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Tarantelli’s, Wilmington, NC

Tarantelli’s

4.7
4.7
2563 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 34 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–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 2,563 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

    Good for business meals

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Wilmington

    Good for business meals

  • Wilmington

    Good for groups

  • Wilmington

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Wilmington

    Romantic

  • Wilmington

    Most Booked

2,563 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service…highly recommend this restaurant.

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  2. BillS

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I had dinner there on a Thursday evening. Our food was very good. My MR steak was overcooked a bit but nothing to complain about. Portion size was excellent and my meal as well as my wife's could have been shared easily between us. Overall a great restaurant that we will visit again.

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  3. JennaS

    Wilmington

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been to Tarantellis many times and it’s always amazing. I’ve dreamt about the Chicken Parm. But, wait….move over Chicken Parm! Last night I discovered Tarantellis has the BEST filet mignon in Wilmington, hands down. In fact, it rivaled steaks I’ve eaten at fine steakhouses across the country. Perfectly prepared medium with a bit of char to the crust and it melts in your mouth. It’s rich and delicious topped with mushrooms and a side of asparagus. I accompanied mine with pasta topped with a lemon cream sauce. My party’s dishes were highly enjoyed -a pasta special and the Lasagne but I especially needed to gush about this steak!

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  4. ShannonR

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was treated like royalty at Tarentelli’s! My waiter Gavin was amazing!! Best service I have had in a while! Everything was homemade, piping hot and cooked to perfection. I recommend the Caesar salad! The blueberry mojito was refreshing and so delicious. Bread was soft and melted in my mouth. Pricey though! Alittle pricey but totally worth it, as the portion size makes up for it. I just had to set the record straight after seeing a disturbing Facebook review. My experience was nothing but pleasurable so you. An believe everything you read. Sometimes you just have to try places out for yourself! Thanks Tarantelli’s for such a wonderful dinner! But as it was packed on a Wednesday night, I recommend making reservations.

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  5. SaratogaJT

    Greater Boston

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our food was good and our waiter was excellent, however the hostess was disagreeable. We asked for a table change because one of our party (of three) has hearing issues and the table of eight seated next to us were boisterous. We were denied both a booth, as well as a table. She stated the precise tables were reserved (?). None of our party was aware that we had the capability to reserve a precise table! One party, also of three, came in approximately thirty minutes after we did and the several tables for four were never filled. It was not an enjoyable experience.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best place for a filet and pasta. I have such a hard time deciding what I’m going to eat. I go to Wilmington at least once a month and I have to dine here and have Emily as my server! Emily is the best! Jason makes everyone feel so welcome always. It’s the best around!

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  7. EveretR

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a delicious strawberry mojito and eggplant parmigiana. I think being seated next to the kitchen should be the last option not the very first!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always go to Tarantelli’s later at night and always have a great experience! Food is always so good and the service is perfect. Our waiter was super nice and helpful.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, restaurant was beautiful & our server, Gavin, was TERRIFIC! We will definitely return!!!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and the bartender was excellent. We sat at the bar and enjoyed our dinner. They were very accommodating. 

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  11. JustMe

    Greensboro

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Too big of a portion for fine dining. Overall, very Americanized Italian. Service could be better. Will not return.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    In 2019 I used to really like Tarantelli’s. Often I would frequent the bar area and I really took a liking to the waygu bruschetta. Recently I walked in on a Sunday evening like I used to do, and was surprised to find out I couldn’t access the then empty bar area without a reservation. I swallowed my pride and made a reservation 2 weekends later, with a $50 cancellation deposit, and I once again fell in love with the waygu bruschetta. However, I must say the ambience has gone down severely in recent years. The food is still good - that is worth the 3 star review alone.

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  13. davidl

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Lucy was a wonderful server

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food and service. Our favorite restaurant in Wilmington!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our 10th anniversary. We were seated at a booth in the corner for 4-6 and they had set just two place settings. Very much appreciated. Cy was our waiter. Efficient, respectful, knowledgeable and attentive exactly what else we appreciated. My filet mignon was cooked to perfection the presentation was creative and the meal delicious. My wife had a mushroom pasta dish that she devoured. Good recommendation on the wine selection and Cy brought a sampling of cannoli and fruit to end the perfect meal and dining experience. We highly recommend!!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall the meal, service and menu were enjoyable.

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  17. Edmills

    Baltimore

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was ok but everyone has different tastes. Service was good as well as the atmosphere. Will need to go back and try a different dish before I scratch this one off my list of my go to restaurants

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience, make sure you book a reservation. We had the spaghetti and they bring it out in the cheese wheel. Definitely worth it. Amazing pasta and mixed drinks.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place never disappoints! Wonderful evening with spectacular meals to celebrate an engagement.

