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About Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort

"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.

203 Carteret Street, Suite 102
Beaufort, SC 29902
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Low Country, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday Dinner 5pm until 9pm
Thursday - Saturday Dinner 5pm until 9:30pm
Closed Sunday
Bar open until...

Cross Street:
Port Republic

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 379-0052

Website:
http://www.breakwatersc.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Elizabeth Shaw & Gary Lang

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: (843) 379-0052

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

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4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (19)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Authentic (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Casual (9)
Fun (9)
Business Meals (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Romantic (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Cozy (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (5)
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Seasonal (4)
Tapas (4)
Comfort Food (3)
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Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Was at Breakwater for a birthday celebration. Fantastic time!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We always enjoy Breakwater! Another excellent visit over the holiday weekend. Service was on point (Leslie and Jenn always do a great job!), food was excellent, and atmosphere great. Whenever we have family in town over holidays we book a dinner at Breakwater.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Still our favorite restaurant in Beaufort. They have a diverse menu of small plates and entrees that are consistently very good and the atmosphere is perfect for us.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Breakwater is always very good. Small plates are nice. Good taste without entree prices. Filet is very good. Prepared just right. Same with the red fish special. Meaty and moist.
Just a hint. Request a table in the front of the dining room or bar. It tend sc to get a little noisy and crowed because of the golf crowd.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing food and service!

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We chose Breakwater for a family dinner on a Friday evening. The restaurant was busy, but the ambience and noise levels allowed us to enjoy conversation and relaxed pace for dining. Everyone enjoyed their meals and appetizers. I especially liked the option of entrees to be ordered as small or large plates.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Probably one of the top 3 restaurants in Beaufort area.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

I had a New York strip and it was tough; a $43 steak better be good and it wasn't. The lamb chops my wife had were too chard, just leaving a burnt taste in your mouth.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Had a great experience. Wait staff was on point and knew when to not interrupt and when was good timing. The food was perfect. They administered to our random requests that weren’t on menu. Food was cooked near perfection. Would go again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, People Watching, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This was my first visit to Breakwater. It won’t be my last. While the evening was a little hectic for the service (we later found out a kitchen staffer didn’t show up and it threw off the night), the manager, who ended up waiting on us, went above and beyond for our dinner party. She comped our cocktails and dessert! A great gesture. The food was excellent and I especially liked that you can get small plates of entrees. The charred romaine was a favorite of the group. We love Beaufort and will add Breakwater to our must-do list.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Honeymoon dinner in Beaufort, very fun and special

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food was amazing and our server was terrific! However, the booths were very uncomfortable and hard to get in and out of and the acoustics we're not good either. I thought it was just me because I am hard of hearing and wear hearing aids but the other seven people in our party said they had the same problem with hearing each other in our conversation throughout our dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a WONDERFUL server! Jenn is so PRECIOUS! Jenn has been the Bar Manager. Jenn is so Friendly and a Helper.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Would have given ambiance a 5 if had been seated by window. Requested a window seat at 5pm for a party of 2. Upon arrival, we were told they were really booked for the evening and couldn't seat us near the window. There were two tables for two by the window. A couple did come in around 5:30 for one table. The other table remained open even after we left around 6:15.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Beaufort. The food is always good and the fish is excellent. Friendly knowledgeable staff.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The staff was great. The food is Good but the price point is way to high for what it is. It was not bad, the meal was really yummy but there was not special or unique about the preparation that would make me want to return to pay $30 for an entree.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Never, ever disappointed in the food or the service at Breakwater. One of my favorites.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This restaurant is in the heart of downtown Beaufort. It is very quaint and comfortable. The food was fabulous as we had Mahi Mahi and sea scallops. The waitress was great as well. The only downside was the food came out way to fast. I think we had two sips of wine from a bottle we ordered and the food was here. We were in and out in 40 minutes. Not the romantic evening we would have liked but would give it another try and tell them to hold our order for awhile.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

We had great food and cocktails and enjoyed the laid-back vibe. Lisa was great!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent food and service. Third time we have dined at this restaurant and will come again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We recently moved to the area and have being working our way through the local restaurants. For a special meal, or just us foodies, this place is great. We both had wonderful meals (swordfish and shrimp) and just loved it. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and friendly.

