By Sarah Jaudon


Welcome to Marine Corps Air Station New River! This base is located on the New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Jacksonville is a community that loves its military and embraces its southern charm. As you get settled into your new base, you will undoubtedly be wondering where you can enjoy a meal with friends, meet new ones, or grab a quick bite on your way home. Well, wonder no more! Read on to find the best local restaurants on MCAS New River and in nearby Jacksonville, NC. Know what you’re hungry for? Click the number(s) to go right to where you want to go: (1) Dining Facility (DFAC) on MCAS New River (2-9) Fast Casual Dining on MCAS New River (10-18) Yelp’s Top 7 Restaurants in Jacksonville, North Carolina (19-21) TripAdvisor’s Top 4 Restaurants in Jacksonville, North Carolina

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COVID-19 Notice

Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many restaurants may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Many, if not all, of the ones listed here, are likely subject to such restrictions for the time being though new re-openings and closings occur all the time. Check individual websites provided in each section or call to find out each restaurant's current hours and dining situation.

21 of the Best MCAS New River Restaurants

MCAS New River Chow Hall Dining

Verify hours of operation by visiting the website or calling the numbers below before arrival.

1. MCAS New River Chow Hall

MCAS New River Schmidt St. Bldg. 4012 Jacksonville, NC 28540


: 1 (910) 449-6710 The MCAS New River Chow Hall is located in building 4012. The DFAC serves meals daily. Check the website or call the number above for MCAS New River Chow Hall dining hours.

MCAS New River Fast Casual Dining

For more information call the numbers listed below or click here for more information.

Fast Food

2. Subway
Bldg. AS-4044, Curtis Rd.


: 1 (910) 219-1031 Subway is an American fast-food restaurant franchise that primarily sells submarine sandwiches (subs), salads, and beverages.
3. Subway
Bldg. AS-4127, White St.


: 1 (910) 449-6987 This second Subway location makes it convenient to grab a sandwich even during food rush hours.
4. Wendy’s
Bldg. AS-4039, Curtis Rd.


: 1 (910) 346-6087 Wendy’s is known for its creamy Frosty’s and square-shaped hamburgers. Always made fresh and ready when you are hungry.
5. New River Bowling Center Snack Bar
Bldg. AS-205, Curtis Rd.


: 1 (910) 449-4918 The New River Snack Bar, at the New River Bowling Center, serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a late-night menu. Menu items include breakfast sandwiches, breakfast platters, burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and chicken.

American Cuisine

6. V.I.Pete’s Barbeque
Bldg. MWR-1, Campbell St.


: 1 (910) 449-6731 For hours of operation call the number above or check the website here.
7. The Landing at New River (Formerly New River O’Club)
Bldg. AS-710, Flounder Rd.


: 1 (910) 449-6409 Enjoy dine-in (limited seating) or takeout at The Landing. Lunch service is available to all ranks/all authorized patrons Mon.-Fri. from 11 AM-1 PM. The buffet lunch is $8.95 and includes a side salad and beverage. Call the number above for takeout orders. Mexican Restaurants on MCAS New River

Mexican Cuisine

8. La Casita Loca
Bldg. AS-257, Davis St.


: 1 (910) 449-7669 At La Casita Loca you can enjoy a fast-casual Mexican meal for breakfast or lunch. Quesadillas, breakfast burritos, taco salads, and so much more. Click the link above for a peek at their menu.


9. Heavenly Brew Cafe
Bldg. AS-4038, Schmidt St.


: 1 (910) 449-4529 Heavenly Brew Cafe on MCAS New River serves breakfast all day! Menu items include breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, salads, smoothies, coffee, lattes, frappuccinos, and more.

