Port Land Grille

4.6
1145 reviews
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Port Land Grille has progressive American regional cuisine masterfully executed by chef owner Shawn Wellersdick in a casually elegant coastal setting since November 2000.
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New York Area
92 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Port Land Grille is one of the finest restaurants in the Wilmington NC area. Friendly, professional service with excellent food. They offer a wide range of foods and drinks. I always enjoy dinner here with my wife. You should try it soon. A great dinner experience.

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had our 8th anniversary dinner here. I made reservations through Open Table for 6:30 on a Saturday night. We were seated as soon as we arrived. The fresh baked bread with pimento cheese butter was amazing and I could have stuffed myself full of just it! We ordered the crab cake appetizer and it was delicious. It was mostly crab meat, minimal filler and was fried up crisp just the way we like them. It’s served atop lima beans with crispy bacon. I never would’ve thought the combination but it was sooo good. My husband ordered the Chilean seabass with truffle cheese grits and collards. He has eaten a ton of fish in his lifetime and this was hands down the most delicious piece of fish he had ever had. The sear was perfect and the fish was so tender and moist. The grits and greens were also delicious. I had the scallops over crab risotto and it was also fantastic. Service was perfect fine dining service-evey need met but never feelig pressured or hovered over. We finished the meal off with coffee creme brulee. I highly recommend this place. While it’s a tad pricey for the area, you get what you pay for and it is worth every penny!

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and we had outstanding service!

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent seafood! Lots of choices and great appetizer selection. Nice wine list and music choices. Great wait staff. Some things a little pricey but well worth it!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! I highly recommend this place. The menu was creative, food and wine was excellent and we were so glad we chose this place!

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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here the night before running the Wrightsville Beach Marathon. The food was incredible and the staff was so courteous and attentive. Definitely recommend it any time.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emily, our server was wonderful in providing info and feedback when we told her our preferences. We had a wonderful table in the corner. Two small plates and two entrees were superb!

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BH
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was on point and service was outstanding. My only minor complaint was they were out of a few of the craft beers I ordered but server suggested others that worked

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DD
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner and can not wait to return.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Just not that great. Steak so so. Sides meh. Service very slow.

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MD
Wilmington
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We try to go to Port Land Grille monthly. The food is fantastic, the service is incredible and there are great choices on the wine list. Many locals dine here, so you will not be overwhelmed by summer visitors.

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Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. We were not rushed through our meal. The Chilean sea bass was perfectly prepared.

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KK
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere is amazing! It is pricey though.

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S
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Booked a reservation for 8 PM Saturday about 3 days in advance, 8 pm being the earliest available. This was our first visit to this place. We arrived about 10 minutes early but then ended up standing in the foyer until 8:20 when we were seated. To be fair, it was the Saturday after Valentine's Day so we expected them to be busy, just didn't expect that kind of wait with a reservation. There were some very friendly & attentive servers there that night and ours was friendly but seemed rushed and distracted. The food was good and portions were more than generous. We intend to return on a less busy night - perhaps a week night.

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OT
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We love Port Land Grille and the food was amazing as usual! The kitchen was a bit behind but I think the weekend Valentine celebrations made for a packed house. Love th food and ambiance here!

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Had res for 7:30,
Got our table at 8. Got our food at 9:30. Ribeye was excellent. Grouper tasted like rubber. Service was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and perfect service! My girlfriend and I went for Valentine's day. The wine was fantastic. The beef tartare was amazing! The antelope and aged ribeye were cooked to perfection! For dessert we had the molten cake. It was all very delicious and again, the service just right. I will certainly be back.

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JJ
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I have been going to Port Land in the 15 or so years it's been open. Anne and Shawn are great detail people ensuring that everything is right every time. Great service, great food done perfectly. It's the best in Wilmington

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

They were clearly overwhelmed for Valentines Day. Seating was well behind schedule and the kitchen extremely slow. We were seated 30 min late and after ordering our food took over an hour to arrive.

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L
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious prices are pretty good for the presentation of the dish.

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m
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure here ! Great food and best waiter anywhere :)

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Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Had 7:15 reservation. We were not seated until 8:05. When we arrived and checked in, we were told by the owner that they were running “a minute or two behind. I asked for status about 20 minutes later and owner stated “people with earlier reservations showed up late”. We were never offered any discount or comp item. Our server was very nice but owner not very sympathetic to inconvenience of customers.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing as always!!!! Great service! Would recommend for a nice date night!!!

