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“Never order the specials” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar

Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar
Ranked #21 of 666 Restaurants in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: French, Cafe, European, Wine Bar
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, Scenic view
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: 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!
Maxton, North Carolina
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Never order the specials”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

I drove 100 miles so my friend could enjoy her birthday dinner at this restaurant. The location is superb, the staff friendly and courteous, the wine selection very good. It being a special occasion we ordered from the specials of the evening menu. The Gazpacho soup was very good, and hot. My friend had the Zucchini & Artisanal Sausage ($18), which she said was very good, but obviously has been pre-prepared and microwaved. I had the Crab and Penne Gratin ($18) which was obviously warmed over mac & cheese. If there was any crab it was hidden. We mentioned it, but I didn’t wish to ruin her evening by raising a fuss. It was one of those “if I can swallow it, I can pass it” kind of moments. Next visit, if there is one, we will know to stick to the regular menu or have a salad.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sam M
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Marie P, Owner at Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
We are absoulutely sorry that you have not been satisfied for that occasion. Although we understand, we deeply regret that you didn't call the manager on duty to change your entree choice. As you can imagine, I was alarmed to hear about the Crab & Penne, our most popular summer gratin and the Zucchini & Artisanal Sausage recently featured w/Bob Garner-NC Weekend. These dishes are prepared in house, w/quality ingrediants and baked in the oven when ordered. Obviously, yours was not up to standard and once again appologize.
I do hope you mentioned to our wait staff it was her birthday to receive our complimentary birthday Chocolate Mousse? And, I do hope you will have an opportunity to re-visit Le Catalan.
Sincerely, Marie
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  • English first
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English first
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Lovely Afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

This small restaurant is always a fun stop. Great food, good wine list, pleasant location with a river view. The food is imaginative, fresh and well-prepared. One of our favorite spots.

Visited September 2012
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Favorite downtown spot anytime of year”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

My friend and I have dined at Le Catalan in the winter, spring, summer and fall. Le Catalan is our "go to" place whenever we want to enjoy excellent food, great wine and a cozy, intimate setting. The place is not large, but it's location right on the downtown waterfront gives one the feeling of being in a little European bistro. The waitstaff is attentive and knowledgeable; when I have asked about wine suggestions they are happy to bring a small sample to try.

There is a limited fixed menu, but we usually go with the specials and have always been pleased with the special of the day. On the fixed menu, the flaky, flavorful quiche is always delightful. The portions are just right; they are European-sized portions (translation: no super-size, more than you need American portions) but since the food is very rich the portions are very filling. Suggestions: Try any of the daily specials, ask the wait staff to recommend a wine, then sit back and enjoy a true European bistro experience without having to leave the U.S.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Seleora
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Marie P, Owner at Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
Thank you, what a lovely summary of Le Catalan. I couldn't agree with you more...instead of the Seine we have "Le Cape Fear" w/sunny weather and sunsets a plus!
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Loveland, CO
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Perfect spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

Had a great late lunch Le Catalan today. The food was excellent (Quiche Lorraine and Crab Salad), the chef here really has it going on. Don't miss it; it's an ideal place to grab a bite and a nice glass of wine. Excellent service, excellent food, all in a beautiful setting on a gorgeous afternoon. Who could ask for anything more? Highly recommended!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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“Un bijou !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

What a delightful discovery! Light French fare exquisitely prepared, wonderful service and hospitality, and a lovely river view. Will dine here again. Magnifique!

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Thank JosephAnamCara
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