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Tarantelli’s, Wilmington, NC

Tarantelli’s

4.7
4.7
2514 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

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 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

What 2,514 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Wilmington

    Best Value

  • Wilmington

    Good for business meals

  • Wilmington

    Good for groups

  • Wilmington

    Hot spot

  • Wilmington

    Great for fine wines

  • Wilmington

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Wilmington

    Romantic

  • Wilmington

    Most Booked

2,514 Reviews
  1. JJR1

    Pinehurst

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Arrived late but promptly seated and food was great.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife got there before I did and she was seated in our reserved seats at the bar. She ordered a Savignon Blanc and was told that that was not available, then pointed to one from the menu and apparently that was all it took. She was brought her wine and the check and told that the bartender would ‘get to it.’ This was a very frustrating time for her and disappointing for us both as we had just been married earlier that day and we do love eating here. She was the only person at the bar and there was certainly no need to rush her; and overall the demeanor of the bartender was very inhospitable.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great experience, waiter provided great recommendations.

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  4. GinnyD

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu was very extensive and our entrees were delicious. Their house salad had been made inhouse and was very good. Our waiter was very attentive. We would definitely return for another dinner.

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  5. SteveZ

    Wilmington

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant in Wilmington. Atmosphere, wait staff, food…all great. A very enjoyable meal and evening!

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  6. JohnS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food. Well worth your visit. We loved all of it.

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  7. PensFan

    Pittsburgh

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    great menu and choices, large portions and great service

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  8. Cindy

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is fantastic and the service is spectacular!

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  9. NancyC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience… lasagna was delicious and the pasta with spicy marinara sauce with shrimp is my go to choice. Calamari appetizer was good. Emily is an excellent server.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second time at this restaurant and it was as good as the first. You get what you pay for which is high quality food cooked and flavored to perfection, whether it’s a filet, pasta, appetizer, or dessert, with large portions, especially if you’re getting a pasta dish. If this restaurant isn’t in your normal budget for a night out, it’s worth a splurge for a special occasion. You won’t walk away dissatisfied.

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  11. BrunelloBoy

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a lovely time; great place to eat before the Wilmington marathon. Our server, Logan, was attentive and very helpful; just the right amount of presence without being intrusive. The food was good. Quantity took precedence over quality. The dessert was spectacular. The space was open and a bit crowded but comfortable. The overall experience was very good. Would return but likely go elsewhere if it was a very special occasion.

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  12. ALICIAB

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I ordered their Lasagna Rollatini. I didn't see the ricotta or mozz in it nor did I taste it. It was just meat and not very flavorful. The Wagyu filet mignon Bruschetta was to die for, very delicious. My husband had the Fettuccine con Salsiccia e Salvia Fritte and our friend had the Shrimp pasta special; both were very delicious.

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  13. Georos

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated an 80th birthday with family and friends. We requested a round table for nine people and Jason was great. They set us up in the bar area in a quiet corner and we had a blast. Great job folks.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We felt rushed. Food was a little overpriced. Turns out my nephew was there throughout Covid, because he worked for the movies and was in the middle of a show. He and his friend would go there nightly and eat at the bar with the bartender & talk. We tried to get in Saturday night and sit at the bar, and the bartender was just rude and said we couldn’t order at the bar which most restaurants will let you do . Not sure if I will return

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  15. DaymaH

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service, fantastic food and excellent atmosphere. We will definitely be back often.

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  16. CynthiaN

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food! Loved every bite! Cocktail was great also

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  17. 2DMs

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to dine. Absolutely the best Italian in Wilmington. A bit pricey but worth it for a great meal, great service and very nice ambience.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal celebrating my parents 55th anniversary. The food is amazing. Go hungry and you’ll still need a to-go box to take some food home… We’ll e be back

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a wonderful experience. Limited wait time for food.

