Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort

4.7
1739 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1739 people are saying
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vipJaneS
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has an excellent serving team. Attentive, available, and well trained. Food excellent- always!!!! Love our Breakwater!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Although the atmosphere and service were great, my steak was chewy snd didn’t have much taste. My companion I referred fried shrimp and enjoyed the meal.

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WandaB
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at Breakwater to celebrate a birthday. The service was absolutely outstanding. Our waitress was very attentive and accommodating. When our first two dishes came out, we had remembered we forgot to tell the waitress about a change in the third dish due to dietary issues, so we told the young gentleman who brought the first two dishes. He literally ran to the kitchen to let the staff know of the correction, and the third dish was brought out, as ordered, a few moments later. We were quite impressed. The food was delicious, fresh, gorgeous. A wonderful experience at one of our favorite restaurants in Beaufort.

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CharlieC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service. I do feel like some bread should be served while diners are waiting for their food, especially if they are having cocktails. Other than that, it was a great experience.

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LeeMcD
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food but a bit pricey. Good service. Nice atmosphere.

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CharlestonFoodie
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Better than expected! The place has three distinct dinner rooms that provides the guest different vibe or ambiance. Cocktails were amazing and the food was excellent. We are glad to have chosen this place. Upscale for Beaufort but not snobby. We will definitely come back

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RayW
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakwater is always a must for dinner when visiting Fripp Island. The food and service are a 10 out of 10.

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junied
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough good things about the food, the service or the ambiance. This was a celebratory dinner for my friend’s retirement and I couldn’t have asked for a better celebration venue. I would highly recommend. We

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DebM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modern look in the historic district. Service very knowledgeable and professional. Dishes we chose... from apps to dessert...outstanding! A little pricey...but good food always is....and worth it!

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MikeE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The service and meal were excellent. Our only complaint was the atmosphere and ambience. This is not the place to go if you want a quiet, intimate dinner. Tall ceilings and open spaces detracted from the ambience and increased the noise. But as I said, the food and service were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome. Exceeded all expectations. Staff were friendly, professional and prompt. Establishment was very clean.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and although we had been here before several years ago, we had just stopped in for a drink & dessert. This time we made reservations and requested a particular type of table and commented it was my birthday. Both the hostesses and our server wished me a happy birthday. They were sincere and polite. Our female server was very friendly and professional. She helped with questions we had about certain dishes and checked in with us often. Our meal was terrific and they brought me dessert with a candle. Very nice… will definitely return again!

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Lewis
Charleston
58 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant, but do not be confused by the name. The menu is mostly land, not sea. Good portions and well prepared. Prices are reasonable but above average for Beaufort. Wine is overpriced.

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dkbll
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The four of us had a wonderful meal, with great service and a relaxing, welcoming atmosphere. We always enjoy our visits to Breakwater for lunch or dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Their Nashville chicken is better than Nashvilles

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SueZ
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had dinner at Breakwater for the first time since COVID started. Wow were we pleased to see a new menu! The service and the food was excellent and we all enjoyed our entrees. The Asian shrimp appetizer was a hit too! So nice to see one of our favorite local restaurants downtown doing so well!!! What a nice night!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was absolutely amazing. The fried chicken was so delicious. Husband had the salmon and there was nothing left on the late. Our server, Will, was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Ambiance was very nice. We will definitely go again and again.

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Pfaff
Greensboro
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was good! But for an upscale restaurant no warm bread with butter or olive oil brought to your table while you are waiting for your entrees. No real atmosphere inside the restaurant.Chef did a great job but owners need to do more to bring people in with prices for entrees!

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JMaloney
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for our 20th wedding anniversary celebration and everything was perfect. Food was delicious and service was superb. Thank you!

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HayleyG
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food and drinks were delicious and the staff were attentive and pleasant. It is expensive for my budget but was worth it for a special night out.

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vipBillL
Naples
91 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Disappointed is the primary descriptor:

First, our server, Lisa, though very personable, was not attentive (until we had a problem) and served our table as if we were an after-thought.

Second, the food was not properly prepared: rack of lamb was under-cooked, vegetables were cold at service, and "bleu cheese" grits had no "bleu cheese" taste.

Finally, we were verbally accosted by a gentleman (named Dale, we believe) at the next table as he and his party were leaving.

All in all, not a very enjoyable evening. I must give credit to the manager, Julliette (I believe that's correct), who attempted to make right on as much as she could.

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TimF
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good
Service was good
Enjoyable experience

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MissyH
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

INCREDIBLE meal and service!!
Probably one of the best meals I have had hands-down!
Our waiter, Will, was outstanding- very professional, personable, and accommodating.
Highly highly recommend this restaurant!

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JimS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Before our date to attend a performance at USCBeaufort, we always have dinner at Breakwater. We love the food, wait staff is always fabulous and it’s nice to relax and enjoy a wonderful meal. We would highly recommend Breakwater to anyone looking for a great dining experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have dine here many times. We like the new menu and My wife and I both tried new items. Both ere great. The martini was one of the best I have ever had. We will continue to dine at Breakwater when we visit the Beaufort area.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was the best we’ve had in a long time dining. Food wasn’t the greatest for the price. The overall rating is based on the expert service and the restaurants design. We would only return if the service was as good, but wouldn’t return based upon the quality of the food.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding evening! Top dining in Beaufort! Special place for those special events!

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JulieB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our friends recommended the restaurant and we went for our anniversary. The staff were all very nice and made a point to wish us a happy anniversary. The fried green tomatoes were outstanding - the best I have ever had and plenty to share. The she crab soup was full of crab meat and very tasty. My husband had the Mediterranean shrimp and scallops. It was savory with large sea scallops. I had the Argentinian beef. The meat was a little tough but the flavor was very good. Overall an excellent recommendation!

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MargoF
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Michelle made it a dining experience, not just 'having dinner'. We will be a back next time we're in town. Fantastic evening all around.

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Skibum1
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and atmosphere were all top notch.

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MorganF
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious a d the service was awesome!!

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Atltennislady
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

6 of us got together to celebrate an anniversary together! Our waitress, Michele, did a wonderful job & even provided a celebratory complimentary dessert for the couple. She was attentive and kind. The food was delicious and the service exceptional. Great evening at Breakwater!

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Trishncsc
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent shrimp and scallops, the special was a grouper which was very tasty but served in a lot of broth which I like but not everybody would. Lovely desserts. Good wine selection but a bit expensive.

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Carmelita29644
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was worth the money. The lemon martini OUTSTANDING better then were I have been.

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vipJaneS
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Breakwater. Dining experience absolutely wonderful- apps to dessert! Thankyou Donna, Gary, and team for making it so!

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HerbertM
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great atmosphere and great staff!

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PamelaH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This restaurant was recommended by the Inn we visited while in town. Unfortunately, the food was very subpar. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant.

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RandyA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Breakwater offers consistently good food at a reasonable price. The diverse Americana menu should have options for all and the bar is one of the best in Beaufort. The wine list is adequate and prices are quite reasonable. It is one of the three or four best dining options in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Fine! Boring…

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ShellyB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! The stuffed mushrooms were awesome! It was a nice quite anniversary dinner.

FAQs

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 379-0052.

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort is rated 4.7 stars by 1739 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.