Beaufort, NC is a charming little historic town on the waterfront, perfect for boating, shopping, and dining.
The local eateries have incredible food, fun atmospheres, and fantastic craft cocktails.
Check out this list of the best restaurants in Beaufort, NC. You will want to try them all.
The Rhum Bar at Front Street Grill
The Rhum Bar at Front Street Grill is the best place to catch the sunset in Beaufort, NC. Their outdoor seating on the back deck overlooks the waterway for amazing views. If you are lucky, the dolphins will swim by to entertain.
In addition to the beautiful views, The Rhum Bar is famous for their fantastic drinks. One of my personal favorites is their Painkiller. It is the best in town, and maybe in North Carolina. The Painkiller is made with Cruzan Dark Rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, creme de coconut, and topped with nutmeg. If you want to feel really good, make it a Level 2 with a shot of Goslings.
The food at the Rhum Bar is excellent also. They are known for their killer pimento cheese with their homemade crackers, jerk wings, and truffle fries.
Some other suggestions are the burger, fried grouper bites, fresh salads, crab cakes, shrimp and grits, or the steak.
They also serve a delicious brunch. Don't miss out on the Bloody Mary topped with a fried soft shelled crab or the French Toast. They are incredible!
Address: 300 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516
Beaufort Grocery Co
Beaufort Grocery Co is a cute little bistro in the historic district. It is perfect for a fun lunch, brunch on Sundays, or date night.
For lunch, Beaufort Grocery Company offers homemade soups, fresh made salads, deli sandwiches, fresh baked bread, and INCREDIBLE handmade desserts.
For dinner, the menu changes to a more sophisticated selection featuring heavier entrees such as fresh seafood, steak, thick cut pork chops, and lamb. The menu changes seasonally.
Our favorite item on the appetizer menu is the Carolina Crab Dip. It is loaded with huge chunks of crab meat in a thick creamy cheese sauce.
For lunch, we love the Gougeres. They are handmade parmesan pastries filled with your choice of filling-chicken salad, shrimp salad, pimento cheese or egg and bacon salad.
I am also a huge fan of the Sonnamabeach. It is a large sandwich filled with Capicola, Polish ham, and salami with provolone and mozzarella cheese, served on crusty garlic bread with herb aioli, grilled onions and peppers and greens.
For dinner, a favorite is their thick cut pork chop. It is stuffed with cheese and topped with a Marsala Demiglaze.
Save room for dessert. They are wicked good. A personal favorite of mine is a gigantic slice of their chocolate covered peanut butter pie. It is rich, decadent, sweet, and creamy and perfect for sharing. However, Beaufort Grocery is famous for their cheesecakes, so you may want a slice of that as well.
The Beaufort Grocery offers a full bar menu. You can enjoy mimosas or a bloody Mary with your brunch. Or drink a glass of wine with dinner.
Address: 117 Queen St, Beaufort, NC 28516
Les Ciseaux is a beloved local gem hidden in the heart of Beaufort, N.C. This quaint and charming artisanal bakery offers authentic French croissants, kouign amann, baguettes, bread, and tarts au sucre.
Everything is perfection. You won’t be disappointed in any of your choices. However I highly recommend the kouign amann. Biting into a slice of this pastry is biting into a crispy, flaky, buttery, sweet, and salty bite of heaven. It truly is one of the top greatest things of all times to eat!
The hours are limited. The pastries do run out. For the best selection, arrive before opening hours and get in line…. Because there will be a line! Enjoy!
Address: 606 Broad St, Beaufort, NC
The Black Sheep is one of the best restaurants in Beaufort for their amazing made from scratch, gourmet brick oven pizzas.
All pizzas are created with high quality ingredients. Choose from any of their specialty pizzas such as the "Speckenwolf-topped with topped with Speck prosciutto, red onion, mushrooms and mozzarella, and finished with garlic, parsley and oregano. It is incredible!
Or try the Sausage and Pepper made with San Marzano red sauce, fennel sausage, caramelized onions, roasted poblano peppers, Ovalini, mozzarella, finished with Parmesan and Pecorino- So good!
They also offer fantastic gourmet sandwiches, delicious salads, and made from scratch desserts.
They have a full bar menu and a great wine selection.
Address: 510 Front Street, Beaufort, NC
Marmalade Cafe and Bakery
We just LOVE Marmalade Cafe & Bakery! It is the perfect place to indulge on delicious pastries and sweets.
Their breakfasts are incredible! Can’t think of which I love more… the Brooklyn (smoked salmon with capers and dill cream cheese over a NY bagel) or or the Crème Brûlée waffle.
The French toast is perfection. The Green Eggs and Ham are incredible. The breakfast quesadillas was also fantastic.
We absolutely loved all the sweets! They were worth every calorie!
They also have a fabulous coffee bar with specialty lattes!
Go with the expectation to wait. Everything is made to order and service is not fast. If you are in a hurry, this is not your place! But it is definitely worth the wait! It has become one of my personal favorite spots!
Address: 513 Front St, Beaufort, NC 28516
Blue Moon Bistro
Looking for the perfect date night restaurant? Try the the Blue Moon Bistro. It is a cute little French restaurant with a seasonal menu sourcing local ingredients.
You can expect friendly, inviting, informative staff. The service is excellent.
The cocktails are creative and tasty. We enjoyed a black cherry margarita. The winter menu also offered an Apple Butter Old Fashioned and Cinnamon Pear Paloma that looked intriguing.
Their delicious dishes are made with quality ingredients and beautifully plated. I highly recommend the Lobster Bisque. It was creamy, rich, and full of chunks of lobster.
The Heirloom Tomato Tart was incredible. The pastry shell was buttery and flaky. The flavorful tomato chutney paired perfectly with the sharp cheddar cheese. It was a nice size for sharing between two people as a starter.
We also enjoyed the scallops and the fresh fish of the day. They also offer lamb, duck, beef, and pasta. All of these selections sounded amazing. We look forward to trying the other selections in the future.
Save room for dessert! The made from scratch desserts are worth the calories. The chocolate tart is incredible!
The Blue Moon is a smaller restaurant. I recommend making reservations.
Address: 119 Queen St, Beaufort, NC 28516
City Kitchen is the perfect spot for a date night or special night out. They are tucked away in the Town Creek Marina offering beautiful views of the water for a romantic coastal atmosphere.
Their locally sourced food is prepared fresh and plated beautiful.
The menu offers selections such as fresh seafood, steak, shrimp and grits, a gourmet burger, and duck bolognese. We were huge fans of the hamburger steak with its delicious bourbon brown sauce.
The filet was cooked to perfection and did not disappoint. The daily fresh caught fish specials are always a fantastic option.
Address: 114 A Town Creek Dr, Beaufort, NC 28516
No Name Pizza and Subs
They are known for their incredible pizza and juicy burgers. The pizza dough is made fresh daily creating a crust that is crispy and light. The burgers are large and made fresh.
They also have large selection of appetizers, subs, salads, Italian dishes, and Greek dishes.
Some additional order suggestions include: meatballs with cheese, homemade chips, Greek gyro, lasagna, baked spaghetti, and limoncello cake.
Address: 408 Live Oak St, Beaufort, NC
34° North Restaurant
For a date night, try the 34° North Restaurant. It is located on the waterfront, at the Beaufort Hotel. Their menu features fresh seafood, hand cut steaks, and local ingredients in a beautiful contemporary setting.
They offer breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner.
In addition, they have a fantastic craft cocktail menu. They have an extensive collection of Whiskeys if you are a Whiskey lover.
The menu changes seasonally. We enjoyed the French Onion Soup, scallops, and crab cakes. Their Painkiller was delicious. My husband enjoyed the Irish Coffee.
The Crème Brûlée Cheesecake was not a disappointment.
I recommend reservations.
Address: 2440 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort, NC 28516
CRU Coffee Shop/ Cru Wine Bar
CRU Coffee Shop / Cru Wine Baris a cute little place great for coffee, food, beer, wine, and cocktails.
CRU coffee serves all of your coffee specialties from cold brew, lattes, espressos, smoothies, and slushies.
They serve a delicious breakfast menu featuring breakfast bowls, breakfast burritos, bagels, and my favoritei-the lox bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, red onion, and olive oil.
For lunch and dinner they offer a variety of handmade sandwiches such as pimento and cheese, tuna melt, or the Italian. CRU also offers gluten free pizza, salads, and artisanal cheese platters.
You can purchase wine bottles to go from CRU's wine store or hang out at their bar and drink a glass of wine, cocktail, or draft beer.
Address:120 Turner St, Beaufort, NC 28516
If you like Mexican food, you have to try Mezcalito Grill. This restaurant serves fresh, made from scratch Tex-Mex.
Start with one of their giant margaritas. They have several to choose from and everyone is incredible!
They feature traditional dishes such as quesadillas, enchiladas, tacos, and fajitas. However they have some other special dishes such as fresh seafood, ceviche, and molcajete.
The street corn is FANTASTIC! I highly recommend the Birra Tacos, Gringa Birra, and the King Burrito. The Mexican cheesesteak was fun too. It had loads of toppings and was so big!
Some other suggestions are the chimichangas, diablo shrimp, and carnitas skillet.
Address: 521 Front St, Beaufort, NC 28516
Aqua Restaurant makes the list for one of the best restaurants in Beaufort, NC for upscale menu featuring fresh local ingredients and seaonal seafood. They offer tapas, small plates, or entrees for the bigger individual appetite with a gourmet twist. The menu changes seasonally.
Their tapas menu is perfect for date night. You can order several of the tapas and small dishes to share for an intimate dining experience.
We enjoyed the stuffed jalapeno poppers, lamb chops, and crab cakes.
However, what really stole the show was their bananas fosters they made table-side. The presentation was beautiful. The bananas and sauce caramelized perfectly and the portion size was big enough for sharing. Every bite was incredible. I highly recommend if you see it on the menu.
Aqua also has a full bar menu with signature craft cocktails in addition to a large wine selection.
Address:114 Middle Ln, Beaufort, NC 28516
The Beaufort Cafe is the local mom and pop’s breakfast diner of Beaufort, NC.
They serve a made from scratch breakfast at a fair price in a timely manner. The the service is great. The food comes out hot, cooked to order, tasty, and comforting.
The pancakes are fluffy, French toast nice and crispy, and grits are creamy and buttery.
The sausage is delicious, but on the spicy side.
For a local specialty, try their shrimp and grits. You won’t be disappointed.
Address: 817 Cedar St, Beaufort, NC 28516
Moonrakers is a ater front restaurant with a great atmosphere for date night or girls night out. The inside of the restaurant is beautiful with dark wood floors, white table linnens. high ceilings, open views to the kitchen, and displays of stunning artwork. They also have a fun rooftop bar that overlooks Taylor's Creek for a cold beer or before-and-after dinner drinks.
The menu changes seasonally creatively incorporating fresh, local ingredients. The kitchen holds a large brick oven used to cook specialty dishes.
We enjoyed the scallops and grits, brussels sprouts with bacon jam, and the oyster gratin. When featured on the menu, the clam chowder is highly recommended.
They offer a signature fresh catch dish daily.
They have an extensive wine list and have won "The Award of Excellence" in Wine Spectator. Their craft cocktails are fun and inventive. I highly recommend the pineapple coconut mojito.
If you have a large rooms and space available for private parties and special events.
Address: 326 Front St, Beaufort, NC 28516
Turner Street Market
Turner Street Market is a cute little place to grab breakfast or lunch. They serve breakfast sandwiches, pastries, breakfast burritos, and breakfast entrees.
For lunch they serve a nice variety of salads, soups, wraps, and sandwiches.
They also make fresh baked desserts, serve coffee and espresso drinks, and sell wine.
A few recommendations include the bacon, egg , and cheese sandwich, New York Bagel, Ham and Cheese, and Southern Salad.
Address: 133A Turner St, Beaufort, NC 28516
Dock House Restaurant
The Dock House Restaurant is located on the waterfront with on Front Street next to the Town Square Park. The outdoor patio seating has beautiful views of Taylor's Creek and it is popular among the locals and boaters. If you are lucky, you might spot the wild horses grazing on grass across the waterway.
The menu is simple to include fried seafood platters, burgers, shrimp burgers, oyster burgers, flounder sandwich, and scallops all served on paper plates or in baskets.
The seafood is fresh and local. The shrimp and scallops are large sized. The fried seafood breading is light and crispy. It is a great spot for shrimp burgers and oyster burgers. My personal favorite is the fried flounder sandwich. The flounder piece is large, fried perfectly topped with cheese, lettuce, and tomato. It is a huge sandwich for a big appetite!
Address: 500 Front St, Beaufort, NC 28516
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