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Reel Cafe

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100 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4413
11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great wings and shrimp. We arrived late and ordered from the late menu. Sat outside and watched Monday night football on the big screen. Food and service were great

Thank Matt B
Findlay, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good location in historic district just off river walk Good food and service Not crowed Clean Quiet Good variety

Thank Wolfe99
Wilmington, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The spot is on a corner so great for watching people walking by. We sat on the patio and the metal patio furniture has seen better days. The waitress was not very good didn't know the drink specials or the food. I got up and asked the bartender she was good. We started off with fried oysters they were excellent.... More 

Thank smsAustin
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5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for lunch while we walked around town. The drink selection was very good and they had some daily specials. The food however was very average, I ordered the tuna and my wife got the cab cake sandwich. Another person in our party got the meatball sub, it looked real good, but overall the dinning experience was very run... More 

Thank Nicholas V
Rock Falls
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were told about the fantastic view from the rooftop; we were disappointed it was not open. However, besides a quaint "inside" they have a very nice patio area which we chose. We enjoyed a wonderful glass of Jupiter Red Blend Petit Sirah. Although, we had plans to eat elsewhere, we did enjoy the ambiance of the patio; excellent, friendly... More 

Thank Sharon J
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

We had a meet and greet rehearsal dinner here and all 60+ of our guests had a wonderful time. The staff was not only accommodating but so helpful in planning our event from start to finish. The food was delicious, as well! In addition to using this space for our party, we love to frequent it when we're in town!... More 

Thank Elyssa M
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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

If you can look overlook the fact that no one genuinely cares about you or any of your needs drink wise , at either bar, then you are good , it's late and the food tastes pretty darn good.... and it ain't the awful house , so there ya go .....

Thank Jennifer A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

We visited the restaurant on a weekday afternoon and the staff was great at accommodating 14 of us. Waitress was great and the food came out quicky. We had no complaints about the food or service!

Thank matt w
Prescott, Wisconsin
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

This restaurant is a great place to stop for a reasonably priced meal. They have a great assortment of options. The setting of the restaurant is one block off the river and is very family friendly. I was not sure what I wanted to eat. Lena suggested the shrimp and grits. She was right! I have had shrimp and grits... More 

Thank sjudge1965
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15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

Decent, casual place with capable service. Food was good, but forgettable. There are tons of better restaurants in Wilmington. Nice location.

Thank JenniferOfWilmington

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $23
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4413
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: 910-251-1832
For over 14 years, the Reel Café has been Wilmington’s premier restaurant and nightlife location, because it has something for everyone. Enjoy dining in our restaurant, live music in our courtyard Oyster Bar, dancing in the second-floor dance club or cocktails on the Rooftop Bar overlooking the Cape Fear River. We offer lunch, dinner and a late-night menu. Lunch has a variety of salads, sandwiches and steamers. Our dinner menu has a wonderful variety of burgers, sandwiches, pastas and steaks. We also have delicious seafood entrées and salads, or try the specials prepared daily by our chef. Whether it’s a delightful meal, live music or the downtown nightlife, The Reel Café is the place to be

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?