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Tarantelli’s, Wilmington, NC

Tarantelli’s

4.7
4.7
1718 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

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • 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

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What 1,718 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
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Good for Groups

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Wilmington

    Best Overall

  • Wilmington

    Best Food

  • Wilmington

    Best Ambiance

  • Wilmington

    Best Value

  • Wilmington

    Good for Groups

  • Wilmington

    Romantic

  • Wilmington

    Special Occasion

  • Wilmington

    Most Booked

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  1. KM

    KristiMWright

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful and the service was amazing!
  2. S

    Steve

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very impressed. Great quality food and affordable wines!
  3. CH

    CeciH

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great Food. Nice service but misunderstanding when ordering wine. Had a reservation but we had to wait anyway. Restaurant not too busy at the time we got there. We had eaten at Tarantelli’s several times before. Food is always excellent. I recommend this restaurant for a special occasion meal.
  4. MM

    MelissaM

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Filet mignon and scallop entrees were excellent. The dessert special was good but nothing extraordinary. The service was what really set this place apart.
  5. C

    Christian

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful!! Exceptional service, thank you Mike! Traditional Italian ambience, and Michelin caliber cuisine! Truly enjoyable experience 👏
  6. MT

    MelThom

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Tarantellis! The food is always incredible, the service is great and the ambiance can’t be beat. The perfect date night restaurant!
  7. JS

    JulieS

    Western NC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food! Second time here and it did not disappoint!
  8. JD

    JakeDorais

    Wilmington

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food,service was great. Spoke to a gentleman named John. He was an awesome person
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic time. Outstanding food, service and atmosphere. Thank you.
  10. G

    Grltv5

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to celebrate a special occasion. Tarantelli’s promises a meal and a night to remember!
  11. MK

    MikeK

    Greensboro

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoy Tarantellis whenever we go. The ambiance is great and the people even better. Our high top table was too small, while others were available. Gabriel was very attentive.
  12. KC

    KathrynC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tarantelli's is the best. If you love spagetti you got to try their table side pasta in the parmasean cheese barrel. Awesome!
  13. RT

    RandyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food and priced fairly. Definitely will be back.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Virginia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Best Italian food ever
  15. MM

    MatthewM

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've eaten here numerous times and it's always a great meal and service.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food1service2ambience5
    Thought third time was the charm, but no. The caprese salad had mealy tomatoes and old mozzarella di bufala, because it had no elasticity to it and no ‘water’, so I’d be surprised if it was actual mozzarella di bufala at all. Service was poor, as I had to wait a while to get anyone to make eye contact with me just to order a water, and I had to tell my order to two different people, with the second one saying I had to tell her my order “to make sure” ?? I also tried to order the pasta that came in the large cheese wheel and was told “we don’t really do that here at the bar”. But behind the bar is huge? Or I could have turned around? We’re locals, and we won’t be back.
  17. DB

    DonB

    Wilmington

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always great food and awesome service with the bartenders
  18. RD

    RodrigoD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Fair food experience. Fresh pasta was nothing to write home about.
  19. K

    Kokonut

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The real deal. Great Italian food, family style. Old skool feel!
  20. AC

    AngelaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience!!! Will absolutely go back and have already told friends and family to go!!
  21. I

    Italianprincess

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food wonderful service!! One of my favorite places to go!
  22. MM

    MathewM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Closest thing I’ve had In years to my Italian wife’s grandmother’s food. Even my wife wants to revisit.
  23. SS

    StephanieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was perfect! Wonderful location in downtown Wilmington ❤️
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and people
  25. JD

    JakeDorais

    Wilmington

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as always. We love Tarantelli’s, they never disappoint!
  27. CA

    CheyenneA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my boyfriends and I's first time here. We saw this place on TikTok and decided to try it! This place was honestly a 1000000/10!! I wish this restaurant was in our hometown we’d go all the time. The food and service was great!
  28. GP

    GregoryP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Table for two way to small. Prices are on the high side. Nice place and our waitress was really good. Italian restaurant should have cheese cake as a desert
  29. M

    Mark

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite place to eat bar none. Food has always been exceptional and worth every penny!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This dinner was for my Mom’s 80th birthday and the food and service did not disappoint.
  31. KW

    KarenW

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Cocktails were fabulous ! Calamari was delicious !!
  32. JA

    JennyA

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience at Tarantellis! Thank you!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best Italian we’ve ever had! The service was excellent too! All of the staff were friendly and welcoming. Our dinner was served promptly and we were never rushed. We really enjoyed every dish we tried and our waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu. We can’t wait to return! 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was the best part of my day when celebrating a sixth anniversary. They even brought out a cannoli cake to commemorate the occasion.
  35. TH

    TraceyH

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Four of us sat at a high top table with reservation. Service (Logan) was attentive and very helpful in selecting apps and dinner The meal was delicious. We took our time ordering and never felt rushed. Would absolutely return. Thank you!
  36. DB

    DonB

    Wilmington

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As alway, great food, atmosphere and the bartenders are awesome
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good food,
  38. H

    Helend1222

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tarantellis is amazing! Recently moved from NY to Leland and love Italian food!! Tarantellis does not disappoint! Everything from their drinks, to appetizers, to entrees, and desserts...amazing. To top it off, their service is top rate! Can't wait to go back!!
  39. GK

    GaryK

    Naples

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Si was a great server and very attentive. Two of us had special request and he was able to get them for us. The food, as always, was delicious. Good time had by all. See you next time.
  40. EK

    ErikK

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    This restaurant is beautiful. Great ambiance. However, it took 40 minutes from being sat to the appetizers coming to the table. The calamari was essentially a basket of crumbled breading. The red sauce that accompanied it was delicious, but the calamari was significantly lacking. The Arancini, while flavored and seasoned beautifully are not what an Arancini should be. Whomever made the decision to take a perfectly fried Arancini, cover it in sauce, and broil it so it loses all of its crispy consistency made a terrible error in judgement. That being said, the mains were executed flawlessly. The Gamberi Fradiavlo was fantastic-but incredibly spicy. The Sicilian Braciole was delicious and a massive portion.

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 1718 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
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

  • 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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