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“Inspired Dining Amid Great Atmosphere!”
Review of Ports of Call

Ports of Call
Ranked #7 of 82 Restaurants in Southport
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Downtown at 116 N Howe St. Southport, NC 28461 Two blocks from the water.
wilmington, NC
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Inspired Dining Amid Great Atmosphere!”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Our party of four had a delightful dinner along with great conversation enabled by the artfully-spaced tables and beautiful bar set amid Mediterranean-decor. Don't let the "Bistro & Market" addition to the name fool you--Ports Of Call is a unique and welcome upscale addition to the comfort-food-loud-noise Southport restaurant scene with inspired dishes unlike anything else served locally. A big plus is how accommodating he chef is to what diners want, offering Tapas (appetizers) in two sizes so that diners can use larges as entrees if they want. Also offered are all sides such as house salads, vegetables, starches, so you can combine them and create your own meal. Ask and you shall receive! Our table shared the bread basket and a wonderful Cheese and Cracker tapa with exotic cheeses, capers, and fig jam for starters that was delicious. For dinner I ordered the delectable large Lightly Fried Oysters (12 qty) Tapa for $12, adding an asparagus risotto for $4.50. Other unusual entrees (amid the typical Crab Cakes, Shrimp, etc.) included a Mumbai Chicken Curry; Ravioli of the Day; Baby Back Ribs with Blueberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce; Corn Cakes Tapa with roasted red pepper, jalapeno, corn, goat cheese. Entrees range between $17-$25. Wines, while good, average an expensive $7/glass and then you only get 1/3 of a huge glass worth, a minor gripe. Only other disappointment was the most expensive dish, the Diver Scallops in an unbalanced Saffron, Orange, and Tomato Broth with too dominating tomato flavor and no herbs/spices to make it special, served with tender asparagus. Even so, we can't wait to go back!

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
Long Island, NY
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great dinner!”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

Very good food, good prices and excellent service.

We ordered only tapas/appetizers and they were all tasty! The honey drizzled corn cakes were a stand out.

Our waitress was so sweet to us. She helped us pick out our choices and also advised on whether to get the large or small portion.

  • Visited July 2013
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Chicagoland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A new favorite!”
Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

We wanted the perfect brunch to finish off a perfect trip to the beach in NC. We spied Ports of Call on our way through Southport and had to stop. Best decision EVER! Excellent, friendly service and exceptional, fresh food. A must try!

  • Visited July 2013
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Southport, NC
Level 6 Contributor
145 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“A Cut above average”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Pretty good food, reasonable prices, good service, decent decor, no view. Moderate to limited menu. Tends to feature Mediterranean food. Quiet, good for a date night. There are 4-5 restaurants I like better, but we go now and then.

  • Visited November 2012
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Fresh Food”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

The new Bistro in Southport is outstanding. The food is fresh and lots of it is locally grown. Salads are so fresh they crackle when you bite into them, the fruit is sweet and delicious. Taste like it has just been picked from the tree or bush. Hamburgers and seafood are made fresh and served exactly like they should be served, hot. The service is well above average. Very attentive to your every wish. Desserts are delicious. What more can I say, it is a great experience all around.

Visited June 2013
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