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.
American, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm (or until)
Military Cutoff Road
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
We have two private dining rooms perfect for your next business dinner meeting, rehearsal dinner or private party from 15 - 65 guests. Private dining (including total buyouts) available 7 days with certain food and beverage minimums applicable. Visit our website for menu ideas, pricing and other private dining information.
Private Party Contact:
Anne Steketee: 9102566056
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Port Land Grille Ratings and Reviews
All the elements of a great dining exper ...
All the elements of a great dining experience came together perfectly here, even on a Saturday night in a beach city, during the height of summer vacation!
Between us we had both steak (fillet), and seafood (monkfish), and both were exquisite... the choices of preparations, including sides and seasonings, was a great menu enhancement, and our server was outstanding!
Every time is super and well worth the c ...
Every time is super and well worth the cost. Split a salad and it was the usual size salad for 1 at most restaurants - could have been an entree if not split. Both had swordfish, different ways, and both were delicious and excellently cooked. Coconut cake superb and glad we took the uneaten half home for the next day. Though informal, table linens add a welcome ambiance. Staff are attentive and certainly didn't rush us.
This is truly a great restaurant. The f ...
This is truly a great restaurant. The food, atmosphere, and service is outstanding. Our server, Bob, was one of the best I've ever seen. There are many regular customers who know each other and are greeted by the staff. This was our second visit in the past two years and we will definitely be back.
Very nice meal with my son- good food, n ...
Very nice meal with my son- good food, nice service and delightful atmosphere. We didn't need to order the appetizer because we had a lot of food for the main course, including my salad with fried oysters and arugula.
One of our favorite restaurants anywhere ...
One of our favorite restaurants anywhere in the country. My wife & I schedule a date night here every time we vacation in WB. Outstanding food and a wine list that branches outside the standard names. Also a good spot to enjoy a cocktail without the large crowds.
My wife's favorite restaurant in the Wil ...
My wife's favorite restaurant in the Wilmington area. Our waitress was pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable--except for the chardonnay wine.
Three of the women in our party were displeased with recommended choices. They are experienced wine drinkers.
They finally switched to mixed drinks which were excellent.
My choice of scallops with pilaf and spinach was disappointing. Scallops were good but few; pilaf was good also, but on a bed of fresh greens it seemed more like a salad--sautéed spinach would have been good.
Had not been to Portland Grille in a goo ...
Had not been to Portland Grille in a good while. Enjoyed returning last weekend. Salads are big enough to split. Entrees too for that matter. Food was excellent. Ambience is good. Service great. So give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
A friend an I ate here while visiting Wi ...
A friend an I ate here while visiting Wilmington for the weekend. The raving reviews pulled us in and we made a reservation. When we arrived, there were no others waiting, and it appeared that other tables were open, yet we waited for at least 30 minutes before being seated for our already late evening reservation. After being seated, everything was wonderful. The food was delicious, the prices were decent, and the setting was wonderful (although a bit cold). Regardless of the wait, we will definitely be going back!
Has heard good reviews of this place whi ...
Has heard good reviews of this place while on vacation, so we decided to go. Jody was our waitress and I asked her advice on which steak I would like. She told me in detail about the steak she always has here and I got it. To my surprise it was Not the most expensive steak on the list but it was absolutely the best steak (the coffee rubbed steak) that I have EVER HAD AND EVER EXPECT TO HAVE. Thanks you Jody and Port Land for the best meal I have had in an extremely long time. Just sorry that I live in NJ and can't go there at least once a week.
Still one of the best
No matter how many times I go, I am still a happy camper. Crab cake over bed of Lima beans remains all-time fav. My husband had the scallops which were also quite delectable!! Along with salads and champagne, we brought home enough to enjoy for lunch the next day.
My husband & I had my family in town for Memorial Day weekend 2016. We were a bit nervous about making reservations with PLG since during our last reservation there, they had us wait for an obscene amount of time even though we had reservations. They totally redeemed themselves in our opinion. We were seated very quickly during this visit. The food & service were outstanding! We will definitely go back & also recommend PLG to others.
Gone downhill since our last visit
My wife and I have had great experiences here in the past but were underwhelmed on our latest visit. Both the food and service were mediocre - possibly because it was a busy Saturday night on Memorial Day weekend. However, there is no excuse at such a high price point. We will definitely return and give it another (perhaps last) chance. Disappointing that such a local and inventive menu was poorly executed.
We always love with The Port Land Grille!
This is our umpteenth visit to the Port Land Grille. For our special occasions, it is our special location. Since our first visit over ten years ago, we have always felt welcomed and have always been treated to the very best food in Wilmington. The staff is wonderful and the variety of foods on the menu should please almost anyone. We will continue our dinners there and may add even more as the children age into adolescence.
Horrible waiting times
Reserved a table for 8pm, arrived at 7:55pm and was seated 35 minutes later. 10 more minutes and we finally got a waiter to take our drink orders. Another 20 minutes and we finally got some bread after asking. Meal arrived almost 1.5 hrs after the start of our reservation. The wait was simply too much for us to ever go back. Food was good but not worth the waiting times. The sweet tea is not sweetened like a proper southern tea and should have been told it comes unsweetened. I push the tea to the edge of the table for the waiter to take away. The waiter never asked about the tea until I finally told him the tea was horrible and to take it away about 30 minutes later. My recommendation to my friends and family will be to stay clear of this place.
Always a delightful dining experience. ...
Always a delightful dining experience.
Delicious and Creative menu from Chef Shawn, made from fresh and local ingredients, wonderful service from Anne, Robert and the rest of the team. Great wine list and calm atmosphere. Our friends enjoyed the evening as much ad we did and always do.
Fine Dining Experience
As usual, we were pleased with our dining experience at the Port Land Grille. The taste and overall quality of the food dishes served was outstanding. Graham provided stellar service as well. A few, small "tweeks". I order a beef filet and it was supposed to be served with "fingerling" potatoes. Instead I got a huge pile of what appeared to be home-fries. In general the portions served were over-sized. Enough to serve two. Perhaps smaller servings at a lower price would be appropriate. Also, we asked the waiter a question about one of the ingredients in our salad. He went to find out; then did not come back. On the positive side, the restaurant offered the option of sharing the salads. We did that and ordered the mixed greens with fried oysters and it was top-notch; could have made a meal out of the salad!
Nice restaurant but have a couple concerns. Expect a restaurant of this level to be more accommodating to those with Celiac Disease. It was a struggle and there wasn't a lot of flexibility. In addition, I expect more of the waiter. He seemed distracted, forgot a couple of items and actually brought us the wrong wine.
We chose this restaurant based on the reviews on Open Table and other sites. We had the coffee-rubbed rib-eye and black sea bass. Both were cooked on a wood-fired and the result was excellent for both. I suggest you choose your sides carefully as ours were good, but they took away from the food receiving an outstanding rating. Our wait person was excellent, attentive and helpful with our several special requests. We would definitely return when we come back to Wilmington.
Great find in Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington area. Made reservation on Open Table. Seated early, prior to reservation. Unique preparations of more traditional offerings. Tenderloin was one of the most delicious I've ever had. Selected the preparation with the balsamic reduction, twice baked potato and haricot verts; highly recommend this selection. My husband had the fresh swordfish. A memorable dining experience. We will be back!
A STEP ABOVE BUT
DEFINITELY A STEP ABOVE THE REST. EXCELLENT PREPARATION AND CREATIVE CHOICES. HOWEVER THE PRICES ARE HIGH TO MATCH. WE WERE VERY HAPPY WITH MOST OF OUR MEAL. FRIED OYSTER SALAD AND PATE' WERE INCREDIBLE. THE EXCEPTION WAS THE CRAB CAKE WHICH WAS VERY SALTY. OUR SERVER WAS VERY GRACIOUS AND OFFERED A SUBSTITUTE OR DEDUCTION FROM THE BILL.
WOULD LOVE TO GO BACK SOON.
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