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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 - 9:30 pm
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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: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Dessert, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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!
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  • 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
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2014
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Spring Lake NJ
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Good for:
  • Romantic
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English first
Spring Lake NJ
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

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 

Winston Salem, North Carolina
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

My husband and I made reservations for dinner at Le Catalan on a Saturday evening. The hostess was very pleasant and arranged for us to have a table outside to watch the sun set. When we arrived, we loved the atmosphere, but found the menu to be extremely limited and overwhelmingly expensive. We decided to order drinks and a cheese... More 

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Middletown, Delaware
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

On a recent visit to Wilmington, North Carolina to look at property for moving, we spend Saturday afternoon in old town. We wanted to get a feel of what the weekends are like during the summer, this being Memorial Weekend. As the afternoon got later and the temperature got hotter, we wanted a cold drink. Not wanting to sit at... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Ate here with two of my BFFs, one if whom is Catalan. We loved it. The good was excellent and we had a great visit with the proprietor. Thanks for excellent cuisine.

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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 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

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