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Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar

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224 S. Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401-3987
+1 910-815-0200
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Wilmington's authentic French Cafe and Wine Bar established January 2001...
Wilmington's authentic French Cafe 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 friendly service. Enjoy a river breeze and catch a sunset!
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  • 79
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  • 41
    Very good
  • 6
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  • 3
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  • 0
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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
A beautiful cafe with amazing river views.

We stopped for some adult drinks after a Sunday stroll down the boardwalk. The waitress was very friendly and promptly took care of our needs. The drinks were cold, tasty and reasonably priced. The river views relaxing and awesome. We did not sample their food, but the friendly staff provided... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Robertoisfun
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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  • Romantic
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We stopped for some adult drinks after a Sunday stroll down the boardwalk. The waitress was very friendly and promptly took care of our needs. The drinks were cold, tasty and reasonably priced. The river views relaxing and awesome. We did not sample their food, but the friendly staff provided impeccable service. We were glad to spend our money and... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I am seriously not miserly. I had never complained in Yelp before about the price of a dinner. However, today we paid too much for a TINY meal and a not-so-pleasant experience. I had heard good things about this place so we called in. Upon realizing this place looked pretty much like a wine bar, I asked the lady who... More 

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Clifton Park, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is a cute little lunch place right on the river in downtown Wilmington. The food was light fare and refreshing. My friends enjoyed the margaritas and salads. I ordered the Mediterranean platter with olive tapanade and hummus which is served with a delicious baguette... however I really enjoyed the flavors but got full of bread. I asked if they... More 

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Florence, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We visited this restaurant as the third stop on the Taste Carolina tour. This was a true French cafe as one of the owners lived in France for 12 years prior to relocating to Wilmington. We sampled French bread with 3 delicious spreads....olive, sundried tomato and hummus along with a rosé' wine, my 10 year old was served an orange... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Sweltering hot day made it unfavorable for eating outside, but, as always, lunch was great! I highly recommend going when it is cooler so you can sit right out on the riverwalk and watch all the activities. Good wine list too.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A local had recommended Le Catalan to us so we had lunch there. The service was great, the atmosphere reminded me of being in a French Cafe. The food was prepared with love and the serving sizes were perfect. I was very happy with everything and that includes dessert

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This was like a little bit of Napa CA or even being on the coast of Languedoc, except that you're still on the Cape Fear River. They have a fab wine selection, and terrific small plates. As my dad says, it starts with the bread, and they have an excellent baguette. This is a great place when it's hot, and... More 

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Wilmington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

The picture is alluring except at 6:30 pm on a July evening. It would have been better for us to dine outside an hour later. The wine was very good. The appetizers were tasty. Our main courses were well prepared. A true French restaurant. The menu selections were narrow. Nice evening in downtown Wilmington, especially after the sun goes down.

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

Thank you for your nice review. Oh, how we wish we could control the weather. Our main dining room inside is cool in the summer and warm in the winter and has great views of the Cape Fear River. Also, some guests choose dining inside for lunch or dinner and finish outside with dessert & coffee on Le Deck. Sincerely,... More 

Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is a fabulous little cafe on the riverwalk! It should be emphasized that it is more so a wine bar and doesn't really offer large plates, so going hungry is not necessarily the crowd that Le Catalan caters to. That's not to say that their food is in anyway bad--their version of creme brûlée with orange peel tastes delicious,... More 

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

Thank you ~ merci! We appreciate your compliments. When you come back please be sure to try one of Le Catalan Classic's like our quiche served w/mixed greens or from the Specials board where our seasonal entree's are featured. We look forward to your return and hope for better weather. Sincerely, Marie More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The only reason I gave this four stars instead of five, is because the menu is very small, and not very extensive. I wish it was bigger with more options. All of the food on the menu though, is incredible, so I wish they would add more because I am sure it would be amazing too! The owners are fabulous,... More 

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

Thank you ~ merci! I am so glad you mentioned that our menu is limited because so is our kitchen, which is also why it's so delicious. This permits us to serve all day long (café style) and we can focus on the details within those limits. Please check out our seasonal specials the next time you join us. See... More 

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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: +1 910-815-0200

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

Description

Wilmington's authentic French Cafe 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 friendly service. Enjoy a river breeze and catch a sunset!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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