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The Basics

319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
+1 910-343-1050
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good25%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (47 reviews)
“meatloaf” (27 reviews)
“grits” (34 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Small but comfortable Southern food; beautiful brick walls, amazing food; awesome service. Parking is not as convenient as it could be, but it was adequate. There is a good bit of parking behind the restaurant off Water Street. You just have to walk around the...More

Thank SCWinq
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is good and is NOT really "basic." This is a misnomer and I'm not sure why it's named as such. There are many special items on the menu. However I felt like some comfort food and had a meatloaf that could have had...More

Thank ducatidiver
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great choices. I went with the lamb and johnnycakes appetizer. I was verrrry happy. I want to try the scallops, the yardbird chicken dinner, the Carolina Cobb salad and go there for breakfast...which will be next??? Whatever it is, I hope it is soooon. ....More

Thank loroOhio
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food. Ordered the oyster po boy and was NOT disappointed. Cole slaw was ok. Fruit plate was impressive.

Thank Vanessa B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ending up stopping here on accident and it was a great accident! All of our food was so fresh and delicious! My husband had some fried okra. You could tell it was freshly breaded and fried and not out of a bag. My salad was...More

Thank R_W000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent good, great deal on dinner. $70 for couple including one app, two entree6, one desert, and bottle of wine.

Thank TedWhit47
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant met our needs well as we were looking for a simple place with several choices for lunch while we were shopping in a unique shopping area called the Cotton Gin. Signage was poor from any level other than street level. Located a significant...More

Thank Torchboy
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This is traditional southern fare. It is good but not great. Service was a bit slow. Overall, there are many better restaurants in Wilmington, NC.

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 3 May 2017

I had heard this place was great but I did not find there was much variety on the dinner menu. It was also highly priced for dinner. I would suggest going for lunch.

Thank tobeyw2017
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Had lunch with a coworker during a conference in Wilmington and tried the Basics. Very nice local place with a variety of menu options. I had the chicken salad as a sandwich and it was excellent; very flavorful and quite generous in portion. My coworker...More

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Debbie P
On August 13th, 2017 I need to go to the DME airport. Do you arrange transportation? How much would that cost me?
27 December 2016|
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Response from Tim B | Reviewed this property |
I think you posted your question in the wrong place. The is a restaurant.
Anne P
I am looking for a B&B to stay at from Sun July 12th through Monday 13th. This is the contact information I can fine. Anne Potter 336-588 1558 Thank you
24 August 2015|
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Response from Kitty K | Reviewed this property |
C W Worth B&B. Camellia Cottage
Gary W
Is transportation from airport and back to airport included?
5 July 2015|
Response from Gary W | Reviewed this property |
If you are asking about Wilmington I don't know for sure, but I don't think so. If you're asking about Cancun and Villa del Palmar, we had transportation from the airport, but had to pay our own way back.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-343-1050
  • E-mail
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