Pembroke's
Pembroke's

Pembroke's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pembrokescuisine.com/
  • Phone: 9102399153
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Pembroke's reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (47)special occasion (33)neighborhood gem (24)good for groups (21)notable wine list (19)romantic (18)great for brunch (15)vibrant bar scene (11)hot spot (8)great for lunch (6)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Cammy Hodges
    CammyVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Matt was an excellent server, dinner was absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not very romantic
    Craig
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was my first visit and was hoping for something a bit more intimate. It is a large area and the table to big for you to feel close. It was kind of like a romantic dinner in a nice warehouse. As far as the food, it was very good. Fresh, local and exciting. Depending on the atmosphere you are looking for I would reccommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Choice
    foodloveratheart
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I chose Pembroke's as I've eaten at Prescription...same folks. It was an wise choice for a birthday dinner. Looking forward to another dinner and won't be waiting for a year to pass and have another birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A must experience restaurant
    MinnTransplant
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This restaurant was the best one of all for dinner that my daughter and I went to during our vacation to the beach. It had great food and service in a beautiful environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    likestodineout
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was uneven. Flounder offering was very good but shrimp and grits sub par. Green fried tomato appetizer and okra had too much breading and cheap grease taste. Dessert was excellent however. Also asked for candle in a dessert or other acknowledgement of celebration of 59th wedding anniversary but request went unheeded. Asked for a table outside main traffic area but that was ignored too. Would only recommend this establishment for coffee and dessert.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just nice...
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Having read the other reviews on OpenTable and having heard a number of personal testimonies, my wife and I chose Pembroke's for a date night out. Everything was fine, but not amazing. The cheese plate appetizer was good, but for $16 I expected something more. The ribeye I got was an excellent cut, but had very little taste. The mixed vegetables were just OK, overcooked slightly. My wife enjoyed her scallops, but did not rave about them. Nice place, but I won't be back - too many other good restaurants in Wilmington. :-)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic foodie find!
    NikkiKron
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    So happy to have a branch of Rx on this side of town. Everything was beautiful, fresh and DELICIOUS! I can't wait until my next visit. Service was impeccable! Manager Jeb is always so accommodating and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was top notch! Great flavors and creativity in the dishes. Amazing appetizers and outstanding dessert. They also have a scotch list and some good signature cocktails which are not just overly sweet. Excellent dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pembroke's Great!
    livingwells
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was my our first visit to Pembroke's. We visited on our "date night" out and it turned out wonderful. The food and service was top notch. We would definitely recommend and will be returning for another visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    great. no need to write that much. will be back soon. ok the breads are wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthdaymom
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Find!
    Manny
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Diverse menu, great food and attentive staff. We will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pembroke's
    Marc
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was very good and the price was very fair. I would definitely go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Food Does Note = Good
    Wilmingtonwillie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    Pchoa
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pembrokes was excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    great food, great service and good atmosphere. We definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Every Course was excellent
    vedwardsjr
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wait staff
    ronnie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Thw gal waiting on us did not want to be working that nite. Her attitude was bad . Otherwise it was great
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    khpa
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • powgoesdining
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On our favorites list!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Choice
    WinenDine
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pembroke's is TOP on our list!
    letjer
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch Option
    Murc
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was amazing!
    letsgoalfresco
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great evening
    pfrwilm
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 72 reviews are from the Pembroke's reviews archive.
  • Good eats
    FlemingVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Started with salads and cheese plate - all very good. Husband had filet mignon and son had soft shell crabs - both were excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • relaxing good time
    beachprof
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday and Mother"s day dinner
    whiteeagle10
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable evening, very good food
    deedee
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Atmosphere
    BryBry
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    DelightedDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • EXCELLENT Dinner
    JandJreviews
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • adventure in dining
    LC0929
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As good as it gets
    reedit
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jakcomo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On My List To REPEAT
    PickyPerson
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Eats
    TheOldGuy
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.