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Reel Cafe

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100 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4413
+1 910-251-1832
11:30 - 02:00
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76 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not sure why we went here for lunch. More of a bar for the younger set. Service was decent, but the food was really mediocre. Would go here to drink, but not to eat.

Thank Beatman50
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food, great atmosphere. It was my first time eating here and the food and service was great. I got the fish and chips which were wonderful and my friend enjoyed the crab legs. It is definitely a new favorite place to eat in Wilmington

Thank Stephanie H
Wilmington, North Carolina
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a fun spot to grab drinks and have a burger. The food is not the best, but atmosphere is awesome. Younger crowd.

Thank noramayrosenberg
Saranac, New York
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner reservations and looked for a spot to grab a beer and an app before. This place was perfect. Our server was efficient and very nice. We tried to order the Oysters Rockefeller and Alexander, but they were out so we quickly came up with a new plan. We got the small caprese salad and a couple dozen... More 

Thank Heather C
Meadville, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere was great! The service...ehhh...not so much! We waited and waited until everyone that was seated after us got their meals...and then we waited some more. We're certain that the table beside us got our meal--we watched as my crab cake was sent back as a wrong order...so we waited. Waitress seemed like a sweetheart but wow! My companion... More 

Thank CoriHarmon
Sumter, South Carolina
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A group of us ate lunch here on a busy Saturday afternoon. We had to wait longer for service than many of us would have been ok with, but they did tell us (after we had been waiting) that they were short handed. That being said- our waitress was friendly, and the food was fantastic! The grilled cheese is amazing...... More 

Thank Kim H
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146 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Our family of ten (age range 9-70) had a great experience. Great service, seated right away, good menu options...everyone was happy! Definitely bias to the seafood. The fried oysters and oysters Rockefeller were great. Fish and chips were excellent also. I'd skip the salad next time, and double down on seafood. Loved it!

Thank Kristin S
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62 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Four of us had lunch on a Saturday afternoon at Reel Cafe. One friend had wings, one had a salad and one had a black bean burger. Everybody was very pleased with their meals.

Thank LJinSC
Wilmington, North Carolina
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137 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

The food is good and the location is neat being in an old historic building. Would definitely recommend.

Thank krissypoo79
Wilmington, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Food was excellent but stephanie made it even better! Such a sweetheart, gave us great recommendations. We will be coming back and will keep asking for her. Thank you!

Thank jennylynne222

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$23
American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4413
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-251-1832
For over 14 years, the Reel Café has been Wilmington’s premier restaurant and nightlife location, because it has something for everyone. Enjoy dining in our restaurant, live music in our courtyard Oyster Bar, dancing in the second-floor dance club or cocktails on the Rooftop Bar overlooking the Cape Fear River. We offer lunch, dinner and a late-night menu. Lunch has a variety of salads, sandwiches and steamers. Our dinner menu has a wonderful variety of burgers, sandwiches, pastas and steaks. We also have delicious seafood entrées and salads, or try the specials prepared daily by our chef. Whether it’s a delightful meal, live music or the downtown nightlife, The Reel Café is the place to be

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