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Le Catalan

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$$ - $$$
French, Cafe, European, Wine Bar
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224 S Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3987
+1 910-815-0200
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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El Dorado Hills
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247 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed May 21, 2016

Really nice wine bar/bistro with great river views. We had an early dinner so we could watch the sunset. The place looks like a Parisian cafe, with little tables outside. Food was typical and very good - we shared a cheese and pate platter that was quite generous, and a Duck Confit Feuilete that was delicious. Very French, as in... More 

Thank visual
Raleigh, NC
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147 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2016

Although we've been vacationing in Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach for years, we had never tried Le Catalan before and it was a very good experience. You can sit outside on the riverfront, although the tables are small and the chairs not that comfortable. Food was very good, but the menu is pretty limited. Service is leisurely, so don't go if you are... More 

Thank Steffenzei
Wilmington, North Carolina
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2016

Have been many times on the water front, with spectacular views of sundown and river commerce. Food is excellent especially the salads and the shrimp casserole. Mostly French wines and very good selection. Chablis is excellent. Staff knowledgable and attentive.

2 Thank Lee B
Marie P, Owner at Le Catalan, responded to this review

Thank you ~ Merci... a lovely review, capturing all the highlights! The Shrimp & Orzo Gratin has definitely become a Catalan favorite along with our Quiche and now you can enjoy it all year long. More 

Kenansville, North Carolina
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed April 16, 2016

Had a bridal shower at Le Catalan today. The manager was great to work with in planning the event and everything went off without a hitch. The food was delicious and everyone had a great time.

Thank Debbie B
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2016

Stopped here our 1st night in Wilmington as it was close by, and the location looked like it would be scenic. It certainly was a beautiful sunset setting. You may want to bring along a pair of sunglasses, just at sunset on a clear day. They mostly have small plates, classic bistro, but do offer 1-2 full entrees as specials.... More 

2 Thank 589thomaso
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

We stopped by for a cappuccino and beer. We had a late afternoon tapa (small plate) of the hummus and tapenade. Would lile to go back for a full mill in the future.

Thank DavidandCindy B
New Bern, North Carolina
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

Marie and Pierre have given the "Southern" traveler a choice not expected but very much appreciated. Great food and personal attention are hallmarks of a superior restaurant. They offer both. Ask for Lilly - their server extrodinare.

1 Thank Bruce J
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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3,200 reviews
887 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 635 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2016

This is a pleasant little café with good food. The menu is basically French although it strays a little but that was fine. The service was attentive and overall this was a good place for lunch with a good view of the river.

Thank Oldjack
Potomac Falls, Virginia
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2016

Enjoyed a late night appetizer and drink while enjoying the view. The staff was extremely friendly even though we were there mid week and off season.

Thank NECornhusker_D
Wilmington, North Carolina
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 23, 2016

The espresso is very good. They have a very good wine selection for a smaller shop. We came for a Sunday lunch and had the quiche, which was excellent - cooked perfectly cooked and seasoned well. Very good view of the Cape Fear with outside tables.

Thank Steve W

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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, European, Wine Bar
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 - 9:00 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 and 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?