About Port Land Grille

Port Land Grille has progressive American regional cuisine masterfully executed by chef owner Shawn Wellersdick in a casually elegant coastal setting since November 2000.

1908 Eastwood Road
Suite 111
Wilmington, NC 28403
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm (or until)

Cross Street:
Military Cutoff Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(910) 256-6056

Website:
http://www.portlandgrille.com/

Executive Chef:
Shawn Wellersdick

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Port Land Grille Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (33)
Good for a Date (30)
Fit for Foodies (25)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Notable Wine List (22)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Romantic (21)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Business Meals (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Cozy (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Healthy (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Casual (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Authentic (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tapas (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

A wonderful meal w/ friends. Every dish was exquisite. Can’t recommend the antelope enough — tender, delicious, flavorful w/o gaminess. The branzino was superb — flaky, light, moist, sublime. Tuna was similarly exquisite. Red neck egg rolls always a favorite. The sauce for the shrimp cocktail has just the right punch and true depth of flavor. Found the coconut cake a little dense but use chocolate cheesecake perfect. Service was excellent and the staff responsive to drink requests.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Never disappoints great night enjoyed Valentines Day

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

This is our 4th visit here. We went for Valentine’s Day dinner. The hostess was completely frazzled upon arrival. She never even acknowledged me (my husband was parking the car). Finally I moved really close to her podium and after a minute of standing there she kind of acknowledged me. I just chimed in to and said “hi I booked on open table. After that she made it still seem like a process and so complicated. Then another girl actually took over and sat us. It really wasn’t that busy considering it was Valentine’s Day but I don’t know what all of the confusion seemed to be. So once we sat our server was very nice and polite. Took our drink order yada yada yada. We ordered some appetizers and he finally brought some bread. We Ordered the bang bang style Collie flower which we have had before and it was very good so we opted for that again. However this time many of the pieces were actually called in the middle and we finished about half of it and decided we didn’t want to buy into any more cold pieces so we let him take it. We got another appetizer which was a beef dish which was very good. Then we ordered our dinner and waited. And waited andddd waited. Finally came and only mine came. The server told my husband that somebody in the kitchen took his plate and served it to somebody else. And then he offered him a different kind of fish in place of it and my husband felt obligated to take that one so we could at least eat her dinner together and mine not get cold. So he accepted the offer of the grouper... he was highly disappointed. The waiter did check on us and asked... my husband in around about way told him that he was disappointed. The server didn’t acknowledge it but I guess at this point it was water under the bridge.While there the kitchen was nearby and it’s open and there was a “gentleman” back there constantly screaming & swearing at other staff and getting visibly irate. It happens in kitchens but he was in plain view & earshot. Kind of awkward.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a great evening with friends on Valentine ‘s Day. Everything was fantastic especially our server Gabby. A truly “cannot miss “restaurant .

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Wilmington)·Dined 5 days ago

Very nice place to eat. Elegant and very delicious. Nice to find a quiet place to eat. We both enjoyed it.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Wilmington)·Dined 5 days ago

As is the custom, The Port Land Grille did not disappoint. I have always found the food delicious and cooked to perfection. The wine list is unbeatable and the service unmatched. We visit this restaurant for at least two special occasions each years as well as a couple of times in between. It is truly special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Greensboro)·Dined 5 days ago

First time at the restaurant, won't be the last. Great for special occasions, it was Valentine's Day and my wife's birthday. Our waiter was great, the tempo of the service just right. I had read a review on their coffee rubbed ribeye, so I ordered it and was not disappointed. It was exceptional. As I said, will be back.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 5 days ago

Dined on Valentine’s Day...very festive. Food was fresh and delicious even with a huge crowd.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Wilmington)·Dined 6 days ago

If you want a steak.. make your first stop at Port Land. Aged beef.. melts in your mouth. Ours was cooked perfectly and choice of sides makes each entree deliciously different.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Western NC)·Dined 6 days ago

Hands down the best dining experience my wife and I have had in Wilmington and we eat out often.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Wilmington)·Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding as always. Best restaurant in the area for date night.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

Super, as always! We’ve coming here for 15 years and have always had a first-class experience — service, food preparation, ambiance, menu variety — the best in Wilmington! Love it

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 (Wilmington)·Dined 6 days ago

FIRST TIME EXPERIENCE. EVERYTHING FROM APPETISER TO DESERT WAS TOP NOTCH. WILL DEFINITELY GO BACK AS WELL AS RECOMMEND.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 10, 2018

First, the food was excellent. One of the best strip steaks I have had in a long time. Better than the last from Ruth Chris. The steak tartar appetizer was fixed perfectly. My wife enjoyed a crab cake , surrounded by baby lima beans and bacon. Different, and tasty. Her filet was tender, but a bit over done. That is the good.
The "Bad". I made a reservation for our 50th wedding anniversary, noted in the reservation. No one acknowledged this, our waitress or the hostess. We told our waitress as we were paying the bill. Poor management. Young men at the kitchen service counter were yelling, and the hostess said they were playing basket ball??? Our waitress was pleasant but not very attentive, but did give a lot of attention to the table of four next to us whom she knew and took time to chat with.
This is an expensive restaurant , but as the name says, it is a grill. Tables and chairs from any old cafe, and decor was lacking.
I would go back for the food, but it is over priced considering the ambiance and service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on February 8, 2018

