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Tarantelli’s, Wilmington, NC

Tarantelli’s

4.7
4.7
2502 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 22 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 2,502 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

2,502 Reviews
  1. ALICIAB

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  2. Georos

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  4. DaymaH

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  5. CynthiaN

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  6. 2DMs

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  9. Robyn

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  10. Johnny

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  11. ChristineM

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  12. TomK

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  13. Nick

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  14. RebeccaC

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  15. Ruth

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  16. 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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  17. Izmont

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. PamH

    Wilmington

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food was amazing. Wonderful get together for our family.

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  31. GrantA

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All food was delicious and service was well done and friendly!! Really liked the setting!!! An extremely enjoyable experience !!!

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  32. MelissaLarryDashow

    Wilmington

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service & food. Never disappoints. Would recommend 100%.

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  33. Rebeleigh

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We loved the meatballs, chicken parm, and pasta with sausage and cream sauce. The garlic knots and desserts were very bland and not good. There was a ton of dust on the vents overhead and on the AC unit. For such an expensive “upscale” place, I was very taken aback by the visible layers of dust that could potentially fall in someone’s food.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. Service was friendly and helpful. Best Italian food we have eaten since our visit to Italy in the fall. It is served steaming hot which we like. We had their fresh made lasagna pasta, the meatballs (their recipe) with angel hair, scallops and risotto and we ordered a side of peas that would serve 4 or more. Their own marinara was light with a little spice. The desserts we enjoyed were perfect. We shared tiramisu and lemon olive oil cake. So good! We took home some leftovers of course. We will return again when we in the area.

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  35. Lumbeemd

    Wilmington

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmosphere. Food is on point. Service we observed for mosy tables was good, ours unfortunately was non responsive. He was curteous, but left us for 30 min at a time. We were seated by 7:45 for a 8pm reservation. Did not see our waitor for 20 min. He took drink and appetizer order, but not entree. Did not see him for another 20 minutes or more. Finally gave our entree orders which we did not get untill almodt 10pm, with only one visit from our waitor in between. All other tables in our side of the restaurant had been seated, eaten, and turned over by the time our food came. Check out took another 30 min, as app would not load. We were second to last table to leave at 10:30PM for a party of 2 having been seated at 7:45, so we cant comment on dessert.

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  36. Kayleen

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, can definitely tell the employees care about their service!

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  37. BetsyPS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite dining experience of all time! The food is outstanding and I just love the ambiance which is delightful and cozy! ❤️

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  38. PatB

    Wilmington

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Have been frequenting this restaurant for some time and its the first time I notice that the service was off. In the past the waiters were well dressed, attentive, without being obtrusive. Between the food and service it compared to the best Italian restaurants we would frequent in NYC. The food was excellent but the service wasn’t what it used to be. We also heard a rumor they may be selling? That would be a shame.

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  39. JillC

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the food and service were the best! I loved my meal and so did my dinner companions. We will all come back again and again!

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  40. susanc

    Las Vegas

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the wagyu filet with side of asparagus and spaghetti it was absolutely delicious. My friend had the eggplant parm which she said was also fabulous. The portions were huge and our server Gabriel was excellent. Absolutely love this restaurant. Highly recommend.

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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 2502 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 22 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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