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Downtown at 116 N Howe St. Southport, NC 28461 Two blocks from the water.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
American, Seafood, International
Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walked in on a Tuesday night. Restaurant was 3/4 full. Our party of 4 was sat quickly and that's when things went down hill. Waited a solid 10 minutes before seeing the waitress followed by another 20 to receive basic drinks. Again, the restaurant was...not full by any means and there were only 2 couples at the bar. Tapas arrived 15 minutes later and then 20 minutes later the bread finally arrives with the salads and entrees. I asked for a glass of wine to go with my meal which never arrived. I kindly asked to cancel once I had finished eating. If the food had been at least average, I think we could have overlooked the excessive waiting and extremely slow bar. Sadly, the food was not up to par, some of it inedible. I had the filet special which was bland and average...it wouldn't have prompted me to leave a review of any kind, but my husband's catfish special was absolutely inedible. The batter was charred brown and so heavily salted it made us gag. The roasted Brussel spouts looked more like ash from the fire pit. The calamari tapas and the side Ceasar salad were the only good tasting and well cooked items we sampled throughout the evening. When the bill came it was the last bit of deflation, realizing we were dropping almost $200 on 2 tapas, 3 entrees, and 4 drinks on extremely lackluster food. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume it was an off night and they were understaffed. Unfortunately we won't be returning. Very disappointed.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 14 June 2021

Food was good, standard menu with no real surprises. Fish special was sold out by the time of our 7:30 reservation. The real draw is the quaint ambiance and wonderful servers.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 20 May 2021

We have lived in Southport a bit over a year and have tried several restaurants. Last night, we had the pleasure of dining at Ports of Call. A couple of people had recommended it and as we had company visiting, we thought we would try...it and we are very happy we did. We had reservations for 6:30 are were pleasantly greeted and seated at a very nice table (not Table #9 :-) ). Our server, Bryan came over, introduced himself, explained the dinner specials and wine specials to us. We started with a bottle of Rose (very nice!) and were never rushed to order (a wonderful thing). As the dining room filled up, we knew that they probably were a bit understaffed and when one of the other 'team' members came overt to get our appetizer orders, our suspicion was confirmed. However, the way each one pitched in to help, you forgot that Bryan was working most of the room. Our appetizers were wonderful. My wile had the fried green tomatoes (a family favorite) that was delicious and beautifully presented. The flavors were very interesting and creative; it brought the dish to a whole new level for us. I had the Thai Hot and Sour Soup which was amazing. The flavors were very rich and deep. We were a bit disappointed with the artichoke appetizer. We ordered soon after that. Everyone's dish was spectacular! Our guests (from VA Beach) have many restaurant options yet loved the restaurant, its charm and ambience. The Ahi tuna was perfectly cooked and nicely plated. One couple had the blackened scallops and salmon special. Both remarked how delicious their dinners were and everything perfectly cooked. My wife had the shrimp and lobster over linguine and is still talking about her meal. They also have a great wine list and knowledgeable staff to help make the correct pairing. This gem in the heart of Southport is now our go to restaurant …I'm only sorry it took us so long to get there. Well done; great to see a team pull together and make everyone's dining experience special!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 5 May 2021 via mobile

This is a comfortable upper scale restaurant with amazing entrees. They’ve just come out with a new summer menu featuring entrees from around the the country and the world. Had a wonderful time. The meal was wonderful and the service was top notch. Had the...Boothbay Maine entree, shrimp, lobster in linguine with a creamy pesto sauce. Great. Also recommend the Paris beef short ribs. I’ll make sure to have that next time.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 27 January 2021 via mobile

Ports of Call has excellent quality food and service. Every meal I’ve had there has been fabulous. The tuxedo dessert is chocolate perfection. Prices are a little higher than some other restaurants close by, but the food is worth it.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 11 December 2020

We decided to try Ports of Call last night with some friends. We had been there before on several occasions and had not been back for awhile the Menu seemed to have gotten a little stagnant but last night we were pleasantlly surprised. Grreat Food...Great Service.........Dave is very knowledgable about their wines and they had some excellent choices reasonbly priced. We felt very comfortable even with the Pandemic seated inside.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 29 November 2020 via mobile

My family of 6 had a blast. We loved the food and drinks. We  apprecired the variety and the complexity of the flavors. My daughter has a severe uncommon anaphylaxic allergy and most others of us have dietary restrictions.  They did a amazing job balancing all...of our different requirements.  We all keep talking about how great it was.  Thank You Ports of Call!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 23 November 2020

Surprised my husband with a small private party at our favorite wine store Uncorked By The Sea! A heartfelt thank you to Jeff and Meredith. You never disappoint. The Cheese Shop’s charcuterie was beyond delicious and a fantastic presentation.Thank you, Lisa! Ports of Call’s dinner...tapas and short rib dinner was spectacular. What a great menu, Jake. Many thanks to these 3 local and always consistent establishments in Southport NC we highly recommend. You made it an amazing and memorable evening.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 4 October 2020 via mobile

What a mess. Called @950and made a res. for 1115. Arrived to be told there was no res. When I showed the host the call documented on my phone he had no explanation. Waited at the bar for the bar area window table we had...previously requested and later sat there. Not enough staff to handle the situation. Food was meh, asked for a wine list during the meal but waiter never made it back. While dining a group of six “waiting” people crowded into the corner between us and the bar. No masks, no distancing, being loud and laughing and blocking the bartenders access to the bar. After it became clear they didn’t care I approached, excusing myself, and asked that they either put on masks or properly distance from our table. Some moved off grudgingly and one female, looking at us , stated you “can’t live in fear” to which I responded it wasn’t about fear, but respect. Her retort was “we should stay home”. I of course told her she should but it was clear it all wasn’t going anywhere. They were soon seated. The restaurant was trying to manage to the safety protocols but they simply weren’t in control of the situation. A female customer sitting at the bar who observed the exchange apologized about what happened. One part ignorance, one part overwhelmed restaurant, one part a rainy day Sunday brunch, was a bad concoction. Maybe post Covid?More

Date of visit: October 2020
RaymundA_12, General Manager at Ports of Call, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2020

Here at Ports of Call, we take COVID precautions very seriously. On this day, we were understaffed which unfortunately happens on occasion. We do the best we can to keep everyone safe.

Reviewed 8 September 2020 via mobile

High expectations were dashed on our first visit. My wife’s Halibut over risotto was excellent, the duck breast special was similar to rubber hockey puck, the rice pilaf was underdone. The highlight of the evening was the peach cocktail with Makers and the sunrise martini.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Our corkage fee is $10 per bottle. The fee is waived for a bottle per couple if purchased from these local shops and consumed in the following evenings: Tuesday-Silver Coast Winery Wednesday-Grape and Ale Thursday-Uncorked... More
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Ports of Call is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5