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The Top Downtown Beaufort, SC, Restaurants

Nothing brings you closer to the culture of the South than the delectable cuisine. Here in the Lowcountry, our downtown Beaufort, SC, restaurants offer just what you crave: incredible flavors, fresh seafood, and Southern fare served in a delightful atmosphere. Our beautiful coastal peninsula provides unique eateries with options for every palate. Whether you are searching for a fine dining establishment or casual cafe, you’re sure to find the perfect meal for any occasion.

As you plan your trip to the Lowcountry of South Carolina, request a copy of our free Beaufort Vacation Guide! You can browse various sections of our recommendations on the best downtown Beaufort, SC, restaurants, outdoor activities, local entertainment, and interesting historic sites. The guide also provides detailed information on the luxurious rooms and suites at the Cuthbert House Inn!

Reserve a Table at These Downtown Beaufort, SC, Restaurants

Our beautiful downtown area offers many types of dining establishments for you to enjoy. From coastal dining to inlet restaurants, you can delight in an amazing meal at one these downtown Beaufort, SC, restaurants. Check out our suggestions for where to dine in our historic town!


Breakwater Restaurant & Bar

When you walk in the door of the Breakwater Restaurant & Bar in Beaufort, SC, you’ll instantly feel their Southern hospitality and the inviting atmosphere. Their lively restaurant and bar offer the best place to talk with friends, bring family, or make the perfect date night. As you browse their menu, you’re sure to find delicious food options, amazing wine selection, and mouthwatering desserts. Reserve your table today to indulge in the cuisine of this Diner’s Choice Award winner from OpenTable!

Dockside Restaurant

The iconic Dockside Restaurant is nestled in the heart of Lady’s Island near downtown Beaufort and was once located in Port Royal, SC. After relocating to their new location, you can enjoy the peaceful views of waterfront dining with your excellent meal. One of the most popular seafood restaurants in Beaufort, SC, delight in wonderful she crab soup, new england style clam chowder, and other freshly caught delicacies. If you wish to try the exceptional cuisine, the restaurant is open daily from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.!

Old Bull Tavern

The new Americana cuisine of Old Bull Tavern in Beaufort, SC, is the best creative comfort food for all tastes and palates. This unique eatery provides each guest with an unforgettable experience with their craft beer selection, specialty wines, and exquisite cocktails. Their full menu of savory starters, mouthwatering middle plates, enticing entrees, and delicious desserts makes this one of the most incredible downtown Beaufort, SC, restaurants.

Saltus River Grill

Experience the eclectic cuisine of Saltus River Grill in Beaufort, SC, also known as “Historic Beaufort’s Urban Seafood Grill.” From the catch of the day to their seasonal entrees, Saltus River Grill prepares each dish with the freshest ingredients. Enjoy your meal with stunning views of the Beaufort River from their main dining area, their Sonoma-style patio, or their sleek bar. Wherever you decide to sit, you’ll be delighted by their phenomenal food and wonderful atmosphere.

Wren Bistro & Bar

Nestled on Carteret Street, Wren Bistro & Bar maintains its reputation as one of the most relaxed yet upscale of the downtown Beaufort, SC, restaurants. As you browse the robust lunch and dinner menus, you’ll see a connection with the community with locally grown ingredients and farm fresh meats. If you wish to indulge in something savory, enjoy a marvelous microbrew or a glass of exquisite wine. Before you go, remember to book your table online!


Plums Restaurant

A local favorite, Plums Restaurant in Beaufort, SC, has been serving the most creative Southern cuisine since 1986. This beloved eatery is popular among locals and foodies, as it offers a satisfying selection of fresh seafood, flavorful sandwiches, and organic salads. We suggest their mouthwatering oysters on the half shell or their stuffed flounder.

Emily’s Restaurant

As you search for the perfect date night destination, we suggest making a reservation a day in advance at Emily’s. This luxurious fine dining establishment offers a lavish selection of seafood tapas, sumptuous sides, and decadent desserts. While you enjoy their warm atmosphere, complement your meal with an exquisite glass of red or white wine.

Book Your Stay at the Cuthbert House Inn

Spend your days relaxing at the stunning Cuthbert House Inn. We invite you to browse our 10 renovated accommodations. Each of our guest rooms and suites exude authentic Southern charm, stately luxury, and romance. Before you start your day exploring our paradise, fuel up with our gourmet breakfast! Delight in a plate of signature eggs Benedict or flavorful biscuits and gravy. You can even start each day with stunning views of the Harbor River right from our front door. And, when hunger strikes at lunch or dinnertime, you’re just a quick 10-minute walk from the 5 of the best downtown Beaufort, SC, restaurants.

Plan your next South Carolina getaway with us today!


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