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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 #15 of 544 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
Greensboro, North Carolina
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
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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

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