With a globally inspired menu and interior design, Ports of Call Bistro and Market in historic downtown Southport is the perfect fine dining restaurant choice whether you're having lunch and dinner with friends or looking for the perfect spot for a romantic evening for the two of you. You can also browse our market area with finds from around the world.
We aim to make you feel at home while at the same time transporting you to a celebration of world cuisine and culture. We also celebrate our local environment and historic Southport, and our regional cuisine. As one customer wrote in a review of us:
" I keep going back to Ports of Call. I like the atmosphere. It's international, and the owner sits in the window or the bar overseeing everything. That's unusual and special. Somehow I'm reminded of Rick's in Casablanca, only there is no gambling in the backroom ( I don't think there is...) One should dress up a bit to eat here, although it's not required; after all, this is a North Carolina Beach Village. Nevertheless there's a real element of fine dining here. That's because the food is not all fried seafood as is common hereabouts. My wife and I had our anniversary dinner here, and it so happened they were celebrating Bastille Day with some wonderful specials. I had the bouillabaisse and a salad with wasabi dressing. They were lovely, but the most impressive, and this may seem a bit odd, was the bread basket. The bread had a crunch crust and delicate flavor, warm from the oven. A bread lover, I had never had such fresh crispy bread. The service is very good, and the restaurant background music is always international, which adds to the feeling of being abroad. Oh, have I mentioned that Southport is very nearly on the same latitude as Casa Blanca, which is 33.5333 degrees N., Southport is 33.9244 degrees N."
Our Menus are changed seasonally, and the names of major menu items are linked to major 'Ports of Call' with which they have an historical or other association. Each item is meticulously prepared by our professionally trained culinary team, headed by Executive Chef Greg Feltz. All food items are cooked to order and hand-crafted, and our menus are inspired by fresh, locally available product whenever possible, with an aim of delighting your taste buds with local and global recipes, from the likes of Varnamtown to Valencia, Trieste to Napoli, Mumbai to Yokohama and beyond.
Every day is a new experience at Ports of Call Bistro and Market. Daily Specials outside our restaurant for you to take a look at as you are strolling down Howe Street in Historic Downtown Southport. Staff can sometimes be found at our local farmer's market in the summer getting inspired for their daily features. Items in our meals our carefully chosen to work in flavorful harmony with one another to provide you with an experience that you can remember and share with others.
We invite you to add Ports of Call Bistro to your list of places to dine and we hope to see you soon. Welcome and Bienvenue!
116 N Howe Street
Tuesday- Saturday Lunch: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday- Saturday Dinner: 5:00 pm – Closing
Open for Sunday Brunch: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm