We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
224 S. Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401-3987
910-815-0200
Website
Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Wilmington's authentic French Café and Wine Bar established January 2001...
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!
read more
Good for:
Romance
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 109 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 69
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Two thumbs up!

We loved our special penne and crab dishes, small salads, the beautiful view of the river, excellent wine, efficient and friendly waitress, and calm atmosphere. Would return on a warmer day to bask in the sunshine outside. Intriguing menu. Good value for waterfront dining. Metered parking on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
Linda C
,
Moorpark, California
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
Add Photo Write a Review

109 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Moorpark, California
Top Contributor
461 reviews 461 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
263 helpful votes 263 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We loved our special penne and crab dishes, small salads, the beautiful view of the river, excellent wine, efficient and friendly waitress, and calm atmosphere. Would return on a warmer day to bask in the sunshine outside. Intriguing menu. Good value for waterfront dining. Metered parking on street. It reminded us of Paris and a meal by the Seine.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Marie P, Owner at Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this review

Thank you ~ Merci, for capturing in words a lovely description of our boutique restaurant. We look forward to your return when you can bask in the sun on " Le Deck" and hopefully catch a Cape Fear sunset. See you soon ~ A bientot! Marie More 

Elon College, North Carolina
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Stopped in here to sit outside and enjoy some wine and the beautiful view. We just ordered two wine flights and the cheese plates. Both were good, and the service was attentive. Next time we will get some food too, and more wine...

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

Thank you for highlighting Le Catalan recently. We look forward to having you back to try one of our Seasonal Entrees and perhaps tempt you w/our famous Chocolate Mousse! Marie More 

Wilmington, North Carolina
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Enjoyed our time together in this quaint french cafe with a full menu lunch and dinner, brunch on Sundays! We thoroughly enjoyed the cheese platter, the basil tomatoe soup, and the curry chicken salad superb! Others of us had the quiche, our meal was filling and definitely will return. Its located right on the river, with a boat dock near.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Wonderful location right on the river, and the staff was nice enough to make my tasty $8.50 croque monsieur into a croque madame by throwing a fried egg on top even though it wasn't on the menu (for a fee). However, we were shocked to find that the sausage ratatouille special we ordered was double the price of every other... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Lovely location downtown, right on the river, but sort off the beaten path! Sit outside, sip a glass of wine and watch folks and boats go by. I could spend hours here!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wilmington, North Carolina
Top Contributor
144 reviews 144 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We took advantage of a recent gorgeous day to stop at Catalan for wine and a cheese plate to enjoy the amazing weather and view along the river. The cheese plate included four different cheeses, as well as butter and a basket of crispy, warm, french baguette. It was so enjoyable that we ended up staying for dinner as well!... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Wilmington, North Carolina
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I really enjoyed my lunch here with clients. We found it by accident and all three of us thought that our meals were good. I did think that it was a little pricey but would definitely go again and would recommend to friends.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kenansville, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I am not much on French food, so my review is slightly biased. This is my favorite place in Wilmington. I love to go here for the chocolate mousse and coffee and enjoy sitting outside in the breeze gently blowing off of the water while I indulge, and take in the beauty of the port city.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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!!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar also viewed

Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
 
Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
 

Been to Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 224 S. Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401-3987
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: 910-815-0200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: French, Mediterranean, European, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating

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!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?