World Cafe Live at The Queen
World Cafe Live at The Queen

World Cafe Live at The Queen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://queen.worldcafelive.com/
  • Phone: 302-994-1400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Upstairs Live Restaurant Hours:
    PLEASE BE AWARE THAT A RESERVATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE A TICKET.
    If you to dine with us on a show night - you must purchase a show ticket at least 15 minutes prior to show start time.
    You can find our exciting show schedule at http://queentickets.worldcafelive.com/, or call our Box Office at 302-994-1400 for more details.
    ** Also - please be aware that a quick sound check may occur during your visit in our Upstairs Live Cafe.**
    Thank you, and we look forward to serving you!

    SUN-TUES: Closed (unless a ticketed show)
    WEDS-FRI: Open at 11:30 AM
    SAT: Open at 5:00 PM

    Upstairs Live Happy Hour Drink Specials:
    WEDS-FRI, 4-6pm

    $3 Rail Drinks
    $3 Domestic Drafts
    $4 Dogfish Head Drafts
    $4 House Wines
    $4 Select Craft Bottles & Cans
    $7 Red Bull & Vodka

    Selection of $3 Fries and $5 Appetizers

    Thank you, and we look forward to serving you!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Joe Deamer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For more information, please contact Gretchen McHale, Director of Private Events, at 302-504-9550 or gmchale@worldcafelive.com.
  • Entertainment: In Upstairs Live:

    Please call or visit our website for show details. Contact the box office for our exciting line-up of ticketed shows in Upstairs Live and Downstairs Live! 302-994-1400

    Become a Live Access member today and stay up to date on all of our events! Visit worldcafelive.com to sign up, it's free!
  • Special Events: At World Cafe Live at the Queen, we will oversee every aspect of your affair, from the first phone call down to the last detail, and make your event a rockin' success.

    Our extraordinary interior includes two separate event locations.

    First, our mesmerizing Olympia Room features big, beautiful windows overlooking the trendy new LoMA district of Market Street, and accommodates groups of up to 100 seated or 175 standing.

    Second, our downstairs theater comfortably holds 200 seated and 500 standing amidst the enduring charm of the Queen's main stage.

