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The Bento Box sushi

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1121 Military Cutoff Rd Ste L, Wilmington, NC 28405-3658
+1 910-509-0774
11:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Wed 11:30 - 21:00
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Food was absolutely fantastic. Chef Lee makes a get together with friends a memorable dining experience.

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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

I had gone to this restaurant my last trip to Wilmington in January and liked it so much I went back with my husband. The service is very friendly and attentive, foods fresh and very good, and the decor is calm and clean. If you love sushi as we do you won't be disappointed.

Thank Lauren T
Wilmington, NC
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102 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

I think Bento Box is one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten in as I have said here before. The last 2 times I visited were exceptional again. I'm so glad to see Chef Lee using very local ingredients. We had a great wahoo tartare that had been caught that morning. The soft shell crabs were from Hampstead... More 

1 Thank bmcfeeters
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136 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

I like spicy sushi, so I tried their 'spiciest' item on the menu simply called 'PAIN'. The sushi was tasty, but not hot enough despite extra hot pepper oil. Hey Chef..... I plan to be back in Wilmington soon so you better turn the heat up! Otherwise, this place is great! My daughter (who lives in Wilmington) raves about it... More 

1 Thank Catman22
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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70 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Its the BEST sushi I've had - hands down! Chef Lee takes GREAT pride in the freshness, the combination of flavors, and the presentation! Service can be spotty, some of the staff are fantastic and make a good connection, others, get the motions correct, but fall short of the "it" of great service. We will continue to enjoy the sushi... More 

1 Thank blueskylancero
Wilmington, North Carolina
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

I have never had a bad experience at Bento Box. Chef Lee is always very welcoming and has a loyal local following. I appreciate that he requires a high level of service from his staff and sets the bar high for the quality of food and overall experience provided at Bento Box. That's what keeps us coming back for more!

2 Thank Lisa R
Roanoke, Virginia
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

This place came highly recommended by a local couple. We loved the environment, but that was about it. Food was pricey and you didn't get much. I ordered Chicken Pad Thai and a California roll. My roll was half the price of the gourmet california roll off the premium page and there really wasn't much difference to justify the added... More 

Thank charleybea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Every time my family and I visit Wilmington, we make sure to go to Bento Box. We love to sit at the bar where we can watch as the sushi is prepared right in front of us. The restaurant owner is super friendly, and so knowledgable about the sushi. The sushi is fresh, well presented, and oh so tasty!

2 Thank ErinDaught
Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

They gave us an awesome table, super private and we could laugh and catch up. We had so much fun. I had the Alaskan. It was delish. Everyone's food looked awesome. It was a blast and I can't wait to go back.

1 Thank Eliseccu
Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

Sat at the sushi bar and asked sushi chef to prepare sushi dinner for me. I wanted him to prepare his choices. Food was excellent and was such a pleasure.

1 Thank esjin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$17
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1121 Military Cutoff Rd Ste L, Wilmington, NC 28405-3658
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-509-0774
The menu offers food from Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, China, and Korea. The focal point of The Bento Box is the sushi bar where guests can interact with the Sushi Chefs to create a unique dining experience or you may enjoy the private dining room for an intimate small group, the outdoor patio with its zen rock garden and water fountains or the sake lounge. The Bento Box sources as much organic and sustainably grown product as possible. Whether it's salmon from Scotland, hamachi from Kyushu Japan, or free range chicken, organic vegetables, and natural pork from North Carolina, we continuously seek out the best products to serve our guests.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?