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Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort, Beaufort, SC

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort

4.7
4.7
2344 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 26 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Low Country, Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (843) 379-0052
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Sami Mussman & 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, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,344 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

2,344 Reviews
  1. Yankee7

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Brooke was an excellent server! Very attentive/ high energy.

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  2. Martin

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We arrived early and were escorted to our table. The service was excellent as was the food. The noise level did increase as more diners arrived. The restaurant helped us celebrate our special occasion.

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  3. Cupcake

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great dinner at Breakwater! Food was excellent and service was as well.

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  4. CCJAB

    Coastal Georgia

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Decent dining experience. Unfortunately our entrees came to the table before we were finished our Apps and cocktails. We sent them back so we could enjoy our first course. When entrees were brought out again they were sadly only lukewarm.

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  5. TomW

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice restaurant. Great wait staff. Great food.

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  6. JaniceC

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Mary Elias, was outstanding! To We started with the tuna tartare had the short ribs and tenderloin for entrees. Melt in your mouth delicious!! Great restaurant for a special dinner out.

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  7. dwebstert

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We were very disappointed with the food. My wife had a burger which was under cooked and had a burnt bun. I had to send my tenderloin back because it was overcooked. The second one was cooked correctly and tasted okay. Definitely not worth the price they charged for it. We will not eat here again. I need to mention that our waitress did comp one of the appetizers we ordered which we definitely appreciated.

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  8. NancyG

    Key West

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mary took great care of us!!! Great service and even better personality!

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  9. PaulG

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly staff. The soup came out quickly but the main course took over an hour to arrive. My wife got the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and it was fantastic. I got the Sirloin medallions with asparagus and mashed potatoes. The steak entrée was so-so at best. Disappointing after our last visit a couple of months ago which was awesome. We loved the quiet atmosphere and comfortable ambience at the restaurant. Less bar-like in the main dining room than most restaurants.

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  10. TeresaA

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are local and Breakwater never disappoints. The service and food are always good.

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  11. JimC

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first time but will definitely be back. The blackened Mahi was the best I’ve EVER had.

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  12. RobertI

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    It's all about the food and the food was pedestrian at best.

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  13. RogerN

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service & atmosphere were all very good. It was our favorite Beaufort dining experience.

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  14. Lucy5644

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved my meal, they are always consistent. Pricey.

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  15. MarciaM

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress was very good and pleasant and provided great service.

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  16. AnnaS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food service and atmosphere was great. First time dining at restaurant and looking forward to our next dining experience there again. Will recommend to friends and family

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  17. SandyandTom

    Atlanta Metro

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I would have given 5 stars except for the way we were greeted. I had this reservation scheduled for a number of weeks. I guess they asked where we would like to be seated. We were visiting the area, and not familiar with the restaurant so they said II requested seating in the front part, though I had no idea exactly what that meant. We were there right at 5:30, and there were a few people seated in the bar area at high tops, and booths. After looking in the “front”, and seeing no other people I asked if we could get a booth…there were several open. The hostess (without even a smile) said no, that I had reserved the front. She tried to seat us in a small table by a wall, but we went to a window table which she reluctantly gave us. First impressions are really important. This hostess might be better suited for a different job! It got much better after that. Our server was Katie, and she was excellent. My husband had a Filet that was grilled to perfection…and maybe the biggest piece of meat ever! I had Mahi which was also very good. One of the highlights of the dinner was the Grilled Caesar, very innovative and delicious! My husband had 2 glasses of wine, and I had a Margarita. The Margarita was served in a small glass rather than a traditional Margarita size…kind of surprised there, but it was very good. Except for “first impressions”, we thought this was an excellent restaurant!

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  18. AllysonH

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been coming to Breakwater for a number of years. I realize that times change, but the menu selection was a bit small. I would suggest that if you keep the menu, you would also add the sides that could be added to compliment the whole meal experience.

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  19. Joanie

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always try to eat here when we are in Beaufort. Never disappointed. Great food and excellent service! While it isn’t quiet the noise level is perfectly acceptable as folks enjoy their meal and chat. Grilled Caesar is delicious! Portions are generous. We’ll be back next time in town!

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  20. Catherine

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Breakwater has a terrific menu, fabulous food preparation and excellent service.

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  21. KevinM

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you are planning to dine in Beaufort, SC, it is hard to beat the food and the ambience of the Breakwater Restaurant & Bar.

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  22. Wally

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good, service was good, atmosphere was okay, substituted liquor on ordered drink without telling me, and drink prices were too high.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Breakwater is always good. My only feedback is the size of the mushrooms that were used in the stuffed mushroom appetizer were extremely small and there were only 6.

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  24. Brien

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at the bar this time and enjoyed the conversations… Table seating is also very nice. The food is always very good and the seafood is always fresh off the boat…..

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  25. PamelaR

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meals and appetizers were excellent. We split a salad. That could have been a larger salad for the price. But it was well done. Our server had great information about the restaurant and our wine selection. We will definitely visit again.

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  26. JMGCaryNC

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
     blackened, mahi was excellent!  Nice wine selection. 

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  27. majw

    New York City

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Although the food was delicious, the service did not meet expectations. Maybe they were understaffed but we waited way too long for everything. My husband got up twice just trying to find our waitress. We finally asked for the check before having dessert after we waited 20 minutes for a piece of cake.

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  28. SharonR

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The blacken Mahi said it came with Risotto…. Seemed like rice to us. So it was disappointing

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  29. SueD

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We all loved our food choices! Mahi, gnocchi and shrimp and grits!!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the service were outstanding. We will definitely be back!

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  31. Pds1

    Chicago

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always good. Lisa is a great server and she knows just how to orchestrate your evening.

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  32. Brian

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service. She Crab soup outstanding. Entrees all very good. Will be back

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  33. PattyK

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant week menu was fantastic. We all enjoyed our dinners. The server was great quality of food was excellent and the ambience was lovely. Thank you for a great job. Our first time visiting. Much appreciated.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great meal! And Jess our server was fantastic!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered from the restaurant week menu. My husband and I both ordered the oyster stew. I liked it, but he thought the first couple of bites tasted a little salty. For the entree I ordered the duck and he ordered the steak medallions with asparagus. He ordered a side of brussel sprouts. We both enjoyed our meals. For dessert he had the bread pudding with ice cream and I had the creme brûlée. The crust on my crème brûlée was the thinnest crust I have ever had on that dessert. My husband said his bread pudding was fine. Our service was excellent. The entire waitstaff made certain to bring us our meals quickly and our drinks were refilled as soon as necessary without being obtrusive. The ambiance and decor were excellent. All in all we were pleased and would go again if we were in the area.

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  36. JohnR

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. The staff was very slow getting us drinks and seeing to our needs. We have come here many times and this was the slowest service we had. They were not attentive.

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  37. NancyH

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Breakwater is my favorite Beaufort restaurant. I am never disappointed.

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  38. MacF

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very nice dinner at Breakwater. The food and atmosphere were very nice; our service was excellent. Juliet was our server. She has the perfect balance of providing careful attention and thoughtful privacy.

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  39. Geno

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Breakwater has been our go to place for years, at least once every other week, the pandemic changed all that and we are finally getting back in the groove. Dinner last night was great. We ate in the bar as always which is always good for people watching. Nora the bartender gave us great service and it was nice to get reacquainted again. You can't go wrong at BW when in Beaufort.

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  40. SDilday

    Charleston

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was phenomenal & server was excellent! Decor is classic.

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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 2344 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 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Sami Mussman & Gary Lang
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, 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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