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Mariposa Tapas Bar - Wilmington, Wilmington, NC

Mariposa Tapas Bar - Wilmington

4.8
4.8
256 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • 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

What 256 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Overall

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Service

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Hot Spot

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Notable Wine List

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Wilmington

    Best Overall

  • Wilmington

    Best Food

  • Wilmington

    Best Service

  • Wilmington

    Best Ambiance

  • Wilmington

    Best Value

  • Wilmington

    Fit for Foodies

  • Wilmington

    Hot Spot

  • Wilmington

    Great for Lunch

  • Wilmington

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Wilmington

    Notable Wine List

  • Wilmington

    Outdoor Dining

  • Wilmington

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. NW

    NicoleW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it! Food and service was impeccable and everything came out really quickly. Would absolutely return and recommend. As new residents of Wilmington, would rank this as one of the best dining experiences we’ve had so far. Can’t wait to come back when it cools off a bit and sit outside!
  2. KD

    KatyD

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I shared a four-top with our good friends, visiting from California. One of our friends is gluten-free, and the server (and the server she was training) were able to point out many items on the menu that were G-F. We all shared everything we ordered, which included the ABLA DE QUESOS Y EMBUTIDOS (Cheese & Charcuterie Board, for 2), and SETAS (Charred King Trumpet mushrooms). Everything was delicious! I would've kept on ordering, but that charcuterie board was very filling and our friends weren't that hungry. We sat inside because it was so sweltering outside. Enjoyed the cute, cozy atmosphere. Will definitely return!
  3. VC

    VelmaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    One of the dishes wasn’t what I expected overall it was great
  4. PN

    PNUT61

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose this property while we were in town overnight. And we are so glad we did. The food was excellent and authentic- and we had many different plates. They came out pretty quick so if you want more of a leisurely evening then you may want to order in groups. The charcuterie board we selected had a good quantity. Service was superb and they continually checked in with us. Would highly recommend this place.

    Mariposa Tapas Bar - WilmingtonResponded 7 days agoThank you so much for the kind review. We are glad you were able to spend time with us. We hope to have you with us again soon!

  5. JT

    JustThinking

    New York Area

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Another delicious dinner at Mariposa. We have eaten here many times and we always enjoy it. We were so happy to see some new additions to the menu. The mushrooms were outstanding and we also really enjoyed the ham and cheese empanadas.
  6. DL

    DeborahL

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time visit to a lovely dining setting for brunch with great shrimp/grits and potato frittata. Love it!

    Mariposa Tapas Bar - WilmingtonResponded 7 days agoThank you so much!

  7. MK

    MaryK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this space, the ambience and the unique and delicious menu!!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delaney was our server and she was superb. Very professional and attentive to all our needs. Will definitely go back
  9. CB

    CBCNC

    Wilmington

    67 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    The service is the best the menu very limited be careful of the specials they are pricey the special was delish but 6 homemade empanadas for $25 and Didn’t know until the check The rest of the menu is reasonable all tapas small plates the quality of the food is excellent the octopus was good but not what we are used to which is grilled not chared and the type was very different..Also if you have drinks on the rocks beware they charge 2.00 extra but according to manager they give more portion of alcohol again didn’t know it until the check have it straight up ice on side :) the place is homey well decorated cute Porch very clean small limited tables so make a reservation on weekend they also have live music it’s a lovely neighborhood find
  10. n

    nicoles

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular tapas! Big city flavors and presentation in a lovely settings.
  11. JD

    JoeD

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat in Bar at high top.....Ryan was an awesome server and bartender!
  12. PK

    PatrickK

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Eclectic menu. Good Service. Very noisy. Good food.
  13. RG

    RuthG

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Such good food! Nosy but fun!
  14. JL

    JeanneL

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I love this restaurant. Small plate tapas. Food is excellent. The salad we ordered was HUGE, could feed 4. Drinks are well made. Manager came over to make sure everything was to our satisfaction which was appreciated. Service was friendly and efficient. Wait staff offered good advice on that to order. All in all a great success!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. We’ll be back very soon!

    Mariposa Tapas Bar - WilmingtonResponded on July 18, 2022Thank you so much! We look forward to it.

