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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Little Dipper Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I chose The Little Dipper ...
My husband and I chose The Little Dipper for our wedding anniversary. The food was absolutely wonderful and the service was took notch. We plan to be back VERY soon.
My wife and I have come to you guys for ...
My wife and I have come to you guys for our anniversary the past 4 years and really enjoy all aspects
Always fantastic! Service fabulous!! Lov ...
Always fantastic! Service fabulous!! Love this place!
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.
Love Little Dipper! We go every year for ...
Love Little Dipper! We go every year for our Birthdays. Great location, great experience.
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!
I absolutely love The Little Dipper. It' ...
I absolutely love The Little Dipper. It's a downtown favorite & makes a great date night.
Fantastic place. Everyone should find a ...
Fantastic place. Everyone should find a way to go. They also use local places for supplies so you can support multiple local businesses.
Carey our waitress was so charming and p ...
Carey our waitress was so charming and personable. The food was wonderfully delicious. We would definitely go back!
Food and service are superb!
Great menu items and all very good. Waitress gave great advice so we ordered one oil and one broth. We also chose 2 different chocolates...everything was superb!
Wednesday Ladies Night
Fantastic place for the girls to meet for Cheese and Chocolate (what else do you need?) . Great salads, wines and specialty drinks! This place is special -especially when the weather cooperates for outdoor fondue!
Wonderful service and food
Wonderful service and food
Fun and delicious!
One of the best random date nights! Our waitress was absolutely fantastic helping with menu pairings and just making sure we had a great time. If anything, a little bit on the expensive side, but very delicious! Definitely will return!
Great service!! Perfect date night if yo ...
Great service!! Perfect date night if you enjoy a long dinner and eachothers company. Our waitress was wonderful and made great recommendations!
We really enjoy the experience.
The food is fantastic and our server was friendly, helpful, and professional.
We been before but was not near as happ ...
We been before but was not near as happy with service and experience .my son's birthday. We had Way better service and accommodations.my friends first time and she was not impressed at all.i love yall but it just wasn't the same at all. Disappointed a bit for sure :(
We had a wonderful time celebrating our ...
We had a wonderful time celebrating our birthdays. Our waiter was great! The food was so delicious. Overall wonderful experience.
Love eating there. I sometimes go by mys ...
Love eating there. I sometimes go by myself and the staff is always attentive. Spencer is an awesome bartender. Food is delicious
Incredible, private, cozy atmosphere wit ...
Incredible, private, cozy atmosphere with romance in the air! Having been a Fondue-Newbie at the time, I was walked through every step very patiently and by someone who obviously knew what she was talking about. Great value for the experience, and after we mentioned it was our anniversary we were treated to champagne on the house! Lovely from start to finish.
Service was slow but the servers were gr ...
Service was slow but the servers were great otherwise. There isn't enough liquid in the pots to cook when you have a larger party and really skimpy on the cheese and chocolate compared to Melting Pot. Overall just "ok"
The food was amazing as usual. The littl ...
The food was amazing as usual. The little dipper is one of my all time favorite restaurants.
Great choice for Mother's Day. Whole fam ...
Great choice for Mother's Day. Whole family enjoyed our time there. Great service, great drinks and food. Come here for a special occasion or for date night. Ladies night is always fun too!
Wonderful service. Wonderful food.
Wonderful everything. Sat in a little nook and was romantic and fun. Went for dinner before prom and my boyfriend and I enjoyed our wonderful waitress.
The Little Dipper
Our family took our son here following his graduation from UNCW for an evening out to celebrate his special milestone. The experience was wonderful with great food and OUTSTANDING service from our waitress and the staff. We could not have asked for a better dining experience. We would definitely recommend this to anyone in the Wilmington, NC, area for both a group or couple / family.
Yummy to my tummy
The Little Dipper never fails to disappoint. It is a little pricey, but absolutely worth it.
Excellent food, excellent service!
We went there for dinner on a recent Sunday evening and had a great time. Our server was excellent, very personable, and made the experience that much more enjoyable for us. The food was perfect, and at no time did we feel rushed. We enjoyed a nice, relaxing dinner and would definitely return in the future.
It is the second year in a row we have gone to Little Dipper for our son's birthday. It was just our family of four and we sat at the same table. We had a wonderful time. The service and food was excellent. So much delicious food and the slice of cheesecake with candle that our server brought out was a nice touch! Thank you for another memorable evening.
A MUST Visit Every Time I go to Wilmington
Three of my friends and I went to the Little Dipper for my bachelorette party. I have been a few times, but my friends hadn't. We ordered 2 "dinner for two" options, which was plenty of food and reasonably priced. The best part of the meal is the experience. It takes a while to eat the fondue, but the staff made sure we had an amazing time for the 2 and a half hours we were there. The manager and bartender and waiters are all amazing. I would highly recommend this restaurant. I look forward to visiting Wilmington again, just so I can go there!
worth it! Try it's! Will be back soon,impressed
If your gonna try it! Try it here! Our service experience here was extraordinary,best service ever. The food was above what we expected. The server was the best we have had in a long time. So impressed..........we will be back soon!
Cheese, chocolate, dippins, and service all excellent.
Excellent service, food, and atmosphere
The food was amazing. Usually service is excellent. Not sure why our waitress was not attentive this time. It was not super busy. Don't let that stop you from dining here. Usually the wait staff does a great job.
The dipper is always a delightful experi ...
The dipper is always a delightful experience. Fun, romantic, great service, yummy... A great spot!
We loved that we didn't feel rushed betw ...
We loved that we didn't feel rushed between courses. We were able to laugh, and enjoy the company of friends without jumping from course to course. The waitress recommended fantastic cheeses for our first visit. The meat was fantastic, and everything was so fresh and delicious. Our waitress was knowledgeable, and very attentive.
Nice evening out
went during restaurant week. Great time to introduce fondue newbies. Intimate setting but gets quite loud. Small portions, but maybe because of it being restaurant week. Cheeses wonderful. Main course broth, less so. Little bland. Dessert amazing! Server was great. Overall... Nice evening. Will be back.
Waiter was horrible but food was good
The waiter told us he planned on rushing us through or dinner in order to seat other tables.....seriously. Food was good though. Not saying much though since you cook it yourself.
Perfect place for almost any occasion
The Little Dipper has always impressed me no matter how many times I return. It's a great experience all the way around.
Wonderful experience with my daughter on ...
Wonderful experience with my daughter on Ladies Night. The server was very knowledgeable and the food was fresh and wonderful. Great place for those with food allergies - the food is simple & it is easy to avoid many foods. We would drive a thousand miles to eat here! (Seriously, we did and we will again!)
We had a great time. The only issue was a large group seated infront by the windows were loud and obnoxious and we could hear them from the back of the restaurant. But other than that it was perfect and we will be back.
Our server Samantha was amazing. She was ...
Our server Samantha was amazing. She was very knowledgeable of the menu and didn't rush us. She took her time and ensured we had a full understanding of the dining experience.
First time at Little Dipper and my husba ...
First time at Little Dipper and my husbands first time with fondue! Service was great and atmosphere was even better... Not to mention the food!
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