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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
My friends and I love the Little Dipper for Ladies night on Wednesdays. We try and plan a get together for Ladies night at least once a month. The Servers are fantastic, the drink specials and Cheese and Chocolate specials for Ladies night are awesome! I can't say enough good things about the Little Dipper you must go and check it out!
The Little Dipper definitely impressed. It was really neat to have our own little "cubby"- romantic. Our waitress gave us good recommendations and was very knowledgeable. The food was great, and it was fun cooking our food and trying different sauces. It is so filling! We couldn't make it to dessert. You won't leave hungry. Definitely recommend.
Worst service we've ever had there. The waitress was rude and harassed us every 5 mins about whether we were done with our cheese. She got an attitude when we asked for more of something. Felt as though we were being rushed out. She even included an awkward note with our to-go order of dessert saying that we should "save the foreplay for home." Was very unprofessional and we still have no idea what she was referring to.
$70 for 2 to eat. It was just an okay place. We could not eat all the food so we brought some home. If you order the beef, chicken and pork you only get 4 small cubes of each. I had never been there and drove 90 minutes to get there. Now I can say I have been there. The waiter (male) was awesome.
The group of 5 ladies that went that evening all but one had been there several times before. This was the first time we had felt rushed. The server was training someone which was fine but I hope she didn't pick up on the rush part. We all felt she just wanted us to hurry and decide. Gave us the menu and asked what we wanted to dink and we just sat down. When we decided on drinks she wanted our cheese choices. She asked us more than once if we were ready for our chocolate which we were not. The chocolate came and she never explained if we need to stir it, she just put it down and left. We did have to ask another server to turn it down because it looked like it was becoming too hot. When we left we all made the comment how we really felt rushed right from the get go. Wanting to clear our plates and you could see we had some veggies left to finish. We did tell our friend who had never been there before that this was not normal.
The amount of food given for 4 people for the cheese fondue was pretty skimpy. We each had 1 grape, tomato, broccoli, potato and carrot. Lots of bread! We ordered a shot of frangelica in our chocolate, really couldn't tell if it was in there or not. I have eaten there several times, this is the first I was disappointed.
The Little Dipper is one of our most favorite treats when we are in Wilmington. We prefer to order off their cheese and chocolate menu and have never been disappointed. Everything always tastes fresh and decadent. Our favorites include the Cheddar Ale Cheese, the Tuscan Sun-dried Tomato Cheese, and the Dark Chocolate pot with the classic dippers.
We were all going to get the locals night special and had a reservation. They told us to get locals night it was an hour wait. So we got the 4 course.... which made no sense and was $40 more per person. The same cheese and chocolate as the locals menu with no wait????
All around great night with great service. We were seated beside some screeching children and it was a ladies' night for us away from our own screeching children. Staff were very kind and accommodating to move us to a quieter section of the restaurant. We had a blast!!!
It's impossible for me review The Little Dipper without comparing it to The Melting Pot. We decided to give TLD a try since it gets such amazing reviews all across the internet. Sadly, we left fairly disappointed. The environment is extremely loud and we were seated across from each other at the longest 2-person table I've ever seen. We literally had to lean forward and practically yell to talk to each other. Our waitress was friendly and kept the food coming without delays, so that part was great! As for the food, the main positives were the fresh local bread and the tasty potatoes. The consistency of both the cheese and chocolate courses were really dense and grainy. Both were so dense/thick it was really hard to successfully dip things without losing them in the pot. The consistency of our chicken was extremely fibrous, which we both found kind of odd. The Au Poivre sauce was delicious, but none of the other 4 sauces we tried really stood out. By the end of the meal, I regretted not going to Melting Pot after making the 2 hour drive to Wilmington.
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