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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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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, 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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  • 76
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
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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
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
George G
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Wilmington
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Wilmington
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

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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Cary, North Carolina
2 reviews
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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10 restaurant reviews
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 

Hogansville, Georgia
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93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Went here for a light lunch, and let's face it, a nice glass of wine. Cute French decor, great service, and excellent fare. We had the crab penne and shared it, as we wanted to eat as many meals as we could before leaving Wilmington. The entree was enough for both of us, the view was excellent and service great.... More 

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

Thank you ~ merci! What a nice review... Ha, Pierre would say I talk too much. We are so glad you found us on the Riverwalk and look forward to your return visit soon. Marie PS Lily was flattered when she read this. More 

New Bern, North Carolina
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Do you know how difficult it is to find a real French Bistro in North Carolina? Well, it's simply damn hard. Two years ago we found this place along the river and were very impressed. We "found" it again and, if anything, it's improved. Pierre and Marie are the perfect hosts and love to talk to guests who like food... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We ate lunch on a very hot day but had plenty of shade and a nice breeze. The mushroom puff pastry was devine and I really liked the balsamic dressing on the salad. It was a very pleasant afternoon with a French flavor by the river.

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Elon College, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This is a great place to get a great meal and watch the fireworks. Reservations were required, and they were filled, so plan ahead. The food was excellent, with the choice of two appetizers, three entrees, and two desserts. The service was excellent, and I finished my dessert just as the fireworks started.

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

Thank you ~ We are so happy to hear that our Fourth of July dinner & fireworks over the Battleship was a memorable experience! We also think it is very special and look forward to this event every year, for some it has become a tradition (good point for reservations). We welcome you back! Marie More 

Thomasville, North Carolina
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Visited one or 2 yers ago and found excellent but limited menu items and very good value. Outstanding view and very good service.

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Havelock, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We went here on our 40th anniversary and were not disappointed. Booked ahead and had a great table outside. Ask for table 20 keeps you out of the wind. The service was very friendly and helpful with ordering from the menu. We will go back again.

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

Congratulations and what a nice review! Thank you for choosing Le Catalan to celebrate your anniversary and so glad to hear how nice it turned out. We look forward to your return, Marie More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

First time visit and we were going to a play so we dined early. Outstanding friendly service. The escargot was in a pastry and very good. The French wine was outstanding. My wife had the sausage and zucchini entree and it was flavorful. I had the quiche lorraine and it was superb. All were served with nicely done greens. The... More 

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

Great review, thank you. We understand your comment about the bread. Some restaurants bring bread free for the table, however it is rarely French baguette which we have found expensive to make in the U.S. There are several menu selections that include French baguette although our Entrée Specials do not. We are glad you enjoyed your experience at Le Catalan... More 

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Additional Information about Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar

Address: 224 S. Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401-3987
Phone Number: +1 910-815-0200
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
Cuisine: French, Mediterranean, European, Wine Bar

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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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