The Little Dipper
The Little Dipper

The Little Dipper

  • 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 9102510433
  • 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!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Little Dipper reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (76)romantic (69)good for groups (65)fit for foodies (43)neighborhood gem (42)hot spot (24)notable wine list (16)great for outdoor dining (13)late-night find (13)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (7)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (4)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • Love the Little Dipper Wilmington
    Coastalgal
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Every experience at the Little Dipper in Wilmington has been outstanding! Food, service, atmosphere - nothing is spared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies nights
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Ladies night is every Wednesday and it doesn't disappoint! We had a great time and will definitely go back again! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    Chris
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Kaitlen was our server. She greeted us with a welcoming attitude and made our evening very pleasant. It was a father/daughter night out and we were never rushed or left unattended. Very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Place Ever!
    Mimorie17
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the Little Dipper! I took my boyfriend and they gave us a nice little cubby type table off to itself. It was candle lit and everything! We had never fondued before, but our waitress was awesome at explaining it! The food was absoluty amazing. We did the couples date night dinner, so for $65 we got an appetizer, entree, and dessert!! I highly recommend this place! Simply fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience! Great Romantic Date Spot!
    hd387
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    My boyfriend and I chose the Little Dipper for a date night, and had a fantastic experience. My boyfriend had never been before and I had only been a couple of times. The waitstaff was very attentive and friendly and explained their fondue process well. We had a full 3-course meal (cheese, entree and chocolate dessert) in under two hours. It was a lot of fun and they put us in a nice little cozy booth. Loved the ambiance and their unique choices on the menu. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So fun!
    MDHN
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This restaraunt has delicious food and a makes for a fun time, too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Never disappointed!! It out anniversary tradition, great food and wine. The best people working in bar area. Which is always were we sit. We love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointing
    Deannita
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Service was horrible first time for me. Food Great as always. She was rude, took a long time to get us drinks and acted like we were bothering her to be there. I come here all the time with a group from NHRMC and we wait about 3 weeks to a month for a reservation which is fine. I just don't want to feel rushed or like I'm bothering the server. I will email the Little Dipper with more info. The Open Table is awesome and I use you guys all the time for the Little Dipper Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Excellent food and time! Triple play for chocolate is phenomenal! Loved the booths made for two. Perfect place for our anniversary dinner!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth it
    PB285
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We went for Restaurant Week and were very happy. It was a bit loud but that's probably a good sign - it means it's very popular!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intimate and delightful
    Artmark
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Great time, great food and great service! We had a wonderful time and the atmosphere was great. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is the 7th time we have eaten there and each time is excellent. This is our favorite place in Wilmington.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    Ewcooper3
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Excellent way to try a Restaurant without the high cost. Waiter was fantastic; very helpful for first timers. For that type of food, the food was very good. Would go back for a special occasion if other than Restaurant week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Little Dipper
    clzg
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Great place for Ladies Night! Met my daughter and a friend and had a great time! Food was really good and the service was fantastic. Colby was very attentive, made suggestions and was always there when we needed him. The Host Staff was very plesant. We had a great time! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Took 4 hours from Start to finish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Don't go to this place with more than 4 people. You will be hit with added tips and horrible service. Since the tips are automatically added the waiter doesn't care about the service. Our reservation was for 6:30, we ordered at 7 and didn't leave until 10, not because we were slow, but because of the service. We were told the kitchen was slammed. Why? They don't have to do anything; we cook our own food, just bring it to the table. The waitress kept forgetting everything: drinks, salad dressing, one salad was missing. The skewers that you use to cook your food stunk very badly. We had 6 people in our party and we ordered a prefix deal for $27pp, but for some reason we only got 2 orders of cheese and dessert even thou we had 3 couples.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time...
    Kaykay
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This was a great spot for a little co-worker meet up outside of the job to collaborate and mingle. Great atmosphere and environment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    Ilmnative75
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We have visited The Little Dipper every year for our anniversary after eating there the night after our wedding 8 years ago. My wife and I love everything about the place. From the building, the food, and the staff, all are great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    SaintMegery15
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I have been to The Little Dipper many times, and I've never had a bad experience! I love it here for many reasons: the staff are courteous and are awesome at what they do, the food is always superb, and the prices are very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ladies night out
    Rushed
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    They make you feel rushed. The staff kept saying my mgr wants you to move it along they have reservations after you and during the time we were there we were surrounded by empty tables .
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great date night
    pickyeater713
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Been here before for a birthday but decided to bring my partner for a nice romantic date night. We had such a great dining experience. The food and drinks were delicious and reasonably priced and our server was outstanding. He was knowledgeable and extremely helpful especially Being that my partner and I are semi picky eaters and we have food allergies they were more than accommodating. We needed a nice romantic night out for the two of us and this place really set tone.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    alabode
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Brought my mother here for her birthday and we were able to partake in the Local's Night. From the cheese to the chocolate to the pumpkin sangria, everything was decadant. Little Dipper let me celebrate my mother in style!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall excellent!
    MissiMoy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husband and I ate here for our one year wedding anniversary. We were seated in a private booth with a candle filled fire place and champagne on the table. Our server was excellent and very helpful in navigating the menu as well as with suggestions when it came to what cooking style is best with which entree and dipping sauces. We couldn't have asked for a better meal experience for our special night. We will definitely be back. The Little Dipper is now in our top 5 favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies Night
    LBrown
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    It is really a great place and love ladies night. Our waitress was very pleasant and I am looking forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The Little Dipper is such a great dining experience, made special by the great servers and intimate atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food and service
    lovefondue
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Took my boyfriend here for his birthday while we were visiting Wilmington. Our server was friendly and very knowledgeable about the food served and was very attentive to us. The food was incredible and we can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • KarenfromCary
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great experience! The cheese appetizer fondue and chocolate dessert fondue were fabulous. The entrée was very good, but not quite the same wow factor. Would definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and specials
    FoodieGirl
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Me and my girlfriend went on ladies night where they have a special of $9 a person for cheese and chocolate. It was so good! They had a special Gouda for the evening and it was amazing! This place is great for large groups or just a small party. Love treating myself to a fondue dinner here. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Dipper is Awesome!
    Luvtoeatfondue
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We love to celebrate on ladies night! Best deal in town. Curious friendly service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Night
    wineandine
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Group of 4. Lots of food, laughter and and great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Romance!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My boyfriend and I love coming here for dates and anniversaries! The atmosphere is wonderful, with just the right amount of table privacy. Every time we have gone to the Little Dipper, we have had a fantastic server. The food is amazing too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • cheese and dessert
    big20
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The best part of our night was the cheese and the chocolate! The actual entree was not good at all. We were highly disappointed after all we had read and heard about. Honestly it would have been a lot better if our waiter would have explained everything instead of leaving it all to the one person at our table who had only been there one prior time. At least now we know that fondue is not our favorite but it was a nice restaurant that im sure anyone who likes fondue will enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun fun fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Unique fun experince, great end to a day in downtown Wilmington.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date night!
    emccann
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I went and had a fabulous time! The server was really helpful in helping us decide what food and cooking styles to choose and was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious but noisy
    Cyndarita41
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went in for my husband's birthday and the food was wonderful. Large selection to choose from and everything was fresh. Our server was attentive and knowledable, making several recommendations that were perfection. The drink selection was interesting and ours were well made and tasty. The ambiance was just ok and the noise level was higher than I anticipated, but overall it was an excellent meal with great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the Little Dipper!
    aodell
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    A large group of us went to the Little Dipper for ladies night on Wednesday. Our server was excellent and the food was totally delicious. Definitely a great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Night
    Kristi0831
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went to celebrate my 30th birthday, we put it on the reservation and everyone I came in contact with wished me a happy birthday. The waitress was excellent and made our dining experience quick and easy without rushing us. The food was devine as usual. I HIGHLY recommend this place to anyone who has never tried it. If you think you've had fondue and you didn't like it, try it here!! It's a whole other experience entirely! LOVE!!! Will be heading back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luvthedipper
    luvthedipper
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been to the dipper many times and EVERY time you get outstanding service, food and ambience. We love it! Always take visitors there for a truly excellent culinary experience that is fun and delicious! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Service was fine but not very personable.....server could have made it a better experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fondue without breaking the bank
    LoriVan
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My family loves fondue, but when only 2 of us are dining, the amount of food (and the expense) at other fondue restaurants has often been too much. The Little Dipper offers some great specials during the week where you can sample small portions, or just have cheese and chocolate, for a very reasonable price. Even Saturday, you can choose to share a meal on the regular menu, resulting in far less waste. My daughter and I had salad, cheese, a sampler entree, and dessert for under $50 recently. And the food is delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Service is always the best and the food is amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.