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by any chance was that a hybrid dog?
very interested to know if it boosted his range.......:unsure:
Hybrid dog--do you mean part German Shepherd, part Collie---yes.
 

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Hybrid dog--do you mean part German Shepherd, part Collie---yes.

no, I meant as alternating between a dog's normal means of power and gasoline....
 

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We added Michael Anthony's to our checked-off list last week. We ate at the Marketplace and had a few of the appetizers on the HH menu. Everything was fantastic (caesar salad w/ fried anchovies, calamari fritta, and pane di formaggio). We also got a take-and-bake frozen manicotti and it was great the next night as well. Thumbs up!
 
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We added Michael Anthony's to our checked-off list last week. We ate at the Marketplace and had a few of the appetizers on the HH menu. Everything was fantastic (caesar salad w/ fried anchovies, calamari fritta, and pane di formaggio). We also got a take-and-bake frozen manicotti and it was great the next night as well. Thumbs up!
You haven’t truly experienced Michael Anthony’s until you have had the full main dining room experience. One of our HHI favorites.
 
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I think I asked this before but I cannot find the answers. Any tips on where to get great coconut shrimp on the Island?
 

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You haven’t truly experienced Michael Anthony’s until you have had the full main dining room experience. One of our HHI favorites.

Agree......doesn't get much better than this.........Talking about booths # 10, 11, 12, 13 .....or tables nearby, which are also great.......
Make sure to call well ahead and request location....don't settle for upstairs, which is detached and definitely a lower level experience.
Hilton Head is quite lucky to have 3 fantastic high-end Italian restaurants and several smaller amazing family-type Italian spots too!

BTW, wife and I are headed (really) soon to HH for a week of relaxation and bliss at Grande Ocean AND fine dining as usual.
Wow, honestly cannot wait!!!!
Son (the attorney) will be joining us, and he is equally excited. He is a connoisseur of fine dining too, and I must say he got it honestly!

Impossible to visit ALL the wonderful spots, or even our "most" favorites, but we'll hit some amazing places nonetheless. We're ready!
Have a stellar line-up of GREAT spots already booked-----

The week's dining agenda: FishCamp, Alfred's, Crane's Tavern, Kenny B's (an amazing sleeper spot for delicious seafood), Santa Fe, May River Grill, and One Hot Mama's........
All seven nights where our villa's kitchen is absolutely & positively closed, LOL!!!!
But NO FEAR, we'll be back in June to experience more favorite dining destinations.....at that time we'll have our whole family-------
son again, plus our daughter with her two children (4 yo girl & 1 1/2 yo boy, and our newest grandchild, another beautiful little girl born last week).
We do have a blast at Grande Ocean, as we have for the past 24 years, experiencing the best timeshare resort on the east coast.

My HH restaurant list update will be posted soon. A few new changes, so be ready!
There are very few destinations where there are so many great dining options.
 
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Agree......doesn't get much better than this.........Talking about booths # 10, 11, 12, 13 .....or tables nearby, which are also great.......
Make sure to call well ahead and request location....don't settle for upstairs, which is detached and definitely a lower level experience.
Never been to Michael Anthony’s but plan to when we are back in HH in June. I didn’t know there was a difference in dining beyond the main and marketplace. Can you elaborate on the difference? I already have reservatIons but always want to maximize my experience if possible.
 

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Never been to Michael Anthony’s but plan to when we are back in HH in June. I didn’t know there was a difference in dining beyond the main and marketplace. Can you elaborate on the difference? I already have reservatIons but always want to maximize my experience if possible.

This site will include (at the top) the main dining room link and the Marketplace link....check them both out.........menus are given as well.

Actually Michael Anthony's has THREE separate dining areas:
the main dining area which is on two floors (downstairs is superior), the Marketplace, and the Chef's Kitchen (& Cooking School).
Menus and general info on website shown above.

Below are photos:

Chef's Kitchen (and Cooking School, when offered)
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The Market Cafe
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The main restaurant dining area.....evening atmosphere is low-light and romantic as shown here.
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Is the Market Cafe walk up or do we need reservations?

Thanks,
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Had dinner last night for the first time at LuLu. It’s near Fresh Market on William Hilton Parkway, in the spot where Gusto was before they moved to their new location. The food and service were wonderful.

We had the burrata as an appetizer and our friends had the hummus. Lots of creative lobster and other seafood dishes, steak, chicken, duck, etc. I had the butter poached lobster over orzo with asparagus, and it was delicious. My wife had the salmon and said it was one of the best salmon dishes she has ever had. Our friends had the salmon and the bouillabaisse, and they were also very pleased.

Reservations are on OpenTable.

https://www.lulukitchen-hhi.com/
 

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Dedicated to all those who own, or are employed by, or have been employed by,
the many fine restaurants on Hilton Head Island. You deserve our thanks and our
sincere gratitude for all you do, and have done, throughout this most challenging time
while enduring the Coronavirus pandemic. We stand with you as we go forward, never
knowing what can and will happen. We do also continually acknowledge the enjoyment
and enrichment that you bring to our lives. Thank you. May God bless us all.
JME (May 2020)


HILTON HEAD RESTAURANT GUIDE
Updated February 2023 by Marty (jme)
New places are added & tweaks made to all the formerly listed ones.



This is my personal list and reflects my own opinion.
The list is not meant to be exhaustive, as I’ve only
listed places that meet my criteria.
Restaurants are listed in categories.


IMPORTANT: Reservations are highly recommended,
even days ahead. I like to use Open Table or Resy
for online reservations because it’s easy. Check to see
which service your restaurant of choice uses, if any.
Your resort concierge can also help. Also, Marriott has
an exclusive arrangement with several restaurants for
CALL AHEAD through the resort concierge only, when
regular reservations are not accepted. The restaurant
only allots a few call ahead tables each day, so have
your concierge call early in the day to secure your table.
This priceless service usually allows seating within
10 minutes of arrival. If you see the “SERG” designation
by a restaurant’s name, it’s managed by the SERG
restaurant group, and you’ll have the knowledge that
these are consistently outstanding restaurants, and all
could be said to fall into my favorites list because
they’re all good.

FRONT DESKS (ask for concierge desk)
Grande Ocean……(843) 686-7343
Barony……………...(843) 342-1608
Surfwatch……….…(843) 363-3400

Also pick up any Menu Guide from the lobby racks to peruse
individual restaurant menus that might look good to you.





TRADITIONAL SEAFOOD:


Skull Creek Boathouse (SERG)…. a favorite of locals
and visitors alike—great for couples, small groups, large
groups, or families. Known for its huge menu variety
of consistently delicious seafood and more. Probably THE
most popular seafood place on the island. Inside and
outside dining (outside is open air, not covered, with picnic tables,
and fans in summer). Outside has a nice inland waterway view and
is fairly close to the waterway, and any sunset that happens
is very enjoyable from there over the water/through the trees.
There are two bar areas, one inside & one and out, and both are
first come, first served. Bar/stools inside, hightop/chairs outside.
[Hint: If you’re a couple or group of 4 and didn’t have call ahead
seating (shame on you), and face a 1-2 hour wait, AND don’t mind
a hightop meal, walk out back and strike a “ next-up” deal with
someone to surrender their table to you after they’re finished,
and of course buy the guy a drink. You’ll have made a great deal
there.] Marriott Concierge call-ahead seating is a MUST here for
any night, any season. Another tip—if parking is horrendous and
vehicles are lined up looking, use the Valet parking and keep
driving forward until you get to the restaurant entrance area,
there’s a Valet podium there—use it and for $2 you can
basically get out and walk in…it’s worth it.
https://www.skullcreekboathouse.com/ <<<<<<


Skull Creek Dockside (SERG)……a sister restaurant to
Boathouse above, and located immediately adjacent to it.
They share an inland waterway view that is nice. Menu is
completely different so they are complementary rather than
competing. Dockside only opened in late 2017 but has
developed a huge following and is very popular in its own
right. Inside and Outside dining (outside is covered).
FWIW, there are more large booths at Dockside. Parking lot
is huge and is shared with another restaurant, so if you
have a guest who has difficulty walking, take them close
to the entrance and go back to park.
Website: https://www.docksidehhi.com/
Dinner menu: https://www.docksidehhi.com/dinner <<<<<<


Quarterdeck…….Harbour Town has finally returned to glory as a genuine
dining destination with the opening of the new blockbuster two-story structure
at the Harbour Town Lighthouse in Sea Pines. It is both massive and magnificent.
It just opened in early April and it’s already booked for the whole month of April
and beyond. I walked through this past weekend and it’s beyond impressive
just based on the views alone.
Their website ad says this:
“Serving as the cornerstone of Harbour Town, the all new Quarterdeck offers
270-degree sunset views overlooking Harbour Town Yacht Basin, Calibogue Sound,
and the famed 18th hole of Harbour Town Golf Links, making it one of the most
sought-after dining venues on Hilton Head Island.”
Guests will enjoy a generous selection of indoor and outdoor seating options
which will include an expansive wraparound deck, indoor bar and dining area on
the first floor, as well as a new rooftop oyster bar.
The menu is outstanding and offers great seafood options and other dishes with
a Southern flair. The myriad of accommodations inside the Sea Pines Resort will
now have a place within walking distance to enjoy. Reservations can be made online
by using Resy, but booking anytime soon will require immediate attention and that’s
just for something a month or two out. Going forward after that, it will require making
reservations at least 3+ weeks out. If you’re traveling to Hilton Head, call well ahead.
…….There is more than just the restaurant, as this Savannah writer explains:
https://eatitandlikeit.com/first-look-hilton-head-islands-brand-new-quarterdeck-restaurant/
Website: https://www.quarterdeckhhi.com/ <<<<<<
Menu:
https://www.quarterdeckhhi.com/_files/ugd/966e29_95dd7a45fe6b4b3181ab8c77e7ce4359.pdf


Fishcamp at Broad Creek…. …Opened in 2016, a small gem of a place
on the banks of the inland waterway on Simmons Rd,
a couple of miles south of Old Oyster Factory off Marshland Rd.
Nice menu of seafood items and more. Interesting history of
building and location. Inside and outside dining. Inside
booths/tables, Outside has expansive decks on either side of
large bar area (TVs all around). One deck covered, other has
tables/umbrellas. Always fun, energetic vibe always present.
No reservations outside (first come, first served), but
reservations accepted for inside. More of an upscale seafood place.
One of Hilton Head’s most popular restaurants, so book way ahead.
Parking lot under trees on dirt lot, and it fills up each evening,
so ride through, something always opens. Has kids’ menu items,
but geared toward adults. Yard games always ongoing outside.
Website: http://www.fishcamphhi.com/ <<<<<<
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/wsg47G8oDU62


Old Oyster Factory……very popular seafood restaurant,
family friendly, large groups welcomed, huge beautiful
building with very attractive knotty pine interior/high
exposed beams. Nice atmosphere, always busy, huge
menu and widely varied selections. Probably has the most
stunning marsh views you’ll ever see. Inside dining,
outside dining when weather permits. Good food, great
service, and T-shirts! Concierge call ahead seating highly
recommended. Best tables for marsh views are main level
and straight back. Been around many years, always a hit.
Please pass the hushpuppies.
http://www.oldoysterfactory.com/ <<<<<<


Kenny B’s
…….beyond casual and fun, truly great seafood,
With lots of choices. Seafood, imho, is better and tastier here than
at the other more well-known bigger places, and LESS EXPENSIVE!
Family owned and family run. Cajun theme, so some dishes are
Cajun, but mostly it’s traditional items, all delicious.
Kenny personally knows and is friends with all the New Orleans chefs,
so rest assured he knows how to cook. A lesser-known spot but a real gem.
Always busy—you’ll walk in door and get in the long line
at the counter to order and pay first. Tables will always
open up, so waits are not too long and worth it. Inside/outside dining.
One of the best breakfast spots you’ll ever find, but the big
surprise to most is that it has a fantastic and extensive dinner menu.
Great for take-out too. Good value. We dine here every trip.
http://www.eatatkennybs.com/ <<<<<<


Poseidon
(SERG)…….located in Shelter Cove Towne Center off Hwy 278.
Busy, busy place all the time, very popular.…..good food and decent service given
the short-staffing and other issues post-pandemic. Huge menu with wide variety
of items. Impressive upstairs bar on second level, can be a great spot to hang out.
Crowds are drawn upstairs in evening and later, so one of the better bars
for young people and young at heart. Inside and outside dining. Kids’ menu available.
https://www.poseidonhhi.com/ <<<<<<


Black Marlin Bayside Grill & Hurricane Bar
(SERG)……
Nice large restaurant, lots of inside tables/booths and outside covered tables
on their patio. Very relaxed setting…..good solid traditional seafood restaurant
with extensive menu. Nice brunch on weekends only.
Family friendly, large groups are welcomed. Consistently
good food and good service…… Outside area great for drinks
and conversation under the oaks. Live entertainment often.
http://blackmarlinhhi.com/ <<<<<<


Crazy Crab
(2 locations)….prefer the Jarvis Creek location
along Hwy 278 just past the merging of the Cross Island Pky
& Wm Hilton Pky. Great fun in a most casual setting and
atmosphere…..large building has indoor/outdoor dining, and
the very popular outdoor covered bar area has lots of tables,
and many will already be taken. Exceptional marsh views off
the back porch where you can also dine outdoors. Lively crowd
every night, people coming and going nonstop…..gets busy early,
so make reservations days ahead. Huge menu & good basic
seafood, good service. Great for families who want to satisfy
everyone. Reasonable prices, good value.
http://thecrazycrab.com/crazy-crab-j...od-restaurant/ <<<<<<


Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks
…..Beyond casual, has all the
traditional seafood items on their multi-page menu. Definitely
the oldest seafood spot on the island going back to 1968, and
very popular with tourists. Lots of tables inside multiple large
rooms, so lots of groups and large family meals are served here.
Modest, unremarkable decor, nothing fancy, but always packed
with hungry folks, so go early. Food & service sometimes mediocre,
but it never diminishes the crowd or the enthusiasm. A good value.
Website/menu: http://www.hudsonsonthedocks.com/hudsons-dinner-menu/ <<<<<<


Captain Woody’s Bar & Grill
……(Hilton Head & Bluffton locations)….
a very, very casual grill & bar which has sustained its place as a
popular go-to spot for great traditional seafood & large portions of it.
Locals love it. Add a few great drinks & some conversation, and it’s a
fun night out.
Website: https://www.captainwoodys.com/
Menus: https://www.captainwoodys.com/menus/lunch-dinner.html <<<<<<


Salty Dog Cafe
……very popular seafood/sandwich/burger spot
in Sea Pines’ South Beach village area. It’s like a small harbor area with
lots of quaint shops. Don’t miss the 2 huge, gorgeous parrots.
Has good lunch or dinner, indoor dining, & one of the island’s best
outdoor dining areas…..both stay very crowded……outside tables under
umbrellas, and frequent live entertainment outside in evening.
Truly a fun evening to just hang out and enjoy having no agenda.
Always fun to walk around and check it all out. Can’t miss the
Salty Dog T-shirt shop, just gotta do it. It’s one of the USA's most
famous T-shirt and sweat shirt shops. Plentiful island seafood, and
the good times outside afterward are golden. Great family spot.
http://saltydog.com/ <<<<<<


Sea Shack
…….a hole-in-the-wall place located off Pope Ave along
Executive Park Rd., about midway around the loop. Always fresh
seafood for dining in or take-out. Inside dining tables are a scant few,
& you'll wait outside until yours comes up. Sometimes a long line,
but bear with it. Inside it’s bare ugly walls and absolutely nothing to see.
Regardless, it’s stays extremely busy, cars coming and going, and the awesome
seafood will make up for the lack of a nice sit-down spot. A well-known place
for everyone on the island who doesn’t need glam meals out. As one ad says,
“Unpretentious blue-walled eatery where simple seafood plates are
ordered at the counter.” Enjoy, and you will.
https://sites.google.com/view/theseashack/ <<<<<<


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FINE DINING: (varied menus, all different but all special,
and all consistently great)
( ***= Stands alone)
( ** = Really Fine Dining)
( * = Fine Dining
Not necessarily in any ranked order, as that's impossible to do because
they're all truly great, yet also quite different. So that's hard to quantify.
But they do as a group stand alone as Hilton Head's finest.

