Caprice Bistro
Caprice Bistro

Caprice Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://capricebistro.com/
  • Phone: 9108150810x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Belgian, French
  • Executive Chef: Thierry Moity
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Water St.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Street parking and public garage deck
A word from Caprice Bistro
Thierry and Patricia Moity were previous owners of Patou Bistro in Charlotte, NC and Cafe de Bruxelles in New York City.

Delight in Chef Thierry Moity's traditional French cuisine. Chef Moity, who has been cooking since age 13 in some of the finest French restaurants in Europe and New York City. The French cuisine is influenced by a combination of traditions-Patricia comes from the northern part of France near the Belgium border, while Thierry's origins are deeply rooted in the central provinces of the country.

According to Chef Moity, the food is served fast paced and in generous portions." I want everyone to feel welcome in my restaurant". We are working against the stereotype that French food must be intimidating and expensive.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Caprice Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
129 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (81)special occasion (79)romantic (74)neighborhood gem (63)notable wine list (39)late-night find (16)good for groups (10)hot spot (10)scenic view (8)vibrant bar scene (5)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Wow!
    Tony
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    They were so kind to give us window seat for anniversary(31). Eaten a lot of French food, but we were both blown away w appetizer -calamari best ever had, shared entres- waterzooi, and coq au vin. Waiter was both attentive and gave us the suggestions. A very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food and Service
    Rainyt
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This is one of the best restaurants in Wilmington. Mussels, trout and rabbit were ordered this time. We all had exceptional, piping hot meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Gem of a Restaurant Downtown!
    gbrams
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We have lived in Wilmington for 8 years and have never been to Caprice Bistro. Our loss! What fantastic food, reasonably priced, and attentive but not overbearing service. We had the mussels mariniere for an appetizer, steak frites, trout, and the bistro steak. All beautifully presented. We were lucky enough to get the window table, which was nice not having people sitting too close to our group of four. We treated our our of town guests and they couldn't stop talking about this spot! We will look forward to eating at Caprice again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations
    lovedtodinewilmington
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We came to Caprice Bistro with high expectations. It was rated among the best in the area. We had already eaten during our five day visit to Wilmington at some of the best restaurants on the riverfront. Caprice Bistro had the best food of them all. We would not only recommend this restaurant, but intend to go back there on our next return. The prices were reasonable for the quality of the food and we expected them to be much higher. A definite gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful special occasion!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Caprice Bistro was a great place to celebrate our anniversary! Food and service were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caprice Bistro never disappoints
    foodiesincarync
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    As always the dining experience was second to none. From Patricia Moity's warm greeting, to the ever attentive service of the waitstaff, and of course Chef Thierry Moity's palate pleasing creations always leave you wanting more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    3rdStreetMike
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We come here a few times a month and it never disappoints. The food is quite good and relatively simple. Staff is pleasant if not a little wooden and scripted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    In Wilmington for the weekend and wanted to revisit an old favorite. Did not disappoint. Wonderful salads, amazing mussels, flavorful salmon. Wines suggested by the server were nice accompaniment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bob and Glo Smith
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our daughter and husband always eat here whenever they visit Wilmington. We finally went with them and now we understand the raving. The restaurant has great charm. The menu has great variety and the quality of the food is first class. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Food in Wilmington
    Aheart4food
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We eat at Caprice Bistro for special occasions. We always get great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty tasty
    live2eatwell
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    If you want utterly delectable dishes served in a casual and welcoming atmosphere, then try Caprice Bistro. Attentive but not cloying waitstaff, and great variety of menu offerings and prices--exactly what a bistro should be. Everyone in our group was most pleased with their meals, especially the steak, fish and savory crepes. We all had a taste of the Triple Chocolate Mousse for dessert--small portion, but sublime. We shall return, avec plaisir!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit to this gem
    SunnyinKennesaw
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Again, a wonderful dinner @ Caprice. I had the mussels w/white wine & garlic sauce. I just wish there had been more bread to soak up the yummy sauce. My husband had the delectable duck, my son's lamb was cooked superbly and his girlfriend really liked the pasta and rabbit. I did not care for their cosmopolitan, but the profiteroles were outrageously good! Caprice is a great food find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come for the Food!
    maestra
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    But bring a warm wrap! The food is wonderful-sublime, presentation is attractive. The tomato tart and Bistro steak are both favorites, but the Coq au vin, Onion soup, and Salmon are also notable. I love the Pomme Frites, but the air conditioning was so cold it froze out my potatoes, and me. This restaurant offers attentive, but not intrusive, service; I cannot comment on the wine list since I do not drink. The front window seat is my favorite, but you have to reserve this specially. Caprice is a little gem in Wilmington, I don't think anyone would regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Always a pleasure to dine at Caprice. Excellent food. Great service from Mathew.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our go-to restaurant
    Revisit
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Caprice is one of our favorite restaurants in Wilmington - we have always been pleased with the food, service and ambiance. We each had a cocktail - delicious and potent - and shared the grilled romaine salad. I had the pasta of the day, which was a primavera with good flavor, although it could have used more vegetables. My husband had the waterzooi, a house specialty, which he said was very good. We split a nice bottle of 2011 Cotes du Rhone. You can't go wrong at Caprice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We have been here many times. It is the place we go for birthdays, anniversaries and anything we feel happy about. The food is lovely, the atmosphere is european, the staff is VERY good (never in your face, but always taking care of you). Not a place for kids or large groups, but that is one of the reasons we love it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent french food
    christocinoVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    There were no misses in this meal. The pate was sublime and the rabbit special was excellent. The tarte tintin, one of the best ever. Chris took very good care of us. Excellent meal at a very affordable price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    dgginNC
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    food was great. The beef bourguignon was to die for
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deserve the #1 rating in Wilmington
    Foodisfun
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The trout was outstanding. The martini I chose from their drink menu was the best I have ever had. I even enjoyed the escargot for dessert!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Soty
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Continues to impress after many visits. Quality and service never falter-always top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    LadentonVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    One of our favorite spots. The food, wine, and ambience are always exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite restaurant in Wilmy!
    HappyFoodie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I live in downtown Wilmington and have been dining at Caprice Bistro for many years. Whether I'm meeting girlfriends midweek or enjoying a special occasion dinner with my husband, Caprice is always the perfect spot! The ambience, service, and of course the food, are truly exceptional. A few of my favorite dishes include: Mussels Mariniere, Trout Caroline, Waterzooi, and the endive salad. Also worth noting is very reasonable pricing for high quality gourmet fare!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not to be missed!
    aaa111
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Two years ago when I was staying at a B&B in the historic area I came upon Caprice and had dinner there. Now I live in Wilmington and everyone who visits me is treated to a dinner at Caprice. For over 30 years I lived in Germany and could go to France for lunch. I traveled in France many times and finding food as good as that at Caprice is not easy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday dinner
    Victor
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Came here for anniversary dinner because it was recommended by our B&B host, and we could get a reservation. Had a wonderful dinner starting with appetizer (smoked seafood, gazpacho) and main course Waterzooi and crepe (mushroom). All were excellent as well as the service. They explained the menu, perfectly timed the courses and checked in to make sure all was well. An excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    Caliborne
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Caprice is an intimate restaurant, this time we were seated upstairs right by a window, it was fantastic. My French Martini was perfect as was the special salad of the day tomato, goat cheese and balsamic! Two of us had the Coq Au Vin, which was good as always. My husband had the steak frites, his steak was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Lovely restaurant with an intimate setting. Food was tasty and pleasing to the eye! Our waiter was very friendly. Overall it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ilmjim
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We only get here 1-2 times a year, but it is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Restaurant
    grandmagenie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The food was prepared excellently. We enjoyed all the appetizers and the delightfully prepared main dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful
    Gourmet
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Had an authentic delicious meal and good wine for a special celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD
    crusader68
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We throughly enjoyed our meal a t Caprice. We were there for prix fix meal on Bastille day and it was excellent. Never having tried fried frog legs and they were outstanding! Will definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food!
    TravelingFoodies
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The food is creative and delicious. This was our first time in Wilmington, NC and we found this neighborhood gem on our next to the last night. We plan to come back again and will return to our two favorite restaurants - Caprice Bistro and Pilot House (very different from each other). If you LOVE food with flavor, this is the place for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Affordable French fare
    Fraps
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The best mussels this side of the Atlantic. Le menu spécial du 14 juillet était original et excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NJ Guy
    Paulie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    What a wonderful find. We enjoyed every bite. Going back in a couple of nights to try another dish.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Tracy
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Wow!! We (party of 3) had an absolutely delightful meal and a wonderful time at Caprice Bistro on a Thursday evening. We were seated upstairs next to a window overlooking downtown which was lovely. The atmosphere was lovely and decor beautiful. There is a lovely bar upstairs with a number of dining tables as well as sofa seating. Beautiful original artwork. The real gem was the quality of our meals and the service. Everything was just fabulous. We ordered wine, a cheese board appetizer, salads, entrees, and desserts. Not one single thing about any aspect of our meal was off. The service was terrific. I recommend most highly and will absolutely return the next time in Wilmington!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    LBLB
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We like the variety of foods and flavors at Caprice Bistro. Very high quality ingredients and everything is always cooked to perfection. High quality service too, one of very few restaurantst where waiters are professionals. Old style bistro ambience right downtown, Possibly our favorite restaurant in Wilmington.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Frenchie
    Lovesteak
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We looked on the internet for ideas and this restaurant was great, you need to book as very popular. Food great and service extremely friendly. We were travelling around us on holiday and it was a nice change from steak restaurants.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Caprice is OMG!!
    Matt
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great food that is fresh and well prepared!! Excellent value!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as we had hoped
    RickW
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The menu is french but the actual food is not really cooked as I knew it to be when I grew up in France. I had the Coq au Vin - which was not bad but it was lacking in wine - the sauce was watery and greasy no what a lavish wine reduction would normally be. My wife ate the rabbit a la moutard ... she got two legs instead of one leg and breast ... she felt the mustard sauce was not fresh. My son ate the pork lion which was actually very good. The food arrived and was not warm. The deserts were also very
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tracy
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The food was fantastic, as well as the service! We had the duck and a steak, both were prepared to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Downtown Restaurant
    Rainyt
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The food is always fantastic and Caprice has excellent servers. The prices are very reasonable..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.