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Some Restaurant Reviews for Hilton Head Island

Courtesy of The Hilton Head Resort at www.hhresort.org

The following reviews are our personal opinion often based on a single visit. Remember, restaurants have bad days, wait staff changes often and you might have better luck or different opinions based on what you order. Also, these reviews may be based on a visit 2-3 years ago.

Be sure to look for coupons and use the EARLY-BIRD SPECIALS in the Island guides. You will save a lot of money on exceptional food if you don't mind eating between 4:30 and 6:00 PM. You can find all of these restaurants in the Hilton Head Restaurant Guide, most with complete menus and prices.

5 stars are not to be missed. 4 stars means great food and value. 3 stars means you'll get a decent meal. 2 stars is good, but you can do better. 1 star means avoid this place.

Prices and menu items subject to change.

Visit GotoHiltonHeadisland.com for website links for many of the following restaurants!

Updated 2/20/2017

RatingWhoReviewVisitsDate of
last review
***** Pinchos
Bluffton
Amazing fajitas, skewers, queso and guacamole. $12 5+August 2018
***** Carolina Crab Company
Palmetto Bay Marina
Great shrimp and scallop platter! Excellent hushpuppies. On the waterfront. $18 7+August 2018
***** Lucy Bell's
Daufuskie Island
Amazing new restaurant in the historic district on Daufuskie Island. A recent lunch special was a whole NY Strip steak on a hoagie bun with carmelized onions and provolone for $14. Yes, a WHOLE NY strip steak! And they make their own A1-style steak sauce to go with it. Ridiculously good and they just started doing dinner on some nights. Great BBQ, shrimp poboys and peach turnovers. 5+July 2018
***** Crane's Tavern
New Orleans Rd
Best steak on the island. Great early bird. Best burger on the island but you can only order it at the bar. 10+Frequently
***** Bullies BBQ
278 in front of Red Roof Inn
Best BBQ on the island! Amazing pulled pork and "Texas burnt ends" and fantastic brisket! Best fries on the island! 10+August 2018
***** Kenny B's French Quarter Cafe
Bilo circle center near Coligny
One of our top 5 favorites. Cajun and low country specialties. Jambalya, Etoufe, awesome Po Boys (potato crusted catfish with roumalade or Scallops or fried grouper or...!), real fried okra, great hush puppies, cajun potatoes. Beignets! Around $8. Great for lunch or dinner. Excellent Sunday breakfast buffet. Now serving Aligator Po Boys and Etouffe! 40+!June 2018
***** Cowboy Brazillian Steakhouse
Wexford Shoppes
The Flank Steak, Ribeye and bacon wrapped filet were outstanding and unlimited! Stunning restaurant with all the original "Spice" restaurant décor. Very attentive wait staff and gauchos constantly bringing 16 different grilled meats. Salad bar was excellent with fresh mozzarella balls, broccoli bacon salad, amazing blue cheese and other salads, meats and cheeses. My vegetarian daughter approved of the salad bar-only option. She raved about the Collards. It's expensive but the quality is there. Don't miss this place! $37 2June 2016
***** OKKO
Port Royal Plaza
Probably the most attractive bar and restaurant on the island! Very New York loft style. Excellent Pad Thai and Sushi! $15 2February 2018
***** Hinoki of Kurama Known for the best sushi bar on the island. Great Terriyaki chicken lunch special. Comes in a bento box with salad, soup, tempura shrimp&vegetables, fish, terriyaki shrimp, vegetables and rice. Cheryl's favorite restaurant on the island! $9.95. 25+June 2017
***** One Hot Mama's
Greenwood Center HHI
Great pulled pork, BBQ beef brisket, ribs, huge baked potatoes, lots of salads, good baked beans, jalapeno honey cornbread(!), and all at reasonable prices. Try the baked sweet potatoes. Outstanding BBQ and Breakfast brunch on Sundays. $8-$10 20+May 2017
***** Southern Coney Bi-lo Circle Center south end Excellent Gyros and breakfast items. Good prices. $8-$10 5+November 2016
***** Street Meet Excellent Gyros. Known for their specialty burgers and dogs. Make sure you order the onion rings which are more like a very lightly breaded onion "straw" than a ring. For an added treat start off with a hot, fresh-baked pretzel as an appetizer. Best pretzels on the island! And don't miss the fried Twinkie with vanilla ice cream! 10+May 2018
***** La Parilla Grill
Okatie on HW 170 headed towards Beaufort
Best mexican food in the entire state and I've tried a LOT of Mexican restaurants in SC!. One of those dumpy looking, hole in the wall places that you don't want people to find out about because it is too small to share! (They had an "A" health dept rating) We were lucky enough to get the amazing buffet with authentic mexican food. This ain't Tex-Mex or Taco Bell! Baked chicken in a spicy red sauce (Mole maybe?), pork carnitas, deep fried potato stuffed tacos, grilled jalapenos and chicken taquitos with every kind of topping. Even stewed pigs ears. Where are you going to find that on a buffet? (cool, but I passed ;) If Flan is offered you must not pass it by! I can't wait to try the tres leches cake. The very friendly owner/chef chatted with us across the buffet line and explained all of her dishes and the daily changing menu as she prepared orders coming in the front door. She was very proud of her restaurant and deservedly so! $9 3June 2015
***** Duke's BBQ
Beaufort Just off 170 on right before you get to Big Lots
Only open Thursday and Friday for lunch and dinner. Simply outstanding, pulled pork with no fat, amazing smoked bbq chicken, wings, corn fritters, mac-n-cheese, cucumber salad, brunswick stew, banana pudding, apple crisp and probably 30 more items on the buffet. $11.50 includes excellent sweet tea and lemonade 5+June 2018
***** Giuseppi's Pizza and Pasta
Across from Palmetto Dunes, also Bluffton and Harbourtown
Incredible double crust pizza! Order a side of marinara for dipping. Wedgies are excellent, hot sandwiches baked in a pizza dough. The chicken parm lunch special is the best deal on the island. Express Delivery will deliver, but they are just across the street from HH Resort about a mile away. 15+June 2018
***** A lowcountry backyard
Palmetto Bay Rd
Cheryl raves about the fried green tomato BLT. Potato Chip meat loaf! 22012
*****The Smokehouse
Palmetto Bay Rd
Great BBQ, reasonable prices, the sandwiches are about 8" thick! Smokehouse plate is big enough to share. Exceptional baked beans. Great takeout bulk portions for large family gatherings and picnics. 10+May 2010
*****Harold's Diner Sit at an old time bar in front of the grill and be insulted in a good natured way by the owner! Huge portions. Awesome home made hamburgers and the best Philly Steak and Cheese sandwiches on the island! $8 10+April 2018
*****Old Oyster Factory
Marshland Drive
Exceptional seafood. Pricey. Some of the best views of any island restaurant looking across the creek and marshes of Broad Creek. Almond encrusted mahi-mahi was awesome. $18-25 4May 2004
*****Market Street
Located in Coligny Plaza on the beach side
Great Gyros and chicken parm sub, very good prices. Best Potato Salad and best Key Lime Pie on the island! Very crowded during tourist season, but worth the wait. $9 10+September 2017
***** Red Fish
Palmetto Bay Road
Exceptional early bird special. This restaurant has some of the most amazing combinations of uncommon recipes. A real adventure treat that won't dissapoint! Best carrot cake on the island! 4+Spring 2014
****Cook Out
Old KFC building across from Wal-Mart
Seriously? Four stars for a fast food burger joint? Am I crazy? No! I just love a good double-cheeseburger served in about 2 minutes with two of their 15+ different side items and a drink for $4.99! Upgrade to a chocolate malt or any of 40+ different milk shakes for $1 extra! Seriously? Very. Don't sweat the long lines and drive through. There is a reason for these lines and they move FAST! $5-$7 7+June 2018
**** Poseidon
Shelter Cove Town Centre
Excellent, touristy restaurant. Rooftop bar overlooking fireworks in season. Good lunch place. 2+November 2016
**** Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt
Near Sea Pines Gate
Awesome serve-yourself frozen yogurt buffet! Lots of flavors and a ridiculous number of toppings. Pay by the ounce at the end of the line. Remember most of the toppings weigh less than the yogurt itself! 10+May 2017
****Pino Gelato
Wexford Shopping Center
Wonderful Gelato! Better than ice cream. Sugar free Hazlenut and Pistatio flavors are awesome! 6+May 2007
****1/2Sea Shack Reasonably priced, excellent seafood. Fried, sauteed and blackened. A real southern fish-camp style restaurant with a shortage of tables and a few outside booths. Get here early because the lines wrap around the building! Grilled wahoo, jerk grouper, fried scallops and blackened triggerfish are excellent. Best cole slaw on the island, super-sweet, tangy and crunchy! Prices are up a bit over the past couple of years but the portions are bigger. - Don't Miss! 10+May 2015
****Ray's Cafe
Beside ACE Hardware behind Northridge Cinemas
Great pancakes with real blueberries that explode like sweet molten lava, Philly Cheesesteaks, fried onion straws. It's everything a diner should be! 12+July 2018
****Squat and Gobble
Bluffton on HWY 46
A "real" Greek Diner in the area! Great Gyros (Yee-ros), BBQ, burgers, pizza, italian food. Great breakfast spot if you are headed off island. $7 10+Fall 2012
**** Marleys
Left before Sea Pines entrance
Very touristy but interesting and tasty menu. $24 1July 2015
**** Fat Baby's Pizza and Subs
Arrow Rd
Great Pizza and best French Dip on the island! $10 1May 2009
****Jalapeno's
Bluffton at the Bridge Shops
Tasty, inexpensive and excellent Tex-mex. Great Fajitas! $8 7+June 2017
****Cheeburger Cheeburger Exceptional hamburgers and fries. Next door to Sea Turtle Cinemas in Bluffton. Kids meals served in a paper automobile shaped box. Very 1960's. $7 1Summer 2007
****Amigos Cafe y Cantina
Next to Bi-lo at Coligny
The most amazing "killer burritos" you will ever try! The chicken fajita burrito is stuffed with fajitas, rice, black beans and weighs about 2 1/2 lbs! They have incredible warm tortilla chips and salsa. They are almost "sweet" combined with the bite of the hot sauce. 7+Spring 2016
****It's Greek to me New location at Coligny. Outstanding Greek food. 7+August 2017
*** Saigon Cafe
278 in Bluffton
On right just past
Target