Vine***……frequently touted by the most discriminating diners
as Hilton Head’s finest and most elegant restaurant. Expensive,
but a perfect spot for the most special of occasions. Call the
restaurant directly for reservations and they will respond back
and book your table. Inside and outside dining. Located on back
corner of the Coligny Circle shops just slightly removed from
N Forest Beach Drive...Not the greatest location, BUT once inside
you’re royalty. It’s very small, intimate, and wonderfully romantic,
and everything will be impressive…..they know what they’re doing.
Food and service are above & beyond. I’m going to give it my
#1 rating as THE top restaurant on the island.
Not for kids--- they aren’t even allowed here! I totally understand that
policy, so I think in this very small niche it's appropriate. The restaurant's
mission simply involves their dedication to the enjoyment of guests
who appreciate the best dining experience possible, so children
might be a distraction from that pursuit. Also not recommended for
anyone who is anything other than a seriously discriminating diner.
https://www.facebook.com/Vine-Hilton-Head-island-230127114114301/ <<<<<<


My personal "Sweet 16" list of fine dining establishments follows:

The Sage Room**
…very fine, top notch dining but still casual.
Highly rated and a popular well-hidden gem, frequented by the most
discriminating locals and guests. Cozy & romantic with
exceptional, creative food and great service, with a small
intimate bistro feel. Nice bar area very popular, and frequently
serves as the “Chef’s Table” (book ahead!!)…Reservations a must,
several days ahead. Located off Pope Avenue near/behind the
new Courtyard Hotel (see map below). On my "Sweet 16" list of
restaurants on the island. Listed in this position for a reason....Not for kids.
https://www.thesageroom.com/
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/xMk8Vp6YzZ82 <<<<<<

Ombra Cucina Rustica**
….. very fine dining authentic Italian,
but also many other menu choices…sort of expensive, but a most
memorable evening. Beautiful elegant decor, wonderful romantic
ambiance, with perfect low lighting, great service, amazing food
and an excellent wine list. Yes, all of that and more, it’s special!
On my "Sweet 16" list. Not for kids.
http://www.ombrahhi.com/ <<<<<<

Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana
**……
Three choices here:
1. the main dining room for very fine-dining Italian, 2. Market Cafe, 3. Chef's Kitchen.
Main dining room: Exceptional food and superb service, and it is all it’s cracked up to be.
Wide variety of authentic Italian dishes, and even the
simplest is divine. A most cozy, romantic ambiance in low light,
like it should be. Reservations WELL in advance, I’d say at
least a week or two. Request downstairs dining…..location, location.
They do have booths, and imho they’re the spot to be for a relaxed,
quiet, and special evening….(downstairs preferred over the upstairs dining!)
On the "Sweet 16" list. Not for kids.
The Market Cafe..... a more casual venue with its own menu.
Chef's Kitchen....to serve by request only (couples, groups, special events) & the Cooking School.
http://www.michael-anthonys.com/ <<<<<<

Alfred’s**
….. a newcomer to my list despite being around a long
time. Now a definite favorite. Previous owner established his niche,
and served a small percentage of dedicated locals, and always with
excellence. New owners (wife worked there previously) have continued that
calling, and it is exceptionally good! It’s still small and intimate although
not fancy, but as always the food is excellent and the service superb.
Dishes are served perfectly regarding temperatures, and "all is done right".
It’s a low key, casual but outstanding meal. Located adjacent/behind Santa Fe
and Sea Grass Grille off Hwy 278. Easy to walk right past it, but worth looking for.
The ad may say “German" restaurant, but the German items are actually very few.
The Italian items are great, as are the steaks, chops, fish, etc. On "Sweet 16" list. Not for kids.
https://www.alfredshhi.com/ <<<<<<
https://www.alfredshhi.com/menu

Ela’s on the Water**.......located in Shelter Cove Marina down
at far end closest to Harbour Point. A truly wonderful place, and everything is
executed perfectly. Dining is on second floor overlooking harbor & boats,
other direction is the inland waterway as you look to harbor entrance. Great sunsets.
Truly elegant and imho, the most romantic spot on the island. Exceptional food
(fish & steaks are as good as it gets),with superb, attentive service by longtime professionals.
Three special booths & many great tables. Great food and wine, coupled with gorgeous views,
come together to make for a fabulous, memorable experience. A definite special occasion choice.
For the last two years in a row it was the choice for co-celebrations of our own anniversary
and that of another couple who joined us both times.
All our memories there are special. Another on my "Sweet 16" list. Not for kids.
http://www.elasgrille.com/ <<<<<<

Crane’s Tavern**……a traditional steak and seafood tavern,
and one of the best you’ll experience anywhere.
Delicious food and superb service, and a quiet, relaxed, romantic
evening in a cozy yet casual surrounding. A fiercely loyal following
by locals. Everything is delicious. We dine there often, and even our
"30-something” children love it. On my "Sweet 16" list. Not for kids.
https://www.cranestavern.com/ <<<<<<

The Studio**….very fine dining, as good as it gets at Hilton Head.
Very interesting & intriguing mix of cuisine and visual art, Walls abound
with outstanding works of art, many for sale. Consistently superb food
and service, and a strong local following, and a perfect spot for any special
Occasion. My wife and I, with another couple, celebrated our
mutual anniversaries there this year. It was a surprise destination I chose
for everyone, and they absolutely adored it. GREAT evening. Not for kids.
On my "Sweet 16" list.
http://www.studiodining.com/ <<<<<<

The Pearl**
…..located in Bluffton. Small charming cottage with
inside dining or wonderful tables outside on the covered front porch.
Torches lit at night outside, can hear live guitar player whether dining inside
or out…..music perfectly done, not overbearing but very appropriate.
One of the most romantic evenings you’ll have anywhere.
Tables #71, 70, 72 outside….oh yeah! Great food, great service,
it’s an enjoyable & memorable evening--- On the "Sweet 16" list. Not really for kids.
http://www.thepearlbluffton.com/ <<<<<<

Sea Grass Grille**..... has emerged over the past 2 years as a truly great spot for
fine dining. The menu is wonderful and the food execution ranks high among the island's best.
You won't hear much about it, as the clientele is mostly locals, "regulars",
and visitors who know about it, of which we are now firmly implanted.
It’s a "sneaky quiet" favorite that delivers an outstanding meal and great professional service!
They always offer several fish items daily----also duck, pork, lamb, steaks, and specials--
all perfectly presented. Adjacent to Santa Fe in Plantation Center off Hwy 278, one block south
of Palmetto Dunes entrance. On the "Sweet 16" list. Not for kids.
http://www.seagrassgrille.com/. <<<<<<
[Note: it is appropriate here & now to mention this ---There is a grouping of three adjacent
restaurants in one small location, one block south of the Palmetto Dunes entrance--
Alfred's, Sea Grass Grille, and Santa Fe--which I lovingly refer to as the "Golden Triumvirate"
of great fine dining at HH. All are superb, and all are seldom touted or hyped like many
already mentioned, but they are all three consistently among the best, and provide
exceptionally enjoyable evenings for my wife and me, and that includes when we have
friends or guests (TUG members included) join us for evenings out together.]

CQ’s**………fine dining in a cozy, romantic but casual atmosphere.
Been around since 1970, and always highly rated. Sometimes
it seems to get lost among the myriad of great restaurants
on the island, but it has remained consistently good, and flies under the radar.
Still a favorite among locals. Hidden away in Harbour Town immediately
adjacent to Marriott’s Harbour Club, and walkable from anywhere in
Harbour Town. Has three small rooms. Two booths & several half-booths.
Larger tables in back room. Great food & service. Nicely varied menu,
with several fish options and good steaks, chops. We prefer the middle room
where the booths & half-booths are located. One of our favorites…a low-key,
casual spot, and always enjoyable. Top 10 -#7. Not for kids.
Website: https://www.cqsrestaurant.com/ <<<<<<

May River Grill**
....located in Old Town Bluffton, not far from HH's off-island bridge.
WORTH THE TRIP and one of our favorites. Not for kids. Popular with locals, definitely
not touristy. Highly varied menu with specials nightly---great food, wine, service. Bistro-like,
romantic but with an undeniable energetic ambiance, and really fun. Everyone is having a
great time and enjoying the experience, a sign of a well-run restaurant. Don’t let the small
strip plaza location fool you. Steaks, seafood, fish, duck, veal, chicken, pork chop, and more.
Must call for reservations 2 weeks ahead. A fun, energetic bistro atmosphere with delicious food.
Dinner Menu: http://www.mayrivergrill.com/#!dinner-menu/cxnc <<<<<<
Location:15-18 min from approx mid-HH Island.
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https://goo.gl/maps/iGytT71s1WTPteSw5 <<<<<<


Nunzio Restaurant & Bar**
.......opened in 2019…..fine dining Italian plus more, huge new construction
building on New Orleans Rd with gorgeous interior & high ceilings. Already a favorite and stays very busy.
Book reservations way ahead. Menu is extensive, and as for Italian, it has it all. Food is excellent and
service is good. Ambiance is very relaxed but energetic---lots of cheer and conversation.
Will be a wonderful evening. It garners a lot of hype on the island dining scene, and has been
consistently ranked very high. It's a good one!!! Not for kids.
https://nunziohhi.com/ <<<<<<

Charlie's Coastal Bistro (L'Etoile Verte)**
.... been around a long time, and for that
length of time a top favorite of many. Fine dining with traditional elegant bistro decor, always a
new hand-written menu daily, lots of fresh fish selections and more. One of the most consistent and best
"all-around”
restaurants, & most consistent restaurants on HH island. Romantic and vibrant, and a solid
local following. A most enjoyable evening out. On the "Sweet 16" list. Not for kids.
http://charliesgreenstar.com/ <<<<<<

Santa Fe
**... OK, now it gets personal!
My wife and I have dined here more than any other place on the island, going back 20+ years.
All during that time it has solidly held our "PERSONAL FAVORITE" restaurant designation, and it will continue,
despite the addition of many great establishments since. It's that good and it's that special.
It's always our first evening out for dinner when we arrive on the island, and sometimes the last.
It has a "fine dining” ambiance but it's still casual and comfortable. It’s like "coming home" for us.
We love the window tables in the back room/right side near the Chef's grill, but we do have one special table
which is usually held for us----they know which one it is. The menu has a Southwestern flair
but they have other things too. It's not Mexican which some people mistakingly think. All the dishes are unique,
and you’ll never get that flavor anywhere else. Close your eyes and pick, it will be delicious.
Signature dishes include the Grouper (guaranteed amazing), Pork Tenderloin, Burrito, Blackened Redfish,
the Cowboy Cut Ribeye (it's the best steak on the island, hands down, and I know the other great steak places, too),
the Outrageous Chimichanga, Lamb Chops, and the unparalleled and world-famous Painted Desert Soup.
I mention all this because the excellence of the place jumps out at me each time I enter the front door---
the smell is awesome, and they still love it there too.
When Mona and I sit down at our favorite table, two things happen: we turn and smile at each other
because "we're home" and nothing else needs to be said, and then Chef Dave acknowledges us by a special nod
from behind the grill---- and often with a wave and a smile. I can tell immediately that he's wondering at that moment,
"does Marty want the 40 oz Cowboy Cut Ribeye tonight or the Blackened Redfish?"....... My hand signal back confirms......
Not really for kids, but items are available & they are welcomed.
Say Hello to owner Marshall and also to Chef Dave, & tell them that Mona & Marty sent you!
http://www.santafehhi.com <<<<<<

Celeste**
……..brand new sister restaurant to Ela’s & The Pearl with same family ownership.
Located just off William Hilton Parkway (Hwy 278) next to Walmart Supercenter and just south of Indigo Run entrance.
Lovely clean modern decor, nice menu and food, and superb attentive service. Expect the same excellence that you
see at Ela’s & The Pearl. Cozy and romantic and already receiving extremely good reviews.
Varied menu with several fish options, steaks, and pork chop, etc. Our evening there was great so we’ll be returning soon.
Good spot for couples or groups, and very nice for special occasions. I believe you’ll find it to be another special top-rated
fine dining establishment.
Website: https://www.celestehhi.com/ <<<<<<

RedFish**...very popular with those who expect a great, yet fun, dining experience.
A longtime popular spot for wonderful cuisine, great wines, and a special evening with friends.
Outstanding menu items with a chic bistro vibe.Great wait staff. Romantic & refined while still
cozy & casual. Exceptional wine list. You'll hear lots of laughter and glasses clinking.
Not for kids. Always booked so get reservations early.
http://www.redfishofhiltonhead.com/ <<<<<<


This concludes my new innovation, the "Sweet 16" list of Hilton Head's best fine dining restaurants,
which is simply my "short list" of our most favorite places. Not to diminish the remaining

amazing restaurants, but I had to narrow it down in some way to create a magical line
that delineates, imho, the really great from the great.

So below are the rest of the amazing Hilton Head "fine dining" restaurants:

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Sunset Grille**.....this was Dave M’s absolute favorite! (a tribute to Timesharing's Lifetime
"Professor" & Moderator Emeritus of TUG fame!), and he should know, he's a friend of the Chef.
Fine dining establishment that cuts no corners, and forget where it's located in
the RV Park off 278 because it's wonderful. Fantastic sunset views from their upstairs
dining area. Romantic, energetic ambiance. Their renowned Chef knows great
cuisine, and boasts a superb wine list. A locals’ favorite. Highly rated. Not for kids.
http://www.sunsetgrillehhi.com/ <<<<<<

LuLu Kitchen and Bar
**....... a fairly new cafe which already has a lot of buzz,
and a lot of potential. Offering a "modern dining and healthy cuisine" experience.
Wonderful decor, awesome bar area, high quality seating at the booths and tables.
Menu is creative with interesting specialty items. Focusing on fresh ingredients with
vegan options available. I believe it’s going to be a good one, and should develop its
own prominent niche at Hilton Head. Located in the plaza along Hwy 278 where
Fresh Market is located. The new website ad says, “Where exquisite cuisine is paired
with an exceptional service and eclectic ambiance”, and I cannot
improve on that comment. Not for kids.
Website: https://www.lulukitchen-hhi.com/ <<<<<<
Menus: https://www.lulukitchen-hhi.com/menu
Photos: https://www.google.com/search?sourc...IIBAC&cshid=1629650555920804&biw=1280&bih=664



Chez Georges Bistro & Bar**…… a new French bistro with a definite
Low Country flair, a new concept and dining experience for Hilton Head.
Interesting culinary presentations. Not for kids.
https://www.chezgeorgeshhi.com/ <<<<<<

Catch 22**
....on New Orleans Rd in plaza, adjacent to Michael Anthony’s….
nice varied menu, lot of varied options, nice wine list, good food & service,
always busy especially weekends. Fine dining yet very casual. Large booths
in front half, more intimate tables in back. Strong following by locals and
discriminating island guests.
http://www.catch22hhi.com/ <<<<<<

Jazz Corner*
.....live Jazz entertainment and an excellent dinner, too?
Yes, and it has a fiercely dedicated local following. Known for superb
food and service. Very popular and a most fun evening, unlike any dining
experience you’ve had before. Can be a bit loud, but serious fun when
you're in the mood. Cover charge required. Not for kids.
http://www.thejazzcorner.com/ <<<<<<

Wiseguys Modern American Restaurant* (SERG group)...Fine dining atmosphere with outstanding
traditional items—
steaks, fish/seafood, veal, lamb. Always popular,
always busy. Reservations needed several days ahead. Name suggests a casual lively
spot but surprisingly it’s a low-light, white tablecloth kind of place for discriminating
diners. Has loud energetic vibe because everyone’s having a great time. Not for kids.
https://www.wiseguyshhi.com/ <<<<<<

Fishcamp at Broad Creek*
…Opened in 2016, a small gem of a place on
the banks of the inland waterway on Simmons Rd, a couple of miles south
of Old Oyster Factory off Marshland Rd. Nice menu of seafood items and more.
Interesting history of building and location. Inside and outside dining. Inside
booths/tables, Outside has expansive decks on either side of the large bar area
(TVs all around). One deck is covered, the other has tables/umbrellas. Always fun,
energetic vibe always present. No reservations outside (first come, first served),
but reservations accepted for inside. More of an upscale seafood place. One of
Hilton Head’s most popular restaurants, so book way ahead. Parking lot under trees
on unpaved lot, and it fills up each evening, so ride through, something always opens.
Has kids’ menu items, but geared toward adults. Yard games always ongoing outside.
Website: http://www.fishcamphhi.com/ <<<<<<
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/wsg47G8oDU62

Alexanders*….an old favorite in Palmetto Dunes community that’s been around
a long time…..very romantic & quiet ambiance, white tablecloth, varied menu,
fine wines & excellent food. Great evening for couples. Not for kids.
http://www.alexandersrestaurant.com/ <<<<<<

Frankie Bones*
(SERG group)...Large menu with widely varying food selections—
beef, seafood, pork, Italian, German, and much great starters.Really fun & uniquely
"Sinatra cool”. Reservations a MUST, best at least a week in advance, maybe more
in high season. Large high-back maroon leather booths, low lights, "Club”
atmosphere, love it!!! Busy bar scene, with high-tops available—"first come,
first served”. Adjacent to Wiseguys. Not for kids but a few items that work,
Like the "S'mores” dessert (a mini Hibachi for roasting marshmallows at the table).
http://www.frankieboneshhi.com/ <<<<<<

Bistro 17*.
....in Shelter Cove near bronze Neptune statue. Inside/Outside dining,
nice atmosphere, good service, good food. All tables nice but have a private single
table available for special occasion on request, inside a nook among the wine racks,
but not totally separated from the rest (still nice view to outside porch/harbor),
a romantic spot. Will change table for 2 or 10. Impressive and memorable evening.
https://www.bistro17sheltercove.com/ <<<<<<

