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Pembroke's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pembrokescuisine.com
  • Phone: (910) 239-9153
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Brunch: Sunday 10am-3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: James Doss
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live music on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as, for brunch on Sundays.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Pembroke's
From the owners of Rx, chef James Doss and business partner Josh Novicki bring you Pembroke's!
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Diner Reviews
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner on Saturday, August 9. It was a birthday treat from my daughter and she could not believe that Wilmingto had a restaurant equal to those in Durham. It is a large space; if you could do anything to add plants or planters to make more intimate, it would be an improvement. Thanks for a great dinner"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Diverse menu, great food and attentive staff. We will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The food was very good and the price was very fair. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Disappointed that Pembroke's, with as much hype as it has been given in the press, wasn't the experience for us that we had been led to believe we would have. The food was excessively salty, service from the bar was L-O-N-G (and it wasn't even that busy), and our waitress had a bad to indifferent attitude."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "So far we've only been there for brunch , but we intend to expand on that,the food and service was great , our server was very knowledgeable , and friendly , with out being over bearing , loved the atmosphere ,will and already have recommended it to friends, can't wait to try out the deserts!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "great food, great service and good atmosphere. We definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My wife and I are 20+ year foodies, having lived all over. This was the best meal we've had in Wilmington. The tomatoe appetizer was great, the swordfish with blueberries was insane and both the flourless tort and creme brulee were perfect! Good job!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Thw gal waiting on us did not want to be working that nite. Her attitude was bad . Otherwise it was great"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We dined at Pembrokes 7/2. Food and service were excellent. Everything we ordered was great! Fried green tomatoes and heirloom tomatoes were OUTSTANDING! Using ingredients that are in season make a difference."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This restaurant has wonderful innovative craft cocktails and we had anticipated a fine dining experience. The menu sounded great. We ordered a number of first plates and a few entrees. The cheese plate was the best one. The fried green tomatoes had a heavy coating, looked commercial and lacked flavor. The clam soup lacked flavor and did not look appetizing. However, the fried chicken livers were cooked just right. Crispy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside. The seared tuna was the hit. Perfectly rare. The steak dish was chewy. We agreed all the dishes were too salty and lacked other flavor. We think if the chefs adjusted the seasonings and upped the quality of the main ingredients, this restaurant could be very good."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "What a lovely surprise! Our first time here after reading about it in the paper. Fantastic food and attentive service! Will definitely be returning often."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants in the Wilmington area. Great steaks and seafood. One of the best New York Strip steaks I've ever had in a restaurant. Most all of the food is from local sources and is super fresh. Nice ambiance as the tables are not close together so you can carry on a quiet conversation."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Love Pembroke's! We've dined there many times since they opened and the food is always outstanding, consistently. The menu constantly changes driven by whatever fresh produce, meat, and seafood are available from local farmers and purveyors. Leave room for desserts -- they are absolutely delicious! Service is exceptional!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We really enjoyed sitting in the booth. It was easier to talk to each other than sitting at a table on the floor. The brunch mimosas and bloody marys were excellent! One person in our party ordered their shrimp and grits, but they were out of it which I think is a "party foul"; particularly considering the restaurant is less than 3 miles from the ocean. The entrees that we did get were very good. I got the pork belly with poached eggs, grits and broccoli and the other person got the mote cristo with potatoes. I would recommend either one of these. The live music was very appropriate for brunch."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Every bite caused us to make a new happy noise! The fried green tomatoes with bacon jam were THE tastiest fried green tomatoes we've ever eaten! And, I'm still dreaming about the white chocolate strawberry cake. I'm firing up all the will power I have not to go back for more. Daily."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Ate early with our rent-a-kids (9 and 12)--we all had a great time and great food, pro service, nice place, great drinks. As good as sister restaurant Rx, but different menu so makes it interesting."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Delicious and fresh tasting food! My party had soft shell crab - I had crab cake on a bed of peas - so good! We started with some top-notch ribs. I like the combination of local specialties with gourmet touch. My only complaint, if you could call it that, is the lack of ambiance.... this used to be a fabulous burger place and the inside has not really been upgraded. But with this great food, who cares? I'd go back in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Started with salads and cheese plate - all very good. Husband had filet mignon and son had soft shell crabs - both were excellent. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "On Sunday evening we, 4 of us, enjoyed a wonderful meal at Pembrokes. The food is consistently good although I will admit that the risotto was a tad stiff. The fish was cooked very nicely and everyone had a good time. The waitstaff is attentive, cordial, and seems to enjoy working here which is a terrific sign that the place is well run. The wine recommendation was excellent, so we had to order another! We will return again, but it is pretty expensive so it will be for a special night out. Thanks to everyone for a good night!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was great as was the service. Except the wait staff was a little to quick to take away the used dishes. They took my bread plate that was still being used with bread still on the table. Big issue is noise. Not conducive to a quiet or romantic dinner. I felt like I was in an open barn type atmosphere. The Management would do well to do something about the noise. If their intent is to have a bar-scene type environment then they succeeded. Plus, I thought it was a place for casual business dress where you could take a person for a special occasion. Instead, I saw lots of shorts and flip-flops, guys with shirttails out, and looking like they just came off the beach or out of the yard working. Not for "fine" dining."