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East - Blockade Runner Beach Resort

4.0
4
271 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 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

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What 271 people are saying

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

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for Lunch

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Outdoor Dining

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Scenic View

  • Wilmington

    Great for Lunch

  • Wilmington

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. D

    Dlamb5843

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I attempted to have a nice dinner at this place but instead I was seated and then thoroughly ignored by the waitstaff. After being seated for 10 minutes water was brought to the table. After 15 minutes our drink orders were taken by our apologetic waiter. After 25 minutes our drinks arrived. After a full 40 minutes and no sign of a return from our waiter we left. During this 40 minutes we watched our waiter stand around and talk to the hostess, he waited on other tables that were seated after us and generally forget we were even there. It was the worst service experience I have had in Wilmington and I will not return to this overpriced and underwhelming place.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Overpriced mediocre food. Service was good.
  3. 2

    26years

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting on the outdoor patio and the best Clams liguine I've ever had. The lamb meatball starter was also delicious.
  4. RO

    ROBD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. Setting was nice. Really enjoyed the scallops. Would recommend to others.
  5. SB

    ScotBohaychyk

    Cleveland

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place!!
  6. RF

    RFGCLT

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The restaurant was nice. The view overlooked a grassy area fronting the dunes. The food was very good and the service was good as well. The presentation was well done. The only concern was the price of one of the entrees. The scallop entree was $34 for 4 scallops with a few mixed greens. The price for that entree was excessive for what you get.
  7. e

    eileena

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a relaxing dinner outside. The food was good and the service was very attentive.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fried oysters were the tenderest lightly fried ….delectable … followed my clams fettuccine with just the right pasta to clam ratio. Great service. A perfect dinner outside in the ocean air.
  9. D

    Diner

    Charlotte

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed dining on the patio with a nice view of the landscaping. The clam linguine was excellent.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. M

    Marcm

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Long waits for food that was just OK.
  14. SS

    SuzanneS

    Baltimore

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food! Loved the view.
  15. CS

    CassieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, beautiful scenery and lovely service!!
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. PP

    PPL2840

    Wilmington

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 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.
  21. PF

    PattieF

    Charlotte

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Sunday brunch
  22. K

    Kate

    Raleigh

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 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.
  23. 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.
  24. K

    Kate

    New England

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 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.
  25. 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.
  26. K

    Kate

    New England

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 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!
  27. B

    Barb

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outdoor seating very nice… view of beautiful landscaping. Food was delicious. Salmon was cooked perfectly. Outstanding service.
  28. 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.
  29. BA

    BenA

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  30. W

    Wanderer

    Western NC

    82 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    82 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.
  31. 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!
  32. 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.
  33. G

    Gretchen

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 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.
  34. 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.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    lack of customer service, no food available
  36. 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!
  37. JU

    JonathanU

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 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.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    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!!
  39. U

    Uncfan

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was presented very nicely. Service was very good.
  40. 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!

FAQs

East - Blockade Runner Beach Resort is rated 4 stars by 271 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 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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