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4 Apr 2019
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Best of Oak Island

Virginia isn't the only place for lovers. The Southport - Oak Island area offers fantastic restaurants for those date nights with the one you love. Here, we've listed just a few that are sure to impress and make it worth every penny you paid the babysitter! Alphabetically listed, we recommend trying them all.

Bella Cucina | 5177 Southport Supply Road, Southport NC | (910) 454-4540
A family-owned Tuscan style Italian fine dining restaurant specializing in fresh seafood and family Italian recipes. For a more casual affair, they offer excellent hand-tossed NY pizza.

Island Way | 1407 E Beach Drive, Oak Island NC | (910) 278-7770
A relaxed, upscale environment with a casual ambiance overlooking the Atlantic Ocean offering fine steaks and fresh seafood dishes like Filet Neptune, Lobster Ravioli and Carolina Crab Cakes. Large windows line the back wall for a wonderful sunset dinner setting.

Joseph’s Italian Bistro | 5003 O’Quinn Boulevard, Southport NC | (910) 454-4440
There’s nothing more romantic than dining al fresco while watching the sunset over the Intracoastal Waterway. Joseph’s Italian Bistro delivers the view along with fine food and an excellent wine selection. Chef Joseph Borsuk incorporates the freshest ingredients in his delectable Italian cuisine.

Mr. P’s Bistro | 309 N Howe Street, Southport NC | (910) 457-0801
Located in the heart of the water tower district of downtown Southport, this local favorite offers cozy candlelit tables, specialty martinis and fresh seafood. Chef Steve Phipps specializes in low country cuisines with flavor profiles that include shrimp and grits, crab stuffed flounder and perfectly roasted prime rib.

Oliver’s on the Cape Fear | 101 W Bay Street, Southport NC | (910) 477-9299
Best described on the restaurant’s own website, “Oliver’s is where outstanding hospitality and service meet exquisite meals”. Locals couldn’t agree more! This fairly new establishment to the Southport area finds itself located in a historical building along the Cape Fear that dates back to the 1700s. With an upscale atmosphere, gorgeous bar area and an unbeatable view, Oliver’s is the perfect place for your romantic lunch or dinner, or just a great stop for the perfect night cap.

Ports of Call Bistro | 116 N Howe Street, Southport NC | (910) 457-4544
“Discover the world on your plate” at Ports of Call Bistro where Executive Chef Christopher Wheeler features a Mediterranean inspired menu including flavors of Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Greece. With a warm, candlelit atmosphere and modern, comforting decor, Ports of Call is the perfect place for sharing tapas.

Tranquil Harbor Restaurant & Bar | 5908 E Oak Island Drive, Oak Island NC | (910) 250-1294
For those looking for an easy-to-reach location for an evening outing during your Oak Island vacation, Tranquil Harbor is a cozy restaurant offering both a bar and patio area. With locally sourced seafood, steaks and burgers (as well as other American fare), the chef is known to adjust dinner offerings per dietary needs and/or restrictions.

If you aren’t already planning to visit our area, we invite you to Southport and Oak Island for your romantic getaway. With plenty of cozy restaurants, wine and cheese shops and plenty of fun activities for you and your loved one, our area is perfect for that new relationship, long time love affair or to reconnect - no matter what time of year it is! Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS offers the perfect Oak Island NC beach rental for your romantic getaway. Let us know how we can help you plan your idyllic vacation today!