We have come to celebrate all our special occasions at the Port Land Grille. This time is it was our choice for celebrating my wife's birthday. The folks who own it have a way of showing they appreciate your business and the food is always prepared perfectly. When friends visit, we also recommend they have at least one meal there while they are in town. Wilmington is a town full of really good restaurants, but after years of "trying them all" the Port Land Grille stands out as the best in my book.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had the best meal we've ever eaten in Wilmington. I loved the pear and gorgonazola salad and the ahi main course and my husband said the beef tenderloin melted in his mouth. Save room for dessert, because a plate of multiple desserts is the way to go and they are all wonderful, especially the coconut cake, even though I'm rarely a coconut fan. The special touch of anniversary confetti on our table surrounding the elegant single yellow rose to help us celebrate was a thoughtful gesture. The service was impeccable and everything was timed perfectly from the kitchen!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is one of the best restaurants
This is one of the best restaurants in Wilmington.
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, stuffy service.
The wait staff was a little stand-offish. Perhaps this is part of the ambiance but I expected a little more southern hospitality. Food was amazing! One of our party had food allergies and the waiter was not at all helpful with suggestions. I have never been served fine white wine before without the benefit of the bottle being placed in a chilling bucket!
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
New favorate place to dine
Port Land Grille - where have you been all of my time while in Wilmington? This place has probably THE BEST FOOD and peesentation hands down! This is now our new favorate dining experience. It has everything from steak to fresh seafood, to outside the norm pâtés. Service was perfect; and the place forces you to relax. Reasonable prices, and a refreshing alternative to any chain restaurant (to include Ruth's Chris). Went there for a birthday dinner because of reviews and if you like a somber / not every server clapping at your table, than this is just one of many reasons you NEED to spend your night with Port Land Grille; overall... Perfect!
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently amazing food
My family and I love to visit Port Land Grille, and especially love their creative dishes that never fail to impress. Over the last several times we have visited this restaurant, we have tried different appetizers than just the Farmer's Market salad (my personal favorite salad). Every appetizer was great and had a lot of flavors. Don't be afraid to try new things at this place!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
I used opentable to make the reservation and placed a little note asking if they could do a little something for my parents'anniversary. Our server was welcoming and congratulatory, the table had tasteful confetti, and the overall experience was wonderful. A very nice touch to go along with what we already knew would be a great dining experience.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Anniversary dinner in Wrightsville
My husband and I enjoyed a nice dinner out celebrating our anniversary at Port Land Grille. A co-worker/friend had recommended it. The food was excellent and very, very fresh. My husband ordered the 14 oz Ribeye and said it was one of the best he's had. He normally orders a Filet at any other restaurant but was impressed with the quality. The bar was overcrowded (which was disappointing for us, but was great if you are looking for a lively scene). The Blue Crab Claw appetizer was delicious and I highly recommend it.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great, but the
The food was great, but the service was really disappointing. The lady acting as hostess (because she was in many of the pictures in the entryway we assumed she may have been an owner) confirmed our reservation and said they were cleaning our table to seat us soon. Meanwhile, couples without reservations were seated ahead of us. I waited a while in case there was something I missed and when I went back to ask how much longer she asked who I was (no one else was waiting). The waiter was frequently distracted and regularly dismissed us in favor of older patrons (assuming he thought they would spend more than us). He brought our bill for signature at the end and said "someone must have thrown it in the trash." It was crumpled and gross.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was an excellent meal and we received very attentive service. The food was creative with a southern twist -- especially the collard and sweet potato sides. This will be on the top of our list whenever we visit Wilmington. This is one of the best restaurants we have been to this year. Don't miss the coconut cake!
