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Breakwater Restaurant

203 Carteret St., Suite 102, Beaufort, SC 29902
843-379-0052
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Ranked #11 of 140 restaurants in Beaufort
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $19 - $30
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Port Republic
Description: 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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McCormick, South Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

My wife and I stayed in Beaufort for three nights celebrating our 40th anniversary. We ate at a three other restaurants during our stay, but this was the best. The restaurant had a nice atmosphere. My wife had southern fried chicken and I had the scallops. Both meals were very very good and were presented very nice. The server comp... More

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

We spent Thursday evening at Breakwater Restaurant. We had tapas, a good selection of calamari, oysters, cheese, hummus, washed down with some great gin and tonics. There was live music, a singer/guitarist, who was joined for some songs by other customers - they were singers in another band so not kareoke! It was very busy and most customers appeared to... More

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We visited Beaufort SC, a beautiful historic southern town on the water. We heard good things about Breakwater and decided to try it. I'm normally not a tapas fan because of the incremental cost vs amount of food, this was different. Our waitress, who was great, suggested a less expensive platter rather than individual tapas plates and it was plenty... More

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Rome, GA, USA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The decor and ambience of this small town restaurant will stand up to any urban locale. It was beautiful. But we go to a restaurant for the food. You won't be disappointed. Every dish we tried was excellent. Some were so unusual. It's been years since I've enjoyed a steak tartare entree and theirs was fabulous. We enjoyed this restaurant... More

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Atlanta
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We almost did not eat at this restaurant. But as we decided not to drive anywhere and it was located near our B&B and an easy walk we gave it a try. It was really very good. I had the fried chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy and husband had the sliders - both dishes very tasty. The service was... More

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Charleston, SC
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Dinner on July 4. Exterior unremarkable but interior understated and elegant, music subtle and relaxing. Service (Diane) perfect - attentive but not constant. For those who do not want a full entree, the 'Tapas' options are excellent. One of the better dining experiences in recent years and we will be back.

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Baton Rouge,Louisiana
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123 reviews 123 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We visited Beaufort recently and were tired from our drive and wanted something close to our B and B The Rhett House. They recommended Breakwater for casual relaxed dining that evening. Our server was very nice but a little overwhelmed. That said our food was great and she was very helpful other than taxed by more than she could handle.... More

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Evanston, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed having dinner with friends at a The Breakwater. Beaufort was halfway between where we were vacationing and their home in Charleston and while it's a charming town we didn't expect a restaurant worthy of a big city. They had a menu with a good range but not overwhelming, from local seafood to southern specialties all with a... More

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Dirty martinis with Bombay Sapphire are very well done here. Their new pickled green tomatoes appetizer was excellent as were the tapas. Cajun spiced calamari is one of our favorites and some of the best calamari we have had in the world. Unfortunately, the management apparently did not spend enough time training Amber because she just didn't get things right... More

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

it's been a while since we ate at Breakwater - no reason other than we get into ruts. we were glad we dined there - it was a Taco Tuesday though i was the only one who ate one pork and one chicken taco (both equally tasty). the gentlemen both had the pork which i not only sampled but enjoyed... More

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