Highly recommended - a bit more reasonable than the other fine dining spots in town.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We have always had a wonderful time at Breakwater. From the time we are greeted until we are finished and ready to leave, they never miss a beat. Interesting specials, awesome standard menu items, and a great wine list.
It is pricey. However, we only treat ourselves occasionally, so it never feels over priced.
Ask for Lisa she is special.
Love the Restaurant!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Impeccable service and dining experience. Thank you

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We have dined at Breakwater numerous times in the past three years and have never been disappointed by the food or the service. This time, the restaurant was particularly quiet on a Wednesday evening. We're out of town most of the year. I hope that people who live nearby can recognize what a gem this restaurant is!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

always a good vibe, amazing cuisine, feels upscale but not stuffy. offers small and larger dishes with great healthy choices as well as local specialties! wait staff is consistently professional and friendly! love this place every time!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Tapas, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 28, 2017

It had been quite a while since we'd been to Breakwater; just been really busy and traveled quite a bit. It seemed as if the menu has been re-invented a bit, and re-energized. I used to order the same dish very often, but the current menu tempted me to try something new. I loved the caprese as an appetizer, and then the lamb dish was wonderful, such great flavors. The soup of the night was tomato basil bisque, and it was so wonderful that my husband kept recommending it to diners seated near us! As always we enjoyed the cheerful service offered by Lisa. She always makes the occasion special!

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 25, 2017

A wonderful experience...great service, the food was outstanding, a truly memorable evening celebrating a special occasion. I highly recommend this special unique restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The food is always very good. I prefer to eat in the bar as the front dining room is bit noisy. You can get he ame menu and happy till 7:00.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, People Watching, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Nice, friendly atmosphere. Good service. Food is consistently good.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 16, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints. The food was delicious! They had run out of one of the appetizers we wanted but aside from that, there were no hiccups. We're very lucky to live in this town with this gem!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Wonderful Restaurant Week menu! That curry salad has to be a staple on your menu though. Can't get enough! I could have had that as an entree. That was the main reason we made reservations. :) Keep up the great work!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Food was delicious! Service was very prompt and attentitive, despite the restaurant being short staffed. The small plates are a perfect dinner portion size. Excellent wine list - I recommend the Spanish reds!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Highly recommended! We loved the everything we ate and the service was great.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 2, 2017

There should be a rating option for NO Stars for Breakwater! We were ignored and forgotten about for at least 20 minutes (without being asked to order) while table were being served properly. Once we asked for someone to find our server and she showed it was clear that we had been forgotten. So, we left Breakwater and walked to find the dinner in Beaufort at Wren Restaurant!!!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Breakwater changed their menu maybe a year ago and we did not like the changes so had not been since. Decided to give it another try and was more than glad we did. Service has and still is really good but food was also extremely good. Would be hard pressed to find a better experience anywhere. Congrats to Breakwater for getting it all so good!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 26, 2017

8 of us all enjoyed our meals including shrimp fried rice, steak potatoes, pimento burger, scottish salmon,mahi,good wine by the glass all reasonably priced. Great waiter

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Food was okay but a little high priced for what we got. Service was mediocre as well. Not worth our visit better places in town

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Second time we have eaten here,first time as locals..I can tell you this is the best fine restaurant in Beaufort. Pricey for the area but worth every penny.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Savannah)·Dined on August 23, 2017

We have never had a bad meal or been disappointed in the food or service at Breakwater. The food and service is always spot on. Juliet was our server. She was very knowledgeable of the food preparations, the wine list and was very professional. Thanks Juliet.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Organic, Healthy, Authentic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Did not disappoint! Absolutely wonderful way to celebrate my hubby's birthday!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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