Breakwater Restaurant & Bar
Breakwater Restaurant & Bar

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.breakwatersc.com/
  • Phone: 8433790052x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Wednesday Dinner 5pm until 9pm
    Thursday - Saturday Dinner 5pm until 9:30pm
    Closed Sunday
    Bar open until...
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Low Country, Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Elizabeth Shaw & Gary Lang
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Breakwater Restaurant offers two private dining areas. The Wine Room offers a private dining experience for a party of up to 14. Our semi-private front dining room can accommodate a party of up to 30. For completely private events, Breakwater can accommodate groups from 30-70.
  • Private Party Contact: Donna Lang 8433790052x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Port Republic
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot beside restaurant is first come first serve. Street parking is available when lot is full. Two other parking lots available one block away on Port Republic.
A word from Breakwater Restaurant & Bar
"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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Breakwater Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (53)neighborhood gem (52)special occasion (47)vibrant bar scene (38)notable wine list (38)hot spot (29)good for groups (25)romantic (24)late-night find (7)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Just Fab!
    Grandogger
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Went to dinner with my neighbor and we had a fabulous meal. She had the grouper special and I had the shrimp and the scallops tapas. We started off with the pickled green tomatoes which were a very nice. The grouper was perfectly cooked and very well seasoned. The shrimp were very lightly battered, more like a tempura batter rather than the heavy breading many places used. The batter did not hide the full flavor of the shrimp. The scallops were sweet and delicious. Dessert finished our wonderful night out. The meal confirmed yet again that this is one of my favorite places in town!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!
    Dinnerfor2
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    After a disappointing dinner in Beaufort the night before, we were surprised and pleased by our entire experience at Breakwater. The food was excellent and the service outstanding--the other OpenTable reviewers were correct!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Dinner with Friends
    MarleyDoug
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We had the very best dinner at Breakwater with our dear friends and their lovely granddaughter. The server was unbelievably nice and knew exactly how to make the evening memorable for us. It was just lovely!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always super
    chairman
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Our favorite restaurant by far. Always meet new friends here and the food is fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Service Staff is very knowledgeable with Wime selections and Food was wonderful. My wife and I will definitely be returning to Breakwater!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sickofcooking
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I had black grouper served with lima beans and eggplant cubes. It was nothing special. The chicken tortilla soup was good except the chicken was shredded too much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Breakwater Restaurant & Bar: review
    EAngeles
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was the first time me and my fiance had gone to this restaurant and we were not disappointed. Our server was charming and incredibly helpful from the drink and appetizer suggestions as well as her description of the catch of the day. She won me over with her description of the mussels served over basmati rice - the fresh catch of the day - and my fiance had the fried chicken dinner. As amazing as the mussels were, my fiance's friend chicken was the crispiest chicken I had ever tasted! Everything was delicious and we definitely plan on making a return trip to Breakwater the next time we stay in Downtown Beaufort, SC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • two perfect meals in two nights
    Kate
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We had a table for 5 on Monday and ordered off the 2 for 20. What a great deal! I had Caesar salad & the excellent lamb meatloaf; husband had same salad & a delicious pork ribeye. The savings was amazing! Portion was a full dinner size, so had extra for lunch the next day. Tuesday we had dinner at Breakwater to celebrate a 70th birthday. We were treated to an amuse bouche of pulled pork in a taco shell that was very tasty. A bottle of Moet Chandon that was perfectly chilled, and we had the meatball tapas to split. I was full, so had the always superb diver scallop tapas as my main course, and the birthday boy had a perfectly cooked filet mignon. Had the fab molten choc cake for desert. all served by the wonderful Juliet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    Gates
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The monthly changes to the menu provide an opportunity to try new and exciting dishes. This month included a smoked swordfish spread accompanied by whole grain mustard and tiny sweet red peppers--a perfect combination! Always popular items remain on the menu to please those who have a favorite. This month sees the addition of extremely talented Vic Varner on Thursday nights in the bar. His mellow tones and repertoire set the scene for a relaxing evening with that special someone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • attshoes
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The food was excellent and well proportioned - The staff was efficent and friendly bringing a taste of two champagnes before pouring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best of Beaufort
    Gates
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The Monday-Friday Happy Hour offers well-priced and delicious tapas and sliders along with $4 wine. The Monday and Tuesday Recession menu offers 2 courses (great selections for each course) for those who arrive between 5-7. The Southern Fried Chickenbreats with mashed potatoes and gravy is outstanding, as is the weekly pasta special. Wednesday night is Burger Night and always features a new and delicious rendition of one of America's favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ruthie
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We continue to go back again and again to Breakwater for the same reason-- we always get consistently good food at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chairs
    Jakeini
