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Boathouse at Breach Inlet
Boathouse at Breach Inlet

Boathouse at Breach Inlet Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.boathouserestaurants.com
  • Phone: (843) 886-8000
  • 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 (843) 886-8000
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Enjoyed a nice summer wine, the wedge salad and the sea scallops. Very tasty and just the right portion size. Once the sun started to set, a nice breeze came in and the outdoor seating was perfect!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Service was poor. Having to ask for a refill on water and tea 4 times before receiving it is unexceptable. The food is to die for tho. There is no ramp for a handicap person to get in, which is actually against the law. My daughter is in a wheelchair and the did take us through an outside bar and gave us a table outside. but, some people may not be ok with dining outside. This should be corrected ASAP"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Fish was great, veggies and sides over cooked and tasteless"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "$$$$ but worth it. We had wahoo, flounder, salmon, and chicken. Dessert was fantastic."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had a great server but a bad overall experience due to the kitchen's mishandling of food allergy requests. My daughter, who I'm breastfeeding, is severely allergic to dairy, soy, and gluten. We made the server aware of all the allergies & she talked to the kitchen to help us get something safe. My steak came on buttermilk potatoes from another server. I said it had to go back bc it was covered in dairy & that I would need a new steak. Two minutes later they brought it back claiming it was a new steak. The side that was in the potatoes had been cut off and the steak had been wiped except for a glob of potatoes. Finally got a new one. They have a gluten free menu & discuss allergies on their menu but clearly don't them seriously."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We visited as part of our vacation, having been there 10 years ago! It was as good as we remembered! It's really worth arriving early to sit up top on the deck and have a pre dinner drink, great view."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "An outstanding view is the prime recommendation I'd give this restaurant. The food was fine, but not special in the competitive Charleston food scene."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Another great meal at the boathouse! We had out-of-town friends, and they had never been there. The blue cheese cole slaw is always a hit. My sashimi tuna was perfect!!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We ate here last year while on IOP for vacation and we were pleased to come back again this year to see the nice renovations and experience again a great meal with very attentive service"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The food was decent but overpriced for what it is. From what I understand the bar at the top and the view is the primary reason folks come here. Stick with that."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Great views! Great food! Very casual. Good service and all around very good restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our family group (8) celebrated our last vacation day with dinner at the Boat House. Everyone from age 9 to 73 thoroughly enjoyed the evening in spite of a slightly late reservation (8:30) and a humongous thunderstorm while we dined in their porch area. All the entrees were wonderful (personally, the best grilled swordfish I ever enjoyed) and the service was superb in spite of a very full house. Our server, Beth, is a real gem!!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "As a local, it's nice to dine at a restaurant that values having the locals as well as the tourists. Our waiter, David, was a jewel; very knowledgable, and accommodating. The food was very good, comparable to many of the downtown restaurants. Hope to come back soon. Thanks, David for an awesome experience!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I take my daughter to the beach and to the Boathouse every year for her birthday dinner! We sit on the porch overlooking the water and enjoy lobster tails...they bring her a piece of choc cake as a surprise (and comp'ed it this time!)....perfect service, lovely breezy covered porch...fresh food and great atmosphere!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I have been going to this restaurant since around the time they opened. I made reservations in advance and was disappointed to be seated on the side room when the back porch with the scenic view had many tables available. Our waiter was very quirky, but made the experience quite interesting. I ordered the fried shrimp and scallops, served with hushpuppies. The scallops were just big dough balls, one couldn't taste or even detect a scallop present. Same for the hushpuppies. I don't plan on going back and spending my money there. I don't know if its due to a change in management or what, but I will not continue to dine at this restaurant in the future."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Top box scores all around for us. NPS=100% Best swordfish I've had. Great meal, great wine, great service, very reasonable prices."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Dinner at sunset was wonderful! It was my brother in laws 50th birthday and he wanted to go to The Boathouse. He and my sister live up hear Charlotte and came down to visit for his bday. This was a very significant bday and trip bcause he had a heart transplant in May and this was his first trip since spending 5 months in the hospital! We all were very pleased with everything: our server was great and food incredible! Thank you"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "overall good. wait for food was way to long. Food was fair to good."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had a drink prior to dinner on the roof top bar and enjoyed the breeze and view. Dinner outside overlooking the water was very nice. Will go back when visiting again."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The great sunset view we had hoped for was limited to a few tables outside. Most tables, including ours, had no view. The food we got was good, but the quantity was not commensurate with the price. I ordered a fried shrimp/scallop combo which came with cole slaw. (6 shrimp & 5 scallops for $23). No french fries were available. Really? Some in our party enjoyed the jalepeno hush puppies. Our server tried his best, but was over extended and unable to give us much attention. On a busy night, expect to coverse with a shout. The noise level was great. It was a Friday night. I would suggest trying this place early in the week, ask for a view when you make reservations, and bring your own french fries if you want them."