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Pinpoint Restaurant

Pinpoint Restaurant

With its elegant experience and love for seafood. Pinpoint Restaurant is a place to check out if you want to try seasonal offerings or visit during the thanksgiving weekend. Where the restaurant hosts their famous holiday dinners.

Located in Wilmington, NC, on Market and 3rd Street, Pinpoint Restaurant serves food rooted in tradition and features local seasonal offerings, from farmers, fishermen, oystermen, and crabbers as much as possible.

Head Chef Jacob Cary

Head Chef Jacob Cary opened the restaurant in the spring of 2015 in the heart of downtown Wilmington, just a block from the Cape Fear River. In 2016, the restaurant was named among the best new restaurants in the South by “Southern Living Magazine” and was featured in the "Best Thing I Ever Ate” in 2018. 

They were named one of the ten best restaurants in the “South by Southern Living” Magazine in 2019.

The Pinpoint restaurant is open Wednesday through Monday at 5:30 pm and closes at 9 pm. Except on Friday and Saturday, where they are open until 9:30 pm. And you must make reservations before showing up to be seated.

Wilmington, North Carolina and Things to Do

A port city and the county seat of New Hanover County. It has a small population of around one-hundred thousand people. It is the eighth-most populated city in the state of North Carolina. This is also a common area for fishermen, of course, mainly due to the area being surrounded by fresh water and seawater.

And there are all sorts of activities and things to see while you're there, waiting for a table...

If you love the beach, then you have to visit Wrightsville Beach. Known as the best surfing spot in the area as well as great for kayaking too. You can enjoy the sparkling water either on the beach or on the waterway, your choice. There are also plenty of beach boutiques you can visit if that strikes your fancy.

Not a fan of the beach? What about battleships then? Battleship North Carolina is a tour where you get to see a WWII Battleship up close and personal. The tour shows nine levels of space, including the mess deck, gun turrets, and sickbay. Why should you miss this chance?

You can locate this historic battleship on Battleship Road in the Historic Downtown Wilmington area.

Considering Pinpoint's elegant dining experience, it's a bold decision to pair the evening with an equally elegant experience of the arts. The Wilson Center is the perfect place to take an evening, and enjoy various Broadway plays, comedy plays, or a symphony concert.

The Wilson Center has hosted quite a few musicals, like the Tony-award-winning musical Kinky boots and Fiddler on the Roof.  As well as being the home of the Wilmington Symphony band. You can locate The Wilson Center on Third Street, also in the Historic Downtown Wilmington area.

The Menu

While the menu changes daily, here's a sampling of what's been served recently,

• Red Beard Butternut Caesar
• White Anchovies
• Butternut Squash Soup
• Raw Oysters
• Wagyu Carpaccio
• Carrot Hummus
• Pork Belly and Pepper Jelly Baked Oysters
• American Red Snapper Crudo

• Spear Caught Hogfish
• 1855 NY Strip
• Binchotan Grilled Spare Ribs
• Delicata Squash Mole
• Tagliatelle Alla Nerano
• Changin’ Ways Fried Chicken

Pinpoint Restaurant also hosts a variety of drinks ranging from cocktails, red and white wines, and bottles, cans, or drafted beer products.

Pinpoint also has a small shop where they sell gift cards starting at $25.00 and men's and ladies’ shirts and trucker hats.

Special Events

Pinpoint hosts numerous events throughout the year, including a thanksgiving event, which last year sold out quickly. They also hosted a tasting that served wine and a vegetarian tasting menu as well as other varieties of food in 2019.

Thanksgiving Dinner is hosted every year on the fourth Thursday of November. The menu is served as a family-style meal and is only available for this one night only. Popular with the locals, it’s known to sell out of tickets fast. So, if you want to have thanksgiving at Pinpoint, it’s recommended that you buy a ticket early before they’re sold out.


“We tried the Ox Tail dish and it was OUTSTANDING! All of our food was timely and delicious! Will definitely return!”
- Review from Trip Advisor

“Each meal was punctuated by unusual delicious and appropriate local sides like fennel-carrot salad and pork belly, all included in the entree price.”
-Review from Trip Advisor

So, if you find yourself in Wilmington, North Carolina follow these recommendations and visit the Pinpoint Restaurant for an evening of great service and quality food.


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