Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort

4.6
1251 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Low Country, Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(843) 379-0052
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Elizabeth Shaw & Gary Lang
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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 25. For completely private events, Breakwater can accommodate groups from 30-70.
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Private party contact
Donna Lang: (843) 379-0052
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Port Republic
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1251 People Are Saying
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice decor, very polite and efficient staff, our filet's were melt in your mouth.....the only disappointment was the bartender couldn't make a birthday cake or sugar cookie martini 😕

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GB
Charleston
48 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great intimate bar seating, great service, delicious food & cocktails.

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OT
Charleston
110 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always great!

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SM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! We will definitely be back. This was our first time eating there. The food was delicious. The atmosphere was very cozy. I very much enjoyed every minute of our experience.

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F
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, terrific service, and fair prices vs quality

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G
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I met here as a midway point between Charleston and Hilton Head. Beautifully appointed place with hospitality and good service. They allowed us to visit through the lunch time and we left about 4. We will definitely return to this lovely spot in a charming town. Only recommendation is that they please add paper towels in the restroom in addition to blower dryer.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Other than the wonderful food we always describe breakwater as white table cloth.....where are they? Changes the entire atmosphere. Don’t like that....really don’t like that just looks like a bar.....bring them back please...

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Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Unfortunately dinner was a disappointment. We eat at Breakwater often. We had guests with us it was their first experience. Appetizers were good. Calamari the breading would not stay on so it was very difficult to eat. The shrimp appetizer was wonderful. Dinner there were two orders of the scallops with risotto. Both orders the scallops were best lukewarm in the risotto was mushy and brownish toned. The other dish with the shrimp fried rice. The shrimp fried rice came it was hot in the guest truly enjoyed it. Unfortunately our waitress was not around otherwise I would’ve sent back the scallop dishes. Dessert was wonderful.
We will go back sometime, but no time soon.

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Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. Our party of 6 was never rushed. Highly recommend the fried chicken.

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BC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant in Beaufort! The food is always outstanding, the atmosphere is wonderful, and the staff are friendly. We go here knowing that everything is going to be outstanding.

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Charleston
111 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Always a pleasure!

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R
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely family lunch over the Thanksgiving holiday and received the best service. Thank you

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f
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my 3rd visit to Breakwater Restaurant. Each experience has been very good. On this trip I ordered a Filet and requested it rare. It was brought out at more than rare. I mentioned it to the waitress and I also said that I would not return it. In the end, the waitress compensated me with one glass of wine. That made my evening. I only have high regards for this establishment and the staff.

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BF
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We were given a SMALL 2 top in a room with no tablecloths or candles on the tables. It was very uncomfortable. Other parties of 2 were at 4 tops. Other dining areas were much nicer with cloths and candles. There were nice booths with only 2 diners. The place was not even half full and never filled up during our time there. Was our poor seating a result of booking with Open Table? By the way, we spent $160 here and the food was mediocre.

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MO
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had an excellent first visit here. Food was amazing and staff were attentive and responsive!

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JI
Charleston
197 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Breakwater. It never fails us. Great food. Friendly, courteous service and a fun atmosphere.

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BB
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Portions were on the small side, given the prices, but the food was good. The spicy calamari was excellent as was the fried chicken wrap with avocado, blue cheese and buttermilk dressing.

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RD
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kelsey did an amazing job taking care of us! Food was excellent as usual!

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RN
Savannah
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

In all our visits to Breakwater, we'd never once been disappointed. Unfortunately, our winning streak ended this past Saturday night. We'd planned to impress our out-of-town guests with an exceptional meal while they were visiting Beaufort, but that was not the case. Three of the dishes, including a special, that we'd intended to order were not available at 7:45pm, and the meals we settled for were underwhelming. The blackened Mahi, a personal favorite, tasted 'fishy' and I knew better than to eat it. The highlight of the entire meal was the butter bean hummus. We live locally and will return in the future, but we're sincerely hoping this is a one-off experience and that our next visit will be much less disappointing.

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ME
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really special dining experience in a classy little setting.
Every aspect of our meal was perfectly done.
Great fresh, local ingredients.
Our server, Lisa made our meal especially pleasant.
Very welcoming.

Our choice of many restaurants to take our visiting friends from Seattle to
next week!

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G
Omaha
13 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The hostess was all southern charm - made us feel warm and welcome . Our food and service was good too

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LC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here twice while in Beaufort. Awesome wine and the food is fabulous! Service great and the place has a great vibe! Highly recommend!

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CB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite in Beaufort! Food, drinks, service, atmosphere are all excellent. Some of us like the Nashville Hot Chicken and others the special fish, like the grilled swordfish with fresh heirloom tomato slices, squash, pickled asparagus, and chimichurri. Another favorite is the lamb chop small plate—just enough and always delicious. Saturday night, the scallop and risotto small plate with fresh beets and squash was super yummy and a beautiful plate! Also, the curry spinach soup was a warm and satisfying fall starter. Thanks, Breakwater! You never disappoint!
Excellent bar tender, Jenn, and server, Juliette (your Red Sox won!).

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i
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly and efficient service. Good food - my pork chop was perfectly cooked.

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b
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After our second visit to Breakwater, this is definitely our favorite restaurant in Beaufort. The food is super and the service is attentive.

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P
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal with excellent service !

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DG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An old favorite - the food is always superb and the service too. Highly recommend Breakwater

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JW
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a great dinner! My husband and I each had seafood. Both if us totally enjoyed our meal.

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RB
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We tried three different pastas--small size, and the calamari. Food was very good, waitress was too! We'll be back when we visit the area again!

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TJ
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place in Beaufort for dining. Great atmosphere, quiet enough for conversation, and the food is always delicious.

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Charleston
187 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've always loved Breakwater for dinner, but it's also become our go-to lunch spot as well. Highly recommended!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and wonderful food.

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a
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed dinner here. Ambiance is somewhat austere but nice vibe, good food, great service and superb cocktails! Order the small size if you can, portions were just right. Delicious charcuterie starter.

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IS
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food is consistently good but conversations are difficult in this restaurant.

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Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great visit during restaurant week. I had restaurant week menu with great mussels and cream de pot dessert. Main menu tasty. Wife has al la carte and ordered small portion lamb chops. Perfect portion and well prepared. Special anniversary dinner from out of town. Busy place and a bit noisy but great service and meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service, as always.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite places to eat in Beaufort. So much so, my wife and I just celebrated our 8th year of marriage. You cannot go wrong with Breakwater.

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B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 10 ladies and were seated in the special "wine bottle" area, which was fabulous as we could be together and talk among ourselves. The food was spectacular and the service super. Would highly recommend!

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TA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Visit every month and always great. Srimp are awesome

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