Good vietnamese Pho and rice dishes. 5+Spring 2016
****Mi Tierra
Arrow Rd
Awesome fish tacos! Home-made fried grouper chunks served in a soft tortilla with spicy tarter sauce. Don't knock it until you try it! $8-$13 8April 2008
****Truffles Cafe
Kroger center Bluffton
Great place to eat on your way home from Hilton Head. Havana Chicken is a huge grilled chicken breast with cheese and salsa, served over BBQ'd black beans with vegetables. Chicken pot pie with a flaky pastry crust. Awesome! I'm still trying to figure out how to make those BBQ black beans at home! $13-$21 5+2016
****Big Bamboo Cafe
Coligny circle
Great appetizers. Great BBQ ribs! Fall off the bone tender. Great NY Strip steak. The Indian curries are amazing! Try the curry french fries. $9-$15 8+2017
****Palmetto Bay Sunrise Cafe
Palmetto Bay Marina
A breakfast institution. The Leslie burger with olives, cream cheese and bacon is an amazing change of pace! Prepare to wait in line on weekends. $10 3Feb 2015
****Hilton Head Ice Cream
New Orleans Rd
Great ice cream. New owners in 2016. 15+December 2016
****Catch 22 Great early-bird specials. Chicken Cordon Bleu was excellent. Coconut shrimp, BBQ Bison ribs, etc. Pork Saltimbuco was really a treat! Menu changes often. 8+May 2018
****Quarterdeck At Harbourtown under the lighthouse - Awesome water and people view, good food, eat outside. In the evenings you can order appetizers and listen to music. Coconut Chicken fingers were awesome! Best chicken fingers on the island. 3June 2006
***Black Marlin
Palmetto Bay Marina
Great Sunday brunch. Amazing white cheddar hash browns. $10 1July 2010
***Old Daufuskie Crab Company
Daufuskie Island Freeport Marina on the waterfront
Great burgers, bbq sandwiches, fries, on the waterfront. Pull up in your boat for a great lunch. Full bar. Awesome Daufuskie Deviled Crabs cooked by Ernestine. Rent a golf cart and stop here during your Daufuskie Island tour. Great lunch buffet! Open seven days 11:30am-9pm $10 11+November 2014
***Hudsons on the Docks Since 1968. Great view. Great hushpuppies! $16 72016
***Signe's bakery with gourmet cheesecake and cookies! Ray-ray approved. 11999?
***San Miguel's Good TexMex food, fajitas, quesadilla's. Walking distance (1 mile) at Shelter Cove Harbour. $12 3Spring 2001
**Aunt Chiladas Tex with very little Mex, add Italian to confuse matters, still it's pretty good and cheap. Great spagetti. Locals love it. $9 3March 2005
**Jim N Nick's
Bluffton
Good pulled pork and brisket. Cheddar garlic biscuits, Excellent BBQ sauces. The loaded BBQ stuffed baked potatoes are very good. Latest visit prices up, portions smaller, quality down. 8+Jan 2015
** Jade Garden - Bluffton Chinese restaurant on the mainland. Mongolian BBQ - pick your meats, vegetables and sauces and they cook it in front of you on a big wok grill. The biggest and most varied buffet in the area. Buffet has Chinese, American, sushi, desserts and appetizers. $9 15+September 2018
**Hilton Head Diner Open 24 hours, breakfast all the time. Not a fan. $9 32000
**Zaxbys Excellent chicken tenders and salads. Get a Kickin Buffalo Chicken Sandwich meal or a Chicken Snacker meal. Freestyle machine and krinkle fries along with amazing milkshakes. Wexford Center. $8 5June 2016
**British Open Pub Authentic English Pub with real London-style fish and chips. $9 2March 2004
**Five Guys
Palmetto Bay Rd
Awesome burgers, fries are back to their original greatness. New chocolate malt is awesome! Order online $12 6+September 2017

