The Basics is just that - a place where you can experience all the basics of good Southern food - comfort, fresh regional ingredients, and long-standing favorites...


Whether you're searching for a hearty breakfast to start your day, a celebratory dinner with friends and family, a fun weekend brunch or a quick lunch to get you through the workday, we've got your answer right here. The Basics features a collection of traditional Southern recipes with a modern sensibility - using fresh ingredients, locally sourced seafood and produce, and homemade everything. We use only biodegradable paper products, and are a proud member of the Plastic Ocean Initiative, working to keep plastic off of our wonderful beaches. 

"The name is also the mission statement: this casual all-day spot takes staples of Southern comfort food - pimento cheese, fried okra, smoked chicken - and keeps it simple."     New York Times
"Pass the biscuits, please. The name says it all for this Front Street cafe with simple Southern fare from breakfast to supper. Heck yeah, you can get grits at every meal."      Our State Magazine
"Best Brunch in Wilmington"     Focus On The Coast
"Chef/Owner Mary Long brought her touch with contemporary soul food with her from Athens, Georgia. The Basics is an understatement - it lifts familiar Southern standards to new levels. The mantra here is 'made fresh'."    North Carolina Signature Magazine

We've got all the favorites from your childhood side by side with new takes on modern cuisine. So if you're feeling hungry, well, come on in...

Address:        319 N Front St.              Wilmington, NC         28401

Phone:           (910) 343-1050


Hours:           Breakfast   Mon-Fri   8a-11a       Lunch    Mon-Fri   11a-3p         Dinner   Mon-Thur   5p-9p  Fri/Sat   5p-10p      Brunch  Sat/Sun   10a-3p


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Call (910)343-1050 anytime after 8 am to make a reservation or click below. Reservations must be made 2 or more hours in advance, and we do not accept same day reservations Friday-Sunday. Any party of more than 8 must correspond via email ( or via telephone ((910)343-1050) to secure a reservation. Thank you so much and we look forward to having you!

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The Basics has an upstairs mezzanine capable of holding up to 30 guests, ideal for rehearsal dinners, receptions, business gatherings, and private parties. Pricing ranges from $10-$40 per person. For details on your larger group, please contact us at (910) 343-1050, or email us at and we look forward to having you.




Mon.-Fri. 8 am-11 am


Mon.-Fri. 11a-3p


Mon.-Thurs. 5p-9p

Fri., Sat. 5p-10p


Sat., Sun. 10a-3p