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The Basics

319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
+1 910-343-1050
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by for breakfast from out of town and were pleasantly surprised. I had the breakfast sandwich with egg, ham and cheese which was so much better than you get from the various fast food outlets. The service was also quite good and prices...More

Thank Linda W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to The Basics every time I've traveled to Wilmington. I have read the poor reviews and I wonder if we were at the same restaurant. I have had excellent service and the food (including the BBQ) is delicious. My mom loves their...More

Thank Suzan H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were a big loud group ready for a culinary adventure of Southern Cuisine. We got great service and poorly executed meals. I had the lamb chops and though they were cooked perfectly, they were cold, real cold and the side of asparagus was raw....More

Thank SeaHawk14
Reviewed February 8, 2018 via mobile

It can be tough to find vegetarian-friendly meals in a ‘southern’ restaurant, but we were pleasantly surprised. The winter vegetable hash was incredible, and there are lots of sides that work well for both vegetarian and vegan. Everything is made fresh, and you can definitely...More

Thank beckysmith25
Reviewed February 5, 2018

In the mood for a great brunch? We were.... and stumbled back into the Basics. My friend had steak and eggs & i had crab cakes (with spicy ginger) with poached eggs, bacon & hollandaise sauce. Our server was a bit over whelmed, so wasn't...More

Thank lafff
Reviewed February 4, 2018

The Basics starts with the basics and make them a wonder. The evening is full of food surprises and happiness. The wait staff become welcoming friends, with sweet smiles and happiness of your return. You often meet new visitors and talk about the good food...More

Thank jazdancerrlh
Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

Great tasting Pimento Grilled Cheese/Soup and Brunswick Stew that is excellent. I’ve walked by this place for years and was always confused what “The Basics” was about. Well I finally took care of my curiousity and sauntered inside. “The Basics” is about great food ......More

Reviewed February 4, 2018

Had a first date here based on her suggestion. The food, service and atmosphere was the best. Zero complaints.. Very close the Wilson Center if you are looking for a pre or post event drink or meal.

Thank BSUBigboy
Reviewed January 26, 2018

My wife and I were on our way home from Costco's and decided to eat in downtown Wilmington. We didn't want to fool with parking downtown, so we went to the Cotton Exchange parking lot. We decided to try Basics in Cotton Exchange. The menu...More

Thank Nicholas N
Reviewed January 6, 2018

We stopped by The Basics for lunch today. We found this place accidentally at the Cotton Exchange and so glad that we did! The food was amazing! Fresh, delicious, and truly hit the spot. My daughter had french toast and a beautiful fresh fruit dish...More

Thank Jan R
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February 16, 2018|
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Response from MacRanger | Reviewed this property |
I do believe they offer GF options.
Debbie P
December 27, 2016|
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Response from Tim B | Reviewed this property |
I think you posted your question in the wrong place. The is a restaurant.
Anne P
August 24, 2015|
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Response from Kitty K | Reviewed this property |
C W Worth B&B. Camellia Cottage
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine
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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