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Tarantelli’s, Wilmington, NC

Tarantelli’s

4.7
4.7
1538 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Tarantelli’s is located on Second Street, just one block from Front Street and in walking distance to the Cape Fear River. The restaurant and event venue is located in the historic district of downtown Wilmington. This lively area spans 230-plus blocks and is home to some of the best bars, restaurants, churches, architecture, and selection of fine art. There are several parking facilities nearby, but you can also reach Tarantelli's year round via horse drawn trolley and carriage, river taxi, trolley cars, or on foot.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Monday - Saturday 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (910) 763-3806

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Zack Comis

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Cross street

    Dock Street

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Entertainment

    The inspiration behind this restaurant was drawn from our grandfather, Anthony "Tony" Salvatore Tarantelli ("Papa") and our grandmother Mabel Tarantelli. Both Tony and Mabel believed that home cooked food brought family together. Our Papa's love for Italian food came from his father, Salvatore Tarantelli, who was born in the Abruzzo region of Italy in the province of L’Aquila. It is here that Tony began to appreciate Italian cuisine at its purest. Both Tony and Mabel were amazing cooks and deserve the credit for passing on many of our family recipes that we now have the pleasure and privilege to share with you.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,538 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Value

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Romantic

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Special Occasion

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Wilmington

    Best Food

  • Wilmington

    Best Ambiance

  • Wilmington

    Best Value

  • Wilmington

    Good for Groups

  • Wilmington

    Notable Wine List

  • Wilmington

    Outdoor Dining

  • Wilmington

    Romantic

  • Wilmington

    Special Occasion

  • Wilmington

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a group of 6 celebrating two birthdays. We ordered some cocktails, calamari appetizer for the table and meals which were all fantastic! The amount was generous and wonderful! The waitress was attentive and the restaurant was very inviting. I’ll definitely go back!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent, very well seasoned, great flavor
  3. m

    markr

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is consistently high quality and well prepared.
  4. TE

    TimE

    Wilmington

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful outdoor dining experience. We always enjoy Tarantelis
  5. JR

    JenniferR

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was impeccable and all patrons appeared to be having a fantastic time. Our server Mike was attentive without being overbearing so we were truly able to enjoy our date night. I highly recommend and will definitely be back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food coming out was a little slow- but everything else was wonderful.
  7. JA

    JohnA

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, food and atmosphere was outstanding. We used to live in Wilmington for 2 years but never ate at this restaurant. My wife and I have walked past the hotel and restaurant, it always looked inviting. Yesterday during a weekend getaway and with some neighbors we did it. Super happy for the experience and would highly recommend this restaurant. A must visit here in Wilmington!
  8. L

    Lmnc

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Ate at the bar. Bartender/wait person was great!
  9. FR

    FRWH

    Wilmington

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very good, the service was excellent. Do not like their demand for a credit card with your reservation and the $25 charge if you don't don't cancel 24 hours before. What if?? We got there at 5:30 and there was plenty of empty tables.
  10. K

    Karmac

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect meal as always
  11. KH

    KarenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is excellent! It has delicious food and the wait staff are very professional. We will certainly be going there again.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian in Wilmington, period.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect. The service and food were both stellar.
  14. BB

    BruceB

    Savannah

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food and excellent service. Had the veal picatta. It was excellent. Veal was slightly tough but very tasty. The Bruchetta was fantastic and their dirty martinis were wonderful. Highly recommend.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and the food was really really good. Perfect serving size.
  16. TS

    TeresaS

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tarantelli’s was perfect for celebrating my husband’s birthday with our friends. We had a private room with a very large round table that accommodated 8 of us spaciously. Our server was friendly and very attentive. We love this restaurant!
  17. BJ

    BreannaJ

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Service was mediocre. Not super friendly and seemed to be in a hurry every time she came to the table. I ordered my Filet MEdium Rare and it came out Medium Well. Disappointed as I’ve been trying to dine here for several weeks and paid $125 for an ok dinner.
  18. JW

    JenniferW

    Wilmington

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The menu offered so many options, definitely something for everyone! Everyone in our group loved their food, came out in a timely manner as did drinks from the bar. Our waiter was good, he knew the menu well, but I think he had too many other tables as for we had to ask for water refills, and at the end of our meal there was a wait to get things cleared and get out check. We would have ordered dessert however after dropping the dessert menus we did not see him again for over 10 minutes. We will be back, maybe just not on a Saturday night!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!! Service was great, Logan did not rush at all, which we love. Food fantastic; filet mignon bruschetta, salad, veal Marsala and eggplant parmigiana. Make sure you ask for the in house homemade pasta for your side. You definitely need a reservation, we saw so many people turned away because they were so busy.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lucy was the best!
  21. TD

    ThomasD

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was excellent. The ambiance was great,the company we were with made the night special. My veal masala was delicious.
  22. AC

