About The Little Dipper
Wilmington, NC 28401
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: (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
This is the best restaurant in Wilmingto ...
This is the best restaurant in Wilmington. The menu is interesting and creative. The cocktails are very tasty, and very strong! No watered down drinks here. The prices are very reasonable for the quality of food. What sets The Little Dipper apart in a town full of great restaurants is the exceptional service. Our server, Alex, was friendly, prompt, and accommodating while possessing the important understanding of when to give diners space to enjoy the meal. Hearing we were visiting from out of town and unsure of what to do on our vacation, she put together a list of local must sees for us. She was very welcoming and sweet to our toddler son, bringing out a small plate of grapes and apples just for him before the meal. The whole staff was attentive, warm, and welcoming. We left feeling as though we made new friends in a new town. Don't miss out on this gem!
LOVED the Little Dipper!! We had been t ...
LOVED the Little Dipper!! We had been to its better-known competitor/chain restaurant several times in the past and definitely enjoyed it, but the Little Dipper had unique twists that made us wish we lived in Wilmington so we could be frequent customers.
The decor is playful and cozy, with narrow hallways, fun fabric stretched on canvases, modern light fixtures, and an iridescent aquarium filled with ethereal jellyfish.
We made a 5:00 reservation and were quickly seated at a corner booth with high partitions that gave us privacy and enhanced the feeling of romance. Our server was Samantha and she was WONDERFUL!! We've been to fantastic restaurants around the world, and she is up there with some of the best servers we have had.
Samantha greeted us enthusiastically and let us know that she wanted us to really enjoy our experience and to feel no need to move on to the next course before we were ready. She made a great beer recommendation for my husband, and as we made our choices for each part of the meal her suggestions truly made our meal outstanding - most notably her encouragement for us to try several of the sauces on the menu that we would not have tried otherwise. The Fontina Cheese fondue was light and delicious, and the Caribbean Jerk BBQ was FABULOUS, just like Samantha had advertised - we would have bought a bottle of it to take home if it was available! As is crucially important for fondue, the meats were perfectly prepped and fresh (and we were given great instructions for cooking times).
We probably shouldn't have gotten the "Supreme" dessert plate, but it was worth every single calorie!! The cream puffs were such a creative idea, the Oreo's were decadent, and the pound cake was beautifully moist (much better than their competitor's). Best of all was the to-die-for fondue - "Black and Tan" - dark chocolate, caramel and freshly ground Himalayan Pink salt.
A return trip to Wilmington will definitely include The Little Dipper.
Our meal was excellent, service really g ...
Our meal was excellent, service really good too! Only complaint is that the restaurant was almost empty and they seated us next to a party of four who were really loud. But they quieted down once they started eating. This was a great experience, especially for one of our party who had never done a fondue dinner before. She raved about how great it was, even 2 days later! Thanks again for a wonderful experience.
The food was fabulous and our server was ...
The food was fabulous and our server was very attentive. he even ran out to find me with the rose I had accidently left behind!
I am a HUGE fan and try to reserve a table a few times a month. Tuesday is locals night and Wednesday is Ladies night. Great meal deals :)
Original fondue was excellent; liked tha ...
Original fondue was excellent; liked that it comes with a variety of bread, veggies, and fruit. Dark chocolate dessert fondue was delicious chocolate; dried apricots were hard as a rock.
Caesar salad had “too much” dressing on it and anchovies, which I usually like, were more “boney” than I remember.
Carrie provided knowledgeable and friendly, responsive service. Had to push a bit to obtain an a la carte menu, so that we could just have a cheese fondue dinner.
The overhead fan was on high at one point, and it was uncomfortably chilly until we finally requested it be turned lower (which they did).
Overall, a fun experience.
Our dinning experience was more than- di ...
Our dinning experience was more than- dinner with our neighbors! It was an event! Enjoying well made drinks, choosing our meal - learning different cooking methods, cooking the food, discussions, experiencing fondue - it is like a culture all of its own to eat at The Little Dipper! We all had a great time. Thank You!!!
Great service, helpful in ordering which ...
Great service, helpful in ordering which was overwhelming at first. . . Not a place to go for a quiet, romantic dinner. There seemed to be a couple little nooks for 2; ask for that if you want to have easy conversation. We will return for the chocolate fondue; didn't have time to enjoy that part of the menu.
I've been to a few fondue restaurants, t ...
I've been to a few fondue restaurants, this one was not one of the best. Portion sizes are very small compared to others and the atmosphere is not as "romantic" as is expected. Our server was great but a tad pushy recommending the most expensive item on the menu several times.
Our server was unbelievable. She knew ev ...
Our server was unbelievable. She knew everything about everything and helped guide us through the menu and different courses. She made delicious recommendations as well. The food is better than Melting Pot, and the whole experience made us feel like we were not at a chain restaurant, but someplace special. The sauces...we loved all of them. They were so delicious.
We had a wonderful time at the Little Di ...
We had a wonderful time at the Little Dipper celebrating our daughter's 25th birthday. Our table was in a great location and was ready for us at the appropriate time. Our server Patrick had a fantastic personality and thoroughly explained the fondue procedure to all of us-- including our 9-year-old son!
The food was fresh and beautifully presented; the cocktails were delicious and the half-priced bottles of wine were an added delight. We learned new recipes and had a wonderful time cooking our own food.
The chocolate dessert fondues were sumptuous, and the special on-the-house cheesecake Patrick presented to our daughter was unexpected but greatly appreciated.
We had an A+ experience, and will definitely return to the Little Dipper!
The food was descent enough. I had ravio ...
The food was descent enough. I had ravioli so it was hard to keep it from falling into the pan, I figured it out towards the end of the meal but did not eat them all it annoyed me. Service was ok, I felt like everything was rushed from the time we sat down to deciding what we wanted to order and it was difficult to see the menu, poor lighting. The server knew the menu fairly well so she was able to explain the process, she just seemed a little off (forgetful). However, once we received our food we were able to relax and converse yet it felt like we had to scream to hear one another not because the place was packed but the acoustics are just that way. All in all we had a good time and will probably return for special occasions; the concept is neat.
The Little Dipper should not be ranked t ...
The Little Dipper should not be ranked two dollar signs ($$) It is three to four ($$$ - $$$$). What should be included are extra. Portions extremely small and variety limited. Flavors not there, almost everything was bland. Was made to feel unreasonable asking for more dipping bread.
Our first visit but definitely not our l ...
Our first visit but definitely not our last! Service was splendid. The food was delicious. A very enjoyable experience. If you enjoy fondue, you will love The Little Dipper. Arrive early and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
I love going to the Little Dipper. It ha ...
I love going to the Little Dipper. It has been a spot to go to with friends for years. This week my best friend and I took our boys, 3 and 5, with us. We were both wondering how it would go. They had a kids menu which I didn't now about and was very happy to find they had! The boys had a blast eating cheese and cooking their own food! We will definitely be back with and without the kids again!
I absolutely love the Little Dipper. I d ...
I absolutely love the Little Dipper. I drive an hour just to come to dinner here. This is the second time I have been for a birthday and the staff goes above and beyond to make the experience memorable. The food is delicious and there are a lot of options to choose from. I enjoy their bar menu and the drinks are very good. I have also taken some work colleagues here and we had a great experience. Right on historic front street, but not in the middle of the loud scene. I highly recommend!!
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