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The Basics

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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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 147
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
One of our local favorites!

We love, love, love, the basics. Their BBQ sandwich is the best you'll find anywhere... smokey, rich, delicious, big & satisfying! You really can't beat it. Great side salad too, try it. Oh by the way, ask for an extra napkin you're going to need it... that barbecue sandwich is juicy and will run... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Michael D
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love, love, love, the basics. Their BBQ sandwich is the best you'll find anywhere... smokey, rich, delicious, big & satisfying! You really can't beat it. Great side salad too, try it. Oh by the way, ask for an extra napkin you're going to need it... that barbecue sandwich is juicy and will run down your arm!

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Thank Michael D
Charleston, South Carolina
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stepped out of the cold into this homey bar restaurant. Full bar and menu. Enjoyed a "beet caprese" and a Brunswick stew. Very tasty and comfortable atmosphere. Would be happy to come here on a date or business dinner.

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Thank jpyavin5
Athens
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63 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Every once in a while you stumble upon a restaurant that gives a great surprise and The Basics does just that. An example of this is the Shrimp and Grits. Instead of the same old cream sauce that come in all shrimp and grit recipes, The Basics shrimp and grits has a "gravy" type sauce one would find on a... More 

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Thank volguy
Raleigh, North Carolina
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47 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love visiting our son in Wilmington as he always has a new restaurant to try. Today it was The Basics. There is nothing basic about the food here, it is amazing! I opted for the meatloaf, mashed potatoes with a side of grits...total comfort food. Whenever I see stone ground grits on the menu I assume they know how to... More 

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Thank ncbeachgrl93
Surf City, North Carolina
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited as a family outing and loved it. The menu was great with several great choices. All three of us had something great. Thank you Basics.

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Thank REOwings2
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worse food I have ever eaten. No seasonings, just bland. I really believe the slaw was spoiled, it had a weird taste.

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Thank Tammie G
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been four times and each visit was as good or better than the last. Great service, of course, but the creativity from the kitchen and their "Date Night" special for two makes dining fun; a great chance to experiment with different menu items.

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Thank Bill W
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
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102 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for dinner. We both choose fish which was fresh and finely prepared. Although the quantity was on the small side the prices were very reasonable. Service was friendly. The place is relatively small but comfortable.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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87 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Went here after church for breakfast. I had two eggs scrambled w French toast and bacon Bacon was good. French toast was subpar. Eggs were brown on outside and raw inside. Friends eggs were ok but the sausage was icky and the grits just ok Good service. Pass. Will not come back for breakfast again.

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Thank NCMichelle
Georgia523
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194 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We stopped here on advice of a local. This place was terrible. First the service is SUPER slow. Wife got her meal and it was SPICY, SPICY, SPICY. When is Tomato soup with basil so spicy you can't eat it? She left it uneaten as did others. Her grilled pimento sandwich was SPICY. I got pulled pork which was SOGGY.... 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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?