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Mariposa Tapas Bar - Wilmington

4.7
4.7
151 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 1 time 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

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 151 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Outdoor Dining

  • Wilmington

    Best Service

  • Wilmington

    Best Ambiance

  • Wilmington

    Best Value

  • Wilmington

    Great for Lunch

  • Wilmington

    Notable Wine List

  • Wilmington

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. S

    Samuel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.

  2. MA

    MaryA

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.

  3. MI

    MattfromILM

    Wilmington

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.

  4. AC

    AnastasiaC

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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

  5. B

    Badseatingcomforty

    Wilmington

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

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

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.

  7. 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. ☺️

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. LL

    LaurenL

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. c

    classiclincoln

    New York Area

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 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.

  16. KW

    KWT1

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good, service and ambiance was great! Our first time and we will be back!

  17. l

    lenariz

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    I came here last night to celebrate my sister's bday with my mom. It was such a lovely experience! We sat on the porch which was comfortable, well-lit and charming. Our server and the guy who brought out the cheese board were both super nice, friendly and efficient. The food was great--definitely get the cheese and meat board--such a value without scrimping on flavor and authenticity! The pan con tomato was super, the meatballs were a bit salty but overall we had a great time and enjoyed the evening! Thank you!

  18. l

    liv2eat

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service was fabulous, as usual! Took an out of town (very discerning) guest from NY to Mariposa and she loved it! Also, took my (very health conscious) husband and he loved it too!! Awesome experience! Thank you!!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dynamic menu that allows you to try so many different dishes.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Pleasant small venue. Ample portions; most tasty.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall1food5service1ambience1

    By 9:15, they stopped paying attention to us. Although the website lists closing at 11:00, they made it clear they didn’t want us to order anything else, told us coffee was no longer an option, and took our menus. The food was great and I would like to go again. I guess I’ll just go when someone who cares is working.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great dining experience! Loved the cheese and charcuterie board!

  23. WT

    WTWalum97

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the food, great service, wonderful experience!

  24. LF

    LFitz

    Phoenix

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious and definitely reminded me of Spain!!!

  25. CF

    CherrF

    Wilmington

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed our meal and the ambiance at Mariposa. We took friends with us who had not been there before and they were very impressed. Each plate we tried was delicious and the drinks were perfect. The wait help was attentive and able to clearly explain the dishes when asked. We'll be back!

  26. JC

    JillC

    Wilmington

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    such pleasure to spend an evening here. I loved the atmosphere. a date night to remember 💓

  27. CR

    CindyR

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    We are big fans of tapas, and have eaten at many tapas establishments all over the US. This was just ok, and very overpriced. Service was great.

  28. MB

    MattB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mariposa was great! The food, service and atmosphere were all on point. Thanks!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great spot for traditional tapas and creative cocktails! It’s definitely a cozy spot. Only an opinion but it’s pretty bright inside and I think they could improve ambiance by just dimming the lights a little. And the service was good. We loved our server though wish we could have had a check back after the food was delivered. Really cute spot and a must try for Spanish dishes!

  30. EM

    EvaM

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Maripposa’s food is delicious and creative. The cheeseburger is no ordinary cheeseburger! From fresh bread to the unique sauce. Amazing!

  31. AM

    AdamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

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

  32. D

    Dora

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really such a great dining experience. The food was well prepared and the options were quite varied and diverse. Our service was a pleasure and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. Fabulous outdoor seating.

  33. K

    Kyle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

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

  34. L

    Loisss

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2021

    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.

  35. WL

    WendyL

    Wilmington

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  36. s

    susanc

    Las Vegas

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  37. 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.

  38. 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!

  39. CR

    ChipR

    Wilmington

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 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.

  40. 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!

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Mariposa Tapas Bar - Wilmington is rated 4.7 stars by 151 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.

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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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