Boathouse at Breach Inlet
Boathouse at Breach Inlet

Boathouse at Breach Inlet

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.boathouserestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 8438868000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Winter hours: Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Summer hours: Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Crow bar opened daily at 3:00pm

    Lunch served seasonally May - September 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Charles Arena
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering menus available online at www.boathouserestaurants.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Our deck overlooking the waterway accommodates 80 people. Availability is limited to certain seasons.
  • Private Party Contact: Shawn Stullenbarger or Colleen OConnor 8438868000
  • Special Events: Charleston Restaurant Week 3 for $30 Menu January 10 - 20th, 2013

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Breach Inlet
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Self service parking also available beside the restaurant.
A word from Boathouse at Breach Inlet
This waterfront locale is historically known as the launching site of our country's first submarine, the H.L. Hunley. Poised at the breach between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic, you can enjoy a meal amongst the spectacular sunset views and balmy ocean breezes of the Isle of Palms. Come early and have a cocktail at the Rooftop Bar while enjoying amazing views before dining.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Boathouse at Breach Inlet reviews from OpenTable diners
263 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (209)great for outdoor dining (143)special occasion (89)neighborhood gem (83)good for groups (66)kid-friendly (59)romantic (49)fit for foodies (49)hot spot (26)great for brunch (21)great for lunch (19)vibrant bar scene (17)notable wine list (16)late-night find (7)Show More
  • Once a Month
    Coach420
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Always good service and excellent seafood. Upper deck bar great for watching the dolphins.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful sunset during dinner
    Laura
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Glad we had a reservation- it was busy. Food and service were both very good- enjoyed the flounder and crab cake special. Key lime pie was good- not the best we had. The sun setting over the water certainly made for a lovely and romantic setting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • broken a.c.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was average, nothing really impressive, but the view. Air conditioning system wasn't working, which made for a sweaty wait staff and patrons.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite spot
    crabcakelover
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Whenever in Isle of Palm, this is a go-to restaurant for excellent seafood. Particularly love the crab cakes with bleu cheese cole slaw. This visit we sat inside but it was so hot it felt like we were outside. On busy summer Friday nights, this is more likely the case. Great valet parking (free). Upstairs outdoor bar great for watching the sunset.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not so good
    HappydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    One of us ordered the Salmon and had to send it back. It tasted terrible....like it was way past its prime. That was right after a roach fell on my husband's shirt. My filet was not cooked to the temperature I requested. The cocktails were just so so. The waitress was really good and efficient though. The place was very crowded, and the couple seated next to us could barely get into their seats, a bench and a chair. The restaurant should take out some tables, and not try to squeeze in so many people. It will be a long time before we go there again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local seafood w/ view of inlet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Wonderfully lightly breaded wild local fried shrimp and other local seafood. Good service, but overcooked greens!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loud, but worth it
    ajax
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    this restaurant was definitely vibrant with drunk locals. But, it was totally fine because our waitress made up for it and then some.....two thumbs up!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loud noisy and drippy
    SCgal
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Very loud unruly children and inebriated adults. Condensation dripping on our heads. Average food. Our server was great but that didnt make up for other issues. Wont be back
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Another wonderful meal. The wait staff handled our large party flawlessly and the food was outstanding. The collards could've been a tad warmer but a small issue on an otherwise great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Expectations were much higher based on reviews we had read. At 5:45 p.m. on a Sat nite they were out of a wine we had asked for as well as out of Mahi. They did offer an alternative wine which was quite good so we were pleased with that. Croutons in salad were rubbery and flounder was very average for the price. Staff was very friendly but we would just classify the food and ambience as very average.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • top notch seafood
    mdnquality
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    we've been there 4 times now and each time the food was excellent! A bit noisy but a fun casual atmosphere with a great view.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • too noisy
    Marvell1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food and service were excellent, but the noise level was unacceptable. The tables are much too close together, and the place itself allows high noise volume. We do not expect a silent restaurant, but would expect to be able to hear the waiter and ourselves speak.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mamommy
    Mamommy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great food,wonderful view. Food was a little slow coming out but well worth the wait
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Were we unwelcomed?
    CharlestonFoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We have not been here for quite some time. We were escorted to our table without any greeting. We were seated outside without being asked it that was our preference. The sun was shining on the table but the hostess just put our menus on the table and left. A waiter observed this and came over and lowered the blind. Our waitress showed no interest in our meal. I felt my questions were annoying her. I had a grilled swordfish which was very good. My husband had crabcakes which he did not like. The only personal attention we received from the waitress was when she returned our credit card and referred to my husband by name. Tip time? When we exited the restaurant no one at the hostess desk said thank you or good evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion dinner
    lovecharlestondining
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The Boathouse was outstanding from the time we arrived until we departed. Our food was great as was the service. I chose the Boathouse specifically because of the broiled seafood platter which exceeded my expectations. My husband's flounder over crab cake was excellent as well. Plus, we were treated to a complimentary dessert - a chocolate mousse cake that was delicious. I'm sure we will make many return visits.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovethebeach
    lovethebeach
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We always include a night at The Boathouse while on vacation at Wild Dunes. It is a family tradition that we do this every year. Looking forward to next year. The food is always great and the service is efficient. We love to sit on the screened porch and see the views. Always fun for the adults and the kids.....
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT FOOD WITH A VIEW
    tpoor
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Had some out of towners that were staying on the MT Pleasant side of town so this was close option for them. First let me say, The Boathouse always has great food, selections, service. But the dining room is entirely to noisy. People are sat very close to each others tables and between that and the noise its just a deal killer for me. We were trying to discuss some business but with other guest sitting so close and the noise it was a bad choice. God forbid they sit you near noisy kids. While we were there a family had a kid that was 30' away and it sounded like they were right next to us! Just a kid being loud, but it was loud! I liked the location on East Bay. While they had some tables close to others most were 4 party friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I have been here 2 times in three weeks. I have a daughter that is in a wheelchair. They do not have a ramp, but have a lift out front. It wasn't working three weeks ago and still doesn't work. They said they would have it fixed, but did not. the manager told me he has put this on the list for the owners to do for over a year now and nothing has been done. It is actually state law to be handicap assessable . They took us through some gravel and over several humps that without help we could not have made it. Because the only place they could get us too was the porch thats where we went. I had reservations at 7:15, but we had to wait for 45 mins to get a table because we couldn't get inside. The food was not up to par at all
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood and views
    FoodZ72VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We often bring visitors to the Boathouse because we can enjoy drinks & expansive views on the rooftop bar before dining. There is no better water view in the Low Country, in my opinion. The seafood is always fresh, varied, and delicious with several side options. There's choices for landlubbers too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic fresh seafood
    sunsetwaves
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Reservations made, seated on time, we loved our large booth for our party of five! The calamari was excellent-hot and crispy-great sauce with the right heat. We ordered fresh fish, fried oysters and shrimp-all were delicious and generous portions! We had a dolphin sighting as an added bonus! The location on this restaurant is perfect for Wild Dunes guests!We will return on our vacation next year:)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    MWK1313
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is the first restaurant we visit each time we come to the area. which is about four times a year. It is usually very good. The last two times have been very very disappointing. The service is mediocre and the food is less than mediocre. Is it a new chef or have they just become arrogant because the sunset is so beautiful. We will make another local our first stop in the future. Really very disappointing because we always have guests and want our first experience together to be like it was in the past. The food was always really nice, the service efficient, and the spot fun and lively. Too bad.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date Night!
    foodisgood
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Me and my husband savor the few nights we are able to go out without the kids so its important to enjoy where we go! Two thumbs up for the Boathouse. The food was wonderful, the service was excellent and the view was lovely! We will return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner/very busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food and service were very good. It was extremely busy and felt a little cramped with all the tables so close together. Anyways, I'd still recommend it for a very good meal.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't meet up to the hype...
    ARG13
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food is kind of expensive so we assumed it would be a really nice place. While it was nice, it certainly didn't meet up to our expectations. The food was good but severely overpriced. The seating area was crowded & loud. The AC hardly worked in the humid Charleston weather. Our server was fantastic. He knew the menu well and spouted off the specials like a champ. He answered all of our questions with great knowledge & our drinks never ran dry. The food was nothing to write home about, though. The bread was too sour. My rice pilaf was under cooked. My seared tuna wasn't cooked to the temp I requested. I'd rather not mention the "seafood combination" my husband got except to say don't bother. Nice location, good server, OK food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent view, average food
    BaBandy2
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We sat outside on the patio and the view was amazing. Other than that the rest of our meal was a pretty much average. The menu is sparse if you are not a fish fan and the children's menu is also limited. The Boathouse has been a standard on our past trips to IOP but we will probably try something new next year.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • IOPBG
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Very good grouper and swordfish, with excellent tastes. Fairly busy and louder atmosphere, with fun eating outside near the water.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was awesome! Best ever.
    angieddie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Have dined here about 5 times but this time was the best! Hats off to chef and Beth our server.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    StevieD
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Everyone around town knows this place. Was a short ride from the beach front area where things are more like Myrtle beach. Short ride from Wild Dunes resort on Pine Island. Fish fresh and excellent. I would visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great and fresh food
    BusinessDiner
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Food was great as always, as was the service. We were seated outside, and that's tough in the summer. We specifically requested indoors, but they asked us to wait over an hour for that.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great good, terrible service
    ATXMike
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Nothing new here...the good is amazing, and the service is awful. Same as it's been for years.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect date night
    MrAndMrsFry26
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed our last dinner before leaving town the next morning to head home. It was so nice to get dressed up for the evening after spending the whole week being beach bums and being greeted by friendly valet and wonderful waitress staff. Definitely order something seafood oriented from the menu!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looking forward to next trip to BH
    jawga
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Always enjoy the Boathouse but this time was the best. Blackened grouper was excellent & gouda mac 'n cheese is a must. Staff was personable, attentive & helpful w/o smothering. Looking forward to return trip.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go fish!
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Good quality food. Waiter was terrific. Great waterway setting. Enjoyable night
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    PdemoreVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We went there based on a friends recommendation and really liked it. We were 2 adults and 2 kids. Started with a roof top drink while the kids watched the dolphins and then ate on the porch below. The welcome was great as our table was on time and the service was excellent. Food awesome. The Shrimp n Grits were amazing. My wife had the special, son lobster (off kids menu) and daughter pasta. Most likely going back before we head home Saturday.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    CharlestonDiner
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This was our second visit to the Boathouse for brunch. The menu offers an array of options including beverages, breads, and an amazing shrimp and grits. We've had several shrimp and grits around town and the Boathouse is definitely the best. The view overlooks the inter coastal waterways and inlet between Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island. This is a very common area to spot dolphins. While it appears exclusive on the outside, it is a very welcoming environment with attentive servers and excellent food at a reasonable price considering the portions, location and quality.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • YUM!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I do believe that was the best meal I've ever had. Great atmosphere! Great food! LOVE The Boathouse!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We are new to the area and are excited about the new places we get to go. The Boathouse served great food and the service we had was outstanding (Billy took very good care of us!). Fresh grouper (blackened) and wahoo (grilled) plus the blue cheese coleslaw and gouda mac & cheese were amazing. I would recommend this to everyone. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Little disappointed....
    Ukcatfan
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We've eaten there a couple of times before when we have vacationed at Isle of Palms and have always loved it but this time we were a bit disappointed. The price seemed too high for the amount of food we were served this time. My husband's drink was so weak he could hardly taste the Maker's Mark in his Diet Coke. Loved the view but this time the meal just didn't compare to previous trips.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We stayed on IOP and had two dinners in Charleston before dining here. We voted this dinner no. 1. It is more rustic, but more like the beach than going into town. Recommend without reservation.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Very disappointed in the food. Seemed like a tourist place. We will not be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall