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319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
910-343-1050
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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: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 119
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Fresh Food; Wonderful Specials

This was our first visit to Wilmington and we plan to come back. My husband and I dined here on a Saturday night. No reservation and we were seated right away. Servers seemed busy- but were attentive. This is a well priced restaurant for the area. A very varied menu that was creative. Specials were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
TMJW_4512
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Ellicott City, Maryland
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This was our first visit to Wilmington and we plan to come back. My husband and I dined here on a Saturday night. No reservation and we were seated right away. Servers seemed busy- but were attentive. This is a well priced restaurant for the area. A very varied menu that was creative. Specials were delicious. Reasonable wine list. I... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

My friend, the chef, said this was the best breakfast she has ever had. So we ate there twice. We had the spinach feta grill and crab cakes benedict (yes, crab cakes benedict), and both were incredible. From the perfectly poached eggs to the slightly but not too thick bacon to the creamy grits, the meal was decadent and perfectly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Amazing everything. Recommend the southern Benedict, pancakes, pulled pork and spinach feta grill. Worth the wait. Good service too

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North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Have loved The Basics for years and it still delivers! Located in The Cotton Exchange-it's in a perfect location for dining, shopping and walking along the river! The food is always fresh, creative and fantastic. They serve breakfast, lunch & dinner~ I could eat there 3 meals a day! There are many excellent restaurants in Wilmington, but The Basics keeps... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

All scratch made food. Very fresh and we'll prepared. We really enjoyed the grits and the blueberry pancakes. The server was wonderful.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The Basics is somewhere I go only for the food. Everything I've eaten there the food is absolutely amazing. But each time I go, I'm shocked by the poor customer service. Waitresses are so busy helping their multiple customers, they almost act annoyed when you need a refill or are ready for your check. We were there just over the... More 

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North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Visited The Basic last night with some friends and it it was a bad experience overall. The two appetizers (savory cheesecake and fried green tomatoes) were very good. The salmon was excellent and the best thing that was ordered at our table. Two people ordered the brisket special which ended up being inedible (tough and gristley). Our friend ended up... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This place was so great we went two days in a row. The blueberry oatmeal pancake stack was delicious and just eating half kept me full until an early dinner. They are plate size and you get 3 (maybe 4?) of them. My boyfriend had the bacon and egg biscuit (which you can order off menu on the weekends) which... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Nice little place in the Cotton Exchange. Menu ranges from low cost simple Southern staple lunch and dinner, to fine dining.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This restaurant was recommended to us for a family dinner prior to my wedding. It is fantastic! We had 15 people in our party and no one had a bad meal. Everyone was raving about their meals for days and of course we all tried each others and couldn't even decide who had ordered the best meal. We all chose... More 

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Additional Information about The Basics

Address: 319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
Phone Number: 910-343-1050
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
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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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: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Romantic
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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