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Breakwater Restaurant

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203 Carteret St, Suite 102, Beaufort, SC 29902-5523 (Port Republic)
+1 843-379-0052
17:00 - 21:30
Closed now
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Mon - Wed 17:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Lamb meatloaf was fantastic. Our group started at the bar, and even though we had reservations, ended up enjoying our meal in the bar area rather than the dining area. Staff was attentive, meal was superb. Also, just steps away from our hotel, so incredibly convenient.

Thank Anna L
Sterling Heights, Michigan
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with friends and ate in their bar area. No one was hungry enough for full dinners so we ordered a variety of starters. The food was alright but nothing stood out. Enjoyed the atmosphere and drinks with friends.

Thank lmc2583
Ashland, Virginia
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I had dinner at Breakwater which had been suggested by the inn-keeper where we were staying. We both had the tapas/small plate portion of Scallops - delicious. My wife had a salad and I had the grilled cheese tomato soup, both delicious. Of course we had to try the bourbon ice cream for dessert. It too was... More 

Thank Don_Ashland_Virginia
Beaufort, South Carolina
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a gorgeous night downtown, our server was friendly, the atmosphere was lovely, but the food was just plain average... I had the lamb and my husband had the short rib entree. Portions for the entree were small for the price. There was plenty of lamb and the pureed cauliflower side dish was yummy, but the flavor of the... More 

Thank pwent
Beaufort, South Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We've eaten here twice and I won't be back. This is not a sports bar yet the noise level would make a sprots bar a quiet, romantic evening. We ordered seafood but they were out of it. Our waiter was so snooty when we asked for water he acted like this was an outrageous imposition. For the price they charge... More 

Thank jimsails1
BreakwaterOwner, Owner at Breakwater Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Breakwater. I am so very sorry that your dining experience with us was less than excellent. Our restaurant can be loud when we are busy especially since if you were in the bar. We do have a smaller dining room that offers our guests a quieter dining experience so always ask for a quiet... More 

Beaufort, South Carolina
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Portions are extremely small for the price of the entree. Service was slow and place is very noisy. The shortribs are very good but as previously stated - serving too small.

1 Thank goobersgal
BreakwaterOwner, Owner at Breakwater Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Breakwater. The new fall dinner menu has several small plates available for our guests who don't want an entree. The Braised Short Rib is on our menu as a small plate so I can see where you might have thought it was a small portion. Unfortunately, our restaurant can get a bit noisy on... More 

Savannah, GA
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62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

The Breakwater Restaurant in Beaufort is a lovely place to dine. This was our very first visit and we had heard it was a good place to go. The staff was attentive and courteous and knowledgeable of the menu. The restaurant deserves its rave reviews for good food and it's excellent service. Everything we ordered from the menu was delicious.... More 

Thank Savannahgranny
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56 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Went here for a birthday celebration and was impressed with the atmosphere. With this said, the food was good, but not as good as I was expecting it to taste (maybe too busy that night). Also, the dishes were a little pricey. All in all, I would be willing to give Breakwater a second chance.

Thank Ashton C
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We met at the gathering table and decided to have our meal there. Wonderful service and we really enjoyed the food.

Thank Larry A
Cashiers, North Carolina
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55 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

All four dinners were excellent but a little pricey especially the wine. Nice ambiance but unfortunately we had a noisy table close. Convenient downtown location with parking.

Thank Steve C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$30
American, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 203 Carteret St, Suite 102, Beaufort, SC 29902-5523
    (Port Republic)
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Beaufort
  • Phone Number: +1 843-379-0052
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. The bar at Breakwater exudes a lively energy with locals and travelers alike. The atmosphere is fun and friendly and warm Southern hospitality is a signature of the restaurant. Now Open and Accepting Reservations!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?