Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort

4.6
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1511 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
"Chic, sexy and glamorous", are words that have been used to describe the decor of this downtown Beaufort hotspot. If you are looking for where the locals eat, Breakwater is it. The atmosphere is upscale casual, the staff is friendly, welcoming and attentive.

Chef Lang and Chef Shaw's version of 'New Southern Cuisine' contains the past, present, and future all at once. Younger, lighter, and fresher than traditional Southern 'Old School' deep-fried fare while acknowledging culinary influences from the world beyond. Exceptional tapas menu, outstanding fresh local seafood and produce.
The bar at Breakwater exudes a lively energy with locals and travelers alike. Exceptional wine list with 75 wines by the glass.
What 1511 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Joseph
Charleston
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistency in service, tastiness of food, and overall presentation, and appropriate serving sizes are always on the mark. We have eaten here for years and have never been disappointed. The guests we introduce to Breakwater always thank us for the introduction.

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CindiR
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We absolutely Love Breakwater in Beaufort. When we are in town it’s a favorite for our family. From the appetizers to the after dinner drinks it’s always perfect. All Of the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable of their menus

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
45 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner. Was very nice atmosphere.

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LindsayR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I got the lamb meatloaf and it was amazing!! I’d go back anyday!

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food
my wife had the chicken
and I had the lamb meatloaf
wonder choices
tender and well seasoned
perfect setting for a romantic evening

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PatrickB
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal and excellent service! Social distance practiced, and all of staff wearing masks.

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jrack
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From start to finish the restaurant was excellent. Friendly attentive staff, well conceived and executed meal. We really enjoyed the experience and highly recommend if you like great food!

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vipkar3n
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Vacation meal! Local seafood with great food and beautiful sunsets!!! Busy and Covid makes for a lot of waiting for tables!

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NanaPop
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good, service & ambience were all superb! Recommend to everyone!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the Wine Room for a group 10. We could make all the noise we wanted without bothering other guest. Our server was amazing! Funny, on her game and knowledgeable. The food was perfect too. Excellent.

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vipKendraM
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a must do place every time we visit Beaufort! The food and service was amazing!

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The filet mignon was incredible. The she crab soup was incredible. The scallops were incredible. What a wonderful dinner!

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outtoeat
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The main dining room is quiet and elegant. The side room is a little louder due to acoustics, so chose it for a quiet dinner. The salads and filet are delicious! We really enjoyed our meal here. It’s a little pricey, but the food is superb.

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WebbA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went on recommendation from our B and B owner. They didn’t disappoint. The food was fantastic as well as the drinks. Everything was priced well. The only disappointment was that we didn’t go back the next night. We will be back the next time we are in Beaufort!

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IdaA
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant - will go back again. We had he grouper and it was delicious!

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MaryG
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We started with the butter bean hummus, split the fried chicken and beet salad. It was perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love Breakwater and Juliette. we hope the grouper entree and scallop benedict stay on the menu for a long time.

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Jokis
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Very good experience and will certainly go back. Keep in mind if you are a big eater, may not be enough of an entre. Suggest starter, salad and meal. The desert was outrageous. A pecan something or another with ice cream scoop. Yummy

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vipKellyBG
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place, upscale but unpretentious, with interesting cooking and friendly service

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HJSmemphis
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came to Breakwater on the last night open before the governor’s mandate went into effect. Of course the dinner was delicious, salmon and rigatoni, but even better was the camaraderie amongst the staff and patrons.

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RebeccaK
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

The food was very bland and I was served a half of a flounder which was all bones. The meaty top of the flounder was cut off...

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vipChrisL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

There are many riverfront restaurants to choose from in Beaufort. Despite its name, however, this is not one of them, so views are of a busy side street, not the Mighty Maye. Decor is lovely and service was good, but the quiche was really skimpy (for the price), the fish tacos OK but not memorable, and the Caesar salad tired-looking. With just water and tea to drink, our bill came to more than $60 for lunch. Reasonable, but I cannot recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a very nice meal our last night visiting Beaufort. We will definitely return the next time we are here! Our server was wonderful! She had good menu recommendations and was attentive.

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JanetN
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful meal! Great selections for food and beverages. Such a fun restaurant! Kelsey was our fabulous server! We'll be back - every chance we get to be in town.... :)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our dinner was extraordinary. Great food, attentive wait staff and excellent wine list made our dinner a great way to introduce friends to this unique restaurant.

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RobertW
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food that is consistently good for the past 10 years Staff is very knowledgeable about ingredients for those with food allergies This is a favorite among many very good restaurants in Beaufort

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debkayeboehm
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

We were meeting friends over lunch and spent at least two hours or more. The restaurant emptied out and we stayed with no problem. The food was delicious. Service friendly and prompt following our requests. And we thought the atmosphere lovely and serene. The decor soothing and high end. All in all a great find.

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KathieB
New England
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was good, not fabulous. Excellent, attentive waitstaff.

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vipRuthie
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We love Breakwater and have been there many times. The food is consistently good and the atmosphere lovely-- it is a very pretty restaurant. However on our most recent visit, the service was spotty at best. While the room was hardly busy, we had to wait for a very long time to have our drink order taken and then it took a very long time for our food to be delivered

I'm certain that our evening was not typical-- usually the service is top notch. Certainly we'll return soon

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JoAnnH
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Server and food were great. I would highly recommend.

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vipJINX
Charleston
220 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been to Breakwater many times. Service and food is always very good. Very nice dining room and nice sitting in the bar. Small dishes on the menu which is nice. Staff is always friendly. Never had a bad meal or experience here. Cant go wrong.

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vipCarrieH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved my dinner here with a friend! Our server was wonderful! The food was delicious. The hostess was not so accommodating but overall we had a wonderful time.

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vipLambchop
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great as always!

We mentioned birthday dinner on Open Table when making reservation but when we were toasting our drinks the waitress was surprised and wished a Happy Birthday.

Why do they ask on reservation if their is a special occasion if they are not going to recognize it?

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RDFB
Key West
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Breakwater has become my "go to" lunch with colleagues, friends, and out-of-town visitors because I can rely on great service, great food, and a lovely setting.

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AnthonyP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Food was good as always but I’m not sure what the issue was with the service. Our waiter that took our order was rarely present, our food was brought to us by 2 different people and our last round of drinks (never got my last drink btw) was ordered by grabbing other servers as they walked by. The people that were seated next to us actually got up and left. Very uncharacteristic of this place as where we were seated (bar area) there was very little of a crowd to have caused a lack of service. It was Valentines Day and a rare outing for me and the wife without kids, wish it was better.

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CherilynnW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food is always excellent! Great waitress.

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vipJaneS
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We, as always, had fantastic dining experience! Triggerfish was beyond comparison in its fresh, unique, and beautiful appeal. Wait staff always exceeds expectations and "house" ambiance never fails in warmth and welcome. Top of our list- Breakwater!!

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CorinneW
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had an amazing fresh crab and avocado salad for lunch (special for that day), so good I asked our waitress Heather to be added on the menu. Heather was a top notch waitress and service excellent. Nice quiet booth ideal for romantic or business meetings. Highly recommend this place as both food and service are excellent!

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DickH
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was good but not superb. Service was great. Ambiance was nice. Somewhat pricey. Would recommend it and will probably eat there again sometime.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a birthday dinner reservation! Outstanding Service, my waiter was very patient and very kind! I had the fried chicken, it was cooked to perfection! Would definitely go back!

FAQs

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 379-0052.

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort is rated 4.6 stars by 1511 OpenTable diners.

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