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Platypus and Gnome, Wilmington, NC

Platypus and Gnome

4.1
4.1
20 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
A staple of downtown Wilmington since 2016, Platypus & Gnome is located at 9 South Front
Street. Known for its always unique, always delicious menu, Platypus & Gnome's main focus is its
variety of wild and exotic game. Their meats are sustainably sourced and a low-fat, high-protein option that is rich with flavor. The kitchen is always seeking to push flavors and create exciting new dishes, so menus do rotate seasonally. Fall features root vegetables, warm baking spices, and hearty meals perfect for cooler weather. Spring brings lighter Mediterranean flavors, plenty of fresh citrus, and shareable apps to enjoy while taking advantage of long sunny afternoons on the patio. The bar includes craft beers on draft, a full wine list, and a lineup of refreshing signature cocktails that also changes seasonally. Platypus & Gnome is the place for a meal you won't forget.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar, Burgers

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (910) 769-9300

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 20 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Contemporary American

  • Wilmington

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. G

    Gaily

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We didn’t even stay to eat. It was empty @ 7pm in a Thursday night. It was 40 degrees outside but they had all the ceiling fans at full blast. When we asked if they could lower them, they rudely said no -the kitchen gets hot. Not the right answer. We up and left!
  2. A

    Alejandro

    Las Vegas

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    First timer and really enjoyed the food. Tried several of the eclectic food options and all were very good. The service was borderline bad and several of our choices were not available. The manager should find a way to get to a store and buy coffee for brunch instead of telling the customers the roasting vendor is the problem. This is a one and done for me. Really enjoyed the food, service and management ruined the outcome.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Good martini. Skimpy salad for$16 but tasty Ostrich was tough Loved Ingrid!
  4. RB

    RussB

    Charleston

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Meal after the show and we wanted to experience something a bit different. The menu intrigued us and we spread our wings a bit and had yak and pumpkin chili, wild boar soup and an ostrich panini. All were very good. Waitress was super friendly and we were very happy.
  5. TC

    TomC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    First time we will be back!Great menu good service really good drinks!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server amber was so informed and amazing we came in and were immediately sat and taken care of. The food was amazing. Very different then most but delish. I had the ostrich steak panini and my partner had the linguini dish. The chef has some very inventive dishes. The cocktails were amazing very flavorful and balanced. All the employees seemed to be in good spirits and the Halloween decorations were very cute. Overall a pleasant experience and the music was awesome!
  7. SK

    StacyK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    To put it simply, the food was quite good, but the service was abysmal, and that's doing a disservice to the word "abysmal". The servers stood at the service station and chatted with one another when they should've been paying attention to their customers. We waited over 15 minutes to be acknowledged after being seated, another 5 for water, and another 5 for the server to come over. Our server did not check on us during our meal, and after asking for mustard to accompany his burger, he was nearly halfway through it before the server brought mustard. And, all this happened while less than half of the tables were being used. It's really quite sad because the food was good and the menu was creative.
  8. JR

    JeannieR

    Wilmington

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    One of our favorite places. The seasonal menu always offers something new and innovative. The cocktails are also creative.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    Our server didn’t get our food order or our drinks out to us for 35 minutes. It got so bad that the table next to us asked the host to have our server come check on us cause no one had been to our table for over 30 minutes. Our food came out lukewarm 45 minutes later
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Food took an hour and we had to ask for dinner menus, drink menus, and water
  11. E

    Effyf

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    I hate to leave a review like this: but it was not a great experience. We got there a few moments after our reservation start time & there was a large birthday party. A handful of other tables, but our server was on our table & the large party. We totally got forgotten over the larger party. A table was sat next to us about 20 minutes after us- that received their drinks, food, and left before we even got our meals. Upon receiving our meals- they were handed to the wrong people. & while they were all burgers- two people ate what they did not order. Another got what they did not expect because the server didn’t understand what they were had ordered & didn’t ask for clarification. They did comp a round of drinks which was nice, but a 2 hour wait time on dinner for 5 seems a little wild. Especially seeing a table sat after us leaving happy with their meal. The birthday party, also seemed to have a wonderful time. The food was good, but after waiting a long as we did, anything would have been good. It just wasn’t the experience I expected & was disappointed because it was clear we were considered secondary to the server.
  12. M

    Michaelc

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Happy hour price was very good value. The candied bacon very good! Ostrich tough. Elk carpaccio very tasty but chewy. Tuna tartare excellent. Will go back.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the waitress was very helpful, kind and efficient.
  14. KB

    KB11

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant! So much fun to try all the different meats and cheeses! Every dish we have had has been amazing! We traveled to Wilmington because we wanted to eat here again. Looking forward to our next visit.
  15. MM

    MichelleM

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    I thought the menu looked interesting while booking, but the quality of the food was not good. Disappointed. My kale salad was not chopped up at all, it had a few apricots in it and my tuna was way over cooked. I paid $27 for a greens and tuna. My husbands ostrich sandwich was stringy and not cooked thru. Later that night he became very sick. I would not go back. Service was good. Didn’t like being out upstairs when the downstairs was open with many tables.
  16. WC

    WilliamC

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and great drinks!
  17. MS

    MaryS

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere! Highly recommend it!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We were seated up stairs in a lounge atmosphere which was great. Our server, Nick, did a great job. It had to be tough going up and down the stairs a lot with our drinks, appetizers, and main courses. The food was a bit eccentric but very good. The menu isn’t for someone just looking for a burger and fries, the choices are definitely elevated. The temperature in the room could have been a little lower but I’m sure the extreme heat outside didn’t make that easier. Everyone was pleased with our dinner and we would definitely go back soon.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quick service, fantastic food. Quite chilly temp inside the place but everything else was highly enjoyable!
  20. H

    Hodgmo

    Wilmington

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    I dropped off the other three people in my party and I went searching for a place to park. When I arrived, my party had already been seated and had ordered drinks. I was extremely cold because the fans were on, and the air conditioning was blowing directly on me. Since the other three people at my table had already ordered drinks, I thought I would not make a big deal and try to deal with it. (I learned after the dinner on the ride home that one of the guests had asked to turn the fans and/or the A/C blower down but the waitress said that she was unable to do so.) The waitress was pleasant, and we all ordered our meals. One of us asked for no bread with his Elk Burger and two of us requested no potatoes or cheesy grits with our meal and please substitute extra vegetables. A short time later, the waitress returned and advised us that the kitchen stated that all meals are pre-portioned and that they come as described and nothing can be changed. I changed my meal to a salad with grilled chicken. The meals looked good in the pictures. My salad was just a salad and nothing really special. My wife ordered the lamb chops, which she said were small and had a lot of gristle. My friend who ordered the Elk Burger came with bread, but the worst part was the french fries were ice cold. This place is dirty, the bench directly next to us in the front of the restaurant facing the street. It is very hard for me to understand that if you have a restaurant, how you would not try to make your guests happy. Not sure if this was an off night and maybe whoever was in charge was having an off day. No one ever came by and asked us how our meal was, not even the waitress. If you can be so rigid about your menu, then you should also be so rigid about the cleanliness of your restaurant. If you still decide to come to this restaurant, which is your decision, bring your coat with you. Remember that you will have your meal the way the kitchen wants you to have it!

FAQs

Platypus and Gnome is rated 4.1 stars by 20 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 3 times today
Google Map for Platypus and Gnome

9 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4438

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar, Burgers

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Wine

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