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East - Blockade Runner Beach Resort

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4.1
264 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

Whether you’re craving a romantic oceanfront dinner for two or a quick lunch with your family, EAST Oceanfront Dining is just what you’re looking for. Enjoy our famous breakfast during your stay. Savor your lunch in the warm glow of the sun on our oceanfront dining deck. Delight your taste buds with local seafood specials while watching the moon rise over the tides. With award-winning cuisine, the breathtaking view of the beach and our ocean front gardens, EAST Oceanfront Dining is sure to please at any time and for any occasion.

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Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Sat 7:00 am–11:00 am Sun 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–5:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (910) 256-7100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jessica Cabo

  • Private party facilities

    We cater to groups of all sizes with five private banquet rooms as well as the outdoor dinner deck.

  • Private party contact

    David Rivette: (910) 256-7561

  • Neighborhood

    Wrightsville Beach

  • Cross street

    Waynick Blvd

  • Parking details

    Ample parking surrounding the Blockade Runner. Valet parking available to all EAST patrons. Private hotel parking lot is reserved for registered hotel guests only.

  • Entertainment

    Sunday Jazz Brunch & Weekly Entertainment.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • Cheese & Charcuterie Board$35.00

    Parrano - Netherlands - cow - firm; Cottonseed - Boxcarr - NC - cow / goat - soft; Moody Blue - Wisconsin - cow - semi-soft; Coppa - Maestri - Italy; Saucisson Sec - il porcellino - Colorodo; Nduja - tempesta - Illinois; whole grain mustard, marcona almonds, jams, honeycomb, fruit, lavash and crostini

    • Soup du Jour

      • Seafood (Cup)$9.00
      • Seafood (Bowl)$12.00
      • Vegan (Cup)$6.00
      • Vegan (Bowl)$9.00
    • Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail^

      NC shrimp, cocktail sauce, Old Bay, lemon

      • Lb$25.00
      • 1/2 Lb$14.00
    • Lamb Meatballs$15.00

      tzatziki, heirloom cherry tomatoes, grilled pita

      • Pimento Cheese$12.00

        cheddar, pepper jack & yogurt spread with pickled okra, crostini and lavash

        • Fried Cauliflower$14.00

          Tokyo bomber hot sauce, smokey blue cheese, cucumbers and radish

          • Fried Oysters$15.00

            crispy cornmeal crusted VA oysters, citrus fennel radish slaw, remoulade

            Salads

            • Runner Salad^

              local greens, hearts of palm, cucumbers, radishes, sunflower seeds with white balsamic vinaigrette

              • Petite$8.00
              • Full$12.00
            • Green Goddess Wedge Salad$14.00

              radish, heirloom tomatoes, baby iceberg, crispy panchetta, avocado cucumber herb dressing

              • Yuzu Citrus Melon Salad^$13.00

                spring mix, avocado, napa cabbage radish, mint, cucumber, seasonal melon, basil, cilantro, sesame seeds, crispy shallots, yuzu lime viniagrette

                Salad - Add-Ons

                • Grilled Chicken$8.00

                  • NC Grilled Shrimp$11.00

                    • Daily Catch

                      • Market Price

                    Entrées

                    • 14oz Porterhouse Pork Chop$34.00

                      white bean ragu, local greens, pickled red onion and jalapeno micro salad

                      • Smash Burger*

                        6oz Braveheart certified beef, white American cheese, lettuce, tomato, comeback sauce, brioche bun

                        • Single$18.00
                        • Double$24.00
                      • 14oz NY Strip*$45.00

                        roasted smashed fingerling potatoes, asparagus, citrus compound butter

                        • Scallops^$34.00

                          shaved fennel, cauliflower puree, citrus salad, veggie chips, citrus reduction

                          • Blue Crab Cake

                            buttered herb rice, spring vegetables, citrus aioli, micro salad

                            • Solo$27.00
                            • Twin$38.00
                          • Daily Catch

                            fresh locally sourced fish

                            • Market Price
                          • Clam Linguine$24.00

                            local clams, white wine, Calabrian chilis, roasted garlic, baby spinach, oregano, parsley, preserved lemon

                            • Chili Relleno$24.00

                              housemade vegan chorizo, roasted mushrooms, black bean puree, avocado crema

                              Last updated: March 30, 2022

                              What 264 people are saying

                              Overall ratings and reviews

                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                              4.1
                              4.1 based on recent ratings
                              • 4.2Food
                              • 4.4Service
                              • 4.2Ambience
                              • 3.8Value

                              NoiseModerate

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                              1. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                1.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 9, 2022

                                overall1food4service4ambience3

                                We requested a quiet table, which initially we received. We were dining with my parents who were in town. A party with kids entered and one of kids proceeded to loudly practice piano on the grand piano present in the restaurant. We requested that it stop, since we were seated next to the piano. Our server tried very hard to have the manager come speak to us. She would not. She also sent word via the server that it was policy that anyone could ‘play’ the piano. If you are looking for a place with good food and terrible management then this is the place for you. We won’t be back, simply because the manager was terrible and the experience we hoped to share with our parents was ruined.

