39th wedding anniversary
We enjoyed celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary at East restaurant. As has been our history, we almost always celebrate with the high school prom crowd which is always fun to watch and reminesce. We had an excellent waiter (I believe his name was Brandon) who was knowledgeable about the menu and how the food was prepared. He was discreet and very courteous. We both chose the chef's special four course meal. I had the mahi with the fingerling potatoes and arugula and was very pleased with intermingling of flavors and the fish was delicate and delicious. My husband ordered the yellow fin tuna dish but he wasn't pleased with the combination of food. However, all other courses were excellent.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were one of the first groups to try the new Meatless Monday menu, which was a 5 course tasting menu of vegan dishes. As vegetarians, we are always looking for restaurants that understand vegetarian cooking. We did feel that for the price, the service was not what it should have been. The wait staff spent the evening in the kitchen then delivering our courses. For the couple that had a bottle of wine, they had to pour it themselves. We were asked if we would like another cocktail or wine, once. We would try it again and order from the menu, not have a large group. That should make a huge difference.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Meatless Monday was amazing!
Wow! What a great five course Meatless Monday meal. Can't wait until the next one.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Meatless Monday Dinner
Chef Mark Lawson created a 5 course Plant Based/Mostly Raw dinner for Meatless Monday. The food was incredible. Beautifully prepared and presented. We sat on the Outdoor Dining Deck over looking a beautiful garden and ocean in the background. The setting makes you feel like you are in the Islands. The staff could not have been nicer. They made special arrangements for some of the guests. Lots of positive comments from the people at my table and several of the other tables. We'll be back next 1st Monday of the Month!
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Go for the view
While the service was excellent the food was a bit bland. I ordered crab cakes and they are by far the best in town! The vegetables had no seasoning and were over cooked, the risotto has ok flavor but the texture is not creamy. The flounder was cooked well but again, lacked seasoning.
The largest detractor was noise level, only one other table in the dining room and all we could hear was their conversation. Need something in the dining room to absorb noise.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful outdoor dining
Attractive indoor dining room, but sit outside if weaver permits. Petite options for entrees will be enough food for just about anyone. Very friendly service. A real gem in a serene setting in the midst of Wrightsville Beach.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I appreciated the sleek décor
I appreciated the sleek décor but would recommend either a table cloth on the glass tables or a table top that is opaque and noise absorbing for two reasons
1. when the flatware is placed on the glass it makes noise, when the plates are placed on the glass it makes noise, when the wine bottle is placed on the glass it makes noise, multiply this by the number o customers and servers you get a lot of noise
2. looking through the glass table top at everybody's lap, knees, legs and feet is not appetizing; my eyes should be focused on the food
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for allergies
My sister and I have food allergies and were very nervous about finding a local restaurant that would ensure we were safe to eat. We had an early reservation so there were not a lot of people and the staff was very helpful and catered to what we needed. The food was delicious and safe to eat! The outdoor seating was so beautiful and we had nice service. Be prepared to stay for awhile though because our food was very slow being brought out however it just gave us more time to enjoy the scenery and sound of the waves. We would definitely go again.
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a gorgeous settings
This was a gorgeous settings surrounded by beautiful gardens and sounds of the ocean. The food and service was excellent.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
we had the free breakfast
we had the free breakfast bar every day during our 3 day stay- it had a good variety . our dinner one night was delicious- crabcakes and flounder and shrimp were fresh. we ordered room sevice for lunch twice- club sandwich and dessert were wonderful. we would definetly do this again.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best outdoor dining in Wrightsville
Wow, finally an outdoor restaurant in Wrightsville/Wilmington that has great seafood that is not fried. Would highly recommend this relaxing find. The food was fresh.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first time here. We were seated right away. The service was excellent. The food was very good. I ordered the lobster bisque soup and a Caesar salad. Both were delicious. My husband ordered a steak. He said it was one of the best he's ever had. We both had coffee after our meals. Was excellent. I would definitely recommend Blockade Runner.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nothing could have made our dinner better. Outstanding!
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
10 for $10
The ten for $10 salad was excellent and I had never seen that before. We added the additional tuna or chicken, etc. and it was
even better. We were celebrating my sister's birthday and could not stop talking about how good everything was, even our waitress
Kelly was so friendly. Loved it and want to stay for a weekend at the Blockade Runner.....
7/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful outdoor setting, attentive service, varied menu, prices a bit higher than expected, a trade off for the setting.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This could be much better....
The food here was very good but other aspects of this place made visit here not so good. Wife, daughter stopped at the bar. Their tab was $44. Paid by CC and left the tip in cash($10). A few days later noticed on daughters account, which is tied to mine, that bill was $10 more than the receipt. Found out that the bartender apparently took it upon herself to add $10 extra to the bill. Called the manager and she seemed very responsive and after a couple of days the bill was fixed correctly. Not sure what happened to bartender but I'd be willing to bet she's still there. Anyway, our meal was very good. Service however; was terrible. She did NOT want to be there and it showed. Other than that, it was all good and I was charged correctly.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wrightsville Beach Gem!
We were in Wrightsville for a quick getaway and stayed at the Blockade Runner. Usually I prefer to not eat at the hotel's restaurant but in this case, East had come highly recommended to us. We were excited to eat in the outdoor dining area, near the beach and on the resort's well-manicured grounds. Unfortunately, a thunderstorm prevented us from eating outside but the inside is modern and light with lots of windows so it was lovely. The weather cleared up enough for us to see the moonrise from our table. The food was fresh and delicious - I had trout and shrimp served with risotto and asparagus. My husband had mahi. We both had lobster bisque to start. The wine list, though not big, is varied. Desserts looked great but we were stuffed!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband, son and I thoroughly enjoyed our one day/night at Blockade.
The Dinner was
delicious, attractive and nicely served. Sitting outside was a pleasure.
So with such setting and opportunities offered for so many we
wouldn't change a thing...
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, okay service
The food here was delicious; definitely pricey, but the food was prepared to match. The service, however, was not. The waitress seemed very inexperienced, could not name the four-five beers they had on tap, didn't tell us some of the menu options were unavailable until after we tried to order them, and couldn't describe several of the menu items. My husband and I ate here for our fifth anniversary, so we had dressed up a bit. Most of the other people eating there were dressed in workout attire, jeans, t-shirts, swimwear, and the like. Normally this is completely fine, but the dinner was expensive and we felt very out of place because we were dressed up. Overall the food and atmosphere are great, just don't expect a fancy atmosphere.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed a lovely evening at East with wonderful food, good service, and a relaxed but refined atmosphere. Would recommend and will be returning.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We chose this restaurant to try for our 35th anniversary and enjoyed it immensely. We'll be back soon!
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
They have a great deal on
They have a great deal on Thursday's. The food was wonderful! If you want to try the place out without spending to much money I would recommend the 4 course meals on just to get you started.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM