Tarantelli’s

4.5
42 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Tarantelli’s is located on Second Street, just one block from Front Street and in walking distance to the Cape Fear River. The restaurant and event venue is located in the historic district of downtown Wilmington. This lively area spans 230-plus blocks and is home to some of the best bars, restaurants, churches, architecture, and selection of fine art. There are several parking facilities nearby, but you can also reach Tarantelli's year round via horse drawn trolley and carriage, river taxi, trolley cars, or on foot.
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Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed dinner. You are able to get half portions at dinner which I really enjoyed!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were incredible! I highly recommend the sea scallops and the spinach. One of the best meals I have ever had the pleasure to experience. I travel worldwide for my work so I am comparing this restaurant to some of the finest internationally, not just in Wilmington.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. Outstanding service wonderful atmosphere

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our gang thoroughly enjoyed Tarantelli’s, from the greeting by one of the owners upon our arrival to check service at the end of the meal and everything in between. It was a later dinner (8:00), which can sometimes be annoying for the serving and kitchen staff especially on a quiet night like this one, but our server seemed genuinely pleased that we were there, and he offered great wine suggestions, shared his favorite dishes with us, and provided us with a great dining experience. What can I say about the food other than we all commented about the simple yet complex flavors of everything we ate. And we ate the gamut...homemade ravioli, brescoala, Vitello Marsala, the bistecca special for the night, calamari, and the spinach and artichoke dip. We even had the pleasure of watching someone getting the tableside service for the pasta prepared in a wheel of Parmigiana Reggiana....spectacular! Also, the background music was old-school Italian crooners which really added to the overall vibe. None of us ate dessert, so I can’t speak to that, but we did enjoy quite a bit of their wine!!! Delicious!

You must stop in here if you are in Wilmington!

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NP
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food, as always, is very good. One of the only legitimate Italian restaurants in the area. However, this is the second time that service hasn't been as equally good. The waitress was good and knowledgable but wished she was more attentive regarding our drinks (had to pause eating until we got our bottle of wine we had ordered, which we didn't have a chance to order until our entrees were brought out).

All in all, I would still recommend the restaurant to anyone that wanted amazing Italian but with an upscale atmosphere.

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TF
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Drink order took over 20 minutes placed at the table. Rest of the experience was very good. Bar tender was very helpful.

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GM
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Ambiance was the best part, we had 5:30 reservations and we not seated till 6:15pm and the host clearly forgot about us until we had to go back and remind him. The waitress was not very good she didn’t come back to check to see if we needed refills on drinks
We had to flag her down. There were 4 of us and we didn’t want appitizers so two couples split house salads there was a 2 dollar up charge to split two small salads! The prices were high but that wasn’t a worry till we saw some portions were small. Very disappointed 🙁

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Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with romantic ambiance. However, service was slow and food was average at best. Had reservations at 5:30. Arrived about 10 minutes early. We were told to wait in the bar until 5:30, which seemed odd because it appeared many tables were available. We didn’t mind that. However the cocktails were weak. Then time to get our food was about 1 hour. My husband ordered the short rib ravioli special. Neither of us liked it. I ordered a salmon salad, which was average. Our two friends said they enjoyed their entrees. The meatball appetizer was good.

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LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All 6 of us enjoyed our meals and were very pleased with everything about this restaurant. Quantities were quite generous.

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AA
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my second time, and it did not disappoint. I was excited to share it with my friend who we enjoy nice restaurants. And she was very pleased as well. It was quiet it was efficient it was tasty it was special and we got to the theater on time. I would highly recommend it and the wait staff knows exactly what to recommend for what you're hungry for. They have seafood and salads and pasta and Tiramisu is not to be missed.

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Wilmington
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for dinner New Years Eve and the food was amazing. We all shared dishes around because everything we had from starters to dessert was so delicious we had to share.

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CM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Came here because we wanted authentic Italian food. We both were very disappointed with all of our food. The caprese salad was a joke and the Ravioli was supposed to be fresh pasta, as a gourmet cook myself, I know my pasta. This was homemade at some point but was definitely old or thawed out. If you are lokkng for Americanized Italian food, this place may be for you.

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ME
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must get the Filet Bruscetta!!! Ambience was amazing, beautiful, romantic decor! Great for date night.

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AM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The male hostess was very welcoming and friendly. Made us feel like family. Really enjoyed that.

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H
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is my second dinner at Tarantellis. This is a nice restaurant if you are not in a hurry. Dinner is not rushed. The menu is fairly standard Italian but well done. The Christmas decor was classy and fit the restaurant well.

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DO
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Restaurant in all of Wilmington.

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RW
Wilmington
30 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

They got their chef back from Denver , life is good

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GE
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family went to Tarantelli's for the first time on Christmas eve. We are really happy we chose to go there. Everything was exceptional from the time we entered until the time we left including the service,ambience,appetizers, main course, and dessert. We will return soon.

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AD
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is always exceptional. Wish we had more of it per serving!

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Wilmington
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoy the unique choices on the menu. Much more interesting than most other Italian restaurants in the area. Above average food quality and tastes. Thanks

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J
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place with a very friendly staff. The food was all perfectly done. Even at peak hours it was calm and relatively quiet.
Not a place for those on a tight budget, but you do get what you pay for.

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H
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Tarantelli’s before a 730 curtain. They were phenomenal in the service, the food, the wine, and getting us out on time! We highly recommend them and will be going back again soon!!!

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WA
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

We decided to try this restaurant for my Birthday. Appetizers were good but when it came to the main course we were disappointed. We decide to try the pasta in the cheese wheel. In the past we had always had the pasta in the cheese wheel and they had never mixed the the sauce in with the wheel. This was disappointing and hope they change this practice. We feel that for the price that this particular practice was rushed and sauce is never added, that way the cheese has a chance to mix with the noodles.

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Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A nice place to get together for a meal with friends. Good food, nice ambience and relaxed.

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JL
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I usually enjoy the pizza. However, the night we went, it was over cooked

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BC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always outstanding, staff are great . They have frequent specials that are awesome. Can’t wait to go back .

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SS
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always homemade, fresh, delicious and authentic. Ambiance is beautiful and perfect for all occasions. Our favorite Italian restaurant in Wilmington!

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JL
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very nice restaurant. The staff were so friendly and made us feel welcome. They were very attentive and the owner even came and talked with us at length. The food was creative and amazing. Excellent presentation and large selection of entrees and appetizers. Everything was fresh and cooked to order. Service was wonderful. We would definitely love to go back and would recommend. Make reservations. The dining room is not huge. We waited in the bar until our reservation time. It was comfortable and had good selections. Good location to walk around downtown Wilmington before or after dinner.

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Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious pasta, great appetizers, cool cocktails. Highly recommend

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s
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was great from the time we sat down until our coffee. We love this restaurant.

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L
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrated a friend's birthday here on a Saturday night. The service was slow to start; our initial server was apparently over seated, so Jaden became our server. She was a true delight! Despite being new, she handled our table with grace, professionalism, and humor. She really turned our experience around - she deserves 10 out of 10!

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AT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Took a friend for his birthday and we both loved it. Great wine, entrees and dessert. But the outstanding service from Nicole at the bar and Brian at our table, made it a great dining experience!

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KI
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was our first visit, we are locals & do not dine out often but we had family in town for the thanksgiving holiday and by Monday we needed something other than leftover turkey! Many restaurants are closed on Monday, it was nice to find Tarantelli's open and with a great menu to please everyone in our party. The location near historic downtown is convenient, there is on street parking which is metered but is free after 6:30pm during the week. The restaurant is very pleasing to the eye with a low key decor. There are two eating areas, the larger where we were seated was a quite expansive open area with a few booths, a long banquette along one wall, with many small tables filling the middle of the room. The noise level was fine as there were few tables on the Monday after thanksgiving, the music was fine. The lighting was a bit bright but not intolerable. We sat in one of the larger booths with a round table and found it easy to converse across the large table. Some of the wines were offered at half price, we had a nice pinot grigio - Gabriella, very crisp and semi-dry. We started with a plate of bruschetta, it was perfect and flavorful. Our attentive waitress let us know the specials of the evening and that most of the pasta dishes could be served as 'half portions', how nice! We had the following dishes: Melanzana Alla Parmigiana with fresh 'pappardelle pasta, Spaghetti e Polpette with meatballs, Pappardelle Al Funghi, Broccoli de Rabe Aglio de Olio and Fettuccine con Salsciccia. All dishes, even at half size, were very generous (the eggplant dish cannot be halved but I was more than happy to take home leftovers for lunch the next day!). Everything came to the table hot, we were offered fresh grated cheese and fresh ground pepper. All the dishes were flavorful and well prepared with a nice balance of spices in the sauces. The homemade pasta was delicious. We took home a serving of tiramisu (portion was huge) to eat later, it was delicious! We'll be back!

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PM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Server was very disinterested. Not rude, but inattentive and quite i accommodating.

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j
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food !! The wait staff is outstanding impeccable service.

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A
Washington DC
106 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A lovely meal but I'm not sure it's worth the money.

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EL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very knowledgeable waiter. Great food and service. Lots of options to choose from.

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RG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Decent food but nothing special about the service, ambience or decor.

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Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Logan did a great job. Helped us make our entree choices and gave us plenty of time to enjoy our drinks before dinner.

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JZ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

excellent food, 2nd time there. does not disappoint!

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