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Permanently Closed - Breakwater Restaurant & Bar - Greenville

4.4
638 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar in Greenville, South Carolina takes a contemporary approach to Southern cuisine. The menu is informed to a great extent by what is in season, so it does vary from time to time. Starters could include tuna tartare, beef carpaccio, Southern fried shrimp or butter bean hummus. Many dishes at Breakwater Restaurant & Bar are available as small plates or as entrees, including the sorghum ginger glazed pork belly, ricotta gnudi, fried chicken (Nashville hot or regular), shrimp fried rice, lamb chops and scallops & risotto.



Other entrees at Breakwater Restaurant Bar & Grill include the lamb meatloaf, Scottish salmon and New York Strip steak. Sides include collards, pumpkin sage risotto, old-fashioned grits and more.


Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Tuesday thru Saturday
Bar Opens at 4pm
Dinner is served 5pm until 9:30pm and 10pm Thurs thru Saturday
Closed on Sunday
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Phone number
(864) 271-0046
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
O'Neal Street
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Parking details
Street parking plus valet service is offered Monday thru Saturday.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
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5.0Dined on July 23, 2016

We are so sorry to see Breakwater Greenville go. It filled a casual fine dining niche on the West End that fit below Halls and American Grocery. We'll be sure to visit in Beaufort.

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3.0Dined on July 23, 2016

WE had 4 dishes and 2 were great and 2 we're mediocre. Our server referred to one of the dishes as being "rolled like a cigar" which we both found quite unappetizing. We ordered the dish, despite this description and it was disappointing. Recommend the scallops and the tuna tartare. Martini was great!

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2016

Great date night restaurant, great atmosphere and intimate.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2016

Food varied from Excellent (grouper special) to just OK (Mahi). Great service, nice atmosphere, valet parking, but expect better than just OK for the price. Will go again, but won't order Mahi next time.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2016

The hostess was polite and the server did a good job explaining the specials and delivering the drinks. We chose the special steak and shrimp meal, and though good, were a bit overpriced. For some reason we were not originally credited with our visit, but most assuredly was there. We'll be back in the future.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2016

The food and service were reasonably good. Yet, no one at the table was particularly impressed with their entrées. The ambience was nice though not special. Overall, I simply wasn't impressed. For the prices, I would expect more. Not a bad meal, but there are better meals/experiences to be had for less.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2016

love the new small plates.
We brought our friends who are very picky eaters and always ready with a restaurant critique. They praised everything.
We were pleased that they liked it. Good job!!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2016

I have eaten here a few times for special occasions. Never disappoints. The service, ambiance and food are fabulous.

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2016

Service was very good. According to the food, my soup was too salty while the entree was excellent.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2016

I would recommend that a door or screen put up where "employees only" enter the kitchen. It's messy and dirty. I wish I asked to move, it ruins my dinning experience at Breakwater.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2016

Our waiter was excellent and knowledgeable about the food. He patiently tolerated one rather obnoxious member of our party without losing his cool. This was the best meal and best service I've experienced in Greenville! Kudos to Breakwater!!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2016

Excellent food, service, atmosphere! We had a group of 8 people and were there for a Peace. Center show. The staff was aware of and sensitive to put time situation.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2016

Great food and service, 3rd time there.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2016

Celebrating 2 birthdays and a "girls night out" all together. Food is always outstanding, both in variety available and presentation. Our waiter was a hoot! Entertaining and charming. Really made the evening fun and accommodated our requests! We LUV Breakwater!

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2016

I don't have anything really bad to say about our experience but I also don't have anything awesome to say about it either. The service was excellent. Yes, we ordered the small plate serving size, but I thought they were awfully small for the price. Fortunately, we both ordered salads or it would not have been enough food. My wife ordered the lamb chops medium well and they were woefully undercooked. Had we not been trying to go a show, she would have sent them back. I saw two people at another table send their food back. I ordered the Matambre which is a rolled flank steak stuffed with spinach, egg, onions, and chimichurri sauce. It was very tasty but only five bites - my own fault. I should have ordered the large portion.
We were in the main room, which, with all of the hard surfaces, was a little loud for us. It probably would have been ok had we been with a group.
Good selection of beer and wine, though. I'll give it a second chance before pronouncing final judgement.

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2016

You must try the lamb chops. Biscuit appetizers were a little more garlicky than last time. Peach butter is always enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2016

Our server came out and told us the chef asked for him to let us know our food would be a little longer because he overcooked the fish and put a new filet on! That is most appreciated!!!

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2016

Hit Breakwater Greenville again this week, equally as good as the last visit. Pork Belly, Quail, and Scallops in the small plate category - Pork Shoulder and Swordfish special in the large plate category. All fantastic. Several cocktails, nailed them all this time around. Great visit!!!
Derrick had another great performance as our server. Highly recommended!!.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

Excellent food, very good for an "expensive" night out without breaking the bank. Solid wine list and service. Try the Salmon and stay for the Swedish Chocolate Cake.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

This was truly a lucky find via OpenTable! We were looking for a last minute reservation and there was availability at the time we wanted. The restaurant is located in a cool part of downtown Greenville and fits in well with the area. Well decorated, upscale but still casual. Everyone from the hostess to our outstanding server were friendly and just attentive enough. I asked for a specialty martini and received a delicious drink that rivaled the best that I have ever had. The food was also amazing. There are small plates that can also be appetizers. I had the spring salad and small plate quail stir fry. Both were soooo good. My friend had a bowl of chili, which we were surprised to find on the menu, that was outstanding and a small plate steak dish. The entire evening was great! Definitely try Breakwater if you are in Greenville!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2016

Great food. Love the fried shrimp app! Had the small plate scallops and risotto. It is soooooo good! Others had the special which was rare tuna. And it was delish!!!

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2016

My wife and I enjoyed a special night out at Breakwater Restaurant & Bar. The staff was very attentive and the food was delicious. It was a great night out!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2016

Eric, our waiter was very attentive and explained menu/specials very well. The food was tasty and plentiful. Great place for friends or family to entertain and enjoy each other. Will go again soon.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2016

Everything was great, except they didn't cook my steak properly. It still tasted good, just wasn't the right doneness. Service was excellent and all other food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2016

Great Happy Hour bar service. My Orange twist 'tini was awesome...and potent! The blackened Mahi was cooked to perfection (tender & not dry). My Southern Boy husband enjoyed the fried chicken.. and he wouldn't share with me. A fun date night for us. For desert, Crème Brule won the coin toss over the chocolate cake. Hope to go back soon.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2016

Excellent food and service. Great seafood. Noise level is very high thus the 4 stars.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2016

I took my little brother to dinner for his birthday. The food was incredible, the service was perfect and the environment was pleasant. I really enjoyed that the bar area was contained and away from the dinner guests so we could enjoy our time together without getting caught in the middle of the bar chatter. We will be back and recommend to others.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2016

The food was great,I loved the atmosphere and it was quite .our service could have been , he only checked on us once,I think.he did check on some ingredients for my friend but the meal still had to much dairy and it was obvious he didn't know how much and didn't explore it further .

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2016

Decided for one night to exit the rut of Chophouse, Da Vinici's, Larkins - to Head downtown and give Breakwater another shot. Apparently they're in the process of some cocktail changes, of the four we had, two were keepers, two were not. I love the idea of the pre-prohibition feel to the drinks. Nail down the components, add a spherical ice, you're on the right track. Food was really good, Tuna Tartar - Quail Fried Rice - Pork Belly - Scallops, the idea of every dish being offered in the form of a tapas, or a large plate is great, don't lose that! Our server Derreck was fantastic, probably the main reason we would go back sooner, rather than later.

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3.0Dined on April 30, 2016

Food was good, service was good, Just not as good as the last time we were there and seems management changed also.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2016

The food was the best ever! From the salad to the entree to dessert! Amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2016

Our waiter was very engaging and overall excellent

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2016

The scallops are delicious

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3.0Dined on April 23, 2016

Good but not great and pricey. Service attentive but Mahi overcooked with little flavor altho it was supposed to be blackened.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2016

John was our server and provided excellent service. We had four unique meals in our group, and everyone was very pleased.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2016

Service was well beyond expectations. Food was excellent, along with great wine recommendation. First time (I live in VA but travel to Greenville for business) and I will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2016

After reading the reviews raving about the small plates here, we decided to give Breakwater a try. Boy, I'm glad we did!

Small plates are just smaller portions of the main entrees, which I loved. Sharing a appetizer and dessert, my husband and I walked out feeling very satisfied, rather than miserable from eating too much! And, I didn't have to take half of my meal home.

The prices for the wine by the glass were a bit pricey. Still we enjoyed both the red and the white.

Last but not least, the service was EXCELLENT!

Try Breakwater....you won't be disappointed!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2016

We always enjoy meeting friends for supper in a favorite dining spot; Breakwater is one of our Greenville favorites ! Great service and food !

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2016

Our server, I believe his name was John, was fantastic. Polite, Knowledgeable, Funny. The food was good and fresh, but nothing stood out as special or delicious. I had a drink, "I'll Have What She's Having" It was outstanding

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2016

We shared 3 small plates--hot chicken, lamb and beef. We loved each of them. We had great wine and great service, too.

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