    Whether it's weddings or conferences, galas or fundraisers, birthdays or business meetings - they all rock at The Queen!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are two public parking lots directly across the street. One is on 5th between N. King and N. Market streets, and the other is next to the court house on N. King between 5th & 6th streets.
A word from World Cafe Live at The Queen
Please note, there is a ticketed event this evening.
You may purchase tickets online or at www.worldcafelive@thequeen.com or at our Box Office separately.
Non-ticket holders are subject to fees at show time.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
World Cafe Live at The Queen reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)good for groups (31)hot spot (24)special occasion (20)late-night find (20)vibrant bar scene (19)fit for foodies (18)great for lunch (13)great for brunch (5)romantic (5)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Disappointment start to finish
    StuckinWilmington
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I have dined at WCL Wilmington many times. The happy hour from 4-7 PM was always a draw for me. This past week, I checked the website for the restaurant and saw that the happy hours were still the same; however, when I arrived at the restaurant, I was told that happy hours now end at 6 PM. BUMMER! Our waitress was so inexperienced that I thought she was 14 years of age. The menu was pallid and the food blah. What happened?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed at show. Food okay
    WilmingtonDE
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food and service acceptable. I came for dinner before concert (Allman Brothers tribute) because I would not not guaranteed a seat without eating first While dinner and service acceptable Music WAY WAY too loud and distorted . Wife and I eagerly left before half over. Disappointed and ears hurt. My hearing is normal and not unusually sensitive. Also this survey multiple choice options are biased in way phrased. No choice for would not recommend . Noise level choice is "quiet, moderate, energetic or cant recall. Why not an "excessive" choice ?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good food!
    Delicious
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went Saturday to see a band so the food wasn't our priority but was still very good. Our waiter was very attentive and it was an enjoyable evening out. We love coming to the Queen!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Walt
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    excellent experience, wait staff was great and so was the music
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-show dinner
    irishmafiaVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Brought a few newbies who enjoyed food and show. Great set-up for a good meal before a show no matter what the venue.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TB
    TTBB
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had a very nice time. Excellent service and entertainment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Way to noisy with a party going on in the bar. My 80 year old ears could hardly hear my daughter speak.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Queen rocks it again!
    LuvBugaloo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Love World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington. Always a great time--awesome bands and excellent food. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music
    KabobKats
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This restaurant has a stage, and music. The noise level can get quite high for some of the performers. We had tickets to a show so were expecting the loudness. The food is really good, almost gourmet. I always enjoy going.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • msmello
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I enjoy the food and entertainment. Would recommend to family and friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Time!
    Cienzo1
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Best place in Wilmington hands down! From the awesome food and service to the venues professional sound and stage you really get a warm and genuine experience. The staff was happy which made us feel more at home and parking was a breeze. Free street parking after five and a parking garage next door for $5 all night. You can't go anywhere else and have that same experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • little music/foodie gem
    luvartzmusic
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Started going for the music, added food to the fabulous find. Love the selection of apps for late night snacking as you listen to music, especially the eggplant fries.........get them every time! The staff is friendly, helpful and just plain awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MUSIC SCENE
    lkh123
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Really enjoyed a nice meal and some nice local music. Like that the menu is small and simple. The Grilled cheese was so yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great music venue
    BoppinBill
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    People come here for the music. In my case it was singer/songwriter night. It's not open when there is no show. That being said, the food is still very good but the menu is limited as is the wine & beer list.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blues Jam
    Singdablues
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great Blues music in a cozy venue. I could have been on Beale street in Memphis
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hour
    irishmafiaVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great Happy Hour. Works well for groups. Used Open Table for reservations which were easily adjusted when it was necessary to add a few people. As usual, food was perfect to preference as ordered and delivered in a timely fashion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • surprising
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Bar food menu but well done and good portions. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for First Visit
    4winedivas
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I love the building and the location. I drove from PA and Wilmington was silent except for the Queen. Not much going on as I was driving through. It was noisy but energetic. The musicians were glad to be there and put on a good show. You can not control what they sing and one singer sang about sexual abuse and I saw a dad take his two children outside. But the music overall was good. I had dinner and Malbec, and thought the food was good. The wings could have used a little more flavor, I order salmon and had to send it back and ordered something else and it was replaced with no problem. I had duck instead and it was delicious. Most folks attending seemed to enjoy their food. I will attend again because Wilmington needs this type of venue.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST WLC PERFORMANCE YET
    2MsSicily
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Sweet Loretta Fat's tribute to the FAB Four is a must see performance. Dinner, drinks and entertainment were OUTSTANDING. *****> FIVE (5) stars to WCL and SLF
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner & Show at WCL - The Queen
    reds
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had reservations for dinner & tickets for the Beatles show. We didn't expect the food to be as fabulous as it turned out. We had a little of everything, hummus, guacamole, pizza, fried eggplant, sweet potato fries. but the one thing we almost didn't get was the grilled cheese sandwich special. Apparently it changes every week. It had chicken inside & other goodies. It was to die for!!! Amazing. Great service & an amazing Show with Sweet Loretta Fat group singing the Beatles. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • steffy55
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had a nice time and service was good. The band performance was excellent
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool lunchtime getaway
    BetsyA
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Came over from NJ for a lunch with coworkers on a Friday -- live music, great food. Such fun - the food was eclectic and delicious - hummus plate, calzone, fish tacos - everyone loved their food. And the guitarist was awesome! Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kefer
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Always good food with outstanding service. jevaun waited on us as he has many times before. The personality and quality of his service makes everything about your night out the best. He is always on his game. The manager even jumps in to help customers all the time. We don't go here just for music we come for dinner always . We look forward to both. Keith Flury
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Music Venue on East Coast
    2MsSicily
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    OUTSTANDING music and dining experience. Absolute PERFECTION.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 20 Minutes, too long
    Luv2TryAgain
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We were immediately seated thanks to our reservation but we waited approximately 21 minutes just to get a drink order. We also saw other people get up and leave because the wait was too long. We decided to stay and the service slightly improved and there was a live bank playing the Allman Brothers tunes and they were excellent. The food was excellent and we may try to visit again, hoping that maybe we caught them on an understaffed night.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • world cafe live experience
    worldcafeRocks
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I have been to this location several times. It's my fave local place to see music acts and others, the food is usually pretty good too. On this visit, the shrimp and pasta was great, the white pizza was mediocre. The hummus and veggie plate was very good as usual. We had a trainee waiter so services was a little lacking compared to past visits, but that's understandable and okay. I guess the biggest complaint would be that our appetizer came out at the same time as our main dishes, but the waiter apologized ahead of time and let us know that was going to occur. I still love this place and hope that enough people go so that it stays open!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great musical evening
    KikKik
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food is very good and at a reasonable price. The live music is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good night
    irishmafiaVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    As is usual, the food was good, the service outstanding and the entertainment superb. This is my go-to place for entertainment and relaxation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Show and dinner
    beautyart
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We went to see The California Honey Drops used open table to reserve a table. I highly recommend. We had a great table with a wonderful view of the stage. We liked the variety of the menu. It had lighter options. We ordered from the weekly specials and enjoyed the food. The atmosphere is very nice. The bands that played were great! $12 for two very enjoyable, talented bands were a steal! Best night out for my husband and I in quite a while.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful efficient waitstaff
    where2go
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed my show and food. Eggplant fries were delightful. My two waiters were always available and they checked on me unobtrusively through out the evening. My new favorite place!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • more staff
    chas
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Wait time for drinks & service to long. Two server covering all tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Music Venue
    bbqrider
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food can be pretty good, but this place is about the music. Intimate upstairs, larger, but still comfortable downstairs. All different styles of music......rock, blues jazz,funk, etc. Check out the schedule and see for yourself.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great music, ok food, slow service
    hiyadave
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I really like this location. Unfortunately they are dreadfully understaffed. Two waiters for nearly 30 tables is a recipe for disaster. Service all night long was so dreadfully slow we eventually bypassed our waitress and started getting our drinks straight from the bar. In addition, the food is average at best, or at least was on our latest visit. The Braised Pork sandwich and Eggplant fries were good. But the so called Cajun Seasoned Fish Tacos had absolutely no Cajun seasoning. The Guacamole Dip appetizer was lacking in any kind of flavor. Even the tequila cocktail, which was supposed to have a rosemary infused syrup, was lacking any hint of rosemary. The music is always great. And I hope they succeed. But they have work to do.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome experience. Lira was great
    Louis
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I would like to thank the gentleman who spearheaded the move to bring Lira to this setting. I drove in from Baltimore since I was going to be out of town when she came to Baltimore today and it was worth the drive. The sound was excellent & it was wonderful seeing this talented musician and her band in this setting. I have been raving about it. Lira was powerful and inspirational, in addition to being a great musician. Loved her & will hope that she returns.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    13thTruck
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I had a great time as usual, I had the best waitress, she deserves a raise, from service she provided. Don't remember her name. She was an black woman small build with tattoos on the arms, and hair in a ponytail. She is an example of what a superior waitress should be. She is a complement to the excellent service at the Queen. The show was great, the service was what it should be anywhere in any place you eat. My girlfriend even talked about the service and how good she was. The Suite Franchon PLP show is the best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Convenience
    FatKidAtHeart
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Friendly staff, good drink selection, and simple yet well prepared food items make this venue a good experience. Very convenient spot to eat that wont disappoint before a concert at the Queen.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Live Music and Great Dining
    ItsAllGood
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Go any night for a delicious, flavorful and high quality menu. Even better, pick a night when there is live entertainment on their restaurant stage for a fun and intimate music experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    dinner
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Food was good and our waiter was quick and friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and prices
    MusicLover
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We went here for dinner and a concert. Food was excellent ... eggplant fries (who knew) were to die for. Great service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We had a $10 restaurant.com gift certificate that they would not allow us to use because we had ordered two glasses of wine from the Happy Hour menu, even though we had another $45 worth of food and drink from the regular menu! Twice I had to go up to the bar to track down our waiter. It was convenient because we had a show downstairs to attend, however, on top of the certificate issue, the band that was going to be playing upstairs spent an hour going through sound check. (Our table was right in front of the stage, which was empty when we arrived.) Will only go back to the restaurant at some point to get my $10 worth of regular-priced food. Plenty of restaurants to choose from right around The Queen.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic