The Ribaut Social Club - Anchorage 1770

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42 reviews
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Ribaut Social Club is a restaurant and social space for Beaufort locals and visitors to mingle over cocktails and impeccable regional cuisine.
Our aim is to capture the incorrigible spirit and convivial atmosphere of the original Ribaut Club, established at the Anchorage in 1891. In its heyday, the Club hosted performances, grand parties, dances and even gambling—a raucous getaway from buttoned-up social strictures of the time. Today, guests can enjoy bites and appetizers with unrivaled water views or a sophisticated brunch surrounded by 300 years of Beaufort history.
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K
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a delightful evening at The Ribaut Social Club. Loved the roof-top seating, the cocktails and the view of the harbor before dinner. The house is lovely but the dining room fell short of great ambiance. The food and the service were wonderful!

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a
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We specifically selected the restaurant because it is small, intimate, and quiet. As we walked in for our reservation, there was loud music blaring as a teen aged crooner was singing Happy Birthday Sweet 16 to a young lady who was clearly mortified that someone thought it was a good idea as a birthday surprise. He continued with a second song as she remained frozen in her seat. The evening improved after he left, but a lingering sense of “what were they thinking?” continued to echo. Perhaps the restaurant management will reconsider allowing that type of surprise to be held in their one and only small, quaint, quiet, intimate dining room in the future. It tarnished our experience and first impressions are lasting ones.

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The hotel may be a nice place to stay, but there is no ambiance in this one room dining area. Waitress was attentive. Food was good, but $$. Room was full so noise level was loud.

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RH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable dinner for four Friday night at The Anchorage Inn. Service and food were wonderful. Our server was filling in from Charleston, and he was awesome. This would be a perfect special occasion restaurant, as the atmosphere feels celebratory and has the charming Beaufort history.

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r
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wedding Anniversary - The owner met us and could not have been more hospitable and gracious. Meal was delicious and our waiter charming

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DJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So happy that the restaurant participated in Restaurant Week. My husband’s steak was perfectly prepared.

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AH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved our dining experience at the Ribaut Social Club. What a beautiful mansion. Food was fresh and fabulous. Service was perfect!

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J
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The six of us dined there during Beaufort restaurant week and the menu was understandably limited but all of the meal were very good from the braised beef ribs to he fried chicken. The beef tartar and the soup of the day were terrific. The service was impeccable and the only item of note was the bridge type chairs were not very comfortable bot I believe they were left over from a wedding reception from 2 days earlier. BUT we would all return for sure !

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CC
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The best part of the whole experience was our server Harper. Very sweet, on top of everything, and great knowledge of food and drink. No one can deny that is isn't a beautiful old home. I seemed to have gotten the seat that was a pad in a window seal. No backing to it. A bit awkward. It was restaurant week. Starter was "winter hummus" (butternut squash kind of grey in color) Would have been nice if the baguette had been warm but was cold. Marinated cucumbers are just pickles. Next was suppose to be "seared grouper". The piece had actually been breaded and fried. Nothing "seared" to it and thin. But the rice was good. Green beans...eh. My companion had the salad in the being that came with an over indulgence of cranberry raisins. Nothing special. She choose the steak. Turned out to be a very cheap quality. Was cooked medium when she asked for "medium rare" and was very tough and chewy. Served with hand cut fries which were ok but overcooked. More brown than golden. We both picked the chocolate burlee for dessert. Big mistake. While the chocolate was good, the top had just raw sugar covering it. Like eating gritty sand. The brulee's we have had anywhere else before always had the topping as a hard melted sugar shell. Two bites of that and we were done! No need for us to go back there.

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LC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The atmosphere is great as is the attentive service. This is a locally owned establishment run by the owners. I love when sitting outside looking over the Beaufort River is an option. Inside dining is very pleasant also. Beaufort is lucky to have Anchorage 1770. It is lovely. I will partake as often as possible!

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WH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special place to go eat for a meal in an old historic house that is also bed and breakfast inn. Start the meal with a visit to the rooftop for a phenomenal view of the river in Beaufort. My family was in the area for Christmas and decided to try this for a special Christmas dinner. It did not disappoint and I will definitely return in the future. The staff were great at making sure we were taken care of and answering any questions. The three of us all got something different so we could sample each others. We had the braised beef short ribs, the rack of lamb and the fried chicken. Everything was cooked perfectly and the side dishes were great too.

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j
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and service, beautiful setting for cocktails and dinner

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SJ
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can not say enough about how good everything was . Highly recommend it.

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DS
Las Vegas
96 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent visit! Everything was top quality and delicious...hard to imagine 4 or 5 menu options so hard to choose from. Do yourself a favor if you're in the area and indulge!

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SD
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, warm and inviting atmosphere. Will
Definitely return and brings friends!

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k
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated my husband's birthday with dinner at the Ribaut Social Club last week. The staff could not have been friendlier or more attentive. We were not rushed through cocktails or our meal; this added to our enjoyment tremendously. The view from the third floor where we enjoyed cocktails is one of the best in Beaufort. Our food was creatively prepared and presented, and best of all, totally fresh. Our server, Leann, was top notch as always. She provided seamless service between courses, and even brought a piece of pie with a lit candle for the birthday boy. We will be back as often as possible and will definitely bring along friends.

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DC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wish we had known the upstairs bar was available for a drink before dinner. Even so, it was a very enjoyable and flavorful experience in a lovely setting.

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JM
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

It would have been nice to sit on the front patio. We had the reservation (for 4 people) for about a week. When we came in, we were even 20 minutes early and there were only about 3 other customers there. We asked to sit on the patio but the waitress said there was nothing available...which was strange because it sure looked like it. The whole time we were there, the table was still available outside. We even saw party of 2 walk in and another waitress gladly seated them outside. the whole experience came down to our waitress who seemed a little offput. Her attitude was not genuinely friendly, seemed a little forced and hard for her to be nice. Never asked if we wanted dessert. just gave us the bill before we had our plates cleared. No "Thank you for coming" or "goodbye".

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h
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

what better place for anniversary celebration than dining on the veranda with great food and overlooking the Beaufort waterfront. Special treat for the Beaufort restaurant week so we did not get the full offerings of the Ribaut Social Club. Definitely a place for special dining. Fillet was done to perfection.

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CK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Ribaut Social Club is part of the Anchorage in, a nicely restore Old Beaufort home. Their menu is limited, but I have never had a meal there that didn't delight!

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BJ
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal! Lovely setting! Great service! We will be back soon!!!

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l
Charleston
193 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second dinner at Ribaut Social Club and, again, it was a great experience. Chef Byron Landis has raised the bar on the Beaufort dining scene with his creative monthly menus. Apps like shrimp & gnocchi or his squash soup, plus entrees like butterfish and shrimp or smoked duck confit and more (plus sumptuous desserts) make Ribaut Social Club a must-dine in the Lowcountry (did I mention the Beaufort River view?)!

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VB
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

This restaurant came highly recommended by friends so we decided to try it to celebrate our 41st anniversary.
Salad was average....
shrimp with gnocchi....just didn't work well...plump juicy shrimp doesn't belong covered in tomato sauce..lost the flavor of the shrimp.
steak..one of the best top 5 we have eaten( Morton's in DC and Chibi chibi restaurant in Bonaire NA top two) sides with the steak were average (potatoes and green beans)...
homemade biscuits...unfortunately were served after we devoured our main meal...but they were the best ever!

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AP
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We were the only table there for most of the time. For a fine dining experience, I would have liked to have a more unobtrusive server; she probably came to our table 8 times in the 90 mins or so we were there. She didn't know the difference between an IPA and a pilsner. There were aging, browning limes in my gin and tonic. The food was AMAZING. That's the reason I still gave this place 4 stars.

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CP
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

I would not come here again. We had reservations for brunch at 11. We were seated promptly and our orders taken, but we did not receive our food until 55 minutes later (and there were only two other tables in the restaurant that had anyone seated for brunch). A 55 minute wait would have been more tolerable if we were brought bread or something to eat in the meantime, but we were not. The food was good, but not spectacular, and extremely over priced. I ordered $12 French toast- I received a plate with 4 triangles (so 2 whole slices) of bread dipped in a basic egg batter, and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Very basic. There was nothing else included with it like fresh fruit or bacon. For $12 I expect much more. I had to order a side of bacon separately, it was $5 for 3 mediocre slices. My husbands experience with his dish was the same- very underwhelming and disappointing. The view, however, is lovely. We will not go back.

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CW
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, nice ambiance, servers were friendly. Great place to go in Beaufort, highly recommend it!

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DL
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday with wife. Good food unique atmosphere. Will go again.

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CM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The food was atrocious. That I am from South Carolina, the cornbread was not cornbread. AIt was not sweet, and had added to it what might possibly be liquid smoke. I took one nibble, spit it out and tried to get the taste, that reconciles with the smell of burnt rubber, off of my palate.
The meal was over salted, they put this liquid smoke on everything. If you have ever tasted the horror that is liquid smoke, you will understand the comment. I had grouper, it tasted like smoke and salt, the fish taste was completely lacking.
I started with a Bibb salad. More than one leaf of lettuce, would have been nice. The only redeeming feature was a lovely tomato slice. My guest and myself decided we had venture far enough into this epicurean disaster. The sweet grand finale was elsewhere in Beaufort.
We both were grateful we had a fabulous lunch elsewhere in Beaufort.
Sincerely, and I do not write reviews, do not waste your time or money.

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s
Jacksonville
83 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner to celebrate our 45th anniversary. The menu was small but that means everything was fresh. We had a wonderful fish dish and a great steak. We were blown away with the quality. We were staying at the B&B and it was fabulous.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice brunch on the porch facing the beautiful view.

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DE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Cocktails on the porch were good but there were no cocktail choices on the menu...you just had to ask if they could make what you wanted ...maybe they could make it or maybe not. The best thing was the the spectacular view. Great concept to let you order while enjoying the view and only calling you to your table when your entrees were close to being served.The food was not good. Not sure why the only fish option would be cod but one of them was bad...taste and smell. The beef entrees were edible but far from fine cuisine.

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L
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First of all, we cannot wait to go back!!! We arrived a little early and had cocktails on the 4th level porch overlooking the Beaufort harbor and marina. Beautiful sailboats, water, great service, delightful breeze, easy meeting others there too. We were there with a dear friend for his birthday and his wife with fatal food allergies. The chef (so handsome!) actually came all the way up the the 4th floor porch to check specifics with her as to what she could and could not eat. He prepared a lovely plate just for her. She said she had never had such a beautifully and tastily prepared dinner, and she has eaten at wonderful restaurants all over the world.

Wait staff (stunningly beautiful!) took our orders as we sipped on the porch. They let us know when our first course was ready so we could head downstairs for dinner. As we descended the stairs we met an inn guest--a stunningly dressed mother of the groom as she prepared to go to the wedding reception nearby. Oh my! Never have I ever!

The first level of the historic house was lovingly adorned with very fresh white peony arrangements. The calm decor and quiet dining room were delightful. The black cod and beef fillets were incredible. The cod tasted like fresh butter and the sear flavor on the beef was absolutely delicious-and totally unexpected.

With crisp white tablecloths, fresh flowers, calming surrounds, special food--no place better.

This is one of our two go to places for a special meal or with company. Oh my gosh...perfect in every way!!!

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F
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere and bar service is outstanding

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a
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a beautiful, delicious birthday (mine) dinner at Ribaut Social Club. Our waitress was terrifc, attentive and knowledgeable. The breeze and view were among the best Beaufort has to offer. Both of our dinners were amazing. My husband says his was the best; I think mine was! The biscuits we had prior to our dinner being served were heavenly! Will definitely return.

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R
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful establishment, beautiful views, great food

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NH
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The foid and presentation were good....as was the ambiance and water view. Unfortunately the service was understaffed and provided by two young inexperisnced waitstaff. One spilled a drink on me and no offer of food or drunk....or even means to ckean my dress....were offered. Very little interaction w staff as they were too busy. Lots of waiting....espwcially for check. Vegetarian meal was offeted on request but staff could not tell me what the chef would make

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A
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went for brunch, but disappointed that they no longer have a buffet brunch. It was a la carte, and not really different in any way from standard fare that could be found elsewhere. The table was wobbly, and the room small. Due to the fact that two other tables had young, loud children with them, it could not be said that it was a quiet setting.However, it is worth the trip for the ambience of an 18th century building in the heart of Beaufort.

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B
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

While it was a little too chilly to spend much time out on their wonderful porch, the food, service and ambiance were terrific. Will certainly recommend and return.

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CM
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

3 Birthdays

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TT
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We only come a few times a year and it had been a while since we were there. Everything has changed for the worse since the last time. It wasn't crowded when it should have been, our table wasn't ready, the food came to the table after quite a wait, we couldn't get bloody Mary's as we usually do for the Sunday brunch and the food was so plain and unadorned that we couldn't believe we were in the same place. No garnishes, no sauces - nada. It used to be a place we'd take special visitors but not any more. We don't know what happened but it was not worth the expense or the trouble of making a reservation. We won't return until we hear there are new owners!

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