Domaine Hudson
Domaine Hudson

Domaine Hudson

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.domainehudson.com/
  • Phone: 3026559463x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: 5:00 - 10:00 pm
    Tuesday: 5:00 - 10:00 pm
    Wednesday: 5:00 - 10:00 pm
    Thursday: 5:00 - 10:00 pm
    Friday: 5:00 11:00 pm
    Saturday: 5:00 - 11:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED - Available Private Event
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Dwain Kalup
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Domaine Hudson will cater intimate home dinners, weddings, parties, business dinners and fundraisers for up to 100 guests off site.
  • Private Party Facilities: Domaine Hudson is the premiere choice for private dining in Wilmington, Delaware. We work with you to custom-tailor a flawless experience for your party, anniversary, wedding celebration, wine tasting, networking event, or business meeting. Your guests will thoroughly enjoy the seasonal cuisine of our culinary team and selections from our award-winning wine list, which OpenTable named one of the top 50 in the U.S.
    Our newly renovated dining rooms accommodate private parties from 7 to 70 people, and our state-of-the-art sound system ensures your guests won’t miss a word (or a beat).

    Please call or send an email message (bethross@domainehudson.com) to discuss your event and book your room at the best Wilmington, Delaware restaurant.

    Catering:
    Alternatively, let Domaine Hudson come to you. From gallery openings, social gatherings, and galas to corporate lunches, dinners, and events, Domaine Hudson ensures an effortless, impressive affair.
  • Private Party Contact: Beth Ross 3026559463x
  • Special Events: Information on monthly wine dinners and tastings can be found at www.domainehudson.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 13th & 14th Streets
  • Public Transit: 2, 11, 12, 35
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Metered parking in front of the restaurant. Free off-street parking is available after 5 pm in the Christiana Care Annex private parking lot 1/2 block from restaurant. To access the lot, the entrance is at 14th & Washington, immediately before the Washington St. Bridge. From the lot, walk south on Washington Street (toward downtown) about 1/2 block; restaurant is on the left. View a map and directions on our website at http://domainehudson.com/parking.html
A word from Domaine Hudson
Described as “one of Delaware's premier destinations for truly appreciating and understanding the dynamics of upscale food and wine” by The News Journal food critic, Domaine Hudson was awarded 3.5 stars (of 4) and recognized as "Closer to Perfection", and has consistently been providing a place for great wine and food since November 2005. Delaware’s first true wine bar, they offer almost 40 wines to taste in 1½, 3 & 5-oz pours. The award winning wines by the bottle list features a broad array of about 450 old and new world wines & 90+ craft beers. Frequently changing menu items allow the chefs to be creative and focus on quality ingredients. Small plate options, provide a perfect opportunity for wine pairing, or guests can simply choose from full size entrees. Whether you are an experienced oenophile or just want to enjoy some great wine/beer, the servers, who all have a knowledge of what they are pouring, can guide you through a memorable dining experience in an inviting atmosphere.