Gusto Ristorante*
….a small casual authentic Italian restaurant
whose doors have thankfully swung open again after the pandemic.
The location is in the plaza along Hwy 278 across from HOME GOODS store.
They are eager to share the very best of traditional Italian fare again.
The food offerings and wine selections are wonderful, the service great, and
he decor and ambiance cozy and romantic. If you’ve ever been to Italy
and experienced the unbelievable cuisine and feel of the family-owned
mom & pop cafes, go here to revisit them again. Reasonable pricing and
great value. Definitely one of our all-time HH favorites. Small but special,
therefore I’m awarding it an"honorable mention” in my Top 10-(h)
HH restaurants. Ciao Ciao.
https://gustohiltonhead.com/ <<<<<<

Jane Bistro
……Inside/outside dining. Clean, modern decor & relaxed atmosphere.
Awesome lunch, also great dinner menu. Food absolutely the best, one of best lunches on
island, if not #1. Lots of choices…great soups, delicious sandwiches, salads, and more….
all great. Located off Hwy 278 in Shelter Cove Towne Center, just up from the Belk Store.
https://janehhi.com/ <<<<<<
Dinner menu: https://janehhi.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/dinner-2021.jpg <<<<<<

Il Carpaccio*…….”Ristorante Italiano”…….great menu, food, and service,
highly rated and good reviews. (lots of good solid Italian places!)
http://www.ilcarpaccioofhiltonhead.com/ <<<<<<

Pomodori Italian Eatery
*…..popular Italian spot, good food and
service. Not fancy but authentic food in a comfortable, casual setting.
Very good reviews and highly rated. Located in the corner plaza at the end of
New Orleans Rd. Just short of the Hwy 278 intersection, at far end of building.
http://www.gopomodori.com/ <<<<<<

Lucky Rooster Kitchen & Bar*
......their motto is "gourmet food
in a casual atmosphere”. Varied menu, creative take on traditional dishes,
and a nice new find for many. White tablecloths covered with brown paper,
candlelight, both tables and booths, vibrant bar scene. Gourmet desserts.
Huge beer and wine list---local craft beers and great wines. Nice staff.
Located in South Island Sq plaza off Hwy 278 (across street from
Red Roof Inn and Stacks Pancakes).
https://www.luckyroosterhhi.com/ <<<<<<

Nectar Farm Kitchen
…..(Brunch & Dinner)….perhaps one of the most
talked-about new restaurants on Hilton Head Island, it’s a partnership of three
local Chefs who collaborated to offer a new creative, healthy dining experience
featuring farm-to-table choices. Vegan options available. Located on Office Park Rd
where Marley’s Island Grille used to be……in the complex just down from
Harris Teeter Grocery Store & Mellow Mushroom.
https://nectarfarmkitchen.com/ <<<<<<
Menu: https://nectarfarmkitchen.com/menu/

Poseidon Coastal Cuisine…….(SERG)…….located in Shelter Cove Towne Center of Hwy 278.
Busy, busy place all the time, very popular.…..good food and decent service given
the short-staffing and other issues post-pandemic. Huge menu with wide variety
of items. Impressive upstairs bar on second level, can be a great spot to hang out.
Crowds are drawn upstairs in evening and later, so one of the better bars
for young people and young at heart. Inside and outside dining. Kids’ menu available.
https://www.poseidonhhi.com/ <<<<<<

The Cottage Cafe, Bakery & Tea Room, Bluffton…… very quaint and cozy “GrandMa’s cottage”
kind of place. Delicious specialty items, known for their Gumbo. Huge local following
and definitely worth the drive. Delicious desserts. Great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner…
(plus Sunday Brunch). Takes about 20 minutes (maybe 5 minutes past the island bridge,
about 2 miles from Tanger Outlet Mall area). Use Bluffton Parkway to get there.
Take the new ramp off Hwy 278 > Bluffton Parkway which goes behind the two Outlet Malls.
Website: http://thecottagebluffton.com/ <<<<<<

Calhoun Street Tavern
, Bluffton…..a small tavern in the heart of Bluffton with a
great lunch and dinner. Hours are 11am-9pm weekdays and until 10pm weekends.
Definitely worth the drive to Bluffton. Walk around the small old historic town and
visit the wonderful shops, or the open-air street market on Saturdays, and don’t miss
grabbing lunch or dinner here. It’s a wonderful spot with creative cuisine with a southern flair.
The shrimp burger with the spinach and orzo salad are both delicious and. An instant favorite.
We were ecstatic to find this little gem. It’s been there a good while but somehow we missed it,
but no more.
Website with menu: https://www.calhounstreettavern.com/ <<<<<<

Pour Richard’s, Bluffton…….a small tavern-like place in downtown Bluffton, well worth the
trip…..it will be an instant favorite for a casual yet delicious change of pace. Frequented by
locals but discerning foodies always find gems like this. Wonderful for a drink and a fantastic
meal with friends or your significant other. Great atmosphere and vibe. All bottles of wine $36.
Website: https://www.pourrichards843.com/ <<<<<<
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Coast at Sea Pines Beach Club (downstairs, ground level deck)
Ocean Lounge & Bar at Sea Pines Beach Club (second floor)
Two restaurant spots located at the Sea Pines Beach Club (adjacent to
Marriott’s Monarch Resort) …….Nice lunch or dinner. Family friendly, OK for kids.
One of the best ocean views on island, which are few for restaurants….popular lunch spot.
http://www.coastoceanfrontdining.com/ <<<<<<

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CASUAL PLACES:
(NOTE: These are great for a typical night out with the family & kids.
Not fine dining by any stretch, and varies from "OK to Good to Pretty Darn Good”.
If inconsistent on occasion, still worth considering. If you don’t want to
research a place to go after a long day at the beach or pools, or simply worn out,
give it a shot. Not in any particular order.)


One Hot Mama’s (SERG)…..Very popular family spot. Great food and service,
maniacally busy, and loud, cheerful, frenetic atmosphere and nothing but fun…
What could be better than that? Excellent BBQ, ribs, brisket, sandwiches, and
all else that goes with that. No reservations accepted, so use your resort's
concierge "call-ahead seating" service…you’ll be glad. Good for a respite from seafood.
Booths and tables, inside and outside dining. We love it.
http://www.onehotmamas.com/ <<<<<<


A Lowcountry Backyard…… Great for lunch or dinner, inside/outside dining.
A small family-owned restaurant, down-home Southern selections, all tasty and
hearty. Casual, good food, good service, nice people. Highly rated and loyal following.
http://www.hhbackyard.com/ <<<<<<


The Frosty Frog
…….a great spot for families or a group of friends, hidden in the
Coligny Plaza maze of shops near the "ocean end" of Pope Ave. Menu is huge,
and they have all the great items you’ll want. Awesome outdoor seating area.
Pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, crab legs, salads, wraps, tacos, and dozens
more items, all in a fun atmosphere. Great spot to eat, talk, and have a good drink.
http://frostyfrog.com/
Menu: http://frostyfrog.com/new-food-menu/ <<<<<<


The Smokehouse
……..Beautiful new building. Now reopened after being completely
destroyed by fire in 2019. Great BBQ and food which includes sandwiches, seafood
and steaks, and more. Family & kid friendly, wide variety of menu items. Very
popular, located off Palmetto Bay Rd 1/4 mile from Greenwood traffic circle.
Consistently good.
https://www.smokehousehhi.com/ <<<<<<


Reilley's Grill & Bar
……. Located about a block off the Greenwood Traffic Circle
toward the Sea Pines entrance gate, among a cluster of other restaurants. Has
good steaks and good food in general, huge menu with an array of choices.
Unpretentious traditional casual restaurant. Tables & booths. Family & kid friendly.
http://www.reilleyshiltonhead.com/ <<<<<<


Top Dawg Tavern
………. Lunch & Dinner at the open-air covered bar and terrace
with lots of dining tables. Also hightop chairs at the continuous dining surface along the
surrounding rail facing the water. Located in Shelter Cove on the harbor, with great view of
the boats in the water & the sidewalks. Shops and more restaurants are all around the harbor area.
Has a 1/4 mile water/harbor frontage to dine, hang out, or take a leisurely walk.
Park benches everywhere. Lamplights line the wide walkway for after-dark strolls.
Top Dawg Tavern has a great menu with almost anything you can think of when you hear “tavern”.
Good food in a most casual and paid back setting——15 starters, 14 flavors of both wings and nuggets,
6 types of burgers, 11 sandwiches & wraps, 8 salads, several tacos, and everybody’s favorite
“regular entrees” with a large selection of sides. Also a large drink menu. And as always, a popular
kids menu with 7 items. Great spot for the whole family, a couple, or a group of friends to chill and enjoy
a waterside venue while dining or just hanging out. Definitely family-friendly and a good value.
www.topdawgtavern.com <<<<<<


Mi Tierra (Mexican)………the best Mexican we’ve found on HHI, and a convenient location
off Arrow Rd.Food is very good and service is also good. I like their Ribeye Fajita.
Decor is fun and it's an enjoyable experience.
www.mitierrahiltonhead.com <<<<<<


