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Ports of Call

116 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
910-457-4544
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Ranked #11 of 72 Restaurants in Southport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Tapas, International, Bistro
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Downtown at 116 N Howe St. Southport, NC 28461 Two blocks from the water.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Downtown at 116 N Howe St. Southport, NC 28461 Two blocks from the water.
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English first
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our evening at Ports of Call in the charming historic village of Southport. The Catch of the Day was grouper with lobster and crab topping over a pea risotto. The fish was delicious, the portions ample. The risotto was nice but could have used a little more seasoning. My husband's veal Marsala was wonderful. The service was excellent,... More

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Orlando
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The first 'Excellent' I've given in a while. I was visiting Southport and ate at Ports of Call on a recommendation from a few of the locals I'd met. It is a small restaurant and when we walked in towards the end of dinner service on a Tuesday night, it was PACKED. There was 1 table available and we were... More

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Simply put, the best meal (lunch) we've had during our two week vacation in the Carolina beach area. Everything was home made and delicious plus the service was exemplary. A must go location.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We were walking around Southport looking for a place to eat dinner when we stumbled upon Ports of Call. The atmosphere was pleasant. We ordered 2 apps beef tenderloin wrapped in bacon also a mozzarella tomato bruschetta . The beef was tender but there was too much bacon wrapped on each piece and not crispy as one would expect .... More

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Matthews, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Before 'calling it a day', stopped in at Ports of Call for a light meal. We were immediately seated at the exact same table where starring actors for "Safe Haven" enjoyed a meal / filmed. The hostess shared a few minutes of pleasant conversation and promptly sent our server over. Ordered wine - based on his recommendation - which was... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

It was our first visit to the Southport area and we wanted a really nice dinner, and we found it. Ports of Call was fabulous. I think half of our group of 8 had the scallops and they were delicious. Also had a great wine list. I highly recommend the "Educated Guess" wine. Everything from the salads to the desserts... More

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Holden Beach, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Wasn't quite sure about this bistro but gosh what a great surprise!!!! Excellent service and food. We would definitely eat here again! We recommend the Cuban sandwich, oysters, their daily special corn chowder with peach tomato bruschetta and even the cheeseburger were great.

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Wilmington, NC
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

What used to be one of my favorite places to eat in Southport let me down last night - primarily due to the service. Our waiter did not introduce himself, which is something most diners have come to expect. After all, the person serving you is an integral part of your dining experience. To begin with, I asked for the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The food was really delicious. An eclectic mix of ingredients and tastes from all over the world. They have an adorable little market as well with things you'd only find overseas and/or in specialty shops! There are so many great things on the menu, I highly recommend ordering a bunch of items and sharing!

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We have now been here twice and the food is fabulous. Bar has a great wine selection - ask for Ben, he knows his stuff. Skip the long lines for mediocre food on the water and come here. Great food, great atmosphere. You will not be disappointed.

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