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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "If it's a local shop or eatery, we will always give it a try. The Little Dipper offered what we look for: great looking food (Who knew fondue could be so creative?!), passionate personnel and nice ambiance! We chose Mother's Day--though most food/beverage servers can be overwhelmed and thus unpleasant! Ours kept her cool--"Brittany" had fun with our entire crew, including MY quirky personality--while never missing a beat! Plus, she supplied us with her personal recommendations which were excellent! Though we came in the day, the nightlife area looked like it was calling our names for our next visit--which will be very soon!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went there to celebrate Mother's Day. Was not real crowded but it seemed cramped. We were seated facing a window looking right out at the sidewalk and everyone walking past were looking in at you eating which I do not find enjoyable. The heating elements at our table was to us a little out of reach, we were constantly stretching my wife almost had to lift up out of her chair each time. The group at the table behind us was very loud, to the point others we looking at them and we could barely hear ourselves. The food and sauces were ok but nothing to rave about. We had the zen for 4 with the White Merlot & Vegetable broth but we really did not notice any flavor. Will stick to making our own fondue at home."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My son graduated from UNCW and we went to the Little Dipper for dinner to celebrate. The staff was wonderful and gave us advise on the cooking methods, sauces, etc. A wonderful place to celebrate."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Dining here is as much an event as it is a meal. The service is consistently exceptional. The servers are engaging. The food is always cooked fresh (because the guest is the chef). Most guest dress above beach wear but below formal. Be sure to go with friends as you will be cooking your food in a community pot. This restaurant is located in what appears to be an old store in historic downtown Wilmington. If you like history plan to take a walk around town before or after your meal. Be warned, Thursday night is ladies night and it can be rather noisy. Parking can be a problem. We can usually find a spot in a "pay to park" lot across the street for $7.00. All in all a great spot for the occasional "treat" meal. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Our first visit to The Little Dipper was to take mom for Mother's Day. We were all extremely happy with the delicious food and prompt service. We had the Tuscan cheese fondue and I do recommend it. The choice of salad that comes with the meal is great (around 5-6 i believe). I chose the chef salad with a house made basil vingerette (yum)! The others had a house salad. My husband had a meal for two with filet minion, shrimp and chicken. It was just enough for two and comes with veggies. Mom had the chicken trio and enjoyed every bite. We also chose the chicken broth to cook our food in which I feel was a healthy choice over oil. A great little place to celebrate any special occasion or just to enjoy a night out with your love/friends. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "What a wonderful dining experience. You're allowed to enjoy your meal at a relaxed pace while having fun with the fondue! A real gem of a restaurant."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The Little Dipper is by far the best Fondue restaurant we have enjoyed. The selections were varied and different providing many new and interesting courses to try. The meats, vegetables, fruits, and cheeses were all high quality and flavorful. The cheeses and chocolates were mixed perfectly, never too thick, or burned, or separated. The "date night" menu with wine pairing is fantastic in amount and value. A great place for a date for two or to enjoy with a group."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Took my lady to the Little Dipper and was very happy with the experience. Service was good and the food was excellent. I thought the menu had enough options to choose from for all courses. The ambience for an evening was too lit up for my tastes of romantic but it hardly ruined the mood. The cheese and chocolate fondues were the highlights of the evening for my date and I. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My wife and I have dined at numerous other fondue restaurants; this was our first time in Wilmington, so we decided to give The Little Dipper a try. We were not the least bit disappointed- we came away very pleased and very satisfied. Food, service and ambiance were all very good, the wine list was very reasonably priced, and we would gladly return on our next visit to the city."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Been in Wilmington since 1989 and have heard rumblings about The Little Dipper. Went for Ladies Night for first time 4/2/14 and had my husband take be back 4/22 for dinner and went again 4/30! Each time was excellent!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Went for a quiet romantic birthday for my wife -on ladies' night. Whoops. But they put us the most secluded booth, with the most personable waiter, and really catered to us. Top shelf service and food. Will definitely go again - even on ladies night. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Service was great good quality was fresh price reasonable defiantly go again."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Me and a friend split the date night menu that came with a taste of wine with each course. Perfect amount and as always... Delicious!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "It's a great time to hang out with friends and relaxing. Wait staff was friendly and my drink never got empty!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I love The Little Dipper! I wish I lived closer, so I could go there more often. The food is always delicious and the service is great every time. P.S. For all you ladies out there, Wednesday is Ladies Night and you can get cheese and chocolate for $9 per person."
    Dined on 3/30/2014