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 WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Boathouse at Breach Inlet reviews from OpenTable diners
262 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (208)great for outdoor dining (141)special occasion (86)neighborhood gem (78)good for groups (63)kid-friendly (58)fit for foodies (47)romantic (42)hot spot (28)great for brunch (24)great for lunch (18)notable wine list (16)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (4)Show More
  • Beautiful sunset; great food
    Jammon
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I've been going to the Boathouse at Breech Inlet since before it was the Boathouse. It is one of the most beautiful settings anywhere. The sunset over the Intracoastal Waterway was post card perfect - boats, marsh, birds and often porpoises. We were seated promptly at a waterfront table. Service was gracious, prompt, and efficient. The seafood for all four of us was done to perfection - some fried, some broiled but all delicious. The side items are numerous. For a special occasion, or just a great dinner - I always consider the Boathouse at Breech Inlet. The prices are moderate ($20 - 30) for most main courses, valet parking is complimentary (tipping allowed), and the setting is absolutely wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Your fried shrimp is the best we have ever had - that's why we keep coming back for more! Service was excellent and the view is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Beach Must
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We have been coming to Wild Dunes for years and always one of our favorites is to go to the Boathouse. We were saddened when the one in Asheville closed. So now, we must wait for our return trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood
    Becca
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    On vacation in IOP we went to Boathouse and had a great dinner. Wine beer and food were all great. Recommend trying to ask for seat on outside deck, that is really inclosed, if possible. Go early and get a drink in the upstairs bar that is open air. Be ready to eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday Night Dinner
    Foodman
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We visited Boathouse while spending a long weekend in Charleston. We had a 8:15 pm reservation and were seated promptly. The seafood dishes were great, but the winner at the table was actually the filet mignon my son ordered. It was cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth. The only downside was a large boisterous party at an adjacent table. They were having a lot of fun, but it did get a little loud at times. The service was very friendly; however the server did write down the wrong dish for one of our diners. He promptly fixed the mistake and without asking us, took that dish off the bill. In my view, this was above and beyond what was needed to make it right. Boathouse is a great change of pace from the Charleston foodies.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Evening
    Mike
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Dinner was the best we ever had at The Boathouse. Our server was wonderful. She never rushed us, yet was attentive to our needs.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Changing but Enduring
    WildDunesVeteran
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Have been going to Boathouse for years. It is generally very good food. Preparation techniques have changed. Maybe not for best. Portions are adequate but on lower end. Menu could use an update. Crowd seemed smaller the night we visited. But Charleston Restaurant Week was going on and Boathouse did not participate, so the crowd was likely in Charleston. Service was excellent. Didn't feel rushed. Grits were dry, Mac an cheese was dry. Flounder was very small. Shrimp was good as was scallop dish. Hope some tweeting occurs to revitalize menu. Pricing is on the high end for similar items at other restaurants. Will return again, and hope for a better experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    queenie09
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Love coming when we are in town. The BEST grits and greens I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh, great fish
    healthyeater
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We greatly enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Boathouse. Our server was efficient, attentive, and very pleasant. The fish was perfect - great accompaniments, healthy choices for sides, local fish and veggies. Eating on the screened porch was very comfortable and we were able to watch a great sunset and a few dolphins!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    Djmatteo
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We went for brunch and were very happy with our choice. Our server's recommendations were excellent. He obviously knew the menu. Shrimp and grits were excellent and the strawberry stuffed French toast was memorable. Restaurant has a great view of the inlet. Would definitely recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We loved it. Our waiter was excellent and we really enjoyed the night. They even helped us ice the cooler on the boat. Would highly recommend it.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entertaining evening
    knickers
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We actually sat in the bar area outside and was taken care of and entertained by Riley. The breeze was delightful, he was charming, and the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice view - good food
    rzspswVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My family was recently on vacation to the Isle of Palms, SC and ate at the Boathouse the first night there. We had a table out on the deck/porch which was very nice with a view of the water. Unfortunately, the table was located right next to the server stand and the entrance from the kitchen, so it was a bit hectic. I wasn't a fan of the she crab soup. It seemed gritty. I tried the soup again at a different restaurant a couple days later, and it was fantastic, so I just think it was the way they prepared it. My swordfish, on the other hand was excellent. There were seven of us and except for the soup, everything was a big hit. The service was a bit slow, but the sunset was spectacular over the water.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disapoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The Boathouse on Breach Inlet is a must do restuarant when visitng the beach! Wonderful menu at a very fair price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Undercooked Pork
    Gogol
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Sent a pork chop back twice and it came back red, not pink in the middle. Started tasting like rubber after the 2nd attempt at microwave. Must have been frozen to start and never thawed properly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • firsttimerVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    First time, last time. How could a waterfront restaurant have an entire room with no views? Extremely rushed service. Smallest piece of Grouper I have ever seen, surrounded by large scoops of side stuff. My guest said the crab cakes were just bad. And I made reservations for this? Live in Mount Pleasant, but won't be back!
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  • Great as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great food and view. Enjoy the Crows Nest for a drink before dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Restaurant
    IlandGirl
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    No matter what you order, the food and service is excellent. The view from the Crow's Nest is awesome. When family and friends come visiting, they always include the Boathouse as a "must" in their schedule of events.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • my experience
    mrbill
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The food was great, the Waitress was superb, the atmosphere was great, few overly loud people. The hostess was the rudest I have ever encountered. The bar and bartender were a great combination. Very friendly and quick. The hostess was not. My first trip to the area, not the last, the first trip to your restaurant, and not the last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 360views
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Visit the Crows Nest for sunset! You won't be disappointed! Food, service and views are all awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Sat at the outdoor bar and enjoyed a full meal there as well. Great bartender very attentive
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was some of the best prepared seafood that we have had in some time. I had the Grilled Mahi Mahi and my wife had the grilled grouper. Both were terriffic and the sides were all perfect. After dinner at the rooftop bar for a couple of after dinner beers and a great view of the sunset over the intercoastal waterway was the perfect way to spend our evening together. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Mtpdiner
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We took our out of town family to the boathouse for dinner. We had a great time. They brought out the dinner for our 15 month old granddaughter with the appetizers so she wouldn't have too long to wait. Fresh fish, amazing Gouda Mac and cheese and calamari were the high lights of our meal. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food awesome view
    Maggie128
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We stopped here for Happy Hour on the upper deck. Great water views with dolphins swimming! Bartender and manager very friendly. Had dinner on the patio enjoying a broiled seafood platter and my husband enjoyed the special -- filet mignon, crab cake, and lobster tail.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • broken a.c.
    lovefood
    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
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    • 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.
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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
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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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  • 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
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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
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • top notch seafood
    mdnqualityVIP
    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
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    • 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.
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate