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Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort

4.6
1108 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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"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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Low Country, Southern
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday Dinner 5pm until 9pm
Thursday - Saturday Dinner 5pm until 9:30pm
Closed Sunday
Bar open until...
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Phone number
(843) 379-0052
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Elizabeth Shaw & Gary Lang
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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.
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Private party contact
Donna Lang: (843) 379-0052
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Port Republic
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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.
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
What 1108 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
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bu4tmimmy (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

One of our favorite places! Steak was really tender! Love the pimento cheese appy!

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JoeW (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

I had scallops and my partner had the petite lamb chop dish. Both meals were excellently prepaired and our hostess gave us the perfect amount of attention. Great evening.

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DavidMichael601 (Charleston)
3.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

The restaurant has a very nice atmosphere and a nice menu with full entree and small plate selections. Our server was extremely pleasant and made several recommendations, however not very attentive at all. My salad was bone dry and I asked for more dressing, the request was totally ignored. I expect in a restaurant of this caliper that the wine would be poured by the server not by my guests. It was almost like she spent the evening in another room, a we were an afterthought. The food was very good, but very small portions. Not a top pick for Beaufort, I’m sorry.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Second time for dinner with friends and could not have been more pleased. Consistent quality service and truly outstanding seafood offerings. Highly recommend.

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HelenH (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We were celebrating a special birthday. The food was awesome, the waitress was absolutely fantastic. Enjoyable experience. Plan to come back.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Perfect dinner with friends! Wonderful selections perfectly prepared

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vipOpenTable Diner (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Defiantly an off night for Breakwater. Four entrees were totally devoid of ‘presentation ‘ Scallop entree - all ingredients were swimming in butter- scallops, green beans and ‘risotto ‘ (if a scoop of rice with chunks of butternut squash can be called risotto). An insult to anyone who appreciates good food.

Other 3 entree’s simply scooped into a bowl devoid of any presentation.

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HHIdining (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great meal, great service, great presentation. Always enjoyable to dine here.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

The food and the service was outstanding as always! Thanks again! -Kristen Webb

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PaulG (Savannah)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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vipMTS100 (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

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.

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Lsbb (Savannah)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 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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SusanH (Charleston)
4.0  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.

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LoveEatingintheSouth (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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vipJINX (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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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vipValentine (Charleston)
4.0  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.

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vipGeneB (Charleston)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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viplouisvillelady (Charleston)
5.0  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!

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CullNAiry (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Great Highly recommend.

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vipRuthie (New York Area)
4.0  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

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LoriO (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

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

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maryk (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2017

Was at Breakwater for a birthday celebration. Fantastic time!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  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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Localdiner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on November 13, 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.

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vipJINX (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 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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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing food and service!

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OpenTable Diner (Oklahoma City)
5.0  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.

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