East - Blockade Runner Beach Resort

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231 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Whether you’re craving a romantic ocean front 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 breath taking view of the beach and our ocean front gardens, East Ocean Front Dining is sure to please at any time and for any occasion.
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WBFoodie
Wilmington
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We have eaten at the BR twice over the past month on Friday (“Lobster”) nights. The whole steamed lobster is absolutely delicious. Perfectly cooked, delicious sides (ask for the Brussel sprouts), great martinis. Very reasonably priced. We can’t believe more people aren’t there. The hotel needs to advertise this and make it easier to reserve. Go to Open Table, ask for East, reserve on Friday night, and put in the comments section that you want to reserve the whole lobster. You won’t be disappointed!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Nasty food & crazy expensive. Only had 2 to 3 options for Valentine’s and no clue of prices until bill came.

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AnnaD
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Very disappointed for a set menu and price that nothing went well with the entire meal, including service. The food was brought cold (steak and lobster) and our requests were ignored.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Book club holiday party. The food, ambience, service and setting made our book club Holiday by the Sea themed luncheon a huge success. . Thank you.

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SophiaL
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and impeccable food. By far the best scallops I’ve had in a restaurant. Soups and appetizers were delicious as well. Highly recommend for dinner when visiting the beach.

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Dramaguru
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Thought we'd be able to see the Flotilla, but alas. However, the bar patrons were awesome - maybe even the most fun aspect of the evening. We enjoyed our conversations with folks we didn't know, and the food was absolutely delicious!

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vipTaraC
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We arrived at 4:50pm for our 5pm reservation. We waited in line as 2 tables were seated in front of us without reservations. When we approached the host desk, we were promptly told that it would be a 15 minute wait. I responded that we have a reservation at 5pm. I was told that that was not for another 10 minutes and we were instructed to wait in the bar (which was really crowded) until we were called. We proceeded to the bar and were called to our table at 5:05pm. Fortunately, our waitress was very pleasant and the food was delicious which helped to make up for the rude hostess.

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JeanneT
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Third time dining here. First time during off season. Was not crowded and wedding reception in banquet room did not affect our food and service which were very good. I ordered the mushroom and squash Bolognese and when I asked to add grilled shrimp it was no problem....it was delicious. A little pricey but worth it for a special occasion.

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KellieL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy the brunch at the Blockade Runner on a regular basis. We love the food, atmosphere, live music and walking around the beautiful property after our delicious meal.

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BillT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent outdoor seating while listening to the ocean.

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vipwestbrae
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were hesitant due to mix reviews but we loved the location and the menu so decided to give it a try. We are very glad we did! Sat outside under a beautiful tent, lovely lighting, landscaping, lawn then ocean. What’s not to love. We had the chicken pho and a parpadelle dish which they added grilled shrimp to at my husbands request. Both were excellent. Wine was love,y. Ocean breeze and setting. We are going back again before we leave Wrightsville and bringing our daughter and son in law. PS. Sit outside. Lighting is odd in indoor area as noted in some other reviews.

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Kevin
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Flies and clouds of midges outside. Less than fun.

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vipRamziA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Great food prepared by a very talented chef.

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JeffreyMD
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Terrible service, everything took way too long since the servers station seems to be on the other side of the hotel. Waited 20 for water and 15 for drinks. Food was excellent.

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OakRidge
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Expensive. Waitress forgot half of what we ordered.

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vipHank
Wilmington
116 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

This is a hotel restaurant with bright dentist office lightning and friendly rookie college kid servers
Food is good but don't think this is a fine dining location. Nice live vocal music but not one of the top restaurants in Wilmington. I've added this to our list of the restaurants never to visit again.

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vipFabulous
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place, the menu and the service! Wow!

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vipvergerbill
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Bad music in pool area.

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JenniferB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food is exceptional. Enjoyed 2 meals here while on vacation. The vegetables are perfectly cooked. Everything is hot when it is served. Well done

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Washingtonian
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

This was our first opportunity to visit the Blockade Runner and its Oceanfront Dining area since we moved to Wilmington in 2018. The setting is lovely and the cuisine was enjoyable but the service, we are sad to say, left much to be desired. For the price range of this venue one should expect excellence in that regard but, in our experience at least, this was lacking.

The separate pool bar area looked attractive and might be a better bet for drinks, appetizers and live entertainment when offered -- but for dining we'll be back at the consistently good Oceanic.

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AngelaD
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Good lunch place, but too bright for dinner. Lighting was harsh for dinner

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JenniferB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Staff very friendly and helpful. Meal was delicious

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charmgirl
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I had a perfect brunch with friends on my birthday. It was our first time at Blockade Runner & we will be back soon. The gardens are extraordinary & the peacefulness was greatly appreciated.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

As a father of 4, date night is rare for me and my wife. We were seated at a 6 top for just the 2 of us. The manager then try to talk us into consider an inside table after our reservation was for outside. It took 35 minutes before a server helped us. It took another 1/2 hour before our drinks were brought out. My wife’s dinner was wrong two times. Overall it was a horrible, horrible experience and the manger wouldn’t comp our meal (although it was only salads and drinks). Terrible experience. We will continue to share our poor experience with others.

