One of Our Favorite Restaurants in Beaufort
Old Bull Tavern is located on West Street in downtown Beaufort, South Carolina. Old Bull Tavern, or OBT, is tucked just off the main street of the historic downtown area, which is Bay Street. While OBT is referred to as a “gastropub,” we find that it is one of the best restaurants in Beaufort. Given the amount of diners that flock to this place, it would seem that Beaufort residents agree. OBT is open Tuesdays-Saturdays, from 5pm to midnight, and for those seven hours it is always pretty busy. While you will most times find a small crowd of patient folk chatting out front or lounging in the cozy inside seating area while waiting for tables, reservations are highly recommended.
The menu at OBT changes often, since they use fresh and local ingredients to prepare their dishes. The menu is divided into 5 sections: “Bar Snacks,” “Starters,” “Middle Plates,” “Entrees,” and “After.” Some of the Bar Snacks stay in constant rotation due to their popularity, such as the “Green Eggs and Ham.” This tasty twist on the Southern classic of deviled eggs features wasabi and proscuitto, and it never fails to be a tasty snack. For those looking to stick to something a little more simple, OBT also offers a selection of wood-fired pizzas.
The drink menu at OBT also changes based on the availability of fresh ingredients for the bar’s craft cocktails, but whatever you get, it’s guaranteed to be delicious. OBT also has a surprising selection of wines available by the glass, as well as by the bottle, and domestic, imported, and local craft beers.
On our last visit to Old Bull Tavern we were traveling with another couple and we all decided to share several snacks and starters. Of course, we had to have the Green Eggs and Ham. We also enjoyed an anchovy dish that was in the “Starters” section. Even the hubby, who isn’t a big fan of anchovies, enjoyed it. We also had chicken liver paté, as well as a pimiento cheese dip starter. For a second course we all shared duck confit — over a butternut squash purée — and very a memorable dish of farfalle pasta, smoked salmon and fresh peas. Nothing says springtime like fresh peas. And this was one of my favorites — light and full of flavor. Somehow, I managed to share the pasta, which was great because I was able to have room for my entrée.
I had the Black Angus shoulder tenderloin with Gorgonzola butter. This exceptionally prepared meat needed no knife, and was deliciously complemented by the bold Gorgonzola butter. It was served with side of velvety mashed potatoes. Also on the table was a perfectly cooked duck breast with and apple shallot compote. The other two diners in our party ordered the lamb shank braised in red wine and tomato sauce — served over those velvety mashed potatoes — that generated murmurs of contentment and a clean plates.
The Old Bull Tavern does an excellent job of delivering delicious food at approachable prices, in a comfortable and unpretentious setting. In our opinion it is one of the best restaurants in Beaufort, and has become our go-to for a snack and a drink or a casual evening out with friends.
The Old Bull Tavern
205 West St
Beaufort, SC 29902