Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Greenville
Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Greenville

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Greenville

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.breakwatersc.com/
  • Phone: 8642710046x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday thru Saturday
    Bar Opens at 4pm
    Dinner is served 5pm until 9:30pm and 10pm Thurs thru Saturday
    Closed on Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: O'Neal Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking plus valet service is offered Monday thru Saturday.
A word from Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Greenville
Welcome to Breakwater Restaurant. Here, Chef Lang and Chef Shaw create their version of 'New Southern Cuisine' which contains elements of the past and the present. Younger, lighter and fresher than ‘old school’ Southern deep-fried fare, Breakwater cuisine incorporates culinary influences from around the world. The bar at Breakwater offers a lively venue for locals and visitors alike. The fun, friendly atmosphere combined with warm Southern hospitality is a Breakwater signature.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Greenville reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (46)special occasion (44)vibrant bar scene (31)neighborhood gem (31)notable wine list (29)good for groups (20)romantic (18)hot spot (11)great for brunch (4)scenic view (4)late-night find (4)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Best Kept Secret
    DASHmom
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I really enjoyed my food and experience at Breakwater. The service was great we were treated like royalty. The manager/owner(?) was very nice and we enjoyed learning about the history of our drink. The complimentary valet parking was great. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HappyEater
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    It was a 2nd time Great Food, Great Service. Everyone cares that you are satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Choice
    johncar3
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    With so many restaurants in downtown Grenville, Breakwater is a great choice. Food and service was excellent, and I will definitely return. If you want a great meal without the sticker shock, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good.
    sxtoll88VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Enjoyable. Great service. Wouldn't recommend for special occasions though.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit to the Greenville loc..
    BlueHawaii12
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    ..Love the Beaufort location. Appetizer Sampler is the best way to help decide which entree fits your mood. Crispy fried oysters, fresh tuna tar tar with diced avocado (perfect), beef cappacio was tender loaded with flavor and the homemade Pimento Cheese -for me, a comfort food, with a kick. I beat the crowd dining early evening enjoying the friendly service. Grilled Cobia fish was the feature served with creamed spinch, green beans and carrots over a bed of creamy grits. Wonderful flavor, a white flaky fish.. most of which I enjoyed later as a midnight snack. Looking forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie Fest Winner
    Greenvillelover
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Tried Breakwater during Greenville Foodie Fest. The service was very friendly and knowledgable, and they were willing to share their own opinions on the menu choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good promotion
    J2dine
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We took advantage of Restaurant Week 3 for $30. Great way to introduce client to new dining experience.Set menu was large enough to offer several choices. Wait staff was helpful and gave excellent recommendations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite restaurant
    Wiggs
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is the 2nd time we've been to Breakwater and it didn't disappoint. I had the chilli rubbed duck breast and it was perfection. The portions are just right. Everything is well prepared and well thought out. Overall great flavours and spice. We like that they aren't afraid to have some heat in their preparations. We've been to a couple of fine dining restaurants that have great looking entrees but lack flavor and spices. This is our new go to for a special nite out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SKAT
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We try restaurants during Foodie Week and this one's a keeper. Fine Dining. Very Good Food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better options out there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had a family dinner at Breakwater on 8/21 & though the food was good we did not feel any of it was worth the higher price you will pay here. This is only our 2nd time visiting Greenville, so we may have just gone on an off night, but we will be exploring the other restaurants Greenvillie has to offer on our next visit.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great addition to dining in G'ville
    PhillJ
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food, service and location. A little on the high side on price but the food and service was outstanding. Noise level was way too in Noisy, probably just the building itself. That would be my only recommendation. Try to find dome ways yo get the noise level down a little.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Staff very friendly and food was great! We will be back. Thank you for excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another good meal
    pastor4food
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Always like dining at Breakwater. It is not too over the top yet stylish and the food is consistently very good. I find it is a great place to take guests from out of town as they get to see the whole of Greenvile North Main St - past the Peace Center and Falls Park area to the West End as you come. Always good to show off Greenville especially it's fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining
    Foodie2
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Very friendly, attentive staff and food was very fresh. The waitress recommended the special for the evening "wild white salmon" which was excellent and turned out to be the best meal. My husband had the pork ribeye which was equally as excellent, tender and perfect with the peach BBQ glaze. Definitely would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find...
    foodydoody
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was the first time for us at Breakwater. It was all that I thought it would be and the food was superb. The waiter could have smiled a bit more but he did very well overall. I will certainly dine there again without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Impressed
    scpyw
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    An unexpected great experience. The friendly and service of staff was excellent and very accommodating, the food delicious. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Menu selections and food was delicious! Well prepared! Great evening!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome !
