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Reel Cafe

100 South Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
910-251-1832
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Ranked #143 of 544 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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English first
Gastonia, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

After we were rudely shoo'd out of Wayfarer Delicatessen (because there were too many- 7 - in our party for them to seat, we chose this place, and it ended up being a nice lunch. The roasted tomato soup du jour was spicy but very tasty. The kid's pizza was very good as well. I had the crab cake sandwich... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

1) Oysters over cooked. 2) Oysters small. 3) Oysters, couldn't shuck 3 of them without the help of a sludge hammer. 4) Greasy quesadilla. 5) 4 out of 10 service. 6) Down $50 for food & drinks, not worth half of that. 7) No atmosphere. Go anywhere else, but here.

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Laurel Springs, North Carolina
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84 reviews 84 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The Shrimp Scampi was great. The service was excellent. A bit pricey to add a small salad. In my opinion a bit of some kind of salad or vegetable should be included with an entre. But no complaints about the quality of the meal!

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Forest City, Iowa
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262 reviews 262 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We had a great time at the Reel. The service was outstanding and the atmosphere is great! The food was really top-knotch. I recommend the crab cake sandwich. You can't go wrong here!

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Boca Raton, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I went to this place after visiting the oyster bar next to it. Not a very wise decision. Service is ok (could have been better), the environment is not comfortable and the seafood is so-so. The price of the food here is not worth what they give. Food was average. It is as good as an average chain restaurant. They... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We had a family reunion and arrived for a late lunch with 12 people. Our server Whitney was wonderful and very patient with our large group. Food was great and we can definitely say we tried a wide cross section of the adult and kid menu offerings. PO boy was lovely, daily special of spicy Thai shrimp wrap was outstanding.... More

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Huntington, West Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Stopped off at this restaurant for lunch. Excellent service and ideal downtown dockside location. I had the shrimp po-boy, which was packed with excellent fried shrimp. Really great meal. Would highly recommend.

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Lima
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

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
9 helpful votes 9 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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