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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Bar
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“Great Fine dining. Make reservations during peak season as the wait can get up to several hours. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Local fish and catch of the day served here. Very popular place with solid food.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious Italian dining, great service and seating inside as well as outdoor seating on the waterfront. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“This is our favorite spot to grab breakfast. You can walk to it by exiting the complex on 57th and crossing the street. It's a tiny place so make sure to get there early or expect a short wait.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“No thrill pizza, but second row on the beach and so convenient with nice outdoor tables.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Gourmet Tacos that are great to pick up and take with you or sit on their picnic tables to enjoy.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Food
“Great place to get local fresh seafood to cook at home. Bring cash to avoid the credit card processing fee.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great place for a nice dinner out. Steamer nights are Wednesday nights, no reservations and super crowded but worth the wait for local steamed seafood.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“These folks are open even when other places are not. Multiple sports TVs, indoor and outdoor eating, family friendly, full bar and GREAT food! A must visit when you stay at OKI. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Store
“ 2 Fishing Piers on Oak Island- Yaupon Pier at 705 Ocean Dr at Barbee St and Ocean Crest at 1409 E Beach Dr (longest fishing pier on Cape Fear coast)”
  • 5 locals recommend
Pier
“Staff is really helpful - great for novices and fun to even just watch down at the end when the old pros bring in a big one! Small fee to walk the pier, you can buy a day fishing pass to fish off of the pier. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Mike and his team make a fabulous breakfast - they do lunch too but to be honest, I have never been in for lunch, I am sure it is just as good as the American breakfast I enjoy so much! I love this as a spot to grab a bit on the way to the beach in the morning.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“3-4 minute walk. Great mid-priced seafood restaurant. Staff is friendly - they have daily specials with several fresh catches each day.”
  • 8 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“Love that place : great service, great BBQ, great nice and crispy sweets potato fries”
  • 8 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Golf on the island - semi private club with new club house that includes restaurant and bar.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“mom and pop sub shop, great subs, good prices, quick service. Can be very busy in summer, but worth the wait.”
  • 7 locals recommend