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Reel Cafe

100 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4413
+1 910-251-1832
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good40%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
100 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4413
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They have live music and the drinks are cheep. Would love to come back when we are back in town! It’s in downtown area.

Thank Ellie W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't really say I would highly recommend this restaurant. The neighboring restaurant wasn't due to open for another 30 minutes or so - we were hungry and were going to try to visit an historic home afterwards. We decided to try Reel Cafe. The...More

Thank C-02
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Great location in Wilmington, but I think this is probably a better bar/ bar food place. Drinks and service are good, but the food is way too salty. I think the food would have been better if they didn’t put so much salt on it,...More

Thank StephanieSelene
Reviewed 15 March 2018

I went to Reel last Saturday night with a bigger group of friends and we had the best time! We sat out on the back patio and the music and atmosphere were fantastic! The bar was great with sending out our drinks quickly and our...More

Thank eturbev
Reviewed 29 January 2018

Stopped here for dinner after a show. It was a nice quaint place. The meals and drinks were reasonably priced and you received a good portion for the price. I had the reuben sandwich which was good, I would have preferred a little more thousand...More

Thank Gary S
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

We did a quick stop here before we went to our show for the evening... I stopped in for a few drinks and a few appetizers... All in all everything was as expected for mozzarella sticks, oysters, and the hummus platter... What drink refills and...More

Thank Amanda K
Reviewed 28 January 2018

Great second level open area. Several areas to enjoy. Roof top bar a fun area. Decent food. Nice live entertainment.

Thank mamafotank
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

Has the crab dip as an appetizer, and I highly recommend it. It took about 10 minutes to come out, but it was worth the wait. My friend and I split the chicken sandwich with fries. It was unexpectedly on an English muffin, but it...More

Thank kldj13
Reviewed 1 November 2017

While in town for the Halloween weekend and Bar crawl taken place in town. We decided one night to stop by for a old beer on the patio.This place is great with 3 levels to choose from. With the Restaurant on the 1st floor with...More

Thank Tarheel-2629
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

I have been to Reel Cafe many times but this was the first time I have eaten there. Not very good. I could have let that slide. At our event there were drink specials offered. I had some sort of grapefruit cocktail. It tasted like...More

Thank Danielle M
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 23
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
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
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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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