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Mariposa Tapas Bar - Wilmington

4.7
4.7
177 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 26 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

  • Private party facilities

    Our dining room has limited seating for groups larger than 4 people, however, our courtyard offers private seating for groups as large as 20. Please call us directly for large party reservations and event details!

  • 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

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 177 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Hot Spot

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Notable Wine List

  • Wilmington

    Best Ambiance

  • Wilmington

    Notable Wine List

  • Wilmington

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. B

    Badseatingcomforty

    Wilmington

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went to Mariposa for a late morning brunch - very nice waitress and good was excellent. Perfect for us!

    Mariposa Tapas Bar - WilmingtonResponded 1 day ago

    We are thrilled that you enjoyed brunch with us! We hope to see you again soon.

  2. E

    Eddie

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    Too expensive for what you get. I have seen this movie before in Northern Va where we used to live. Do something fast before it's too late.......

  3. JL

    JeanneL

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious, choices varied, just a little more expensive than I expected. But will definitely return. Wonderful cocktails, great great service, beautiful atmosphere, can't wait for the warm weather to return so we can eat outside! Definitely recommend!

    Mariposa Tapas Bar - WilmingtonResponded 1 day ago

    We are right there with you - we cannot wait for the warm weather! Thank you for your kind review and support. We look forward to having you again soon.

  4. RF

    RobertF

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    grand fun... right next to Benny's PIzza (from Chef and the Farmer fame...) great dishes...tapas size... We'll go back...

    Mariposa Tapas Bar - WilmingtonResponded 1 day ago

    Thank you, Robert! We look forward to having you. We appreciate the review!

  5. JM

    JohnM

    Wilmington

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Nice lunch experience. Very tasty food and great service. Good, safe environment with inside and outside seating. Will be back.

    Mariposa Tapas Bar - WilmingtonResponded on January 17, 2022

    Thank you, John. We appreciate that you took the time to write your review and help share the word about us. We’re here for you anytime!

  6. DW

    DWeb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Overall, my wife and I were very happy in all respects with our dining experience at this establishment. Our first visit to this relatively new restaurant; tapas approach to dining. The atmosphere in the bar seating area reminded me of small Spanish and Portuguese joints I've patronized in Iberia, but this aesthetic was simple/subtle, not forced. Cheese + charcuterie board was good; would have liked another slice or two of bread beyond the two generous chunks provided; tomato sauce, just thick enough and pleasantly garlicky, on top of bread. Smoked meats solid; cheese as well, altho maybe a couple too many chunks of them. Board garnished with sweetly sharp pickled peppers. Also had the Spanish ratatouille. Very good dish; fried egg on top nice addition. Red sangria was satisfactory; prefer it a bit sweeter/fruitier. My wife's Spanish gin serving staff members made time to briefly chat; provided good answers to questions about their own preferences/recommendations on the menu. Dessert: shared a flan; maybe best flan I've ever had, sturdy without being stiff; portion not overwhelming for one, and for two, just enough as something sweet after dinner. Not too busy on a Sat. nite; did make a reservation. Crowd demographics: seemed to be late-twenties to early 50s, information-worker types. Some noise, but not much...conversation possible in normal vocal tones. Attire: I'd suggest a step up from beach casual...e.g., dressy-ish jeans, clean/pressed shirt, leather footwear. We'll be back, looking forward to working through the menu over time. Well done, Mariposa Tapas!

    Mariposa Tapas Bar - WilmingtonResponded on January 10, 2022

    Thank you so much for your thorough and honest review! We appreciate the time and consideration you put into your experience with us. And thank you for the feedback; we always welcome insight from our customers into how we can improve ourselves and the experience for our patrons. We very much look forward to having you again soon!

  7. RB

    RobinB

    Austin

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was our first but long anticipated visit and we were blown away. We tried quite a few if the dishes including the 2 regional “specials” and nothing disappointed. The staff was attentive but not overbearing and very welcoming. It’s small and quaint with beautiful art. We really enjoyed everything and plan to add it to our rotation of date night spots.

    Mariposa Tapas Bar - WilmingtonResponded on January 10, 2022

    Robin, thank you so much for your sweet and thorough review. We are overjoyed that your first time with us was such a success! We very much look forward to having you for date night again!

  8. MP

    MichelleP

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Consistently delicious food and excellent service!

    Mariposa Tapas Bar - WilmingtonResponded on January 10, 2022

    Thank you so much, Michelle! We are grateful for your support!

  9. A

    Andrew

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I loved every minute of my date night at Mariposa. Our server Lauren was bubbly and hospitable; we gave her free reign to make selections from the menu for us and everything she brought to us was out of this world. The pork cheek was a stand out but the versatility of the romesco sauce was astounding, it went with everything! I really enjoyed the experience of getting to mix and match the numerous sauces with our different mains. The place is cute, cozy, and intimate.

