port Land Grill (high end), South Beach Grill (more casual), Circa 1922 (small plates), Marc's on Market and Catch.

        1. I'm not really sure what kind of food your sister like so I am going to suggest that you get them a gift card from the Atlantic Quest Corporation ( This card will allow them to dine at The Oceanic Restaurant on Wrightsville Beach, Eddie Romanelli's restaurant, Henry's Casual American and Bluewater. I have eaten at all of these restaurants and they offer what you are looking for. Plus, it gives them a choice of where/what they would like to eat rather than trying to pick just one restaurant.

          Hope this helps! Cheers!

          Oceanic Restaurant
          703 S Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

          Eddie Romanelli's Restaurant
          5400 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403

          2508 Independence Blvd, Wilmington, NC

          Bluewater Grill
          4 Marina St, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

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          1. re: ekarlsso

            Sorry,I don't know what happened to my Post but I would reccomend Oceanic or The Bridgetender at Wrightsville Beach.

          2. An easy choice. DeLuxe for sure. Food is spectacular. Great seafood, modern American food with an oriental leaning. Open for dinner and Sunday brunch. Check out their website Give them a call. I'm sure they can arrange gift certificate for you. We like DeLuxe so much we've been know to drive down for Sunday brunch from Chapel Hill which is more than a 2 hour drive. I'm sure your sister and her husband will, too. In fact, I don't know of anyone who doesn't.

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            1. re: yahooer

              My husband and I spent our anniversary in Wilmington about six months ago, and ate at Deluxe, Circa 1922, and the Oceanic at Wrightsville Beach. Deluxe would definitely be our first choice, by far. Circa was very nice but much more casual. The Oceanic had great views, but the food didn't match.

              I had searched this board before we went, but some of the threads on the subject are so long that you can get overwhelmed!