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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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Sunset Beach, North Carolina
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful and friendly bartenders. Some of the best Nachos we have ever had. Worh the stop and we shall return

Thank Chipper56
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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721 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 259 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in historic downtown area a block from river walk. Inside and outside seating. Service was fast and efficient. We had seafood combo plates and food was good and price was a great value for a downtown restaurant. Would recommend.

Thank Don49680
Charlotte, North Carolina
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53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dropped in for late lunch. The beer was very cold. The fried chicken sandwich was delicious. Crispy, tasty. Perfect fries. Good service. I ate on the patio, cooled off after walking around all afternoon.

Thank olivefinder
Charlotte, North Carolina
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33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The shrimp and grits and shrimp scampi were far above bar good quality. Delicious! Very dog friendly, which is why we chose it, but delighted with the food find. Would definitely return, especially for live music which they said happens every night in summer.

Thank CrystalConnoisseur
Stonington, Connecticut
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247 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for drinks and appetizers- sat outside in the courtyard which was quite pleasant. The cafe has three floors with different venues on each floor. The crab dip appetizer is quite tasty! The service was good and prices reasonable. Nice selection of bottled and draft beers

Thank IP3806
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76 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

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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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 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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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 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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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

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

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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
USD 7 - USD 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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups
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?