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The Basics

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319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
+1 910-343-1050
08:00 - 21:00
Open now
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 21:00
Sat 10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Parkersburg, West Virginia
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ate here on a girls trip and enjoyed the spin on traditional favorites. The pumpkin muffin was spectacular. It is a busy place so we did have a short wait for a table. They also ran out of some specials while we were there, but that just goes to show how good the food is. The restaurant is in... More 

Thank waterskinggina
Hampstead, North Carolina
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141 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I made a last minute reservation last night (Saturday) at The Basics, partly due to location and partly due to the more American style menu and were pleased with our visit. The waitress (Rebecca I believe) was very attentive and knowledgeable without being over bearing. Her wine recommendations were appreciated. We tried the butternut squash bisque which... More 

Thank bfarber
Rochester, New York
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

On our second morning in Wilmington, my wife wanted to search for breakfast by exploring some streets we had not yet walked. Well that method worked out exceedingly well. This small place has a short and unusual menu. Our eggs had spinach, tomatoes, feta and balsamic reduction. Sounds unusual but tasted great. Waitress was nice and the ambiance was pretty... More 

Thank Tim B
Randleman, North Carolina
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57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food and service at this place is amazing. I saw people around me with plates loaded with as much food as the plate held and their meals looked wonderful. I had half a chicken and it was falling off the bone. Cooked to perfection but not overcooked. I honestly would like to try everything on their menu.

Thank Karen T
London, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this restaurant 4 times in 3 days. Every day I tried something different and it was amazing. Freshly cooked, very tasty food. Waiters were great as well, very friendly and positive. Truly recommended as it is a real gem.

Thank Bambina-Tina
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

A very good find right in Wilmington. Shrimp and grits were fantastic. So good, in fact, we went back for breakfast. Go there, it won't disappoint

Thank james d
Lima, Peru
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We were out walking and needed a break. Glad we stopped at The Basics for a rest. Excellent fried green tomatoes and crab cakes with a couple of beers made for a relaxing background for conversation. We're anxious to return to return to check out some of their other offerings.

Thank edgeclinger
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Delicious and unique food great service highly recommend would return again when visiting Wilmington NC

Thank AnneMarie E
Wilmington, North Carolina
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We were passing by and decided to try this restaurant. We know of it as a brunch place, not as a diner place. We were totally surprised by the quality of the food, the quantity of food and the very fair pricing.

Thank Ronstan
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108 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Small pricey portions. Beer wasn't cold, not even offered a glass. They were pleasant regarding GF menu requests, but not many choices. The salmon was ok, tiny piece for $14, on very buttery risotto. The watermelon gazpacho was mostly onion flavored.

Thank Janice G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-343-1050

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