Fresh seafood, southern cuisine, and the Downtown Wilmington waterfront all seem to go together seamlessly, and the fare and atmosphere at The Pilot House is no exception to this rule. Found within a former historic residence that dates back to 1870, this prime waterfront destination is a fine choice for an elegant dinner, breezy lunch, or just a nice drink and appetizer that’s steps away from the Cape Fear River.
The Pilot House is located in a quieter section of the waterfront, with lush views of the open water and the natural landscaping front and center. This environment highlights the seafood-centric menu, which features a solid array of starters and snacks, shellfish specialties, sandwiches, entrees, meats and poultry, and even pasta. Diners of all tastes can certainly be accommodated with the range of items, but visitors who love coastal fare will want to consider the seafood selections, which include southern specialties like Sweet Potato Grouper with mushroom ravioli, the shrimp and grits with kielbasa sausage, and the crunchy catfish with a cracker crumb crust and red eye gravy. With a colorful array of dishes that can cater to any sized appetite, or land or sea-faring craving, The Pilot House is a crowd-pleasing destination for good food with an incredible riverfront view.
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