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Pender's Cafe

205 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3907
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  • Excellent20%
  • Very good44%
  • Average16%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible8%
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“burger” (5 reviews)
“fries” (2 reviews)
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205 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3907
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Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

In town on business, and found Pender's a short walk from our hotel. No frills ambiance, but nice cafe menu offerings and friendly folks. Though tempted by the "Penders-burger", I went for a tasty club sandwich on wheat. Great! 👍

Thank Gyrfalcn
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

First of all there was a dead cockroach in the bathroom (the sink is outside of it too). I had the Pender's special and wasn't too excited about it, I personally thought the grits were too buttery and the bacon was way over cooked and...More

Thank Michael P
Reviewed 4 March 2017

I have lived in Wilmington all my life and had always heard good things about Pender's Cafe. I finally had a chance to have lunch here and it is all true. The hamburger was delicious and the fries were crispy. I even had a homemade...More

Thank Marshall T
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We always spend a little time in downtown Wilmington when we are having a beach weekend in Wrightsville Beach. Looking for something simple for lunch, we stopped into Pender's Cafe. Fortunately, we were in no hurry as one young lady was the only person working,...More

Thank blueeyesform
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

We entered this diner by chance with no planning. The owner was behind the counter and a little old local was having breakfast at the counter. We sat at the counter too, there are also booths. During the entire meal there was casual conversation with...More

Thank Tim B
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I come each year to Carolina Beach. Decided since fish were not biting, we would venture into Wilmington. Pender's Cafe on Front Street is the best place for hamburgers. Nice, friendly people work there and we enjoyed it very much. We will...More

Thank JanP1980
Reviewed 15 September 2016

We were here twice for breakfast because this town is asleep during the week till noon and options are few. That being said, the eggs are delicious. Both times, I had them over easy. The waitress is helpful and attentive. My husband ordered the egg...More

Thank Norma G
Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

Almost missed it because it's almost hidden on front street, but we went in. Great food, friendly staff, cheap and delicious

Thank Samuel U
Reviewed 29 October 2015

Great place to eat while walking the streets of Wilmington, they may have the best hand made burgers we ever had!

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 22 August 2015

We stopped in on the way to the old town area and had great food. The Pender burger was great and my husband enjoyed his chef salad. It's a bit tight for a wheelchair but doable. Nice folks, service and food.

Thank skystne
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
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Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3907
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
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A true downtown Cafe. Plastered in c.1950s artwork mostly bright red CocaCola motif this small cafe serves up some yummy lunches. Offers breakfast all day long. I opted for the Plenders Burger and was not disappointed. They subscribe to the KISS... Keep It Simple Silly... philosophy and it works for them. The burger is a hand made patty, rare in this day of prepackaged frozen meat selections. Great for a quick lunch on a budget. Five hungry adults and children ate for $32.
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