    AnneC

    Charlotte

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Lack of available parking makes total dining experience very negative. Hostess would not seat our party until everyone arrived; we had to insist to be seated. 3of4of us were available. The 4th still looking to park the car. That’s a poor rule when you don’t offer parking.
  23. MA

    MichelleA

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service is always outstanding. This is my favorite place to eat in Wily
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The dining room was quite warm. The window unit was riding the struggle bus to work. I understand it’s the beach & our NC summers are hot & humid however we have marvelous technology to combat those. We ordered fried calamari for appetizer. It was the best I’ve had in a long time. The home marinara sauce was very tasty. Our mains: Shrimp w/pancetta over homemade gnocchi was very good. The made in house gnocchi was divine. But for future serving, take the tails off the shrimp. Leaving the tails on the shrimp inside a dish is messy and ridiculous. The dry aged wagyu filet mignon with side of roasted potatoes was less than stellar. I feel it was not dry aged nor did it taste like wagyu cut, more like a Omaha steak. The potatoes seemed like they were par boiled in super salty water then seasoned a second time when they went under the oven but they were never crispy roasted more mushy with an extreme amount of salt. Super disappointed in my choice of main. Our waitress did her best to keep up with her tables. They have a duty to make one of the pasta dishes tableside where they scrape the inside of a parmigiana wheel light it on fire with 101 Wild Turkey then stir in a 2 person dish of spaghetti. It’s time consuming. The only person getting the show is sever bc they are the only ones who can see inside. The table just sees the outside of the wheel of cheese and things being poured in side. To give the wait staff more time for their tables, the tableside dish should be prepared by someone else as their sole job. This place has potential. A little more quality control and better AC would go a long way here.
  25. JT

    JanT

    Naples

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Ate outside because our corner table wasn’t ready and they wanted to seat us in the middle of the crowded room
  26. G

    Gingin

    St. Louis

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner and excellent server ! He was extremely professional and kind .
  27. j

    jbcabrio

    Wilmington

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food selection was varied and well chosen. We enjoyed sharing their big salads before our main course and everyone agreed it was delicious. The portions are large in the entrees and we had a nice box to take home for the next day. Service was excellent and they couldn’t have been more attentive. We ended our meal with delicious desserts. A great meal!
  28. TB

    ThomasB

    Wilmington

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Definitely over rated. Service was poor not even offered a beverage choice ! Would never go there or recommend this restaurant!
  29. HM

    HaleeMo

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and excellent service! I will definitely be returning!
  30. MK

    MichaelK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    They have a nice outdoor area, but it was too hot so we were provided a hightop which is located adjacent to the bar area. The service was great, food excellent, we are very much enjoyed our experience.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and atmosphere!
  32. T

    Taxprofs

    Raleigh

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose Tarantelli’s for my wife’s birthday dinner and were joined by close friends of ours. The service was excellent and was exceeded only by the quality of the food presented. Filet mignon bruschetta with a balsamic Gorgonzola glaze is one of our favorite appetizers. The pasta flambéed in the wheel of Parmesan cheese is very rich but totally delicious. But you must leave room for the desserts which are a perfect end to a great meal. Make sure you don’t eat much before you arrive so that you’ll be able to appreciate the generous food portions that you will be served.
  33. KI

    KIMBERLYP

    Western NC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was absolutely amazing!
  34. LK

    LoisK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic meal... highly recommend. Not for children.
  35. RM

    RickM

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding Food & Service. Can't wait to return with family & friends.
  36. JH

    JulieH

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our second visit to Tarantellis. It was even better than the first time. Food is delicious and our server was very efficient. We will be back !
  37. CB

    CarlosB

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian restaurant in the area. Went there to celebrate with my bride on our anniversary and loved every thing we ordered. Price is fair. Definitely a returning customer!
  38. LA

    LucindaA

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We've been to Tarantelli's several times with friends & family! The food & wait staff are always exceptional! We will be back, over & over again!
  39. M

    Megan

    Savannah

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I enjoyed the food at Tarantelli’s a lot. My waiter, Josh, was awesome and the food came out quickly. The only downside for me was that it felt really warm inside the restaurant which was very uncomfortable.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and we were not disappointed one bit. I look forward to the next time.

FAQs

Tarantelli’s offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (910) 763-3806.

Tarantelli’s is rated 4.7 stars by 1538 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Google Map for Tarantelli’s

102 S 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Dock Street

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Monday - Saturday 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Zack Comis

  • Entertainment

    The inspiration behind this restaurant was drawn from our grandfather, Anthony "Tony" Salvatore Tarantelli ("Papa") and our grandmother Mabel Tarantelli. Both Tony and Mabel believed that home cooked food brought family together. Our Papa's love for Italian food came from his father, Salvatore Tarantelli, who was born in the Abruzzo region of Italy in the province of L’Aquila. It is here that Tony began to appreciate Italian cuisine at its purest. Both Tony and Mabel were amazing cooks and deserve the credit for passing on many of our family recipes that we now have the pleasure and privilege to share with you.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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