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The Basics

319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
+1 910-343-1050
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (61 reviews)
“meatloaf” (31 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3908
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

They are celebrating 10 years in the Wilmington market. We visited several times during their first year. We drove in from Atlanta and were looking forward to some comfort food. They now take reservations. OMG I didn't think we would be seated but alas we...More

Thank Viviancumming
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Stopped for breakfast. Not a huge menu but looked good. Service could be better. Never asked if everything was ok. Wasn't that busy.

Thank JudyH2007
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

It was a Sunday morning, and we wanted brunch, bad. As we strolled by we decided to try out The Basics. It was busy and we had to wait for about 15 minutes for a table, but busy usually means it’s good. We got in...More

1  Thank Claira K
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

We had to wait about 15 minutes but it was a nice lunch. Wide variety on menu. Food was good and freshly prepared. Good location at cotton exchange. Can park on street in front of restaurant. Then afterwards we walked around at shops nearby.

Thank 28412traveler
Reviewed 18 October 2017

The friends who we were visiting in Wilmington suggested we dine here and it didn't disappoint. Great souther-style cooking with great variations on seafood, chicken and meat dishes. Both the meatloaf and smoked chicken entree's (with greens, of course), were phenomenal.

1  Thank hoffmanter
Reviewed 12 October 2017

I've been resident in the USA for two years now and despite eating out on a fairly regular basis, I can't say I've ever truly enjoyed a meal, nor felt like I was a guest rather than something to be processed on a conveyor belt......More

1  Thank Andy P
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Located in the historic Cotton Exchange this quaint restaurant will not disappoint. I ate here on a week night with a group of 20 people. I had pesto crusted salmon which was superb. Their crab cakes and fried green tomatoes appetizers were delicious. There are...More

1  Thank MacRanger
Reviewed 5 October 2017

We dined at The Basics last night before a show. We were in a big hurry and they were a little crowded. Nonetheless, they seated us promptly and our server was excellent. They were out of the item my wife ordered so, instead of coming...More

Thank travelbug49673
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Order just about anything on the menu and you will be pleasantly surprised! Very good selections of variations on Southern standards. Funky and fun!

Thank lucca041
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Very family friendly with a great menu of a nice mix of comfort food and more upscale selections. Wait staff is friendly and attentive. Obviously a well loved local place to dine. Dining room is rather small so call to see what the situation is....More

1  Thank FallsChurchVA
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Debbie P
28 December 2016|
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Response from Tim B | Reviewed this property |
I think you posted your question in the wrong place. The is a restaurant.
Anne P
24 August 2015|
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Response from Kitty K | Reviewed this property |
C W Worth B&B. Camellia Cottage
Gary W
5 July 2015|
Response from Gary W | Reviewed this property |
If you are asking about Wilmington I don't know for sure, but I don't think so. If you're asking about Cancun and Villa del Palmar, we had transportation from the airport, but had to pay our own way back.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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