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best in North Carolina
It is certainly a pleasure to discover a beach restaurant that not only delivers gourmet takes on fresh seafood but gets everything else right as well. From the beautiful decor to the professional service this is one resort restaurant that doesn't suffer from " if we can just get each tourist once quality doesn't matter" syndrome. I recommend you order salads and small plates to share before moving on to the the artfully prepared entrees. This is southern foodie experimentation at its best and won't disappoint. Also, ask the professional waitstaff to make some recommendations. These folks know their stuff! Port Land Grill is a must stop in Wrightsville Beach!
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Two impeccable dining experiences
PLG was a highlight of a recent trip to Wilmington with my husband. Our waiter was friendly, but unobtrusive. His suggestions were spot-on. I appreciated that he mentioned that PLG portions are more than ample and that we might want to share an appetizer. The crab cake arrived, beautifully arranged on a bed of expertly seasoned lima beans. The crab cake itself was magnificent, lightly sauteed and topped with small pieces of applewood smoked bacon. The green goddess tartar sauce was the perfect accompaniment. Taking an oft-overlooked sauce and making it outstanding - just one example of PLG's attention to detail. I was so impressed, I returned three days later with 2 friends. Another excellent evening. Do not miss the beet salad - superb!
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wilmingtons best dinning experience
June 20th I surprised my girlfriend by taking her to Portland Grill to celebrated our year-and-change anniversary. I had not previously been to this restaurant, but several people highly recommended it. I can say without a doubt that this place is the best restaurant in Wilmington. I was warned that Portland Grill was a bit pricey. So I expected for my bill to be outrageous. Especially since my lady and I both had cocktails, an appetizer, two glasses of wine, and two entrees. With that being said, our bill was only slightly above $100. Which is extremely reasonable considering how amazing the fair was (I wish I could say the same about the $40 I dropped on falling asleep during the movie Monster University). I highly recommend Portland.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Going back again, again, and again!
This place is absolutely the best restaurant in the Wilmington area. Starting with the service, which is top-notch, and the food, which is the star of the show, everything is first class. This place could easily rival the best in NYC, Boston, and LA. If you haven't been here, do it soon. You will not be disappointed!
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent dining experience
We had a very nice first experience at this restaurant. Food was very good, excellent wine and very attentive service in a nice quiet setting out on the patio. We will definitely be back.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
The salmon was done to perfection.
The salmon was done to perfection. Outstanding food and service was terrific.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The expereince of dinning at a great restaurant is hard to find in most areas. However, Port Land Grille was one that did not disappoint at all . The food, service and ambience was exactly what we wanted after traveling and being away from our summer home. We highly recommend this establishment for a great evening dinning experience .
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top Tier choice for dining
We dine at Port Land Grill on special occasions. Valentine's Day, birthdays or when the stock market or clients are good to us! This place is special. While service is very good the food excels our expectations. Expect an eclectic menu and your choice to be excellently prepared and served. The wine menu is sophisticated and deep. Your server knows their stuff and can fit a wine with whatever you choose as a main course.
Their pricing reflects the high quality of the food and service. Having said this the restaurant does offer a "simple fare " selectiion with adequate choices of high quality main courses with a number of choices of side items included in their offering.
Port Land Grill is a fine choice for an excellent dining experience.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thoroughly Enjoyable Experience
We had dinner at Port Land Grill on a Thursday evening in late June....seated promptly for our 6:30 pm reservation at a nice window table overlooking the small pond at Lumina Station. Our waiter, Keith, suggested we share the chopped salad since it was quite large....an excellent recommendation and a delicious salad...a full portion would have been a meal by itself. Excellent bread and a citrus compound butter came just before salad was served. The 8 oz beef tenderloin and large cowboy rib eye steak were both delicious with outstanding sauces....sides of au gratin potato, mushroom, twice baked potato and young green beans were also delicious and beautifully presented. We will return!
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service were
The food and service were excellent. Our only disappointment was that after reviewing the menu online they were out of a few of the dishes that had convinced to go there. Still very good.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best meal so far.
