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Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort, Beaufort, SC

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort

4.7
4.7
1852 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 36 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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Menu

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What 1,852 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

    Healthy

  • Hilton Head

    Romantic

  • Hilton Head

    Special Occasion

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  1. MM

    MikeM

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Service and atmosphere were great. Stick to the fresh fish. They can’t cool a pork chop. Mine was over cooked (I asked for medium rare and it was well done), tough and dried out. Everything else’s food was great.

  2. SF

    SteveF

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Pretty good, portions were a bit small and a bit overpriced.

  3. WI

    WILLIAMN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent and our server, Juliette, was wonderful.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great time with our son and daughter-in-law

  5. MS

    MarcS

    Savannah

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Well prepared meal, excellent service and the best sidecar this side of the Mississippi

  6. K

    Karen

    Atlanta

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Unique menu items that I am going to try to replicate ;-). Very nice table and service. Good wine list. Easy parking. We would return when in Beaufort.

  7. VC

    VegasinCharleston

    New York Area

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Juliet Harvey. Thank you for a very special evening and a wonderful dinner. The salad steak and pecan pie with bourbon ice cream were out of this world! Thanks!

  8. JS

    JustinS

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food, excellent service. Good atmosphere, descent pricing. Would definitely recommend.

  9. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience3

    Food was cold and items on the menu not available. Our waitress was great but, like every where, not enough staff.

  10. BT

    BillyT

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    Our table for four ordered three appetizers (including the cheese & meat board) and two mains to split, plus cocktails, wine and beer. The stuffed jalapeños were good, the civiche was decent, but the mains were disappointment personified. We ordered the scallop/shrimp dish on rice with beurre blanc. Four small shrimp, three scallops and bland rice without any sauce for $30 was just unexpected. The fried chicken for $23 was two overcooked partial boneless skinless breasts, with a dollop of mediocre mashed potatoes and several green beans. What the heck?? Over $200, and we won’t be back. Embarrassed to bring our out of town guests for their anniversary. Sad.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious and the server was one of the best we have ever had wait on us. Highly recommend!! Get the stuffed mushrooms…best ever.

  12. CL

    CaniciaL

    Fort Lauderdale

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Ordered ceviche which was really good. Nashville hot fried chicken and shrimp and scallops for entrees. Three small shrimp is all that came with scallops. Scallops were very good. Chicken was Ok. Green beans over cooked.

  13. JI

    JINX

    Charleston

    229 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    229 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to dine. Always look forward coming here with friends to celebrate or just to enjoy ourselves ambience, food and service is always wonderful. Katie very nice server. Food is just to good. Never a bad meal. The burger is just scrumptious. Look forward to our next visit.

  14. V

    Valentine

    Charleston

    57 reviews

    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Birthday dinner was delightful and the staff was attentive and helpful. Food was very good. It was chilly in the restaurant and the air volume was turned down for us. It was a good evening.

  15. P

    Princess

    Charleston

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Salmon perfectly cooked, ceviche delicious. Peach cobbler good.

  16. JP

    JohnP

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Really excellent waitress. Food was great- Asian shrimp appetizer was superb.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great spot - loved it!

  18. MB

    MichelleB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect date night with my hubby!

  19. T

    Terri

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was wonderful and our waiter Ozzie was terrific.

  20. g

    gtreview

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best Restaurant with the best Chef in Beaufort county.Great menu...generous wine pours and exceptional service...when in Beaufort Breakwater is a must

  21. KT

    KathleenT

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The service was excellent from Lisa The stuffed mushrooms and stuffed Jalapeños were amazing to start The pork chop was completely delicious. Was not a fan of the shrimp and scallops as it was a bit dry Cocktails are super. Try the "Prohibition"! You will not be disappointed!

  22. DM

    DocMac

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Great food, good service, nice ambience. We appreciated the many gluten-free options. They do delicious fried oysters and onion rings gluten-free! We will return whenever we are in Beaufort, SC, until we sample everything on the menu.

  23. TH

    TomH

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    First time visit. Nice selection of entrees…seafood, beef, pork, pasta. My wife loved the fried green tomatoes and the Asian shrimp appetizer was flavorful and filling. Service was quick and friendly. Glad we went for our anniversary (complementary dessert).

