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Reel Cafe

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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100 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4413
+1 910-251-1832
11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Wilmington, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was excellent but stephanie made it even better! Such a sweetheart, gave us great recommendations. We will be coming back and will keep asking for her. Thank you!

Thank jennylynne222
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was impressed with the varied menu and spacious patio. The location is steps from the waterfront and a great place to stop while in Wilmington!

Thank JMWNiagara
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108 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Always looking for GF and vegan options. Very hard to find in little beach areas. I had the black bean burger without bread, and it was fabulous. Hubby would give the restaurant a 3 star, as his calamari was boring and a little soggy, but I was so excited to have a menu option I give it 4. No GF... More 

Thank Janice G
Kiowa, Colorado
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

My daughter and I went in when we arrived in town. They have a nice patio area near the bar and had a band playing music. They have, burgers, salads etc. Nothing unusual, but good food and reasonable prices,

Thank kmbreakall
Wilmington, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Great place to sit on a nice evening, have a nice meal, great beer and listen to live music. I really enjoyed my time there. Will go again very soon.

Thank jazdancerrlh
Hampstead, North Carolina
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140 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

Went out on a double date with my wife and another couple tonight and enjoyed the food and atmosphere at this local bar. All of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinner - my wife had grilled cheese (it had goat cheese and all sorts of other cheeses), tomato and basil soup, but did not love her mashed potatoes. I had steak,... More 

Thank bfarber
Pembroke, Canada
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

This is a cute restaurant that was perfect for a light lunch- the kids devoured the pb&j and I really enjoyed my nachos. We would definitely go back!

Thank K J
Catonsville, Maryland
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628 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

The Reel Café has a great location in the heart of the historic district.The restaurant has many looks with the 1st indoor bar and dining area that is bright and open,to the attractive outdoor bar and patio framed by colonel red brick walls and then there is the 2nd floor and then a rooftop area. We ordered the wings and... More 

Thank Mark G
North Carolina
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

The rooftop bar has a great view of the river and bridge. It has a very relaxed yet fun feel. Good drink selection. The food is good with decent selection.

Thank Sarah W
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $23
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
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: +1 910-251-1832
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?