Good Eats in Downtown Beaufort Begins with Panini’s

Dining Room When you head into Beaufort, you are probably expecting an old-fashioned little place, located in the historic district. However, what you get is far more amazing and scrumptious. Beaufort is home to several restaurants, but Panini’s on the Waterfront takes the proverbial cake as one of the best. Sure, a panini is a delicious sandwich, and this restaurant serves those. But they also serve up homemade sauces, fresh-baked pizzas, salads, appetizers, and a bunch of delicious sides and desserts to tantalize your taste buds.


Popular Menu Options

Panini’s on the Waterfront has a diverse and delicious menu of homemade items to satisfy your cravings and fill your belly. Some of their most popular menu items include, of course, the paninis—such as The Chicken Salad Panini with apples, pecans, and garlic mayo, The Greek Shrimp Panini with feta cheese, local shrimp, and pesto, and The Tuscan Steak Panini with grilled sirloin, red onions, and Chimichurri sauce.

Another must-try is their selection of brick-oven pizzas. The sauces are homemade, the cheeses are yummy, and the pies themselves are loaded with fresh toppings of your choice. You can customize your own pizza. Or, go with a classic favorites, like The Carne with smoked ham, chorizo sausage, and pancetta, The Tuscan with Italian sausage, onions, and mozzarella, or The King Neptune with lobster, crab, shrimp, and mushrooms.


What a Quaint and Beautiful Location!

In 1919, the Beaufort Bank (building) was erected in what is now the historic district of Downtown Beaufort. The bank closed a few decades later, but the building still stood in all its court-like glory. Now, a towering reminder of the old days, the bank building is home to Panini’s on the Waterfront. It adds a certain Old World charm to a modern Italian restaurant, making it a quaint and beautiful location for good eats in downtown Beaufort.

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The Best Ingredients for the Best Homemade Meals

Panini’s on the Waterfront prides themselves on making the best homemade meals from the freshest ingredients. Everything they can make themselves, they do, while the veggies, meats, and fruits are purchased fresh and locally. Alongside their signature pizzas and paninis, you should make room to try the Steak and Fries, Mediterranean Shrimp and Grits, and Crab Cake Salad. Or, if pasta is more your style, go with the Seafood Ravioli, Linguini with Clams, or Homemade Manicotti.

Panini’s on the Waterfront does a great job at serving up something for everyone, and they have a fantastic menu for kids. For example, youngsters can get classics, like Cheese Pizza, Grilled Cheese with Fries, or Spaghetti and Meatballs. Or, adventurous kiddos can try the Fettuccini Alfredo, Grilled Chicken Tenders, or homemade Mac and Cheese.

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Food Reviews to Savor

As far as reviews go, Panini’s on the Waterfront has amassed thousands of satisfied and happy customers over the years. Most of which are locals with an affinity for delicious, homemade cuisine. And, fortunately, those customers have left shining reviews of the restaurant via TripAdvisor.

★★★★★ - R. Midnight from Charleston South Carolina wrote, “Waterfront views. Large salads, hot sandwiches, and trendy atmosphere. Took friends from Chicago here and they loved the place. Indoor or outdoor seating available and friendly staff.”


★★★★★ - Karen C. was succinct in her review when she commented, “Ate lunch here after taking a walking tour of historic district. The chicken pesto panini was delicious. My husband had the fried grouper sub and really enjoyed it. We ate on the back patio at the table closest to the water for a lovely view while we ate. Service was excellent!”

Making a Dinner Reservation?

Panini’s on the Waterfront is separated into indoor and outdoor dining options with lunch and dinner menus. Reservations aren’t required, but weekends can be especially busy. If you have a large party dining with Panini’s, you should make reservations a few hours ahead of time to ensure a big enough table.

You can also book group reservations for 16 or more people for the on-site banquet room. Panini’s on the Waterfront is located on 926 Bay Street in Beaufort, South Carolina. You can book reservations at 843-379-0300, or contact online.


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