Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort

4.6
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1518 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.

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Special menus

  • New Menu Item: Flash Fried Chicken Livers

    Starting Jul 25, 2020 · Tue - Thu 5:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Bourbon flash fried chicken livers in demi glace with a garlic croute. Great new appetizer $12.00
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Wife’s food was excellent(fried seafood appetizer) my dinner on the other hand was very disappointing. The chicken looked like it was a prepackaged chicken made from parts. Reminded me of a large chicken McNugget. This dish has always been my favorite when it was a real chicken breast this was disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, great experience. Great food, we had the fried chicken and the lamb, both amazing!! Knowledgeable and attentive staff. Overall we liked this place a lot and will return next time we’re in town.

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort
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Thank you so much for your review. We appreciate your choosing to dine with us at Breakwater and we are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Beaufort.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super. Lisa is the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Safe Clean Welcoming.

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vipPinn
London
21 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! We love their pimento cheese bacon burger and, well, pretty much everything else on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

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SusanD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for overnight trip to Beaufort to celebrate our anniversary. The restaurant actually took us in ahead of our reservation time, and did not disappoint! My husband had the fried chicken with the Nashville sauce- he loved it! I had the pesto chicken and the sauce, with the vegetables was amazing. Would highly recommend!

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Joseph
Charleston
33 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistency in service, tastiness of food, and overall presentation, and appropriate serving sizes are always on the mark. We have eaten here for years and have never been disappointed. The guests we introduce to Breakwater always thank us for the introduction.

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CindiR
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely Love Breakwater in Beaufort. When we are in town it’s a favorite for our family. From the appetizers to the after dinner drinks it’s always perfect. All Of the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable of their menus

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vipsuzanner
Atlanta
46 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Was very nice atmosphere.

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LindsayR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got the lamb meatloaf and it was amazing!! I’d go back anyday!

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food
my wife had the chicken
and I had the lamb meatloaf
wonder choices
tender and well seasoned
perfect setting for a romantic evening

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PatrickB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and excellent service! Social distance practiced, and all of staff wearing masks.

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jrack
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish the restaurant was excellent. Friendly attentive staff, well conceived and executed meal. We really enjoyed the experience and highly recommend if you like great food!

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kar3n
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Vacation meal! Local seafood with great food and beautiful sunsets!!! Busy and Covid makes for a lot of waiting for tables!

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NanaPop
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good, service & ambience were all superb! Recommend to everyone!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Wine Room for a group 10. We could make all the noise we wanted without bothering other guest. Our server was amazing! Funny, on her game and knowledgeable. The food was perfect too. Excellent.

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vipKendraM
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must do place every time we visit Beaufort! The food and service was amazing!

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The filet mignon was incredible. The she crab soup was incredible. The scallops were incredible. What a wonderful dinner!

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outtoeat
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The main dining room is quiet and elegant. The side room is a little louder due to acoustics, so chose it for a quiet dinner. The salads and filet are delicious! We really enjoyed our meal here. It’s a little pricey, but the food is superb.

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WebbA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on recommendation from our B and B owner. They didn’t disappoint. The food was fantastic as well as the drinks. Everything was priced well. The only disappointment was that we didn’t go back the next night. We will be back the next time we are in Beaufort!

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IdaA
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant - will go back again. We had he grouper and it was delicious!

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MaryG
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with the butter bean hummus, split the fried chicken and beet salad. It was perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Breakwater and Juliette. we hope the grouper entree and scallop benedict stay on the menu for a long time.

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Jokis
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good experience and will certainly go back. Keep in mind if you are a big eater, may not be enough of an entre. Suggest starter, salad and meal. The desert was outrageous. A pecan something or another with ice cream scoop. Yummy

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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
7 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
15 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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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 1518 OpenTable diners.

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