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Little Dipper

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138 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4465
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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North Carolina
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149 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place to go with family or friends! We went during Wilmington's Restaurant Week and the special was an excellent deal. 4 course meal with choices! The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful with each course. We will definitely be back. My 3 choices were Filet, Chicken and Huge Scallops. We added the vegetables right into broth and it was... More 

Thank honeygene
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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174 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great birthday dinner for my daughter-in-law. We loved everything about it...the service, the atmosphere, the food, the drinks. Even a free piece of pie for the BD girl!! I was most intrigued by how great the various dipping sauces were for our meats. Can't wait to go back.

Thank larissagreen1
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

This is the first time I ever tried a fondue restaurant. Gives you ample time to talk with people at your table. It's a good concept. Food was average at best. It is fun, but overpriced for what it is.

Thank James C
Houston, Texas
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

The management and service is great which speaks volumes alone. However, here is my ranking of their food from best to worst. Salads (yes, it was the best thing we ate), Dessert (nothing special but still tasty...don't bother getting the cheesecake though, not worth it), Fondue (again, nothing special, easily replicated at home), Entrée (quality ingredients, however, portions are significantly... More 

Thank jwb7287
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Very nice and romantic for any special occasion. Would come back again because the environment is very nice. Right behind the restaurant is the lake and boardwalk. Me and the hubby had a nice scroll.

Thank MrsBlack17
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

Before arriving in Wilmington, I called the restaurant to ask about vegan options. The staff was very helpful and even asked the chef questions for me. I was also able to make reservations over the phone for 10 people. When we arrived, we were seated immediately and the our server, Carrie, approached within seconds to take our drink orders. We... More 

Thank Page C
Swansboro, North Carolina
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Wanted to find a place to have dessert after dinner and this was perfect! So many different options for things to dip and what to dip them in. Even though we didn't get dinner or drinks the menus for both looked amazing. This is definitely a place to treat yourself. The staff was laid back, extremely polite and great with... More 

Thank HaleyS0420
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

My husband, daughter (9), mother in law, and I were visiting Wilmington for 28 hours. We walked by this restaurant and thought it would be fun for our daughter. It turned out to be one of our top 5 meals ever. We started with the fontina and Switzerland cheese. Two people preferred each-each was delicious! We scraped every drop of... More 

Thank Jaimie H
Greensboro, North Carolina
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

My son and I ate dinner (and desert) and were blown away at every aspect of the restaurant. The service was extraordinary - Spencer took care of us. The food, appetizers (which are part of the meal) were all fresh and beautifully prepared and displayed. Our server assisted us in picking just the perfect sauces for our proteins. We left... More 

Thank Charlotte D
Wilmington, North Carolina
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

From salad all the way to dessert, everything was great. Nice quality of food, presentation and service. If you have not been to fondue before, don't go if you are in a hurry. We average between 1.5-2 hours of time at the table. There were no delays, that's just how long it takes.

Thank Marc R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $35
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 138 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4465
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: 19102510433

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