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Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Beaufort

4.6
1131 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
"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 1131 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Very good food and service but the restaurant seems like it could be organized a bit better. Sitting right next to the kitchen is not my ideal place to have a nice meal.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Birthday weekend! We come here every year from Pinopolis,SC. The food is always great!

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

First visit, so pleased to see a restaurant of this caliber in our vacation neighborhood. Shared multiple items, perfect fried shrimp appetizer and triggerfish entrée as examples were excellent. Nice bar. We’ll be back.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The food and the service was absolutely GREAT! AND, the wine selection is excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We have eaten here several times and the food is always good. No matter what you order it is always amazing. The have local seafood, which is outstanding. Appetizers and deserts are also delicious. This is a great place for date night or dinner with friends.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Nice restaurant in a very nice town. Good selection of wines. Soft-shell crab were a pleasant surprise on the "specials" menu. Our server, Lisa, was knowledgable, enthusiastic and fun.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We LOVE Breakwater Restaurant in Beaufort!! It is always a great dining experience--the food, the atmosphere, the service, the drinks. Menu items are creative, yet there is something for everyone. I know because we have "everyone" in our family--the foodies and the picky eaters. We love eating in the bar where it is first come-first served, but we always make a reservation for special occasions. It is a must visit in downtown Beaufort and will not disappoint.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

we have visited Breakwater several times and feel this is the best restaurant in Beaufort. Quiet, fancy but not stuffy. Very professional wait staff and possibly the most creative bar in town. Would recommend for special occasions. We went for my wife's birthday and they wished her a happy birthday immediately and thankfully didn't sing.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great service

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Delicious! We woke up Sunday morning talking about Saturday night's amazing dinner.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Service was great, little pricey for portion size.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Loved this place. Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

A favorite of mine, Breakwater always lives up to my expectations. Food, service and desire to honor requests (such as sitting near the windows) make Breakwater extra special.

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2.0Dined on March 20, 2018

The service was extremely slow. We had to wait at least 15 minutes to get a beverage when we arrived, then when we ordered a beer while eating dinner it did not get there until we were almost finished eating. The food delivery was also somewhat slow. I ordered sautéed soft shell but they came deep fried without any sauce or lemon. When I asked for tartar sauce to moisten the crabs it had to be made and took a long time to be delivered.
The temperature in the dining area was too cool. We also heard others complaining about how cool it was. We asked the server if the temperature could be raised and she said that she would have to talk to har boss. When the temperature did not go up were asked again to have it increased we were told that her boss had been informed about our request.
Overall a very poor experience for us.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

A most enjoyable evening, food was good, service was outstanding, they could increase their food selections it seemed the menu was a little short, but we will return. Thank you

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Nice place and very pleasant service. Just a bit slow as only one oven was working which also caused no tables to get bread baskets. They apologized but maybe could have comped something else small as a thank you. I would go there again to try a second time. Overall, good meal.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

One of our favorites and among the Betey best in the Lowcountry

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Great food well served!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Server Leslie was wonderful - great wine recommendations & accommodated side dish substitution w/“can do” attitude. Love Breakwater!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Consistently good salmon, fried chicken,shrimp fried rice, soup,sides. Very accommodating if not satisfied with any dish.nice wine list. Our go to dinner restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Make sure you have a reservation if after 5pm ! Fills quickly! People turned away after 6pm- full!

Interesting cocktail menu ! Loved the shrimp appetizer and charred romaine salad! Great special of tilefish and loved the blackened mahi from menu! Delish

Tiny biscuits with wonderful orange butter offered ! This yankee loved every bite!

If you have room: pecan tart with homemade bourbon ice cream!! Killer bourbon flavor!

We had a great nite and conversation with our wonderful server, Ryan !

Enjoyed it so much we returned for another evening! Lisa our server was great ! We discussed Beaufort, Parris Island and Shrimp Burgers!

Fun evening with a nice 12 oz Pork Chop, wonderful collards, and a delish filet mignon! Topped off with a Brownie a la mode.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Grease food, service highly recommended

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Creative menu, delicious food & excellent service. We sat in the front room, most tables were full & it was very noisy. Try the rear room with a higher ceiling for less noise.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Perfect dinner with friends! Wonderful selections perfectly prepared

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Breakwater is in downtown Beaufort. Lively place, great service. Menu includes small plates as well as regular entrees. Service is always friendly and attentive. You just can't go wrong dining here. Be sure to make a reservation. And when you do ask for the main dining room because the bar area can be loud.

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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