We had a large group and everyone's dishes were excellent. We have rarely, if ever, disappointed by the food or service. Out son had the bison (2nd time this vacation, so it must be good! We have been coming to WB for many years on vacation and one of the first places we want to come back to is Port Land Grille. Make it your destination too!!
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Dinning for a Special Occasion
We enjoyed Port Land Grill on our visit to the beach. We took family to the grill for a special night out. The food was very good and the atmosphere was nice. Everyone was friendly. I would dine at the Port Land Grill again for a special occasion. The New York Strip and the Grouper dish were exceptional and you must try the Maine Lobster Roll sliders to start your meal off right. We ended our meal with the coconut cake with mango sauce and strawberries, enough for two or more. Cocktails were also enjoyable, especially the almond joy dessert drink.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great experience
I had duck and my spouse had beef- both entrees were excellent. Both the food and the ambience were fantastic. Loved the view of the garden and the patio fountain. This place is really special.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reliable spot for a nice night out
Port Land Grille is pretty obviously "the" nice restaurant in Wilmington. Nothing super surprising or exciting, but everything you expect out of a fine dining experience competently done. A nice cocktail list, a large wine list, and a well-rounded menu of familiar favorites. Service was a tad slow, but we were there on a busy Saturday night, so it was perhaps to be expected. You can wear shorts, but wear your fancy shorts, and a button up shirt.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for out anniversary and it was amazing. We are never disappointed when we dine at Port Land Grille! Our waiter was great and very helpful/knowledgable about the food.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would have to say that I was very impressed with my dining experience at Port Land Grille and I look forward to return soon.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good restaurant
This establishment is a very good place where the food is always very good to excellent. They will be careful not to overbook like they did this past Saturday night. There were many couples, four tops and larger groups that had to wait over 30 minutes for their reserved table. If this situation isn't addressed, this establishment can fail very quiclkly, as customers will not consistently wait over 30 minutes for their table
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Upscale dining at Port Land Grille
My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Port Land Grille this past week. It was our first time at this warm and elegant restaurant.
We shared a 28 ounce aged Kansas City strip steak, which was more than big enough for the two of us. The steak was tender and delicious, cooked perfectly. The side dishes were excellent too: a large portion of sauteed spinach, scalloped potatoes, and mushrooms in a rich and delicious sauce. We also ordered a side of onion rings, and they were excellent too.
The waiter (whose name I did not get) was professional, efficient, friendly, and funny. Overall, a perfect dining experience, and we'll be back soon.
Port Land Grille has moved to a top spot on our list of favorite restaurants in Wilmington.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always make time to visit Port Land Grille whenever we are on the coast. The kitchen and the floor seem to operate seamlessly and I know that is because of the attention to detail of the owners. Always have trouble deciding between just having appetizers or having a entree. So many wonderful choices! Never disappointed.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Wilmington Find
We picked Port Land Grille mostly because it was close to the hotel where we were staying . The weather was terrible and we didn't wnat to drive into the downtown area. We found the food to be very good in a nice, relaxed but classy environment. Would definitely go back.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Each year my husband and family make a trip to the beach. We always have
Dinner at Port Land Grille wonderful food and service.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service is great....we received special sprinklings of heart confetti on table for the anniversary couple......apppetizers recommended by waiter were wonderful.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great meal!
We are never disappointed when we eat at Port Land Grille! The food, service and atmosphere are always impeccable! We look forward to our next meal there!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was amazing and the service was good. Loved the ambiance. Would visit again.
