We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Ports of Call

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
116 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461-3814
+1 910-457-4544
10:00 - 14:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 10:00 - 14:00
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

309 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 309: English reviews
Hope Mills, North Carolina
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

An impromtu trip to the beach landed us in Southport. Looking to eat at a favorite restaurant on the waterfront, we decided that was not going to happen when we learned of the long wait time. So we decided to go up the street to see what other restaurants may be available. That's when we found Ports of Call Bistro.... More 

1 Thank regal00
Susan Weckbaugh
Level Contributor
231 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My fried oysters were great but my friend thought her meal was bland. The salad was good. We came with a group of friends and everybody was eating their meal and I had to remind them I had not been served. I had 2 drinks and the bill was $53. No, next time it's Oliver's.

Thank Suporto
Holly Springs, North Carolina, United States
Level Contributor
40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Uniquely delicious. Great dining with a quaint feel. Food was very impressive. They also have specials that are out of this world delicious. The open faced pork chop was amazing. I got the fried chicken sandwich and my husband got the fish tacos. We split onion straws and they were spicy and the dipping sauce was chipotle mayo. Would highly... More 

Thank GabSettle
North Carolina
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The special of the day was a quiche served with a salad and it was excellent! My husband ordered pork tenderloin medallions from the menu and he really enjoyed it too! There were some really great sounding menu items so we decided we will go back!

Thank Okigcgirl
Frederick, Maryland
Level Contributor
48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant decor is lovely. I especially enjoyed the maps that are part of the table tops. Our welcome was friendly and the service was efficient but not rushed. We were given plenty of time to chat even though the place was quite busy. The restaurant has a a good wine list and the food was excellent. Lots of choices.... More 

Thank H6551XMsharon
Southport, North Carolina
Level Contributor
107 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ports of Call is a somewhat unique restaurant in Southport because they offer wonderful dishes that are not fried. The curry chicken salad at Sunday Brunch was among the best we have had. The scrambled eggs were relatively fluffy and moist - a rear find in many restaurants. The dinner menu is extensive, including tapas. The wine menu is decent,... More 

Thank PaulSuzanneTravel
Southport, North Carolina
Level Contributor
15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was impressed with the variety of entrees this restaurant had! Our food was nicely presented and very tasty! Only complaint was the bar bill-- drinks tasted a bit watered down. Overall -- good experience!

Thank efoxschoer
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Server at first rushed us to order even though restaurant was not full by any means. She got better but still wasn't friendly. Food was okay, nothing to write home about. The chicken salad w/avocado was best dish we had

Thank JeanA6565
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
84 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After some difficulty finding a place to eat in this off season, we stumbled upon Ports of Call. It's a cozy little house with an extensive menu. Always in search of gluten free options, I was able to order a delicious curried chicken and pecan salad with avocado, as well as a small salad. Curry dishes can often be overly... More 

Thank Kathy W
Southport, North Carolina
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have had some good meals there years ago, but usually something on the menu is not available. I took my family there for Christmas Eve for the second time. It was a price fixed menu. Appetizer was great. She crab soup was great. Entrees and dessert were average at best. Based on the price I do not think I... More 

Thank William J. F
Raymund A, Manager at Ports of Call, responded to this review

You referred to our 5 course price fixed Christmas Eve menu at $60 a person. For the viewing public, here is the menu that was offered. Course 1: Choice of One Starter Bloody Mary Shooter with Snow Crab Leg, or, Blackened Steak Tips with Sautéed Mushrooms and Gorgonzola Cheese on a Crostini Course 2: Choice of One Soup Charleston She... More 

Travellers who viewed Ports of Call also viewed

Southport, North Carolina Coast
Southport, North Carolina Coast
Southport, North Carolina Coast
Southport, North Carolina Coast

Been to Ports of Call? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 116 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461-3814
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Southport
  • Phone Number: +1 910-457-4544
Downtown at 116 N Howe St. Southport, NC 28461 Two blocks from the water.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Ports of Call and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Southport. NC
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Ports of Call staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?