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Seafood Is the Star of Beaufort’s Dining Scene

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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Raw, fresh shrimp
Shrimp hauled from local waters is abundant at Sea Eagle Market and Good Eats.

From Mexican to Italian to Greek to Southern barbecue, Beaufort’s dining scene offers a wide array of cuisine. But in this seaport town, seafood is the undisputed headliner.

With readily available oysters, shrimp, crab and fish fresh from local waters, it’s no surprise seafood dishes play a starring role in the menus of so many Beaufort restaurants.

Whether you’re craving the catch of the day or an all-American burger, you’ll find it in Beaufort. Here are a few of the most popular restaurants in town:



Bowl of shrimp, potatoes, corn - Lowcountry Boil from Plums
A classic Southern dish, Lowcountry Boil is a favorite at Plums in Beaufort.

Sea Eagle Market and Good Eats

Family-owned and operated, Sea Eagle Market relies upon its own shrimp trawlers and skiffs to bring in a beaucoup of local shrimp, oysters, crab and fish. This seafood carries the designations "Wild Caught South Carolina Seafood" and "Certified SC Seafood" - your guarantee that you're getting the freshest and best. Dine in the cafe or pick up fresh seafood to cook at home. 


A local favorite since 1986, Plums is a waterfront eatery known for good food and good fun. Ingredients from nearby farms and seafood purveyors are featured in many of its Lowcountry dishes.

Hearth Wood Fired Pizza
Situated on busy Bay Street, Hearth Wood Fired Pizza is the place to find unique and classic pizza offerings. Check out the red domed Marra Forni brick oven, and try a delicious pizza or one of the interesting starters, salads, sandwiches and pastas.

Bricks on Boundary

Got a hankering for a big, juicy burger? You’ll find it at Bricks on Boundary along with small bites, salads and a selection of entrees that includes Blackstrap Molasses Glazed Meatloaf, Calves' Liver and Onions, and Country Fried Steak.

Hemingway's Bistro

Located in the basement of a historic building, Hemingway's Bistro is a local hangout offering a chill setting in which to enjoy light bites, sandwiches and cocktails.

Old Bull Tavern

This friendly neighborhood gastropub features an ever-changing, market-based menu of European and comfort foods. Old Bull is also popular for its innovative cocktails and a fine selection of craft beer and wine.

Shrimp and ham dish from Saltus River Grill
Dine on inspired, expertly prepared fresh seafood dishes at Saltus River Grill in Beaufort.

Saltus River Grill  

At Saltus River Grill, Chef Brian Waters, a 2014 South Carolina Chef Ambassador, takes advantage of the amazing bounty from the land and sea to create the kind of dishes you’ll long remember. Its spot on the Beaufort River is another big selling point.

Lowcountry Produce Market & Cafe

A top choice for breakfast and lunch, Lowcountry Produce is an airy and stylish cafe where you can nosh on fresh-from-the-oven faves like tomato pie, pimento cheese sandwiches, and Po Boys. They also offer grab-and-go provisions for your outdoor outing.


Blacksheep is perhaps one of the best restaurants to open in South Carolina in recent years.  Chef/Owner Matt Wallace  and general manager Krista Duffy have created something very special in the former Crosta pizza place. A majority of the dishes in Blacksheep’s black-and-white wood-fired pizza oven.  The menu is a fixed price that is generally set for a month.

Red Rooster Cafe

Enjoy classic American comfort food in a homey atmosphere at Red Rooster. Don't miss their signature oyster stew. There's specialty coffees and mimosas as well as a friendly staff that adds to this eatery’s charm.

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar

The specialty of the house at Breakwater is a lighter, fresher version of “New Southern Cuisine” with influences from around the world. Come early and enjoy the bar’s friendly vibe before indulging in a memorable gourmet meal.

Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.