RHETT HOUSE INN RECOMMENDED DINING IN BEAUFORT
The South is rapidly becoming a food mecca (one of Charleston’s restaurants was recently named “Best New Restaurant in America” by Esquire), and Beaufort is fortunate to have an unusually broad array of fine dining choices of all types for a city of its size. The following restaurants are recommended by The Rhett House Inn; most of their websites include their menus for your perusal. Advance reservations are recommended during high season – April through October. We will gladly make reservations for your visit; simply contact us at 888.480.9530 or email@example.com.
*Fine dining; **Casual dining
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*Breakwater Restaurant & Bar, 203 Carteret Street, 843.379.0052 www.breakwatersc.com
Chefs Lang and Shaw’s version of ‘New Southern Cuisine’ contains the past, present, and future all at once. Beaufort’s most upscale restaurant is younger, lighter, and fresher than traditional Southern ‘Old School’ deep-fried fare – while acknowledging culinary influences from the past. The popular Bar at Breakwater exudes a lively energy with a fun mix of locals and travelers alike. Huge wine list, including many by the glass. Walking distance. Parking. Open Mon. – Sat., 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; bar later. Reservations required. www.opentable.com
**Emily’s, 906 Port Republic Street, 843.522.1866 www.emilysrestaurantandtapasbar.com
Very popular bistro with a huge tapas (large portion appetizers) menu, large variety of delicious Southern Comfort Food, and friendly, casual atmosphere. Restaurant and bar seating available. Walking distance. Open daily, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; bar open later. Reservations recommended.
**Panini’s Café, 926 Bay Street, 843.379.0300 www.paniniscafe.net www.opentable.com
Under new ownership, Panini’s features unique and crispy stone-baked pizza, panini sandwiches, hoagies, and large salads in a family-friendly atmosphere. Dinner features pastas, fresh local seafood and hand-cut steaks prepared with Mediterranean flair. Full bar; indoor and outdoor seating on the Waterfront Park. In the old Bank of Beaufort building. Walking distance. Open daily, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
**Plum’s, 904 Bay Street, Beaufort, 843.525.1946; 15 Towne Center Drive, Bluffton, 843.706.3647
Casual, eclectic waterfront dining. Voted “Best Beaufort Restaurant”. Homemade soups; giant salads; gourmet sandwiches, burgers, and po’ boys; pasta, seafood, and steak. Nightly specials; Oyster Bar; live music. Indoor and outdoor seating on the Waterfront Park. Walking distance. Open daily, Lunch 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Dinner 5 - 10 p.m. All-new menu and new Bluffton location coming May 1st.
*Saltus River Grill, 802 Bay Street, 843.379.3474 www.saltusrivergrill.com
Beaufort’s favorite waterfront bistro. Upscale, Contemporary Southern Cuisine at its best; with seafood, fresh fish exquisitely prepared, fine cut meats, full menu sushi bar, and large oyster selection. Indoor and outdoor seating on the award-winning Chambers Waterfront Park. Walking Distance. Parking. Open daily, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Very popular – especially in high season – advance reservations strongly recommended. www.opentable.com
*Griffin Market, 403 Carteret Street, 843.524.0240 www.griffinmarket.com
Beaufort’s newest eatery brings relaxed elegance and a taste of Italy’s Piedmont region to the Lowcountry of S. C. Situated on Carteret Street in historic downtown, the restaurant features the culinary and wine expertise of Laura and Riccardo Bonino, who moved the restaurant to Beaufort from its original location in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington D.C. in 2011. Tues. – Sat., Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Dinner 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Sun., Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. “The food is glorious, and it is, by a long shot, the best Italian food ever served in South Carolina.” – Pat Conroy
**Lowcountry Produce Market & Cafe’, Restaurant/Market: 302 Carteret Street, Downtown;
Farm: 1919 Trask Parkway, Lobeco (Highway 21 North, past the Whale Branch Bridge on the way to Charleston), 843.322.1900 www.lowcountryproduce.com
“History here is alive and served fresh daily.” Lowcountry Produce has resurrected a disappearing facet of American life: the seasonal rhythms of family food production and preservation. Canning and serving locally-grown, organic foods, this extremely popular local “secret” has been discovered and expanded to the stunningly renovated Old Beaufort City Hall building. Serving breakfast and lunch, with an astounding variety of food and gifts (the jarred pickles and fresh doughnuts are to die for). Walking distance; A MUST-SEE. Shop open 7 days, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Breakfast Wed. – Sun. 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.; Lunch 7 days, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
**11th Street Dockside, 1699 11th St. West, Port Royal (29935); 71 Sea Island Pkwy., Lady’s Island (29902), 843.524.7433 (Two locations) Casual, family-friendly waterfront dining. Fresh-from-the-docks fish, crabs, oysters, clams, and other seafood; surf-and-turf specialties prepared while the sun sets over Battery Creek and Parris Island at the Port Royal location, and the Beaufort River and downtown at the Lady’ Island location. Hugely popular; highly recommended by locals and visitors, who come from miles around (and wait in long lines) for Dockside’s delectable menu. Extremely popular – especially in high season (April – September). Reservations not accepted, but guests of The Rhett House Inn receive priority seating and do not wait in line. Ask for details and directions at the front desk. Open daily, 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. www.11thstreetdockside.com
**Palm & Moon Bagel Co., 221 Scott Street, 843.379.9300 www.palmmoonbagels.com
Wonderful selection of fresh bagels, coffees, baked goods, salads, soups, and Boar’s Head premium meats and spreads. Bagels are baked fresh in our shop daily. The specialty sandwiches are sure to be a favorite! Wi-Fi. Open Mon. – Fri., 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
**Blackstone’s Deli & Café, 205 Scott Street, 843.524.4330
Blackstone’s menu consists of both breakfast and lunch. Fresh muffins and sticky buns or New York Bagels and lox, French Toast, or on Saturday, Pancakes topped with pecans, apples, or blueberries. Omelets of various flavors-shrimp, ham, veggie, and TexMex. The Homemade Corned Beef Hash is a favorite! Sunday’s are special at Blackstones with Homemade Crabcake Eggs Benedict!! Shrimp and Grits are our specialty. Mon. – Sat. 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Sun. 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. www.blackstonescafe.com
**Hemingway’s Bistro, 920 Bay Street, 843.521.4480
Favorite funky, music-oriented Bay Street hangout. Features nightly music from local acts, a menu of delectable lowcountry favorites, and a lively nightlife scene. Great place to watch the game, hang out late, and listen to some downtown music. Entrance from the Waterfront Park. www.hemingways.org
**Luther’s Rare & Well Done, 910 Bay Street, 843.521.1888
For anyone looking for a decidedly casual local favorite, this is it. Nothing fancy, simply the best steaks and burgers in town - folks drive all the way from Charleston simply to get a steak at Luther’s. The patented rubs are amazing and the cooks there really know how to cook the steak to order. Service is quick and friendly – transforms to a lively bar scene to watch the game or hang out with friends after dinner hours. www.facebook.com/pages/Luthers-Rare-Well-Done