                              2. NC

                                NCMermaid

                                Naples

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Unusual choices for brunch foods, but everything we ordered was outstanding. The jazz music was lovely.

                              3. FE

                                FaithER

                                Columbus

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on April 22, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Enjoyed a wonderful meal outside in the garden area. Service was great, drinks, oysters, she-crab soup, crab cakes and scallops were all delicious.

                              4. M

                                Marcm

                                Washington DC

                                2 reviews

                                vip
                                2.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 15, 2022

                                overall2food2service2ambience4

                                Long waits for food that was just OK.

                              5. SS

                                SuzanneS

                                Baltimore

                                16 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                16 reviews

                                Dined on April 7, 2022

                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                Great food! Loved the view.

                              6. CS

                                CassieS

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great food, beautiful scenery and lovely service!!

                              7. JB

                                JoyeB

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 25, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Michelle was outstanding and helped make our experience wonderful! We sincerely appreciate her!

                              8. JS

                                JaneS

                                Wilmington

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 21, 2022

                                overall4food4service3ambience4

                                Nice menu options. Block Runner has really upped its food game in recent years. I had a really delicious grilled sea-bass dish for dinner. Lamb meatballs and tomato were good starters but nothing to knock your socks off. Shared a wonderful but small key lime pie tart. Slow service but obliging friendly staff. Outside patio is the best spot to eat, but it was a little too chilly for that.

                              9. DC

                                DebC

                                New York Area

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on March 15, 2022

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                The outdoor dining area, adjacent to the gorgeous gardens and pool patio, gave us the full ocean sounds, crashing waves ambiance we were looking for. The service was wonderful and it was just steps from the beautiful beach. Food was good - especially the crab cake! I love that this place has a little history on Wrightsville Beach too.

                              10. T

                                Traveler

                                Wilmington

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 5, 2022

                                overall4food4service5ambience3

                                Because the UNC-Duke game was showing on 2 TVs at the bar the atmosphere was more sports bar than fine dining. Our table was as far away from the bar as it could be but the noise level was high. I understand the long-time North Carolina rivalry (go Tar Heels), but I was disappointed in the atmosphere. Also, the list for wine by the glass is limited, and my first two choices were not available. Service was excellent, food was good. But for the price I expected something a little more classy.

                              11. PP

                                PPL2840

                                Wilmington

                                18 reviews

                                3.0

                                18 reviews

                                Dined on March 3, 2022

                                overall3food3service3ambience2

                                This restaurant confuses me. The Blockade Runner is a lovely boutique hotel right on the beach, and it markets East as a fine dining establishment (with prices to match - entrees $20 - $45 range), but the ambiance, food and service did not match our expectations. We arrived to a strong chlorine smell in the lobby that extended to the restaurant. It wasn't busy - only five tables had guests - so we were seated promptly and handed the laminated menus. The decor is "beachy casual," with tile floors, glass-topped tables and rattan chairs. We ordered food off the Restaurant Week menu (appetizer, entree and dessert) and a bottle of wine from the surprisingly limited wine list. [Note - the dinner menu on Open Table doesn't match the current menu at the restaurant.] Our server was personable, although he spent a lot of time chatting with the other guests. We had to ask twice for our wine, which finally arrived, uncorked, several minutes after we received our appetizer. The server did not even offer a taste; instead he just poured a huge glassful for my husband and a smaller one for me when I stopped him mid-pour. My husband had lobster bisque as a starter - we agreed that it had good flavor, although he wasn't sure if it was made from scratch. I had fried cauliflower - a large portion with a very spicy coating and sauce. It was delicious, and the highlight of my meal. My husband had Denver steak on mashed potatoes as his main, and he said it was OK and cooked to order. I had seafood Fra Diavolo - shrimp, mussels and tiny scallops over squid ink pasta. The shrimp was cooked well, but the pasta was a bit overcooked, and the sauce was fairly tasteless, considering the server said it was quite spicy. Our desserts were quite good - a cafe latte creme brulee and assorted sherbets. With more consistent food and professional service, East could be a destination restaurant. I don't think I would recommend it to non-hotel guests.

                              12. PF

                                PattieF

                                Charlotte

                                42 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                42 reviews

                                Dined on November 28, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent Sunday brunch

                              13. K

                                Kate

                                Raleigh

                                23 reviews

                                4.0

                                23 reviews

                                Dined on September 15, 2021

                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                The lower overall rating is because we thought it tacky that they charged $15 for parking even though we had a reservation to eat in their restaurant. This is not clear when you make the reservation. Food, service and outdoor. Area very nice.

