Anyone familiar with Wilmington, NC knows how much growth the area has experienced, and Leland has benefited from this accelerated expansion. Many new restaurants and bars have recently opened and are just minutes away from our gates at the Bluffs on the Cape Fear. Here’s your guide for breakfast, lunch, wining, and dining around Leland, NC.

Bridgewater Wines + Dines. Located on 17S, near Walmart, Bridgewater Wines offers customers wines from around the world at all price points. They invite you to browse their extensive selection of wines in an inviting, comfortable environment or stay and enjoy a glass at the wine bar. This is a great place to relax and sample the specially crafted menu that not only pairs with but enhances the wines.

Brodee Dogs and Brew House. Located on Village Road, the family owned business offers gourmet dogs and burgers to go along with fries or onion rings,  topped off with an array of craft beer!

Cape Fear Seafood Co. Specializing in regional seafood, signature dishes, fresh ingredients and hand-crafted cocktails, this lunch and dinner restaurant offers a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Our State Magazine recognized them as one of five restaurants in NC to try Shrimp & Grits. From the saltimbocca to the kids menu, every appetite will find something delicious. Conveniently located in the Waterford Commercial Area.

Chingon Taqueria. Tacos + Margaritas + Snacks, this is not your average taco joint. Stop in Chingon for tacos, burritos, hurraches, sopes, quesadillas or freshly made margaritas. Located near the Walmart on 17S, Chingon is sure to be one of your favorite spots in Leland.

Christopher’s Steakhouse and Seafood. Located in the Harris Teeter shopping center on 17S, Christopher’s is a locally owned and operated. They serve hand-cut steaks, fall off the bone ribs, made from scratch sides, and fresh-baked bread. Committed to customer service and satisfaction, Christopher’s guarantees you’ll taste and see the difference.

Farmhouse Kitchen. Located on 17S, in the Lowe’s shopping center, Farmhouse Kitchen offers breakfast all day. From eggs benedict to omelets, Belgian waffles to pancakes, to sandwiches and wraps, Farmhouse Kitchen welcomes anyone with an appetite.

Leland Smoke House. Those looking for wood smoked barbecue and homemade sides in a casual environment, look no further than Leland Smoke House, located at the entrance of the Waterford shopping center. Priding themselves on real wood smoked barbecue and brisket that is bathed in hickory smoke for 12 hours, meat is the main event at Leland Smoke House.

Papi’s Chicken. For those looking for “fast, casual and good”, Papi’s Charcoal Rotisserie Chicken wants to show the fun side of food and introduce you to Peruvian inspired flavors. They provide a welcoming community and exciting environment to create the best experience they can for their guests. Be sure to stop in and try some of their delicious sauces, you won’t be disappointed. Papi’s is conveniently located in front of Walmart on 17S.

Pizzetta’s Pizzeria. With their Sicilian heritage and New York roots, the family wanted to bring traditional and savory Italian dishes to Wilmington, NC. Two short years later they opened a second location, inside Brunswick Forest in Leland, NC. Once you eat there, you are family. Mangia!

Shirley’s Diner. Next to the Piggly Wiggly on Village Road, Shirley’s is a local favorite. Lunch and dinner options for the whole family. From a variety of sandwiches to the shrimp plate or pork chop dinner, you’ll leave with a smile on your face.

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster BarThis Brunswick Forest restaurant grew out of a vision for a local establishment that families of all ages can enjoy a great meal, served up fresh with creative cocktails in an environment that exudes relaxation. The casual atmosphere with its friendly and helpful staff has made many patrons feel very much at home, be they locals or visitors.

Six Happiness. This Japanese restaurant has been in Leland for years, offering delicious lunch and dinner options. From sushi to hibachi and curry to bento boxes, Six Happiness in the Walmart Shopping Center is a great option for any family.