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“Something for everyone all in one building”
Review of Reel Cafe

Reel Cafe
Ranked #57 of 702 Restaurants in Wilmington
Price range: $7 - $23
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: 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
Reviewed August 13, 2012

The Reel Café has three different locations all in the same building. The lower section is a café type area with bar right on the street. The middle part of the building is taken up by a dance club and the top, where we went, is a rooftop bar. The rooftop was a nice place right on top. There is a nice view of the river but only in one direction. The rooftop as a whole does not have much of a view. It did have a nice breeze while we were there, a dj playing some good music, very attentive bartenders that never made me wait, and a nice deck sitting section with some small cornhole boards and the ring game. As a whole it is a nice relaxed bar with some dancing and music. You can have a conversation and enjoy your drink. It is a great bar to relax for a bit on the way to the next destination or to end your night.

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Reviewed August 4, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I took a weekend trip to Wilmington, and stopped at the Reel Cafe before some sight seeing. Everyone we encountered was very friendly. The atmosphere was very relaxed, family oriented, and they have the best crab dip I've ever had. We both got burgers- a cheeseburger and a black & blue burger-and we both enjoyed them.

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Reviewed August 2, 2012

Great nightlife crowd. Decent food, especially late at night. Great music! We had a lot of fun and service and prices were reasonable.

Thank Eurobondgirl
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

We found this little gem right before leaving Wilmington to go home, enjoyed the beer special of the day and shared a few appetizers - what a pleasant surprise when we found out that they were half price during Happy Hour! Nice service, great casual atmosphere (we sat outdoors) - that's the way life should be!

Thank Renate1111
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

The Reel Cafe has seafood and bar food, as well as having several bars. The food and service are good, but what sets the restaurant apart is setting and outdoor dining. Besides indoor the seating, the restaurant has outdoor seating and a rooftop bar. The outdoor seating is right on the corner of Dock Street and S Front Street, a perfect spot for people watching with food or drinks. And the rooftop bar has a great view of the Cape Fear River one block to the west.

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Thank jmpncsu
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