Historic Beaufort South Carolina’s Top 3 Restaurants

When it comes to freshness and great taste Historic Beaufort, South Carolina’s top 3 restaurants are easy to love.

Fishcamp on 11th Street in Port Royal – definitely one of Historic Beaufort South Carolina’s Top 3 Restaurants


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I stopped by yesterday to have lunch with a friend from Hilton Head and this is the view we had from our table on Fishcamp’s screened-in porch.  Just breathtaking. The Port of Port Royal and the 11th Street Docks hold a vast and storied past.

Just looking out there at all those shrimp boats made our lunch taste even better. Meredith ordered the Tuna Poke Bowl you see in our featured image – beautiful and it tasted even better!

Ahi Tuna Appetizer

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I started out with the Ahi Tuna appetizer which was amazingly delicious.  I managed to share a bite or two, but barely. When it came to my entree, I ordered their famous Shrimp Burger.  It did not disappoint.


Now here’s a Shrimp Burger you can really get into – plump, moist, and very, very fresh shrimp.


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You cannot go there unless you order their hushpuppies – the perfect accompaniment to any of their wonderful entrees.

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There was a light breeze gently blowing through the porch overlooking the river. I could smell the fresh shrimp being offloaded onto a nearby dock.  When I finally checked my watch to see what time it was, 3 1/2 hours had gone by.  We just didn’t want to leave this place.

We already have decided next time we stop in for lunch, we’ve just gotta have the Parmesan Crusted Grouper – wow!  We looked over and saw it at the next table.  We knew we had to come back soon.

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Go see for yourself and enjoy an afternoon you won’t soon forget.  Great food, gorgeous views, and friendly staff.

Saltus River Grill – one of Beaufort South Carolina’s Top Three Restaurants


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Once again we have beautiful views and amazing food!

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One of my favorite dishes at Saltus is their marvelous Lobster roll salad on a bed of lettuce with shaved red onion and fennel, heirloom tomatoes, hand-torn buttered croutons, finished with a buttermilk lemon dressing. What could be more relaxing than dining on the patio that stretches along the beautiful Beaufort River on a warm summer evening? It’s the place to be on just about any summer evening.

Delicious fries

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Top off the evening with this lovely Strawberry Shortcake dessert.

Griffin Market – No sign is a good sign when it comes to Griffin Market.  It’s truly a hidden gem.  http://www.griffinmarket.com/menu.html

I cannot tell you how many times my friends and I would go there for lunch on Thursday.  That was the day we could be almost certain our friend, Pat Conroy, would be there dining and laughing with a table full of his friends.  Always he would take the time to walk over to our table, meet everyone seated there, and visit.  What a gentleman and a man genuinely interested in people – and we were all big fans. We told him stories, he listened and even surprised us one time when he put one of those stories into his latest book.  He never told us – just a complete surprise!

Now don’t be too surprised if you find one of his stories in my new book.  I  learned to love stories from the best.

“Its food is glorious and it is, by a long shot, the best Italian food ever served in South Carolina.”  Pat Conroy

The food, well, I can only say it was so very good, it kept us coming back whether lunch or dinner.

Griffin Market brings relaxed elegance and a taste of Italy’s Piedmont region to the Lowcountry.  Situated on Carteret Street in historic downtown Beaufort, the restaurant features the culinary and wine expertise of Laura and Riccardo Bonino.  Griffin Market offers seasonal fare made with expert refinement.

Griffin Market

403 Carteret Street

Beaufort, SC 29902

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