The Little Dipper

4.8
1762 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fondue
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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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TW
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was exceptional at explaining how everything worked. The food was very good too.

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N
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We went here for date night on a recent trip to Wilmington. We made a reservation that day online without any problems and the table was ready right on time. The service was excellent and the food/experience of fondue was very good. Our only complaint is the noise level. We had a little wall between our table and the other side, and it was still extremely loud from a large table in the restaurant. We realize this is not the restaurant's fault, but it would have been an even better experience if it was quieter.

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J
Raleigh
35 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun evening with our granddaughters. Servers were very nice to them which we appreciated. Everyone enjoyed the food and especially the chocolate fondue dessert. A little on the pricey side but perfect for a special occasion.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places on the planet- wonderful food and always such a fun experience!

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KH
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night, birthday dinner for my husband. Food was delicious and service was great. Make a reservation.

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AW
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant ever. Would go there any day and recommend it to anyone!

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CW
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Food, service, and and ambiance were amazing. Will definitely be back again!

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C
Birmingham
15 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was fun! We had never been to a fondue restaurant before, so a new experience for us. Our server was very helpful and took time to explain everything (menu was a bit intimidating for novices). The cheese fondue was great. The food was fresh (we had shrimp, steak, chicken for 2 and added scallops). This is not a place to go if you’re short on time... beginning to end was 2 1/2 hrs! But it was a nice relaxing and fun experience.

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s
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Most Amazing Dinner For our 25th wedding anniversary, Everyone one was amazing and food was top notch. Will be Back again

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Greensboro
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We always love The Little Dipper. Their food is delicious (including their homemade sauces) and their drink menu is outstanding!

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Ladies night is an awesome value! Make reservations a week or so in advance. We had a great server but she was moving in a few weeks. Can’t wait to go back though when I’m down in the area again.

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Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Little Dipper and it is a favorite for celebrating special occasions. The cheese, chocolate, and dippers always taste fresh and delicious. This time we did the Tuscan and Fontina cheeses. The y were exceptional! We also did the Milk & Cookies and Black & Tan for our chocolates- they were amazing! We especially love the marshmallows! Caleb was a fantastic server. He was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. He was patient as he explained different options and answered our questions. He was great with the kids and was intuitive to their needs, bringing extra lemonade and napkins. Our only suggestion would be to have a kids price for locals night as the kids didn't really partake in the cheese and chocolate.  We highly recommend the Little Dipper and will be back!

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was great. Great portion sizes - mango tango sangria was amazing!

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Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great good and staff. We went on an unusually boisterous night, but it didn't ruin our dinner.

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SY
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience at The Little Dipper. We were celebrating a Bachelorette weekend. The food, service, and atmosphere were all perfection. I highly recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience. Would go again, but only for special occassions due to the price tag.

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LL
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Little Dipper!!! It is our favorite restaurant and we always visit once a year while on vacation in the area. The staff is amazing and the food is excellent! They did a great job catering to our 2 year old who joined us this trip.

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AA
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Little Dipper! A Wilmington staple. “Fondue on Front”

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m
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After hearing many good things, I decided to reserve a table for a friends bachelorette weekend. Everything was AMAZING. Our server, Alex was so fun, sweet and attentive. We will definitely be back!

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IK
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I went to Little Dipper to celebrate my birthday. It was Ladies Night that night too so pricing was lower than usual for chocolate & cheese. Our server was amazing and even brought me out a complimentary slice of cheesecake, which was so nice of her! We had a great time and I will definitely be back.

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LH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here while vacationing in the area. I was a little concerned about taking our 3 year old to a fondue restaurant, but the staff was more than accommodating and she enjoyed herself as much as we did. Our server went out of her way to chat with her and make her feel important, too, and our food was brought out promptly.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. The only negative thing to say that their was an extremely noisy group that spoiled some otherwise nice ambience

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KC
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Dipper was amazing! The food was fantastic and our waiter was very friendly and helped us navigate the menu since it was our first visit. We went for a friend’s birthday lunch and had a great time. The cocktails were also great! I would highly recommend this cozy fondue spot!

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JC
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. We’ve been goi Nd for 10 years and never had a bad time.

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LH
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Late night out for my birthday!

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KC
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We vacation to a nearby beach every year and always make sure we come into town and eat dinner at the Little Dipper. The food is always great and well worth the price. Our kids always look forward to it as well!

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KH
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bachelorette

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AF
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A pleasure as always, first choice for special occasions

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MD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Dipper never disappoints. The food & service are excellent as well as the cocktails.

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w
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for us !
Absolutely wonderful!! Food, ambiance, cleanness, staff very accommodating and friendly.
Wish we spent more time in Wilmington since the whole area is gorgeous.
When we go back (for vacation ) we'll have dinner here again.
we'll definitely recommend the place to friends visiting the area.

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Wilmington
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and helped us pick the perfect meal. Wonderful experience. Thank you so much.

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TT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fondue restaurant nestled right near the boardwalk waterfront in wilmington. Much better experience and feel than the large chain restaurants like it. Food was great and service was even better. Very relaxed atmosphere.

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SC
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my birthday and it was awesome. Samantha, our waitress, gave us a very enjoyable and laid back experience even though the options can be confusing to the uninitiated. Overall a wonderful dining experience.

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S
Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I had a nice trip to The Little Dipper. My friends and I went for Ladies' Night, when you can get cheese and chocolate for $10. It's a great deal and you get a decent amount of food. Add-ons are available. We had a nice server and enjoyed the ambiance. I would go back again for Ladies' Night.

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NP
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We always come here when we visit Wilmington NC. As always, the food and service were incredibly good - I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for something a little different and adventurous in dining. Only downside for me was the cocktails were pretty weak, but still tasty.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

After an afternoon of shopping with a friend we had planned ahead and reserved table for 6:00 pm. We arrived and we were awkwardly seated at a one-sided table for two facing a short wall. This was more a table for a romantic couple. We asked to be seated at another table and they did accommodate us. The waiter was proud to tell us of the local produce the restaurant uses.
There was plenty of food but the disappointment after was the wait took anything we did not eat quickly off the table. I felt like we paid for it - wrap it up - or did they give the bread cubes and raw broccoli to someone else? Same with our entree, we had raw chicken left over and cooked it in the fondue to take home but the waiter took all the sauces off the table leaving us to bring home plain, bland boiled chicken. Again, I felt like we paid for it we should be able to get a box for all of our leftovers.

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JA
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time dining here. First time doing Locals Night, which was less hectic than Ladies Night. Thank you!

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TB
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Was a wonderful way to celebrate our birthdays together. It was my soon to be 8 yr old son’s first time & it was great to see the staff also including him

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OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server suggestions, very private experience

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LL
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was really nice. Our server was very pleasant and helpful. Each course of the meal was delicious. This restaurant is highly recommended.

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