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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
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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

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (23)
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Good for a Date (21)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Romantic (11)
Casual (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Authentic (7)
Business Meals (7)
Cozy (6)
Fun (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Seasonal (5)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Tapas (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Savannah)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent restaurant. Welcome staff and wait staff were superb. We had a fun evening and a great meal. Highly recommended.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Always enjoy our meals at Breakwater! We went during Restaurant Week but it is one of our favorite restaurants in Beaufort anytime. Service is always good, attentive but not overwhelming. Food is well prepared and serving portions a good size. We'll be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Pretty great! Kind of a pain to have two tickets-one for bar and one for food. Our food was super delicious. Except the beignets, which were horrible- under cooked, not sugared, way too little chocolate sauce.
Love the ambiance, super service, clean environment, mostly great food.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

First time visit due to Restaurant Week menu that was appealing. Food was excellent. Nashville Chicken, tomato bisque, beignets.
Service was less than stellar. During meal she was attentive but not friendly. Waitress failed to note there were 2 Hahn cabs listed close together. Customer indicated choice by pointing to one that was $13/glass, wait staff served the $22/glass. Twice.
Customer ordered pork tenderloin and was served steak tenders--maybe an honest mistake but it was $5 more.
When checks arrived, the mistakes were noted and corrected. New checks arrived but charged on the wrong cards. Manager finally intervened and graciously corrected the errors and issued credits. Awkward ending to an otherwise lovely and delicious evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Wonderful food and our waitress was the BEST! So cheerful and attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Breakwater is always very nice. Great atmosphere, service and food. Juliet was exceptional as our server. We come at least once a month. Always consistent. Great place to dine in Beaufort.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We enjoy visiting Breakwater when in Beaufort. The soup chowder special was good, and the shrimp pasta was very good, A bit strong on the tarragon, but otherwise very tasty. The hook and smith wine and porter beer on tap were also good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Love this place. Uptown sophisticated but comfortable vibe. Great drinks. Diverse menu. Super bartenders take great care when you dine at the bar.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Breakwater is our favorite restaurant. And this was another great experience. Everything is always great and Leslie is the best!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Night out with family of five. Great drinks, appetizers and entrees. Kids liked the lamb meatloaf. Everyone satisfied with meal. Will be back

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Another great dinner at Breakwater! This was our sons' first visit to this local favorite and they thoroughly enjoyed their meals (lamb meatloaf and salmon) and atmosphere! Breakwater never disappoints!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great Highly recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

WE've been to Breakwater dozens of times and it never disappoints The food is consistently good and the service outstanding. We would recommend it to anyone who lives or is visiting the Beaufort area

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Fabulous food, wine and service. Snapper was divine. Would absolutely go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Normally great service at Breakwater but the night we went big parties became the priority and the service for us was not good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Was at Breakwater for a birthday celebration. Fantastic time!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We always enjoy Breakwater! Another excellent visit over the holiday weekend. Service was on point (Leslie and Jenn always do a great job!), food was excellent, and atmosphere great. Whenever we have family in town over holidays we book a dinner at Breakwater.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Still our favorite restaurant in Beaufort. They have a diverse menu of small plates and entrees that are consistently very good and the atmosphere is perfect for us.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Breakwater is always very good. Small plates are nice. Good taste without entree prices. Filet is very good. Prepared just right. Same with the red fish special. Meaty and moist.
Just a hint. Request a table in the front of the dining room or bar. It tend sc to get a little noisy and crowed because of the golf crowd.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing food and service!

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We chose Breakwater for a family dinner on a Friday evening. The restaurant was busy, but the ambience and noise levels allowed us to enjoy conversation and relaxed pace for dining. Everyone enjoyed their meals and appetizers. I especially liked the option of entrees to be ordered as small or large plates.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Probably one of the top 3 restaurants in Beaufort area.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

I had a New York strip and it was tough; a $43 steak better be good and it wasn't. The lamb chops my wife had were too chard, just leaving a burnt taste in your mouth.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Had a great experience. Wait staff was on point and knew when to not interrupt and when was good timing. The food was perfect. They administered to our random requests that weren’t on menu. Food was cooked near perfection. Would go again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, People Watching, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This was my first visit to Breakwater. It won’t be my last. While the evening was a little hectic for the service (we later found out a kitchen staffer didn’t show up and it threw off the night), the manager, who ended up waiting on us, went above and beyond for our dinner party. She comped our cocktails and dessert! A great gesture. The food was excellent and I especially liked that you can get small plates of entrees. The charred romaine was a favorite of the group. We love Beaufort and will add Breakwater to our must-do list.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Honeymoon dinner in Beaufort, very fun and special

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food was amazing and our server was terrific! However, the booths were very uncomfortable and hard to get in and out of and the acoustics we're not good either. I thought it was just me because I am hard of hearing and wear hearing aids but the other seven people in our party said they had the same problem with hearing each other in our conversation throughout our dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a WONDERFUL server! Jenn is so PRECIOUS! Jenn has been the Bar Manager. Jenn is so Friendly and a Helper.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Would have given ambiance a 5 if had been seated by window. Requested a window seat at 5pm for a party of 2. Upon arrival, we were told they were really booked for the evening and couldn't seat us near the window. There were two tables for two by the window. A couple did come in around 5:30 for one table. The other table remained open even after we left around 6:15.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Beaufort. The food is always good and the fish is excellent. Friendly knowledgeable staff.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The staff was great. The food is Good but the price point is way to high for what it is. It was not bad, the meal was really yummy but there was not special or unique about the preparation that would make me want to return to pay $30 for an entree.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Never, ever disappointed in the food or the service at Breakwater. One of my favorites.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This restaurant is in the heart of downtown Beaufort. It is very quaint and comfortable. The food was fabulous as we had Mahi Mahi and sea scallops. The waitress was great as well. The only downside was the food came out way to fast. I think we had two sips of wine from a bottle we ordered and the food was here. We were in and out in 40 minutes. Not the romantic evening we would have liked but would give it another try and tell them to hold our order for awhile.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

We had great food and cocktails and enjoyed the laid-back vibe. Lisa was great!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent food and service. Third time we have dined at this restaurant and will come again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We recently moved to the area and have being working our way through the local restaurants. For a special meal, or just us foodies, this place is great. We both had wonderful meals (swordfish and shrimp) and just loved it. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and friendly.

Highly recommended - a bit more reasonable than the other fine dining spots in town.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We have always had a wonderful time at Breakwater. From the time we are greeted until we are finished and ready to leave, they never miss a beat. Interesting specials, awesome standard menu items, and a great wine list.
It is pricey. However, we only treat ourselves occasionally, so it never feels over priced.
Ask for Lisa she is special.
Love the Restaurant!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Impeccable service and dining experience. Thank you

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We have dined at Breakwater numerous times in the past three years and have never been disappointed by the food or the service. This time, the restaurant was particularly quiet on a Wednesday evening. We're out of town most of the year. I hope that people who live nearby can recognize what a gem this restaurant is!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

always a good vibe, amazing cuisine, feels upscale but not stuffy. offers small and larger dishes with great healthy choices as well as local specialties! wait staff is consistently professional and friendly! love this place every time!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Tapas, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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