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Board & Barrel Coastal Kitchen, Wilmington, NC

Board & Barrel Coastal Kitchen

3.5
3.5
22 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Board & Barrel is an all-new coastal kitchen derived from Wilmington’s rich nautical history. The indoor/outdoor riverfront bar & restaurant incorporates natural wood planking, vintage inspired finishes and a beautiful open air layout that offers its patrons a truly stunning rustic meets modern ambiance. Board & Barrel’s menu is a creative take on traditional southern recipes reinvented for the modern diner. Using locally-sourced ingredients, head chef William Roberts has designed a menu full of small plates and shareables in order to drive social interaction and conversation throughout the restaurant. Offering all of the sights and flavors of the city, Board & Barrel is Wilmington’s most exciting new concept.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (910) 343-6130
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    William Roberts
  • Private party facilities
    Live music on the pool terrace every Friday from 5-8:00P.M. and Saturday's 12-4:00P.M.
  • Neighbourhood
    Wilmington
  • Parking Details
    Street parking, valet or self park. Please give any ticket taken at gate to your server and the hotel will take care of further parking.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

What 22 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.5
3.5 based on all time ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.5Service
  • 3.3Ambience
  • 3.2Value

NoiseModerate

22 Reviews
  1. ChristyW

    Wilmington

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    It looks like the hotel stuck a few tables in a lobby and called it a restaurant. The bar was very slow, food was ok, but pricey. Overall, probably won’t return due to not wanting to wait, nor sit in a lobby of a hotel to eat

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    One entree of 5 came out first, the next 4 entrees came out 30 minutes later. We were cancelling the order just as they brought out. Wasn’t a great first experience but will try again bc of location.

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  3. Pegsworth

    Atlantic City

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was slow and waitress didn’t check on our meals when delivered. Also brought wrong order of cocktails to the table. Food was below par and too expensive for what we got.

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  4. GaryR

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Unfortunately Board & Barrel is mediocre at best in my opinion. The food is not special by any means, and definitely isn’t a good deal for the price. I ordered the grouper po boy and my wife ordered a chicken sandwich meal. We also ordered the crab dip for an appetizer. The crab dip was the saddest I’ve ever had, it’s obviously some prepackaged frozen stuff they heat up. It tasted like melted cheese that may or may not have had a crab wafted in its direction, and for $13 I expected a little more. The po boy had zero flavor, my wife’s chicken sandwich had some kind of nasty ranch concoction on it and we both agreed we’ve had better onion rings at Burger King. She scraped off the weird ranchy sauce and ate just the chicken which had been pounded so thin that after you scraped off the breading/sauce it was a sad patty. We also sat outside to hopefully enjoy the view of the river... but unbeknownst to us their outdoor seating is a prime cut through from the hotel to the river walk so the entire time people were walking up on us and around our table either entering or leaving the hotel! The service was good, no complaints there. For the location and price it’s not worth it and we’ll never come back. Both our combos were around 13-15 dollars. Honestly a fast food combo at any of them is a better deal and I think tastes better. Be forewarned, waste of time and money with frustration either dealing with people constantly walking up on you from the hotel, or I guess you could take their indoor seating which is practically sitting in the hotel lobby. 👎👎👎

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  5. GeorgeB

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time at Board and Barrel while staying at the Ballast Hotel (old Hilton Riverside). We returned because of our excellent experience the first time. The food was very good. I had the Po Boy Grouper sandwich (a second time). The sandwich was very big and tasty both times. I would order it again. I understand it was a special, so not on the regular menu. It should be added. My wife had the turkey sandwich (with some fancy name) and loved it. It also was more than she could eat. We would go back after the parking in the area is improved (bad due to major construction in the area). For sure if you're staying at the Ballast, you don't need to go off site for a meal.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Located inside hotel. Hostess wasn’t aware of Open Table reservation (wasn’t using system) She was very polite but seemed to be a random hotel clerk that was just stuck on that station. Server was very polite but was alone for the entire restaurant as well as serving drinks on the patio. To say she spent the evening in the weeds is an understatement. The decor was clean and fit the theme of the restaurant. I get what the chef is attempting with the menu but the dishes and combinations seem to be piece mill from noteworthy nearby chefs menus. Overall I’d say the portions are a bit large on the small plates. The overall feel of the food is a bit clunky, perhaps this is just from a young chef and the refinement will come with time. We all thought the restaurant has potential but needs to be managed and staffed as if it is NOW not bare bones and hope that business comes. Although the server was super nice it’s doubtful we’ll return due to the overall disjointed feel of the evening.

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  7. waltb

    Wilmington

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Don't advertise lump crab cake on menu and then deliver shards of crab meat drenched in mayo and sitting on bed of liquid. Not my style. It was more like crab dip. Heirloom tomato salad had more croutons than tomatoes. Entrees were OK but I wish I had known that my scallops would be resting on a bed of cauliflower rice.

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  8. holbar

    Wilmington

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Met some friends for drinks and dinner to celebrate a birthday. First time here. Ambiance was nice, though started to become a little loud as the evening progressed. Sandwiches were very good, prices fair, server was awkward but still attentive and did a great job. We’ll be back again sometime.

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  9. ERINA

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat outside, nice atmosphere. Great service. Great food, everyone enjoyed theirs.

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  10. KristinF

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    My experience was less than the best. My friends and I chose this spot for my bachelorette dinner and had a reservation. While the location, and atmosphere was nice. We had to wait over 1.5 hours before being served our food, and 10-15 minutes for a drink refill. While the food and drinks were good, the customer service was very under par and I wouldnt go back for that reason. The restaurant was not packed, so there shouldn’t have been a reason for such a delay in quality service. I left disappointed overall.

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  11. MissyD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosphere was nice, the food was delicious and the service was amazing. The hostess Ruthie and our server went out of their way to make our experience pleasant. They were amazing and made our night!

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  12. HollyW

    Raleigh

    27 reviews

    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    It took a very long time to get our food. The food was pretty good and the servers were nice.

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  13. Charlie

    Wilmington

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The best I say is "It was okay". Our server - not the hostess- was wonderful. The hostess was very accommodating but dressed so casual, we did know she was the hostess! With all the great restaurants in Wilmington, stay away from this place.

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  14. JimS

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Restaurant was not busy even though we did make an open table reservation. The renovated Hilton, now The Ballast Hotel was very nice. Service for dinner was good. Food was very good, we sat outside. Downside was we had to listen to the Hotel music, not good dinner music, (Led Zeppelin to Country, terrible dining music) need to put some serious thought into the ambiance of the restaurant during dinner hours. We requested a music change, but was told the hotel controlled the music. This should not be something a customer should bring to their attention if they are striving to be a top notch dining establishment as well as a hotel... Should be a given settled by ONE Monday morning staff meeting... Might go back again because of food and location... and to see if the ambiance has improved, will follow up with another interview if so... Location was good, on the river walk!

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  15. VaBeachGuy

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic view and location and good food ruined by painfully slow service.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Restaurant was not busy and service was very slow. There were only 2 other groups and after getting our appetizer the waitress waited another 20mins before she came back and took our dinner order. We were there for 2 hours. Food was good but waitress needs to work on her customer service.

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  17. BarbaraV

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I made a reservation on open table, when we arrived we were the only people in the restaurant. We sat outside for the view, there were quite a few flies. My husband and I ordered a beer which was Luke warm and was exchanged by the waitress. The food was fair .

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Burger was good. Steak sandwich was underwhelming but staff removed from bill

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  19. yumyum

    Wilmington

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I made reservations for 5 of us girlfriends for a birthday dinner on Tuesday night. It was not that busy but they only had 1 waitress and 1 cook. Wine came out "slightly chilled". It took forever to get our appetizer - hummus, and the food was just ok. If they are going to try and compete with other restaurants on the riverwalk, they have a long way to go. Oh yeah, there was no manager working either. Maybe that was the problem.

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  20. BocaFoodie

    Wilmington

    27 reviews

    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Turns out this restaurant is in a hotel. The server was prompt, however, it took a very long time for the food to come out. I wouldn't go there again.

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  21. AshleyS

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is located inside the old Hilton in downtown Wilmington. It’s a good atmosphere, but it does have the hotel feel. We ordered the pimento cheese fondue as an appetizer which was amazing. The food was great and drinks were good. The cucumber spritz was on point, but it was $12. Overall service was great and food was yummy.

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  22. dough

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    since this restaurant is a post renovation eatery that was, and i believe still is, the hotels breakfast place, i was surprised to find it on open table. we booked the mothers day brunch several weeks out for a group of 6. we gave ourselves 2hrs. until our next commitment thinking that was plenty of time for a nice brunch. for some reason the restaurant was unprepared to handle a brunch crowd taking over an hour to get to the appetizers. upon some urging we were able to get the manager to rush the rest of our meal, which was quite tasty, but unfortunately rushed by then. we were surprised by some of the reasons offered e.g. the large table next to you is doing the same thing as you (and equally complaining). overall a nice place for the guests of the hotel but not a destination restaurant.

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Board & Barrel Coastal Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (910) 343-6130.

Board & Barrel Coastal Kitchen is rated 3.5 stars by 22 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Board & Barrel Coastal Kitchen

301 N Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3934

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Wilmington
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street parking, valet or self park. Please give any ticket taken at gate to your server and the hotel will take care of further parking.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    William Roberts
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Phone number
    (910) 343-6130
  • Private party facilities
    Live music on the pool terrace every Friday from 5-8:00P.M. and Saturday's 12-4:00P.M.
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