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The German Cafe

Our family restaurant was formed in 1985 by Alice, Caroland & Harvey Hudson (Jr). Alice brought many wonderful German recipes from her homeland when she relocated to the USA. These recipes formed the basis of the dishes we prepare and serve today. All menu items are prepared the old-fashioned way, from 'scratch' as the saying goes.

We are located in a renovated cotton warehouse circa 1860. The exposed beams and old brickwork add to the old world feel of our restaurant. The charm of The Cotton Exchange created the perfect setting for our old world ambiance that transports you across the Atlantic from the minute you arrive.

We are passionate about serving our customers the best German food, beer, and wine possible. We prepare all of our food and desserts with love, care, and fresh, whole ingredients. We are sure you'll be able to taste the difference when you dine with us for lunch or dinner.


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From the Press


WECT News - 2018

“There is no cookie cutter model like many franchises,  just simple food, consistency and customer service that keeps locals yearning for their seat at a table”


Star News - 2011

“Greeted by smiling servers decked out in traditional German dirndl dresses, eaters may feel as if they’ve taken the redeye to a side-street café in the heart of Germany after they walk into the wood-lined walls of this Wilmington establishment”


Wilmington NC Magazine - 2014

“Plan on dessert. You walk by the most delectable pastries on the way into the dining room. Which will it be? Chocolate-covered cream puffs? Black Forest Cake? All desserts are made from scratch, just like everything else on the menu”

Where to park?

We offer free parking

Enter The Cotton Exchange parking lot on Grace Street. Pull up to the kiosk and touch the screen to get a ticket. Bring the ticket with you when you dine with us and your server can validate your ticket. Your ticket gives you free parking for 3 hours from the time you came in to the parking lot. After that there is a charge per hour.

Purchase a gift card!

Purchase a gift card for a friend or loved one and treat them to the ultimate dinner experience! We've partnered with GiftFly to make it easy for you to buy and send gift cards.

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