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Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar

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$$ - $$$
French, Cafe, Wine Bar, European
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224 S Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3987
+1 910-815-0200
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Wilmington, NC
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sweet French restaurant on the river walk. Nice atmosphere. Also, outdoor dining. Nice wines and dishes

Thank happyWilmington_NC
Cary, North Carolina
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137 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

We never make a trip downtown without a stop here. Our favorite cafe on the riverwalk to have a glass of wine while enjoying the river views. Great appetizers to accompany the wine. Great ambiance.

Thank Pam C
Lima, Peru
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

Le Catalan is one of the reasons that we want to return to Wilmington. Whether for a relaxing wine and cheese plate in the comfortable cafe on a hot afternoon or a lovely dessert and coffee on the deck overlooking the river, we loved the food, the ambiance and the friendly people each time we were there. We will be... More 

Thank edgeclinger
Conway, South Carolina
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Great place for leisurely lunch with friends. The quiches were excellent. Service very attentive without hovering.

Marie P, Owner at Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this review

Thank you, we love hearing about your recent dining experience with us! Sincerely, Marie More 

Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

We had indulged in our appetizers before we walked around the river front and most places were very crowded by then with waits of 30 minutes or more. So, we reluctantly grabbed a bistro table on the deck and settled in. Little did we know, it would be a delightful surprise of delicious light fare and delicious wine. We ordered... More 

Thank Norma G
Jacksonville, North Carolina
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51 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

The best seats at Le Catalan are outdoors! The outdoor seating looks over the water and makes for a relaxing evening. We went specifically for the wine selection and dog friendly atmosphere. Friendly pups are welcome to enjoy the outdoor seating while their owners munch on cheese and chocolates! During our visit we went for the Cab Sauv, the Cheese... More 

Thank Alyssa W
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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93 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

I hate to rate a restaurant poorly considering our server was gracious but the food & experience was simply bad. Skipping extensive detail: The 1st glass of wine was swimming with bugs, the sausage & zucchini gratin special was not properly cooked, and the other dishes the family had were not worth the charge. This is the only meal my... More 

Thank Aaron G
Marie P, Owner at Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this review

We are sorry we could not satisfy you, which is what we strive for. We always prepare and cook that dish (artisan sausage & zucchini) the same way in our programmed oven. Because we understand that some people can be disappointed with a dish, it is our policy to always offer an alternative without charge, as we did. We encourage... More 

Greensboro, North Carolina
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

The menu is "compact" but the specials were quite nice. We tried a shrimp gratin which was delicious. Good wine list and great service. Sitting outside was nice on a late summer evening.

Thank Betty M
Gaithersburg, MD
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

My wife and I love going to Le Catalan. The food is always excellent. We had the wine tasting flights. I had the red and my wife had the white. The wines selected for the flights were very good. I also love the fact that you can sit outside on the boardwalk with your dog!

Thank ltsjdad
Southport, North Carolina
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98 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

WE had Sunday Brunch at Le Catalan and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Located on the waterfront in Wilmington, NC, Le Catalan offers a somewhat limited yet very tasty variety of dishes. The cooking style definitely has a French flair. We have only been for Sunday Brunch, but if that experience is indicative of their food and service throughout the day,... 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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $20
French, Cafe, Wine Bar, European
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 224 S Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3987
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-815-0200
Wilmington's authentic French Cafe and Wine Bar established January 2001. "Wine Down" on the Riverwalk! Serving Lunch & Dinner: Soups, Salads, Quiche, Cheese, Charcuterie, Seasonal and Daily Entrees, Dessert...Famous Chocolate Mousse. Wine, Beer and Spirits. Inside/Outside dining and friendly service. Enjoy a river breeze and catch a sunset!

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