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Reel Cafe

100 South Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
910-251-1832
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Ranked #126 of 538 restaurants in Wilmington
Price range: $7 - $23
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Sandwiches
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: For over 14 years, the Reel Café has been Wilmington’s premier restaurant and nightlife location, because it has something for everyone. Enjoy dining in our restaurant, live music in our courtyard Oyster Bar, dancing in the second-floor dance club or cocktails on the Rooftop Bar overlooking the Cape Fear River. We offer lunch, dinner and a late-night menu. Lunch has a variety of salads, sandwiches and steamers. Our dinner menu has a wonderful variety of burgers, sandwiches, pastas and steaks. We also have delicious seafood entrées and salads, or try the specials prepared daily by our chef. Whether it’s a delightful meal, live music or the downtown nightlife, The Reel Café is the place to be
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Lima
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

We stopped in on July 4th after a long day of shopping. Jacob promptly greeted us at the door and took us to our table. He was very attentive and personable. We have been here several times in the past and we are never disappointed! The crab dip is amazing, as were the sandwiches and other entrees that we ordered.... More

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RAMSEUR
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The food was excellent, the service was excellent, and the ambiance was on point. Great eating establishment.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We were tired of shopping and just picked the first place we came upon to eat. Looked like a typical bar and we were expecting typical pub food. What a nice surprise! Server was wonderful and engaging. Had the hummus appetizer and the goat cheese/walnut salads - one with grilled chicken, the other with grilled shrimp. Those salads were excellent.... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Great atmosphere of live music on the patio. Delicious food and excellent service, from the moment you walk in the door until you leave. It's a must for visitors of Wilmington !

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Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Stopped here for lunch and the burger and fries were great! Jacob was our server and he was excellent and very helpful about suggesting different ways to see the city!

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We went here Memorial Day weekend and waited 10 mins to get outdoor seating. We had dinner here. It is reasonably priced. The apps we ordered, fried oysters and crab dip were amazing!! My Husband ordered the shrimp and grits but there was way too much garlic, even for me and I love garlic. But the fish and chips and... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We were down here for Memorial Day weekend. Even though every restaurant was crowded, this place is large enough that a wait is very very short....less than 10 minutes. A good mix of food, though maybe not heavy enough on the seafood options. Portions were just right, giving you your money's worth, but not too much to stuff you. Live... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Nice bar & eatery. The restored it to the rough look. Exposed brick walls & beams. Covered patio with no view. Live music. Bathrooms are on 2nd floor,2 fights up. (have elevator) Food was ok, Menu so-so

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The food was decent but it was promoted as Wilmington's Planet Hollywood and there was really not much memorabilia around. Our server was great but the hostess staff wasn't really paying attention to people entering the cafe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

A friend and I went for a quick bite and found a great band as well as amazing food. Recommend to all!

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