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About East - Blockade Runner Beach Resort

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 complimentary breakfast each morning of 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 moonrise over the tides. With award-winning cuisine and the breath taking view of the beach and our ocean front gardens, East Oceanfrong Dining is sure to please at any time and for any occasion.

275 Waynick Boulevard
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Varies by Season

Cross Street:
Waynick Blvd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(910) 256-2251

Website:
http://www.blockade-runner.com/dining-br/east-oceanfront-dining/

Entertainment:
Sunday brunch entertainment weekly

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

Public Transit:
Private shuttle available to patrons visiting from the Wrightsville Beach local area. Please call the resort directly to arrange pick-up and drop off.

Executive Chef:
Jessica Cabo

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Rendezvous Package
Treat yourself to a two night waterfront stay for two either Friday and Saturday, or Saturday and Sunday.
The Package Includes:
A bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries waiting in your room upon arrival.
Your choice of a four course dinner for two on Saturday night.
Famous Blockade Runner breakfast for two each morning of your stay.

East - Blockade Runner Beach Resort Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.7

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

85% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Scenic View (9)
Special Occasion (6)
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Casual (6)
Waterfront (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Romantic (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Authentic (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Business Meals (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

Brunch was average. Service was poor. Waitress never checked on us. Did not clear any dirty dishes. Had to ask for more coffee and water. Not what i expected.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Although on the ocean, we could not see it from the dining room. However, the view of the beautifully landscaped grounds was great and we were able to enjoy the ocean for a bit after we ate.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Nice view of landscaped gardens, but when at the beach, would prefer water views.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The brunch was awful, the buffet was full of flies, the omelet station was so backed up I cancelled my order. The drinks were watered down, Bloody Mary had no flavor, pickle looked mangled and the mimosa was all orange juice. Tried going to the pool bar, ordered lobster nachos that never showed, watched 3 other tables get theirs who showed up after we did, ended up cancelling the order and leaving. Very disappointed, beautiful location and restaurant but they obviously need some serious changes in the kitchen/service.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

I'm super thankful we did not stay after reading the reviews on food! We were the very first table seated and waited at least 10 minutes before someone came out to greet us. I wish they would do something about the stinky sulfur water - or at least offer something else. It is disgusting. Our waitress could not read or pronounce the special. I opted for a glass of wine and we got the cheese plate just to hang out as we were not getting a good feeling. My husband did not want to order an iced cocktail if the ice was made with the sulfur water! When the cheese arrived, we just laughed. How hard is a cheese plate? You slice cheese, add some nice bread and fruit, some nuts maybe and a garnish. I really wish I would have taken a photo. Large chunks of cheese plopped on a white plate with some grapes. Oh wait, there was some mustard! Funny. We sat and enjoyed the beautiful night for a while and watched salads, food and drinks served to others and listened to their responses which were not positive. We paid our bill, said a quick thank you and headed elsewhere. :) It's a shame. It's a gorgeous hotel and venue. If they want people to stay and eat ... or locals to come during the off season, they had better shape up! Hire a chef who knows something about display. Hire a manager to make sure people are tended to. Get a water filtration system for cooking, making ice and serving water.

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Perfect night for outdoor dining. Delicious food, friendly, attentive service and a wonderful breeze made for the perfect anniversary dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Lovely outdoor gardens surround the covered open air dining area. Delicious savory, unique culinary creations tantalize the pallet. Perfect setting for exchanging stories and making memories. A remarkable dinner shared on a family vacation! Don't miss an opportunity to dine at East.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

Atmosphere was wonderful and wine was delicious. The scallop dish was tasty but the veggies/fruit on top were not appetizing. My husband did well with his burger and beer.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Atmosphere was good, although some noisy guests on the balcony were annoying which were right above the tables outside. Crab Dip was awesome, although my crab cake meal was bland. The crab cakes were good, but all the sides had no salt or flavor. My kids mac and cheese was good for adults, kids complained that it was too cheesy. Peanut Butter and Jelly had a big blob of Jelly on the bread that was oozing out, so messy for a 5 year old. burger and fries were good. The bread the bring out with the butter could have been fresher and warm, it tasted like if it was baked the prior day.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Excellent! Ratatouille was outstanding as were the crab cakes. Atmosphere was great and view very nice. Great outdoor dining area. Staff was very friendly and attentive.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Food was great. Prices were reasonable. Atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

We were celebrating my husband's 40th birthday and boy do I wish we'd gone elsewhere. The food has potential (although you should take that with a grain of salt seeing that they served a grey and overcooked supposedly "seared" tuna) but the service was so unprofessional and straight up awful I don't even know where to start. I have never EVER asked to speak to a restaurant manager before - and I actually didn't even have to. The waiter send him out herself. He ended up not charging us for a meal that was a huge disappointment for a special occasion. I would strongly recommend you find another place to have dinner. This place obviously does not feel the need to make an effort because of its location.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Wonderful food, service was great. View outside is nice, but cannot see the ocean.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Great atmosphere, wonderful food. Highly recommend

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We went for Friday night lobster...1 full lobster & 1 surf & turf...beef was fine & cooked properly....lobsters were over cooked & chewy...
Full lobster came with potatoes & broccoli...both appeared fried ????and were covered in butter...
We were there after 8pm and one of the last 8-10 tables...staff were busy cleaning and truly appeared to not want to be bothered with a hundred dollar dinner table...
We sat outside..inside had several tables with small children. The tent area was beautiful!! Landscaping /lawn/dunes were beautiful...cannot see beach but worth the stroll after dinner....
It's an old hotel that seems to be maintained with pride...

