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Mariposa Tapas Bar - Wilmington

4.7
4.7
120 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates

Bobby Zimmerman, owner of True Blue Butcher and Table, and his team opened Mariposa Tapas Bar in the Spring of 2021. Located at 1502 S 3rd St Wilmington in the South Front District, Mariposa will make sure to transport you to Spain with a menu full of authentic Spanish tapas, an intentional wine list and an intimate atmosphere.

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Booked 14 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
    Sun 10:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (910) 769-0763

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bobby Zimmerman

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Cross street

    South 3rd and Greenfield

  • Parking details

    Limited parking is located on 3rd and 2nd Streets. Additional parking is available in the gravel lot on the corner of Greenfield and Front Sts.We offer a shuttle service on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday brunch from the gravel lot on the corner of Greenfield and Front Streets. Our golf cart driver will drive you right to our front door!

  • Public transit

    The Free Downtown Trolly makes a stop at the end of the block just west of Mariposa! Trolley schedules and routes can be found at www.wavetransit.com/free-downtown-trolley-schedule/

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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What 120 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Notable Wine List

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Outdoor Dining

  • Wilmington

    Best Value

  • Wilmington

    Great for Lunch

  • Wilmington

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Wilmington

    Notable Wine List

  • Wilmington

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. AM

    AdamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Food was good and our server was great, both in general and (specifically) with my kids.

  2. K

    Kyle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Mariposa always has amazing food! The service was a little spotty but it was a nice night so I didn't mind waiting!

  3. L

    Loisss

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was our second visit to Mariposa, and we thoroughly enjoyed it both times. The menu has mostly traditional tapas offerings that are executed perfectly with well-sourced ingredients. The cocktail list is creative, and the several we tried were all delicious. The servers were friendly and professional, and helped to enhance the enjoyable atmosphere. We sat outside both times, so I can't comment on the interior ambience, but the outside seating is lovely.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely place for lunch, excellent service and food. Will definitely dine again to try more amazing meals.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My 3rd time there. Great food and service. Highly recommend

  6. WF

    WilmFoodie

    Wilmington

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    We had a delicious Brunch here. Their Eggs Benedict are great. The outside space is great too, but can be a little loud being close to the street. You’ll hear Loud exhaust on motor cycles and cars going by. But, we’ll still be back.

  7. CH

    CHRISTYH

    Wilmington

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Energetic?! Large group of girls so loud next table over couldnt hear myself think nor my friends voice at all. Large parties need to be put out on the porch if they are going to be loud and obnoxious. I know it’s small inside and the ambience should be energetic, but not like that! Food was pretty good, good value, sangria delicious!

  8. CR

    ChipR

    Wilmington

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Mariposa continues to be a gem in the same neighborhood as Satellite and Benny’s Big time. Great outdoor dining spot too.

  9. CC

    CatC

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mariposa is always wonderful. Attentive staff, amazing food - the insalata is to die for!

  10. AM

    AnnMax

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very nice cozy restaurant inside with a wraparound porch outside. Outside a bit noisy but inside quiet. Service was great. Food was excellent! Some suggestions would be a few more green veggies! Asparagus was nice but need some more choices as some in our group dont like the asparagus smell. Also bread should come with the tapas- even tho they may not do that in Spain. The sauces are so good one needs plain bread to soak up the deliciousness.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best meals we have ever had, hands down! Everything was so flavorful and seasoned perfectly. We cannot wait to go back and try other dishes on the menu!

  12. TE

    ToddE

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great date spot

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The atmosphere was so lovely and so inviting. The food and service were excellent

  14. n

    nursemere

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My parents and I had an excellent time. My parents had never tried tapas style before and loved it! Our waiter was attentive we enjoyed the ambiance. They drove in from out of town and we enjoyed being able to catch up in a quieter location.

  15. MM

    MichaelM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    Location has lots of loud cars and sun is tricky. As a Spanish food expert I would suggest considering the following: must have a European pilsner on the menu, pan con tomate was mostly bread (flavor was awesome but in Spain the bread is much thinner slice of bread matched with tomatoe versus lots of bread with a spread of tomatoe), mushrooms, more fish? Rest was great. Wines and sangria very good. Spaniards love fish and I'd try to have more creative fish offerings. Server was great.

  16. R

    Rich

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing brunch menu. Food was top notch as was the service. Only complaint is the Horchata is pre-made with the brandy already in it.

  17. TE

    ToddE

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an amazing day at this location. We were fortunately one of the only guess there it was a really rainy night we got to sit outside and everything was absolutely perfect.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have lived in Wilmington for 14 years and this was the best meal I have eaten here. I cannot say enough good things about how delicious the food was. A must try!

  19. SD

    SDBNC

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Playground for foodies! High quality dishes prepared and presented with flair. Nice outdoor area but some mosquitoes. Excellent and attentive service.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great all around

  21. AS

    AllisonS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Kat is an incredible employee and she treated us like we were family! Gazpacho was out of this world good!

  22. TW

    TerahW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional as always! This is quickly becoming my new fav place!!

  23. FP

    FlyingPenguin007

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was wonderful! Highly recommend the meatballs and pork cheeks! Our service was wonderful and attentive.

  24. TW

    TerriW

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great service. Lovely porch for outdoor dining!

  25. SM

    SarsM

    Raleigh

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A Quint restaurant serving small dishes great service and very good food Small menu but has a good variety

  26. TM

    TomM

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Beautiful night...ate outside on the porch. Extremely loud traffic noise. Not at all relaxing. Parking or lack thereof is a BIG problem. They suggest you park in a gravel lot a block away and walk! What about those with a handicap? Red sangria was too tart and tasted watered down. Had to wait a very long time between tapas and the main course. The server had to check on the status. Food was just OK. This was a "one and done" restaurant. We will not be back. Not worth the inconvenience.

    Mariposa Tapas Bar - WilmingtonResponded on September 7, 2021

    Hello Tom, we apologize that your experience was not enjoyable. We understand that the hustle and bustle of the downtown area can be distracting, that our parking situation is not ideal. As a result, we have a golf cart specifically for our guests that picks up/drops off guests from the gravel lot. We strive for exceptional experiences and want to do what we can to make that happen. Please contact us at the email privately messages to you to discuss this further as we are happy to do so.

  27. LJ

    LindaJ

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was a perfect from the atmosphere to the wait staff to the food and beverages!

  28. LL

    LaurenL

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2021

    overall5food4service3ambience4

    Mariposa has quickly become one of our favorite spots in town. We have never been disappointed by the food or the drinks! It was a great evening spent with friends and delicious food. Our friend was visiting from Spain and he was also impressed with the offering and quality.

  29. GT

    GreerT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious and service was perfect. Can’t wait to go back

  30. JC

    JosephC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious. Friendly service. Great place.

  31. JE

    JEAN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Meatballs were excellent as was asparagus plate. Great service! Street noise gets a bit loud at times so sitting inside would be best.

  32. JD

    JohnD

    Wilmington

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Mariposa offers what I consider to be an "eclectic" menu of tapas running the gamut from simple cheese, sausage and ham boards to a fish board consisting of sardines, tuna and razor clams!

  33. H

    Heather

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food selections were delicious and offered a variety of options depending on your palate!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best spots I’ve tried in Wilmington!

  35. J

    Janem

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love Mariposa. It's our new favorite date night place. The Spanish food is authentic and amazing. We prefer to sit on the porch even in rainy weather. The creme brûlée is outstanding. Great staff also!

  36. AA

    AndreaA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    we enjoyed a variety of tapas dishes and all were exceptionally delicious. We will definitely be dining there again. Staff was knowledgeable and upbeat.

  37. H

    Hank

    Wilmington

    130 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    The wide range of food here is great for sharing. We really enjoyed the flavors and our server did a nice job keeping the food paced. Good wine, beer and cocktails. Easy parking and an affordable night with friends. Try it for yourself and enjoy.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Quality of food was outstanding. Service was attentive. Composition of plates needs focus. The potato bravas is a great example. The tots were cooked nicely. However, instead of dressing them with appropriate sauces, the aioli and romesco were left for dipping. It was disjointed. The real issue was what we found out to be the walk-in cooler. Throughout the entire meal we heard an incredibly loud thud over and over as if bodies were being dragged and dropped. It was the perpetual opening and slamming shut of the walk-in cooler. Honestly, it absolutely killed the ambiance. This should be addressed ASAP. That noise was impossible to ignore and really took over the mood. I love the framework of this restaurant and support it. However, the details need to be ironed out.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have enjoyed tapas in Barcelona, and this experience was as close as Wilmington could possibly come, minus the need for a passport.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Knowledgeable and friendly waitstaff, relaxed atmosphere, phenomenal food

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Mariposa Tapas Bar - Wilmington is rated 4.7 stars by 120 OpenTable diners

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Booked 14 times today
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1502 S 3rd St Wilmington, NC 28401-6114

  • Cross street

    South 3rd and Greenfield

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
    Sun 10:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Limited parking is located on 3rd and 2nd Streets. Additional parking is available in the gravel lot on the corner of Greenfield and Front Sts.We offer a shuttle service on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday brunch from the gravel lot on the corner of Greenfield and Front Streets. Our golf cart driver will drive you right to our front door!

  • Public transit

    The Free Downtown Trolly makes a stop at the end of the block just west of Mariposa! Trolley schedules and routes can be found at www.wavetransit.com/free-downtown-trolley-schedule/

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bobby Zimmerman

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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