  16. BS

    BenjaminS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great Tapas and a wonderful experience. My only minor issue is we felt a bit rushed, but I think that was because it was a rainy evening, so I understand. Deserts at the end are fantastic!
  17. BS

    BrianS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit. Greatly enjoyed the experience, food and service. Highly recommended to those who love tapas. The only suggestion is to expand the menu.
  18. AD

    AmyD

    Wilmington

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    1st time there. The wait staff was excellent. Very knowledgeable about the food. The food was excellent. Makes me want to go to Spain. The Meat and cheese platters are very good with an assortment of things to try. Well worth the money. The meatballs were very tasty and the octopus was cooked perfectly I highly recommend it
  19. P

    Pagankc

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food and service. We love our visits to Mariposa! We chose to sit outside which can be noisy but the breeze snd weather were great.
  20. RB

    RobinB

    Austin

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, as usual. Great service, wonderful food. We sat outside this time and the road noise got a little loud periodically but it was a very nice way to enjoy a beautiful evening.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Alexis was a very attentive server and did a great job of describing portions and menu. Cocktails were somewhat pricey. Not very busy but nice personnel.
  22. LC

    LoriC

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day brunch was perfect. We sat outside where the guitarist played a lovely selection. Our server, Sophia, was so fabulous. She was knowledgeable, efficient, engaging. 13+ out of 10!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dynamic, creative, and well-executed menu... Never a disappointment.
  24. NJ

    NancyJ

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed great service and delicious tapas at this charming restaurant!
  25. HM

    HotMama

    Greensboro

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Our server was attentive. The red sangria was delicious, fruity without being sweet. The Gambas Al Ajillo was delicious, however pricey at $19 for six shrimp only. The flan was very creamy and delicious. Our party enjoyed the food, however it was overpriced for the quantity of food.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed our time here for lunch. Lauren was wonderful, and the food was good. We seemed to be the only table in the middle of the day, hope they are paying their waitstaff hourly or else they aren’t making much money. We have been meaning to try and we are happy we finally did. Will be back!
  27. s

    seafoodlover

    Wilmington

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place and extremely large selections and great food
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved Mariposa! We came for brunch when we were in Wilmington for a wedding and it was delicious, the perfect place you want to try when you’re visiting a different city for the weekend. I love tapas and this place definitely didn’t disappoint, the brunch menu had good variety and of brunch and classic tapas items. It can add up since it’s small plates like any tapas place, but the $3 sangria on Saturday and Sunday made up for that for us! French toast, Benedict, and pan con tomato (which was the base of the Benedict too) are all musts. Anything with manchego! Cute little place, great art and decor! Would love to return and recommend to anyone in the area!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Fun little spot with vibrant ambiance. Food was good but traditional Spanish dishes (Americanized versions). Staff and service were accommodating and kind. Fun night!
  30. J

    Jack

    Wilmington

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The road road traffic was very loud when sitting outside. We were seated in an area that would probably be better off not having a table - both of us were facing the road. The ambience on the other side of the outside dining area seemed to be much better and more protected from traffic distractions.
  31. KH

    KimH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful place in a fun part of town. Friendly staff, great food. Will definately return.

    Mariposa Tapas Bar - WilmingtonResponded on June 13, 2022Thank you, Kim! We appreciate you taking the time to leave us such a kind review. We are looking forward to having you dine with us again.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beginning of Birthday
  33. JT

    JustThinking

    New York Area

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great experience at Mariposa. Hosts and servers very welcoming. Andy was a great server. Food was delicious, perfect night to eat outdoors.
  34. G

    George

    Wilmington

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time at Mariposa. We enjoyed our evening immensely and will definitely return.
  35. KS

    KirstenS

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Quaint tapas bar with ample Porch seating for outdoor diners. Loud inside when busy. Food came quickly although they were out of several items we wanted.
  36. KD

    KarinD

    Savannah

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Literally he best shrimp I have ever tasted in my life…expertly seasoned and perfectly cooked…the grits were creamy and delicious… The gin and tonic was a masterpiece, purple, you have to see and taste to believe the artistry…the sangria was perfection, not too sweet, perfectly refreshing. The entertainment was the shining cherry on top to a perfect Spanish brunch…guitarist Eduardo de Rosa Maria who I understand plays every Sunday from 11-2…a must-see North Carolina favorite and a gifted flamenco guitarist who blew us away…we will be back not only for the EXCELLENT food but also for this exceptional musician!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Picked it for my birthday because I wasn’t feeling the traditional brunch fare. Turned out to be an excellent choice and I can’t wait to go back!
  38. PA

    PhilipA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful experience with some friends at Mariposa on a Friday evening. Had just returned from a trip to Mallorca and Barcelona and the tapas at Mariposa took us right back there. Service was exceptional, and everyone we interacted with was friendly, kind and professional.
  39. 1

    1002travelingfoodies

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming, great food and attentive service. Always enjoy ourselves, a place you can linger!
  40. CR

    CRF1

    Richmond

    146 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food paired with exemplary table service - what a great evening!

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

FAQs

Mariposa Tapas Bar - Wilmington is rated 4.8 stars by 256 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Mariposa Tapas Bar - Wilmington

1502 S 3rd St, Wilmington, NC 28401-6114

Additional information

  • 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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