Luther's Rare and Well Done is more than a steakhouse pun. In the heart of a tourist destination, Luther's is that "rare" place that's locally owned and operated and frequented by local characters. But Luther's also welcomes visitors and nearby military personnel. And everything from the food to the service to the decor and atmosphere are, indeed, "well done."
Luther's occupies one of the prime locations in beautiful, historic downtown Beaufort, South Carolina. Luther's opens onto Bay Street, which is Beaufort's "main drag" with period architecture and an abundance of retail shops and art galleries. On the other side Luther's is accessible from the landscaped, relaxed charm of the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park and offers expansive views of a grand bend in the Beaufort River, hundreds of acres of marshland, two bridges, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, and Parris Island beyond.
Luther's is owned and operated by the Stavac family, New Jersey transplants that fell in love with the Lowcountry more than two decades ago. Patrons will find one or more of the Stavac clan at Luther's at almost any hour.
The kitchen opens at 11 a.m., but Ron Stavac, the family patriarch, works the early shift and entertains the morning coffee (and beer) drinkers from 6:30 a.m. into the afternoon. Bev Stavac, Ron's wife, runs the house through the afternoon. And Michael "Stretch" Stavac, Ron and Bev's son, manages the bar from happy hour through closing time at 2 a.m.
Luther's serves food from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The menu is a variety of "comfort food" and includes steaks, ribs, pork chops, local seafood, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and salads, local seafood and comfort foods.
Happy hour features daily drink specials and an eclectic assortment of business people, retirees, golf course caddies, government employees, newspaper writers, construction workers, lawyers, and more - all clustered around the "high side" of the bar.
The Luther's bar is an odd horseshoe configuration with conventional bar stools on one side and chairs on the other because of an experiment that resulted in the best of both worlds. Some customers prefer the high side, others like being closer to the floor.
The atmosphere in Luther's is relaxed and casual. The bar seats about 30 people, the restaurant (including pet friendly outdoor tables) accommodates about 136 customers. While Luther's doesn't bill itself as a sports bar, there are multiple television sets visible from every corner and regulars gather to watch their favorite teams.
The century-old building at 910 Bay Street was purchased in 1906 and operated as a pharmacy by Charles "Doc" Luther and his wife, Julie Jernigan Luther, until 1941. It was sold to the Luthers' nephew, who continued operating a pharmacy and general merchandise store until the mid-1980s. The walls are covered with photographs of the pharmacy era and old Beaufort scenes.
The pharmacy was converted to Bananas, a tropic-inspired bar and grill, which operated until 2001 when the Luther's name was revived and the pharmacy theme was developed. The Stavacs took stewardship in 2005 and invite you to join them for a unique dining experience overlooking the Beaufort River. While travelling along the Intracoastal Waterway, remember to plan a stop at the day dock adjacent to the Downtown Marina of Beaufort and experience the charm of historic downtown Beaufort and burgers (voted "best in town" five consecutive years) at Luther's Rare and Well Done. Explore the links for more information and history about Luther's.