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Winnie's Tavern is a full service restaurant. We seat you and serve you, offering you quick and efficient service.  Sit back relax and let us do the rest! 


We, also, offer excellent curbside service! Place you order online, park in our curbside spaces and your order will be brought out to you when it's ready!

Usually within 15 minutes! 

If you do not see your favorite selection on the online menu, we are out of that item.

Please select your next choice!

Thank you for choosing Winnie's Tavern!

We appreciate your business!

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Serving Wilmington Since 1962
1895 Burnett Blvd
Wilmington NC 

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Winnie's Tavern has been operating for more than 62 years. 


Winnie Hansley Swanson was the founder. She was raised in Wilmington. Her father was a Wilmington police officer in the 1920's. Winnie worked at the shipyard as a welder during the World War 2. She worked in local diners, restaurants and drive-ins including the Chic-chic until opening Winnie's Drive-In at 16th and Dawson St in 1957. Winnie's Drive-In was a popular spot with young people, known mostly for good food and a DJ spinning the tunes of the day.


In 1962, Winnie bought the property on Burnett Blvd which consisted of a bar/tavern and a mobile home park. Over the years, "the tavern" was a local's spot for a cold beer, good burger and a game of pool.  


In the mid 1980's, Winnie's daughter, Jeanne, stepped in to help out. Jeanne always made point to tell people she met that Winnie's had the best burger in Wilmington.  She was not shy about it either.  And well, the word got out and that leads us to where we are now.  Now, the third and fourth generations, Wendy, Jessica and Owen own and run Winnie's. The hard work put in by the the women before them insured that the business would continue, as a family business, for the foreseeable future. 


The clientele has changed from mainly neighbors and sailors to a wide range of people looking for a good burger, great atmosphere and good music.  We pride ourselves on all of those things and hope that you enjoy your visit with us!    


On another note, Winnie's Tavern has been used as a film location several times over the years. The most notable was the film "Blue Velvet" in the mid 1980's. In late 2021, Winnie's was home to two film shoots and we look forward to seeing "Breakwater" and "One True Loves" when they are released.  We have also been featured in short film "All You Can Eat!"  filmed here in 2013, by Samy Burch and Alex Mechanik. Samy was recently nominated for an Academy Award for her screenplay, May December. We congratulate Samy on her nomination! We have also been featured on the Cooking Channel's "Best Thing I Ever Ate!" With Special Thanks to Fanny Slater for highlighting our Trailer Park Burger!



Cajun Fried Okra
Fries Pickle Chips
Crispy Onion Rings
Fried Mozzarella 


Trailer Park Burger

Cajun Fried Green Tomatoes, Jalapeno Pimento Cheese, Hickory Smoked Bacon, Iceberg Lettuce, Onion, Bread & Butter Pickles & Chipotle Mayo 

Stationwagon Burger

Sauteed Mushrooms, Grilled Onions, Swiss Cheese & Garlic Aioli 


Carolina Burger

Carolina Style, American Cheese, Mustard, Onions, Chili, Slaw  

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger

Aged Cheddar Cheese, Grilled Onions, Smoked Bacon, Fried Onion Ring and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce

Impossible Burger

Plant-Based Burger

~Vegan Cheese and Vegan Mayo available~

Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickles


The Perfect Choice

~Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo, Onion, Pickle~

~American, Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Swiss~



Bacon Cheeseburger

Jalapeno Cheeseburger   

Jalapeno Bacon Cheeseburger


Served All Day

Grilled Cheese 

Classic BLT 

Fried Bologna     

Grilled Ham & Cheese

Ham Traditional Club    

Fried Chicken Sandwich

NEW  Fried Fish Sandwich


The Perfect Choice

 Chicken N Waffle  

 Nashville Hot Chicken Tenders


Chic-Chic Basket 

Chicken tenders plain or tossed in sauce  

~Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, Frank’s Hot Sauce, or Sweet Chili Sauce~

 Fish & Chips

Deep Fried Atlantic Cod served with

Coleslaw and Tartar sauce




Kids 12 and under only


Chicken Tenders

Fish & Chips

Grilled Cheese

All Burgers, Sandwiches and Baskets come with choice of French Fries, Cajun Fries, Garlic Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Fresh Cooked Potato Chips, Bean Salad or Coleslaw

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1895 Burnett Blvd, Wilmington, NC 28401, USA

(910) 762-1799

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Dine In/ Outside Dining
Curbside Pickup

Thursday Friday Saturday
Closed Tuesday/Wednesday

Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve 
Christmas Day


Normal Hours
Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm
NOW OPEN Sundays 12pm-4pm



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