Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort

4.6
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
"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.
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vipKellyBG
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, upscale but unpretentious, with interesting cooking and friendly service

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HJSmemphis
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Breakwater on the last night open before the governor’s mandate went into effect. Of course the dinner was delicious, salmon and rigatoni, but even better was the camaraderie amongst the staff and patrons.

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RebeccaK
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The food was very bland and I was served a half of a flounder which was all bones. The meaty top of the flounder was cut off...

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vipChrisL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

There are many riverfront restaurants to choose from in Beaufort. Despite its name, however, this is not one of them, so views are of a busy side street, not the Mighty Maye. Decor is lovely and service was good, but the quiche was really skimpy (for the price), the fish tacos OK but not memorable, and the Caesar salad tired-looking. With just water and tea to drink, our bill came to more than $60 for lunch. Reasonable, but I cannot recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a very nice meal our last night visiting Beaufort. We will definitely return the next time we are here! Our server was wonderful! She had good menu recommendations and was attentive.

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JanetN
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal! Great selections for food and beverages. Such a fun restaurant! Kelsey was our fabulous server! We'll be back - every chance we get to be in town.... :)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinner was extraordinary. Great food, attentive wait staff and excellent wine list made our dinner a great way to introduce friends to this unique restaurant.

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RobertW
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food that is consistently good for the past 10 years Staff is very knowledgeable about ingredients for those with food allergies This is a favorite among many very good restaurants in Beaufort

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debkayeboehm
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We were meeting friends over lunch and spent at least two hours or more. The restaurant emptied out and we stayed with no problem. The food was delicious. Service friendly and prompt following our requests. And we thought the atmosphere lovely and serene. The decor soothing and high end. All in all a great find.

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KathieB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, not fabulous. Excellent, attentive waitstaff.

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vipRuthie
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We love Breakwater and have been there many times. The food is consistently good and the atmosphere lovely-- it is a very pretty restaurant. However on our most recent visit, the service was spotty at best. While the room was hardly busy, we had to wait for a very long time to have our drink order taken and then it took a very long time for our food to be delivered

I'm certain that our evening was not typical-- usually the service is top notch. Certainly we'll return soon

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JoAnnH
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server and food were great. I would highly recommend.

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vipJINX
Charleston
220 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Breakwater many times. Service and food is always very good. Very nice dining room and nice sitting in the bar. Small dishes on the menu which is nice. Staff is always friendly. Never had a bad meal or experience here. Cant go wrong.

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vipCarrieH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my dinner here with a friend! Our server was wonderful! The food was delicious. The hostess was not so accommodating but overall we had a wonderful time.

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vipLambchop
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great as always!

We mentioned birthday dinner on Open Table when making reservation but when we were toasting our drinks the waitress was surprised and wished a Happy Birthday.

Why do they ask on reservation if their is a special occasion if they are not going to recognize it?

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RDFB
Key West
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakwater has become my "go to" lunch with colleagues, friends, and out-of-town visitors because I can rely on great service, great food, and a lovely setting.

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AnthonyP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was good as always but I’m not sure what the issue was with the service. Our waiter that took our order was rarely present, our food was brought to us by 2 different people and our last round of drinks (never got my last drink btw) was ordered by grabbing other servers as they walked by. The people that were seated next to us actually got up and left. Very uncharacteristic of this place as where we were seated (bar area) there was very little of a crowd to have caused a lack of service. It was Valentines Day and a rare outing for me and the wife without kids, wish it was better.

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CherilynnW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is always excellent! Great waitress.

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vipJaneS
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We, as always, had fantastic dining experience! Triggerfish was beyond comparison in its fresh, unique, and beautiful appeal. Wait staff always exceeds expectations and "house" ambiance never fails in warmth and welcome. Top of our list- Breakwater!!

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CorinneW
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing fresh crab and avocado salad for lunch (special for that day), so good I asked our waitress Heather to be added on the menu. Heather was a top notch waitress and service excellent. Nice quiet booth ideal for romantic or business meetings. Highly recommend this place as both food and service are excellent!

