Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort

4.6
1351 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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New England
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and amazing service.. great choices and the chef is very accommodating ... I forget the waitresses name but extremely sweet, knowledgeable and extra speedy with requests!! She has a pit bull that is the sweetest dog..

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OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrsted our daughter’s 21st birthday w friends. Fantastic service and delicious food!

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KM
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a great place. Lovely decor; unexpected food combinations that were excellent and tasty, and pleasant, efficient and personal service.

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GB
Charleston
58 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a jewel. Love the small plate options. Great wine & cocktail list. Great service from Jen, as usual.

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NB
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delight to dine at Breakwater. Food is fresh and tasty. Tables are comfortably spaced and the chairs are comfortable. The staff treat you as welcome guests.

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AM
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an outstanding Mother’s Day brunch. Outstanding food, well attended to, and went out of their way to wake knowledge my mother on Mother’s Day. They gave her a flower on our way out.

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S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

When we first arrived with a reservation, our table was not ready. We were directed to the bar. The bar and bartender was the best experience overall. The oysters were a bit greasy and the filet was ample but not very tender. The creme brûlée’s was outstanding! Our server was great but a bit slow. Would like to visit other restaurants in the area before we return.

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LS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the filet and blackened mahi both were excellent

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JB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Breakwater!! PLEASE bring the vegan meatloaf back!!!!

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We were very excited to have dinner at Breakwater - we were celebrating our honeymoon and my husband's birthday. When we showed up shortly before our reservation time, we waited 10 minutes for the hostess to get off of what seemed to be a personal call (with no acknowledgement we were there) before she seated us. No apology, either. We waited another 10 minutes before a waitress came over with some water. This was at 8:30 PM, and only half of the dining room was filled. Food was OK - portions are small for the price. I felt as though we were ignored compared to some of the tables around us, and we should have kept our original reservation at Saltus River Grill. We will not return.

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L
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was not as good as usual. Noise level in bar banquette pretty high. We always enjoy our evenings here.

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BI
Savannah
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to come for birthday lunches. Andrew is our preferred server and, as always, was great! The food was excellent and the atmosphere was just what we wanted. We'll all be back!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nashville Hot Chicken was very good with mashed potatoes. Service very attentive.

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SK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming, friendly and excellent service.
Love the food and great ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband out for his birthday and he told me several times how much he loved his dinner

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MC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very loud, but food was excellent. Service was very good.

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JI
Charleston
209 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always always very good. My favorite and the best. Service and food is exceptional. You won't give wrong dining here.

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HJ
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Liam is was very welcoming and a great server. And the brunch was delicious!

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GB
Charleston
58 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jennifer and Ian at the bar are knowledgeable, attentive and good company. It's always a joy to drink and dine with them.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lisa was a great server. Enthusiastic, knowledgable and very accommodating.

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J
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service. A wonderful place for dinner.

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A
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner with very good Trigger Fish special. Waitress is great - they all seem to be at Breakwater!! We had a delightful evening and all four of us loved our meals.

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OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very professional in all regards.

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PS
Mississippi
22 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Not that great although the food was tasty. Fairly inattentive waiter. 2 items either wrong or wrongly made-a manager came by after the meal and I showed her the salad dressing and she sort of vaguely apologized. There weren’t but 3 small tables for king, yet our server was very slow and not once checked on us after the meal was served. It was a shame. Others have probably had better experiences

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C
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was great. My pimento cheese burger was great. My girlfriend ordered the shrimp fried rice and it was bad.

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P
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friend visiting from Boston. Everything was great until 3am when I got a migraine so it had to be something I ate. Do you use MSG? We all shared the shrimp fried rice, hummus platter and beef sliders. I have to learn which to avoid in the future. Or, just please don’t use any msg. I love the restaurant so that’s my only concern.

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FM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Did not live up to the hype. The food was good but not spectacular.

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g
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience at Breakwater Restaurant was wonderful. Our server, Juliet, was delightful. She paid just enough attention to us and nicely acknowledged it was a special occasion. The room is perfect for an intimate evening; lighting was soft and the noise level unobtrusive. Our dinners were excellent, although not outstanding. I really appreciated having the 2 size options on many entrees. We will come back again next time we are in Beaufort.

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J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This dinner was nothing special. Service was good. The food was okay although my wife’s scallops were over cooked. There are a lot of restaurants in the area. I’d try another.

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L
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way! We live in Savannah and absolutely will return, totally worth the drive! Our high top table as requested, next to the window, perfect!!! Crab cakes & soft shell crab, beyond spectacular!!!! Service, perfect!!

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RR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Having dinner at Breakwater was a very pleasant experience. The service was excellent, the food was interesting and well prepared without being overly complicated - something that seems to be in vogue these days. This one is on our list for another visit when we are in the area.

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G
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My friend from Charleston and me from Hilton Head meet here for lunchtime visits. Easy for a quiet lunch and courteous but uncomplicated service.

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LD
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were surprised at the atmosphere. Also the ability to get smaller portions of a lot of the
main entrees. It was a wonderful night

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BS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and drinks! Nice atmosphere and always consistently yummy. So glad they are serving lunch now and the brunch was fun and delicious!

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ER
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakwater is our go-to restaurant here in Beaufort, so when we heard about their inaugural Saturday Champagne Brunch, we HAD to be there! It was all we had hoped for - yummy, unique cocktails and delicious food. John loved his BEET cocktail (yep - beets!) and I loved my Veuve and Grand Marnier concoction. Our table shared the deviled eggs, which were delightful with smoked salmon and pickled red onion. We both had the Chef's Choice Eggs Benedict - lovely crispy crabby cakes topped with a poached egg, spinach, and hollandaise - no unnecessary, english muffin to worry with. They were PERFECT, and the eggs were done exactly to my requested doneness .... and John's were just the way he requested! The accompanying hash browns were a very naughty treat - basically miniature crispy french fries. Addictive. If you want a quieter experience, request the dining room side. We had a wonderfully festive time at a high top in the bar. If we are in town, we will definitely attend their April offering.

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LM
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This was a pleasant surprise - not because I’d heard “bad things” - I’m so new to the area I quite honestly hadn’t heard anything about Breakwater. And that kinda concerned me. I’ve gotten recommendations to 6 or seven other places and never once was this place mentioned. That and the lack of curb appeal - the grey exterior didn’t exactly exude a “try me” look to it...

Nonetheless - we were greeted pleasantly by the hostess for our reservation, and seated immediately. Our served Michelle was both informative, very welcoming, and attentive.

The food was a knock out. From the descriptions on the menu, to the presentation - on thru the taste. Outstanding!

I’ll be coming back, often!

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PB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gayle and I celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary, just us, together, alone. I splurged with the filet mignon, definitely worth it! AND the service, Oh the service, was just as good as good service gets, a Red Sox fan to boot!

Breakwater is and has been our favorite for both lunch, but especially for special occasions!

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BN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely cocktails and superb food selection—a don't miss in Beaufort!

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SH
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

A birthday dinner for our niece. Service was great after we were acknowledged. A small mixup led to a 20 min wait before the server came to the table.

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