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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
11:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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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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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We ate at Le Catalan on an impromptu visit to Wilmington - the restaurant was busy and groups waiting so we went upstairs and settled in at the bar. Had fabulous cocktails, French onion soup and an amazing bowl of mussels. Great atmosphere, attentive staff. Would love to return one day.

Thank thebrgbrief
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63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This French Cafe serves excellent light dishes and has a wonderfull selection of wines. Great for lunch, try the Duck Confit wrapped in a delicous puffed pastry, EXCELLENT!! You will not be disappointed!

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

Thank you ~ merci for sharing your delicious description! You may also enjoy our entrée specials for dinner and a sunset? See you soon, Marie More 

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 21 December 2016 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.

Thank Rhonda T
Wilmington, North Carolina
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7 reviews
6 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!!

Thank Hector H
Oak Island, North Carolina
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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 

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

Thank happyWilmington_NC
Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 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.

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 

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.

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 

Thank Norma 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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
French, Cafe, European, Wine Bar
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
Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 16:30
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
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
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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