Our Story

In 1990, the Oceanic opened near where Lumina, a popular entertainment center in the early 1900’s, once stood. Oceanic was named after a popular hotel destroyed in the Great Fire of Wrightsville Beach in 1934.

Since its opening, coastal residents and visitors have come to love our fish house.  To this day, it’s the only restaurant in Wrightsville Beach situated on the Atlantic Ocean.  The panoramic views of the sparkling water & access to local fisheries and fishermen have made Oceanic a must-visit restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Not to be outdone by the view, our chef’s culinary expertise has inspired many coastal-inspired signature dishes that keep our guests coming back. Oceanic takes pride in its history and strives to always provide outstanding service & the freshest catch on the island.

Our Coastal Cuisine

Our culinary philosophy relates directly to our surroundings. We are passionate about sourcing local seafood whenever possible. Tuna, little neck clams, oysters, flounder and Mahi Mahi are just a sampling of what the Crystal Coast waters provide for our Chef.  We also rely on a  multitude of North Carolina farmers for our produce, poultry & pork.

Our Pier

In 2013, the Oceanic family invested in restoring the historic Crystal Pier, which is adjoined to the restaurant.  The result is the only wooden pier in Wrightsville Beach, expanding 475 feet into the water.  The pier not only provides an unforgettable outdoor dining experience for our guests, but it is also a free, public fishing pier and can be reserved for private events, such as wedding ceremonies.

Our Values

We are dedicated to protecting our coastal environment and preserving Wrightsville Beach’s natural resources & ecology.  We are privileged to be members of the Wrightsville Beach community and understand the responsibilities that come with doing business in this beautiful beach town.

We are certified as an Ocean-Friendly Restaurant by the Plastic Ocean Project.  We have pledged to not offer straws to guests unless requested in an effort to reduce our plastic waste. We are also working on other ways to reduce our footprint as we evaluate our paper, plastic, glass and aluminum usage.

The Oceanic team is active in the Wrightsville Beach Chamber of Commerce.  The restaurant also sponsors & supports many of the events held on the island, which has become a world-class destination for Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Surfing, Triathlons and Fat Tire Bike competitions.