The Suitcasey approved guide to dining out in Beaufort and Port Royal, South Carolina. We ate at so many amazing restaurants in the Beaufort area but I had to narrow it down.
We left Beaufort in April but my friend from Charleston reached out looking for Beaufort recommendations and I was inspired to finally finish this post. You can thank her!
Keep in mind that this list was curated amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and a number of restaurants had shutdown. I highly recommend calling ahead anywhere you go because websites and Google Maps are not always accurate.
Best Tacos: Lost Local
Amazing food and cocktails. The Ahi Tuna taco is hands-down the best taco I’ve ever had.
Best Sushi: Papaya Thai and Sushi Bar
If you’re a sushi lover, you know how important it is to have a go-to sushi place. This is that place.
Best BBQ: Q on the Bay
I’m not a BBQ person but Glenn is very into it and when I asked him to describe Q on the Bay’s he said, “Two thumbs up.” I really liked the tacos and other non-BBQ menu items as well. They also have an awesome patio overlooking the water. It’s dog friendly with a huge beer list and flights available!
Best Special Occasion: Saltus River Grill
We made a reservation for Valentine’s Day and they had an amazing lobster special (pictured above). It was enough for two and very reasonably priced.
Best Seafood: Fish Camp on 11th Street
Fish Camp on 11th Street is in Port Royal. They have an awesome dog-friendly patio right on the water that overlooks a small number of shrimp boats. We went there a few times for dinner but we also went on a fishing charter that allows you to bring your catch back to Fish Camp where they will prepare it for you! Pictured above is our redfish meal.
Best Sandwiches: Alvin Ord’s Sandwich Shop
Alvin Ord’s in the perfect no-fuss sandwich spot. They make their own bread fresh daily with portions that won’t leave you hungry!
Best Health Food: Herban Market and Cafe
Herban Market has vegan/vegetarian options that you wouldn’t be able to tell are meatless.
Best Fine Dining: Old Bull Tavern
You walk into Old Bull Tavern and it just feels cool. The food is divine the service is wonderful and it’s perfect for a nice dinner out.
Best “Football” Pizza: 4 Island Pizza
4 Island Pizza is located in Port Royal. We are midwesterners and it took us a while to find solid pizza. I personally wouldn’t bother with Hearth Wood Fired Pizza, it is just not that good but 4 Island Pizza gets the job done!
Best Breakfast: Cracked Egg & Blackstone Café
I love breakfast food and I couldn’t pick just one! Cracked Egg in Port Royal is right next to the Cypress Wetlands. Pictured above is their Honey Cinnamon Fresh Toast on the patio.
I also really enjoyed Blackstone Café. It’s a staple in downtown Beaufort and there will usually be a wait on the weekend. BUT they have a blueberry muffin that you can get GRILLED and it has changed the way I eat muffins forever.
Best Bar/Live Music: Luther’s Rare and Well Done
Luther’s food is pretty average but most nights they have live music and it is a really fun atmosphere.
Best Coffee Shop: Urban Brew/Urban Nest
Urban Brew is so adorable and very Instagrammable. I particularly enjoy their Greek God’s Yogurt Parfait.
Unique Dining: Blacksheep
Blacksheep is hands down the best dining experience in Beaufort. There are only two employees, the owner/chef and the GM, and they set a menu of about 7 times and run it for two weeks. For a set price per person (it was $40 the night we visited), you get three items so it’s highly encouraged for each person in your group to order different things and try them all. You get what you get and let me tell you, everything you get is to-die-for. You can taste the love he puts into each dish. The room seats about 14 people and it is reservation-only and dinner-only.
Something for Everyone: Brick’s on Boundary
If you’re dining with a group of people that have different tastes, I recommend Brick’s on Boundary. They have something for everyone and the food impeccable. I thought it was going to be “normal bar food” but the unique menu and thoughtful presentation is so much more!
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The ice cream in the South just isn’t the same as the Midwest!! But you’re right- I forgot the Chocolate Tree!!!