Pembroke's
Pembroke's

Pembroke's

  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Pembroke's reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (58)special occasion (44)good for groups (34)neighborhood gem (32)romantic (24)notable wine list (23)great for brunch (15)hot spot (14)vibrant bar scene (13)great for lunch (5)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great food but the table size for the four of us..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I think the atmosphere could be a little less harsh, for a lack of better words. The tables, not booths, are a little large for a couple or even a group of 4 making the conversion a little awkward & straining. I get the eclectic feel better I feel the layout & type of tables could be a little bit more thought out to make the evening a little more comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food felt like "Top Chef "Quality.
    Anne
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    From the first course of amazing oysters Rockefeller to the last with the delicious red velvet cheesecake, between bites everyone was saying "you have to taste this"For a special night I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    One of the best restaurants in Wilmington area, food was wonderful as was service. All of the products very well presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good place for "grazers"
    Foodaholic
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Pembrokes has a refreshing dining concept. While it offers entree-sized meals, it emphasizes small plates which enables"grazers" to try a larger variety of dishes. Very creative cooking and most ingredients are locally sourced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service, but costly
    foodie4life
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Food was great, portion sizes were acceptable and as expected, service was great and very attentive. Expect to pay for all of the above on your check. Dinner for two with shared appetizer, first and main course, with dessert, and 3 glasses of wine or mixed drinks each $175.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Pleased!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We went for our first time to Pembroke's after several recommendations and we were not disappointed. It was restaurant week and we picked three from their set menu of top sellers. The waitress was knowledgable and gave us amazing recommendations! The bbq wings on the app menu were amazing and really could be an entree on their own, and the pork chop was out of this world! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit
    surfcitydiner
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    seated at a table in the middle of the restaurant /preferred a table along the wall Table had silverware / no napkins. After we were served our first course we had to ask for napkins - the waitress wanted to know if we wanted 1 or 2. Guess she thought we would share. Food was good to okay, certainly not large portions/ not skimpy either. Some tables had bread - we were never offered, but didn't ask for it either Dessert was bad- Carrot cake parfait it had obviously been refrigerated NOTE to owners refrigerating cake dries it out 2 much cream cheese frosting the cake, though dry had a good taste, (need more cake, 2 much frosting). Replacing frosting with whipped cream would be good and provide moisture Wine was good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something missing
    Vesuvius
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    It's a second Rx, but not quite. While the menu style is the same and dishes a slightly different version, the execution misses the incredibly high standard that the "mother" restaurant sets for all restaurants in SE North Carolina. Part of the order was missed and it wasn't even that busy yet. The food was inventive, but missing the comfort aspect of the eclectic Southern promised. Soup with duck confit should have ever so slightly more duck discernible in the accents. A salad with beets should have a semblance of the earthy delight. Still, the food IS inventive and no one leaves feeling hungry. Nice wine selection with a good range. I'll give it a go again, no doubt. I love the foodie scene the owners are making here in Wilmington.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    granjan
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We went to Pembroke's to celebrate our anniversary. The food and service were both excellent! My husband had the shrimp and grits which he loved; the grits were delicious and perfectly cooked, the shrimp were tender and tasty. I had 2 yummy appetizers instead of an entree, the chicken livers which were lightly breaded, crispy and tender, & served with risotto, and the crab cake with lima beans and tomato, both soooo good. For dessert, we had the chocolate chess pie -- DIVINE!! It was really hard to pick just one or two items from all the delicious-sounding dishes; we will definitely go back and try some more! In regard to the service, our waiter was very helpful and knowledgable, and Mr. Doss was a very welcoming and gracious host.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A gem!
    jan2wbVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Third trip to Pembrokes didn't disappoint! I love the combinations the chef comes up with. Can't wait for our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat
    Sid44
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I have been to Pembroke's several times and its always great. Food is outstanding and service is always good. One of Wilmington's best places to dine. My top 5 in Wilmington are Pembrokes', Manna, Rx, 1900 and Brasserie in no particular order. All are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday brunch winner!
    Newkidintown
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    New to Wilmington, my wife and I have been looking for an unique spot for a special Sunday brunch. We found it, and then some. From the perfectly muddled and mixed Old Fashion, to the open-faced Monte Cristo and hash browns, the food was excellent! And the service was "above and beyond". Pass the word, THIS is the place... for any occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Queenie
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food is quality driven not quanity which is fine with us. Great service the bartender was a big help her name is Deborah. They served a basket of bread that was delicious. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant in Wilmington
    WinenDine
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Don't miss eating a meal at Pembroke's. Great menu with a few unusual and interesting items. Best steak I've had in a restaurant in a long time, especially the New York strip. Seafood is also perfectly cooked. Sides are not an afterthought, all very well prepared. Service is very good and waiters are attentive. Best of all, the ambiance is excellent as tables are spread out and it's easy to carry on a conversation with others at the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ncmamma
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Food and wine were a little pricey. However, we knew it going in and both were great. The arugula salad was especially tasty. Service was fast and friendly. Loved how the bill was delivered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with flair
    pickyaboutfood
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I had a bowl of flounder with field peas, squash and peaches. Never would have dreamed that combination would be so good. Have nailed down south with an upscale approach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better Than Expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A number of prior reviews were negative on Pembrooke: expensive, small portions, charged for bread. I didn't find any of these but did find good quality food, ample portions, good service. A little pricy but not over the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodieNole
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Attentive service, did not feel the least bit rushed. excellent flavor combinations, with presentations to match. Creative cocktails were very interesting. Do NOT miss the desserts, here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
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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
    • Food
    • 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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    • 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 2013VIP
    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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    • 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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    • 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 86 reviews are from the Pembroke's reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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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  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet