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The German Cafe

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$$ - $$$
German, European, Central European
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316 Nutt St, The Cotton Exchange Building, Lower Level, Facing the Hilton, Wilmington, NC 28401-3919
+1 910-763-5523
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:30
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 20:30
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A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is an extremely great place. Super delicious German food, and a good atmosphere. We all had a great time - the wait staff was awesome and did everything we wanted. Will certainly go back the next time we are in Wilmington.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Roanoke, Virginia
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We visited the cotton exchange this summer and ate at the German Cafe. I had a delicious ham sandwich and a fabulous cake for dessert. I would recommend stopping by if you are in Wilmington. It's such a beautiful location. The staff was very friendly and the food was on point.

Thank Annemarie M
Raleigh, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

My wife and I decided to give it another go, service is always good, ordered each the Jager schnitzel, for dinner. Portions were meager food was bland very pricy. Not like in Germany. I will continue to make my own.

Thank pa777888
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

The best German food I have ever had stateside! The service is top notch, the food is delicious, the decor makes me feel like I'm back in Germany. The desserts are freshly made and really top of the whole experience!

Thank Devin M
Shelby, N.C.
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had lunch here. The staff was very welcoming on entering. You pass the dessert case on entering and we bought a strudel to go before we even sat down. We had an order of pork schnitzel with German potato salad and exchanged side salad for red cabbage. It was delicious. We also had lunch special of... More 

Thank Travel236
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

This is a good hidden gem. We have had dinners here at least 6times each year for the last 8 years. I've only ever had 1 "ok" dinner the last 8 yrs and I'm pretty sure the normal cook was off. Husband loves the wiener platter and I like the reuloden ! The desserts are homemade and TO DIE FOR.... More 

Thank Melissa J
Esperance, New York, United States
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Happened across this place on a rainy day while shopping in the cotton exchange. The food was excellent, and the desserts were absolutely the best. Very reasonably priced, our lunches were only about $8 per person and we left very full.

Thank Brittany S
Los Angeles
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

My colleagues and I came here for dinner on the eve of the Azaleas festival and the place was empty! As a guest to this area, I'm thinking, am I at the right place? Would my friends take me to a terrible place for dinner? I can't speak to why the place was empty but it's not because of the... More 

Thank sunking1899
North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Just what I was after - a draft brew and a german wurst with kraut and potato salad. The waitress was friendly and attentive, the food was served quickly, and the price was reasonable. The taste was exactly what I thought it should be and seemed authentic (it's been 40 years since I actually visited Germany so I'm not an... More 

Thank Jimmy L
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent German cafe. Some of the best German food in the USA! Brats were perfect and the beer was also. I will certainly go back for more. Also the waitress was super good.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
German, European, Central European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 316 Nutt St, The Cotton Exchange Building, Lower Level, Facing the Hilton, Wilmington, NC 28401-3919
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-763-5523

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