Holy Tequila Mexican Kitchen
…..(SERG) popular Mexican restaurant off
Office Park Rd…. Decent reviews and good value! Sometimes inconsistent so be aware.
https://holytequila.com/ <<<<<<


Aunt Chilada’s Easy Street Cafe
……”Mexican and more"….lots more! One of the
most popular family/kids’ spots, located off Pope Ave. Definitely touristy, it’s loud
and the activity is frenetic, but it’ll still feed everyone and it’s fun.
The food is "OK to good”, and the value is good.
https://www.auntchiladashhi.com/ <<<<<<


Bad Biscuit
…..a totally new concept & venture for Hilton Head, which offers a
wide variety of items in a biscuit. The two Owners/Partners are from Low Country
Backyard & Pool Bar Jim’s, hardly unknown around HH Island, & they should know
what’s good. Sounds and looks delicious.
http://www.badbiscuit.com/ <<<<<<


San Miguel’s Mexican Cafe
….. A good Mexican establishment which has been
around for decades. Inside & Outside dining. They are still crazy busy, and offer
live entertainment outside on their patio in Shelter Cove on the marina. Wonderful
spot, great place to hang out, eat dinner, grab some ice cream after, and watch a
gorgeous sunset over the harbor. Always a fun time for our family, going way back.
Good Margaritas, lots of smiles. "OK to very good", confident in saying, "Try it”.
https://www.sanmiguels.com/ <<<<<<


CharBar Co
….touts good gourmet burgers, sandwiches, salads, & more. Very casual.
Some inconsistent reviews, but still enjoyable.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/charbar-co-hilton-head-island <<<<<<


Hilton Head Brewing Company
……popular with mostly good reviews.
Sandwiches, BBQ, appetizers, good drinks, many beer selections.
https://www.hhbrewingco.com/ <<<<<<
Annie O's Southern Eats……beyond casual, modest decor, but offers down home
Southern cooking like Fried Chicken and made-from-scratch items. A favorite of
locals, especially the other working restaurant people, so it does have a loyal following.
Large portions and inexpensive, so a great value and family-friendly.
An occasional inconsistent review, but we liked it.
https://static1.squarespace.com/sta...4af7579/1591798428137/dINNER+Menu+rev0620.pdf
https://www.facebook.com/annieohhi/photos <<<<<<

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LUNCH:

Note the combination of meals offered at each establishment
(Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch/Dinner). These places are great, and the cuisine is
outstanding, rendering these the favorites for Lunch.


Jane Bistro….Lunch & Dinner. Inside/Outside dining. Hands down our favorite lunch
spot, with French Bakery in second. Menu items are delicious, surroundings wonderful,
& each selection will have you coming back for more. Great salads, soups, sandwiches,
and specialty items. Located on front side of Shelter Cove Town Center. Sleek
contemporary decor, awesome menu & food, large portions, superb service. Simply a
well-run place. My #1 top-rated lunch spot.
Website: http://janehhi.com/ <<<<<<
Menu:https://janehhi.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/lunch-2021.jpg



The French Bakery & European Cuisine……Brunch & Lunch. Inside/Outside
dining. One of the most popular spots on the island. Opens early, and it’s already
busy. Located on backside of, and down from, Kroger Superstore in Shelter Cove
Towne Centre. Great varied menu, modern creative choices and also traditional
items. French bistro decor, very bright, colorful, and cheerful. And fun.
It’s also a tie for my #1 TOP RATED lunch spot. Both different, so see what you think!)
https://www.facebook.com/thefrenchbakeryhhi/menu/ <<<<<<


A Lowcountry Backyard
…..Lunch & Dinner. Inside/Outside covered dining.
Small family-owned casual place with attentive service and down-home Southern food.
Very loyal following, mostly locals but popular with island guests who have tried it.
http://www.hhbackyard.com/ <<<<<<


Calhoun Street Tavern, Bluffton…..a small tavern in the heart of Bluffton with a
great lunch and dinner. Hours are 11am-9pm weekdays and until 10pm weekends.
Definitely worth the 20 minute drive to Bluffton. Walk around the small old historic town
and visit the wonderful shops, or the open-air street market on Saturdays, and don’t miss
grabbing lunch or dinner here. It’s a wonderful spot with creative cuisine with a southern
flair. The shrimp burger with the spinach and orzo salad are both delicious and.
An instant favorite. We were ecstatic to find this little gem. It’s been there a good while
but somehow we missed it, but no more.
Website with menu: https://www.calhounstreettavern.com/ <<<<<<


Delisheeyo….Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free. Hidden in a small cluster of places
on Palmetto Bay Rd & near Lowcountry Backyard (out from Greenwood Circle).
https://www.delisheeyo.com/ <<<<<<


Relish……located off Office Park Rd among the many restaurants in the complex,
down from Harris Teeter grocery store….Their ad says, "Elegant, eclectic fusion of
Southern & Asian culinary traditions.” Small and tricky to find, but fun.
http://www.relishcafehhi.com/ <<<<<<


Hilton Head Social Bakery……pastries, tarts, LUNCH, & cakes!……..located in the
shops at Shelter Cove Harbour.
https://www.hiltonheadsocialbakery.com/
So special, here’s the menu: https://www.hiltonheadsocialbakery.com/menu <<<<<<


Truffles
……Lunch & Dinner. Has long been a favorite lunch spot with more traditional
menu, and always delightful. Located in Sea Pines Center Plaza in second row of
buildings from parking lot. Tables and booths. VERY cozy, varied menu with many
made-from-scratch items, all consistently wonderful, a locals’ favorite and ours.
Love the black bean burger, chicken pot pie, mango iced tea.
http://www.trufflescafe.com/ <<<<<<
Main Street Cafe & Pub…..Lunch & Dinner. Very popular cafe mostly with locals,
non-touristy, huge menu with many options.
Traditional selections done very well. Soups, sandwiches, salads, and much more.
http://hiltonheadcafe.com/ <<<<<<


Kenny B’s
…….Wildly popular for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner…..Wow, what to say?
It’s all great. One of the most funky and comfortably fun places on the island.
Family-owned and run, they know how to cook, and they’ve been around a long time.
Always a delicious meal, and always served perfectly. A secret seafood Mecca that’s
often overlooked except by those who know. Breakfast is as good as you’ll ever get.
Stand in line and order inside, and pay first. The line can be slow sometimes, but it’s
Kenny and one helper cooking, so RELAX and savor the experience. The line moves
along just fine, and tables always open up. Another secret—Kenny is personal friends
of most of the famous New Orleans French Quarter chefs, and that definitely explains
Kenny’s extraordinary talent and flair for his passion. An original painted Mardi Gras
wall mural—see if you can tell which character looks like YOU.
Great service, casual and most enjoyable. Sit and relax. One of the 3 (really 2) best
breakfast spots on the island. Hello to owners Laverne & Kenny from Mona & Marty.
http://www.eatatkennybs.com/ <<<<<<


Watusi Cafe
…….Breakfast & Lunch…..Vegetarian & Vegan options….It’s a small
contemporary cafe, now expanded due to popular demand! It’s remained strong and
very popular, and has a very loyal following. Great sandwiches, good service.
Located off Pope Ave near Aunt Chilada’s. Have to be looking real well to spot it.
Website: https://www.watusicafe.com/ <<<<<<
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/JYZccUVFN7ZPHrMg8


The Cottage Cafe, Bakery & Tea Room…….Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
(and Sunday Brunch) in Olde Town Bluffton. Very quaint and cozy
“GrandMa’s Cottage” type of place. Delicious specialty items. The
Jambalaya & Gumbo are as good as you’ll find. Huge local following
and definitely worth the short drive from Hilton Head. It might take
20-25 minutes at most. Delicious entrees and desserts, great coffee and drinks.
Afterward, enjoy the walk around the wonderful Bluffton shops & boutiques.
Website: https://thecottagebluffton.com/ <<<<<<
Location/drive: https://goo.gl/maps/eVAgZsqyRDTf7TNAA


Coast…….Lunch & Dinner. Located in the beautiful Sea Pines Beach Club
(adjacent to Marriott’s Monarch Resort). Family friendly of just couples,
always fun. Great ocean views. Not a huge menu, but tasty options. Casual.
https://www.coastoceanfrontdining.com/ <<<<<<


Harbour Town Bakery & Cafe
…….Breakfast & Lunch. Inside or front
porch/outside dining. Picnic tables too. Great selection of items- sandwiches,
salads, pastries, & more. Located in the small cottage across from the
Harbour Town parking lot & playground.
https://www.seapines.com/dining/the-harbour-town-bakery.aspx <<<<<<


British Open Pub
….Lunch & Dinner. Both include delicious traditional British
& American items. Small cozy cafe, with tables and booths. Soups, sandwiches,
salads, and large selection of entrees. And of course the bar and wonderful drinks.
https://www.britishopenpubhhi.com/ <<<<<<


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ITALIAN:
(Beach and Italian?---an unlikely marriage, right? Maybe, but HILTON HEAD has a
fantastic array of wonderful Italian restaurants. Need a seafood break? This is the ticket.)


