Little Dipper is downtown Wilmington’s gem of a restaurant, where flavor and style meet to give you an exceptional dining experience. Fondue taken to extremes, using fresh ingredients and superbly prepared sauces in an intimate setting. No wonder it was named “Best First Date Dining Experience” in Encore Magazine’s 2014 Reader’s Poll.
Fall – Spring: Tues-Sun: Open at 5:00 pm Summer Hours: Memorial Day through October: Open 7 days a week
You won’t find any other restaurant in Wilmington as unique, nostalgic and FUN! The Little Dipper fondue menu includes premium meats, fresh seafood, vegetables and homemade sauces for dipping. Enjoy a night out while you dip assorted breads into hot melted cheese prepared tableside by your server. Try filet mignon with a warm au pouivre sauce, sashimi 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 with a dark chocolate and peanut butter blend. Whether you’re with a large group celebration or out for an intimate dinner for two, Fondue is special and different! Join us soon and get hooked!
Fondue is a Swiss, Italian, and French dish of melted cheese served in a communal pot (caquelon) over a portable stove (réchaud), and eaten by dipping long-stemmed forks with bread into the cheese. It was promoted as a Swiss national dish by the Swiss Cheese Union in the 1930s, and was popularized in North America in the 1960s.
Since the 1950s, the name “fondue” has been generalized for similar dishes in which a food is dipped into a communal pot of hot sauces, such as chocolate fondue, in which pieces of fruit are dipped into a melted chocolate mixture or fondue bourguignonne, in which pieces of beef are cooked in hot oil.
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“We had always wanted to eat at the Little Dipper, and decided to go during Encore’s Restaurant Week. We brought two out-of-town guests and were amazed at how good the food and service were.”
“The experience is unique and fun, but the star if the night for us was the service. Our waiter was great! He helped guide us throughout the menu with great patience and expertise.”
“A 5 star restaurant in my opinion. I love the food.” “I love going to this place, always a treat. A fun place to go for a nice dinner and spend a few hours getting the whole experience of the full meal fondue or just pop in for some cheese or chocolate.”