The Little Dipper

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$30 and under
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Fondue
An experience you won't find at any other restaurant in Wilmington - unique, bold and fun...Fondue! The Little Dipper's menu consists of premium meats, fresh seafood, vegetables and homemade sauces for dipping. Dip organic bread into hot melted cheddar cheese with beer, garlic and spices, prepared tableside by your server. Indulge in blackened filet with a warm au pouivre, sashimi grade tuna dipped in Asian ginger sauce or shrimp drenched in wasabi lime aioli. For dessert don't pass up strawberries dipped in milk chocolate, or bananas dipped in warm dark chocolate blended with smooth peanut butter.

The dining environment is casual and hip with bright colors and rich cherry wood. Each table is handmade with built-in electric burners where the guests cook together in one common fondue pot. Whether you are with a large group celebration or out for an intimate dinner for two, Fondue is special and different! Join us soon and get hooked!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Fondue
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - close
SEASONAL HOURS: Open EVERY DAY Late Spring through Early Fall 5pm for dinner
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Phone number
(910) 251-0433
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
We have special party platters to accommodate both large and small parties including an assortment of meats, seafood and vegetarian choices.
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Private party contact
Kristen Gruodis: (910) 251-0433
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Catering
The Little Dipper offers onsite preparation of cheese fondue appetizers, a chocolate fondue fountain with fruits and sweets for dipping and other party platter appetizers. Fondue is our specialty although our Chef enjoys creating special dishes for parties and other occasions.
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Neighborhood
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Entertainment
We offer live music outside on the back deck on the weekends and special holidays (seasonal - spring/summer/fall.) Call for more detailed information.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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SM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! Great service and great food, I’ve been here plenty of times and it never disappoints!

PH
Wilmington
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was amazing
So much improved than last time, but I had a different server.

T
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time I went was last October for my anniversary. The second time was this week and we plan on taking some friends next month.

SP
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveling from out of state we returned to Wilmington mostly to eat here. It is a million times tastier and easier on the wallet, with great portion sizes, than the nationally known fondue chain.

PH
Wilmington
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

I have had this server 2 times on my visits
And she seems to rush us out . I’m have just had other servers there that do not make me feel that

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! We ordered the Full Moon for two. Our server was incredible and made the timing of our appetizers, soups and main course seamless! We thoroughly enjoyed and will be back!

S
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. My husband had a great bday dinner. Wait staff were also just as amazing. Can’t wait to come back and visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the date dinner table and the ambience , food and service was perfect!

LR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was very loud and requested to move tables before we sat down but they refused. We really liked the cheese and dessert. The homemade sauces were just ok.

BS
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal, with exceptional service

OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A lovely birthday dinner!

J
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Normally I absolutely love this restaurant, especially for special occasions. My husband was so happy to get a nice table reserved on my birthday (he booked it back in March). Our favorite table 1 was booked so we settled for table 10. I have to say though, it was ladies night and pretty loud - the waiter we had made us feel rushed and honestly seemed as if he could care less that we were there for a special occasion and spending a decent amount of money on dinner and a bottle of wine! He never mentioned what the ladies night special was by the way, we asked why they were so busy and another waitress told us what the special was (but we had already ordered)! My husband mentioned it was my birthday when he made the reservation and when we sat down, then after the waiter brought the bill he had to “ask” if they could bring me a desert for my birthday! It was awkward! Not to mention that the food was not nearly as good as it has been before, the lobster was small and a bit over cooked and we seriously had 4 pieces of potatoes and 4 carrots and 2 small pieces of broccoli on the side( I should have taken a picture! The ladies there for “ladies night” had bigger servings for $9 compared to our $80 dinner (we bought a $40 bottle of wine too). Anyhow, we were not impressed at all this time, I guess we will have to find a new special occasion place to celebrate and feel special :/

C
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was here for the local special of chocolate and cheese. Added bonus of the shecrab soup.

AS
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambiance! Such a wonderful local spot. Definitely takes a little longer than an average meal since it’s fondue but it is a great experience!

OT
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. The food was amazing and the service top notch

OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yearly reunion with my sister from San Diego CA. We enjoyed our night in Wilmington so much. Thanks!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was amazing! The food was perfectly portioned and delicious. Our server Carrie was attentive, friendly, and all around exceptional. I would highly recommend this place!

S
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and even better service! Great value for the money also. We got the Thursday 4 course $27.00 special and it was so worth it! Great job!!

p
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at a fondue restaurant and the staff was extremely helpful. Food was delicious and was a fun experience.

KF
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sara was a great server! Answered all of our questions. Made some great suggestions. Went early which was nice. It got louder as the evening went on.

AJ
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service. Great for special occasions otherwise not in the typical budget. Very small space and very noisy. My daughter enjoyed it which was all that mattered. Thank you.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation dinner

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OT
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Little Dipper and go quite often! You guys should have a rewards card or loyalty program!

A
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was friendly and prepared us for the fondue experience.

SC
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a wonderful dining experience in downtown Wilmington. The staff were all very friendly with the gift of hospitality. I highly recommend this for a special dining experience. We will definitely be back!

NJ
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. Highly recommended, you will not regret going here. There are so many varieties of cheese and chocolate, it's hard to recommend just one. But the fluffernutter is so good!!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary and had a wonderful experience! The food was great, romantic atmosphere, and superb service!

RP
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, but the quantity of food for appetizer and dessert didn't quite match with entree. Portion was plentiful for cheese appetizer and dessert, but it was sparse for main entree. Still delicious though. There was also a crying baby in our section, which affected our noise quality rating, but that's not something that really needs addressing (it happens, that's life). Really enjoyed our visit overall. Again, food was delicious, and the staff were exemplary.

CB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The service was fantastic. Our anniversary dinner was so very enjoyable. We love The Little Dipper!

RE
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was absolutely fantastic, we had a wonderful experience and will definitely be going back.

OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Took my 8yr old daughter there for their ladies night special. Our server Carri was so sweet and engaged my daughter in the fondue experience! We had a great evening!

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took advantage of a local special while visiting Wilmington. Great little spot, customer service is always awesome here. My one suggestion would be to have the lights more dim for a better dining experience.

OR
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome fondue venue!!! Great service, wonderful food, and super atmosphere. Always a favorite to take guests for a taste of Wilmington.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always The Little Dipper never disappoints. Great for special occasions or just a relaxing date night.

DD
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first fondue experience. It was outstanding. Our server took the time to explain the process. We felt cared for. All staff was very interested in making our experience a great one. I highly recommend your restaurant.

FE
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, amazing food and a great time. Definitely going back every time we have the chance! At first glance, entrees look on the pricier side, however you get essentially a 3 course meal for the price and it’s really a bang for the buck. Loved it!

CO
Wilmington
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Little Dipper remains one of our favorites in Wilmington. Get your reservation early, though, and come hungry. It’s often hard to get a same-day reservation.

DG
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I still prefer the melting pot over this-although they don't have as many dipping sauces as as you do to choose from.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

OT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brilliant dinner. Only drawback was server didn't tell us any of the specials. Then again, maybe it was my bad for not asking. Otherwise, WONDERFUL as always. This was the centerpiece of my wife's birthday.

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