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Domaine Hudson reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (74)fit for foodies (69)special occasion (58)romantic (44)neighborhood gem (38)hot spot (9)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • AngelVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Rare find and refreshingly unique. We felt pampered upon arriving and very welcome. Fantastic menu with a unique approach to an intimate, fine dining experience. We especially enjoyed the fixed price special dinner. A few things needed fine-tuning but the diligent staff made a few adjustments to make it next to perfection. We would definitely dine here again. Highly recommend, especially for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not quite what we were expecting
    2FoodLovers
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Let's start with the good. The food was pretty darn awesome! I'd go back for that, but not for a special occasion - which this was. We were offered (and declined) their best table because it was right at the entrance to the restaurant and lacked any privacy. The service was odd. The waiter was nice if wordy with his descriptions and included the weight of every protein in his patter - including how much braised pork and pork belly was in the special. The sommelier (who may have been the owner) came by and asked if the wine he suggested to my husband on the phone was ok by pointing to the bottle and saying "it's ok?" Basically, the whole place from the decor to the service just lacked the finesse which their menu and website imply.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 868 reviews are from the Domaine Hudson reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    WilmingtoniansVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Had such a great meal last time and was really disappointed. I ordered the small steak and it was very late arriving and ice cold. My wife ordered scallops and they too were cold ... It took way too long for our waiter to get to the table initially and then it was a long time before the drinks arrived. We found the hostess and bar tender to be very friendly and the atmosphere is wonderful. Domaine Hudson needs to step up their game.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome food
    SkiingWithTheFam
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Dishes were amazing!! Service was a little slow considering there were only 4 or 5 tables
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day
    Datenightfun
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have always loved Domaine Hudson and the food was very good this time just as always I loved the blackend beat salad was delicious I hope it's part of the regular menu. I thought the limited menu was to narrow of a selection for Mother's Day and the steak had a bit to much mint in it. But overall very good I would go back again and again
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Food/ Very Slow service
    DaveS
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Dinner for 4 on a saurday evening - the food was very good, the setting warm comfortable the service was attentive but painfully slow .. 3 hours for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    INSULT
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Good food, wineand good service make for an enjoyable experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    KJay
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Innovative menu. Great tasting food. Fabulous service. What more is there to say? Go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive but good
    Ubisandstone
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We used a Groupon, but without the discount the price is high for the food quality. Scallops were lukewarm instead of hot.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place, extensive wine list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We had a groupon for a three-course meal, so my fiancee and I decided to try this place out. The food was excellent, and the wine list (on an iPad) was extensive. We had our waiter recommend something for us, and he suggested we try a new wine from Australia, which did not disappoint. The seating was somewhat tight, but wasn't very detrimental to our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Interesting Menu & Pro Wait Staff
    DeDiningGuy
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Enjoyable evening. Excellent wine selections and nearly every dish on the menu was something both of us wanted to try. Even better than our menu was the professional nature of the waiter. He described the menu items with the enthusiasm of a gourmet chef and genuinely seemed to relish his work. Only one negative note: Water glasses went unfilled for extended periods of time throughout the evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just what we needed
    GDudeVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Looking for a gourmet presentation at a local price, with a wine list that tops the charts? Try Domaine Hudson again. What a great experience in a local setting. with the right music and a little more atmosphere, you'd think you were in Italy or France. Foodies will find the ever-chaning gouremt menu to their likng and for a quiet, romantic dinner, this is the place. Service was well-attended and not interrupting. Priced qutie reasoanbly for the overall experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Favorite
    PeggyAnne
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We loved our first visit and will certainly be back. The food and service were fantastic. The only thing I would comment on is the table itself. We were seated at a very small table pushed up against a wall, it felt crowded.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always fantastic
    JanelleSVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We LOVE Domaine Hudson. It is our favorite celebration spot. Javier is the best waiter and the wine list is endless. Best of all is the food. It is perfect! Wish we could eat here every night!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • birthday dinner
    susea
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    What a great dinner we had here for my birthday. The service was excellent and the food very very good. The best thing I liked was the choice between a full size dinner portion or a smaller "petite" portion. I had the smaller portion of the salmon , and it was perfect. Plenty of great wine choices, too. This was the first time we had been there. I don't know what took us so long! Will def be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great gem
    Happydiner
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Domaine is a great spot for a quick bite pre-theater or conference (DuPont Theater, Grand or Christina Cultural Arts Center); or an intimate night out for 2-4. The food is special and the wine can be expertly paired to accompany the evening. A Strong recommendation: reserve your tables on Weekends
    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.
