Asian Taste

Visitors who are exploring the business heart of Southport, or who are running errands at the local grocery stores and shopping centers, can duck in for a quick take-out or dine-in meal with a visit to Asian Taste...

Atlantic Seafood and Steaks

Atlantic Seafood and Steaks is an all-encompassing spot for seafood and southern food lovers to dive into a wealth of coastal and / or Lowcountry dishes in a casual and friendly environment. Located along a particularly...

Baked With Love

Baked With Love is a charming little café on the edge of Downtown Southport where visitors can pick up bakery-fresh goodies, breakfast fare, and lunches with ease. Known for its delectable made-to-order...

Bella Cucina

Bella Cucina is a family-friendly authentic Italian restaurant that has plenty of big bold flavors and lots of down-home hospitality to spare. Located along Southport Supply Rd and close to a number of local hotels and...

Big Als Slam Dunk BBQ

Big Als Slam Dunk BBQ is a solid destination for Downtown Southport fans to get their grub on with a big selection of classic southern fare, bar munchies, and everything in between. With a friendly but casual...

Bouncing Log Café

The Bouncing Log Café is a gem of a find in the small town of Boiling Spring Lakes, that’s veritably hidden just inland of the popular vacation town of Southport. Open for lunch and dinner, this cool...

Cape Fear Restaurant

The Cape Fear Restaurant and Lounge is a vintage and family-friendly seafood restaurant that’s perched on the edge of the Cape Fear River in the heart of Downtown Southport. An easy destination for visitors who...

Check Six Brewing Company

Microbrews and homegrown breweries are taking North Carolina by storm, and the small town of Southport has its own brewery to explore, called Check Six Brewing Company. Family owned and operated, and named after a...

Dead End Saloon & Fish Factory

Southport water lovers who are in the mood for a breezy lunch, dinner, or late bite will want to head to the Dead End Saloon & Fish Factory. Located in between historic Downtown Southport and Oak Island along Fish...

Delphina Cantina

Delphina Cantina is a cool little spot for visitors who have freshly arrived on Bald Head Island and are in the mood for a light bite or an ice cold drink before making their way to their vacation rental home. Offering...

Dry Street Pub & Pizza

Dry Street Pub & Pizza is a fresh pizza joint on the slightly inland outskirts of Downtown Southport that features a nice and colorful array of elevated Italian cuisine. With a 20-year history of providing Southport...

Eric’s Grille

Eric’s Grille is a casual spot that’s found along a busy and more commercial section of central Southport, and which is known for classic American fare, home cooking, and a wonderfully friendly atmosphere...

Famous Subs & Pizza

Famous Pizza and Subs is a convenient destination for a crowd pleasing take-out or fast and casual dine-in meal, just outside of Downtown Southport. Located close to the junction of 87 and 211 – the two main roads...

Fat Andy’s Burger

Visitors who are cruising along the Cape Fear coastline from Oak Island to Southport can enjoy a fully satisfying break from the car with a visit to Fat Andy’s Burgers. Located in a tiny but tasteful coastal shack...

Fishy Fishy Cafe

The Fishy Fishy Café is a favorite dining and drinks destination for Southport visitors, due to a prime location on the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway where the views are out of this world. Located next to a...

Flights

Flights is a cool destination on the Southport dining scene where patrons can enjoy a full “flight” of locally crafted brews and unique wines, as well as a host of appetizing fare that pairs perfectly with a...

Frying Pan

Head to the very edge of waterfront Southport to enjoy a fine meal with an unbeatable view at the Frying Pan. This restaurant that’s located on the edge of Bay Street boasts local and down-home favorites like...

Joseph’s Italian Bistro

Enjoy a taste of Italy while admiring the waterfront heart of Southport with a visit to Joseph’s Italian Bistro. Located next to a cluster of marinas, and featuring a fine view of the adjacent Intracoastal...

Kyo Express

Kyo Express is a relatively new addition to the Southport dining scene, and is a convenient dine-in, take-out, and delivery restaurant that specializes in fast and fresh Japanese fare. Already popular with locals who...

Live Oak Cafe

Live Oak Café is a small but charming restaurant that’s found in a quiet and slightly inland region of historic Downtown Southport. Located within a turn-of-the-century home with three small dining rooms...

Locals Family Diner

Southport visitors who are in need of a strong cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast or lunch to start their downtown exploration will find everything they crave at the centrally located Locals Family Diner. Featuring a...

Loco Jo’s Grill

Loco Jo’s Grill is a fun destination for Cape Fear visitors to settle into a table or bar stool and feast on a colorful array of both traditional American, southern, and even global fare. With a unique menu that...

Mike’s Bites

Mike’s Bites is a relatively new addition to the Bald Head Island dining scene, and has a unique location in the old Cape Fear Light generator building on Federal Road, which is perfectly convenient for visitors...