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Our dining experience was great, food delicious. The dining chairs will make my husband not want to go back. When leaving we were asked about our experience, we said good but the chairs are awful, the hostess replied that she has heard that a lot!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great dinner
    Jpslls10
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food was great, service excellent, we had a 7:30 reservation, arrived about 30 minutes early, and they took us to our table right away........ Will be back when we come back to visit our Marine and his wife
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakwater Does Not Disappoint
    wade6974
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I had dinner with a friend recently at the restaurant. Because the food is seasonal the menu is updated. There were many new additions to the menu & I decided to try the fried chicken with mashed potatoes with green veg. The chicken was moist and lightly coated and potatoes divine. Since I do not eat fried food that much this was a treat for me. My friend had the crab cakes and she remarked how tasty they were. She is from the DC area and summered on the Chesapeake Bay, so she knows about good crab cakes. We began with the pimento cheese which was delicious. My friend opted for dessert and she had the lava cake with ice cream and a fudge sauce. She loved it! Always an excellent experience & the quality of the food is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect
    Perfect
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Perfect starting with the easy reservations online, walked straight in to our table, food and service outstanding!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Hostess and our waitress were both terrific ,welcoming and efficiently friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers' Day dinner out
    Joseph
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I had the swordfish special and gazpacho and both were excellent. My wife had the paella (sic) and it was good but needed nore of a bite she thought. But we had a very nice time and eat her often.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Love the new addition. Should have done it years ago. Love the May menu as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    22counting
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I cant say enough about my experience with your Restaurant. From the making of the reservation online to the warm reception we encountered upon our arrival. The host was very knowledgeable of the items on the menu. She was very attentive to our needs. Offered several choices for us to decide on. The food was EXCELLENT. Very well prepared. The wait time was right on. Overall most enjoyable experience we have had in any Restaurant we have dine in. Would highly recommend it to a friend, We will be coming back. Big thanks to your staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great as always
    Tmen123
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    brought three 'newbies' with me this time. they all 'oood' and 'ahhhhhd' over each menu item and it took a gazillion years to decide what to get but in the end we all chose different items and each one was delectable they always are!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time in the Wine Room
    Kate
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We took friends from out of town to Breakwater because we knew it would be great food & atmosphere. It was a busy weekend and since we had an odd number, 7, we were seated in the wine room. What a treat!,the guests felt extra special. The restaurant has just broken though the wall in the bar to the front room making it much airier and showing folks on the street the action inside. It's an amazing transformation; looks awesome. Speaking of awesome, the food was just that - as usual. I had the diver scallops over a delicious risotto, and the lamb chop w/ red onion marmalade. My husband had the carne cruda after his favorite, the wedge salad and he said it was perfect. Service by Lisa was good, but Juliet is my fave. Always a pleasure!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GREAT EVENING
    Susan
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We went to Breakwater on Saturday 3 May 2014 for dinner. We had a couple of cocktails in the bar before being seated. The bar has recently been extended and it is a wonderful new space enhancing the already great bar. We were seated for dinner at our convenience and by the window as we requested. Our server was well informed and attentive giving us plenty to think about with the specials. We decided to order off of the regular menu and all was delicious. We skipped dessert as we were still full but did have coffee to finish with. Are we going back soon? Absolutely.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Service
    Debobar
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    My husband and I dined at Breakwater Restaurant on our first trip to Beaufort. We were extremely pleased with out meals (grouper and crab cakes) and the Pimento cheese appetizer and bread pudding for dessert. Everything was delicious, well prepared, and well seasoned. We've dined at some of the best restaurants in Charleston, and feel this is right up there with the best! But the best part of the evening was our waitress. Unfortunately, I didn't get her name, but she brightened up the restaurant with her bubbly personality, and warm smile. We will surely return on our next visit to Beaufort!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    PromPerson25
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I went to Breakwater for my before prom meal with a group of friends and the food was awesome! Although we were dressed ultra high class we didn't have a feeling of awkwardness or anything like it. As far as i'm concerned I would love to go back to Breakwater for my next prom and any other time besides that!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Breakwater has not disappointed us yet. Seasonal supplemental menu is a nice addition.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect treatment local seafood
    Mangeons
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We are rarely disappointed at Breakwater. It's a lively scene for Beaufort locals and visitors alike. The soft shelled crabs, now in season, were lovely. The kitchen was willing to sauté them, rather than deep frying, and the accompanying sauce was perfect. Two of us had shrimp creole, featuring the local shrimp, which aren't large, but so sweet. The creole sauce was tasty with a bit of zing - while delicious, perhaps a bit heavy for the delicate shrimp. A must-try to share is the deep fried pickled brussell sprouts with a dipping sauce. The molten chocolate cake is decadent enough to serve several as well. The staff does an excellent, attentive job of serving without hovering. A lovely evening for us and our guests.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My family will be back!
