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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
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.
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.
What an awesome place! Our waiter, John, was exceptional! So helpful, explaining, answering our questions, and making recommendations. He was very attentive as was the rest of the staff. The food was fantastic and great quality. The art and architecture were interesting. We were celebrating birthdays. John went over and beyond, bringing cheesecakes to my twins!
I highly recommend the Little Dipper. We will go back...often!
My daughter just moved to the Wilmington area and this was our first visit to the Little Dipper. I simply cannot emphasize enough what a wonderful experience this was! Our server, Samantha, was a gem! Helpful, friendly, attentive and fun! We chose the fontina cheese option with locally made bread and other assorted veggies. I ordered grilled scallops with a garlic ginger dipping sauce and it was perfect! We also had a simple milk chocolate dessert fondue with fruits and other sweet treats. Tonight's special was a cheese/dessert option for only $10 per person. The scallops were an additional charge, but well worth it. We plan to return for the full dinner fondue experience soon! My daughter also had a cherry cola martini and it was very good! We will definitely return to this neighborhood establishment soon!!!
I've never been disappointed with LD Wilmington. We had early reservations for this visit. We were seated immediately. Our waitress Whitney was on top of it & even brought us two flutes of champagne for an anniversary toast. Solid service, great food & the atmosphere is so incredibly romantic. We live downtown so we are spoiled with a short walk to this lovely gem. It's not just a place for special occasions. It's great place to get a delicious, interactive meal that's outside the normal spectrum of sit down dinning. Looking forward to our next enjoyable LD experience.
I had dined at the Little Dipper before and had 3 friends join me for another expierence. Once again it was a wonderful expierence and our hostess, Kerrie was outstanding and very attentive. We could not have ask for better service. I will be going back as I want to introduce more to another Fondue experience that exceeds a national chain in price and service. Thank you The Little Dipper.
We love to have a dinner at "The Little Dipper" because you are not rushed and each course takes time to prepare. It is enjoyable to watch the cheese fondue be mixed in front of you. The dinner for two provides enough food. The atmosphere is excellent for a couple or larger group to sit and talk.
This dinner, we sat in the dining area off the main floor and in a small area which was perfect for two. I will request it on my next reservation.
My husband and I decided to come here for date night for something different and unique. We had tried fondue years ago back when we lived in Myrtle Beach. Be prepared for a two hour dinner just because of the way that fondue is done. We started out with the cheese which was very good we actually had a hard time deciding which one to try... they all sounded so good. For dinner we went with the undecided which is where you can pick different meats and sauces. That was a good choice because we got to try a little of everything and my husband got the lobster tail. To be honest the meet comes out a little bland because it's essentially boiled In a broth, but that is what the sauces or for. We ended up getting the dark chocolate for dessert with the huge variety plate with fruits pretzels cookies marshmallows etc. We did the dark chocolate with hazelnut Liquor. I will just tell you that the dessert was the highlight of the night. As I said it was just something different to do and overall it was pretty OK it's kind of loud or maybe it was just this particular night. Be sure to see the jellyfish aquarium it is very cool. I think next time we will just do dessert here because it was that good. Staff is very nice as well
Excellent! My husband and I went here for my birthday dinner. We made a reservation and were seated right away in a neat little nook for two. Our waiter was unbelievably good and helped us select everything from our cocktails to the dessert! We went on a Thurs. and it was Prix Fix night. A special menu with four courses for $27. Started with a Pomegranate Martini and my husband had Martin Ray Pinot Noir. For Our appetizer course we chose the Swiss cheese fondue which was delicious, then we both had Corn Chowder with Bourbon which was amazing ... But now I am full and we have two more courses to go! Dinner consisted of two different choices: shrimp, dumplings and sushimi tuna. The other: chicken, filet mignonette and pork. These also came with mushrooms and varied veggies to cook. Every bite was delicious as were the sauces! For dessert we chose the dark chocolate with Amaretto which was served with bananas, strawberries, pineapple, grapes, pretzels and two cream puffs. Cannot wait to go back with friends or family!
Great experience out without our little ones. The outing gave us an opportunity to just sit and talk with some good friends with very little cell phone time. After all, if you're looking at your phone, then you aren't cooking. If you aren't cooking, then you aren't eating. Delicious food and excellent service.
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