Savor Fresh Coastal Flavors

From steakhouse favorites to seafood that’s fresh from the dock, Hotel Ballast is downtown Wilmington’s new go-to address for drinks and dining inspired by the region. Whether you’re grabbing coffee on the go, enjoying deliciously imaginative cuisine (and a priceless waterfront view) at Board & Barrel Coastal Kitchen, or celebrating a big day over a perfect steak, we’ve got plenty of Carolina goodness on the menu.


A bespoke bourbon bar pouring its very own private label “Edgar’s Truth” bourbon, Board & Barrel Coastal Kitchen serves up barrel-aged cocktails and imaginative small plates with a Southern twist. Sit indoors or score a seat on the breezy outdoor patio to enjoy Carolina pulled pork sliders, Cheer Wine-braised short ribs, and pimento cheese fondue.

Board & Barrel Coastal Kitchen

Breakfast Weekdays 7.00 am – 10.00 am
Breakfast Weekends 7.00 am – 11.00 am
All Day Menu & Dinner, Wednesday – Saturday 11.00 am – 09.00 pm

Board & Barrel Bar

Sunday-Saturday 5.00 pm – 9 pm


Buffalo Bayou

Kick off a day of meetings or meandering around Wilmington’s National Register Historic District at Buffalo Bayou, our upper lobby hotspot for fresh-baked breakfast treats, locally roasted coffee, and light fare made in-house.

Monday -Friday 6.00 am – 10 am
Saturday & Sunday 6.00 am – 11 am