We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! You come to us for reviews — now you can book your hotel right here on TripAdvisor.

Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar

Certificate of Excellence
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
French, Cafe, Wine Bar, European
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
224 S Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3987
+1 910-815-0200
Website
Today
11:30 - 16:30
Closed now
All hours
Hours:
Sun 11:30 - 16:30
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

200 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 197: English reviews
Wilmington, NC
Level Contributor
17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Sweet French restaurant on the river walk. Nice atmosphere. Also, outdoor dining. Nice wines and dishes

Helpful?
Thank happyWilmington_NC
Cary, North Carolina
Level Contributor
137 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We never make a trip downtown without a stop here. Our favorite cafe on the riverwalk to have a glass of wine while enjoying the river views. Great appetizers to accompany the wine. Great ambiance.

Helpful?
Thank Pam C
Lima, Peru
Level Contributor
29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Le Catalan is one of the reasons that we want to return to Wilmington. Whether for a relaxing wine and cheese plate in the comfortable cafe on a hot afternoon or a lovely dessert and coffee on the deck overlooking the river, we loved the food, the ambiance and the friendly people each time we were there. We will be... More 

Helpful?
Thank edgeclinger
Conway, South Carolina
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Great place for leisurely lunch with friends. The quiches were excellent. Service very attentive without hovering.

Helpful?
Thank MWTSC
Marie P, Owner at Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this review

Thank you, we love hearing about your recent dining experience with us! Sincerely, Marie More 

Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We had indulged in our appetizers before we walked around the river front and most places were very crowded by then with waits of 30 minutes or more. So, we reluctantly grabbed a bistro table on the deck and settled in. Little did we know, it would be a delightful surprise of delicious light fare and delicious wine. We ordered... More 

Helpful?
Thank Norma G
Jacksonville, North Carolina
Level Contributor
51 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

The best seats at Le Catalan are outdoors! The outdoor seating looks over the water and makes for a relaxing evening. We went specifically for the wine selection and dog friendly atmosphere. Friendly pups are welcome to enjoy the outdoor seating while their owners munch on cheese and chocolates! During our visit we went for the Cab Sauv, the Cheese... More 

Helpful?
Thank Alyssa W
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Level Contributor
90 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

I hate to rate a restaurant poorly considering our server was gracious but the food & experience was simply bad. Skipping extensive detail: The 1st glass of wine was swimming with bugs, the sausage & zucchini gratin special was not properly cooked, and the other dishes the family had were not worth the charge. This is the only meal my... More 

Helpful?
Thank Aaron G
Marie P, Owner at Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this review

We are sorry we could not satisfy you, which is what we strive for. We always prepare and cook that dish (artisan sausage & zucchini) the same way in our programmed oven. Because we understand that some people can be disappointed with a dish, it is our policy to always offer an alternative without charge, as we did. We encourage... More 

Greensboro, North Carolina
Level Contributor
38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

The menu is "compact" but the specials were quite nice. We tried a shrimp gratin which was delicious. Good wine list and great service. Sitting outside was nice on a late summer evening.

Helpful?
Thank Betty M
Gaithersburg, MD
Level Contributor
30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

My wife and I love going to Le Catalan. The food is always excellent. We had the wine tasting flights. I had the red and my wife had the white. The wines selected for the flights were very good. I also love the fact that you can sit outside on the boardwalk with your dog!

Helpful?
Thank ltsjdad
Southport, North Carolina
Level Contributor
98 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

WE had Sunday Brunch at Le Catalan and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Located on the waterfront in Wilmington, NC, Le Catalan offers a somewhat limited yet very tasty variety of dishes. The cooking style definitely has a French flair. We have only been for Sunday Brunch, but if that experience is indicative of their food and service throughout the day,... More 

Helpful?
Thank PaulSuzanneTravel

Travellers who viewed Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar also viewed

Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
 
Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
 

Been to Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 20
Cuisine
French, Cafe, Wine Bar, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 16:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 224 S Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3987
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-815-0200
Description
Wilmington's authentic French Cafe and Wine Bar established January 2001. "Wine Down" on the Riverwalk! Serving Lunch & Dinner: Soups, Salads, Quiche, Cheese, Charcuterie, Seasonal and Daily Entrees, Dessert...Famous Chocolate Mousse. Wine, Beer and Spirits. Inside/Outside dining and friendly service. Enjoy a river breeze and catch a sunset!

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 month ago
Williamstown, KY
over a year ago

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Le Catalan ~ French Cafe & Wine Bar staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?