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Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar

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French, Cafe, European, Wine Bar
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224 S Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3987
+1 910-815-0200
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11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:30 - 16:30
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning view of river - can hardly wait to go back for a spring dinner just to see the beautiful sunset over the water We had a delicious smoked Gouda and onion quiche that came with lightly dressed greens made for just the right sized lunch. We finished with the chocolate mousse which was as delicious as the other reviews.

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Thank Rhonda T
Wilmington, North Carolina
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Since the first time I saw the place i was willing to try it out the food and the service. I wasn't wrong in my guess, local is small but makes it more European style, here the service is excellent and the food is quite bit better, beautiful view of the river, lunch and dinners are simplement Delightfull!!

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Thank Hector H
Shelby, N.C.
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Had lunch with a friend. A little chilly to eat outside which we love but nice and comfortable inside. I ordered the quiche of the day which had caramelized onions and smoked Gouda. It was outstanding. My friend had quiche Lorraine which she said was good. We each ordered a wonderful glass of wine. Service was perfect. Winter is a... More 

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Thank Travel236
Wilmington, NC
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Sweet French restaurant on the river walk. Nice atmosphere. Also, outdoor dining. Nice wines and dishes

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Thank happyWilmington_NC
Cary, North Carolina
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185 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We never make a trip downtown without a stop here. Our favorite cafe on the riverwalk to have a glass of wine while enjoying the river views. Great appetizers to accompany the wine. Great ambiance.

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Thank Pam C
Lima, Peru
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Le Catalan is one of the reasons that we want to return to Wilmington. Whether for a relaxing wine and cheese plate in the comfortable cafe on a hot afternoon or a lovely dessert and coffee on the deck overlooking the river, we loved the food, the ambiance and the friendly people each time we were there. We will be... More 

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Thank edgeclinger
Conway, South Carolina
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Great place for leisurely lunch with friends. The quiches were excellent. Service very attentive without hovering.

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Thank MWTSC
Marie P, Owner at Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this review

Thank you, we love hearing about your recent dining experience with us! Sincerely, Marie More 

Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We had indulged in our appetizers before we walked around the river front and most places were very crowded by then with waits of 30 minutes or more. So, we reluctantly grabbed a bistro table on the deck and settled in. Little did we know, it would be a delightful surprise of delicious light fare and delicious wine. We ordered... More 

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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51 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

The best seats at Le Catalan are outdoors! The outdoor seating looks over the water and makes for a relaxing evening. We went specifically for the wine selection and dog friendly atmosphere. Friendly pups are welcome to enjoy the outdoor seating while their owners munch on cheese and chocolates! During our visit we went for the Cab Sauv, the Cheese... More 

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Thank Alyssa W
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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102 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

I hate to rate a restaurant poorly considering our server was gracious but the food & experience was simply bad. Skipping extensive detail: The 1st glass of wine was swimming with bugs, the sausage & zucchini gratin special was not properly cooked, and the other dishes the family had were not worth the charge. This is the only meal my... More 

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Thank Aaron G
Marie P, Owner at Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this review

We are sorry we could not satisfy you, which is what we strive for. We always prepare and cook that dish (artisan sausage & zucchini) the same way in our programmed oven. Because we understand that some people can be disappointed with a dish, it is our policy to always offer an alternative without charge, as we did. We encourage... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
French, Cafe, European, Wine Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 16:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 224 S Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3987
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-815-0200
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!

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