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The Little Dipper

4.9
1718 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fondue
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
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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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great experience and food. Was a recommendation by a local and we really enjoyed it. Our waiter was awesome. He was very personable and took care of everything.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Little dipper is always good. The service is also well. Unfortunately groups of 5 or more should not be inside as the noise they make is too much for smaller groups to be able to hear their people talk.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I love the Little Dipper! Excellent setting, service, and food.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great food and service.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We had a great dining experience however we did have to wait 30 mins. Past our reservation time to be seated.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

It is an excellent restaurant and experience. The BEST Fondue restaurant ever. Great variety of sauces for dipping and cooking.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and atmosphere. This is not a "dine and dash" kind of dinner. Plan on at least 1 1/2 hours and enjoy it. It's nice because you have time to talk to your dining companions.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

I love this place! My husband and I come here Every time we are in Wilmington. Always awesome service, and delicious food! Great date location!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Awesome restaurant, staff was super nice, food was great, the waitress was very helpful im helping us with our selections and the dessert was delicious. I’ve never eaten at a fondue restaurant before and were on vacation found this restaurant online and the reviews were excellent so we gave it a try amd extremely happy we did. Make a reservation and expect to be there about 1 1/2 to 2 hours you won’t be disappointed & The sangria is really good give it a try.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We make sure to go to The Little Dipper at least once a month just for fun. Service is always friendly and their seasonal menu is a fun way to mix things up. Always look forward to our next visit!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great food and service. We love dining at the Little Dipper and will certainly go back.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Excellent experience!!

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Waiter wasn't knowledgeable on drink specials and it wasn't explained to us that the basic broth was still an additional charge (even though you have to have a broth to cook with?), but still overall great experience.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Good food and service

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Our server Henry was great and the food was delicious! This restaurant is a must in Wilmington!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great experience and different!!! Samantha gave great recommendations on food selection! Loved the place...
definitely I will return. This is a must if u come to Wilmington area.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I have dined at the The Little Dipper dozens of times...NEVER disappoints. The food is amazing, the ambiance is nice and it's great for casual dining to even celebrating special occasions.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Little Dipper is my favorite restaurant! We eat there multiple times each year, every year for my birthday. This was my first time doing the Ladies Night for my birthday with a a girlfriend and I loved it! The prices were perfect. Sometimes it's too expensive to go often but with the Ladies Night deal, we will be back! Only complaint was that we were asked to leave. We had been sitting down at the table still for 15 mind mom's eprobably after our check was taken care of. But we made a reservation for a nice dinner, and conversation should be a part of that. We understood that ladies night is busy but we also saw lots of empty tables. Little Dipper is still my favorite restaurant and we will definitely return! We just won't plan to talk afterwards.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

One of our favorite places for date night. We absolutely love the food and the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Noticed this neighborhood gem while staying next door from out of town. The food was terrific, and the ladies Wednesday night special was extremely well priced. You can't beat fresh food and great service. Will definitely make a point to come here again when I am in town.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The service was excellent, the waitress very knowledgeable (and patient!), and we got just enough attention without being hovered over. Everything was prepared well, and served beautifully. We can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I have been there a few times now, and I am always impressed with the level of service.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

This is the best fondue restaurant ever! The service is outstanding. Our server was so knowledgeable and accommodating. She was helpful in picking everything from the martini’s to the dipping sauces. We had a combination of filet, shrimp and chicken. We added sashimi grade tuna which was amazing.
If you visit Wilmington NC, this restaurant is a must!
We can’t wait to go back! Thank you Little Dipper for this great dining experience!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

We go to the Little Dipper for almost every special occasion! It is the best. Carrie almost always takes care of us and she’s fantastic! All the staff is so wonderful. ALWAYS listen to their suggestions with the special cheese! So yummy! Thy always have wonderful specialty martinis as well. I feel every time we go it is such a memorable experience. We can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We always love it! Delicious fit us in early too since we were just doing dessert!

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

This is our second time to Little Dipper. We enjoy it very much. My only complaint is that it is somewhat pricey for the quality of food. The cheese fondue and dessert fondue are great. But the portions and quality of meats leave much to be desired. The lobster was a little chewy and I guess it was my mistake ordering filet mignon because, honestly, no one should ever eat a boiled steak.
On my next trip, I may stick to cheese and dessert fondues alone.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The Little Dipper offers a variety of fondue with a great atmosphere found in downtown Wilmington. I would recommend this restaurant to those interested in a cozy setting who are looking for fun and good food.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went with a group of girlfriends for Galentine’s Day. The service was incredible, the food was delicious, and the Valentine’s prix fixe menu was beautiful & affordable. (The dessert course came with a glass of champagne, which I thought was a nice touch.) I would absolutely go back for another prix fixe situation. Or just dinner. The weekly specials are fantastic.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Great time!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great place to fondue! Excellant service and food.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Our family had the best time at Little Dipper. We took our son there to celebrate his 20th birthday. Our server helped make it a very special celebration for us. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was delicious and we had a great server named Aaron!! You will get plenty of food. Had a great time!!

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

The service here sets this place apart from almost any other in Wilmington. 5 stars!

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3.0Dined on January 17, 2018

The food was great however our table was not ready when we got there. We waited a solid 10-15 minutes only to be sat by the bar. Our server seemed to be having an off night as he seemed bothered by everything we asked him. Overall a little frustrating for a restaurant we made a reservation at.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

My husband and I went to celebrate our anniversary. We enjoyed the time between courses for conversation. The waitress was very helpful in making recommendations and helping guide through the menu. It was very enjoyable. We highly recommend Little Dipper for anyone who enjoys a quiet dinner with a good atmosphere and being able to eat without feeling rushed as that’s the whole point.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Amazing food and great atmosphere. Would highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2018

We have tried the other big chain fondue restaurants, and I must say the little dipper is better in food options and in cost. They have more unique options of different dippers, cooking styles and cheeses. Not to mention the various fondue desert types. This is now one of me and my wifes' favorite date night places to go to. I would recommend reservations otherwise you may have a decent wait time.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent dinner, drinks and service tonight! Love this little gem downtown!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Little Dipper is my favorite date night/special occasion restaurant. This restaurant is very intimate and in my opinion I wish it was adults only or that they would sit people with children separately. On this visit there were three young children screaming and being loud on both sides of our booth and it was very disruptive of the romantic atmosphere. The food however was amazing as always.

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