Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort

4.7
1762 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 1762 people are saying
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vipLocal
Charleston
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food and bar; very festive especially considering a Monday night. Waiter could have been a little more attentive, but overall a great evening!

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BobS
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good service, we were greeted by an extremely friendly and welcoming hostess and everyone working seemed to be enjoying themselves. The food was great and the special, Red Grouper was amazing. Thank you to the staff at Breakwater!

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LibbyP
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We made last minute reservations for 6pm. The atmosphere was nice. The food was extremely overpriced. We had peanut butter cake for desserts it was a very skimpy serving. We were very disappointed.

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skytrooper82
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service good food cannot ask for anything better than that....

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DelphineG
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner experience was wonderful! Wait staff was very friendly and attentive. Food was delicious !

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Donna
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was delicious. Service was ok…our waitress seemed to forget about us.

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vipJimS
Atlanta
138 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Worth a trip to Beaufort

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

I have been a fan of Breakwater for years. Unfortunately, the food experience is in decline.

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Rock
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Juliette was delightful. We really enjoyed the meat and cheese board it is out of this world. We enjoyed a wonderful night out.

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steve
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It was a rather surprising experience. Upon reading comments and ratings from patrons I was expecting an above average meal. Actually I was expecting an excellent meal. My crab soup was served at a tepid temperature, the flank steak was also served "less than hot", and although it should be medium rare and sliced thinly to avoid flank steak's tendency toward toughness, it was not. My wife's snapper dish was over salted.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Michelle was great!

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RachelM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience! The meat and cheese board was delicious and we will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, cooked perfectly as ordered.

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HTown
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had fried oysters which were excellent followed by the shrimp and scallops - outstanding! We walked from our B&B in about 5 minutes! Highly recommend!

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NorthernerturnedSouth
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely excellent. My husband and I both had the grouper and thought it was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken pot pie and Hamburger steak dishes were delicious.

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BenJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was really great. The service by our waitress, Michelle was really great.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess at the door was rude and the bartender was also rude. Once we were finally seated, the meal and service was amazing.

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sandra
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend’s birthday.

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CarolS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always bring out of town company to Breakwater. We know they will always enjoy it as we do.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my wife. Just excellent all the way around. Superb innovative food and “just right” serves ce from server Liam

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PATTYD
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food.
Hostess and waitress were very kind.

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BarbaraG
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good good! Very accommodating g chef. A favorite of ours in Beaufort.

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KathleenP
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy with our dining experience! The bar service was good, and the atmosphere was very sophisticated. We had the fried shrimp for appetizer which was wonderful! Followed by Shrimp and Scallops, DELICIOUS! Service was great! We will be going back!

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ETDT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good was excellent. Portions generous. Service Staff fantastic

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BillD
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New menu is great. Did not disappoint. The Tile fish special was very good. Also had the Brazilian beef which was nicely presented. Good selection of wine.

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Kia2wah
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Appetizers were great. I thought the entree prices were a tad high. I was disappointed that my husband didn’t get some recognition (a free dessert or drink) for his birthday.

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Pbjout
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whole experience exceptional from the quality of the food (for the $$) and service. Best overall experience we’v had in a long time.

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Joseph
Charleston
37 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meals of Argentinian beef and fried chicken Alfredo were both marvelous as were the stuffed mushrooms. Service was as always professional and seamless.
It is our "go to" place for many years now !

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Fred
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. We started with the Pimento Cheese plate and the Fried Green Tomatoes. Both were perfectly made and went well together. I had the Catch of the day, Grilled Tilefish. I'd never had Tilefish before, but will look for it from now on. Excellent dinner.

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Kiawah1
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent meal. The strip steak was grilled perfectly and tile fish special was simply awesome. Nice wine list and the bottles were reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend.

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vipJaneS
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
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 on October 18, 2021
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 on October 18, 2021
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 on October 18, 2021
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
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
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
6 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
23 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

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 1762 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.