Ombra Cucina Rustica**......Very fine dining, top notch authentic Italian, but also many
other menu choices, & great specials. Sort of expensive but in line with the others.
Definitely a most memorable evening. Beautiful elegant decor, wonderful romantic
ambiance, with perfect low lighting, great service, amazing food and an excellent wine list.
Yes, all of that, and actually more….it’s quite special. My definitive pick for the island’s
very best Italian. Absolutely in my Top 5 restaurants on the island, and easily could
vie for the BEST. Not for kids.
http://www.ombrahhi.com/ <<<<<<

Michael Anthony's Italian**
……another very fine Italian restaurant. Exceptional
in every way. Food and service are superb---it’s all it’s cracked up to be. Wide variety
of authentic Italian dishes, and even the simplest is divine. A most cozy, romantic ambiance
in low light, like it should be. Reservations needed WELL in advance, I’d say at least a week
to make sure. Request downstairs dining!…..location, location. They do have booths,
and imho they’re the spot to be for a relaxed, quiet, and special evening….
Positively one of my Top 10 overall choices on the island. Not for kids.
http://www.michael-anthonys.com/ <<<<<<

Nunzio*
….opened in 2019…..fine dining Italian, huge new construction building
on New Orleans Rd with gorgeous interior & high ceilings. Already a favorite and
stays very busy. Food is excellent, service good. Will be a wonderful evening.
Definitely knocking on the door for a Top 10 spot, and garners a lot of hype on the
island dining scene.
(Note: That said, my personal favorite Italian restaurant on the island, however,
is still Ombra, with Michael Anthony’s a very close second. They both have something
very elegant & special, & the service is more attentive. They have a slight edge for
delivering a relaxed, enjoyable, non-rushed experience.) Not for kids.
https://nunziohhi.com/ <<<<<<

Pomodori Italian Eatery*
….. popular Italian spot, very good food and service.
Not fancy but delicious authentic food in a comfortable, casual setting. Good reviews
and highly rated, located on New Orleans Rd. at the Hwy 278 intersection,
at far end of building.
http://www.gopomodori.com/ <<<<<<

Gusto Ristorante*
…..a small casual authentic Italian restaurant whose doors
have thankfully swung open again after the pandemic. The location is in the
plaza along Hwy 278 across from HOME GOODS store. They are eager to share
the very best of traditional Italian fare again. The food offerings and wine
selections are good, the service great, and the decor and ambiance cozy and
romantic. If you’ve ever been to Italy like we have, and experienced the
unbelievable cuisine and feel of the family-owned mom & pop cafes, go here to
revisit them again. Reasonable pricing and great value. Definitely one of our
all-time HH favorites. Small but special, therefore I’m awarding it an honorable
mention in my Top 12 restaurants. Ciao Ciao.
https://gustohiltonhead.com/ <<<<<<

Il Carpaccio*
…...”Ristorante Italiano”…...great menu, food, and service, highly rated
and good reviews.
http://www.ilcarpaccioofhiltonhead.com/ <<<<<<

Flora’s*
……located along Hwy 278 in a plaza just south of the Palmetto
Dunes Entrance Gate, next door to Lucky Rooster. Small, quiet, & family owned.
Relaxed, refined, and romantic. Decor has an Old World charm. Not fancy, but just
solid Italian dishes. Known for their wonderful desserts. A favorite of locals mostly,
With excellent food and service, and it’s reasonably priced.
http://www.florasitaliancafe.com/ <<<<<<

Giuseppe’s……for 2 decades it’s been a very popular, casual Italian restaurant for
families. Located in The Plaza at Shelter Cove Shopping Center near TJ Maxx store.
Great pizzas and other wonderful dishes like the Spaghetti or the Eggplant Parmesan.
At one time (maybe 15+ years ago) it was voted as one of the TOP Italian
family-owned restaurants in the US.
Location: https://www.giuseppispizza.com/locations/
Menu: https://www.giuseppispizza.com/hilton-head-menu/ <<<<<<


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PIZZA:


Mellow Mushroom…….Very popular spot for pizza. Consistently good,
easy to find, quick service for dine-in or take-out. Very nice restaurant
interior for dine-in, lots of booths and tables, and a large bar. Located in
shopping center adjacent to Harris Teeter Grocery Store off Office Park Rd.
Always fresh ingredients, and our favorite go-to pizza.
http://mellowmushroom.com/store/hilton-head <<<<<<


Giuseppe’s
……for 2+ decades it’s been a very popular, casual Italian
restaurant for families, located in The Plaza at Shelter Cove Shopping
Center near TJ Maxx store. Great pizzas and other wonderful dishes
like the Spaghetti or the Eggplant Parmesan. At one time
(maybe 15+ years ago) it was voted as one of the TOP Italian
family-owned restaurants in the US.
Location: https://www.giuseppispizza.com/locations/
Menu: https://www.giuseppispizza.com/hilton-head-menu/ <<<<<<


Il Carpaccio
*…….”Ristorante Italiano”…….great menu, food, and service, highly
rated and good reviews.
http://www.ilcarpaccioofhiltonhead.com/ <<<<<<
Fat Baby's Pizza and Subs……on Arrow Rd one block from Hwy 278.
Rated as one of HH’s best pizzas. Appetizers, Subs, Salads, Bruschettas,
Calzones, Pastas, Burgers/Hot Dogs, Wraps, Desserts.
https://www.fatbabyspizza.com/ <<<<<<


New York City Pizza
…….casual pizzeria with NY Style pizzas and
many other Italian basics….. Has a bar. Pretty good reviews and a convenient
location on Pope Ave, two blocks from Coligny Circle.
It’s there if you need it.
https://www.newyorkcitypizza.com/location/heritage-plaza-south-end/ <<<<<<

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BREAKFAST:
(First 3 restaurants below are overwhelming favorites, all very different, but
all three are tied for my #1 ranked spot. Big or small, fancy or not….all are awesome
and fun in their own way. Here I’m doing photos because these places deserve to be seen.)


1-1. Palmetto Bay Sunrise Cafe…..Breakfast & Lunch. Inside/Outside dining.
IMHO, the best breakfast restaurant on the island. Best menu by far, with unique items
and specials, and probably the best I’ve ever seen for ANY breakfast restaurant anywhere.
Truly delicious food, varied choices, and each day has 3-4 different Specials.
Servers use the "swarm method”…always roaming around and watching everyone
for needs, and pitch in instantly to do whatever arises. Most friendly staff on the island,
and all have been there forever. Great coffee, great Bloody Marys, and more. Consistently
the best since opening in 2001. I love the Sunrise Benedict (no meat, poached egg on
English muffin, avocados, tomatoes, onions, Hollandaise sauce).
Website: https://www.palmettobaysunrisecafe.com/ <<<<<<
Menu: https://www.palmettobaysunrisecafe.com/menu
Photos: (worth the look)
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1-2. Kenny B’s……..Breakfast & Lunch. Inside & Outside dining. Family-owned and
family-run place. ALSO THE BEST breakfast restaurant on island, just different.
A much more simplified menu, less choices, but absolutely delicious items. If Southerners
EVER dream about grits, they are dreaming about these. These people can cook. We always
visit without fail. Cajun flair but really it’s traditional stuff done Kenny's way. Breakfast can
be so fulfilling when you experience their food. Lines can be out the door, but relax, they move.
Wonderful funky wall mural inside depicting caricatures in the French Quarter during Mardi Gras…
cool and quirky characters, it’s amazing. Which one is YOU?
Kenny is personal friends with all the famous N.O. French Quarter Chefs, so yes,
he knows how to cook!
Website: http://www.eatatkennybs.com/ <<<<<<
Photos: (mostly dinner photos, but a few breakfast)
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1-3. The French Bakery & European Cuisine…Brunch & Lunch. Inside & Outside dining.
Located on the back side of Shelter Cove Town Centre buildings, just down from Poseidon.
Look for orange umbrellas on sidewalk. One of the best breakfast/lunch spots on the island.
French bistro decor and feel. Superior food and very good service. Wonderful varied menu.
Coffees, Quiches, Crepes, pancakes, French Toast, omelettes, pastries, & traditional items too.
Sandwiches, burgers, salads, and soups. It’s a must-do.
Menus: https://www.facebook.com/thefrenchbakeryhhi/menu/ <<<<<<
PHOTOS:
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Watusi Cafe…….Great Breakfast & Lunch…..Vegetarian & Vegan options….It’s a small
contemporary cafe, now expanded due to popular demand! It’s remained strong and
very popular, and has a very loyal following. Great sandwiches and good service.
Located off Pope Ave near Aunt Chilada’s. Have to be looking real well to spot it.
Website: https://www.watusicafe.com/ <<<<<<
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/JYZccUVFN7ZPHrMg8