MoJo’s on the Harbor

MoJo’s on the Harbor is a stunning destination for a meal or a Happy Hour drink and light bite to eat with a prime waterfront view. Overlooking the adjacent marina, and featuring vistas that extend from the nearby...

Moore Street Market

Moore Street Market is an eye-catching destination for breakfast and lunch that’s found within a historic former home in the heart of Downtown Southport. Located just a shell’s throw away from the...

Mr P’s Bistro

Mr. P’s Bistro is a fine representation of Low Country cuisine, thanks to a long family history in the local Cape Fear seafood industry. Overseen by Executive Chef and the original Mr. P’s son, Stephen...

Olde Southport Village Shoppes

Olde Southport Village Shoppes is a perfectly charming collection of about a half dozen local stores and services that will delight downtown explorers of all interests. Located along Howe Street, on the outskirts of the...

Pelicatessen

Vacationers who are staying at the Bald Head Island Club don’t have to venture too far away from the sprawling and sparkling pool to find a good and casual spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, thanks to the...

Ports of Call Bistro & Market

Ports of Call Bistro & Market is a catch-all destination for Southport food lovers of all tastes. Featuring an in-house bakery and market, as well as a dining area that serves up both fresh lunch and dinner...

Shoals Watch Club

Boasting an incredible location surrounded by water, and an arsenal of amenities just waiting to be enjoyed by vacationers, the Shoals Club is easily one of the most unique and accommodating community clubs on Bald Head...

Southport Smoke House

Treat yourself to real wood-smoked BBQ and brisket, a mess of classic southern sides, and a friendly family environment with a visit to Southport Smoke House. Located on the outskirts of Howe Street on the edge of the...

Southport Tea House

For a sumptuous break from downtown exploring that serves as a perfect complement to the historic, southern atmosphere, plan an afternoon or Sunday morning to linger at the Southport Tea House. Located within a charming...

Taste of China

Visitors who are staying in Southport or Oak Island, and who just want an easy, no-fuss meal to enjoy at home, can contact the small but accommodating Taste of China for easy Chinese take-out that’s varied enough...

Taylor Cuisine Cafe & Catering

Enjoy a wealth of southern staples in a vibrantly colorful environment with a visit to Taylor Cuisine Cafe & Catering. A down-home establishment that evolved from a love of preparing different cuisines in some of...

Terry’s North Carolina Bar-B-Que & Ribs

Enjoy good southern cooking that’s delivered with a side of southern hospitality with a visit to the classic Terry’s North Carolina Bar-B-Que & Ribs. Located along Long Beach Road in Southport, and close...

Thai Peppers

Visitors who are strolling through Downtown Southport and who are in the mood for something light, global, and different, can make a stop at the unique and flavorful Thai Peppers. This cool little Thai restaurant...

The Grille At Bald Head Island Club

The Grille At Bald Head Island Club is a posh option for Bald Head Island visitors to feast on a seasonal selection of southern-inspired cuisine. Located on the southwestern edge of the island, and on-site for the...

The Pharmacy Restaurant

The Pharmacy Restaurant is a New American restaurant that has a lot of historic southern style, and a cool location in the heart of the downtown area. Found along Moore Street and bordered by small patio tables that are...

Tommy Thompson’s Grille

Tommy Thompson’s Grille is an on-site restaurant that’s found within the private golfing community, The Clubs at St. James. Featuring a la carte and more casual dining, as well as a daily soup, salad bar...

Yacht Basin Eatery

For a classic coastal bite to eat that’s almost eclipsed by the brilliant view, head to Yacht Basin Eatery. This waterfront restaurant with seasonal outdoor seating and a location on the very edge of downtown...

Oak Island

Oak Island

Visitors will find an easy-to-get-to beach paradise at Oak Island, an expansive but peaceful retreat that's located an easy drive away from Wilmington, Southport, and other inland North Carolina communities. Both the main town and the island itself share the name of "Oak Island," and while the town extends slightly inland, encompassing the Cape Fear Regional Jetport, the rest of the community is cut off from the world by the long Elizabeth River, and a network of salty creeks and canals. This watery gap may not be particularly wide, but visitors will feel the change as soon as they cross over the bridge. Once ashore, Oak Island is a picturesque landscape of charming vacation rental homes, cool seafood restaurants and shops, and miles of ocean shoreline.

Top 10 Things to do in Southport, NC

Top 10 Things to do in Southport, NC

Southport is a charming coastal town where shopping, dining, history, and just enjoying a waterfront breeze are all celebrated on a daily basis. And while it’s tempting to just find a shaded front porch, settle in, and admire the view – a popular local pastime – there’s miles of fun to be discovered in this lower Cape Fear vacation destination. So make the most out of your upcoming Southport getaway by participating in one, two, or all ten of these favorite area things to do. From exploring the inland creeks on a wild adventure, to enjoying some of the best antique shopping along the coastline, Southport is brimming with activities that can cater to visitors of all ages, tastes, and vacationing styles.