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Yummy scallops, shrimp and fish. Comfort food. Rooftop bar has beautiful view and was perfect breezy weather."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food was above average. And well presented. Staff was well versed on menu. Great views. Nice place."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Remembering the Boathouse on East Bay St. in Charleston, Breach Inlet can't compare in any way except the view.................."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful. The building was beautiful, a great atmosphere, and outstanding food. The service was great. Everybody who worked there treated you as family member they haven't seen in awhile. Great views. I recommend going while in town."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Boathouse continues to be a must stop - casual, but fantastic food - and a view that begs you to enjoy a 3 hour visit. A must stop when you are in the area."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This was a mothers day brunch visit and probably our last visit on a Sunday. We have dined at the Boathouse a lot and enjoy the location and atmosphere. The food is always above average for the Isle of Palms, and the views are great. It is a wonderful place to have a drink and check out Breech Inlet on the upper deck. This meal just took forever. Service was probably the worst I have had in Charleston in years. Luckily, we were able to walk our kids around and look at the beach, water, and dolphins, while we waited for our food. Again, the food was pretty good, but not worth the wait for our food, drink refills, menus, etc. Waiter was either in the weeds or in the wrong profession."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great food, excellent and friendly service, incredible views!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The food was excellent. A great place to watch the sun set over the river. Parking attendants were welcoming and helpful."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Boathouse is in the top 5 favorite restaurants on our list for the Charleston, SC area. We love this place for dining and drinks!!!!! The sunsets are incredible from the rooftop bar. We always bring friends and family here when they visit the area. The staff and management is friendly, knowledgable & very accommodating. The food is very delicious, especially the fresh seafood."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Every year we visit Isle of Palms, and can't leave without a visit to the Boathouse. My Daughter requested that we celebrate her 11th Birthday here. My Husband and I ordered a bottle of Pinot Noir, and upon delivery to the table, the wine was HOT, to the point of our server "spinning it" in ice. Later we were told it had "just been delivered and unloaded". Then, my salad literally consisted of approximately 6 pieces of lettuce. Then, when my salmon came out, it looked as though it was just caught and placed on my plate!! Keep in mind, I am not a picky person! The absolute worst part was when management came out, he said "we can't be perfect 100% of the time"! When I CHOOSE to eat at a nice restaurant, I EXPECT them to strive to be 100%!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The food was so fresh and delicious! Service was outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "It was a memorable experience with a great view of the sunset"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We are frequent visitors to Isle of Palms and enjoy the many dining options in the Charleston area. The Boat House is a scenic restaurant on the marsh between Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palms. The view, especially at sunset, is striking. However, when we dined there a few years ago, the menu was expensive, the food was bland, and the cooking was low-quality so we had avoided it since. This time we needed a local option for 10 people so I decided to give it another try. I am pleased to say that the food and service have improved dramatically and the view is, well, always great. I highly recommend the improved Boat House."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Good food, great service, easy parking--couldn't ask for a better experience at the beach."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The best thing I can say about this place is the view. The outdoor area is very nice. Service was medium to good, but not exceptionally great. Also the lobster was very disappointing. The steak & lobster had multiple teeny tiny lobsters. The steak part of it was the better of the two of the dinner entree items which was quite overpriced for what you received. My husband did like the pork chop quite a bit though. In comparison to other Charleston area restaurants with water view this is so overpriced!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Haven't been to BH for a couple of years...daughters graduation dinner, small group...reservations, seated immediately. Waiter was funny, prompt and very knowledgeable about menu and had good recommendations. All had seafood, swordfish and flounder/crab cakes, excellent all around. Key lime and Crème brule deserts were very good.....great experience. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Not only was this the little Island gem I had read about, the atmosphere, attentativeness of Randy, our waiter, was only overshadowed by the excellent food he suggested! It was the best my husband & I have had! We really enjoyed our sunset evening! Did I say they also have the cutest boys parking your car!! A real Gem!!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "At the Boathouse I had a sauteed pink snapper - it was the Special Entree. Undoubledly, it was one of the tastiest pieces of fish I've ever eaten and I've been to some great restaurants. The fish was served over grits which were made with herbs and goat cheese - it was delicious. As an appetizer, we had the Gazpacho, loved that too. My companion's entree was Swordfish. It was thick and cooked to perfection. For dessert, we were tempted by both the creme brulee and the key lime pie but landed up splitting the creme brûlée. Once again, we were delighted. The Boathouse is a beachy type restaurant with choices from fried food combinations to exquisite Specials. Couldn't have been happier."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "If you are looking for on the water dining with not many bells and whistles and warm salad and small portions and good wait staff then this is the place for you. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I had not been to the Boathouse in a long time and decided to return for brunch. I am very glad I went back. The food, service and ambience were all excellent! I had an omelet special that had crab and goat cheese which was delicious. It was a slower, quiet day for them so we were able to linger on the porch and enjoy the view for a couple of hours. Great experience overall. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014