Most Romantic Restaurants in Southport / Oak Island

shutterstock_125020835Ahhhh, date night! For most of us, they are difficult to fit into our busy schedules, so when they do come around you want it to be perfect! The Southport / Oak Island area has a great selection of romantic restaurants that are sure to impress and make it worth every penny you paid to the babysitter! These are in no particular order and we recommend you try them all!

Live Oak Cafe | 614 N. Howe Street, Southport | 910.454.4360
Live Oak Cafe is a quaint restaurant of only 12 tables set in an old-world atmosphere. You can dine on the screened in porch or take a stroll through the wine garden before or after your meal. They feature a North American themed menu with international flair. The owner/chef, Sean Mundy, specializes in creative dishes such as Southern Tapas and Seafood Crepes.

Joseph’s Italian Bistro | 5003 O’Quinn Blvd, Southport | 910.454.4440
There is nothing more romantic that dining alfresco while watching a beautiful sunset over the Intracoastal Waterway. Joseph’s Italian Bistro delivers the view and the fine food with an excellent wine selection to top it off. Chef Joseph Borsuk incorporates the freshest ingredients into his delectable Italian cuisine such as rack of lamb, veal saltimbucco and shrimp scampi.

Mr. P’s Bistro | 309 N. Howe Street, Southport | 910.457.0801
Mr. P’s Bistro is located in the heart of the Watertower District in downtown Southport and is a favorite of many locals. Cozy up to a candlelit table, enjoy a speciality martini and be certain your seafood is fresh out of the water. Chef Steve Phipps specializes in low country cuisine with exciting flavor profiles such as Shrimp and Grits, Crab Stuffed Flounder and perfectly roasted Prime Rib.

Ports of Call Bistro | 116 N. Howe Street, Southport | 910.457.4544
At Ports of Call Bistro you can “discover the world on your plate.” Executive Chef Christopher Wheeler features a Mediterranen inspired menu with the flavors of Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Greece. It has a warm, candlelit atmosphere and modern, comforting decor. We recommend sharing a variety of tapas such as Voodoo Shrimp, Corncakes and a Fig Jam Plate.

Bella Cucina | 5177 Southport-Supply Road, Southport | 910.454.4540
Bella Cucina is a family-owned Tuscan style Italian fine dining restaurant that specializes in fresh seafood and family Italian recipes. They are always looking for ways to enhance the recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation in their family. If you are on a more casual date, they also have excellent hand-tossed NY style pizza!

Island Way | 1407 E. Beach Drive, Oak Island | 910.278.7770
The first thing you notice when you walk into Island Way is the view! Large windows line the back wall overlooking the Atlantic ocean – you can see and hear the waves. The dining room has a casual ambiance in a relaxed, upscale environment. The menu features fine steaks and fresh seafood such as Filet Neptune, Lobster Ravioli and Carolina Crab Cakes.

If you aren’t already vacationing in Southport / Oak Island NC, we invite you to visit us anytime of year! There are great things going on in our area throughout the year. Margaret Rudd & Associates has the perfectOak Island NC beach rentals for the vacation you deserve. Whether you need a large beach house, a simple cottage or a convenient condo by the week, by the night or even monthly, we offer the best of Brunswick County beach vacation rentals, at great rates. Visit our website today at or call to speak with one of our friendly reservation specialists at 800-486-5441!


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