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The Bridge Tender Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options

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Asian Seared Tuna
Ahi tuna seared very rare & sliced thin.Served w/ soy sake reduction & wasabi. 13 / 21 / 38
Breaded, lightly fried & piled high.Served w/ lemon garlic sauce
Oysters Rockefeller
Our version of those famous oysters.Served over sauteed spinach & topped w/ hollandaise & smoked bacon.
Gorgonzola Buffalo Shrimp
Breaded shrimp tossed in a spicy cream sauce topped w/ gorgonzola crumbles.
Crab Dip
Served w/ garlic toast points
Cup $4.00
Bowl $6.00
Quart to go $9.00
Clam Chowder
Our award winning version of traditional new england clam chowder.
Cup $3.50
Bowl $5.00
Soup Du Jour
The chef’s soup made daily.
Gorgonzola Walnut Salad
Gorgonzola crumbles, granny smith apples, cherry tomatoes & candied walnuts atop mixed greens w/ berry walnut vinaigrette.
Roasted Pear Salad
Roasted pears, gouda cheese & applewood smoked bacon over fresh spinach w/ a cranberry almond vinaigrette
Iceberg Wedge
A crisp‏ iceberg wedge, w/ crumbled apple wood bacon, bermuda onions, cherry tomatoes & gorgonzola crumbles. Drizzled w/ bleu cheese dressing
Mixed Green
Dried cranberries, roasted almonds, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, cucumbers, pecorino cheese, white balsamic vinaigrette
Caesar Salad
Crisp romaine tossed w/ creamy caesar dressing, topped w/ fresh baked croutons & shredded parmesan cheese
Soup & Salad
A bowl of our new england clam chowder served w/ your choice of a mixed green or caesar salad
Served w/ your choice of hand cut fries, fresh fruit, seasonal vegetable sauté or cole slaw
Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad
Cranberry & walnut chicken salad w/ lettuce & tomato. Served on grilled marbled rye bread
Prime Rib Sandwich
Thinly sliced certified angus beef prime rib w/ melted provolone, served on a toasted garlic hoagie
Gorgonzola Turkey Wrap
Oven roasted turkey breast, gorgonzola cheese & applewood bacon w/ crisp romaine & tomato. Served in a tomato basil wrap
Grilled Portobello Sandwich
grilled balsamic marinated protobello, arugula, roasted red peppers, provolone cheese, Dijon aioli on warmed focaccia
Lump Crab Cake
On brioche w/ chipotle remoulade
Spicy Tuna Spinach Wrap
Seared tuna, arugula, baby spinach & wonton chips drizzled w/ soy ginger vinaigrette & sriracha aioli in a tomato basil wrap
Grouper Reuben
Fried grouper w/ swiss cheese, sauerkraut & 1000 island dressing. Served on grilled marbled rye bread
Smokehouse Burger
Our half pound certified angus beef burger topped w/ applewood bacon, gouda cheese, BBQ sauce & beer battered onion rings w/ lettuce & tomato on brioche
Bt Burger
Our half‏ pound certified angus beef burger w/ lettuce & tomato. Served on a brioche
Beer Battered Fish & Chips
Amber ale battered flounder w/ a side of lemon tartar. Served w/ cole slaw & hand cut fries
Tuna Stir-Fry*
Ahi tuna w/ crisp vegetables, tossed in a sake soy ginger glaze, served over sticky rice
Crunchy Coconut Shrimp
Jumbo coconut beer shrimp w/ sticky rice & sautéed spinach. Served w/ dijon-orange marmalade sauce
Horseradish Encrusted Tuna
Ahi tuna coated w/ fresh horseradish, pan seared & topped w/ a soy ginger glaze & wasabi aioli. Served w/ sticky rice & sautéed spinach
Lump Crab Cake
A pan seared jumbo crab cake w/ a side of chipotle remoulade served w/ cole slaw & steak fries
Shrimp & Grits
Sautéed shrimp, pancetta, mushrooms & green onions served over cheddar grits. Finished w/ a cajun cream sauce
Filet Mignon
5 oz. Certified Angus Beef Filet, compound bearnaise butter, brown rice pilaf, asparagus
10 oz. Certified Angus Beef Ribeye, compound béarnaise butter, brown rice pilaf, broccoli
Casual fine dining located on the Intracoastal waterway. Offering fine seafood and steaks, wonderful entrée salads and decadent desserts. Indoor and outdoor seating available.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
American, Seafood
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While staying in Wilmington a friend suggested we try this restaurant. We are very glad we did. The food was exceptional, especially the stuffed flounder and the shrimp. The wait staff is very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. My wife is in a motorized power chair...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Traveler606801
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner and lunch the next day. Loved it. Ate here 35 years ago and still love it. Food both times was great as was the friendly service. Romantic atmosphere at night but was loud. View along the water during the day is amazing!!! Expensive...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Poppavino
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There were eight of us celebrating two birthdays and we chose a variety of entrees from fish, crab, steak and chicken. Everything was cooked just right and served by a very friendly waitress. We got two cakes with a candle in for each of the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank geofff826
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I dined here over the weekend. We called a few times to make reservations and then cancel and then reschedule. I will have to say the person answering the phone was very patient and polite. Phillip waited on us and he was...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Austin5491
Reviewed November 28, 2018

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 November 21, 2018

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 November 4, 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 October 5, 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 October 2, 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 September 29, 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 October 1, 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

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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 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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