  • Would definitely come back
    Jeepgrrl
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    The cheese plate had a nice selection and was great as a starter. I ordered the duck and asked for a recommendation from the waiter on wine. His selection was perfect! Same with my dining partner. Overall the service was excellent and not rushed - with a fine meal I always appreciate being given time to savor. The duck was server medium rare and was extremely tender and flavorful. Who leaving the waiter thanked me by name - nice touch!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Sweetie
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Wonderful food, great wine but pricey, friendly attentive service while unobtrusive, a very pleasant experience
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, very slow service
    Jtdine
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Friends recommended Domaine Hudson based on their wine selections. We went on a Friday evening and the food service was waaaaay too slow. We were seated for 40 minutes and never offered bread, crackers or anything to enjoy with our wine selection. We weren't sure if it was intentional to increase alcohol sales. It definitely detracted from the experience. Cheese plate was very tasty, but it was served and I had to call the waiter back to explain what we were eating . The entrees were good, but nothing special for the money. The beat salad with whipped ricotta was delicious. It was a unique dish and the menu has limited selections so I would recommend looking at the menu online before going to make sure there"s something for everyone.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service, overpriced food
    Loyaldiner
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    It took us over an hour to get our entree. Appetizers were good but main dishes and desert left a lot to be desired
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, romantic
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  • John
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Great food - innovative. Excellent service. A keeper.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    ElyseUUVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We went for restaurant week and we were pleasantly surprised, hadn't eaten there in a long time. Loved the three course meal. Food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Unique Perfectly Prepared Food
    FoodScout
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Our meal was absolutely delicious and the service was impeccable. From the moment that we were greeted until we left they staff made us feel special and they tended to the needs of my elderly parents. The staff helped with finding us a quiet table and the special salt free dishes were perfectly prepared. Thanks to Domaine Hudson we had a memorable meal that will be used as standard for other restaurants to aspire to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for four
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We took out of town friends for dinner and had a wonderful meal, as always. The only sour note was a soup dish that was lukewarm. The deserts, ice cream and flour less chocolate cake were delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Domaine Hudson
    Leoo
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Excellent...food, service, experience. I'd highly reccomend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night dinner
    Kathy
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The appetizers were excellent. The wine list was very nice. We were given a table right next to the hostess despite having a reservation. The service was excellent to start but there was over a 50 minute wait between appetizers being cleared and dinner served. The restaurant was not full. We did not order dessert or coffee. We were there for 2 hours.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Wonderful
    dkitty
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    This is our 4th time back and I should have written a review before. Last year we had our wedding rehearsal dinner for a party of 14. While Domaine is a smaller restaurant they accommodated us well and our guests were all impressed, we virtually took over half the place and our servers took it in stride, it was a wonderful experience. Even though it was restaurant week and they had a set menu, they worked with us so that we wouldn't have much crossover with the wedding menu. Now going back just the 2 of us last night I'm reminded why we wanted to have the rehearsal dinner there in the first place…the food is wonderful (can't say that either of us have ever had a subpar meal), the wines are fabulous, and the service is top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!!
    RandomLocalFoodie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    One of the more memorable dining experiences I've had in a very long time. Service, selection, wine, and food were simply amazing! Will certainly be returning again. We ordered the 4 plate chef's choice dinner and it exceeded all expectations. 2 days later and we are still talking about our dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in Wilmington
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Chef Dwain did it again, from housemade Tasso ham to amazing clove spiced venison loin! His food never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our experience began with
    Ginny
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Our experience began with a warm welcome and culminated with being very satisfied with the dining experience from a very attentive but not overshadowing waiter to the marriage of delectable and interesting flavors. We started with a cheeseboard that was not only enjoyable to the palate but that was beautifully presented and explained. Each of us was more than pleased with our entrees, noting wonderful and delicate seasonings. Only one of us ordered dessert but all three sampled it and all three gave a hearty thumbs up to the sugar crusted creme brulee ~ a perfect punctuation on a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious beyond compare!
