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319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
910-343-1050
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 94
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Upscale Southern

We have brunch here twice a month and from time to time enjoy lunch here during the week. The food is consistently good and the service is great almost all the time. My husband loves the omelet special at brunch which comes with one side. Yesterday the special was a pork belly omelet with a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Kitty K
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Doing business
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186 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We have brunch here twice a month and from time to time enjoy lunch here during the week. The food is consistently good and the service is great almost all the time. My husband loves the omelet special at brunch which comes with one side. Yesterday the special was a pork belly omelet with a yellow pepper parmesean cheese sauce.... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is a great little place in the Cotton Exchange. Unique menu, great food, and amazing dessert. Very reasonably priced, too.

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Madison, WI
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Stopped by for lunch/brunch in early May. Nice place that can do 2 or 10. Plenty of room to sit. We had the daily omelet special - highly recommended. Very stuffed omelet. Nice mimosas. The blueberry pancakes were also excellent. Service was great. A nice little counter and a couple of tables outdoors to sit at. Wish we could have... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Was wandering downtown after an event and thought it looked interesting. Fairly good selection for a small place. Wish had a 4.5 rating, since not the best meal I have had in Wilmington, but well above average and would go back. The dinner special for 2 including a bottle of wine and deserts at under $70 when you can choose... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I enjoyed pesto encrusted salmon with tomato basil risotto and asparagus with a Bad Penny Brown ale. My wife and I enjoyed scallops with pork belly over arugula with a peach glaze for an appetizer (she shared some), then she enjoyed a New York steak with a red wine and shallot demi glace, roasted asparagus, potato onion bleu cheese hash,... More 

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Oakton, Virginia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We went to this restaurant for dinner because we were given a voucher to use there by Compass Pointe, a community in Leland. Because I am vegan, I looked at their online menu to see if they had anything that either is vegan, or could easily be made vegan. They list a Vegan Portabella Grill, which sounded perfect. But the... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We've eaten here before and enjoyed it although the wait time on Sunday morning is a long one. We were offered a seat outdoor on the patio. We took it because we were hungry. What we didn't realize is that people who brought their dogs for Sunday brunch routinely sat on the patio/out door seating area. We were seated next... More 

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Raleigh, NC
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98 reviews 98 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Located on Front Street and favors southern dishes. The dishes include Fried Green Tomatoes to Shrimp and Grits. We choose salads so we could get to the desserts. The Improv Salad, which came with steak, banana peppers, other salad stuff and blue cheese dressing. It was a

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Columbia, South Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

The chicken BLT was amazing and left our taste buds without complaints! The service was swift and steadfast.

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Willow Spring, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

We took a long walk and were hungry for lunch by the time we found this wonderful restaurant. The service was great the menu had many different items. I enjoyed the salmon special it was served over rice and the portions were generous! The best part was the homemade dessert: ( and it's really homemade) I had coca cola cake... More 

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Restaurant Details

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: 910-343-1050

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Dining on a budget, Doing business
Open Hours
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?