Where to Eat in Wilmington: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Agatha Simes

Wilmington is a city in and the county seat of Clinton County, Ohio, United States. The population was 12,520 at the 2010 census. At city entrances from state routes, county roads, and U.S. highways, the city slogan of "We Honor Our Champions" is seen, accompanied by signs that highlight various athletic accomplishments from Wilmington individuals and teams. The city features a weather forecast office of the National Weather Service, which serves all of Southwestern Ohio and portions of Kentucky and Indiana.
Things to do in Wilmington

1. General Denver Pub

81 W Main St, Wilmington, OH 45177-2271 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night +1 937-383-4141
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 153 reviews

General Denver Pub

This is the pub in the General Denver Hotel which you have listed as a B&B. The pub does serve breakfast, but only to guests. It's main attraction is for Sunday brunch, but they also have a crowd in the evening for dinner most nights of the week, except Monday when it is closed.

Reviewed By NMDave - Lancaster, Ohio

We so wanted to like this place: a thriving restaurant in an old, restored downtown hotel. When things went well, it met expectations. When they didn't, they really didn't.

The way the staff interacts with customers is interesting. The person who takes your order may not be the one who delivers your food. And the person who asks if your meal is satisfactory might be yet another person. Good concept in theory but susceptible to shortcomings.

My juicy, meaty burger was very good and, for an extra $2, adding an extra patty made it quite the bargain. The choice of sides – I went with a good-sized salad with house balsamic dressing – is extensive.

So far, so good. But the skewer of grilled shrimp on my wife's spinach salad was woefully undercooked. We hailed a passing staffer, who immediately took the shrimp back to the kitchen to rectify the issue. Minutes went by, the spinach salad was half eaten and the shrimp remained in the kitchen. We hailed the staffer again, interrupting a conversation he was having with someone at the bar. A minute or so later, out came the shrimp, and, remarkably, one was still half raw.

Meanwhile:
1: a woman at an adjacent table left most of her fish sandwich untouched because it was so undercooked.
2: when our bill arrived, it included the price of a light beer. My wife had water; I had iced tea.

Good hits. Serious misses. Which is why I gave the restaurant three stars instead of two. But I'm not sure why we would return.

2. Combs Bakery

1221 Wayne Rd, Wilmington, OH 45177-1136 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast +1 937-366-1062
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Combs Bakery

Reviewed By diana1070 - ohio

We stopped here for breakfast before a cross country meet at a Wilmington College. The donuts were soft and fresh! Such great varieties! Cinnamon rolls came with white, cream cheese and maple icing. My daughter had a custard filled, chocolate iced and the custard was chocolate flavored. There were long johns with cream filling, fritters, jelly filled donut holes too. I suspect they sell out fast based on the steady stream of people coming in.
They only take cash or checks, but have an ATM inside.

3. Kava Haus

187 E Locust St, Wilmington, OH 45177-2376 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 937-760-3626
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Kava Haus

Reviewed By Terp2010 - Silver Spring

This coffee shop serves good coffee and coffee drinks. The people are very nice and the ambiance is relaxing. I wish they had some outdoor seating as well, but overall it is a good place to go for coffee with friends or family or to do some work. There is even a fireplace.

4. The Mediterranean Restaurant & Cafe

53 E Main St, Wilmington, OH 45177-2330 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Italian, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 937-382-6300
Excellent
43%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 63 reviews

The Mediterranean Restaurant & Cafe

Reviewed By lloyd w - Indianapolis, Indiana

A cozy old-school place in downtown Wilmington, this is primarily an Italian restaurant, looking at the menu I didn't see many other types of Mediterranean dishes. We had a large party of 8 and they seated us right away and served us quickly. I had the Frutti de Mare, which was seafood pasta in a very spicy red sauce, and it was GREAT, so tasty that I asked for more bread to sop up the last of that delicious sauce. Everyone in our party was very impressed with their meals. It's a bit pricy, but the portions are very good and, as I said, delicious.

5. Dairy Queen

59 Gano Rd, Wilmington, OH 45177-9643 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food Lunch +1 937-382-7198
Excellent
46%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
18%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Dairy Queen

Reviewed By Dave S - Cincinnati, Ohio

Stopped in with my Son to grab a quick bite. It was not particularly busy inside or out. There were maybe two other tables being used. That being said, there was only one table I could use because the rest were dirty. We were there for about 30 minutes and no one bothered to clean even a single table while we were there. They did get my son's order wrong and took a bit of time to fix it. However, everyone was very friendly.

6. Capricorn Inn

6660 State Route 730, Fl 1, Wilmington, OH 45177-8616 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Diner, Bar Lunch, Dinner 382-4357
Excellent
47%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 66 reviews

Capricorn Inn

Reviewed By thedieseldude - Locust Grove, Georgia

While out exploring Wilmington, I stumbled across this little gem away from the beaten path. Although it doesn't look like much from the road, this little mom and pop burger joint has delicious food and friendly service. The fried pickle spears were the best I've ever had, the burger was a little greasy but quality. Heads up: they don't take credit cards, so bring some cash!

7. Jen's Deli

28 W Main St, Wilmington, OH 45177-2237 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Soups, Cafe Lunch, Breakfast +1 937-383-3354
Excellent
51%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Reviewed By AshleyJS33

We cater Jens deli a lot at my work. They have the most amazing BLT and serve a pickle on the side. Their potato salad is also the best I've had. Everything I have tried at this restaurant has been amazing. I've never been to the location or had the coffee shop, but I recommend this place.

8. Fiesta Veracruz Mexican Restaurant

37 W Locust St, Wilmington, OH 45177-2201 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Spanish, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner +1 937-382-1734
Excellent
45%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

Fiesta Veracruz Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By JenniferBlue_22 - Wilmington, Ohio

Fiesta Veracruz is our go to place when we feel like Mexican cuisine. We are always welcomed with smiles, and servers are friendly and attentive. They keep the drinks filled and baskets of corn chips are replaced with full ones almost as soon as you eat the last chip. The food is served piping hot, with generous portions. Everything we have tried has been flavorful and seasoned well.. but not too spicy. You can request for them to spice up your dishes and they happily oblige. The decor is bright and inviting and the restaurant is spotlessly clean. We feel welcomed and appreciated, it's like our home away from home. If you are in the area, and want Mexican food..Fiesta Veracruz is the place to be!

9. Sams Meat & Deli

1209 W Locust St, Wilmington, OH 45177-2057 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 937-382-6386
Excellent
79%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 14 reviews

Sams Meat & Deli

Reviewed By Christopher M - Springboro, Ohio

In addition to being the highest quality meats shop and deli in town. Sams is also a great little breakfeast and lunch spot with reasonably priced sandwhiches and specialties. It has a large beverage selection an an expecially good ham egg and cheese on crosiant I got on my most recent visit. The staff was friendly and helpful as well. Can't say enough good about Sams.

10. El Dorado

1426 Rombach Ave, Wilmington, OH 45177-1947 Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 937-383-3763
Excellent
46%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
11%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

El Dorado

Reviewed By 816mig - Sioux Rapids, Iowa

The fajita taco salad was Fabulous.
But...our server had no personality. When he asked how everything was, I started telling him that it was fantastic, but he turned & walked away as I was telling him, like he could have cared less.
Now this does not mean that I wouldn't eat there again, because if I lived here I would be a regular patron.
Nice decor. Our waiter was probably having an off day.
It's the little things that make a great place.

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