                              14. MA

                                MarilynA

                                Wilmington

                                3 reviews

                                3.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on September 2, 2021

                                overall3food4service5ambience5

                                Very small portions. Grouper was only about 3 oz over a half cup of rice.

                              15. K

                                Kate

                                New England

                                23 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                23 reviews

                                Dined on September 2, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The food and service at East are always excellent! Sitting/eating in the garden setting is very relaxing. I wish I could eat there every day.

                              16. F

                                Firefly

                                Raleigh

                                7 reviews

                                5.0

                                7 reviews

                                Dined on August 26, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Fantastic service and excellent variety of food, including chicken, beef and seafood.

                              17. K

                                Kate

                                New England

                                23 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                23 reviews

                                Dined on August 23, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Danielle was our server. She was very knowledgeable and attentive. Dining outside, surrounded by beautiful flowers is wonderful. The food and wine were delicious!

                              18. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Charleston

                                2 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on August 22, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Outdoor seating very nice… view of beautiful landscaping. Food was delicious. Salmon was cooked perfectly. Outstanding service.

                              19. PS

                                PhilS

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on August 12, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent service all around. We started our evening with adult beverages by the pool. Wonderful atmosphere of a ocean front resort. Dinner at the restaurant was superb! Wait staff were attentive. We had an awesome dinner. Highly recommend it.

                              20. BA

                                BenA

                                Washington DC

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on August 8, 2021

                                overall5food5service2ambience5

                                Everything was Great, except service. We never got our drinks. As we were there for drinks and a light lunch, our bill was a third of what it would have been. Ambience was still fantastic though.

                              21. W

                                Wanderer

                                Western NC

                                79 reviews

                                vip
                                2.0

                                79 reviews

                                Dined on July 29, 2021

                                overall2food3service2ambience4

                                Disappointing experience! We visited earlier this year, so decided to come back for a significant family reunion. Valet parking was issue #1, most places you are welcomed at your vehicle with a cheerful greeting, but the attendant appeared completely uninterested and just stood at the desk ... confused, I had to walk up to ask whether valet parking was even operating. The reply was a grunt, maybe it was a bad day. We were seated outside, a great feature, not really a sea view, but you can hear the waves and experience the cool breeze. Our server asked for our drink orders, I selected a bottle of one of their higher priced red wines. The following 15 minutes were bizarre, unlike any restaurant experience I've had, literally anywhere in the world. My wine selection was unavailable as were the next 3 or 4 alternates, the only suggestion from the server was something at the other end of the list, maybe 30% of the price point I originally selected. There then followed a back and forth negotiation ... when asking what other wines they might have eventually a vineyard name came up which I recognized. This resulted in a strange blind taste test, without seeing the bottle! It was acceptable, a little more expensive than the cheaper offering, but what a process! There was clearly an issue with matching the list against their stock, but I'm not sure how much the rest of the issue was an untrained server or someone at the bar being difficult. The food was variable, some of our party had stomach issues after eating the shrimp and mussels dishes. The scallops were fine and even the burgers received a satisfactory comment. Service was so-so, although not what you would expect from a fine dining establishment. I don't think we'll go back, there are so many better fine dining places in and around Wrightsville Beach.

                              22. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on July 26, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                My experience with this establishment was outstanding! The chef was amazing, each dish excelled in presentation, cooked to perfection! We ate outside and let me tell you the property was gorgeous! I would highly recommend this place, totally exceeded any write up!

                              23. P

                                Paul

                                Wilmington

                                27 reviews

                                3.0

                                27 reviews

                                Dined on July 21, 2021

                                overall3food4service1ambience1

                                Entrees were very good but very pricey. Parking confusing. Started outside but seats wet so moved inside. Service staff were friendly but waiter did not know the menu and entrees came out while still having salad/soup.

                              24. G

                                Gretchen

                                Raleigh

                                18 reviews

                                vip
                                3.0

                                18 reviews

                                Dined on July 19, 2021

                                overall3food3service4ambience3

                                Just average in my opinion. Ran out of lobster bisque so got clam chowder which was very thin w few clams. Crab cake was good but was served with not very good looking broccolini. Key lime tart was good and wait staff was good.

                              25. LS

                                LeonardS

                                Western NC

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on July 13, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Such a nice room in the dunes. I eat in the AC but the view is lovely. The food was excellent, the shrimp cocktail is a meal in itself. The scallops were perfect. The beautiful women who worked the floor treated me like a VIP. Going back tonight. Repeat custom is the highest praise.

