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Tarantelli’s, Wilmington, NC
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Tarantelli’s

4.8
4.8
1816 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

10:00 PM


Booked 31 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 1,816 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Good for groups

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Good for special occasions

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Wilmington

    Best Overall

  • Wilmington

    Best Food

  • Wilmington

    Best Ambiance

  • Wilmington

    Best Value

  • Wilmington

    Good for groups

  • Wilmington

    Great for fine wines

  • Wilmington

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Wilmington

    Romantic

  • Wilmington

    Good for special occasions

  • Wilmington

    Most Booked

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  1. RS

    RaSA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is fresh and very tasty, with so much to choose from! The service was quick and positive…I highly recommend a visit!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We just arrived in NC and found this hidden gem. It was delicious and the service was outstanding. I highly recommend this place
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tarantellis never disappoints! The vibes & service are immaculate, the food is amazing definitely one of my favorite spots in Wilmington!
  4. LB

    LindaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Place has cool vibe. Good people watching. Food- just ok. Calamari over cooked but marinara sauce for it was delish. Veggie pasta noodles cooked al dente but veggies too soft. Bread was great. Will return, however, to try the pizza.
  5. P

    Partyof6

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was very good. Service was also. It is very noisy when full. Good place for special occasions.
  6. PS

    PeggyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Had the spaghetti formaggio prepared tableside which was spectacular!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful! Best Italian food food I have had in Wilmington.
  8. DS

    DebbieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was amazing as well as the atmosphere. I was only disappointed in the open table app by the times and total number of people that I could book. There were several open tables that could accommodate 4 at 5:30 which was what I was looking for. Next time I will call to make a reservation.
  9. NO

    NickO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Everything we ordered just got better and better with every bite! Even if you don’t make reservations online and have to wait for a table, it’s worth it!
  10. DB

    DonB

    Wilmington

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    NEVER DISAPPOINTED WITH THE FOOD AND TERRY AND CARRIE.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice place. Just a little pricey for mediocre Italian food. Our app was undercooked (risotto balls) but the bruschetta was delicious. The scallop dish was good but a bit too oily and it looked like the sauce broke. Service was good Overall not a bad experience but certainly not a place I would call a go to Italian spot.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was very good. Service was excellent
  13. TM

    TomM

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Every one of our meals was delicious.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our dinner last night! We will be back!!
  15. BA

    BelAirDiner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service staff was courteous, professional, and attentive without being overbearing. So nice to go to a restaurant that has service staff that knows how to enhance the dining experience.
  16. JP

    JosephP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Food was subpar but for price expected to be way more elevated. Had a bloody mary and all i could taste was the vodka. Great service and ambiance. Will not go again
  17. T

    Theresa

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    This was a girls night out and we had a great time. My meal was veal Marsala with pasta. My pasta was over cooked and it had too much sauce but the veal was tasty. In the future I will ask for the sauce on the side. My friends meals were good. I will try this restaurant again!!!
  18. CB

    CaitlynB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an absolutely amazing experience and the food was fantastic! Took my husband out for his birthday and we got there early and our table was ready! The staff was super friendly and funny when we were trying to pronounce some of the menu items. They even adhered to my reservation request to have a dessert with happy birthday on the plate to my husband and even went the extra mile in giving a candle for the occasion. Great experience, great food, great time and definitely will be a great memory. Thank you so much!
  19. a

    anthonyb

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding from salads to apps to entrees to dessert and coffee. We had the specials and they truly were. Copious quantities of food - for the first time in memory I took home part of my meal, including dessert. It was an excellent evening and our server was the perfect balance of solicitousness and leaving us to our meals.
  20. JD

    JohnieD

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was good but took a little long to come out. But we will definitely keep coming
  21. MF

    MeghanF

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my birthday and they were amazing! The staff made sure to bring me a dessert with a candle. Everything was delicious and the menu was amazing.
  22. S

    Suet

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four of us had a pre-theater dinner here last night & it was a great experience for all. Logan, our server was friendly, knowledgeable & very efficient. He suggested the Filet Mignon Bruschetta as an appetizer & it was amazing. I could easily pair it with a salad & have it for a main course in the future. Two of us had the “small portion” of Pappardelle Al Funghi Porcini E Panna which was delicious and definitely not small. It was great to have that option as neither of us could have eaten more & didn’t want to take anything home as we were on our way to Thalian & it was a warm night.
  23. P

    Peter

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time at Tarantelli’s, great food, wonderful wait staff!
  24. JW

    JimW

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was great. Took too long to get seated with reservation. Service was super slow and food took forever to come. So many excuses for two dishes.
  25. DB

    DonB

    Wilmington

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as alway, great food and great service
  26. HR

    HayRay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner! Perfect spot for a birthday dinner or just a really nice meal! The food was incredible as well as the service. Very friendly staff. :)
  27. LC

    LoriC

    Raleigh

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, superb!
  28. S

    Stevek

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    great place to go for a nice dinner. As always Tarantelli's does it right.
  29. SW

    SaraW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best Italian food I’ve had in a long time. The service was great as well. Highly recommend!
  30. j

    jeepgirl

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    Sadly, we won’t be back. They were out of several types of drinks and food as well, which is ridiculous since they opened at 5 and we had 6:00 reservations. Food was good, not great. Overpriced imo too.
  31. d

    doinitac

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and great service!
  32. T

    Terry

    Wilmington

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    It was an excellent experience. My only recommended area for improvement would be to either remove some of the ice from the beverages or lower their drink prices. Tarantelli's has amazing White Russians, but the glass is packed with ice, so after a few sips, the drink is nearly half-gone. Nevertheless, it is still one of my favorites in Wilmington.
  33. N

    Nanna

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant. My first time there. I will be a regular.
  34. ER

    EdR3

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding, as always. 7:15 New Years Eve reservations. Prompt, on-time seating. Very attentive service. Delicious drinks and meals. We have had many great experiences at Tarantelli's and this is another one. Thanks for always making it special.
  35. PM

    PatriciaM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a large, round table in a back room - great for our party of six. My Cosmo was excellent as was my chicken parm. Lasagna was very good. Others enjoyed their food too - a good way to end 2022. Tarantelli’s is always a great place for date night!
  36. N

    Nikki

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Prices are a bit high compared to the quality of the food. While you get plenty of food, the taste was somewhat lacking. I ordered the broccoli rabe with sausage over homemade tagliatelle and the sausage didn't have much flavor and there was hardly any broccoli rabe in my dish. Talking of dishes, what's with EVERYTHING being served in bowls. I can see pasta dishes being served that way but, my husband ordered veal marsala and it was in a bowl!! Veal was overcooked and sauce was extremely sweet. Not what he was expecting. I would say that the service was excellent. The hostess, the bar tender, and our waiter could not have been more courteous or more helpful.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I ate at the bar. Veal was excellent.
  38. DJ

    DonnellJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best ever! When I asked our server if he had tasted last night’s special, he said one word yes! but his nonverbal said everything I needed to know. The slow nod of the head, his eyelids closing and opening in deep approval. It was as if he was reliving the taste all over again. I lived that moment last night. Chef’s kiss
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our experience here! We had reservations and were quickly seated. Our waiter was also managing a large party behind us and we did not feel neglected. My chicken initially came out a little dark, but they quickly replaced it! The fresh pasta is delish. Worth the price.
  40. AD

    AshleyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite date night spot! Always amazing food and atmosphere

FAQs

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

Tarantelli’s is rated 4.8 stars by 1816 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 31 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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