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The Basics

319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
+1 910-343-1050
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (49 reviews)
“meatloaf” (30 reviews)
“grits” (36 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Very good menu with farm to table food. The menu changes but we had a wonderful meal beginning with Fried Green tomatoes and Pimento Cheese. The wine special cannot be beat. I look forward to many more visits for the food, ambiance resembling old attic...More

Thank Smaartone
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Downtown breakfast spot a short walk from our hotel. Found it on Trip Advisor which is always a go to when out of town and looking for restaurants. I had the oatmeal blueberry pancakes that were to die for!! They were huge, fluffy and delicious!...More

Thank Dana C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Got there about 11 AM on a Sunday and faced a fairly long line. Wait time was still reasonable as the 10 AM crowd all finished about the same time. Waitstaff was nice and personable, though kind of slow. it took a long time to...More

Thank Fotoefek
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We tried The Basics for dinner. The food took a little while to make it to the table, but everything was good. We would happily eat here again!

Thank Audrey G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Saw the line outside and knew we had to eat there. Wait was not long and had brunch there. Tt was exactly what was expected with the wait.... Delicious sides, fruit was SO fresh and hearty portions. Would definitely recommend and would like to go...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here on our first morning, and came back on our second morning as well, whereas we often try different places to ear. Service was excellent, and very accommodating when we asked for such things as cold milk on the side and a receptical...More

Thank Richard T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a "must try", restaurant. We arrived when it was packed. The hostess/ server assured us they were clearing a table, and soon seated us. The server also let us know that they were very busy, so it may take longer to be served....More

Thank Sharon W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our dinner was superb. The menu is creative and reflects Southern hospitality and personality at its best. The Shrimp and Grits was the best I ever had. The lamb chops, mushroom risotto and asparagus provided a variety of mouth sensations that resulted in a fabulous...More

Thank Karen I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place to go for Sunday brunch. Omelet of day is normally unusual but good as is everything on the menu

1  Thank Caleb42
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a long wait for a table but the food was very good. There a little shops to walk around while waiting. The food was very unique.

Thank DianeB730
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Questions & Answers
Debbie P
28 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
24 August 2015|
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Response from Kitty K | Reviewed this property |
C W Worth B&B. Camellia Cottage
Gary W
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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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
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