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About The Little Dipper

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!

138 South Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Fondue

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - close
SEASONAL HOURS: Open EVERY DAY Late Spring through Early Fall 5pm for dinner

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(910) 251-0433

Website:
http://www.littledipperfondue.com/

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.

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.

Private Party Facilities:
We have special party platters to accommodate both large and small parties including an assortment of meats, seafood and vegetarian choices.

Private Party Contact:
Kristen Gruodis: (910) 251-0433

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Little Dipper Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (32)
Special Occasion (32)
Good for Birthdays (25)
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Good for Anniversaries (25)
Fun (25)
Romantic (24)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Cozy (15)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Casual (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Business Meals (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Great Beer (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Authentic (4)
Healthy (4)
Scenic View (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Vegan (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Waterfront (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

We went for a birthday celebration.. 3 adults 2 young children 8-10 .. the dining experience for the children alone was completely worth it they had such fun. For the adult at the table great conversation over a long meal and very enjoyable . Taking... Cooking tasting sharing !

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We love it! We always go on ladies night! Great night out!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I love the Little Dipper. The food and drinks are the best.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We’ve eaten at The Little Dipper many times and they are consistently excellent. It’s been a wonderful choice for out of town friends and group meals alike. They’ve never disappointed.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Little Dipper is where we go for most of our family celebrations

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Always have a wonderful time on ladies night! Can't go wrong with cheese and chocolate dishes. And the drink special was nice too.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 9, 2017

It was our friends birthday , we had 5 in our party , 3 of us it was our first time , we had the best time ! Great wait staff , food and fun ! We all want to come back soon ! Thank you for making it so special !

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Awesome place for a birthday or anniversary!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good food, prices ok. But it was really, really loud. So loud we will not go back.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Love the atmosphere and great food. My boyfriend and I went there for a date night

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food, great service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Will definitely be back! Thank you fir a great evening.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

What a great place for a date! We went for our 25th Wedding Anniversary dinner while celebrating in Wilmington. Our server was extremely helpful with advice on what to order, as we were there on $10.00 cheese and chocolate Night and catered to our every need! Extremely worth the price paid! We can’t wait to take another trip back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

A fun way to spend a special family dinner. Able to accommodate gluten free dining. Expensive, but there are ample portions and lots of choices.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Ladies night was a blast. Beautiful atmosphere. Amazing service. Delicious fondue

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Waterfront, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 2, 2017

It was my birthday. Server (Aaron) was fantastic. Food was delicious!

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on September 30, 2017

In the past we have had great experiences at the Little Dipper. Today was a little rough. Positives: our server was great. She was very kind and professional and she did everything she could to make sure we had a good experience. And the food, as always, was great.
Negatives: We made an 8:00 reservation and were not seated until 8:45. And when we sat down there were 4 or 5 tables around us that were empty and remained empty for the duration of the evening. The food also took a long time to come out from the kitchen, which is surprising since they didn't even have to cook it first.
All in all, we still enjoyed ourselves. Just an out of the ordinary experience from the usual impeccable service.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Has been a chosen spot for years now for anniversaries and birthdays. Always delicious and always an awesome experience. Can be good for groups, but works wonderfully for dates and one-on-one special occasion/celebrations. The food is great, the dessert and cocktails are PHENOMENAL and the ambiance is incredible!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Absolutely fabulous food and a fun way to slow down and spend more time with a loved one at the table. The mocha amaretto chocolate fondue was the highlight for me, but everything was superb. If I had to come up with an area for improvement, it would be the overall noise level as I had trouble having a conversation with my wife who was 3 feet away from me without speaking with a loud voice. I don't know if that is the norm, but on this particular night it was quite loud. It lived up to it's stellar reputation as being a place that everyone must try. Excellent service, highly recommended!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Went to ladies night for my friends birthday and we had a great time!! Always delicious and the cocktails are amazing!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Amazing food. Amazing service. Natalie was absolutely wonderful!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our waitress was great especially since none of us had been to a fondue restaurant before. She was patient! It was a great restaurant to enjoy eating and talking!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Wonderful evening. Taylor, our server, was excellent

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

I am not a fan of fondue. However, my date has been wanting to try it so I took her. She loved it!!!

Tags: Cozy, Tapas, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Our server was awesome & so was the food! I will definitely go back.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great dining experience. Our waitress was extremely helpful in explaining the menu, and preparing our food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great as always. One of our favorite places! The staff is always very friendly. On this occasion, the waitress was engaging asking about our anniversary, how and when we met, etc... the food is great... who doesn't like melted cheese followed by chocolate and sweets? This place is great, we have been enjoying it for years!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We had a great meal at The Little Dipper. I felt that the value for the meal for two was great for what was included and the service was excellent. Plus fondue is always a fun experience. I highly recommend it!

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great staff and environment! We always have a great time and we are very disappointed with the service!

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Casual, Fun, Healthy, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Took our daughter and a few of her teenage friends there for her birthday. Our waiter Zane was wonderful and gave us wonderful recommendations. We all enjoyed our view of downtown Wilmington. The dining experience was wonderful and the food was great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 13, 2017

My friends and I love the Little Dipper for Ladies night on Wednesdays. We try and plan a get together for Ladies night at least once a month. The Servers are fantastic, the drink specials and Cheese and Chocolate specials for Ladies night are awesome! I can't say enough good things about the Little Dipper you must go and check it out!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Amazing service and great experience. Lots of food!!

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 7, 2017

I went on a Thursday so I was able to get the 4 course meal for $27. It was absolutely delicious and definitely worth the price! I will be returning on another Thursday very soon. :)

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Frequently dine here. Awesome as always and great for any type of occasion. Perfect date night!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The Little Dipper definitely impressed. It was really neat to have our own little "cubby"- romantic. Our waitress gave us good recommendations and was very knowledgeable. The food was great, and it was fun cooking our food and trying different sauces. It is so filling! We couldn't make it to dessert. You won't leave hungry. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

All I have to say about this place is, "Wow!" I had pretty high expectations the second I walked in the door and the smell hit me, and I can say that i was not disappointed, great food, great service, great ambiance. I will definitey be going there again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Incredible! Such a fun date night!!!

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Fantastic food. Great atmosphere. Awesome service. Just as good as we remembered it 11 years ago. We will be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fun
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Excellent meal. Great service. Look forward to eating there again

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Dessert was the best, wonderful meal and experience! Wish there was a Little Dipper in my area!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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