Port Land Grille
Port Land Grille

Port Land Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.portlandgrille.com/
  • Phone: 9102566056
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm (or until)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Shawn Wellersdick
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two private dining rooms perfect for your next business dinner meeting, rehearsal dinner or private party from 15 - 65 guests. Private dining (including total buyouts) available 7 days with certain food and beverage minimums applicable. Visit our website for menu ideas, pricing and other private dining information.
  • Private Party Contact: Anne Steketee 9102566056

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Military Cutoff Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Port Land Grille
Port Land Grille has progressive American regional cuisine masterfully executed by chef owner Shawn Wellersdick in a casually elegant coastal setting since November 2000.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Port Land Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (47)fit for foodies (38)romantic (34)notable wine list (27)neighborhood gem (19)great for outdoor dining (16)good for groups (14)hot spot (14)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (5)late-night find (3)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had a wonderful waiter. Ramsey was efficient, helpful, professional and pleasant. Unfortunately the food was not up to our expectations. The egg roll appetizer wasn't hot (obviously an error in the kitchen since it came very soon after it was ordered) Steak was cooked perfectly, but mashed potatoes were icy cold and the sauce for the steak had a very odd seasoning. Seems we arrived on a bad night. Weren't even greeted properly.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Probably the most eclectic menu in the area ! Menu is modified for the season and is always nothing but exceptional !
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent creative cuisine
    Ilmlocaldiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Portland grill is an exquisite restaurant with creative and flavorful cuisine. We had a chicken,duck,goose liver pate which was so delicious my husband who does not eat liver loved it. We also had steak and duck breast cooked perfectly with excellent sides. We will definitely be back often to try the wonder appetizers selection and dessert selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • If you want a sure thing this is it
    Local28403
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I heard about Port Land Grille when I moved to Wilmington in 2002 as being a premier local hot spot. After dining here I knew why. It was that good. Since then Wilmington has had many more restaurants open and give us more selection. Port Land Grille is still on the top of the list. The owners keep this place as fees has if they just opened. Hats off to a great restaurant with great food and excellent service. The bar area is hip for this small town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing night
    Kat123
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I had an amazing time at Port Land Grille. Our waiter was extremely knowledgable and gave great recommendations for food and wine pairings. Everything we ordered was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Port Land Grille, Wilmington, NC
    DiningOut
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    An excellent choice for a special occasion or just to experience great food. We chose two outstanding dishes that were very well prepared to order with bountiful portions (one plate, a prime cut filet mignon, the other, a large piece of halibut, each served with a potato and vegetable side). An appetizer and Caesar salad preceded the entrees. The server offered advice for an excellent wine choice that complemented our meals. The only negative was that we left no room for dessert. We will come again as there were several entrees that made our choices difficult.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great Meal!
    ssadsdhtVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We love it and recommend dining here. The food and the service are always perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Dinner
    Luv2DineOut
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We chose Port Land Grille for our 6th Wedding Anniversary. Every little detail was perfect, from the acknowledgement of our anniversary, to the service, to the food/dessert. It was a great experience and very romantic. Would highly suggest to anyone looking for a dressy, intimate, and quiet meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!!!
    ASM1125
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Port Grill delivered big time! Excellent service and amazing entrees! We were even oohing and aahing over the salads! Fantastic meal!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch-No Ka Oi
    AY3MD
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Delightful dining experience every time. PLG is the best restaurant in town and everyone knows it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was delicious and the service attentive. A white table cloth type of restaurant that is quiet enough for conversation at your table while still being busy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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  • Artful, masterful chef
    DelightfulVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    It has been a while and many countries since we have had a meal so well prepared. High quality ingredients are innovatively and expertly combined to delight the palate. Start with the North Carolina Tureen, not to be missed. Lamb tenderloin was fabulous, filet mignon great. The star of the meal was the coconut cake. Butter cream of the highest order beautifully staged on the plate. The staff is highly motivated and dedicated to making your experience memorable. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We chose Port Land Grille after reading reviews online and scoping recommendations for special occasion places to eat. We are foodies and tend to eat at home because we're great cooks. We only go out if we can find a place that creates dishes that are better than ours. Port Land Grille fit the bill with wonderful tenderloin with a balsamic blue cheese glaze and perfect accompaniments. Their wine selections are lovely and their appetizers are wonderful. We'd definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Wilmington
    DanielS
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was absolutely amazing. The service was top notch. Can't wait to eat there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific!
    LovestoeatoutVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Dinner for 12 was awesome. Great food and great service. Highly reccomend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmetluver
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We have eaten @ Portland Grill before & as always, had a great experience. The food is consistently well done. The service excellent. The staff go above & beyond to satisfy......they succeed beautifully. This restaurant is a gem in Wilmington. Thank you, Portland Grill for a wonderful night. Paul & Barbara Greenman. 🍴🍴🍴🍴🍸🍸🍸🍸👍
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very disappointed...the waitress messed up our order and the female hostess tried to blame it all on us. What ever happened to the customer always being right? Will not go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pork chop
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I had a take out pork chop and the entree was great. I went in to dine with my family the next day and had great expectation... I had the scallop and my uncle had the grouper... The scallop was good (very flavorable, the seasoning is just right-- and the grill flavor is perfect. There were 5 jumbo scallops... So for a big person... You might not get full on it), but my sides (grits and collard) were not up to my expextations... The grits were full of butter killing any tastes that they may have; and the collard taste like collard i buy at the grocery store... Nothing extraordinary... My uncle grouper with some kinds of beans for the sides... His entree was decent... Overall... I like the pork chop the best...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was awesome!!!
    Higgycy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great all the way around!! Can not wait to go back! KS
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DININGDAN
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Found this restaurant online, looking for a place to dine on our first night, that was close to our hotel. Boy, did we hit a homerun! This gem was tucked away in a corner of a large strip mall....a little hard to find. Once through the doors, it was a transforming experience. The ambiance was perfect for intimate dining. Our waiter, Bob, was the most friendly and professional waiter we have ever encountered. ( Southern N.C. charm ) His suggestions were dead on, all delivered with a witty sense of humor. The food was amazing!!....delicious and perfectly prepared.....served like a work of art. The wine suggestion was pared perfectly with dinner. Can't say enough....We hope to visit again when in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always delicious and reliable
    SUPGirl
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Port Land Grill always serves good food and has a wonderful wait staff. One of our favorite go-to spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best in Wilmington
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Port Land Grille has become a regular visit for us for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Some of the entrees are pricey, but there are reasonable alternatives as well. The food has a southern flair, but is otherwise a good steakhouse along with superior seafood. I recommend highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite restaurant!
    ssadsdhtVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We love this restaurant. Our waitress Alli is wonderful. All the food is presented and cooked beautifully.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off night
    RTW22
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We were celebrating a special occasion and were put in a room with a large party which was very loud. There were plenty of tables so we were perplexed at why they would seat us there. When you're spending $160 for dinner, you tend to have high expectations. We asked to be moved and they accomodated us. The food was excellent as always. Our parents had called ahead and requested that they buy us drinks, which never happened. The drinks were on our check. I just think it was an off-night for them, as this is a very quality restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WBFoodie
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Sadly, my husband and I found just ok food at this restaurant. We tried the smoked salmon tartar, vichyssoise, and seared scallops with seafood risotto, spinach and a tomato sauce. There were no specials, and our waitress constantly suggested that we order more food, despite the already large portions. It was surprising to me that during the height of soft shelled crab season, those weren't on the menu. Also, one of the three fish entrees wasn't available. For real farm to table cooking, try Chef and the Farmer in Kinston. In Wilmington, there are other, better choices, including Catch on Market St., Brasserie du Soleil in the same outdoor mall as Portland Grill, or Bento Box in the Forum.
