Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.02mi
  2. Distance: 0.02mi
  3. Distance: 0.02mi
  4. Distance: 0.04mi
  1. Distance: 0.02mi
  2. Distance: 0.02mi
  3. Distance: 0.02mi
  4. Distance: 0.04mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.02mi
  2. Distance: 0.02mi
  3. Distance: 0.02mi
  4. Distance: 0.04mi
  1. Distance: 0.02mi
  2. Distance: 0.02mi
  3. Distance: 0.02mi
  4. Distance: 0.04mi

About Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort

"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.

203 Carteret Street, Suite 102
Beaufort, SC 29902
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Low Country, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday Dinner 5pm until 9pm
Thursday - Saturday Dinner 5pm until 9:30pm
Closed Sunday
Bar open until...

Cross Street:
Port Republic

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 379-0052

Website:
http://www.breakwatersc.com/

Parking Details:
Parking lot beside restaurant is first come first serve. Street parking is available when lot is full. Two other parking lots available one block away on Port Republic.

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 30. For completely private events, Breakwater can accommodate groups from 30-70.

Private Party Contact:
Donna Lang: (843) 379-0052

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (23)
Special Occasion (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
See All
Good for a Date (19)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Authentic (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Casual (9)
Fun (9)
Business Meals (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Romantic (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Cozy (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Seasonal (4)
Tapas (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sort by
S
1084 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Always a pleasure. Great food and libations. One of our favorites.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 21, 2017

That was some amazing fried chicken! Wine selections by the glass were good. My husband's braised short ribs were fork tender and he loved the collards.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on August 18, 2017

Bad choice for a wedding anniversary. Sat beside noisy people and had a view of the front entrance. Food was very good but slightly overpriced.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience1
service4
value3

 
 (Greensboro)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Lisa's service was outstanding. Atmosphere is pleasant and restful. More menu options would be nice, we all enjoyed the meals chosen. I thought the scallops/risotto could have been more flavorful. The pork belly was extraordinary. The Bourbon ice cream was a nice finish.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 5, 2017

This was our first time dining at Breakwater. It had been recommended by someone who lives in Beaufort. I had the blackened Mahi and to be honest, seemed a bit bland and not to my liking. My family enjoyed their entrees to a degree but weren't bowled over either. But the atmosphere was festive and our waitress was first rate. As I looked around people seemed to be enjoying themselves. I came away with the feeling that this could be a favorite with the locals and I would certainly be willing to give it another chance next time I'm in town.

Tags: Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Was a very good experience. Our server was one of the best we have had anywhere. Very pleasant and professional.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Greensboro)·Dined on August 4, 2017

With so many delicious sounding options on the menu it was hard to choose what to order, but the variety of small plates made it easy to pick 2 options to try Instead of having to narrow it down to one. Everyone in our party of 6 raved about their food. The service was excellent, and it had a great atmosphere. There was a big variety of price options, but some of them where a little pricey, which is to be expected of a restaurant of this quality. We have a new favorite restaurant in Beaufort and this is it!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on August 4, 2017

Overall the meal was very good. I was a little disappointed with the Petit tenderloin (small plate) as it was not as tender as I thought it should be. The appetizers were fantastic. Definitely my favorite place to dine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Breakwater is my favorite restaurant in Beaufort. You just can't go wrong! Everything is always spot on, the food, service and atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Amazing Nashville Hot Fried Chicken!!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Wonderful food. Quiet night so noise levels down. Waiter great.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Breakwater Restaurant continually gives us an excellent dining experience with ourselves or with friends. We consider the food taste the best in town. Even our Savannah daughter and son-in-law compare it favorably with the best restaurants in Savannah and they love to come to Beaufort and dine with us.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Our waitress, can't remember her name, was excellent. Good attitude and just the right amount of attentiveness without being intrusive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 22, 2017

We went for our first time and celebrated our anniversary. They recognized our anniversary but there was no complimentary drink or dessert. Every restaurant we have ever been to over the years always throws in a little something special.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fun, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service3
value3

vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Wonderful service, delicious dinner

