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Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar

224 S. Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401-3987
910-815-0200
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Ranked #16 of 548 Restaurants in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: European, French, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Wilmington's authentic French Café and Wine Bar established January 2001. "Wine Down" on the Riverwalk! Serving Lunch & Dinner: Soups, Salads, Quiche, Cheese, Charcuterie, Seasonal and Daily Entrees, Dessert...Famous Chocolate Mousse. Wine, Beer and Spirits. Inside/Outside dining and courtious service. Enjoy a river breeze and catch a sunset!
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Randolph, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I was staying in one of the riverfront condos right above this restaurant. A hairdresser recommended this restaurant and it was a oerfect recommendation. I sat outside to enjoy the view and have a light bite and enjoy some wine. The food was delicious and they had a good selection of wines at reasonable prices! I will definitely be back... More

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Youngsville, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Because we love France and plan an upcoming visit to Spain, we stopped at the sweet Le Catalan French Cafe & Wine Bar from the Riverwalk entrance to sample cheese and enjoy a glass of wine outside the cafe overlooking the Cape Fear River. The special happened to be my favorite, Kir Royale, and it just got better from there... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

If you are looking for something a bit different, this restaurant is it. On the banks of the Cape Fear River, with views of the bridge over the river and the battleship. European flair, superb light meals ( charcuterie plate, saucisson plates, cheese platters, quiche Lorraine etc) excellent wines and great service. Very relaxing and pleasant atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Went for a late lunch on a Sunday. Very chill atmosphere outside with attentive, friendly service. Respectable wine selection by both bottle and glass. Food was tasty and fresh. Overall, a great experience for my first time at this restaurant. I recommend it.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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95 reviews 95 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely dinner here recently. Neither one of us was starving, and the menu appealed to us, so we gave it a shot. We were not disappointed. Le Catalan has a terrific wine list (heavy on the French) and our server had some nice recommendations for us. Her suggestions were excellent and as we sipped... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Beautiful views of the bridge over the Cape Fear River and the USS NC Battleship. Anything you order is delicious, especially the escargot feuillete! The cheese plate is worth it, as it comes with larger portions than most restaurants. This is my go-to date spot!

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North Carolina
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45 reviews 45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We love to spend a beautiful summer afternoon at Le Catalan. Being on the water, the atmosphere is perfect, small and unhurried. They offer light lunches and usually one or 2 pasta dishes. Very limited menu, but usually very good. I had a crab salad, which was a mound of crab salad on salad greens. A basket of bread accompanied... More

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Spring Lake NJ
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Not really an authentic French restaurant but unique small plates and menu that changes frequently. Tapas was very enjoyable and there is a very nice wine selection, by the glass and bottle. Main course were shrimp and crab pasta casserole. Nothing to rave about. Salad were common spring mix with a vinegarette. Again innovative. Bread was not French but looked... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

While all the other restaurants on the riverwalk in downtown Wilmington overload you with seafood dishes, Le Catalan offers something quite different. The menu ranges from awesome tomato basil soup to pate and cheese dishes. It has an authentic European cafe feel. The menu offers just enough to satisfy without over-eating. Plus: they are one of the few that allows... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Wine was great, we had a beautiful evening on the riverwalk. Staff was great. We did not order food but would recommend for after dinner drinks!

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