Dockside- 1308 Airlie Road
Located in Wrightsville beach, dockside offers both inside and outside dining but the outside is where you want to be if you want the view. Dockside is located on the intercoastal waterway where you can always sit and watch wildlife and boat traffic go by as you eat your meal. If you are one of the people with the boat, then dockside offers dockage so you can park your boat for some dinner.
Oceanic- 703 S. Lumina Ave
Also located in Wrightsville beach, the Oceanic sits on the open ocean. The Oceanic is one of the few remaining restaurants that are allowed to be built on the beaches in the United States. The Oceanic is great to eat because it offers inside and outside dining but you are able to see the ocean from whichever you choose. The oceanic also sits on Crystal pier so you can go walk out on the pier if you choose to.
Bluewater Grill-4 Marina Street
Once again, Located in Wrightsville beach is the Bluewater Grill. The Bluewater Grill is located by Dockside so they both share the intercostal waterway views. Bluewater offers inside and outside dining but outside is where you get the best view. Bluewater also offers dockage so you can park your boat and enjoy a nice dinner. Bluewater offers live music every Sunday during the summer so be sure to get there early before it fills up.
The downtown Riverwalk is about two miles long and offers multiple restaurants and shops to choose from. The boardwalk sits directly over the water so it offers great views of the Cape Fear River. During the summer the boardwalk is home to the riverfront farmers mark and also the Wilmington downtown sundown concerts.
Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar-1211 Lake Park Blvd
This is another oceanfront restaurant just like Oceanic, instead, it is located on Carolina beach. This restaurant features inside and outside dining. You can choose to dine inside and go to the 2nd floor where you will be able to get a panoramic view of the ocean. You can also choose to go out to the tiki bar in the center of the pier and enjoy some beverages while surrounded by the ocean.