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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.5
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L
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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?

RB
Key West
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

AP
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.

CW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is always excellent! Great waitress.

JS
Charleston
4 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!!

CW
Charleston
9 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!

DH
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.

OT
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!

d
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Wonderful service.

ME
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.

BR
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.

s
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.

SG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CW
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.

WW
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.

F
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.

N
Washington DC
217 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.

KQ
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!

A
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!

Q
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

OT
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.

KM
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.

A
Charleston
10 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!

b
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve w/family.

J
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!!!!

OT
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Split fee is silly, portions could be larger. Good food.

SM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently outstanding service and flavors! We love Breakwater!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

P
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakwater is simply Beaufort's best restaurant ! Our service was exceptional and the food was marvelous !

s
Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great salmon and mahi. Relaxing,confortable,quiet. Good wine selection

MA
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with calamari which was very fresh and flavorful. I had the crab cakes and they were out of sight. The presentation was very nicely done and we enjoyed our entire meal. A great find in Beaufort S C.

ER
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS a wonderful experience - excellent food, service, ambience ..... Perfection!

AD
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Salmon on squash risotto with fried kale was excellent! Lee's service at the bar was great but the noise level was beyond energetic. Terrific wine selection.

TM
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, attentive server, friendly staff. Loved that they had small plates-I had room to enjoy the scrumptious bread pudding. Definitely recommend.

J
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jenn, Liam and Kelsey are the best!

EB
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a good meal whether it's a special occasion or just a night out. I appreciate the small plate option as well as the regular entree.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakwater is always terrific. Food is seasonally creative and delicious, service is terrific and the ambiance is fun and lively.

l
Charleston
209 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Breakwater always provides a great experience...vibe, food, service all top-notch!

AP
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of the better places to go downtown for dinner. Never had any complaints