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Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort, Beaufort, SC

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort

4.7
4.7
2033 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 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 2,033 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • South Carolina

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always reliable and excellent food - go there every time we come to Beaufort
  2. LU

    LULU

    Charleston

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful evening and a wonderful waitress. I wish I had gotten her name. She’s was adorable
  3. MS

    MitchS

    Savannah

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fabulous, lots of flavor and the right amounts of food. None of this business of overloading they plate with non essentials and making you think that the price is commensurate with the quality. Quality and flavor were there and our server was just the perfect person to make the meal special. I’m
  4. CD

    CathyD

    Charleston

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent meal and the wait staff was top notch. Will definitely visit again!
  5. BS

    BarryS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a drink at the bar before we were shown to our table. The bartender was very pleasant. We had lovely evening, the shrimp and scallops were very tasty and our server was friendly and knowledgeable.
  6. SS

    SusanS

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our special-occasion dinner at Breakwater! Mary, our server, was lovely, unobtrusive, and very welcome. Our Shrimp snd Scallops was perfectly prepared, with a nod to the delicacy of the seafood. This was my second visit to Breakwater, and just as wonderful as the first. I highly recommend this fantastic place!
  7. RR

    RickR

    Acapulco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always. Lovely dinner impeccable service and great wine. Loved the crab cakes.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    In my opinion, Breakwater is the best restaurant in Beaufort. The food and drinks are always great. The only criticism I have is in regards to the table that we had last night. It was a little tight. A four top that was in a corner.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food.
  10. DH

    DavidH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A warm welcome was followed by a drink at the bar. We then had an excellent dinner served by a friendly and efficient waiter.
  11. LM

    LeeMcD

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places to eat in Beaufort. Very accommodating to our dietary needs.
  12. j

    junied

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous restaurant! The quality of the service and food can always be counted on to impress. One of the best in Beaufort.
  13. J

    Jake

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delicious oysters and crab cake. Katie our server was excellent in taking care of our needs. Breakwater is an ASSET to downtown Beaufort and our community.
  14. ET

    EricT

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Mi’chelle, our server, and Juliette, the manager, both provided excellent service, going over and above what is expected. The grouper special and the crab fritters were great, as well as the espresso martini. Thanks!
  15. T

    Treerockjan

    Wilmington

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a great server and the chef did a substitution for me that made my meal excellent. We quite enjoyed the atmosphere. Everything was just right!
  16. s

    steve

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was excellent. Dinner was a little slow coming out. Friendly server.
  17. F

    Foodiegirl77

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Michelle was great! Food was excellent
  18. LD

    LocalDiner

    Naples

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We tried Breakwater for dinner. Pork chop was served rare but our server was on it and it was cooked to medium and was great. Short rib was very good too. Server friendly and helpful. Nice wine list; we’ll return!
  19. RC

    RobertC

    Savannah

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We had several complaints: the server brought out our main course when we were only half way through our appetizers (and I am a fast eater), the ahi tuna was okay, but I’ve had better in some chain restaurants, and the corn pudding which could have been a 10 was so heavily salted it became almost inedible. The fried oysters were terrific. Ambiance was great, but the overall impression was either a poorly trained staff or an effort to get us out in 45 minutes or less.
  20. DS

    DebraS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening!!! Our waiter was outstanding! Can’t wait until the next time!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Birthday here was splendid!
  22. K

    Kathryn

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. The kitchen did a great job with high quality ingredients. Our server was attentive and gracious. We will definitely return on our next visit to Beaufort.
  23. BG

    BarbaraG

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Breakwater. We eat there every time we visit Beaufort. Charming server, excellent martini, delicious meal!
  24. HY

    HelenY

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Food not all that great for the price. Was just ok. Portions very small. Had crab cake app. Not great, fried shrimp app was very good. Salmon dinner. Just ok. Purée under salmon was gross. Shrimp and scallop dinner just ok. 12 year old size portion with one mini sprig of broccolini. Not even one bite. Desserts crème brûlée. Ok. Very small. Pecan tart was good. Was not offered the dinner specials but table next to us was. Food runner just plopped down the food on the table and left. Long time until waitress came back. Interior decor dull, drab. Dark grey. Dinner for 2 with one drink each 145 plus tip. Left hungry. Not worth it, do not recommend and will never go back. Way over priced for quality and quantity of food they advertise.
  25. LF

    LorieF

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and the service was excellent. I would highly recommend with one caveat: when you make a reservation, which is a must, request a table in the main dining room. On our recent visit we were seated in the bar area and it was quite noisy. Other than that it was an extremely enjoyable dining experience.
  26. DC

    DavidC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food was absolutely outstanding one of the best meals I’ve had in ages. The only downside our waitress seem to have disappeared for about 30 minutes, which was somewhat disappointing, considering the overall excellence of this establishment
  27. j

    jhopeb

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely evening - the food was delicious with portions just right. No one rushed us. Overall experience was enjoyable. We will be back.
  28. V

    Valentine

    Charleston

    61 reviews

    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was very good but small portions. Although we were in the corner the noise level was very high.
  29. PG

    PatG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The shrimp and scallops with risotto was excellent
  30. RO

    RickO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate there on a Monday evening. The food was delicious. I had the burger and substituted the offered broccolini for the fries. The burger was great - slightly charred but medium rare as requested with very tasty toppings. An excellent choice. If I lived in the area, I would be a regular.
  31. DM

    DonnaM

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our 30th wedding anniversary. The staff made it very special!! Thank you!
  32. m

    mezzo

    Columbus

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Service was OK. Food presentation was nice but taste fell flat
  33. k

    kdrkdr

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The service was great ... the food was beautiful and delicious .... we did however find it a bit overpriced.
  34. PD

    PeterD

    Toronto

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was excellent, shrimp and scallops were perfect, obviously freshly caught. The fried chicken was simple and wonderful. The wine and food were well priced, we had a very good dinner.
  35. LM

    LindaM

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic drinks and food. Waitress was the best ever!!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening! Requested a quiet table and was seated at the quietest booth in the restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was great! My favorite restaurant in Beaufort!
  37. WS

    WilliamS

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went for our anniversary....it was outstanding. Michelle our waitress was the best....could not ask for better service. Food was great...loved the crab cake. We will be back soon.
  38. CR

    ChuckR

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Delightful staff, superb menu and comfortable ambiance! What more could you want? A remarkable evening!!
  39. LP

    LisaP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Small serving on cheese board. Weak drinks. Water was never refilled and they appeared under staffed.
  40. KO

    KirkO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy coming to Breakwater. The food is always fantastic, and the service is wonderful! It's nice to be able to order as you go through your different courses and take your time with each.

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 2033 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 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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