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Group of six, all enjoyed food and excellent service. Since room is large and tends to be louder than we usually enjoy, restaurant should have a smaller room to put family with a baby or young child who may cry willfully for whatever they want at the moment. The baby was not awful but intermittent cry was bothersome. We will return because of food and service."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The atmosphere here is really nice. Its not too noisy and they have actually separated the tables so you can have a private conversation. The food is delicious. Its a little foodie with moderate portions but if you like dining out its a great spot. Nice list of cocktails and wine too. And fresh desserts. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "First time in Wilmington--Pembroke's was a gem to find. Service was fabulous and second only to the wonderful food This will fast rise to the top as local favorite. Wine list and cocktails provide many choices!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "We loved our dinner experience at Pembroke's! The tables are far enough apart that you do not hear others conversation - privacy is so nice on a date night. Excellent menu - our steaks were cooked perfectly and the service was excellent. We will return when we visit Wilmington again. Oh - the desserts were tasty too! We then went into the bar for a after dinner cocktail and live music was very good! Just an overall awesome date night."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Fresh food and wonderful combinations made for delicious meals. Our party had flounder, shrimp 'n grits and vegetable plate (NOT plain simple veggies presented on a dish!). All meals had seasonal sides and were enjoyable. Portions were just right."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Started with boiled peanut hummus, duck confit salad and then shrimp and grits and pork chop. Everything was fresh and well prepared. Wine list was very nice. The wait staff is so knowledgeable about the preparation of the food, the different wines and beers. It is obvious they are very well trained. Although we did not sit at the bar, we did peek inside and seemed inviting and a great place to sit and have a glass of wine or drink before dinner. We had reservations and were seated promptly. A great neighborhood gem of which we definitely will be returning. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Second time was just as good as the first. Quality food and service with a nice quiet atmosphere. Tables are spread out and very private. Little pricey but well worth it."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We liked the food, very overpriced for what we got. More menu for Children. You are catering to the rich and famous with your prices and everything al a carte. I would tell my friends about the place, but I think they would try it once and not go back. What we had to eat was very good, but would have liked to have a roll with it that came with our meal. If people like us eat our 2 or 3 times a week your place is not for us. Hope you last. Maybe there is enough people in Land Fall or maybe Mayfair apartments that will keep going for awhile. Good luck."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A very, inventive restaurant. Foods bought from local purveyors & simply put -- delicious. I loved the Pickled Peanut chow-chow served with the collards and cheese grits. Local cheeses with toast - yummy, as well. The pork chop was so tender ... cut off the bone & sliced making for lovely presentation & ease of eating. The white sweet potato soup with goat cheese cream fraiche was amazing -- our wait person said, 'only a 1/4 cup of cream in the entire batch!'. Speaking of our wait person ... she was amazing. She was very knowledgeable about all of the food preparations & portion sizes. She made the evening even more delightful. I'll put Pembroke's on my 'short list' of favorite Wilmington restaurants."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Super mix of meals - The flounder was terrific and the filet mignon was outstanding. My wife and I both love collards and we consumed every bite. The lonerider craft beer was my favorite. I really liked the way the restaurant was decorated and the tables were far enough to allow private conversation. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I had read about this restaurant in WILMA magazine. The waitstaff did seem attentive. The food was very good, but definitely very pricey compared to other restaurants of the same quality in the area. The waiter served us the wrong dessert, but we had already tasted it, so decided not to say anything. You can tell the staff really was trying to make you feel comfortable. The food was delicious, but the prices were high."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I would recommend this restaurant but be prepared to spend money... I don't think there are enough variety to fit everyone's budget. I love good quality food and we eat out often. However, the portion sizes are small and you don't have the option of a salad with your meal. so, with the salad $10 (small portion), the meal (not a large portion $24), rolls ($2), +drink and dessert my meal was $50. Hope this helps! :-)"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The most helpful servers and other staff members are a big plus. The food is unusual and wholesome. Highly recommend. Very generous portions."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Pembroke. Both times we enjoyed our meals and thought that the restaurant is a good value for the quality of the food. Both times the service was good. However, probably because the second time we went on Sunday and the restaurant was less crowded, the large, undivided space seemed barnlike and not very atmospheric."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We were celebrating an anniversary and we had a really great time. Food was wonderful!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Pembroke's had outstanding service and the ambience was great . . however, our food was LOADED with salt! I had the filet and my husband had the flounder . . . it was so salty we could barely eat it. It was disappointing for sure but I am hoping this is a one time off and the chef was a little heavy handed Saturday night! In addition, we had grit sticks in the bar and they were extremely salty as well. . . We will try it again but we were disappointed as it was our first visit to Pembroke's."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Had dined at RX several times so I was very excited to try out Pembrokes and see what it had in store. I had the scallops with golden rice risotto and I don't think I've ever had a scallop cooked more perfectly. Almost melted in your mouth. Everyone finished their plates at my table. Can't wait to come back in the spring and summer to see what they do with the new fruits and vegetables coming in. Would recommend to anyone. Brought a cake in for my sisters birthday and they brought it out as well as cut it and plated it for us."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant a number of time and never have we been disappointed. Staff is excellent and informative - food is perfect."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Outstanding in every way, from the warm welcome on a cold night to the cheerful service to the delicious food. A very special treat."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "My family and I had a great experience at Pembrook's. The food was excellent the service was not only hospitable but efficient. The waitress was very well-informed of each dish and the wine and beer list. Definitely the place to go when you want everything just right."
    Dined on 3/1/2014