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The German Cafe

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German, European, Gluten Free, Austrian, Central European
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316 Nutt St, The Cotton Exchange Building, Lower Level, Facing the Hilton, Wilmington, NC 28401
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoy a beer and a brat! Also wonderful deserts! Always friendly staff and helpful with making food and beer selections.

Thank VandCWatson
Bothell, Washington
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212 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I ate at the German Cafe three times in the week I spent in Wilmington. Each time was more was more amazing than the last. After I was there three times for lunch and dinner, I went back my last night to buy several strudel to take home to the family. Get the idea its a favorite place to eat?... More 

Thank Islandb98
Wilmington, North Carolina
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I attended a business lunch here and it was a huge success. We had a private room which made our meeting session go well. Then we had lunch! The food was delicious! Desserts were awesome. Our servers were very attentive! I plan to return to this restaurant with my husband regularly!

Thank Flower6irl55
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

My family and I are in Wilmington for a weekend get away and the German Cafe is across the street from our hotel. All I can say is it was delicious. We started with a cheese tray and had the veal schnitzel as our main dish. It was cooked perfectly and more than enough food. Great atmosphere and the service... More 

1 Thank Sbernard86
Kinston, North Carolina
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Love the food and atmosphere here. Its at the Cotton Exchange right across from the river. Very good food and excellent service. My wife and I eat here 2-3 times a year. Very good lunch too!

1 Thank Kevin S
Tampa FL
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

My wife and I had lunch here on a beach get-away. This is a hidden-away spot behind the Cotton Exchange downtown on the river, but not “on the river”. Stepping through the door, you could juxtapose yourself into a toned down Bavarian atmosphere, real German beer, and authentic German food! We ate early and there was no wait. Our waitress... More 

Thank rossvlb
Wilmington, North Carolina
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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

A quaint setting without being tacky. We were there for lunch and it was delicious. Wait staff was very pleasant and helpful. Our food arrived looking appetizing and in a very timely fashion. If you have a problem using stairs request a ground level table. Other dining areas are reached by small staircase(s). A different set up for a restaurant... More 

Thank Louise K
Raleigh, North Carolina
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

We enjoyed a nice dinner here on a Saturday night. The portions were generous. The veal was sliced thin as it should be. Service was friendly and prompt. The interesting nooks where you are seated are not visible from the entrance. Good beer and amazingly large desserts. We took home some strudel which is available near the front door for... More 

1 Thank bestnc
Burlington, North Carolina
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114 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed lunch here during a busy event weekend in Wilmington. It is located in the Cotton Exchange so parking is very convenient (and free) in the lot there. My husband had the Reuben and I ordered the knockwurst platter -- both had the sauerkraut and potato salad. It was delicious even though the kraut and German... More 

Thank Janice P
Sandefjord, Norway
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25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Almost german, but still far away. The food was inspired of Germany, but that was almost it. It was not the best schnitzl I have been served.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
German, European, Gluten Free, Austrian, Central European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 316 Nutt St, The Cotton Exchange Building, Lower Level, Facing the Hilton, Wilmington, NC 28401
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: 910-763-5523

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