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The Basics

319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
910-343-1050
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Ranked #50 of 524 restaurants in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Honestly we were a little disappointed in our Saturday brunch. The food took a bit to get to us, but that can happen when there are a lot of customers. Once it did arrive, the food was cold (e.g. The butter did not melt on the pancakes). The taste was very good, hence the 3 stars, which would have been... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Date night and Hubby and I decided to try The Basics in downtown Wilmington. Fortunately we had made a reservation, because when we arrived at 6:30, the place was packed. We were seated immediately, but the table was so big, my "date" and I couldn't carry on a conversation, so they graciously re-seated us. We decided to indulge in their... More

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Sunset Beach, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

A neat downtown location with brick walls and interesting décor coupled with great food and friendly service. We have dined there twice each time with a different couple who enjoyed it as much as we did. They have a wide menu that is southern based but interesting and priced right. The desserts are some old favorites that you do not... More

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Spencer
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We stumbled upon The Basics on New Year's Day, mid-afternoon, and were pleasantly surprised to find brunch on the menu. I'm vegetarian, and ordered poached eggs served on lightly toasted baguette, with an artichoke sauce, and a side of sauteed spinach. The eggs came with a biscuit as well. All was totally delicious and filling. My companion ordered pulled pork... More

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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168 reviews 168 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This is the best "foodie" place I know of in downtown Wilmington. The food is southern-based, but done extremely well. Every time I've eaten there I'm glad I went. Also, they have a great "date night" menu that you really don't have to be on a "date" to enjoy. I've indulged with business associates. This restaurant is not to be... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner at The Basics and it exceeded our expectations. They had a date night deal which included a bottle of wine, 2 apps, 2 entrees and 2 desserts for $60 total. There were no exceptions. We had the sundried tomato and pesto cheesecake and mushroom croquettes for apps, filet mignon and lamp chops for entrees and... More

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Pennington, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

We came with friends who suggested this place, and not only did our two children (ages 1 & 3) LOVE the blueberry oatmeal pancakes with walnut butter and syrup - but we LOVED the southern twist to everything. I would have never imagined that crab cakes or the "southern benedict" would be so good - every part of breakfast was... More

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Cary, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

We were hungry while shopping at the Cotton Exchange and The Basics was recommended by one of the shopkeepers. It was a great suggestion, and busy for a good reason - great, healthy, refreshing food at a fair price. We need to go back and try everything on the menu. Don't forget to check the specials.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We ate here recently and enjoyed the experience so much, we came back a few days later! We had the fried green tomatoes with onion relish, the fried oysters, shrimp and grits ( of course!) and the special mahi with kale chips. I ate the whole thing! You can get an appetizer and dessert for only 9.95 more. We did... More

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New York, NY
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

This was one tasty experience. I'm no connoisseur of southern cooking, but this place tasted authentic to me. The shrimp & grits was terrific (my friend had that) and I had lamb chops that were perfectly cooked. We tried a wide range of appetizers; the fried oysters were stand outs. And the prices were very reasonable (okay, I'm from New... More

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