In 1990, we opened our doors to welcome guests near and far to the Oceanic. But our history goes further back than that. We have deep roots dating back to 1939 when our Crystal Pier was originally built and when Wrightsville Beach started to become a thriving destination for locals, families and friends out to the beach. We have become a special place for celebrations, drinks on the water, or your favorite spot on the beach for over 80 years, and the introduction to our restaurant has only made those experiences more special.
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 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.
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.
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.