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American Cuisine

10. The Flavor Hills
2121 N. Marine Blvd. Jacksonville, NC 28546


: 1 (910) 333-9518 Flavor Hills is Jacksonville's newest restaurant venue bringing energy and excitement to food. The kitchen will focus on Modern Southern Comfort cuisine made from scratch with amazing cocktails and specialty drinks. Flavor Hills promises you’ll eat, laugh, and drink!
11. Duck’s Grille and Bar
1207 Gum Branch Rd. Jacksonville, NC 28540


: 1 (910) 455-9128 At Duck's Grille & Bar, Jacksonville's premier local restaurant, you'll enjoy delicious chef-prepared cuisine served in a casual and friendly atmosphere. Offering an amazing selection of wines along with the finest collection of scotch and whiskey in the area. Reservations are always welcome but are not required on most evenings.
12. Muddy’s
2040 Wilmington Hwy Suite 2 Jacksonville, NC 28540


: 1 (910) 937-0800 At Muddy’s, they specialize in housemade coffees and sandwiches. Enjoy a comfortable and calm atmosphere to sit while you eat, read, drink and socialize. The owners are former marines and also a happily married couple. They started this spot for the love of coffee and the local community. Asian Restaurants in Jacksonville, NC

Asian Restaurants in Jacksonville, NC

13. Pho 7
423 Yopp Rd Jacksonville, NC 28540


: 1 (910) 577-0188 What is Pho? Pho, pronounced “fuh”, is a traditional Vietnamese soup. The broth is slow-cooked for hours and when it’s ready it is served in a large bowl with rice noodles and meat of choice. You can make the pho your own by adding fresh garnishes like basil, cilantro, radishes, chilies, and lime that are served on the side.
14. Plaza Del Mariachi
101 Parkwood Dr Jacksonville, NC 28546


: 1 (910) 333-9640 Plaza Del Mariachi is a family-owned restaurant specializing in fresh ingredients and traditional Mexican recipes passed down through the generations. Your taste buds will thank you.

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15. Carolina Fish Fry Co.
1417 N Marine Blvd. Jacksonville, NC 28540


: 1 ((910) 333-0818 Carolina Fish Fry Co has an award-winning tradition of quality, freshness, and affordability that started on the South Carolina coast and is now available in 5 North Carolina locations, with the newest location in the Jacksonville area. Cooked to order, hand-breaded fried seafood, grilled seafood options, whole fish selections, and land lover favorites.
16. Ocean Bay Seafood
521 Yopp Rd Suite 100 Jacksonville, NC 28540


: 1 (910) 968-0068 The Ocean Bay Seafood restaurant is your go-to spot for all things fish. Whether you’re craving a traditional dish like oysters Rockefeller, or a classically grilled mahi-mahi, Ocean Bay has it all. Check out their menu and satisfy your seafood craving today. Mediterranean Restaurants near MCAS New River

Mediterranean Cuisine

17. Marrakesh
409 Western Blvd. Jacksonville, NC 28546


: 1 (910) 219-0229 At Marrakesh, your taste buds will be transported to the Mediterranean with dishes like hummus, falafel, spanakopita, and gyros. This family-owned business is a must-try in Jacksonville.

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American Cuisine

18. The Kettle Diner
300 Marine Blvd. Jacksonville, NC 28540


: 1 (910) 455-7739 The Kettle Diner is open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Specialties include pasta, steaks and chicken. Breakfast is served all day. Sugar free desserts are available too. Dine in or take out today.
19. Texas Roadhouse
103 Moosehaven Rd. Jacksonville, NC 28546


: 1 (910) 347-7427 At Texas Roadhouse the vibe is fun! Fall of the bone ribs, large portions so you get more food for your dollar, and a jukebox for line dancing. This is the spot to bring friends and meet new ones.
20. Cracker Barrel
1260 Western Blvd Jacksonville, NC 28546-6653


: 1 (910) 989-2625 The familiar sign of Cracker Barrel is a staple of highways all over the US. Stop in to enjoy your home-away-from-home comforting meal today.  Italian Restaurants in Jacksonville, NC

Italian Restaurants in Jacksonville, NC

21. Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom
4157 Western Blvd. Suite 100 Jacksonville, NC 28546


: 1 (910) 353-7900 At Old Chicago, you will enjoy classic deep-dish style pizza, craft beer, and delicious Italian appetizers. Have an event to celebrate or need catering for an event? Old Chicago’s fun and family friendly atmosphere will be a great choice. Use their website or call for more information.


Hungry for more? Check out Visit Jacksonville, NC for more restaurant ideas and fun events near MCAS New River. As you adapt to your new life at MCAS New River you will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you will settle into a new routine and find the restaurants and places that will soon feel like home.




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