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DickH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good but not superb. Service was great. Ambiance was nice. Somewhat pricey. Would recommend it and will probably eat there again sometime.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a birthday dinner reservation! Outstanding Service, my waiter was very patient and very kind! I had the fried chicken, it was cooked to perfection! Would definitely go back!

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davidh
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, attentive but not overbearing staff. Everything was phenomenal

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Wonderful service.

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MichaelE
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service was exceptional, however the food (entree)was almost unacceptable. The starter plates were great. We both had fish, both portions were overcooked and the fish special was tasteless.

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BillR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love this place. Meal was excellent. Only issue, it got noisy as the night went on.

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scot
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Food took a very long time to arrive and the served two plates first before the other two awkwardly.

Well thought out designed restaurant and super clean
Grilled cheese tasted fishy and the mashed potatoes were like a scoop of ice cream very small.

Best part was the environment.

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ScottG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a great meal in a relaxing setting.. You must try Breakwater.

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CherilynnW
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Long wait for service. Never received one of our desserts. I will say it was very busy tonight. We are locals so we’ve been there before and service was fine.

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WendyW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff at Breakwater are the best in Beaufort. We went during Restaurant Week and were very pleased with the food. They had a good selection and the portion sizes were perfect for a 3-course meal. I thought it was a good value and a very enjoyable evening.

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Foodlover
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I had dined at Breakwater before and had an excellent experience at lunch. This time was for dinner and unfortunately the food fell short of our expectations. The shrimp appetizer from the menu section called "for the table" was very good but really only enough for two people. Maybe it should have been listed under the regular appetizer section. Then the main course arrived. One entree was blackened Maui Maui and it was overcooked to the point of being chewy. I had the beef short ribs and they really didn't have any flavor. After a few bites I asked for the pepper mill and that really didn't help. So I took them home and added my own seasoning before reheating. The two other entrees were described as just okay. The desserts were slightly better. I had the homemade bourbon ice cream and although delicious was a quarter melted when it arrived at the table. All in all I would not go back. I would also add that prices are very reasonable here and the service was very professional.

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vipNoel
Washington DC
218 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food and terrific service in a lovely space. We did not realize it was Restaurant week, and (unfortunately!!) we were not very hungry. The two-course menu looked great. We will go back the next time we are anywhere close.

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KathyQ
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came for first time during restaurant week on a Monday evening. My meal was delicious! Restaurant was not crowded so not noisy and we were seated far from the bar area that was busy. I’m glad I chose this establishment from the list of participants in the event as am new to the area and will be back with visitors and friends!

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vipAtltennislady
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a relative’s birthday & they were very kind to bring a sparkler candle in her dessert and she very much appreciated that nice touch. All 4 of us enjoyed our meals...the blackened mahi was delicious & the pasta with mushrooms had wonderful flavors. We’ll definitely be back!

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vipQualityjudge
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Not so good but as expected for the off season. Service was fine but somethings we ordered did not meet expectations

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The place is immaculate and the bartenders and wait staff were wonderful. We appreciated the small dining area and ability to hear our guests talking but the food was not as good as we hoped it would be.

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KatieM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second dine-in experience at Breakwater and just as the first time, it was excellent. Our waitress and all of the restaurant staff were extremely nice and went above and beyond to make our experience enjoyable. Will definitely dine here regularly and bring friends and family to the restaurant as well.

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vipAnne
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful restaurant - great, friendly service and excellent food!! We were well taken care of despite the lack of consideration of other guests, making it hard for the staff to seat people and serve people. We love this restaurant!

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vipbillb
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve w/family.

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Jessi
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had our New Year’s Eve dinner here. Living local it is a great place to eat! Food was outstanding! Service was spectacular-our server Melvin did a fabulous job with a great personality! The food at Breakwater is consistently great and you can always count on courteous and attentive servers. Love this place!!!!

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Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 379-0052.

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort is rated 4.6 stars by 1493 OpenTable diners.

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