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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%
Travellers talk about
“walnut salad” (9 reviews)
“key lime pie” (29 reviews)
“crab cakes” (43 reviews)
Open Now
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1414 Airlie Rd, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28403-3729
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank MrsPlumz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Jan C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank ChowHound28590
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Linda L
Kyle G, Public Relations Manager at The Bridge Tender Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited the Bridgetender this week. We have enjoyed the Bridgetender at least 50 times over the years. It is consistent with food and service quality. This trip was their signature dinner salads with awesome blackened catch. Just terrific.

Thank SunnySkiesForever
Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

Ate dinner here on a Saturday night. Note: reservations recommended. We were told we would have an hour and a half wait without a reservation. Possibly a weekend thing. We ended up sitting outside in the bar area and had a wonderful dinner despite this....More

Thank ljmladybug
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

My family of 5 ate here for dinner. We were not allowed to sit outside because all of the tables were reserved yet when we left, only a few tables were occupied. The shrimp and grits were very tasty, but the mahi was tough and...More

1  Thank mc472016
Reviewed August 6, 2018

The Bridge Tender Restaurant has been off my radar screen as I was happy with my other options at Wrightsville Beach. On recommendation of friends we tried the Bridge Tender and were favorably impressed. The interior is more upscale than the Oceanic or South Beach...More

Thank Daniel V
Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

The atmosphere was fantastic and the food was good as well! The service was mediocre due to being rather busy at the time of our visit.

Thank Zac T
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Good location and great food. Servers knowledgeable about menu and special diets. Lots of variety. Always a good meal and good time. Can accommodate gluten free without issues!

Thank StephenandJona S
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Questions & Answers
Annette M
April 13, 2017|
Response from Kyle G | Property representative |
The Sunset Special is offered Sunday through Thursday from 4-6pm.
March 16, 2017|
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Response from Kyle G | Property representative |
We are located on the spot where Faircloths was originally.
June 27, 2016|
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Response from raible01 | 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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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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