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  • Audrey
    AudreyVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Incredibly impressed with our server! Food at this restaurant is very good-but not outstanding. There is something to please almost any palate which makes it a good choice for groups. Food presentation could be improved.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Very nice, quality food, good atmosphere good servers!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • bobandfran
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We wanted to eat inside. However, there was a terrible smell when you entered the restaurant and it permeated throughout inside. We sat outside which was really nice. The steaks were very tough which was a surprise. They should not have been that tough for the price paid. Waiter was attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not that great!
    Hopethishelps
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had heard mixed reviews on this restaurant, but decided to try it anyway for my husband's 40th birthday. The hostess was awesome and very helpful, but the server was sub-par. The food is pricey so the mind set is that you're going to get a fabulous meal, but that is not the case. The food was not impressive. There are far better restaurants in the area and for less money along with much better service. We had a party of 8 and the review is across the board. We all had different things and no one was impressed. We will not return.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 499 reviews are from the Port Land Grille reviews archive.
  • chik
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We always enjoy this restaurant. Food,service outstanding. We sat at table 10,the waiter was could not have been better!!! The house wine was a bit pricey$11.00 a glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We decided to have mothers birthday here for the quiet atmosphere. It was fine and the food was just ok. I ordered the Italian salad and it was warm. The lobster sliders were disappointing and dry. We also delivered a cake for the celebration and no one remembered to bring it to the table. The waiters tried to give us menus for desert. The experience was disappointing in tes if the food and the prices and the attention to detail.
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  • Ate solo in bar in spite of reserva
    Solofoodie
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Reserved via open table but although I reworked reservation to be for one hostess did not see it or let open table know and I was seated in empty bar area. Not the best ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a destination restaurant
    NCMusiclovers
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This was our second dinner at Port Land Grille, about two years apart, on infrequent visits to Wilmington. Both times we had excellent, flavorful meals, beautifully presented and enjoyed a wonderful array of wine selections; even the wines by the glass are worthwhile. It's a lively place with a small, seemingly always crowded bar. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. This restaurant is worth going out of one's way for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very poor meal
    Beach1
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The ambiance is lovely. The service was good. The shrimp were frozen and tough. The crab was overcooked, extremely salty, and over seasoned. The meatballs were dry, over cooked, and uninspired. The wine was very poor, even after we sent it back and tried something else. In short, the meal was Inedible.
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  • Wonderful Experience
    GreatPlace
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We chose Port Land Grille for our Graduation Dinner and they were very accomodating even though 2 members of our party were running significantly late. The menu was great, food superb, and we could not have asked for better service. I just wish this restaurant were in the town I live, I would be a regular.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Very much enjoyed the food. At our table we shared the salmon, grouper and duck. Every dish had a perfect balance of flavors. Definitely get the coconut cake but you only need one for a table of 4. Good wine list too. Our server was very attentive. Perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    FoodiesUnited
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Another wonderful dinner at PLG. The crab cakes were perfect and the steak was wonderful. The service as was impeccable as always.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with my Son
    dinnerguest
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    My son and I had dinner here and the ambience is very nice. All the wait staff where white jackets and lots of candle light. The food was just ok, I had halibut and he had duck and we shared a crab mac and cheese app. and a oreo cheesecake for dessert. Everything we had was good, just average, nothing to make it memorable. We have had some amazing meals lately at other restaurants and this one just didn't add up. I think you could get the same thing elsewhere for less money.
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  • Our favorite restaurant
    DinersContreras
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We have been dining at Port Land Grille for about 6 years now. This is our favorite date night restaurant. We love the little things the wait staff does to make our night special. The food is always awesome and we really enjoy the local selection plus the seasonal meats offered.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great again
    SGriffin2013VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Our fourth time was again a great experience. Next time we will share the soup. It was very good but too filling for one person. I wasn't able to finish my salmon along with the bottle of wine split between us, so the salmon had to lose out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.