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Little Dipper

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138 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4465
+1 910-251-0433
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Swansboro, North Carolina
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Wanted to find a place to have dessert after dinner and this was perfect! So many different options for things to dip and what to dip them in. Even though we didn't get dinner or drinks the menus for both looked amazing. This is definitely a place to treat yourself. The staff was laid back, extremely polite and great with... More 

Thank HaleyS0420
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

My husband, daughter (9), mother in law, and I were visiting Wilmington for 28 hours. We walked by this restaurant and thought it would be fun for our daughter. It turned out to be one of our top 5 meals ever. We started with the fontina and Switzerland cheese. Two people preferred each-each was delicious! We scraped every drop of... More 

Thank Jaimie H
Greensboro, North Carolina
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

My son and I ate dinner (and desert) and were blown away at every aspect of the restaurant. The service was extraordinary - Spencer took care of us. The food, appetizers (which are part of the meal) were all fresh and beautifully prepared and displayed. Our server assisted us in picking just the perfect sauces for our proteins. We left... More 

Thank Charlotte D
Wilmington, North Carolina
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

From salad all the way to dessert, everything was great. Nice quality of food, presentation and service. If you have not been to fondue before, don't go if you are in a hurry. We average between 1.5-2 hours of time at the table. There were no delays, that's just how long it takes.

Thank Marc R
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

My husband and I went to The Little Dipper for the first time last weekend for a "date night". Our waiter, Wendell, did an excellent job explaining how everything works and made some great recommendations! The Cheddar Ale cheese fondue was superb! My husband and I both enjoyed it. Salads and dinner were good - we've had better, but solid... More 

Thank JenniferOfWilmington
Niagara Falls, Canada
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101 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

- Read about this place on Trip Advisor and wanted to try it since I had been to the Melting Pot once in Buffalo. - MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY!. Called on Monday for a reservation on Wednesday and the only time they had available was 9 pm! It worked out ok though since we didn't feel rushed to get ready early... More 

Thank Deidra L
Wilmington, North Carolina
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102 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Little Dipper is in downtown Wilmington. We think the food is on par with Melting Pot, but not quite as pricey or pretentious. The interior of the restaurant is brighter and more airy than Melting Pot. So, depending on your mood, Little Dipper feels less formal and does without the cloaked & dimmed ambiance of the Melting Pot. The staff... More 

Thank Two_Intrepid_Souls
Wilmington, North Carolina
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66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

If you're in the mood for fondue and want to get away from the chain "The Melting Pot", then this place is for you! Great little spot in historic downtown with great fondue! The building is eclectic and the service is suburb. My only complaint is that they are stingy with the dippers. Incredibly small portions and when you ask... More 

Thank Anna M
Fairfield, Connecticut
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203 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

I love this little spot in Downtown Wilmington and have eaten here a handful of times, including New Year's Eve. The fondue is delicious and be sure save to save room for your chocolate fondue dippings of oreos, pretzels, pineapple, and marshmallows for dessert! Great service and consistent food.

Thank Andrea G
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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104 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Reservations recommended. We sat in the bar - and service was AWESOME! Entree for Two was plenty of food! And dessert & you are hurting as you push back from the table. Pick your cheese ... vegetables & bread dipping. Salads - season special spinach with berries. Pork, Chicken & Filet - meat with peanut oil. The milk chocolate with... More 

Thank Kymmi-On_The_Go

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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$20 - US$35
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 138 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4465
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-251-0433

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