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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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

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Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (31)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Good for a Date (27)
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Notable Wine List (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Romantic (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Local Ingredients (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Business Meals (10)
Cozy (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Casual (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Fun (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Scenic View (6)
Seasonal (5)
Waterfront (3)
Authentic (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined 3 days ago

Everything was great! The meal, the beverages, the service and of course -the coconut layer cake.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

This place never disappoints. From the bartender, service staff, and anyone else we met, they actually seemed to like what they were doing. The food was excellent, well presented, served at the appropriate temperatures. I hate to say we only come here a couple times a year, because it is so good I would love to dine here more often. We had two birthdays at the table and the staff could not have been more accommodating.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

The location is hard to get to using GPS. Table was decorated for my husband's birthday, nice touch. Wine was expensive,12.00 a glass and not very good,steak was very fatty. For 30.00+ dollars for a steak dinner could have been a much better piece of meat. It is a steak and fish restaurant. Our waiter was nice but never saw him after meal was done, someone else asked about dessert,nothing for birthday, then handed us check a n d goodbye. Never saw our waiter to thank him. Odd.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great restaurant. Food and service were excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Wonderful as usual! The fish is very fresh as are the vegetables. Also the wine list is extensive. We eat there often!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Being new to Wilmington this was our first dining experience at the restaurant. We very much enjoyed the menu selections and found the ambiance very nice. Looking forward to returning soon!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

We had an excellent waitress. The quality of the food was excellent.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We waited over 30 minutes to even be provided water. That was after two times of making the hostess staff aware that we had not been provided any type of service. It took an additional hour and 15 minutes to have any portion of our mail service. There was no explanation for management as to why we were receiving such poor service. Other seated near us also expressed that they had received the same low-quality service. There was nothing done by any of the staff including management to rectify such poor service.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The restaurant overbooked and could not handle the customers. This has happened to me several times at this restaurant , and I won’t go there again. An expensive restaurant should be better than this.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Took 2 hours to get our food. Tasted great, but the service was very disappointing.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The Portland Grill can be a hit or miss. This visit it was a miss. The place was not busy yet we waited a very long time for service. The crab cake I had seemed to be mostly filler. Thou I took most of it home and re cooked it the next day and it was much better. The desert, (they are known for their coconut cake), was shared by the table. Really very dry but then again, what I took home tasted much better the next day!!!

So, hit or miss. I've had some good meals there. As Forrest Gump said, you never know what you get in a box of chocolates!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Fabulous food. The sides are always perfectly planned for the main course. Ugly tomato salad is superb and always a bit different depending on the season. Also, the wait staff is very well trained in the correct way to serve and remove plates and table ware. It makes dining at Portland Grill a pleasure.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I found this place with a colleague while in Wilmington on business. The food was outstanding. We both had sea scallops, prepared differently--but both cooked perfectly. Good range of seafood and steaks/chicken/meat with creative preparation. Excellent wine list, as well. It was quiet even with a half-full dining room. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. The patio area outside is lovely. Would definitely go back and recommend to a friend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Best place in Wilmington!

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Outstanding food, service, and ambiance. Portions remain a little too large for us and a moderate price wine is not on the menu. Regardless 5 stars

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food and Service were outstanding! Everything was fresh and delicious we would go there again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was our second dinner at Port Land Grille and it did not disappoint. The food was very good, but a bit pricey...nice for a special occasion or date night. I like the way you can choose your fish or steak and then can choose the preparation and sides from several options. The service was attentive and Anne, the owner, was very friendly. They think of everything...they even have reading glasses at the hostess station to help with the small print on the menu. We were there on a Friday night and they were very busy but the tables are large so you don't feel crowded. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 12, 2017

My beef tenderloin was prepared perfectly and so were my wife's scallops. Service was great! Definitely will be back!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We hadn't been to the Grill in a long time. No particular reason so thought we'd try it again. Wasn't disappointed. Food (fresh fish), was excellent. Wednesday dinner is half price bottle of wine night. Had exceptional Red from France for $25. Outstanding. Great bread pudding with ice cream and whipped cream for desert. We waited to long to go back here. Will do better in the future.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Everything was great! The food quality was top notch. Our server did a great job as well.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Fantastic experience! We have dined there many times before and every experience has been excellent. Bob took care of us and assisted us with wine and menu choices. The Veal Chop was perfect and my wife was shocked at the size and assortment in the vegetable dinner. Price was in line with other local high end restaurants. Go, you wont be disappointed.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Awesome food; loved the ambience & the service.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our absolute favorite date night restaurant! Great food, amazing waitstaff and as always felt completely catered to!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was amazing. Portions huge. Cowboy Ribeye @ med. rare with the sauce and cheese baked potato was delicious. Service was very good (perhaps not 5 star, but Rocky was darn informative as well as very personal.)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Authentic, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This place is the whole kit and caboodle. Friendly owner to greet you at the door? Check. Well informed waitstaff that is helpful but not hovering? Check. Relaxed but special ambiance? Check. A chef that knows what he is doing in the kitchen? CHECK CHECK CHECK. We had the pate and the quail to start, both delicious. (The pate could have used a thin layer of aspic or duck fat to seal the top.) The duck with purple rice was amazing. We loved our waitperson, Bob. So happy to have found Port Land Grille.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Always a pleasure to go out to the Portland Grille. Food is amazing and service is always outstanding!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 1, 2017

ALWAYS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Celebrated two birthdays (mine and a friends). Service was above expectations, food was great and the coconut cake was/is just amazing. Love the restaurant-look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Fun
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vip
 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Always a great dining experience. Birthday celebration. Food was great and service was spot on.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 19, 2017

This was our first experience at this lovely restaurant. Everything about our evening was perfect from start to finish. The food, the waiter, the ambiance, the wine list.... We were greeted warmly and the evening only got better from there. The food was creative and the combination of flavors were incredible and creative. The wine was surprisingly reasonably priced and paired perfectly with our meal. Our waiter was knowledgeable and made suggestions which turned out to be right on target with what I was wanting. If I lived anywhere near Wilmington, I would make this a regular dining spot. Thanks for such a wonderful evening!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

The food was wonderful and the service was excellent !

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food, service, and ambiance is fantastic. Experience was well worth the price. I would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in Wilmington, great food, ambiance and service.

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·Dined on September 15, 2017

My wife and I have been dining at Port Land Grille for 11.5 years now and we have NEVER been disappointed. Food and service is tremendous....always.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Birthday and fist time dinner here. Great menu with lots of great, and different choices. I like being able to order a main course and have alternatives for sides. Great service with a knowledgeable server - a real plus. Top notch.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 12, 2017

From the moment we walked in we loved this restaurant. The owner warmly greeted us and seated us, but the star of the show was our server Jodi who attentively and effortlessly conducted our meal experience, which was phenomenal. She refilled my drink twice the moment it was empty. Made excellent recommendations, wine included. The smoked salmon tartare, apple/fig/kale salad and all of the entrees were perfect. It was declared amoung the group as one of our Top 10 dining experiences. Thanks Port Land!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Anniversary

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vip
 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Port Land is an established, well-run, beautiful restaurant in a great location across from Landfall. Perfect for special occasions.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We have been here many times, this is first time service was slow. But we always go with reservations, and I can't remember ever being seated on time based on reservations. Food is always top notch however.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Our favorite place for special occasions ! The service is always wonderful and the food is amazing. We always go outside for dessert and coffee...the perfect setting to relax and finish off our evening.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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