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BS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You will spend some money there but the service and food quality are well worth a splurge for a special night out. A must try for Wilmington!

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T
Wilmington
82 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

PLG is my wife’s fav special occasion restaurant in Wilmington & it seldom disappoints. Her steak & my Mahi-mahi were prepared perfectly & throughly enjoyed this Valentines occasion as in prior visits!

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B
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bone in rib eye was amazing. An impressive wine list, as well. Highly recommend.

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s
Wilmington
41 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the Port Land Grille did not disappoint. We enjoyed our St. Valentine's Day meal there on 2/13 when we felt the restaurant would be less crowded. We were correct. Anne and her staff were very cordial and accommodating. We always ask for a quiet table and as always were given what I feel is the best in the house. The wine list was more than adequate and the servers most hospitable. Foodwise, we each ordered the barrel cut filet and found it extraordinary. Dinner was completed by the chocolate lava cake which is a standard fare at this wonderful restaurant. We visit the Port Land Grille for many special occasions each year and are always met with a cheerful and relaxed atmosphere with plenty of good food and good feelings.

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MP
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding staff and service, our dinner was phenomenal. We can't wait to return!

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NM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our 47th Anniversary dinner & this is our favorite special restaurant in town. Our server Emily was outgoing & knowledgeable about the menu. Timing was perfect as we could talk & have a break between courses.

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Charleston
47 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is not only the best restaurant in the Wilmington area, it could stand up to competition in towns like Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, etc. We go here several times a year and each time continue to find everything perfect from staff, food and ambience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Just came away smelling very smokey.

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SR
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, wonderful food. The only suggestion I might make is to widen your wine selection to include French and Italian wines as well as the American wines you offer

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We thought the noise level was rather high We even asked the waiter if the PA system could be lowered- which he did. A group of 7 or 8 men were rather loud and disruptive of our conversation.

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r
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best dinning in all of Wilmington. It is not cheap, but it is worth it. If you have not been to Portland Grill, you are missing out.

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CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

We had left a remark on the back of our receipt and I am happy to write it again. up until our entree it was very good. I had the ribeye and my daughter had the veal chop. unfortunately both of theses items were as tough as leather. I know the manager came by the table and asked how things were we told it was fine. Honestly I did not want to have this conversation in the middle of the restaurant. At desert my wife I asked for decaf coffee with "whip creme" and I was given creme The waiter obviously did not here what we wanted. We were disappointed, our bill was in the triple digits and for that price I would have expected better food and service. We have been there before many times with family and friends it has been a good experience this past Saturday was not. I was also a bit disappointed no one called I left my concerns on the bank card receipt with my phone number

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BS
Wilmington
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've had Portland Grill on on list to check out for quite a while. I wish we had not waited to try it! The food is absolutely delicious. Probably the best Wedge salad I've ever had. The Cowboy Ribeye (be sure to ask for the coffee rub!) was cooked to perfect mid-rare and melts in your mouth. My wife had the duck and it was incredible. Love the choose your preparation offerings. Some may consider the menu pricey, but it's worth every penny. Excellent service from the moment we arrived. It gets crowded after 6pm on weekends, so make a reservation early. You will not be disappointed!

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JP
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We have had a number of great meals at Port Land Grille but our night was off. Service was wonderful as always but food was subpar.

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Washington DC
257 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As a first time patron, I found Port Land Grille to have surpassed my expectations. As a Washington DC native, we are very spoiled by the choices of venues and restaurants. We found the food was delicious (husband said that the filet mignon was one of the best that he has ever had) and the wine list appropriate to their menu. Loved the wait staff and will return on my next trip to Wilmington waiting to be amazed again!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service as always...my out of town guests said it was one of their best restaurant experiences...we had a diverse choice of steaks, grilled chicken, shrimp, and oysters...

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LK
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed. We have been coming to Portland Grill for years, and the last two times we have been here did not measure up. Waited to be seated for reservation. Sat down and ordered immediately (already had drinks from waiting). Waited an hour and 40 minutes for my steak dinner (kitchen was backed up - for a long time I guess, although folks who arrived after us were being served their dinners), and when it finally came it was well done vs medium which I ordered. Tried to take a bite and was chewy (not sure if it was the meat or just being way overcooked). Server seemed very stretched with too many tables, but was still very nice and asked if I wanted another steak - but that it would take a while to get it since he kitchen was backed up (this was at 9PM). We declined, and he was very nice to not charge us for our steak. Left hungry.

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