Jeff's Hilton Head BBQ Discovery Tour...

People always ask, "Who has the best BBQ?". I suggest you take a tour of my favorites in this order...

    Bullie's BBQ for Texas Burnt Ends and french fries
    One Hot Mama's for amazing riblets, pulled pork and Jalapeno honey cornbread
    Duke's BBQ (Beaufort) Thursday and Friday only. Buffet. Amazing BBQ chicken
    Big Bamboo for ribs
    Jim-n-Nick's for brisket, stuffed BBQ potatoes and corn muffins (Bluffton)
    Old Smokehouse for pulled pork and peach cobbler
    Marshside Mamas for ribs and garlic mashed potatoes (Daufuskie Island)
    Sgt White's Diner for pulled pork and the best cornbread (Beaufort lunch only)

    Give these a try and let me know what you think!

Gone but not forgotten...

    Marshside Mama's
    Pizza Hut (Circle Center)
    Casey's Sports Bar
    IHOP (HHI)
    Outback Steakhouse (HHI)
    Phoenix Bistro
    Hilton Head Brewpub
    Hugo's
    Alexander's
    Steamer's
    Kurama
    KFC (HHI)
    Infield Bar and Grill (Bluffton)
    Dough Punchers (Bluffton)
    Java Joe's
    Lovin Spoonfulls (Bluffton)
    Pino Gelato (Bluffton)
    Arby's
    Charlie's Crab
    Le Bistro Mediterranean
    Burnin Down South (Chef David now at Ruby Lee's Southend)
    Roastfish and Cornbread (reopened as Burnin Down South in Okatie)
    Appleby's
    Paulies Coal Fired Pizza
    Pepper's Porch (Bluffton)
    Alligator Grille
    Wendy's south end (Wexford)
    L-woods
    Eat!
    Olivier's
    Dosidos
    Quiznos
    Fuddruckers
    Patti's Pig-n-pit
    AJ's Burgers
    Long Horn Steakhouse
    Mar Y Tierra
    Peckerheads Bar and Grill
    Hugo's at Wexford :( ==> reopened at South Square! :)
    Shwe Myanmar :(
    "You wanna pizza me?" (Bluffton)
    Montana's Grizzly Bar
    Myrtles (Bluffton)
    Boathouse II
    Taste of Portugal (Bluffton)
    Carimbocas Caribbean Cuisine 
    Sticky Fingers
    Spice
    Burger King (south end now Panera Bread)
    Tony Romas
    Cracker Barrel
    Juniper Cafe
    Spartina Grille
    Garden Oak Grille
    Great Plains Cattle Company
    Crabby Nicks
    Main Street Diner (Now Appleby's)
    HofBrauHaus
    Fitzgeralds
    Elgie's Soul Food Cafe
    Mi Casita Latin Cuisine
    Iron Wolf Chophouse
    Shoneys
    Fratellos
    Hardees
    Imperial Garden (Bluffton)
    One Hot Mama's (Bluffton store)
    Calibogue Cafe and Trading Co
    Abes Shrimp House
    Arthur's at PD
    Buckley's Grill at SFB
    The Brasserie at the "Hotel Intercontinental"
    Carnegies Oar House at Shelter Cove
    Casablanca HH Plaza
    The Chart House at Palmetto Bay (Read an article about this one recently - 
                      apparently very frequented by celebs and touring golf pros)
    Daddy Zack's at Pope Ave
    Damon's (Yuck! Bad experience)
    Frank's Oasis at Palmetto Bay
    Fulvio's Grill and Cafe at Main St
    Gold Eagle Tavern at Sea Pines
    Golden Rose Restaurant at Beach City Rd
    J. Daniels at Pineland Mall
    Jody's at Pope Ave Mall
    Napa Valley at HHB&T
    Old Post Office on Pope Ave
    Reflections on the Green at Shipyard
    Ruby Tuesday(!?)
    Shakers Steakhouse Tavern at Coligny
    Shoneys
    Skull Creek Restaurant
    Smokin Joes at Plantation Center
    Western Sizzlin(!?) on Pope Ave
    
    Bakeries/Ice Cream: David's Cookies at Shelter Cove, Dunkin Donuts(!), 
       Gottlieb's Bakery at Coligny, Irresistibles at Mid Island Plaza, 
       Tim Horton Donuts(!), Baskin Robbins, Carvel, Swiss Pastry at Coligny, 
       Summerhouse Baker at Spanish Wells
    
    French: Cafe de la Place at Wexford, Gaslight Restaurant at Market Place, 
       La Maisonette on Pope Ave
    
    German/Continental: Hofbrauhaus, The Barony at Hotel IC, The Cookery at Heritage Plaza, 
       Ed Murray's, High Z's at Orleans, The Overlook at Port Royal, Pisces at Mariners Inn
    
    Delis: Cheese Cupboard at South Beach, The Cheese Nook, Healthy Days, Jody's Fine Foods, 
       LTFG, PJs Incredible Edibles, Sub City
    
    Italian: Fratellos, Keglers at Main St,La Polas on New Orleans, 
       Pasta Mill at Pope Ave Mall, Primo at Orleans Plaza, Sarinas at Wexford, Vecchiones at Coligny
    
    Mexican: Azteca on Marshland, Ms Joannas on Office Park Rd
    
    Asian: China Garden, Jade East and Makotos
    
    Pizza: Godfathers(!?), JJ Pepperionios at the Hyatt Regency, Kris' Pizza at Christmas Square, 
       Little Anthony's at Palmetto Bay, Sharky's Pizza (3 stores!)
    
    Seafood: Ballard's Seafood on Marshland Rd, The Commodore at Shelter Cove, 
       Fisherman's Lagoon at HH Plaza, Fitzgerald's, Gilligan's on Dunagan's Alley, 
       Hemingway's at the Hyatt, The Landing on Squire Pope, The Mariner at Outdoor Resort 
       and Yacht Club, Pompano's at Marriott, Pralines at Mariner's Inn, Ship's In at South Beach, 
       William F Pelican
    
    Fast Food: Dairy Queen!, Hardees, both Huddle Houses
    
    

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