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Tarantelli’s, Wilmington, NC

Tarantelli’s

4.7
4.7
1619 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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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Monday - Saturday 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (910) 763-3806

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Zack Comis

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Cross street

    Dock Street

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Entertainment

    The inspiration behind this restaurant was drawn from our grandfather, Anthony "Tony" Salvatore Tarantelli ("Papa") and our grandmother Mabel Tarantelli. Both Tony and Mabel believed that home cooked food brought family together. Our Papa's love for Italian food came from his father, Salvatore Tarantelli, who was born in the Abruzzo region of Italy in the province of L’Aquila. It is here that Tony began to appreciate Italian cuisine at its purest. Both Tony and Mabel were amazing cooks and deserve the credit for passing on many of our family recipes that we now have the pleasure and privilege to share with you.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,619 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Food

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Value

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Romantic

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Special Occasion

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Wilmington

    Best Overall

  • Wilmington

    Best Food

  • Wilmington

    Best Ambiance

  • Wilmington

    Best Value

  • Wilmington

    Good for Groups

  • Wilmington

    Notable Wine List

  • Wilmington

    Romantic

  • Wilmington

    Special Occasion

  • Wilmington

    Most Booked

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  1. JC

    JimC

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Italian restaurant in downtown Wilmington. Been here about 6 times in last 18 months as a couple and with others. Every item ordered was excellent. Servers are friendly and attentive without being pushy. Portions are good size. If you like mojitos they have a large selection. Public parking and meter street parking close by.
  2. F

    Finley

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service was a little slow but our waitress was very kind. The food was pretty good but not great.
  3. TS

    ThomasS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a very nice night with family celebrating a retirement. Everything went smoothly.
  4. NB

    NancyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All four of us loved the entire first time experience.
  5. A

    Al1134

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here. Great food, great service from Gabriel.
  6. CM

    CindyM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service & food. Would like to see prices be more affordable
  7. MM

    MatthewM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and cocktails were amazing! We are from NY and it’s the first delicious Italian restaurant we have loved in Wilmington. Delish!
  8. a

    alyse

    New England

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Was disappointed. The apps were very good but the main courses were not very good. The pasta sauce was too sweet and the pasta heavy.
  9. S

    Shar

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent. We did not like their reservation policy. $25 is charged per person if reservations have to be canceled the day of the reservation. In our case, we did not know a huge rally was planned for the day of our reservation until that day as we were on vacation in an unfamiliar area. We would have preferred to reschedule but because we couldn’t get a hold of the restaurant on the day and opentable can’t change reservations on that day, we left our condo over an hour and half, road through horrible traffic and made our reservations. Very stressful. We had 6 of us so if we hadn’t made our reservations, we would have been charged $125! Not a good policy.
  10. CB

    CraigB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Pleasant roomy inviting environment. Server was excellent. Long wait for food. Grouper special was over cooked and dry. Other meal very good. Disappointed in one meal and therefore value.
  11. E

    Elly

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve eaten here several times and as usual the food was delicious and the service was excellent.
  12. A

    Alexis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always delicious. Sat outside and it was nice and peaceful. Waitress was polite and we even got a free cannoli dessert for our anniversary.
  13. LN

    LyndseyN

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was incredible. We ordered calamari, housemade special - ravioli with shrimp and fennel sausage, and spaghetti. The server was friendly and attentive. Will definitely return!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal, excellent service and made for a beautiful date night.
  15. M

    Molly

    Wilmington

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Oversized portions of not great food. There is also a bad odor as soon as you walk in. Has really gone downhill.
  16. LB

    LoreneB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Great service! Perfect location. I plan on going back.
  17. CS

    CalitoSC

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our son loves Italian so we took him there for diner. He has the special red snapper and it was delicious. Lasagna didn’t disappoint since it had a great balance of meat and cheese. My husband had a white sauce with bacon and pancetta and was so good. We will go back next time.
  18. R

    Robin

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, wine, service, oh and the desserts too!
  19. JU

    JulieU

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant. Food and service were stellar! Next time we are in Wilmington this place is top of the lust.
  20. JD