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vipBethanyI
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We didn’t have a server come to our table for almost 20 minutes. It wasn’t until after I went to the hostess stand to ask that someone came, but still not for another five minutes.

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Thomas
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Poor, poor service..... :o(
Lazy waiter, wrong orders, no regrets... :o(
Food was good though, but the ‘service’ experience ruined the overall impression

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vipSouthernBelle
Jackson Hole
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully landscaped gardens and lawn....Ocean breeze... and delicious food! Can’t beat it! For a weekend away, all you have to do is take the elevator from your room....meet in the garden...walk to your table for dinner. Heaven.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cool beach front atmosphere. Great service. Food was fantastic. This is really a hidden gem on Wrightsville Beach.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Went for Sunday Brunch. Restaurant said we could valet, but valet said no. We eventually were honored but it was Memorial Day weekend and beach was busy. Not enough parking in Wrightsville beach due to having elected a real estate developer as Mayor. The town does not have enough parking. Food was awesome- not a huge buffet but wonderful and tasty. Desserts and breads available like bagels and toast were uninspired and from a truck. No carved meats but short rib hash,waffles,homemade omelette and eggs Benedict’s were excellent. They also had plenty of fruit and smoked lox. Bagels are weak. Roasted beet and goat cheese salad was off the chart.
Service was good if not a little young-it is a college town but F&B Director needs to work more on budgeting numbers. Brunch was $18 and a simple Bloody Mary and like minded cocktails were $17! That’s right $17 for wells! No bartender and waitstaff was making drinks. No one was ordering drinks. They are losing money hand over fist in their beverage program. We ordered 2 bottles of Wycliffe California Brut for $28 each which was not a bad price. Menu listed it as champagne. It’s technically not but whoever wrote menu must have figured the clientele would not be so quick to catch on. Place was busy and we were one of the only tables drinking. So much potential revenue lost:( charge $8-$10 dollars a bloody and they’d be flying off the shelf. F&B also needs to train staff on wine service. The waitress was sweet and a little busy, but brought our Brut out in 2 separate wine buckets with no ice(who does that?) and did ask me when I ordered it that if it was Ok if they screw top bottles. I said yes please just bring them. She must have misunderstood me and just brought me the bottles and left without offering to open. I opened and served my guests myself. There was no way we were paying $17 for a bloody. Wine service training would be nice.Overall the experience was good and the food was excellent but F&B needs help! Stop gouging

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RonL
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was absolutely incredible It is by no means a cheap night out but all things considered the food the beautiful setting the knowledgeable friendly service it is a fanatic experience. Our server Sarah was very impressive she was full of personality knew the menu as if she was the chef herself and very attentive to our needs. 5 star fine dining at an oceanfront table with great food and service made for a special evening and one to remember Highly recommend !

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vipDaisy
London
10 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful food and service

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Bead
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

They should not be open and accepting reservations.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Got there and no parking. Had to park on street and pay meter. They don’t honor open table reservations so we had no reservation. They did find us a table but thought was odd they don’t use open table and yet I made the reservation through the app. This was s Mother’s Day breakfast:brunch and I was a bit disappointed. Still love blockade runner resort though.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter Sunday

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SweetMarie
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The Easter brunch was expensive, but would have been fine if the food had been up to par. The two “star” meats, ham and prime rib, had very little flavor. Usually those are the items you remember most about a brunch. And to top it off, a 20% tip was automatically added to our bill. Don’t remember seeing this up front when I looked at the menu. Next time we will go elsewhere.
On another note, we did feel that the renovations due to the hurricane did a lot for the Blockade Runner.

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Born2Run
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Beautiful restaurant with fantastic servers; can't say enough about them. Food varied a little between our group of 5; most rated their dinners highly but my mushroom dish had leaves (beets, I think) that were stringy and inedible. Clam chowder, fried cauliflower, and seafood pasta all received high marks. the restaurant includes lots of glass, tile, and metal, so the noise level was high for our group's elderly ears.

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JaneR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I regret that I cannot in honesty recommend this dining to others. The staff was very friendly and professional but the food over priced and mediocre. It almost appears as if their choices are too trendy for the preparation. It has a lovely location so it is a shame that the food does not come up to par. We have dined there previously and it was much better. Too bad, as this time we had out of town quests.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall1food3service5ambience3

Waited an hour for sandwiches

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food is very good - great variety, well presented and innovative recipes. Everything tastes really good.

The music on 3/24 was very good - we really enjoyed the performer.

Our server Sara was very nice and attentive to our needs.

We would recommend to others.

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CraigL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The drinks before dinner were awesome with a great bartender.
The server at dinner was very inexperienced. I asked for fish special well done, which it was not. Good taste to the fish, but when I said it was not cooked enough, she said "sorry" and took it away. The other person had a vegetarian option which was good.
Overall okay.
Pricey.
Convenient if you're staying in the hotel.

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East - Blockade Runner Beach Resort is rated 4 stars by 231 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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