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!
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: 9102510433x
Banquet, 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 Little Dipper was hands down one of ...
The Little Dipper was hands down one of the best restaurants I have ever gone to! Not only was the food oustanding, the service was excellent. Our server helped us by making suggestions and we did not regret taking him up on them. I will definitely be going back.
We go here everytime we visit Wilmington ...
We go here everytime we visit Wilmington. It was our first experience with fondue and we fell in love with it immediately and have recommended it to others, as well as invited others to join us. It is, hands down, one of my favorite places ever!
Loved the food and it was a really fun e ...
Loved the food and it was a really fun experience!! We had a table of 6, and unfortunately we were hardly able to hear over the music. We had a hard time hearing our waitress but she was great and took very good care of us! Would definitely come back again!
We were spending a long weekend at the b ...
We were spending a long weekend at the beach and decided to spend Friday night in Wilmington. We picked The Little Dipper from reviews and are very glad we did. We arrived a few minutes early and our table was ready. We had a great server who was attentive, helpful and knowledgable. My wife has a shellfish allergy which required the Restaurant to allow substitutions and they did so easily.
The restaurant is broken up for privacy, but we were seated next to a table of 8 which we could not see, but could clearly hear. They were celebrating a birthday and were very loud. That is the extent of my complaints.
Since it was our first visit, our server was very helpful with the options and choices from the menu. Timing was very good, as we had some time to enjoy our cocktails, and we had the right time between courses.
We had a cheese course, an entree and a chocolate course. It was date night so we also got a 1 oz taste of a paired wine with each course. That added some interest and fun. We really enjoyed all the entrees, but must say that the dark chocolate really put a great end on the evening.
My girlfriends and I went to the Little ...
My girlfriends and I went to the Little Dipper for a fun, girls night for my birthday. We had an absolute phenomenal experience. We had the best seat in the house by the window overlooking the streets of downtown wilmington. We loved seeing the horse carriages go by all night. The food was incredible. The service was pristine. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The specialty drinks were the BEST I've ever had. The atmosphere was beautiful with dim lighting and cute little nooks for private, intimate, dinners. It's the perfect spot for date night or out with the girls. It's worth every penny. It's officially my favorite spot in wilmington. Kudos, Little Dipper!
This was the second time I dined here an ...
This was the second time I dined here and it has been amazing both times. We just did appitizers and dessert both times with multiple drinks. The food, service, drinks, and atmosphere was all great and we will definitely return. Can't remember are servers name, all I remember is king Henry IV, you know who you are and you are a great server.
Once again we selected The Little Dipper ...
Once again we selected The Little Dipper to celebrate our Anniversary. We had a reservation later but we decided to come into town an hour earlier and they accommodated us no problem. We had a cheese fondue course with some meat added on and then finished with a chocolate fondue with tons of great dippers. We love this place and it is a great spot to just relax and slow down and eat one fondue forked morsel at a time. The service was great and we had no complaints at all. We will be back for sure on the next occasion to celebrate!
I use to love Little Dipper for birthday ...
I use to love Little Dipper for birthday celebrations and Wednesday's girls night out. My husband brought me here for my birthday again. Its been a tradition the past couple years. Unfortunately, the quality of service has dwindled over the past couple years. Not very attentive waitress; difficult to get her attention. Only came to the table to drop food off. Also, my husband told the waitress more than once it was a birthday celebration. At the end I was looking forward to my cheesecake and candle; there was none. I realize that seems petty but my husband spent $190. We let it go and ate our chocolate fondue. We weren't incredibly hungry at that point and opted to take it to go. By that time the waitress had dropped off the bill and taken payment and was nowhere to be found. We waited for over 10 minutes to get a take-out container. We finally got a take-out plate, but then there was nothing to put the fondue in. We tried again to get her attention, but after another 10 minutes gave up and left. Waste of money. We will be going with a new birthday tradition next year.
We love LD. Usually service is better. T ...
We love LD. Usually service is better. Table set up this time not conducive to good group conversation or meal sharing. Waitress never took our bar drink order. Waiter that assisted was much better. It is my all time favorite so I'll be back.
This is our 4 time at this location and ...
This is our 4 time at this location and it never disappoints. The staff always seems to be spot on with caring about our experience. In a word the service is EXCELLENT, not perfect.... EXCELLENT. We will definitely be back again.
We've been loyal patrons of The Little D ...
We've been loyal patrons of The Little Dipper since 2007, and the quality of the food, friendliness of the team and overall experience only improve year after year. We try to eat there every time we're in Wilmington and have celebrated many a birthday, anniversary and New Years Eve at The Little Dipper. Our favorite cheese is Cheddar Ale and chocolate is Half and Half; however, you can't go wrong with any of their inventive and delicious recipes!
Delicious food!!! I brought my best frie ...
Delicious food!!! I brought my best friend here for her first fondue experience and she was not disappointed! I love to go for ladies night. The food is delicious. I love to get grilled chicken and shrimp and dip it in the cheese! I recommend the Fontina cheese... It's amazzzzzing!!!
We really enjoyed our dinner at the Litt ...
We really enjoyed our dinner at the Little Dipper. Our waitress recommended some wonderful dishes. It was just the two of us, but this would be great in a small group since you wait a bit for all the meat to cook.
This was our first fondue experience and ...
This was our first fondue experience and it lived up to the hype! I loved the atmosphere. Our waitress was great and able to make recommendations for oils and sauces based on the entrees we chose. Very fun and different dining experience in downtown Wilmington. Makes for a fun date night!
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