  24. MF

    MarkF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Reservation was ready when we arrived. Restaurant clean and tastefully decorated. Menu was a bit sparse. Quality of meal was good. Wait staff was adequate but by no means exceptional. The salmon was very good! Just loved seeing the busboy with the sagging pants and the boxers showing. That goes well with a $50.00 meal. overall...glad we went.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    I believe this restaurant is meant to be a high end dining experience but at least for me slightly missed the mark.

  26. C

    Cherib419

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about the evening was wonderful ! We were originally seated in the front room and we found it very cold. We mentioned this to our server who immediately switched us to the larger room in the back, which was perfect. My husband and I couldn’t decide from the Lucius menu so we skipped entrees and ordered she crab soup, fried oysters, stuffed mushrooms and a charcuterie board. The mushrooms were ok. Nothing wrong, just not special. Everything else was delicious. Our server, Lisa, couldn’t have been more professional while at the same time personable and charming. She checked on us periodically. I noticed when she was swamped with other guests she had another staff member help us out. The coordination was awesome and helped to make the evening so special. My only complaint was that we were on vacation and won’t be coming back soon. We love good food and try to find great restaurants in our travels and this evening was at the top of the list !

  27. PO

    PeteO

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Out food orders were “rushed”- both waiter and manager approached us for order and ignored request to wait 15 minutes for food delivery - and it arrived in 5 minutes and was warm and not hot (for pan fried hallibut) This was our anniversary and a special meal.

  28. JK

    JessicaK

    Cleveland

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very enjoyable but a bit pricey

  29. KR

    KateR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The quality of all meals at the table was excellent! Our server was attentive, professional and very friendly. We will definitely return to Breakwater when we come back to Beaufort.

  30. GO

    GerardO

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal again !

  31. R

    Rose

    Memphis/West TN

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful space with lovely decor. Server was knowledgeable and helpful. I liked that the staff was masked.

  32. VL

    VLF51

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    The inside is very nice. Bartenders and staff nice, friendly, good service. My cocktail was wonderful. Food, just meh. The entire meal was less than satisfying and actually left a bad after taste. I had heard good things about the restaurant and I was looking forward to my meal. I probably won’t go back. I had the fried oysters. Over crusted. Small and not plump. 2 were actually non existent. She Crab soup was kind of strong and I was not impressed. Couple sitting at the bar highly recommended the fried chicken dish and said it was better than 5Church-now Church and Union up in Charleston. Not even in the top 20 of fried chicken dishes. Chicken was a thin fillet. Dry!! Both gravies were unimpressive. Traditional just tasted like flour and milk and the New Orleans was just Tabasco. Green beans were incredibly over salted and mashed potatoes were just there. I had the pot de crepe for dessert and it was good but I do prefer that hard darker chocolat crust that some have on top. Some of the residents said Beaufort needed more restaurants and some better ones and this would be an example.

  33. LS

    LeonS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time diner but will return. The grilled salmon w/crushed pistachios was one of the best salmon dishes I've had. WOW!!! Impressive! Server was outstanding. Very engaging. Hats off to the Chef and entire team!!! Love, Leon Scott

  34. SC

    SCHikerman

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Outstanding food, courteous and helpful staff, but the noise level made conversation a little difficult.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and impeccable attention from the entire staff. Will be back when we’re in Beaufort

  36. T

    Tudor

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Great service. I highly recommend this place.

  37. KB

    KevinB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was really good and we enjoyed it. The service was also excellent.

  38. MT

    MTS100

    Charleston

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Breakwater. Husband had the pork chop (he always gets this) and I had Argentinean Beef. Both of us were happy with our choice. We tried the Ceviche as an appetizer and it was excellent!! Will definitely try it again. Breakwater never lets us down!

  39. CB

    CapnBroach

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    We always enjoy Breakwater. The staff are always pleasant and professional. The bar has a good vibe and we often see friends from around town. We haven’t been keen on the last 2-3 menu iterations. Perhaps that’s supply chain related?

  40. DB

    DanielB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Cocktails were great, off to a good start but the rest was lacking. The food was not up to the price point and you know it’s bad when you deny the free anniversary desert just to go somewhere else.

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 1852 OpenTable diners.

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

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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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