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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!
Wilmington, NC 28401
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - close
SEASONAL HOURS: Open EVERY DAY Late Spring through Early Fall 5pm for dinner
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer live music outside on the back deck on the weekends and special holidays (seasonal - spring/summer/fall.) Call for more detailed information.
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
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
Fondue fun. Great atmosphere and the service was excellent. So good I'd give a shout out to our server if I could remember her name. Food is really good not outstanding and that's not a knock it's just that it's Fondue. Highly recommend this place over the corporatized Melting Pot if you're wanting Fondue. Great drinks here as well.
The food here was outstanding, and is a little bit less expensive than the Melting Pot. Certain nights (like Ladies Night) are a little bit noisier, so if you are planning a quiet, romantic evening, then you may want to pay attention to what day it is.
I would highly recommend going "asian style" with the whole fondue experience. And if you are looking for an amazing server, then ask for Samantha. She's the best! It was our anniversary, and she was very accommodating.
Wonderful fondue restaurant. Plenty of options for the cheese and main fondues. Choose from oil or infused broths. Nice seasonal selection of items as well. Great wine list, Sundays are 1/2 price on all bottled wines, good deal! And if you don't drink it all you are allowed to take the wine home with you, which is nice if you are the only one drinking! The chocolate dessert fondues are the bomb but after eating cheese and the main fondues one doesn't have room for dessert, at least I didn't. I've come to the LD just for dessert fondue and coffee, great meetup place for friends. Has been in operation for many years and continues to please.
We had such an awesome time! We had a party of 9 for a bachelorette party and John was so helpful and such an easy going person to handle our big group! We appreciated how accommodating and helpful he was when explaining the menu and giving us directions on how to cook the meat. For most of us, it was our first fondue restaurant experience and it will definitely be hard to top!
I took my girlfriend here for the first time on her birthday and we absolutely loved it! We had set up a reservation and the table was set and ready to go right when we got there. Our waiter, Patrick, was extremely knowledgeable about the food and made the experience even better! To top off the evening, they even brought out a delicious cheese cake slice for us to enjoy!
Whenever we are celebrating a special birthday or life event, we frequently choose The Little Dipper for dinner. The restaurant is cozy, the fondue is delicious and fun, and we always have a wonderful time! We also enjoy its downtown location.
Saw our server was at the bar when we finally got tired of waiting for our bill to be processed and left cash at our table. Server offered menu information and innacurate pricing as uninformed, then overcharged the final bill as a result. Unclean utensils and simply overpriced for portions and in general felt service was consistently poor and unmanaged.
We had a great evening! The food and environment was great. What made our meal was the wonderful waitress "Alex" that we had. She walked us newbies through every step and made wonderful suggestions and was a delight! I can't tell you how much we enjoyed our evening.
We came to town just for this place. We were celebrating 12 years married and figured this would be a nice place to do so. The entire staff was fantastic! Stacy our waitress was always attentive and just constantly positive and smiling. Made our night just right!
Our first experience here. Fondue is a different style of dining and our waiter was excellent at putting my wife and I at ease while explaining the dinner choices. The food and service was excellent. We would highly recommend and we will return with friends and family. Great find in downtown Wilmington.
Never done fondue before, so it was novel. Nice atmosphere right down near the river. Food was expensive for the portion size, but that was clear in advance, and we weren't looking for a bargain. Happpy we did it, but aren't looking to go back. The recommendations from the server were right on. One major pet peeve: the two of us were seated at a table for four, and told we needed to eat quickly since a foursome was coming in later and they needed the table. Unacceptable when we had a reservation two days in advance. Their booking challenges aren't my problem, and it tainted our entire meal, as we did not feel welcome right from the start.
Our family of 4 went to Little Dipper again this year to celebrate our son's 16th birthday. He has requested this restaurant for his birthday for the last 3 years in a row. We not only had the same table as last year, but the same waitress. We were thrilled! Our dining experience was wonderful from beginning to end. The food was so fresh and delicious- we couldn't eat another bite. The service was exceptional, as always. It was nice because we were attended to, but did not feel like we were being rushed. The slice of cheesecake with the candle for our son's birthday was a nice touch. He has already asked to go back again next year.
The food was great, the service was amazing, the drinks were really good, and the price was fantastic! They have great specials and the staff is really helpful with making suggestions if you have any questions! Wonderful fondue experience without the normal overly priced fondue menu!
In 2015, my wife and I hosted our wedding rehearsal dinner at The Little Dipper (which was a wonderful affair), so naturally we chose to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary there. Our service Aaron was fantastic and the food was fresh and wonderfully cooked (joking...it's fondue). We always have a wonderful experience there and can't wait to visit again.
Fantastic menu options for a fondue restaurant. Something for everyone. Wait staff and management truly a cut above the rest. We drove 2 hrs to get there, we'd gladly double that to dine there again and have a night in Wilmington.
Ate during restaurant week & it was a great deal as the price was reduced & they did not charge for some extras. They have great choices & all were good. Carrie was an excellent, friendly, accommodating, and attentive waitress. Loved the Half & Half Chocolate Fondu with an edible orchid. They also have a nice wine list. My favorite place to eat in Wilmington & they are one of the rare restaurants to have a 100 health rating!
Thoroughly enjoyed my last visit to Little Dipper with one of my best girlfriends. (I have been a few times before) Our waiter, Wendell was great and made wonderful recommendations. We branched out from our usual cheese (Cheddar) and got the Fontina Basil (upon recommendation) which was rich, creamy and absolutely delicious, especially for the garlic lover like myself. We were told that the bread for the cheese is baked fresh from a shop in downtown Wilmington. They had great specials on the menu, so we did the full 4 course meal. Salad was delicious and the proteins (filet, chicken and shrimp) were tasty, especially with the sauces. Dessert was our favorite course - we got the peanut butter, chocolate and caramel and it was delicious. Perfect blend of all three. We will definitely be back. Great for girls nights, date nights, and any special occasion or just something different.
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