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The Basics

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319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
+1 910-343-1050
08:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 21:00
Sat 10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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76 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Met a friend in Wilmington today and we happened to both park near here...and the line was out the door at 11 am! We only had to wait a short time to be seated. It was definitely worth the wait! The brunch menu had more than was online. I tried the Spinach Feta Grill and my friend had the Crabcake... More 

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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

First let me say the food was amazing! I will give the food a top score. However, the service was terrible. I had 3 servers ask if I wanted a beverage.....I had given the first one who asked my order, he just didn't bring it. After I got my drink it took another 10 minutes for someone to take my... More 

Thank Patricia J
Columbia, South Carolina
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Basics is conveniently located in the Cotton Exchange building in the historic district. The food is both delicious and healthy. Brunch sports everything from grits and eggs, to omelets, to hamburgers. Additionally, the restaurant is open and inviting.

Thank SCC1992
Leland, North Carolina
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is amazing. I have eaten here several times, mostly for brunch/breakfast but I have also enjoyed lunch here. The servers are very attentive to your needs and make you feel right at home. The food has a southern flair and you will walk out of there with a smile. Brunch always includes their famous oatmeal blueberry pancakes which... More 

Thank Hodgmo
Gibsonville, North Carolina
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252 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Basics was recommended to be by a local. A small, busy place, even at the "off" times. There are specials written on the board, but the one I was interested in was sold out even in the early afternoon. I chose the meatloaf and was very pleased. Served a nice sized slice with brown gravy on top of real mashed... More 

Thank Ginny B
Palm Harbor, Florida
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70 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! Fresh fruit plate was full of all types of fruit. Fresh peach yogart. I had the Benedict breakfast with biscuit pork sausage gravy runny eggs! Wow! So good! You must eat here! I forgot to take the pic before I ate it! Haha. You can see I almost licked the plate.

Thank jeanne p
Charlotte, North Carolina
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

We were traveling for business and happened upon this cute eclectic restaurant. It was a great experience. Our waitress made the experience even better. You could tell there was a lot of thought out into the menu items. The owners had hand written the menu which was a wonderful personal touch. We had fried green tomatoes and salads with a... More 

Thank cg208cm1592
Parkersburg, West Virginia
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

We ate here on a girls trip and enjoyed the spin on traditional favorites. The pumpkin muffin was spectacular. It is a busy place so we did have a short wait for a table. They also ran out of some specials while we were there, but that just goes to show how good the food is. The restaurant is in... More 

Thank waterskinggina
Hampstead, North Carolina
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141 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I made a last minute reservation last night (Saturday) at The Basics, partly due to location and partly due to the more American style menu and were pleased with our visit. The waitress (Rebecca I believe) was very attentive and knowledgeable without being over bearing. Her wine recommendations were appreciated. We tried the butternut squash bisque which... More 

Thank bfarber
Rochester, New York
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55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

On our second morning in Wilmington, my wife wanted to search for breakfast by exploring some streets we had not yet walked. Well that method worked out exceedingly well. This small place has a short and unusual menu. Our eggs had spinach, tomatoes, feta and balsamic reduction. Sounds unusual but tasted great. Waitress was nice and the ambiance was pretty... More 

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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 of 5 bubbles
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-343-1050

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