Tarantelli’s

4.8
1025 Reviews
$30 and under
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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JoyJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a most delicious dinner Saturday evening, sitting at the bar, with Terri serving us. She is a true gem and always remembers my husband's drink order because he orders using an old WC Fields quote. We had the scallops and risotto - perfectly grilled and creamy and the veal piccata - tender with fresh pasta. We can never chose 3 of the mini cannolis, so we take one of each home with us for later. We absolutely love Tarantelli's and never are disappointed. Thank you to the Chef, Pastry Chef and Terri for another wonderful evening! Joy and Mitch

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vipJaybee
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere!!! We had a table for two on the patio and it was great!!

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EvanH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tarantelli's is absolutely amazing. We went there for the first time a couple of weeks ago and decided to immediately go back.

The ambience is wonderful and the food is even better! Make sure to book your reservation in advance though because the seating gets snatched up quickly.

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Josie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on a lovely evening. Our server was wonderful and we really enjoyed the food. The portions are very large so we look forward to enjoying our food again.

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MikeG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were terrific. We sat outside on a perfect October evening. Portions were large and the food was so good we took the leftovers home for lunch the next day.

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paulas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, made our Birthday boy very happy,we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall everything was great! We both had the specials and loved them!

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Foodie
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you would a special dinner of fine food with efficient service yo will like Tarantelli’s. Worth spending a little more to get better food and good service.

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MarkS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar, since it was raining out side, but the food was amazing, atmosphere was hip, and the staff was wonderful.

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Mary
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best Italian food in Wilmington, and it has become one of my favorite restaurants!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to downtown Wilmington. We come from NY and I wish this venue was near us! It’s amazing. Every aspect and detail. The food is unbelievable, the bread amazing. You can tell they get the ingredients they use from particular places. I have to rave about each meal, from the bruschetta to the garlic knots, to the veal - chicken - scallop dishes. It’s a must go to! The service is top notch !

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DanielS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sy was an awesome server. Food was impeccable. Only complaint would have been the noise level. Even with the loud atmosphere.. would 10/10 go back.

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TimB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Anniversary, great meal

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PattyH
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Italian food and decided to try Tarantelli’s. So impressed with the service from start to finish. Not to mention how delicious the food was. Oh and we took the zeppoli’s to go. They were so amazing good!!!

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LCarlin
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had been there before, but I brought some really good friends there as a thank you for some, much needed help during my surgery recovery. I wanted to bring them to someplace special and I felt that Tarantelli's would be the place to go. We were not disappointed. The food was delicious!!!

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ScottS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal and overall experience here. Service was great, atmosphere was authentic and food was delicious!

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OutToDinner
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a delicious meal at Tarantelli's. The ambiance was quite nice and the service was excellent. We highly recommend the restaurant.

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SusanM
Wilmington
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best outside dining in Wilmington. Scallops were outstanding

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MrL2
Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Fantastic food from a strong menu with many tempting options. Outdoor seating is lovely. Like everywhere this fall, they need more staff so service was not as attentive as in earlier years, but our server was cheerful and got everything right. We will go back, especially on a nice evening when we are inclined towards a slow dinner.

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vipArd4
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Restaurant is beautiful. Food was amazing Large portions. Waiter was fantastic. Cordial and knowledge of menu. Head Hostess was a bit curt at the door and seemed annoyed that we had an open table rsv. We will definitely be back for the positive reasons noted.

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Raymond
Wilmington
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In for wife’s birthday, special restaurant for a special meal. Excellent service from start to finish.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service and the owner came over to greet us, highly recommend for any occasion

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CynthiaS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food at not exorbitant prices. We let them know that we had to make a curtain time and they worked hard to get us out in time without making us feel rushed. We'll be back!

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BobJ
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary. We arrived earlier than our reservation, so we were invited to sit at the bar for a drink. Very relaxing atmosphere. After a short wait, were were seated at our table outdoors. EVERYTHING we had to eat was delicious! Appetizer, main course, dessert! Staff is great too. This was our first time at Tarantelli's...it will not be our last! Highly recommend!

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SusanC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy a meal here! The specials are always delicious, homemade pasta is so delicious, and portions are large! The bread is also wonderful!

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DennisP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent as always. We sat at the high top tables where the room and bar was fairly busy, but the noise level was very comfortable for a conversation between my wife and I. We shared a Caesar salad, which was more than enough for two. Both pasta dishes were excellent, brought to the table very hot. We were not rushed. Good selection of wine and excellent after dinner coffee. We have been to this restaurant several times over the past year and we are always very happy with service, food and price. We highly recommend and will continue to enjoy meals at Taramtelli’s.

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ClintonH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had several off the menu modifications to make items vegetarian and gluten free and the execution was excellent. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

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vipReliable
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate on the veranda and had a lovely dinner. Both the appetizer and entree portions were surprising large and we took home leftovers. We tried the flight of cannoli for dessert - get all four flavors!

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TateS
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was a younger dude with tattoos and he killed it. Awesome service all around. Had an amazing dinner and an amazing time.

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Tiredandsad
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We were not "allowed" to be seated due to the fact there was a staff shortage. We explained that we could get our own drinks at the bar then go to our table. NO! I ordered the clams with pappardelle pasta which had a lot of clams, that was good but really not much flavor. My husband ordered the braciole. He was sawing away at it when he decided to give up. We are very familar with this dish which should be braised at very low heat for a long time making it extremely tender. He sent it back and mentioned to the server that is was very tough. She replied, "It's been cooking for 6 hours". REALLY, I guess she didn't what the dish is supposed to be like. If it had been cooking for that long, either the heat was way too high OR maybe it was heated up in a convection oven at the last minute instead of being freshly prepared 6 hours ago! We would definitely not return... too many other great restaurants in Wilmington!

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Dsce
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting Tarantellis. Food was excellent. Service was good. Easy parking nearby. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always - just wonderful !

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michaelb
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian. Large portions, so consult your server to prevent over ordering!

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JGilroy
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a first choice for business meals and great for people visiting.

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Eileenk
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh our waiter was awesome. Friendly and let us stay to enjoy our wine after our meal. He made it a perfect evening.
The pasta special was fantastic!!!
Will absolutely can again!!

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RobL
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tarantelli's is an excellent Italian Restaurant. The food and service is perfect. The menu has a great selection of appetizer's salads, pasta dishes, meat dishes, etc. The have great bar as well. We dined outdoors and the city sounds were meinimal. You won't be disappointed if you choose to dine at Tarantelli's .

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GAYS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great evening! Before entering, the outside water features were elegant and relaxing. Seating was ok and the server could not have been more attentative. The meal was excellent and the bread was yummy. Overall, the experience was a 10 and I was a first time customer. Thank you for providing such an outstanding venue. Hope to return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So good!! The spaghetti made with whiskey in the Parmesan block was unreal. Extremely impressed with this great Italian restaurant in downtown Wilmington…and I live in San Francisco. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tarantelli’s never disappoints. Consistently good food on every visit. Love the outside dining.

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GeorgeS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining there the experience was great I would definitely go back

FAQs

Tarantelli’s offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (910) 763-3806.

Tarantelli’s is rated 4.8 stars by 1025 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.