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Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar

224 S. Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401-3987
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Ranked #20 of 546 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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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

It was a dreary day but we stopped by for lunch and thoroughly relaxed and enjoyed our time here. My husband had the crab salad which had lots of real crab and I had the curry chicken salad, yummy, packed with flavor, raisins and nuts that complemented each other. The baguette was hot and fresh and we just slathered it... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We picked this restaurant at a whim but what a prize. Service was excellent and food delicious. Two of us had the shrimp and orzo gratin and our husbands the crab and penne gratin. I cannot say enough about the quality and taste of the dishes. Wish I could have their recipe!!

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DeRidder, Louisiana
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

my husband and i wanted to eat on the water and this little cafe looked nice. food was very overpriced for the majority of the items and my husband was dissapointed with the meat plate but my quiche was very good. This would be a good place to have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee but it... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This is a tough review to write because the waitress and owner took our criticism with incredible poise and professionalism, including several nice gestures to improve our visit.....but.....to be honest, we were disappointed. It could be that we just chose the wrong dish (charcuterie plate). That being said, we also found the glass of wine to be average and expensive... More

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Sunset Beach, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Located on the Riverwalk this small restaurant has an excellent small plate menu if you wish. We sat outside and our server was excellent. The food was well prepared and we all will come back for another visit.

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Randolph, New Jersey
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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
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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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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