Mariposa Tapas Bar - Wilmington

4.6
102 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 102 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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!

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SDBNC
Raleigh
4 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.

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AllisonS
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!

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TerahW
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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FlyingPenguin007
Wilmington
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.

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TerriW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSarsM
Raleigh
31 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

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TomM
Raleigh
15 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 - Wilmington
Responded 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.

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LindaJ
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LaurenL
Wilmington
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.

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GreerT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JosephC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Friendly service. Great place.

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JEAN
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.

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JohnD
Wilmington
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!

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Heather
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Janem
New York Area
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!

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AndreaA
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.

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vipHank
Wilmington
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knowledgeable and friendly waitstaff, relaxed atmosphere, phenomenal food

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Kristin
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really did love everything. The only thing that stuck out at us was paying $3 extra to add cheese to the meatballs and for them to not come out covered in cheese was a little disappointing. But I'm sure it's a very nice cheese, just not something we will add to anything again.

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RussellT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner last night was great! Our waitress Daisy took xare of our every need and offered ideas as to what we would like. Overall a great night with some good sangria!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pulpo, pork cheek and tomato bread was excellent.

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jbcabrio
Wilmington
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I love this place but will ask for a table in the bar area where it’s less noisy

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SaraJ
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing!! The food was wonderful, the staff was amazing, the setting is adorable!! Def will be back!

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clarek
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Especially loved the grilled asparagus and the pork cheeks. Good service. We will definitely be going back.

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Natalie
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful food, service and atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We will go here again! You need to understand this is authentic Spanish tapas -- delicious. Don't expect American or Mexican. Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good. The food delicious and fast. Unique and delicious cocktails.

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cfb9000
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tapas were delicious, flavorful and reasonably priced. Very authentic tasting! Sangria was very well priced and delicious & refreshing! ($10 for half a carafe). Definitely recommend the pork cheek tapas and the pan con tomato with manchego added! Server was also very attentive and sweet. Pro tip: you can get free tap water.

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AmberT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food tasted excellent. The service was great. My only complaint is that there were not a lot of choices. I wasn't surprised to see a small menu but several ingredients were repeated in multiple dishes taking away some of the overall variety.

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Pagankc
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mariposa's tapas brought memories of our trip to Spain in 2017 as we enjoyed the large charcuterie board and fabulous grilled octopus. I can't wait to return with a group of people to try more dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing tapas!! Some of my favorite Spanish food that I’ve had outside of Spain!

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John
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy snacks and delicious cocktails! What more could you want!?

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JamesD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food including white gazpacho. Service also great.

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vipWilmFoodie
Wilmington
16 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Their brunch menu is delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice place, quaint setting, high-quality food. Definitely an occasion destination.

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vipDoug
Raleigh
36 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A true change of pace; the food seems authentic and was tasty. Service was attentive but not overbearing, and the food came out fairly quickly. Definitely a good idea to have a reservation. Would go back.

FAQs

Mariposa Tapas Bar - Wilmington is rated 4.6 stars by 102 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.