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  20. BobC

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Won't be back. The many mushrooms in the mixed mushroom pasta dish were not cooked, some seemed just sliced raw. The braciole was more like a stringy barely chewable pot roast than a pounded flank steak. The side of fresh pasta was gunky - maybe prepped long before ordered. The romaine salad appetizer and the bruschetta with wagu beef appetizer were very good. Wait staff was excellent and very attentive! Overall, disappointing food!

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  21. Dandeut

    Greensboro

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Emily was very nice, knowledgeable and attentive. She did a great job.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at the bar and were served by Carrie and Terry! Both great ladies who were very personable and good at their jobs. Food was great, huge portions, drinks also delicious.

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  23. PatriciaK

    Wilmington

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Always a good stop. Our waiter, Sy, was attentive and pleasant.

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  24. cjwaites

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Indulging in a delightful Italian feast at Tarantelli's was a perfect way to celebrate a birthday with family. From the warm ambiance to the attentive service, every detail was impeccable. The charming decor and cozy atmosphere added to the memorable evening, making it a top recommendation for anyone craving a genuine taste of Italy.

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  25. AshevilleResident

    Western NC

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The homemade pasta of the day was excellent, the dish not so much. Way, way too much garlic and salt in the carbonara. My wife’s braciole over salted. Our server was super nice, but management should train employees what type of pasta traditionally goes with the particular dish. The bar is set high for restaurants in Wilmington, like Asheville where I moved from. That said, give it a try, any restaurant deserves a second chance.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent experience. The server Emily was fantastic, very engaging and very knowledgeable. She did great suggestions and recommendations. I am Italian American, and the food was just as good if not better than I would make it home. I had the veal marsala Which is now my favorite dish there I would highly recommend this Italian culinary experience

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  27. DawnF

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love it here! Food and service are always amazing. Our server Gavin was sweet and attentive and the food was perfect! Highly recommend.

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  28. Worththetrip

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Gabriel was outstanding - helpful, attentive and friendly. The food was amazing - from the bread on the table, the bruschetta appetizer and bracciole - unfortunately no room for dessert!! Noise level was a little loud but we loved the ambiance and decor . We will definitely be back -

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious and our server (Gabriel) was great. We ordered the Spaghetti with the Parmesan cheese wheel where they prepare your entree table side with the freshly shredded Parmesan cheese. Cool experience.

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  30. Starrfire721

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was great! However the food had wayyyy too much garlic for my taste.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and atmosphere are always good! We had a great time and plenty of leftovers

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  32. ScottS

    New Mexico

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    All 4 meals were fully enjoyable. We were on our way to theater performance so had a time restriction. Gabriel served us quickly. Restaurant ambiance has truly been upgraded from our previous dinings there. The evening was a delectable experience.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This visit was not like past visits. The food was not as good. The spaghetti dinner made at the table tasted heavily of the whiskey that is used to melt the cheese. Our appetizers were very good, but the other entrees were mediocre. Our service was excellent though.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was mediocre at best, the bread and oil was the best part and then it went downhill from there

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  35. TonyS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was fabulous. The specials of the day were great. The flavors just burst in your mouth. The service was exactly what you would expect at such a high end place. We live hours away but we will go back there again when in town. It is worth the trip. The prices may seem on the high end for the city, but we are here to say it is worth every dime.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and even greater experience! It was our first time there and the staff were so friendly and helpful. The food was phenomenal, definitely going back soon.

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  37. Name

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Emily, our server, took exceptional care of us. The food, drinks, and atmosphere were incredible. The staff goes above and beyond, even tolerating the 20 questions we asked about the menu. 100% coming back.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    So great. We had a great experience and the food was excellent. Our server, Lucy, was wonderful!

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  39. RussB

    Charleston

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We got stuck in traffic and we’re going to be late for our reserved time but we called and they accommodated us by holding our table for 15 minutes. Our meal was delicious- my wife had the special flounder and loved it. Such a nice pre theater dinner.

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  40. Joans

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday dinner for my husband. We had drinks before at the bar. We always order gin and tonic. Surprisingly the tonic came in a bottle so it’s not flat. A big plus. We ordered the spaghetti and meatballs.Delicious! The sauce is outstanding with sausage and meatballs included. Portions were plentiful. This is one of our favorite go to restaurants.

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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 2563 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 34 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 Wed–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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