2523 Boundary St.
Beaufort, SC 29906
Phone: (843) 522-3361
Fax: (843) 522-9929
Located in the old Beaufort Bank Building by Waterfront Park, Panini's Cafe features "old Italian charm and new world cuisine." Open daily for lunch and dinner, this popular landmark is known for its gourmet brick-oven pizzas, such as the Capri with spinach, dried tomatoes, onions, feta cheese, olive oil and mustard aioli. All breads are baked fresh daily. The menu focuses on locally caught seafood and fresh produce from nearby farms. Diners can also sit outside on the porch and watch boats pass by in the harbor. There is a full bar with beer and wine. -Natasha Lawrence
Plums is one of Beaufort's hot spots downtown for good food and live local entertainment. Featuring a river view, the restaurant welcomes casually dressed patrons who come to enjoy the city's nightlife with dancing and music. Open for lunch and dinner daily, Plums bases its menu around fresh produce, fruit and seafood. Non-seafood lunch items include po-boy sandwiches, wraps and hamburgers. Diners can choose from a list of options to make their own salads, like the candied pecan and Roquefort. Specialties on the dinner menu include clam and spinach linguine, Carolina crabcakes and Lowcountry Bouillabaisse. There is a variety of homemade soups as well. On warm evenings, outside seating is available. Even when it's chilly, there are outdoor heaters to keep everyone comfortable. -Natasha Lawrence
Start the day with fresh, homemade goodies such as jumbo blueberry muffins, smoked salmon omelets, cinnamon French toast or Cajun shrimp and grits. Serving breakfast daily until 2:30p, this restaurant is a gem in the downtown district. The decor reflects movies that have been filmed in the area with posters and photos. You can also come for lunch for good, traditional fare like their house specials, grilled sandwiches, soups and salads. Diners can enjoy outdoor seating as well as Internet access. Parking is across the street in the lot. -Natasha Lawrence
Located in the upscale but casual Habersham Marketplace village just outside Beaufort, this is the place to come and relax with friends after a busy day. Reflecting a mix of English, Irish and American tastes with a variety of brews and a wide selection of wines, the pub also offers delectable appetizers, full course meals and daily specials. Entrees include Beaufort Shrimp & Grits, Greek-Style Beef and Peppercorn Petit Filet. On Saturday patrons can enjoy "Swing Drinks & Bar Bites" for USD9. On pleasant days, there is outdoor seating at umbrella tables. Closed Sunday and Monday. -Natasha Lawrence
Located on Port Royal Sound where the shrimp boats dock, this casual restaurant features locally caught seafood. Diners can sit on the outdoor porch or garden to enjoy a Lowcountry boil feast, Battery Creek Crab Cakes or a broiled seafood platter. There's also a wide selection of tasty appetizers, salads and homemade soups along with chicken, ribs and steaks. A second location is located at Lady's Island Dockside, 71 Sea Island Parkway on Lady's Island. -Natasha Lawrence
This two-story rustic restaurant surrounded with oak trees has a second floor balcony for outdoor dining. The menu features freshly prepared seafood such as shrimp burgers and lump crab cakes. American fare is also available like burgers, soups, salads and a variety of sandwiches. Locals and visitors come for the live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. With a full service bar, patrons can kick back and relax and enjoy the casual ambiance, friendly service and great food. - Natasha Lawrence
Located by the Dataw Island Marina, north of St Helena's Island, this elegant restaurant features simple, fresh, Lowcountry cuisine. Besides getting there by car, it's also accessible by boat on Parrot Creek where dock space is available. In addition to seafood, the menu offers steaks, pasta dishes, chicken, soups and salads. Homemade desserts include Chocolate-Cinnamon Pluff Mud Cake or Mama Green's Banana Pudding. The chocolate sauce used on ice cream comes from Beaufort's The Chocolate Tree. More than just a restaurant, special events are held here such as group parties or benefits. A monthly calendar on the website posts notices of upcoming happenings like deck parties, live entertainment, "Dinner and a Movie" or "Guest Bartender" nights. Family friendly, there's a playground at the marina for kids to play in while waiting for dinner. Next door at the marina is Outpost Market that serves breakfast and lunch. -Natasha Lawrence
This small, no frills, charming landmark restaurant on St Helena's Island just outside Beaufort serves authentic Gullah cooking (African-American soul food influenced by Southern cuisine). Almost everything is made with locally grown produce and freshly caught seafood. Owned by Chef Bill Green, his varied menu includes Lowcountry Crab Soup and Fish Chowder, while entrees list fried shark strips, fried shrimp or fish, barbeque ribs and chicken. For dessert, diners can choose from sweet potato pie, peach cobbler or corn bread with strawberries. The right beverage to go with any meal is their Southern Sweet Tea. Specialty soups, gumbo, chowders and collards as well as rubs, seasonings and sauces can be ordered online for prompt delivery. The restaurant even offers DVDs with cooking demonstrations for oyster stew, roast oysters Gullah Style, Grandma's Fried Chicken, red rice and collard greens. -Natasha Lawrence
Located east of Beaufort in a former post office building with great creek and marsh views, this restored landmark is a popular dining destination for locals and visitors to St. Helena Island. Family friendly, it is open for dinner, serving Lowcountry fare with an emphasis on fresh seafood and locally grown produce. In addition to a variety of dishes with shrimp, oysters, fish, scallops and crab, the menu offers soups, salads, sandwiches, steaks, pork and chicken. Daily chef specials. Full bar service. Homemade desserts. Outside dining. On Tuesdays, there's live entertainment. -Natasha Lawrence
The view at Old Fort Pub attracts visitors from far and wide. Located at the water's edge, the restaurant's sunsets are not to be missed. The restaurant also offers a bit of history with its historic photographs of the Civil War as it was once the site of Fort Mitchel. They serve an extensive wine list that compliments the seafood, steak, and "New Southern" entrees. Old Fort Pub is an elegant setting where the food and views are spectacular.
Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night dining, Skull Creek Boathouse has a reasonably priced, extensive menu that includes seafood, American fare, sushi and Creole-style cuisine. Located on a prime spot of marsh, the restaurant has an outdoor deck under the oak trees from which you can watch beautiful sunsets. The restaurant holds a Sunset Reggae Party on Mondays from 6p to 9p with drink specials. It gets busy here, so reservations are highly recommended. If finding a parking spot is difficult, take advantage of valet parking. Children can enjoy activities such as sidewalk chalk, hula hoops and T-shirt decorating. -Natasha Lawrence
Treat your taste buds to delicious American fare while feasting your eyes on beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway at the charming Chart House. Whether you're craving seafood, steaks or poultry, you will find something to suit your palate. Parmesan-encrusted snapper Hemingway, Lowcountry Carolina trout and spiced yellowfin ahi are signature fish preparations patrons repeatedly come back for. Sandwiches and steaks make up the rest of the menu. The hot chocolate lave cake and Chart House soufflé are confections you cannot miss out on. Happy Hour is when you can enjoy USD5 cocktails and wines by the glass for USD4.