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Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort, Beaufort, SC

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort

4.7
4.7
1887 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.

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Booked 37 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Low Country, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 379-0052

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Elizabeth Shaw & Gary Lang

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Donna Lang: (843) 379-0052

  • Neighborhood

    Beaufort

  • Cross street

    Port Republic

  • Parking details

    Two parking lots are available one block away on Port Republic. Or there is street parking.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,887 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Contemporary American

  • Hilton Head

    Best Overall

  • Hilton Head

    Best Service

  • Hilton Head

    Best Ambiance

  • Hilton Head

    Best Value

  • Hilton Head

    Healthy

  • Hilton Head

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. L

    Lisa

    Atlanta

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was the last night of a girls’ trip & the meal was delicious!!

  2. PM

    PatM

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service3ambience2

    This was our third trip to Breakwater and it was mediocre at best. The wine selection is poor and my husband did not like either of the reds he ordered. The pork chop was tough and rather tasteless. We had a very loud group behind us which made for a lack of ambiance. With the prices they charge, I also thought people would be better dressed. It was our anniversary so we were dressed nicely. However, most of the patrons were in shorts, tee shirts, ball caps, etc.

  3. C

    Cheka

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent evening! Food and service superb.

  4. CA

    CarolineA

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service! Loved everything about our experience!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Lovely dining experience.

  6. SM

    StacyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Very good! A very nice restaurant close to everything downtown.

  7. T

    Teri

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We dined on a Thursday night. Crowded but service and food was excellent!

  8. JH

    JerryH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Breakwater was perfect for our anniversary celebration! we will see you again!

  9. NB

    linusNBeaufort

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    Service was great. There a few less attractive seats in the dining room and we got one for a 5:45 seating. The French fries consisted of a collection of potatoes of average length about 2”. The shrimp were small and seemingly few in number. My entree came with nothing green or crunchy. The kitchen ring master was a bit loud. The food tasted good, but not great.

  10. MD

    MelissaD

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We've lived in Beaufort for 18 months and have never tried this restaurant. From the outside, it doesn't look like what you receive from the inside. Once you step in, the ambience, service, food and drink choices, and dining experience is incredible. This is the one restaurant that we've booked through Open Table, where they actually read my request for special seating and acknowledged my husband's birthday. They even offered both of us a free dessert of our choice. We were too stuffed though to accept. The food was served hot and was incredibly flavorful. Our server, Juliette, was outstanding. Friendly, efficient, engaging. We will definitely be back and Breakwater has quickly risen-up to our favorite choice!!

  11. L

    Lucy5644

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Very enjoyable also it’s one of the few restaurants in Beaufort open on Monday.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Food portions were small for the price. Delicious, small meals.

  13. SB

    SteveB

    Louisville

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We were promptly met and seated. Our server then greeted us and started discussing the night’s menu. She was absolutely excellent. Started with the mushroom appetizer and then we each had the red snapper catch of the day. Everything was perfectly cooked and tasted great. Our server was attentive to our needs but not intrusive. All in all, an excellent dining experience at Breakwater. Highly recommended.

  14. LN

    LanceN

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful waitress- very quick and helpful. Food was wonderful too. Great atmosphere.

  15. m

    mkmurphy

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    The burger tasted more like sauce than steak and the green beans tasted more like garlic than beans. The mashed potatoes were average as were the onion rings.

  16. PW

    PatsyW

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We were seated near the kitchen which was very noisy with shouts of “order up”. S Very small table even though we had made reservations days in advance and many other tables were available. We dine here quite often, but may give it a little more thought in the future when choosing a restaurant. Unfortunate as this hurts the chefs and waiters.

  17. MD

    MarcieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was wonderful! Argentinian steak, whipped potatoes and squash casserole were fantastic and fried green tomatoes were the best we’ve had.

  18. WB

    WillieB

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious dinner and amazing drinks. Liem and Willie die a great job!

  19. FC

    FrankC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great date night place in Beaufort! Our server, Juliet, was attentive and gave excellent recommendations. Put this on your 'must eat here' list!!

  20. b

    bex66

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is amazing! Lisa was so nice. The food was outstanding and the peach cobbler dessert was the best we've had!!!!

  21. A

    Alspacechick

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent in all things - food, service, atmosphere - don't miss it!

  22. KK

    KevinK

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Excellent cocktails, very good shrimp and scallops. Service slow at first, but quick recovery from friendly staff.

  23. HJ

    HJSmemphis

    New Orleans

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Breakwater is always a delicious dining experience.

  24. BA

    BeaufortAF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We would have licked our plates clean if it was socially acceptable.

  25. MB

    MichelleB

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was fantastic! Katie was wonderful and we had a simply perfect dinner. Will absolutely be back and will put this at the top of our "favorites" list!

  26. P

    Pqueen

    Orlando

    83 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    My beef dinner was great. My husband got the pork chop and said it was tough. Our friend got the salmon which was excellent! Drinks and desserts were good. Waitress was very nice!

  27. LL

    LanceL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent meal for the value. Quaint nice restaurant within walking distance of water and park

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect anniversary evening!!

  29. MS

    MarcS

    New England

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service from Lisa and from Liam behind the bar was fabulous. Brought a couple of friends from out of town and they were hugely impressed. Great!

  30. LT

    LindaT

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Will become a go-to place!

  31. DE

    DEW0518

    Charleston

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    menu was a little lacking and all over the place. could have used more selections

  32. WM

    WestMark

    Memphis/West TN

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great everything

  33. s

    stuffed

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    good food - but overpriced. 44 bucks for halibut seems very steep. but will be back, only because we can afford it.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food. Stuffed mushrooms very good. Pasta was delish, chicken on top was perfectly grilled. Very good service.

  35. JC

    JimC

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ask for Lisa or Juliette. They are awesome!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service was wonderful!

  37. MR

    MatthewR

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Breakwater is a great local restaurant that we have enjoyed for years. Good and service is always wonderful.

  38. GH

    GradyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I was very pleased with Breakwater for my birthday celebration! The fried oysters were delicious, catch of the day served with lobster sauce, fried chicken crisp and moist, menus choices plentiful, atmosphere cozy, friendly wait staff and food came out quickly. We will definitely recommend to friends and return!

  39. MM

    MeganM13

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came here for a girl’s night, and it did not disappoint!! It was elegant but still fun. Our waitress was so attentive and her energy was awesome. I’m 100% coming back

  40. KE

    KEW1234

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a pleasure to dine here. Food was excellent and the service is always exceptional. Highly recommend

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 1887 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 37 times today
Google Map for Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort

203 Carteret Street, Suite 102 Beaufort, SC 29902

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Port Republic

  • Neighborhood

    Beaufort

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Low Country, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Two parking lots are available one block away on Port Republic. Or there is street parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Elizabeth Shaw & Gary Lang

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 379-0052

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Donna Lang: (843) 379-0052

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