    JerriD

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent!
  21. SM

    StevenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was quick, friendly, and attentive. Food was excellent and well portioned. Prices were comparable with other fine dining/steakhouse restaurants. Overall, it was well worth the trip and I highly recommend Tarantelli’s to anyone looking for an elevated Italian restaurant experience.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A delicious authentic meal with great staff. Be sure to get the fresh pasta!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful dinner. Plenty to bring home ! Waitress,Emily, was the best!
  24. S

    Sweethearts

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Tarantelli's. We were celebrating the anniversary of our first date ( the 44th one). Everything was perfect, the food was grand our waiter was the best. He treated us like family. To top it all off he brought us two cannoli's with Happy Anniversary spelled out with chocolate sauce. On the house. Thank you we had a great date.
  25. j

    jillk

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite Wilmington restaurants. Excellent food, service and ambiance.
  26. JL

    JulieL

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Not happy about credit card being required for a reservation. Server never cracked a smile. Food was eh.
  27. MD

    MikeD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the ravioli special that was absolutely delicious
  28. MI

    MImi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent meal. Highly recommend Bruschetta appetizer . Portions are huge. We will be back
  29. B

    Brklynn1031

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Ambience was nice and server was friendly. We tried the spaghetti in the cheese wheel and added two meatballs. I was highly anticipating this specialty and looked forward to it. The noodles were luke warm at best, leaving us with a lackluster experience. I left wishing we had tried something else. We got tiramisu to go and it was just ok. We had said it was our anniversary on the reservation but none of that was recognized or spoken about.
  30. JS

    JohnS

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and wonderful service. Second time we’ve dined here and this place is a true gem.
  31. SB

    SusanB

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter (Shay, I think?) was very nice and his timing was not too fast, not too slow. The food was fabulous- we started with Caesar salad, which was so much better than your typical Caesars- lettuce was cut to right size (I hate when food is too big to fit in your mouth) and it had delicious croutons that were small sliced garlic toast rounds. I had the lasagna, which a friend had recommended. I do t usually think of myself as gravitating to lasagna, but she raved about it and she steered me right. I don’t know how to describe how it was different from other lasagnas, but the sauce was perfectly melded. My husband raved about his ravioli special which had sliced sausage. We will absolutely be back!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding.
  33. RC

    RobynC

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    We were excited to try Tarantellis. Our server was very nice even though he got my husbands salad order wrong and dinner pasta wrong. They did give us a new dinner but by then my dinner was cold. The filet bruschetta was excellent and the best part of the meal!
  34. ED

    ElyseD

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience! Everything about our night was great- amazing dinner, drinks and dessert and an incredible server ( thanks Josh!)
  35. ST

    SueTV

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food not as good as past visits. Service very good.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was fantastic! The filet mignon bruschetta appetizer was one of the best appetizers we’ve ever had. The service was phenomenal, attentive, and quick. Pasta entrees were delicious, as was the lemon olive oil cake. It was a great spot to celebrate a birthday and we’d definitely go back!
  37. MR

    MorrisR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous, delicious meal! We will return
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Service was great. Food was ok. The risotto was lacking flavor but it might of been an off night. Will definitely be back to try other dishes.
  39. M

    Milesaway

    Cincinnati

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu! Delicious entrees (spaghetti, Lasagne, scallops Josh offered great service. Reservations recommended
  40. JS

    JamesS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    It was a nice place but it was too hot inside and the food was not as good as I was expecting.

FAQs

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

Tarantelli’s is rated 4.7 stars by 1619 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Tarantelli’s

102 S 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Dock Street

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Monday - Saturday 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Zack Comis

  • Entertainment

    The inspiration behind this restaurant was drawn from our grandfather, Anthony "Tony" Salvatore Tarantelli ("Papa") and our grandmother Mabel Tarantelli. Both Tony and Mabel believed that home cooked food brought family together. Our Papa's love for Italian food came from his father, Salvatore Tarantelli, who was born in the Abruzzo region of Italy in the province of L’Aquila. It is here that Tony began to appreciate Italian cuisine at its purest. Both Tony and Mabel were amazing cooks and deserve the credit for passing on many of our family recipes that we now have the pleasure and privilege to share with you.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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