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Port Land Grille! To start off, there was delicious bread with a buttery cheesy spread. Then I had the lobster roll slider appetizer. I am from New Hampshire and this was the closest to a real New England lobster roll I have ever had in the south. I just loved it! Both my husband and I had the beef tenderloin, and we both agreed it was one of the best we’ve ever had! I had it with the au poivre sauce which was a perfect combination. The beef was just about the most tender and flavorful I have ever had. And the accompanying sides were delicious as well. I had potatoes lyonnaise, which were crisped to perfection, and roast cauliflower done perfectly. Unfortunately I was so full after that wonderful dinner that I could not even think of eating one of their great looking desserts. I bet they are absolutely yummy! Well, that just means we will have to come back again soon just so I can get the dessert as well! This was just a fabulous dinner from beginning to end. Thank you Port Land Grille. We will be back soon!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

A lot of good food for the money.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The service was not good. We ordered a bottle of wine and they brought us one of a different year and said it was a misprint. The second was the same. The third was finally what was in the menu. The appetizers were delicious. The lamb I ordered was over cooked. Overall was very underwhelmed with the service and food for the cost.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Ordered Snapper and it was like rubber. Couldn’t cut through it and sent it back. The table next to us did the same

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The service was subpar, we were not
made to feel welcome. The server made us feel like we were a “bother” versus a valued customer that the restaurant was trying to win. Maybe if I had a beeper to alert her to our table instead of constantly passing by and not looking in our direction,, things could have been better.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This restaurant was such a pleasant, lovely surprise! The menu is exceptional, lots and lots of appetizers which would be fun to try with a few people to share with. Portions were huge - we split the grilled romaine caesar and both portions came on a platter! Delicious, romantic, great ambiance and our waiter gave the perfect service - very knowledgable and didn't hover but was there when you needed him. Had the coffee rubbed ribeye with duck fat roasted potatoes, haricots verts and peppercorn brandy demi. HIGHLY recommended, steak was perfect and well aged/marbled. Can't say enough good things!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Tapas
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Salad was delicious. Main entree was very good as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful meal

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellence prepared steaks. I had the 12oz New York Strip and wife enjoyed the 6 oz Filet. The appetizer of Pork Belly and Sweet Potato was wonderfully tasty and large enough to share. As suggested by our waitress, the salads are large enough to share and our delicious wedge salad was so large that one did not realize that you were sharing. The steaks come with one side option of potato choice. We had the twice baked potatoes and the duck fried sliced potatoes Each side comes with a very rich and tasty sauce that is served on top of the steak. If we had read the menu description closer, we would have realized this and would have prefer the sauce to be on the side. This is not a criticism but a personal preference because of the very rich taste of the sauce.
The wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. One can tell that this restaurant stresses the up most customer service as all staff was helping each other regardless of their assigned table. Also, all staff was in quick step.
We enjoyed our dining experience and will certainly return with friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 17, 2018

The Food was very good. The services is very good, and the ambiance and atmosphere was Very good. A bit pricey , i will be going back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Whenever my husband and I are in the area, we like to dine at Port Land Grill. I absolutely love the Red-neck eggrolls, and my husband adores the steaks. This latest visit, there seemed to be a hiccup with our reservations (which were made and confirmed via OpenTable) plus they were swamped with walk-ins, so rather than be seated in the dining room, they put us in an overflow/special events space with a few other patrons. The ambience was not as nice, but the service and food was great. The coconut cake is not to be missed. We were stuffed, but we ordered it anyway and took it home with us to enjoy with our coffee next morning.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Restaurant has good food but service leaves a lot to be desired when the owner is not present Restaurant was not that busy -

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We come to Port Land Grille for special occasions and they never disappoint. Another amazing evening at our favorite restaurant!

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Birthday celebration. Made great accommodations for our large group. Staff and owners are fantastic!

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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner! Always delicious!

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always Great!

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My husband Tim and I definitely found our favorite Wilmington Restaurant. Port Land Grille was everything we'd heard it was. Charming, elegant yet casual? How did they accomplish both?! The food was incredible, the service impeccable! We're looking forward to going back soon!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Organic, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A great New Years evening meal. Food and service was outstanding and the winter menu is wonderful.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful way to start 2018!

Anne and the staff made it a delight so much I have shared with everyone it’s a WB must. We will be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and service. Large group in room was loud. Guess that should be expected celebrating New Year’s Eve.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The seafood was wonderful and the service was also superb! Am looking forward to returning to Port land grille!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My Mom and Sister joined me for a New Year's Eve dinner at Port Land. It was our first time and it was not a disappointment. The food was beautifully presented and prepared to perfection, service was friendly and warm, and the overall ambiance of the restaurant was just our style.....fashionable but not stuffy....nice and cozy. We can't wait to come back in the Spring and Summer!

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was great the service was awesome

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We were celebrating a birthday and it was our first visit. The service was delightful, attentive. Food was excellent, 3 had steaks and one had the duck and all were perfect. Only downfall was dessert. The lava cake was very small and the coconut cake was very dry. Will still recommend and will plan on another visit for a special occasion! Might suggest to pastry chef to have creme brûlée in regular custard flavor as well as season taste.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I can't say enough about the food at Port Land, exceptional! We had a bit of everything, steak, grilled chicken and I had the enormous grilled pork chop with the most wonderful vegetables I have ever tasted, collards and sweet potatoes like I've never had before, truly memorable. Service was ok, our wait person was a helicopter and asked 4 times if she could take our orders. Diners don't like hovering wait staff. I highly recommend trying Port Land Grille, you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent food and service. We went ther for our anniversary and we were very pleased with the entire experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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