Tags: Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value3

vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Enjoyed another visit to Breakwater for a late dinner...meal was good; we had Short Ribs (excellent) and Mahi (a bit overdone for my liking)...but great flavors and good service, especially at the bar!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Breakwater never disappoints and thus is one of our very favorite dinner venues in Beaufort. The front dining room is a bit noisy so sit in the main for a more pleasant experience and better conversation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on June 12, 2017

The last two meals I had there, the catch of the day, was over-dressed to the point of completely overpowering the fish.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We were celebrating our anniversary and we had a great meal! Great service and very attentive by the owner as well as the staff. Food was delicious and so perfectly seasoned! The bar area was so lively that the noise level was noticeable but not overwhelming. Hey if the place is popular they must be doing something right!

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Food is always great! Service is always great!
My favorite place in Beaufort to eat!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Always our local go to for a fine meal. Never disappoints!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Breakwater is always good. We eat there at least twice a month. Good selection of small plates. Good bar scene.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I was a first time visitor from out of town and I am so glad I choose this location to dine. Everything about the visit to this elegant, yet casual, restaurant was wonderful. Definitely will return on my next trip to Beaufort.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We had an incredible server and a wonderful meal. It was just a great evening!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Everything was excellent, waitress turned me on to pork belly, which I have always demurred on. She said it was really like bacon, it was great, couldn't eat it all so I had some for breakfast this morning. We'll be back! Thanx,Russ Andrews

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Was my mother in law birthday. They set a nice table with some privacy . Service and food excellent as usual

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Great variety of appetizers, small plates, and fresh seafood. Very good food in a comfortable surrounding with excellent service. Cocktail list is extremely creative... with excellent choices.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Great space and our server was attentive but not overly so. The food was delicious. Highly recommend...will go back next visit to Beaufort!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on May 13, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Beaufort. Always excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Attractive place with well separated bar and eating area. Good food with generous portions and attentive service. Noise level too high for romantic dining but you didn't have to holler to be heard. Overall a reasonable value, although the wines seemed a bit steep.

Tags: Happy Hour, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service5
value2

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 11, 2017

We had wonderful service and excellent food. The salad dressing on the spring salad was so good (unusual but great combination of spicy and sweet)-- i asked for the recipe and the chef complied. I loved the option of smalll or large plates. Scallops with risotto had perfectly prepared scallops with flavorful mushroom risotto.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Seasonal
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

This was the opening meal together of the Writing Weekend and Retreat with a noted poet-novelist and several visitors from other states. Everyone in our party of 8 was pleased with their choice of starters, small plates, or full dinner, with one exception which was quickly and amicably resolved. I would recommend this for anyone visiting Beaufort, SC (they also have a Greenville location). The food was great, the ambiance just perfect for us meeting and conducting some business, and getting ready for a weekend of inspired work.

Tags: Tapas, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 4, 2017

It was just great. Food was excellent. Service was superb. There are great restaurants outside of the NYC area.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Nice place within walking distance of most places you would want to stay in Beaufort. Tables were not crowded together but acoustics unfortunately engaged you in everyone's conversations around you. Server was very attentive, food was presented very well and was very tasty. Will go back next time in Beaufort. Actually stopped by bar for a night cap on the way home from a different spot!

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on April 27, 2017

We had out-of-town guests from CA and they raved about everything at Breakwater. I am a "local" and it is always one of my favorites for in-town dining or taking guests to. Also special occasions.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Breakwater is always a good restaurant to stop in. Good bar. Small plates in restaurant are very good and priced right. Lisa our waitress is always wonderful.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 21, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Beaufort. Consistently fine food and lovely upscale atmosphere.

Tags: Tapas, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on April 20, 2017

My boyfriend and I choose this restaurant often for date night. The food is always great and never disappoints. I also love that they try to shop local for ingredients when possible. Although the food may be pricey, I have never walked out feeling that the meal wasn't worth every penny.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Savannah)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Always consistent in every manner. Food, service and ambiance. Dishes are creative. Order the butter bean hummus. Our server, Leslie was excellent, as all the servers are at Breakwater.

Tags: Vegan, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Food was good as always. Was disappointed that they ran out of our first choice wine and we had to get a more expensive bottle.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value3

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.