Beaufort, NC has enough amazing restaurants to keep you well-fed for days on end. We have links to many of them on our Eat & Drink links page.
But, if you are a first time visitor to Beaufort, where do you start?
Start with the best.
Start with the Blue Moon Bistro.
A little disclaimer – Blue Moon has not paid us a dime. We love the place. We have eaten at Blue Moon dozens if not hundreds of times and have never, ever had a less than top-notch meal and experience. That said, if they ever wanted to pay us, we would definitely barter for food over cash!
Blue Moon is located on Queen Street next door to the Beaufort Grocery Co., almost exactly half a block from the waterfront. If you are walking east on Front Street take a left at Taylor’s Creek Grocery and Blue Moon will be in an old home on your left, 119 Queen Street.
Try to make a reservation before you go. Blue Moon’s number is 252-728-5800. Program it into your phone; we promise that you’ll need it again. Blue Moon is small, which part of its charm, but it can make for busy evenings.
The shot below is from the Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend’s website and features two of the wonderful ladies who staff the dining room at Blue Moon. Blue Moon has a great wine selection at a variety of price points. Try the split of Kenwood sparkling.
Blue Moon’s menu changes with the seasons, but specials change nightly. You can never go wrong with the fresh seafood choices. We’ve had yellow fin tuna that must have been caught the day it was served.
But the soups, don’t miss the soups.
Bob Garner, a well known NC food expert, did short video review of Blue Moon on WUNC TV. He filmed inside the restaurant and hit the nail on the head:
If you don’t have a reservation, give it a shot anyway. They often have room at the bar – which seats six or seven. The service at the bar is always fun.
While Blue Moon is definitely fine dining, don’t hesitate to take the kids along.
We have had wonderful times at Blue Moon with our three who are 10, 7, and 6 years old. They have always rolled out the red carpet for us. If you’re bringing the kids, just make an early reservation, preferably 5:30 or 6:00, and don’t hesitate to send the kids outside to sit on the front porch bench if they get restless.
Can we say anything bad about Blue Moon? No. The only source for hesitation might be the price. Blue Moon is one of the more expensive restaurants in Beaufort, but it is well worth the cost.
If you are on a budget, sit at the bar; grab a drink and a bowl or soup or an appetizer. We’ve done that plenty of times and the experience is just as good.
Just don’t miss the Blue Moon Bistro.