    Breakthefun
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    First romantic date and I say breakwater did the greatest job with everything ! Food, service ect..
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal and Great Service
    Live4foodVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This was a Business dinner and it went very well. Just the right amour of service attention and great Food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Breakwater
    Cushing
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We aren't new to Breakwater. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Greenville. The staff is always great & the food is always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicous!
    checkers
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was my first time at Breakwater and it was wonderful! There were seven of us in our party and everyone enjoyed the food, the ambiance and the service. Our waitress was very helpful in recommendations and also letting us know what foods were spicy, etc. All in all, it was a great experience and we would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Kendall
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    First time visit, recommended by the chamber of Commerence. Great service, food and atmosphere. Waiter was engaging with suggestions for wine and menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner Dining
    Wayne
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My steak was cooked perfectly and tender. My wife's caprese salad had delicious artisan tomatoes. Overall a very nice meal with attentive service and a nice visit by the owner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Bfoodie
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    What a great find in a small up and coming city. The food was wonderful and the services was exceptional. I recommended the restaurant the next day to another family visiting colleges in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweetpea1948
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    First time eating at Breakwater and was not disappointed. We had made reservations and were promptly seated when we arrived. Our table was located in the front with a wonderful view of Main Street.The food was very good and the service was outstanding. Our waiter, Cameron, answered our questions and made excellent suggestions on the wine and dinner. We will definitely come back. A wonderful discovery for dining in downtown Greenville.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    PmcP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I brought an out of town guest for dinner along with my wife. The service and meal was excellent and wine choices were good. The atmoshpere was quiet.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on a Monday night
    MarkJVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great dinner spot! Dinner was good, service was excellent, and host/manager was present and asked often about the food and quality of our experience. Server and wate service were exceptional. Bar was full when we arrived and when we left. Definitely wil be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner!
    NYCDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner @ Breakwater and this was only our second time coming to this restaurant. We go to downtown Greenville all the time for dinner and Breakwater moved way up on our list of restaurants to go to, we will be back soon! Nice job & keep it up!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely food, great drinks!
    Lejlawson
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Enjoyed our foray into the Breakwater, with fantastic hamburgers, scallops and shrimp. Nice selection of wines as well as really nice bar. Especially enjoyed the Espresso martini.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Dinner
    HappyEater
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    It was the 1st time we ate at the Breakwater. I had received a gift of a gift certificate and decided to use it for our anniversary dinner. The waiter staff was very attentive. The waiter let us know if we had any special dietary needs they'd be able to help us out. For a Thursday night it was an active restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the lamb meatloaf.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Waiter informed us of the specials, then took our appetizer order, then gave us a welcome period of socializing before ordering. Appetizers were delicious (Southern Sampler), as were the entrees. Great restaurant; we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Casual Spot
    SCsFoodyLou
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Enjoyed my time there for father's day... shrimp and grits were good and the pimento cheese is amazing! The bar area was great for groups.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!
    jrlaskows
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We enjoyed our experience here! The service was great. The manager checked on us multiple times. The waiter accepted our living social deal even though it was not valid on a Friday night. The food was delicious! I had the fried chicken and others had the short rib and tuna. I have already made plans to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great varied menu
    TennisGirlVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Love that tuna appetizer! As always, the menu has a good variety of things to choose from. You could easily have a wonderful dinner just from appetizers alone, but the entrees are enticing as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was quite good. My wife and I both had the filet which was well cooked (accurately medium and medium well), nicely seasoned and the portion was generous. Our waitress was kind and courteous but a little green. The ambiance was nice aesthetically but my major complaint is that the bar crowd was far too loud and overwhelmed the entire restaurant, possibly we just picked a bad night, crowd wise. Overall, I would recommend Breakwater for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food,service needs improvement
    tmb412
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Waiter seemed distracted. Very nonchalant. A few times he noted how it wasn't too busy but we still managed to wait quite a while for drinks and food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 385 reviews are from the Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Greenville reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food is amazing! However, the portion sizes have drastically decreased since I was there last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grille
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Food was very good, but the menu is a bit limited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy little peach
    Ahbejo
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Breakwater was surprisingly cozy, but yet open. I found the food delicious, menu easy and superb, wait staff was attentive. Highly recommend this!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner!
    teresahsVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were in town for my son's college graduation. Breakwater was the perfect restaurant for our family! An added treat was the park in downtown Greenville. It is SO worth a stroll down the street!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate