Breakwater Restaurant
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.3 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Is this a seafood restaurant?
PRICE RANGE
$7.00 – $43.00
CUISINES
Seafood
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Gift Cards Available
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles211 reviews
Excellent
85
Very good
61
Average
28
Poor
22
Terrible
15
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

James P
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 none
Let’s start with the bright spots: food, view, and safety. The menu is seafood-focused, with enough other options to provide something for most people. We both ate seafood, which was wonderful, local fare. It was prepared well which is to say minimally, as good, simple ingredients should be. I was very happy that they accommodated several easy but custom requests, for example I order two apps and asked for the catch off the day grilled on a plate with nothing else, and they were happy to accommodate. And we had our meal at a window with what was truly a million dollar view of the sound. A note on Covid safety - it seems everybody has their own opinion on the topic, and as a North Carolinian who has weathered the pandemic in state, my experience has been that coastal businesses are “ahead of the curve” in relaxing safety protocols. I was happy to find that they maintained good distances between parties, even while this cost capacity. So why 4 stars instead of 5? I reserve 5 start ratings for truly exceptional restaurants. This was certainly the best restaurant we’ve been to in Hatteras, but that means it’s the best restaurant in Hatteras, not in the world. It’s a beach restaurant that grills fish well, but I would square my home kitchen off against them any day of their week and win at least 6 out of 7 times. This is not the place you come to for menu inspiration. And while I was happy they had live music, Jimmy Buffet covers that I couldn’t really hear 40 feet away is not dinner and a show. Come here for a solidly good meal at the beach with a great view, but not to change your life.
Written 3 May 2021
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Steve P
Pinehurst26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 couples
Excellent seafood dinner in the deck overlooking the Harbour. Friendly and efficient staff. Definitely would return the next time we visit Hatteras. I had the blackened mahi-mahi and wife had grilled mahi-mahi....delicious 😎
Written 10 October 2020
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Kashager
Newton38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 family
We loved this place! We walked to this restaurant/bar 3 nights in a row. The bar tenders made wonderful drinks and my husband enjoyed the beers on tap. We ate there twice. We had the shrimp and grits, chicken sandwich, chicken parmesan, stuffed flounder and ribs. The chicken parmesan was just okay but the shrimp and grits and flounder were delicious. My dad said the ribs were the best he had ever had. Breakwater has great views. They have a great area outside to eat or enjoy drinks with your friends or family.
Written 15 July 2021
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All50thensome
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 none
We got to the restaurant at 8:35pm (ferry we took was delayed 40 minutes) on a night where their hours said they close at 9pm. When my family walked in the bartender rolled her eyes and then walked over and told me we couldn't have a table. She said there was a major mechanical issue. However, the restaurant was full of tables that were eating and surely we could have been offered a limited selection of things that were available if the full menu wasn't available. She acknowledge everything on the island was closing and sent us on our way. Highly disappointed is an understatement!
Written 25 October 2021
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gailgames
Chillicothe232 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 none
We stopped in for dinner due to good reviews. Food was ok, but service was terrible. We had to ask multiple times for drink refills. It seemed like our waitress had more than 5 tables, while others only had 1 or 2. We saw a number of parties seated after us and leave before Food - the shrimp ceviche was delicious and so was the firecracker shrimp.
Written 12 July 2021
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Lauren P
10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 family
Went for dinner. Arrived around 7:50. We weren't seated until after 8:40, then the waitress was rushing us to finish our food and was trying to take our plates that clearly still had lots of food on them . Never offered to refill our drinks, which was unfortunate because the fish was extremely salty. We had the Mahi Mahi and blackened fish tacos. Also, we were given food and no silverware, so had to ask and wait for that. Prices were not justified for quality of food and service.
Written 30 July 2023
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Courtney H
Kalispell59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 couples
Came here on a Sunday evening when they opened for dinner. Service was enthusiastic and quick. Enjoyed our server’s Halloween costume too. The live music was a nice touch for dinner service. We started with some drinks. I had both a pineapple lemonade and a channel marker from the drink menu while my husband just had bourbon on the rocks. We then had the seafood sampler for an appetizer and everything was prepared well. For entrees my husband had the fresh catch special and I had shrimp & grits. The fresh catch was fried well and the fries and coleslaw were good as sides. My shrimp & grits had such good flavor that my husband was sad he hadn’t ordered it also. We’d definitely come back here again.
Written 31 October 2022
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courtneynum5
Uniontown5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 none
This was our first visit here and we thought the service was great, food was yummy and the staff were friendly to us. We had a large party of 25 on a Saturday night and they were very accommodating to us! We had left a restaurant across the street from them (Sonny’s) after rude service so it was a nice contrast to what we had come from. We definitely will be back!!
Written 29 October 2020
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AuntTra
Westerville594 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 none
We have enjoyed this restaurant in the past but found it disappointing this year. Our server just didn't seem to be into serving. She was not attentive at all. Service was slow (which seemed to be magnified due to the poor service). The food was ok to good, but again, when you're not getting good service, everything else just seems be lacking as well. The views from this restaurant are outstanding.
Written 24 June 2021
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Sabrina T
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 family
My family visited Breakwater while on vacation. The restaurant has excellent views of The Sound.**Suggestion: bring our sunglasses. We arrived shortly after 5pm and got right in. Our waitress was great and answered my questions about must see and must eat in the area. We enjoyed the Fish Bites and Dock Chips for an appetizer and they were good. My Brother In Law was looking forward to having the Oysters but they were sadly already sold out. My Husband had the Tilefish Special and said it was really good. I ordered the Ribeye, it was cooked to perfection, seasoned well, juicy, had a nice crust, and the list goes on!... It was the best Steak I've ever had!! And a nice bonus was the Lemon Cream Cake for dessert.
Written 14 June 2024
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Tom V
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 none
Great location with beautiful views of the water. What made me uncomfortable was the way the way the waitress and bartenders were under dressed. It was obvious that they were encouraged to wear hot pants and tops that exposed their assets. I'm a man and like to see a good looking woman, but I do not like to see an uncomfortable good looking woman. I saw some of these women who were obviously uncomfortable about the way they were dressed. If it was only one of them; that might have been a poor dress choice, but multiple women...not likely. I have to believe that management was behind so many women dressed like that and constantly tugging at their clothes to keep from exposing more than made them comfortable. Could be wrong, but pretty sure I'm not. My wife saw the same thing. I'm just one person, but that's the way I saw it. If I had a daughter, and she worked there, I would encourage her to take more pride in herself...and quit.
Written 27 May 2021
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Kribbs1952
Raleigh77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 couples
We started with the conch fritters, a first for us, and they were delicious! Then I chose the Cajun scallop tortellini which was also tasty with a lot of scallops, a delicious sauce, and plenty of tortellini. I was full about half way through (so got to eat it again the next day.) My husband chose shrimp pesto capelli d’Angelo which was also fabulous. And our waitress was very friendly and helpful. The restaurant overlooks the water on the bay side of the island. We will definitely eat here again.
Written 14 April 2023
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Patti F
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 none
Restaurant with a seafood market with no fresh seafood. Bay scallops not sea scallops. Pasta dishes with super rich sauces and little seafood. Only two restaurants open on Sunday at this time of year. Picked the wrong one.
Written 25 October 2022
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jluedke
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 couples
Fried calamari was some of the best we’ve ever had. Crab cakes were also delicious. Husband had an ahi tuna wrap that was amazing. Hatteras iced tea and strawberry coconut drink were also really good.
Written 23 June 2021
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familytravel25
New Jersey550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 none
We loved everything about this restaurant and dinner. Arrived at opening with a party of 9 and got a beautiful table outside. Our server (who was originally from NJ we learned later in the meal) was top notch. We've been to high end NYC restaurants whose service pales in comparison. She was amazing. Food was all beautiful and fresh. I had the Mahi Mahi and it was so so fresh. Love the views, the décor, food and service. Hope to come back!
Written 10 September 2021
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