$12 – $18

Smoke on the Water is a culinary haven nestled along the Cape Fear River in Wilmington’s enchanting Riverlights district. As you stroll along the Boardwalk, the enticing aroma of our delectable offerings beckons you to indulge in a symphony of flavors that capture the essence of Southern charm and coastal indulgence. Our expansive bar, a social focal point, offers craft beers and expertly crafted cocktails to enjoy with friends as you watch the sun gracefully set over the water.

At Smoke on the Water, our menu is a fusion of tradition and innovation, featuring beloved classics like the fried oyster po’boy and seafood steamer pots, alongside inventive delights such as the shrimp nachos. As you dine, immerse yourself in the scenic beauty that surrounds you – from wall-sized windows framing the river’s majesty to the spacious deck and abundant outdoor seating that let you savor your meal while nature’s splendor unfolds before your eyes.

Situated in the heart of the Riverlights district, Smoke on the Water embodies the youthful spirit and timeless allure of this charming waterfront area, just south of Wilmington’s historic downtown. It’s a place where memorable moments are created, and where the vibrant energy of the river meets exceptional culinary craftsmanship. Join us to experience Riverlights for yourself – a destination where every bite, every sip, and every glance at the river conspire to create an unforgettable journey.


3704 Watercraft Ferry Ave. • (910) 833-5069


Closed Monday • Sunday, Tuesday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. • Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.


Brunswick Stew

Brunswick Stew

Southern style tomato based stew with pulled pork, chicken, corn, onion, and lima beans | $12

Burnt ends

Brisket Burnt Ends Appetizer

6 oz of smoked brisket burnt ends tossed in a house made sweet-smoky bbq sauce and tossed with dill pickles | $16


Chimichurri Tobiko Scallops

3 grilled scallops on the half shell, with a roasted jalapeño Chimichurri sauce topped with marsala-soaked Tobiko | $18

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