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Came down for a beach day. Website advertised brunch buffet to have a "meats vary weekly such as marinated Flank Steak, roasted pork loin and duck hash" none of which was out yesterday. A beef hash that looked nothing like any hash I have ever seen. More like beef stew. Buffet sounded better on the website than what was out. Food overall was ok, nothing special. There was a Waffle station and omelet station, so that was good to get made to order. Fruits were nice, fresh and colorful. Person making omelets was very nice however, her chef coat and pants were really dirty and no apron to cover. It took a long time to get our bill and then another 15-20 mins to get it back. Note: the bill is itemized with no total on the bill so if your math is not good, have your calculator handy and make sure you get correct change back if you pay cash. It was nice to have complimentary valet even when dining at the restaurant and not staying at the hotel. All was just ok, not worth the $18 person for buffet.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 6, 2017

We had to ask for seat cushions. When we mentioned that other diners might want cushions as well, very little was done. Our mahi specials were mediocre.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Our favorite place to eat in Wrightsville Beach. Beautiful location. Lovely outdoor dining area right off the beach. Food is terrific. Never had a bad meal at East.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Very nice dinner. Nice variety of entrees and a couple unique options.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 18, 2017

It was a slow weekend at the hotel and most of the staff was in training, but it was an overall good experience. The special was great, the crab cake was a bit bland, drinks were good, fried oysters were good, key lime pie was fabulous. Definitely sit outside if the weather is nice; watching kids play on the lawn is amusing and listening to the birds and the ocean is so relaxing.

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We were visiting from Raleigh and were happy to fund this wonderful restaurant that serves delicious local fresh seafood. The chef was accommodating with our dietaty restrictions which made it an extra experience. The cheese plate appetizer was excellent. We had the rack of lamb and the pad Thai with ahi tuna. Both were delicious! The view was spectacular and the service was outstanding. Highly recommended East for a great night out.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Went for Mother's Day dinner. Had a great meal with great service. Would go to again if back in the area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The ambiance was very nice. The food was decent, the service was good. the price was a little high .

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Always love East. Usually sit outside but too cold last night. Grouper with cabbage and black rice was other worldly....!!! Waitress and other staff very nice.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on April 16, 2017

A very special night! Very romantic atmosphere. Our waitress was stellar. The food was awesome! Our chef, Jessica Cabo was wonderful and took time to come out and speak to us on our anniversary. She is such a treasure! Everything was beautiful!

Tags: Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Organic, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Spicy, Business Meals, People Watching, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Very convenient for our stay. Relaxing first night dinner arrangements after a long drive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on April 13, 2017

We had an excellent experience here. Our waitress was fantastic. The food was very, very good and it was a nice relaxed pace that we had dinner at. They also helped me pull off a delicious desert surprise for my wife. The prices were a little high but reasonable for such amazing food. The ambiance / noise level was good, the only thing was we decided to eat when there were a couple families with small children but didn't bother us... could have bothered some though.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Excellent meal.
Menu isn't large, but each order we placed was fantastic.
Enjoyed it!
Maybe expand the wine list would be a suggestion, but our food was outstanding.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Scenic View, Fun, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Waitress made an honest mistake and didn't submit the order together leaving one in our party without her lunch. Her sandwich didn't come out until after everyone else had finished eating. When we tried to bring it to the managers attention he became extremely defensive and down right rude.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Overall good experience. Nice facilities. Unfortunately, most of the food was cold, which is inexcusable for a brunch buffet at the charged price.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on February 27, 2017

Loved everything about this place!yummy. Fun. Attentive intelligent service. Creative and exceptional cuisine.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Fun, Seasonal, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Very disappointing visit after we had seen their reviews and menu online. They don't tell you there is an much abbreviated menu offered during the off season (this was late Feb). There was nothing on the limited menu all 4 of us wanted, so we left. *note - it is valet parking only - another surprise.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Had a wonderful and restfull weekend with my husband. Food was great weather her was very nice. Staff was friendly and helpful.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 23, 2016

My husband had the lobster mac n cheese and I had the crab cake. Portions were large and the food was tasty but not outstanding. We each had a salad that was much better than the average restaurant salad. We had pumpkin spice latte ice cream for dessert which we ordered because it was seasonal but probably wouldn't order it again. The service was very good; our server was friendly and attentive. The dinner menu was a bit limited. We would probably consider going back to this restaurant if we were in Wrightsville Beach again.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 9, 2016

My wife and I were at the Blockade Runner for our anniversary weekend. East isn't likely a restaurant you'd travel to for dinner if you're not staying at the hotel, but if there, you owe to yourself to try it. The food is excellent and the service first-rate. There's a very nice bar at the back of the dining area, and the ocean is just a few steps away. It all makes for a very relaxing atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 4, 2016

Went for brunch with my wife, beautiful outdoor seating area, plenty of food options and everything was enjoyable.

Tags: Scenic View, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Menu was a bit limited but what we ordered was very good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2016

We had a very good dinner at East. There were five of us and three people had a salad with fish and two of us had burgers. The burgers were delicious, and the salads were good and fresh. We had to change our reservation several times and they were very accommodating. We will go back.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 22, 2016

Food was great - when we actually got it, an hour after we ordered. The hostess told us they were "swamped", but the restaurant was only half full. We ordered a drink and they forgot to bring it to us. The waitress took our order and then never came back until it was time for the check. Overall the food and the view were great, but the service was lacking.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2016

love the atmosphere here. a great grassy area for kids to play while waiting for food but at the same time modern decor & sophisticated outdoor dining for the adults to enjoy too. although the food was just ok & certainly did not measure up to the price on the menu.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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