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The Basics

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319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
+1 910-343-1050
08:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 21:00
Sat 10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Castle Hayne, United States
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is traditional southern fare. It is good but not great. Service was a bit slow. Overall, there are many better restaurants in Wilmington, NC.

Thank Richard S
Rocky Mount, United States
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had heard this place was great but I did not find there was much variety on the dinner menu. It was also highly priced for dinner. I would suggest going for lunch.

Thank tobeyw2017
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had lunch with a coworker during a conference in Wilmington and tried the Basics. Very nice local place with a variety of menu options. I had the chicken salad as a sandwich and it was excellent; very flavorful and quite generous in portion. My coworker had a salad and it too was very generous. Great place for lunch in the... More 

Monroe, North Carolina
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Visited Easter weekend for the first time. We lucked out by eating lunch here. Food was excellent and our waiter couldn't have been nicer. Will definitely go back when we are in town again.

Thank Karen M
Midlothian, Virginia
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

The Basics restaurant was great. My wife and I had crab cakes and a salad both were very good. Had to wait several minutes for a table, they were busy. We had dinner but menu looks like good for lunch and dinner. My sister in law had the meatloaf and said it was great.

Thank 298Dave
Plano, Texas
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We went for Sunday brunch. Located in a nice historical area. Billed as southern comfort food. I got the southern eggs benedict....not great. Too much going on. But everything was fresh and the atmosphere was nice and the wait staff attentive.

Thank Marla3212
Wilmington, North Carolina
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

I've been here a few times, this is one of my favorites. I've gone and had breakfast from the menu and went once for brunch and ordered off their blackboard menu. I absolutely loved my meals. I recently went with some friends for dinner. Our friends ordered the 1/2 chicken and the shepherd's pie and neither was impressed or finished... More 

1 Thank alarhette
Wilmington, North Carolina
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43 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Seven friends had reservations at The Basics before we went to Gypsy at Thalian. Our waitress, Katelin, was very good and attentive. She suggested the appetizer on special which was a warm sweet potatoe cheesecake topped with onion jam which was an excellent choice. I had beef short ribs with collards and mushroom risotto. The two sides were very good,... More 

Thank Kathy M
Surf City, North Carolina
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269 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

We went to The Basics for dinner before seeing Pippin at the CFCC Wilson Center. We did not have reservations, but were able to be seated at a high top by the bar on the street level. The owner said reservations were recommended on Theater nights because they were one of the closest restaurants to the Theater. We started by... More 

Thank GeorgeH-LI_NY-ExPat
North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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242 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We were shopping in the Historic District of Wilmington and asked a shop keeper where to eat. She said she would got to Basics and would go there every night of the week if she could. Originally being from the NYC area we have been disappointed with many of the restaurants that we have tried in the Wilmington area -... More 

Thank Larry62NewJersey

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-343-1050

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?