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The Bridge Tender Restaurant

1414 Airlie Rd, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28403-3729
+1 910-256-4519
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“walnut salad” (9 reviews)
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“crab cakes” (43 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1414 Airlie Rd, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28403-3729
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here for the first time to watch the Christmas Flotilla. What a beautiful view! The service outside was speedy and friendly. After the boat parade was over we went inside to the bar area. There was a fun energy in the bar and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank meandkisa2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This upscale restaurant is right on the river and has views of the harbor and boats. The menu is very good. There is an opportunity to drink and/or eat outdoors!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Davanrn
Reviewed 5 November 2018

After a day at the beach my husband and I decided to stop at Bridge Tender based on a co-worker recommendation. We were very casual and the inside seemed too nice so we asked for an outside seat and the host showed us to a...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank loribledsoe
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for late lunch and were pleased with meal and drinks. Wife had a couple grey goose martinis and I had the Highland Amber draft beer. Drinks were good. Started with calimari and clam chowder. The calimari was fresh and lightly breaded. The clam...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank dewaynev2017
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

We took the opportunity to visit the Bridge Tender post hurricane Florence and were amazed at the quality of food and service post what must have been a traumatic event only a few weeks earlier. The service from McKenzie was outstanding and the dishes provided...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank David J
Reviewed 29 September 2018

Stuffed flounder was overcooked and stuffing was all stuffing no crab. I honestly think I could have gotten a frozen meal from the convenience store that would have been better. Over priced for what I got. I have tried to contact the restaurant with no...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Doug C
Kyle G, Public Relations Manager at The Bridge Tender Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

I am sorry to hear about your experience with us, and I am sorry to hear that you have not been able to get in touch with us. We would like to hear more about your experience, you can call the restaurant at 910.256.4519 and...More

Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

This place was delicious. We started with the crab dip which was very good. We had the crab stuffed flounder and the chef’s trio. Both were delicious. It was a meal where you would take a bite and sit for a minute to just take...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank MrsPlumz
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

We ate dinner with friends twice August 21st and 23rd with two different servers. Both were exceptional service and food. Eating on the outside deck with beautiful views added to the pleasant experience. The Oysters Rockefeller were the best anywhere as were the Lump Crab...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank V3057JWjanc
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Bridgetender always offers well-prepared seafood and meats with strong service. The food is prepared fairly conservatively, so don't expect any creative riffs from the kitchen. But, it's reliably well prepared and a welcoming atmosphere, a bit on the pricey side. Nice views of the marina,...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank ChowHound28590
Reviewed 19 August 2018

Had dinner for 5 on our 49th Anniversary. Hadn’t eaten here in 10 years and my daughter insisted because of the food. The food was excellent with a great menu but the service lacked for a quality restaurant. Waiter would disappear which caused undue wait...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank 459lindal
Kyle G, Public Relations Manager at The Bridge Tender Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

I am sorry about your experience with us on your special evening. I would encourage you to call the restaurant at 910-256-4519 to speak with our owner, Catherine, or general manager, Fred, so we may know who the server was so we can take corrective...More

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Questions & Answers
Annette M
14 April 2017|
Response from Kyle G | Property representative |
The Sunset Special is offered Sunday through Thursday from 4-6pm.
17 March 2017|
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Response from Kyle G | Property representative |
We are located on the spot where Faircloths was originally.
28 June 2016|
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Response from Ann R | 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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
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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