    Cluney
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The food combinations were so exquisite - for example the warm roasted beets with the cool homemade ricotta and the spiciness of the arugula was just fabulous - I coudl have made my whole meal with that salad. Everything we ate was delicious - every bite - the king salmon with the califlower puree and cool zucchini with lime, the fresh rockfish, the ceal chop done to perfection and the side dish of roasted califlower with pine nuts - I would go back and have it all over again. The service was friendly and competent. And I have to mention the dessert I had: frozen caramel machiatto WOW in a butterscotch sauce with gingersnaps and hazelnut brickle - one of the best desserts I have ever ordered and eaten!! I couldn't share it was so good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not All That and a Bag of Chips
    Jane
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The reception and service was outstanding. The ambiance is excellent. The food was disappointing. Unlike most Wilmington restaurants, the food was not smothered in exaggerated seasoning and sauces, but the real taste of the ingredients was not on the other hand evident. Rutabaga soup could have been any creamy vegetable. It just tasted like puree something. The original pasta that probably had a wonderful taste was overwhelmed by an overly strong sauce. The lamb and steak were well cooked and had taste, but nothing outstanding. The gelato tasted like play-do. The flourless chocolate cake was bland. The expresso is typically American...not a true expresso (like La Fia) but a Starbucks version of a European coffee. This place has potential.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • chilly experience
    Jason
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We were seated in the back room that fit 4 tables, it was quiet but we weren't sure we liked it. The AC vent was pointed right at us and we had to put our coated on twice. The waiter Andre was kind enough to turn it off, it was Feb 15 and freezing out. Besides that, the food was great., the duck was very tender, the black garlic cavatelli was awesome. The wine list is unlike any list I've seen, not just huge, it has some of the best wines in the world, even grand cru bordeauxs
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special night
    Gator75
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Very attentive staff, fantastic wine selections, wonderful food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine dinner
    Jewels
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We booked reservations for our Valentines dinner. We arrived a little early but there was no place to wait until our table was ready because the bar seats were reserved. But the staff quickly resolved the issue and allow us and several others arriving to sit at the bar while waiting for tables. The staff is extremely pleasant and friendly and added to the enjoyable experience. We did not feel rushed and the food was brought out in a timely matter. We had salmon and rockfish and they were both delicious. The tables were a little close together as the waite staff had difficulty trying not to bump into guests chairs. Looking forward to trying this again on a regular night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A chic spot with great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    A chic spot with great food and intimate setting -- perfect for a romantic date.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    Mark
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I was told this restaurant was excellent but was disappointed. Atmosphere was great and it felt cozy but the food was not what we expected. We had the cheese platter and the person who brought it to the table told us what each cheese was but when we ate it it was wrong. We also had no idea how to eat the cheese platter because it had various sides with bread but we were unsure if we were to eat the cheese on the bread and if each cheese was matched up to a certain side or bread. I had a steak dinner that was also disappointing. The steak was cooked perfect but had very little flavor. Nice restaurant but fell short of my expectations. Would go again if I wasn't paying.
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  • A Gem in All Respects
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The atmosphere is warm, quiet, inviting and classy- perfect for a personal or professional outing. The service is ideal- attentive, personable, helpful, enhancing the whole experience. But most important - the food- amazing. Each of us with varying palates raved about our selection... The duck, the lamb loin, the whole fish, the black garlic cavatelli, the blackened beets, and the desserts (carmel macchiato and pistachio tort). And almost forgot to mention the enjoyment of different wine flights for each of us - added a spark of fun to the lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, as usual!
    DEDinerVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Domaine Hudson is my favorite restaurant. As usual, our meals were excellent. The Curry Spiced Bay Scallops were tender and delicious. The duck and beef third course were cooked perfectly, medium rare. The service has always been the best in the area, not at all pretentious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently consistent
    John
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    I have traveled to Wilmington several times recently, and am delighted to have discovered this gem. It's damning with faint praise to say it stands out in an otherwise so-so restaurant scene, because it's great by pretty much any standard. Nondescript on the outside, and perfectly satisfactory but nothing all that special on the inside, the real attraction is the food. Intense tastes, fresh ingredients, creative combinations of flavors. Wilmington is hardly a destination, but if you find yourself there, do not even consider skipping this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.