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The Basics

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319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
+1 910-343-1050
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our recent visit was for lunch because we were scoping out a place to take friends for dinner....Although they advertise a gluten free menu, they told me they didn't have one when I asked. The place was very busy and very, very, very noisy. A table of rude, loud women ruined the lunch. I had a spinach salad with just... More 

Thank Carolyn H
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visiting Wilmington and found ourselves near this place at lunch time. What a find! Located on Front Street very near the Cape Fear Community College. Service was quick and efficient. I had the chicken salad sandwich with a potato cake for my side, the wife had the Carolina Cobb salad. The food was all outstanding and plentiful. I was especially... More 

Thank Oscar G
Wilmington, North Carolina
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had a fabulous Brunch today. The choices are amazing and the portion sizes incredible. I had the oatmeal blueberry pancakes which were heavenly. Well worth a visit.

Thank aging2016
Oak Island, North Carolina
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87 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here for breakfast and it was soooo lovely! Had an amazing time and the food was delightful. Would love to come back soon!

Thank Sara L
Raleigh, NC
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Recommend getting reservations. We arrived at opening, 5pm, with reservations. It didn’t take long for the place to fill up. Had the Fried green tomatoes, excellent. We ordered the Lamb chops and Filet. I had to send the filet back as it was not hot, not even warm. They re-fired it, brought it back, much better. Would suggest they warm... More 

Thank Mike B
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6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Got the filet and the lamb chops. Both delicious but plates are not warm so meat cools off quickly. Had to have steak reheated after one bite. Make reservations! Fresh vegetables were delicious. Try the fried green tomatoes. Best we have tasted. 4 stars for cool meat. Sides were perfect.

Thank Linda B
North Carolina
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My sister and I stopped in for coffee and dessert after a show at Thalian Hall. The peach cobbler was to die for. Our cute waitress was very helpful and took great care of us. We're going back for brunch on Sunday.

Thank watercrest519
Penn Yan, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great brunch, great atmosphere and a star waitress - Janae!!!! Great menu and we also looked at the lunch and dinner menu. Will definitely return.

Thank flojo198
Leland, North Carolina
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203 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is located next to he Cotton Exchange on Front Street. Casual, storefront kind of place. They were getting ready to do some renovations when we went. Our server, Shannon, was great. Very knowledgeable and willing to share personal recommendations. The shrimp and grits were great, very tasty. A section of the menu focuses on southern favorites. The rest... More 

Thank NCTravelfan58
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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

Met a friend in Wilmington today and we happened to both park near here...and the line was out the door at 11 am! We only had to wait a short time to be seated. It was definitely worth the wait! The brunch menu had more than was online. I tried the Spinach Feta Grill and my friend had the Crabcake... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-343-1050

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?