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  20. Robyn

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my second time at Tarentellis. The first time was so good that I brought my family back to celebrate my birthday. Being a NJ/NYC Italian restaurant snob I was so excited to fall in love with this place. The food is truly amazing. Our server, Lucy was totally on point. Everyone will definitely be back. A very diverse menu with many choices. Reasonable prices. So great!!!

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  21. Johnny

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my girlfriend. The staff was amazing and the energy was great. Highly recommend this place.

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  22. ChristineM

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tarantelli’s as always never disappoints. It’s our favorite restaurant in Wilmington, and we always take our visiting friends and family there for the best Italian food. The portions are so large we always take some home. The waiters and staff are great. Our res was for a high top but they were able to change it to a regular table. Love love love it there!

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  23. TomK

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and food! Friendly hostess and service and advice from Terry on drinks and food made it a memorable evening!

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  24. Nick

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great. Food. Ambience. Service. I'd recommend it to anyone!

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  25. RebeccaC

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly, prompt, professional service with excellent menu choices and delicious entry. Great atmosphere/lighting!

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  26. Ruth

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only reason for a not perfect rating for noise was a really loud and obnoxious guest.

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  27. shan

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love eating here ! I absolutely love the location and the beauty of this restaurant ! I finally ordered the cheese wheel and it was amazing ! It was so cool to learn about the aged cheese and watch the server make my meal right at the table. Then we ordered the cannolis to finish off the night and they were delish ! I highly recommend this restaurant and I really hope they don’t move location like they are talking about doing. The location its in now is what makes it such a charm ! I look forward to my next visit .

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  28. Izmont

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Terry/Terri at the bar was great and very friendly. Food as always was fantastic. I left very full and even some leftovers. Love this place 10/10 would recommend.

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  29. KelseyO

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, drinks, and service! Terry was phenomenal and took great care of us at the bar.

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  30. jeffL

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Overall disappointed in the food. One Caesar salad came without dressing. The bread was served with a side of olive oil with a tasteless single clove of garlic. No butter was offered. I had the special pasta dish. It was fine and the portion more than ample. My wife had spaghetti with lemon basil that was basically tasteless. There are too many other Italian restaurants in Wilmington with excellent food and MUCH more moderate prices to ever recommend Tarantelli's to a friend

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  31. James13

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Both the waiter and manager refused to accept our gift certificate, despite us showing the purchase email. Apparently this is an ongoing issue for them, and it clearly wasn't a scam on our part, but they still wouldn't honor the $50 off. Oh and the food was just okay. Not nearly as good as Quanto Basta, Rosalie's or Osteria Ciccheti in town. Will never go back, and will tell others not to go either. PS: The only reason we went was b/c we had a gift certificate to begin with.

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  32. GeorgeW

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We look forward to visiting Tarantelli’s for our special occasions. They never disappoint.

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  33. JamesJ

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great dinner as always. Never disappointed with anything we try. So many awesome choices!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an already really good experience from start to finish.

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  35. MohammadK

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Gavin was an excellent server and overall host. I think the allocation of the tables can use some help because I dont think they knew we were there for a while. The food is amazing. Get any of the pastas with the funghi and try the four cheese pizza

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  36. KearM

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrate every occasion we can at Tarentellis. Every aspect of each visit is superb.

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  37. DanaB

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great like always! Our server Emily was fantastic!

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  38. TONIm

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome Very nice restaurant and staff were excellent!!

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  39. Lauren

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Not bad. We had high expectations and it fell a little short.

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  40. Jeanc

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thought Tarantellas was great. Had the bruschetta app and meatballs. There were 8 of us. I had the mushroom pasta dish. 2 people had the specials and loved them both. One person had lasagna. All took home leftovers. We did not do the tableside spaghetti in a bowl but may other tables did. Reservation was at 5:15 and the noise level was good to hear each other. Parked in the next door lot. We need to go back.

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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 2514 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Tarantelli’s

102 S 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Dock Street
  • Neighborhood
    Wilmington
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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