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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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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:

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

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.

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar – The specialty of the house is a lighter, fresher version of “New Southern Cuisine” with influences from around the world. Come early and enjoy the bar’s friendly vibe.

Old Bull Tavern – This friendly neighborhood gastropub features an ever-changing, market-based menu of European and comfort foods, along with innovative cocktails and a fine selection of craft beer and wine.

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

Dukes BBQ – A visit to South Carolina isn’t complete without some authentic local barbecue. Dukes delivers with its finger-licking version. Everything served on the buffet is prepared on-site using old Southern family recipes.

Hemingway’s Bistro – Located in the basement of a historic building, this local hangout offers a chill setting to enjoy light bites, sandwiches and cocktails.

Lowcountry Produce Market & Cafe – A top choice for breakfast and lunch, this airy and stylish cafe also offers grab-and-go provisions for your outdoor outing.

Magnolia Bakery Cafe – This is another winner for breakfast and lunch. Enjoy a sumptuous meal by the water, then take home a special treat from the bakery.

Red Rooster Cafe – Enjoy classic American comfort food in a homey atmosphere. The friendly staff adds to this eatery’s charm.

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.