    casualelegance
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The entire dining experience was exceptional. My family did have a reservation, therefore, we were seated immediately. Table #15 was perfect-a corner table that afforded a lovely view of the rain glazing the street amid the cars driving by. Customer table-traffic and waiter hustle-bustle were minimal. The service was attentive without hovering. Adequate server-time lapsed between each course...the starter cocktails and appetizers through the dessert. Our palates were rewarded with selected seafood, fowl, and tenderloin tapas. The wine list and dessert options gratified and complimented the cuisine. In the future we look forward to dropping in for dining and nightcap repasts. Donna Pinckney Martin
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was outstanding,
    LewisVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    The food was outstanding, well prepared and well thought out. The best mashed potatoes I have ever had in a restaurant
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Rate
    Jimbo
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Great menu with wide variety of appetizers, small plates and entrees. Service was professional and first rate. Our salad and small plate (scallops on a bed of risotto and shrimp) were excellently cooked. I believe these are among the most difficult items to cook because they are so easy to over cook. Both were perfectly done. The risotto perfectly tender, but not mushy. Definitely should be on your list when in Beaufort, SC.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Reviews Were Right!
    coachcal
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    After viewing many reviews for eating spots in Beaufort SC, we selected Breakwater Restaurant - we were NOT disappointed. Our table was ready at the time of the reservations and our wait staff person was wonderful -friendly and knowledgable and attentive to our needs without being over bearing. The calamari was delicious (and we eat this at many places) - delicate crust and not a rubbery piece in the bunch - the sauce was delicate and not spicy. My hushband had the blackend mahi and I selected 2 tapa's dishes - crabcake and diver seared scallops; both were very well done The lemon risotto served with the scallops was delicious. It was a wonderful dining experience and if we come back to the area we would stop by again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We have been going to Breakwater for many years. The food is nice but the quality of service seems to be getting worse and worse. We went for New Year's Eve and the plates were cold and the waitress only seemed to care about getting rid of us as soon as possible. Last night again we had to wait 20 minutes upon arrival despite having made a reservation, then no one checked on us for the longest time and the wine we ordered never appeared. We certainly hope Breakewater returns to its old standards. In the mean time we will try other places
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Steak Ever
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    When we want a great steak, this is the only place we will go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorite
    Lynda
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Seemed overly loud this visit. Service was slightly off from normal times. We had taken two couples as guests and it just may not be the restaurant to try to have 6 people enjoying a conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Breakwater rocks
    HappyCustomer
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We have eaten at this restaurant on several occasions and have always had a wonderful evening. We were very impressed with all facets of our restaurant experience and consider it one of the premier restaurants in the Beaufort area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were shown to a table at
    nolagirlVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    We were shown to a table at reservation time. Servers were attentive and very helpful about the menu. The food was great and variety of tap pas good. Great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special night
    Fun2eat
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Our service was excellent! We took another couple who had not been there. The food was excellent,served at the right temperature. The wine list was fine!
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful take on traditional
    Vera
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Wonderful take on traditional Low Country foods as well as offering a nice variety of dishes for contemporary bon vivant. In other words, it is excellent here but would also be appreciated in New York, Chicago, or San Francisco. Service is cordial, welcoming, solicitous without hovering. Staff is knowledgeable about the dishes being offered and can describe them accurately. We have followed this chef since he first opened Breakwater in a little building on West Street. Long may he feed appreciative diners in Beaufort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently first rate
    mhpmhp
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We discovered Breakwater years ago traveling to and from Florida. Now we plan our travel so that we can be sure to enjoy a wonderful meal at Breakwater Restaurant. The creative cuisine with a sophisticated southern flair never disappoints. Large lump crabcakes are perfect. Vegetables prepared to perfection. Don't miss this terrific place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place to eat!
    Nancy
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    I had the pickled fried brussel sprouts and they were delicious, which was an appetizer. I then had a tapas (crab cake and salad) which was perfect for my smaller appetite. My husband's fish entree was also very good. We will try the one in Greenville next.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.