Gift certificate for Wilmington restaurant - any ideas?
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!
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 restaurant.com certs in the past six months and the restaurants are no longer open.
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.
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 (www.atlanticquest.net). 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!
703 S Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Eddie Romanelli's Restaurant
5400 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403
2508 Independence Blvd, Wilmington, NC
4 Marina St, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
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 www.deluxenc.com. 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.
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!
I would suggest for Asian, The Bento Box at The Forum or Nikki's sushi and Tex Mex also near The Forum.
Seafood, The Oceanic, Bluewater, Pilot House,
Steak and Chops, Port City Chop House, Ruth Chris's Steakhouse but I don't know it's a fun place it's in the Hilton in the Downtown Historic district but it might be a little pricey.
All Around, Deluxe and Caprice Bistro also Downtown, and one of my favorities that I take visitors to Brasserie Du Soleil In Lumina Station by Wrightsville Beach it sounds fancy and expensive but it's not and it's great , they have seafood crepes and a great filet.
I grew up in NY and Wilmington has wonderful restaurants too. Good luck