Plantation Cafe & Deli…….traditional breakfast restaurant, recently renovated. Located on
Pope Ave a couple of blocks from Coligny Circle. Nothing fancy but a good solid breakfast
served hot and fast by experienced wait staff. Busy but efficient. Favorite of locals and the
working folks, now discovered by the rest of us. Be glad they allow us to participate. <<<<<<
Food is excellent, prices even better.
https://plantationcafeanddeli.com/ <<<<<<


Hilton Head Diner
……an old-fashioned Diner serving a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Food is surprisingly good. Located on Hwy 278 across from the Palmetto Dunes entrance.
Extensive menus for all meals, and they do have everything! Dined there twice within the
last 2 weeks, once for dinner and once for breakfast, and it was wonderful. The "Steak & Eggs"
is awesome….a 10-oz sirloin perfectly grilled---plump, juicy, delicious. They also have a hamburger
that our family calls the “Cheeseburger in Paradise”. The fried shrimp were also quite good,
especially for a diner. It’s open 7 days a week from 7am - 10pm. Great for a quick bite, or for a relaxed
spontaneous meal when you forgot to make reservations elsewhere. For us, it’s also a chosen destination.
http://www.hiltonheaddiner.com/ <<<<<<


Southern Coney
…Classic "eat & run" dive, located in the shopping center where
Kenny B’s is located, but at other end, off Pope Ave. Good reviews, so if you’re in a hurry,
try it. Favorite of locals & island working people, but aren’t we that too? We can pretend…...
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Southern-Coney-Breakfast-116698091715605/ <<<<<<


Skillets Cafe & Grill
…….Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner…..it’s been around a long time.
Traditional non-fancy restaurant with good solid food and good prices. Good reviews
but can occasionally be inconsistent. Still a convenient location in Coligny Plaza,
and it’s a quick meal. Dined there many times.
https://www.skilletscafe.com/ <<<<<<




UPDATED February 2023
…………That’s all for now…………………………………………………………………………………………………..
but will be continued as needed…………………………………………………………….
……………ENJOY!………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
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Thanks for another fantastic update. It is very timely because we are headed down there at the end of April. We also like Bella Italia for pizza. Although it has inconsistent reviews for service, it has great pizza for carryout, especially their white pizzas. It's located in the little shopping center behind the Planet Fitness off Matthew Dr.

Since you are the expert and have tried a lot of menu items, consider adding 'Marty and Mona's favorites' to those that you've visited recently. There are often so many things to choose from, it would be helpful to learn your suggestions. Keep up the great work and enjoy your trip.
 
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Had dinner last night for the first time at LuLu. It’s near Fresh Market on William Hilton Parkway, in the spot where Gusto was before they moved to their new location. The food and service were wonderful.

We had the burrata as an appetizer and our friends had the hummus. Lots of creative lobster and other seafood dishes, steak, chicken, duck, etc. I had the butter poached lobster over orzo with asparagus, and it was delicious. My wife had the salmon and said it was one of the best salmon dishes she has ever had. Our friends had the salmon and the bouillabaisse, and they were also very pleased.

Reservations are on OpenTable.

https://www.lulukitchen-hhi.com/
They have a terrific brunch
 
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What is everyones favorite Mexican place on the Island or in Bluffton? We love Santa Fe (though not really Mexican) and plan to go there again. Tried San Miquel and it was good. Holy Tequlia was just okay. Might try Aunt Chiladas next trip.

Slight off topic: best grocery to get some steaks to cook back at the MGO grills? Or, should I bring some with us from Costco?
If you don't want to leave the island for stakes, then my first choice would be The Fresh Market! They have choice and some prime stakes. You could be lucky and be there when they are having a sale on stakes. I think they have the best meat on HHI,
 

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Outstanding! Outstanding! I will share all of this information and print all of these Outstanding restaurants for friends and families members to enoy.
 
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@jme thanks for another fantastic update but I have one issue with your list. I am only on the island for 4 weeks this year. You keep adding more great opportunities for us. How am I supposed to hit my favorites and still try out so many great recommendations? :giggle::shrug::giggle:
 
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@jme thanks for another fantastic update but I have one issue with your list. I am only on the island for 4 weeks this year. You keep adding more great opportunities for us. How am I supposed to hit my favorites and still try out so many great recommendations? :giggle::shrug::giggle:


@mcsteve, I feel your pain.
It's my dilemma as well.......should my wife and I adhere to our designated favorites each HH visit, or should we strive to explore?
So we ultimately TRY to do both, despite the tendency of sticking to our own personal favorites.
Everything in moderation, right?
So here we are this week, back at Hilton Head, and contrary to my own advice I've booked all favorites rather than ANY new places-----
BUT, that too has a downside, because we only have 7 nights and there are 3x that many on my "favorites" list, so again we're skipping some great ones.
What to do, what to do? WHICH favorites do we pick?
Should we pick up the slack and visit the "other favorites", or try something totally different that's currently only a mere blip on the radar?
So, it's a real challenge. Wish us luck.

That said, this week we're guaranteed at least one night at Santa Fe....... and same goes for Kenny B's, Palmetto Bay Sunrise Cafe, and French Bakery
for breakfasts only (those are kinda sealed, per my wife, and they ARE so good that there's no argument from me!),
but after those it's "roll the dice".
Seriously the bottom line is that HH has TOO MANY excellent places, and decision time has become "stressfully blissful", if that's even possible.
Life is a challenge, and yes, it's a tough job but somebody has to do it, so I'll sacrifice my body to accomplish my service to man- and woman-kind.
My only requirement in return? Enjoy
 
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“Everything in moderation, right?” Hmmmm, I think DW has mentioned that to me before. I guess we’ll find out come June.
 
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Thanks for the update Marty, I take this with me when ever I go to HHI and I'm working on eating my way thru the list :). This is an amazing resource and I can see your love of a good meal in the spots I've tried so far
 
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anyone know anything about Lulu or Nick's?
I do not see them on the dining guide?

Black Marlin opens Wednesday with a major renovation on the inside.
Looks great.
 
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anyone know anything about Lulu or Nick's?
I do not see them on the dining guide?

Black Marlin opens Wednesday with a major renovation on the inside.
Looks great.
Thanks for sharing, vail. LuLu Kitchen & Bar is on my list in the Fine Dining category. It doesn’t yet get the hype but it definitely has the possibility of catching on fast. I’ve heard only good things so far. JIMinNC recently dined there and liked it a lot, and I trust his judgment implicitly. (His post is #786 in this thread. Just scroll back, it’s immediately prior to the actual restaurant list.) We too liked it a lot, and I have other friends who raved about it. Can’t wait to visit the renovated Black Marlin—-we’ve dined there many times, as the food and service are consistently good. It’s simply a solid restaurant all around, and you’ll always know what you’re getting. As for Nick’s, I’ve never been there, and it’s because of the few less than ideal reviews that seem to find their way into the mix. A few folks do like it there, but I don’t care for inconsistency and for that reason it has “not yet” made my list. I suppose it’s up to them to change that.
 
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Marty:

Gustos is in the Sea Turtle Market Place In a different strip mall than Home Goods and on the other side of 278 from Home Goods although I understand what you’re saying.
 

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Marty:

Gustos is in the Sea Turtle Market Place In a different strip mall than Home Goods and on the other side of 278 from Home Goods although I understand what you’re saying.

In my description of the new location for Gusto (see Gusto in both the "Fine Dining" and "Italian" categories)
I did say that it was "across the street" from Home Goods. I didn't mention the name of the plaza it's literally in (on purpose)
because nobody knows what or where that is, even me, so I thought it would be easier to remember by locating it ACROSS the street from Home Goods,
which is known widely by many as a great shopping spot. Home Goods is on everybody's radar.
 

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Marty, so good to revisit your HH restaurant list. We are finally making our way back to HH next Friday and I’m glad I checked out your February 2023 update above.

We have reservations already at Celeste, one of the new restaurants on your Fine Dining list and Charlies, one of your sweet 16 top favorites. Also, have a reservation at Flora’s, one of our favorite Italian restaurants on the island.

We need one more pick for Sunday night, when some of the restaurants are closed. Any recommendation?
Can’t wait to return to the Island!
Brian


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