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The Little Dipper
The Little Dipper

The Little Dipper Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.littledipperfondue.com/
  • Phone: (910) 251-0433
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - until SEASONAL HOURS: Open EVERY DAY Memorial Day through Labor Day 5pm for dinner
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (bar only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Little Dipper offers onsite preparation of cheese fondue appetizers, a chocolate fondue fountain with fruits and sweets for dipping and other party platter appetizers. Fondue is our specialty although our Chef enjoys creating special dishes for parties and other occasions.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have special party platters to accommodate both large and small parties including an assortment of meats, seafood and vegetarian choices.
  • Private Party Contact: Kristen Gruodis (910) 251-0433
  • Entertainment: We offer live music outside on the back deck on the weekends and special holidays (seasonal - spring/summer/fall.) Call for more detailed information.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Little Dipper
An experience you won't find at any other restaurant in Wilmington - unique, bold and fun...Fondue! The Little Dipper's menu consists of premium meats, fresh seafood, vegetables and homemade sauces for dipping. Dip organic bread into hot melted cheddar cheese with beer, garlic and spices, prepared tableside by your server. Indulge in blackened filet with a warm au pouivre, sashimi grade tuna dipped in Asian ginger sauce or shrimp drenched in wasabi lime aioli. For dessert don't pass up strawberries dipped in milk chocolate, or bananas dipped in warm dark chocolate blended with smooth peanut butter. The dining environment is casual and hip with bright colors and rich cherry wood. Each table is handmade with built-in electric burners where the guests cook together in one common fondue pot. Whether you are with a large group celebration or out for an intimate dinner for two, Fondue is special and different! Join us soon and get hooked!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Little Dipper is a great place to dine! It can be a little pricey but they offer different specials every weeknight to make it more affordable. The food is consistently great along with the service and their seasonal cocktails are great too! The outdoor area has a great romantic atmosphere if the weather is right. I've been dining here for 8 years and will continue to do so. I'll choose this local spot over a chain restaurant every time."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I love going to the Little Dipper! Normally I go with friends but it's also great for a date! It is a small restaurant but has a great deck and nice environment. I have never had a bad experience here, and they have great specials throughout the week that make your meal even more enjoyable. For anyone who wants to go to a fondue restaurant should definitely pick this place over the Melting Pot!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Such a great environment. The only complaint I have is a table next to us was very obnoxiously drunk and it was hard to hear my friends over them. But food was great and service was good!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "First time at the restaurant and the waiter was very helpful and kind. He took time to explain everything and offered suggestions when asked. Very nice and attentive. Food is fantastic and portions are good. Expect an experience and to enjoy yourself while there."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Great find! Very friendly waitress, amazing food, and all-around great experience. Very cozy two-person seating."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This was my first time at any fondue restaurant, and it was fabulous. I loved the cozy little booth and the decorations were wonderful. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgable. Got the date night deal which seemed to be a wonderful value."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The Smoked Gouda fondue is awesome! We tried the new seasonal cheese and were very happy! Definitely a strong flavor but that's what you expect for smoked Gouda."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience. We ordered the dinner for four and it was wonderful."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We went solely for dessert while visiting Wilmington. It was absolutely delicious and the service was great. When I find myself back in town, I plan on coming back to try their dinner. Very reasonable prices!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This was a wonderful, first time experience. We couldn't have picked a better restaurant to celebrate our anniversary at! Everything was perfect from the service, to the taste of food and the atmosphere. We will definitely return in the future."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Little Dipper is one of my favorite restaurants! I always suggest it for ladies night and date nights. The food and drinks are delicious!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Our time at The Little Dipper was great, great food, great service and great time for conversation."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I love the special nights. We went for locals night :-) Great food, amazing service. I visit every time I am in Wilmington"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I took my fiancé here for a nice Sunday dinner treat. He and I loved it. Little Dipper is great about using produce that is in season for their specials. Our drinks were great, and the food experience was marvelous. Highly recommend the Berry White most of all for your dessert."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "What a fabulous spot! It's just one of the coziest, romantic, fun & unhurried dining experiences I've ever had. A local shared this little gem of a restaurant with my fiancé and I and now anytime we are in town visiting we make sure to make our way to the Little Dipper. Give it a try and you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "What a romantic dinner spot! loved how private the table was! We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My girlfriends and i try to make Ladies Night a few times anually. It's always a great time and the service is always impecible! The manager is awesome and always makes sure we're happy! Thanks guys! Keep up the fantastic work!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Cheese & chocolate on Mondays and Wednesdays is the way to go! Instant Karma is my favorite though! Great atmosphere & the staff is wonderful! I will say though that the hostess could have been a little more enthusiastic but I'll still give this restaurant 5 stars."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Excellent as alway. However the portions are shrinking. These is less to dip and less to dip into."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "we got the meal combination that included the lobster tails for 2. between all courses, we were there for about 2.5 hours. It got a little nosy but we weren't rushed and the staff was very helpful and willing to answer any questions we had and offer suggestions (it was our first time there). Would go back for another special occasion."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful. Will be coming back in the future."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "This is the first time that I have used the online reservation system. I found it to be very simple and easy. Awesome!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Fondue is really expensive! But the selection and flavor of the food is amazing and is worth the money more than a "gourmet" restaurant. We can only afford to go there on special occasions, but we do recommend it to people to at least try once."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This is our go-to spot for special events. We went 4th of July and were able to walk down to the river to watch the fireworks - William, our server was very solicitous making sure we had enough chips and other goodies to dip (can't waste ANY cheese or, God forbid, chocolate!). Since we were on a timeline (for the fireworks) he kept us on schedule and got us everything we needed quickly."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I enjoyed the Little Dipper very much! I have been there a few times somw with friends for fun and a I have been for the ladies night! Great Food Great services and can't be the prices."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This is one of our all-time favorite places to eat. We go every time we come to the beach and love the experience. Plan on a two-hour meal and come hungry. My only complaint is that it can be loud in there."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Went on a Friday night with a date and had a good time. The one issue was with another customer that brought their loud toddler with them. This is a nice place with separate rooms so a loud child is amplified in a smaller room. Service was great and food was really good and we took advantage of the Friday night special so the cost was reasonable. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Service was great, food was OK. We went for the experience specifically."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The service was excellent. The food was delicious! If you are ever in Wilmington, I highly recommend this restaurant. It is right by the water. I loved it!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Delicious food and outstanding service! A very enjoyable evening!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I have only heard the hype over this restaurant. Wednesday I finally had the opportunity to experience it myself. I was not disappointed. Went out with some girls from work and we are planning on making it an at monthly ritual. Would love to make it an every week routine so we can try all the great menu items. From service to food to decoration, everything was AMAZING!!!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The Little Dipper was a fantastic dining experience, & I would love to go back."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My friends and I went for ladies night and had a wonderful time! The food was awesome!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Fondue is a great way to spend an evening with friends. This place is delicious and locally owned. They have awesome martinis and delicious food. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Went here for my 31st, and had never eaten at one before. Overall it was a very good experience, it was just LOUD at first. Love the little booths that make you feel secluded. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We dined here for a birthday celebration. Amazing food, the best service ever, and overwhelmingly accommodating and personalized for the birthday. We are absolutely going there again. Would recommend to anyone for any occasion. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Little Dipper makes things fun with a great wait staff, lots of choices and a nice set up to eat indoors or outside. They have very good daily specials - most notably on Monday afternoons. The Little Dipper has a cool bar and is in walking distance of all the fun things to do in the downtown Wilmington waterfront."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Love this special fondue restaurant in Downtown Wilmington. Has a great weekly specials & drinks! "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening there on a "ladies night out" with our granddaugthers and 3 adults in their lives. The girls enjoyed the food and the ritual. Our waiter was wonderful and explsined everything and made helpful suggestions.A perfect evening."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I discovered this place online and decided to treat my girlfriend for Mother's Day. I reserved a table online and even though we showed up an hour and a half early, they found a nice little table for us. The entire staff from host to server was very friendly and seemed to really help each other out if someone needs it. Unfortunately, I do not remember our server's name but she was fantastic. She knew exactly what she was talking about and even threw in some suggestions since it was our first time doing fondue. We were visiting North Carolina from Connecticut so unfortunately we couldn't stay longer but WHEN we go back to Wilmington this will be one of our stops."
    Dined on 5/11/2014