                              26. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Charlotte

                                5 reviews

                                1.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined on July 12, 2021

                                overall1food1service1ambience2

                                lack of customer service, no food available

                              27. CW

                                CharlesW

                                Raleigh

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on June 29, 2021

                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                A wonderful spot to dine with views of lush gardens. Service was very good with staff willing to entertain special requests. Food was excellent!

                              28. JU

                                JonathanU

                                Wilmington

                                3 reviews

                                3.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on June 28, 2021

                                overall3food3service1ambience4

                                Where to begin? Open Table should consider dropping this restaurant. The food was good not outstanding and service was horrible. I received my wine that I had requested to have with my entree with my check. The waters were never refilled, nor did the server ever check in with us as other servers brought our food to see how it was. Further this hotel is not cheap in high season so the food service should be top notch if people are spending in excess of 350 dollars a night.

                              29. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on June 27, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent food! Pleasantly surprised because hesitant to eat in a hotel restaurant. Beautiful outside view. Waiter Brandon very courteous, friendly and accommodating. Thumbs up to the executive chef, highly recommend!!

                              30. U

                                Uncfan

                                Charlotte

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on June 22, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Food was presented very nicely. Service was very good.

                              31. LK

                                LindaK

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on June 19, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Food and service was amazing! The Cucumber Gin and Tonic was the best!! Touring the grounds and taking a stroll on the beach after dinner was the perfect ending to our Birthday celebration!

                              32. WS

                                WillS

                                New York Area

                                3 reviews

                                4.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on June 17, 2021

                                overall4food3service5ambience4

                                Spectacular server.

                              33. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Naples

                                24 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                24 reviews

                                Dined on June 14, 2021

                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                We dined outside on a beautiful night near the gardens and you could hear the waves. The food is average but you can’t beat the view. Make sure to dine outside.

                              34. BM

                                BethM

                                Raleigh

                                4 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on June 10, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Staying at the hotel - came for dinner - it was lovely!

                              35. TF

                                TriangleFoodie

                                Raleigh

                                49 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                49 reviews

                                Dined on June 6, 2021

                                overall4food4service3ambience3

                                Great outdoor dining location. Excellent appetizers, good portions. Check on the availability of items before ordering. We were disappointed that some ingredients for cocktails or wine on the list were not available.

                              36. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                New York Area

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on May 20, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                We had a dinner Res made 3 weeks ago for OUTSIDE but when we arrd hostess told us Outside was full and not guaranteed . That was not Told to us when we reserved .. very annoying as was A private party making a lot of Noise at the bar inside where we were stuck having Dinner . We were not the priority ! So why make a Res for outside 3 weeks prior if it’s not honored . Food is excellent but this was a damper to the Evening .

                              37. EJ

                                EshaJ

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 15, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Outstanding experience. Very classy and the staff are truly so sweet. Can’t wait to come and eat and enjoy here again. (Came for a friend’s bachelorette and the staff truly made our time so special).

                              38. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Raleigh

                                22 reviews

                                4.0

                                22 reviews

                                Dined on May 9, 2021

                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                We were ignored for about 15 minutes . But then all was good once we got someone’s attention that we had no server. Food was delicious . soup of the day was clam chowder . Calamari yummy and scallops and fra Diablo too

                              39. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Raleigh

                                1 review

                                1.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 9, 2021

                                overall1food1service1ambience5

                                Place is in a beautiful setting. However, we left after 30mins of waiting. only received a glass of water. They seemed to be way over booked for the staff they had.

                              40. GR

                                GeeRo

                                Wilmington

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 9, 2021

                                overall3food3service2ambience4

                                First I do have to say the staff were nice, however it took over 20 min to be asked if we wanted our drinks. To add insult to injury, people were seated 10 minutes after us and were served first. God knows how long it would of taken for anyone to come to us if I didn't speak with the hostess. They also ran out of certain items on the menu. You figure it being Mothers Day , they would of stocked up a little extra. However, because of the ambiance, we will give it another chance.

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                              East - Blockade Runner Beach Resort is rated 4.1 stars by 264 OpenTable diners.

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                              Booked 5 times today
                              Google Map for East - Blockade Runner Beach Resort

                              275 Waynick Boulevard Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

                              Additional information

                              • Cross street

                                Waynick Blvd

                              • Neighborhood

                                Wrightsville Beach

                              • Hours of operation

                                Breakfast Mon–Sat 7:00 am–11:00 am Sun 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–5:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                              • Cuisines

                                Contemporary American, Seafood, American

                              • Dining style

                                Casual Elegant

                              • Dress code

                                Resort Casual

                              • Parking details

                                Ample parking surrounding the Blockade Runner. Valet parking available to all EAST patrons. Private hotel parking lot is reserved for registered hotel guests only.

                              • Payment options

                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                              • Executive chef

                                Jessica Cabo

                              • Entertainment

                                Sunday Jazz Brunch & Weekly Entertainment.

                              • Additional

                                Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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