    Mariposa Tapas Bar - WilmingtonResponded on January 10, 2022

    Thank you, Andrew! And thank you for shouting out Lauren. Your review is filled with such kind words and what sounds like a super fun time. We hope to see you again soon - you bring yourselves, we'll bring the sauces!

  10. h

    heslamar

    Wilmington

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice variety of scrumptious tapas! Many gluten-free options as well which is great for me. Interesting list of Spanish-inspired cocktails you won’t find other places. Wine list is solid and prices for wine reasonable at around 2X retail for most. Our waitress was outstanding.

  11. B

    Badseatingcomforty

    Wilmington

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Great place - good food at reasonable price. The waitress wasn’t the most attentive but I think she was new.

  12. E

    Emily

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mariposa truly delivers an amazing experience every time we are there - food is incredible, service is so professional and knowledgeable, drinks are amazing. 10/10 even on NYE, which overwhelms most other establishments. SO GOOD

  13. JW

    JenniferW

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Without knowing we left a purse at the restaurant and our server left the restaurant and found us at Satellite Bar to return it! That was going above and beyond.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The servers were so patient and accommodating. We loved the cocktails and shareables!

  15. D

    Donna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is our fourth visit to Mariposa and it is consistently good. This time our party included two grandchildren. They were made to feel welcome and they enjoyed their hamburgers. The staff went above outstanding service when my granddaughter wanted her hamburger cooked a bit more and the chef made her a new one. My husband loves the pork cheeks dish and even though it is not on the lunch menu, the chef obliged by making him an order. Cocktails are creative and delicious. On a previous visit, our guest from Barcelona, Spain enjoyed his meal and said it was authentic Spanish Tapas and that we were lucky to have a place like this is Wilmington.

  16. GN

    GNorthCarolina

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding! Great fun!

  17. SC

    SharonC

    Wilmington

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing craft cocktails and scrumptious tapas to share.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    43 reviews

    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall3food5service5ambience5

    Very noisy! Small tapas big prices. Nice atmosphere.

  19. d

    dontwantanicknamechosen4

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Please correct Opentable from canceled to we were there. Thank you. I can show receipt!!

  20. KG

    KeriG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We started our girls night off at Mariposa for appetizers and cocktails. The service was fantastic. Our server was very friendly and very knowledgeable and helpful with the menu. Drinks were wonderful and our charcuterie board was delish! Fun atmosphere in a great location. We will be back!

  21. BW

    BradleyW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We’ve been here several times and the food/service are consistent and very good. We tend to order a base consisting of the meat, cheese, and olive dish then experiment with other items. Everything is good. It isn’t an inexpensive restaurant though.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mariposa brings the Spanish Tapas experience to ILM! I have now enjoyed brunch, lunch, and dinner experiences at Mariposa Tapas Bar. Situated in a century-old home converted into a cozy and intimate restaurant, at the corner of Greenfield and 3rd Street, Mariposa is a fun and delicious dining experience. They specialize in authentic Spanish tapas (smaller, numerous, shared plates), old-world wine, and fun, unique cocktails (The Spanish Gin & Tonic is their most “instagramable,” my favorites being the Monarca and Diurnal Dip). The bartenders know what they’re doing. My most recent visit was for my mother’s birthday and service was friendly and timely. They honored my reservation requests to the best of their ability, and took extra special care. Lauren was a fantastic and friendly server. Both Mia and George, also present on the floor, were helpful and attentive. My mother raved about her Benedict with Jamón (dry-aged Spanish ham), stating that no other Benedict will be able to suffice now. We were treated to Spanish Churros with Dark-Chocolate dipping sauce as a dessert. It was a pleasant visit, and we were able to explore the South Front (the neighborhood’s name) Second Sunday market after brunch. In past visits, some of my favorites have included the Pulpo (charred octopus), Pan con Tomate (bread with garlic tomato sauce, be sauté to add Manchego cheese!), asparagus, pork cheeks with shredded Manchego, and the Solomillo (beef tenderloin). I don’t understand some of the other reviews in regards to parking. Parking was easy even though it was during the Second Sunday market. There’s free parking all along 3rd Street. There’s a small lot between Mariposa and Benny’s, also open to the public, and there’s also both paved and gravel lots a block and a half down Greenfield. Mariposa is one of my favorites spots that I’ve found in Wilmington, and I will continue to use it at a special occasion opportunity, or for a random delicious Tuesday-night dinner.

  23. D

    Debo

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is consistently good, and it's fun to share. Love this place!

  24. FV

    FredV

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nearly everything about this restaurant is on point! The selection of tapas dishes is noteworthy, presentation and quality of food is mouth-watering, the service is impeccable, and the venue itself is quaint and eclectic. If there was a way to fit their entire menu in our stomachs in a single visit, we would've done it! Looking forward to another visit soon. :-)

  25. A

    Alexis

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place! Enjoyed a girls night dinner catching up with a friend. Will go back.

  26. S

    Samuel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a fantastic time here! The charcuterie/cheese board for two, plus the delicious asparagus, and spectacular cocktails (I had the mezcal!) made for an absolutely wonderful experience. Staff was so welcoming and personable. Thoroughly enjoyed a great night with my partner while savoring each bite of the selections provided.

  27. MA

    MaryA

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    We will definitely be back the food and drinks were excellent. It was a Monday night and it was not very busy,our reservation was for 6:15 we felt like we were being rushed as the other diners had already left @ 7:00 . Clearing of plates asking if we needed boxes , my niece was still picking on our dinner . It was only 7:20 and the staff was all by the bar where we were sitting making it very apparent they were ready to go home. Please remember we are trying to frequent small businesses and we are willing to spend some money for a lovely dinner and would like to enjoy it. We didn’t plan on staying all night just a few moments to talk after we ate. We will come again and recommend you to our friends and family please be patient with us we are just starting to get back out.

  28. MI

    MattfromILM

    Wilmington

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Mariposa is a treat. It's such a tiny little place but they fit a lot in there. Sunday brunch sitting outside in late November in the sunshine was just perfect. Albariño and frittata with chorizo fried egg something, something, another albariño. You get the picture. Service was kind, again, and attentive and gave good suggestions. Five stars, highly recommended.

  29. AC

    AnastasiaC

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you are craving authentic tapas from Spain and live in Wilmington, Mariposa is the place for you. I suggest the cheese and charcuterie trays for starters; if you have never tried a Spanish tortilla (no similarity to the Mexican tortilla), I suggest it as well. Staff was friendly and provided a good service. Anastasia

  30. B

    Badseatingcomforty

    Wilmington

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Good evening drink and dinner. Bartender was a little slow - socializing when he had drink orders. Food was excellent. Cool little place.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    The food was amazing and we knew portions would be small going in, but the food didn’t feel quite worth the price which is ok! The drinks were definitely priced appropriately though. It’s great for maybe a special occasion or date night. The manager or owner was wonderful and friendly as well. The server was a little off putting and it felt like we were being talked down to a bit which honestly made our party feel awkward and unwanted. We noticed another table seemed to feel the same way about said server after an interaction between them. Overall great experience and wonderful food, just a little pricey.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Outstanding in most every respect, except they do not offer any full entrees. A few of those selections would round out their menu. I get the tapas concept, but felt I wanted something more for my money and my belly. ☺️

  33. SS

    ScottS

    Shreveport

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Decent food and nice selection of options. Bring plenty of money.

  34. SC

    StephenC

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I dropped in for a last minute date night and were pleasantly surprised. Tapas are already such a great idea and Mariposas offers a great variety of food. Great cocktail options as well.

  35. s

    susanc

    Las Vegas

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everyone had a great time. The food and service was excellent. A beautiful day to sit outside but was exceptionally noisy from the street. Highly recommend.

  36. MI

    MattfromILM

    Wilmington

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Mariposa is on South 3rd near Greenfield Lake Park and all the cool stuff along Greenfield: Benny's Big Time Pizza, New Anthem Brewing, TRU Colors Brewing, Block Taco, etc, etc. We like sitting on the porch for tapas and wine, like civilized people, watching the world go by. Parts of that world include the "unhoused" population in the park and the too-loud street racing idiots careening up 3rd. Sitting on the corner like an Oasis of Chill, Mariposa is a welcome new (2021) addition to the dining options in Wilmington. Serving tapas they also offer fancy mixology cocktails, a better-than-average beer list, and an inspired Spanish wine selection. The wine person is tracking our preferences for big wine with bold tapas dishes and the grenache/syrah blend fit beautifully. Service was pleasantly cheerful, sincere, and attentive. Five stars, four for ambiance only because of the noise from the street and limited parking.

  37. LL

    LaurenL

    Wilmington

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always the food and cocktails were delicious! One of my favorite spots in town

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really terrific food, service and atmosphere! Loved all of it.

  39. FG

    FoodGirl

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    Notably bad service. Our waitress was overtly rude and the vibe was pretentious and snobby. The food was okay, but overpriced for what it was. I will not be going back.

  40. c

    classiclincoln

    New York Area

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Stopped in for lunch today on our way out of town. Limited menu for us since we don't eat pork, but we ended up having the chesse plate. It came with 4 different kinds of cheese and olives, all of which were good Jenna was our server, and she was friendly, attentive and checked back to see how things were. The prices were average, and while the menu isn't really for us, it is worth stopping by.and we had a good meal.

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Mariposa Tapas Bar - Wilmington is rated 4.7 stars by 177 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 26 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

  • Phone number

    (910) 769-0763

  • Private party facilities

    Our dining room has limited seating for groups larger than 4 people, however, our courtyard offers private seating for groups as large as 20. Please call us directly for large party reservations and event details!

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