8/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love this place, the food is always perfect as is the service!!!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy dinner great service
Had dinner for the first time at Portland Grille and really enjoyed it. Had Portugese clams appetizer, which was not very good, but entrees were excellent. My husband had the veal chop, mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. Veal was cooked perfectly and the creamed spinach was as decadent as creamed spinach should be. I had the spiced duck, which was also cooked perfectly. All sides - farro, dates, peas were nice compliment to the duck. The duck had a great grilled flavor, but the fat was not crisped, which is my preference. We had to wait a little while for our entrees, but the waiter was attentive and friendly. Would definitely go back and recommend to anyone.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Dining, cozy atmosphere
I have been several times to this restaurant, most recently for our anniversary. It is a high quality restaurant with a very personable and attentive staff. The presentation of the food is beautiful and the food is long on variety and flavor. We both had the Kansas City steak, which is a dry-aged bone-in NY strip that is ridiculously good. The chef cooks it a little on the rare side compared to other restaurants, which I like, so take that into consideration when telling them how you want it done. The coconut cake is creamy sweet goodness, and there is a good selection of after dinner drinks and wines. It's not cheap, but the prices are appropriate for the quality of the food & service.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in Wilmington
A classic. If you're in the Wrightsville Beach area, you must visit PLG. Chef Shawn always delivers quality food with the very best ingredients. The wine list is stellar also. Coconut cake is the best in the world. Promise.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dinner! Steak was a
Great dinner! Steak was a bit overcooked but had great flavor. very nice evening- great service and an overall wonderful experience.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
May be Wilmington's finest
The food and service was incredible. We went for a special occasion, but I would recommend it to anyone looking for a gourmet taste treat. Truly a find for us - but not easy to find unless you know exactly where you are going. Kudos to the chef and servers for making our evening special!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everyone should go and eat
Everyone should go and eat at the Port Land Grille. Afterwards you will find yourself thinking about when you can go there and eat again because it was so good!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best In Wilmington
The service is great, decor and tables very nice - but the food is what takes center stage here. There is also a shared plate and just from the grill option for the smaller appetite and budget.
My sirloin was excellent and prepared perfectly with homemade grits and delicious spinach. I even opted for the $5.00 horseradish sauce however it wasn't needed. My wife enjoyed the free range chicken and especially loved the barbeque sauce. Please don't miss their coconut cake - it is their signature dessert! (hint, hint) Please try this gem for a special occasion and I believe it will be your new favorite, too!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing experience through and thro
Took the girlfriend out to dinner here. Amazing wine list, great artisan cheeses, and a fantastic venision dish. Everything was fresh and seasonal. The service was impeccable and the atmosphere was great.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We go to this establishment
We go to this establishment on a regular basis and are always pleased with the experience. The food, wine and service are always extremely good and this night was no different. We recommend this restaurant as one of the top places within Wilmington .
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wife and I wanted to try someplace new. When we arrived, the noise level was off the charts. There was a large birthday party in the bar, and upon receiving some complaints, the restaurant offered this group their own private room at no charge. The group, apparently from Wrightsville Beach, was offended by the offer (just can't please some folks) and left. At once, the noise level was well within acceptable limits.
The food was outstanding, and on par with many costlier establishments. We will be going back.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was good but I
The service was good but I felt it took a little longer than it should have for the food to come out. It was delicious and cooked properly.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very fine dining. My vote
Very fine dining. My vote for the best restaurant in the Wilmington area. Very good presentation and a diverse and creative menu.
Also the portions a quite generous . This is a restaurant that would indeed make it in New York City. Only complaint is that the waiter was not even remotely engaging. No greeting, no smile and somewhat robotic.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service
The Port Land Grille was a great dining experience. My wife and I both enjoyed the delicious food and quiet time together. Would definitely recommend to friends, family, etc. Very impressed and plan on returning.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is amazing. Most likely the best in Wilmington. You have to have the crab cake small plate. For entrees I had the grouper and my wife had the aged beef tender loin. Both were absolutely delicious. Had the coconut cake for dessert. It was enough for three people and also delicious. You can not go wrong at the Port Land Grille.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Port Land Grille
Always a delightful menu full of seasonal
Dishes as well as the great selection from the grill.
Romantic and sophisticated atmosphere,
Delicious food, outstanding wine selection and
Great service, which is why we return again and again.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM