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Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar

224 S. Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401-3987
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Ranked #21 of 540 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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94% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Charlotte, North Carolina
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Le Catalan was the perfect spot for a late lunch. The patio is small but pet friendly and right on the Waterfront. Very friendly service. The menu is small but varied. I had crab salad on a bed of spinach, husband had Quiche Lorraine. Both were excellent!

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Sanford, North Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We went for an afternoon snack that included a scrumptious charcuterie platter of proscuitto, pate, salami, garlic sausage, and pickles with warm and flaky baguette plus olive oil and balsamic for dipping. Loved it. Strong selection of craft beers and I enjoyed a spicy Bloody Mary. Our server was delightful.

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Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My shrimp gratin was delicious. The service was great, the weather was good and the waitress was beautiful and smiley! I loved my experience on the boardwalk of Wilmington. Merci et bonne saison

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Raleigh, North Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We went there to enjoy some wine and appetizerswhile enjoying the views of the river. We typically go there at least twice a year when we are visiting the Riverwalk. Within minutes of our wine being brought out an annoying fly fell right into one of our wine glasses and began swimming around. We waited for our waitress to come... More

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Marie P, Owner at Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. This should have never happened. Following an inquiry with my staff I learned that our Wait Staff Manager was in between shifts. As a result, we are currently reviewing our customer service policy with all of our staff. We strive for 100% customer satisfaction and invite you back to try... More

Winston Salem, North Carolina
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93 reviews 93 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

My husband and I made reservations for dinner at Le Catalan on a Saturday evening. The hostess was very pleasant and arranged for us to have a table outside to watch the sun set. When we arrived, we loved the atmosphere, but found the menu to be extremely limited and overwhelmingly expensive. We decided to order drinks and a cheese... More

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Middletown, Delaware
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

On a recent visit to Wilmington, North Carolina to look at property for moving, we spend Saturday afternoon in old town. We wanted to get a feel of what the weekends are like during the summer, this being Memorial Weekend. As the afternoon got later and the temperature got hotter, we wanted a cold drink. Not wanting to sit at... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Ate here with two of my BFFs, one if whom is Catalan. We loved it. The good was excellent and we had a great visit with the proprietor. Thanks for excellent cuisine.

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Columbia, Maryland
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

WJust back from Provence and missing that incomparable cuisine, we ducked into this shaded bistro alongside the river in Wilmington's historic district. Good choice! We had a simple but perfectly prepared lunch, and the waitresses were helpful and enthusiastic. We also had a glass of very good French wine.

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Caeur D Alene
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246 reviews 246 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Great view. Great mood. Cool crows. Service was very friendly and helpful. My server was quick and friendly. Vanessa was great Food is great. Good wine. No big entrees but great for a nice afternoon by the water.

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Rochester, NY
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337 reviews 337 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We stopped by for dessert later in the evening after strolling the waterfront. The nice Parisian-like outdoor seating along the water made for a pleasant place to dine. The chocolate mousse and the creme de Catalan (a version of creme brulee) were both very good and at a reasonable price. The rest of the menu looked inviting though limited but... More

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