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Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar

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$$ - $$$
French, Cafe, European, Wine Bar
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224 S Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3987
+1 910-815-0200
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:30 - 16:30
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Ivanhoe, North Carolina
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I went to Le Catalan for an early dinner. The indoor dining space was very cosy and our table gave us a good view of the Cape Fear river. We did the red and white wine tasting and were impressed with the offerings given. During the tasting we had the Mediterranean trio as an appetizer. Each of... More 

Thank chibabe2016
North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I like this little place. But the prices are high, the menu doesn't change much, and the portions are quite small. I lived in France for 14 years....It is unthinkable for a French bistro to charge $1.50 for a little more bread. Bread is a staple in every French restaurant, and you NEVER pay for it. If you want seconds... More 

Thank Leenie22
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here for a late lunch after our river cruise. The venue is quaint and beautiful. The server made great food recommendations - carmelized onion quiche and shrimp and orzo gratin. Yum. But it was the staff that made it unforgettable. Highly recommended

Thank Kelley H
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, what a nice location for a sun set dinner. The view of the Cape Fear and lookout at the USD North Carolina as boats of all types pass by is very tranquil. The food and service here is excellent. We highly recommend that you add this to your dinning bucket list.

Thank D'Wayne H
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Chilly evening, but we braved the breeze to enjoy al fresco hors d'overs at sun set. Lovely views, intriguing menu. Bordeaux and Pino Grigio, charcuterie, cheese plate, escargot en croute, superb French bread and there you have it, a perfect start to an evening. Full dinner is available, but the wining and noshing was very, very good.

Thank maurahs
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate at Le Catalan on an impromptu visit to Wilmington - the restaurant was busy and groups waiting so we went upstairs and settled in at the bar. Had fabulous cocktails, French onion soup and an amazing bowl of mussels. Great atmosphere, attentive staff. Would love to return one day.

Thank thebrgbrief
Marie P, Owner at Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this review

We couldn't agree more with your review for "Caprice Bistro" the best mussels and French Fries in town! However, Le Catalan is located on the Riverwalk maybe near where you stayed and thus prompted your review. Perhaps you can revise it? Thanks in advance and be sure to try us out for lunch or a romantic sunset evening. More 

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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

This French Cafe serves excellent light dishes and has a wonderfull selection of wines. Great for lunch, try the Duck Confit wrapped in a delicous puffed pastry, EXCELLENT!! You will not be disappointed!

Thank Trolzzz
Marie P, Owner at Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this review

Thank you ~ merci for sharing your delicious description! You may also enjoy our entrée specials for dinner and a sunset? See you soon, Marie More 

Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Stunning view of river - can hardly wait to go back for a spring dinner just to see the beautiful sunset over the water We had a delicious smoked Gouda and onion quiche that came with lightly dressed greens made for just the right sized lunch. We finished with the chocolate mousse which was as delicious as the other reviews.

Thank Rhonda T
Wilmington, North Carolina
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Since the first time I saw the place i was willing to try it out the food and the service. I wasn't wrong in my guess, local is small but makes it more European style, here the service is excellent and the food is quite bit better, beautiful view of the river, lunch and dinners are simplement Delightfull!!

Thank Hector H
Oak Island, North Carolina
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Had lunch with a friend. A little chilly to eat outside which we love but nice and comfortable inside. I ordered the quiche of the day which had caramelized onions and smoked Gouda. It was outstanding. My friend had quiche Lorraine which she said was good. We each ordered a wonderful glass of wine. Service was perfect. Winter is a... 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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 20
French, Cafe, European, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 16:30
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 224 S Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3987
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-815-0200
Wilmington's authentic French Cafe and Wine Bar established January 2001. "Wine Down" on the Riverwalk! Serving Lunch & Dinner: Soups, Salads, Quiche, Cheese, Charcuterie, Seasonal and Daily Entrees, Dessert...Famous Chocolate Mousse. Wine, Beer and Spirits. Inside/Outside dining and friendly service. Enjoy a river breeze and catch a sunset!

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