We had reservations at the Marriott Resort and Sap across the street from Guiseppe's in Shelter cover, so we stopped for lunch here about 1:30 on Sunday afternoon; they were still busy but said we would be seated in about 20 minutes. It didn't take that long and our server came to our table right away. We ordered the Carboli Calzone and Original Pizza with side salads. Within 15 minutes we had our meal. The Calzone was chock full of cheese with a tasty crust. The pizza was excellent.
There is a nice area to eat outside and the interior has a nice ambiance.
We enjoy seeking out new places to eat on the island but this is one place we might have to visit again. With tax and tip our meal cost $21.
Favorite Dish: Definitely enjoyed the Carboli Calzone.
Santa Fe Cafe has a cozy feel - When we walked in I felt like we had entered a Spanish Hacienda. We visited at lunch time and we were seated by the windows. I loved the adobe walls and the stairway going to the rooftop. I had the Quesadilla, Soup and Salad. Soup is a choice of Black Bean, Tortilla or Painted Desert. My husband had the Steak Fajitas. We shared a bit of our meal and thought all of it was excellent.
Wish we lived closer to HHI so we could visit more often - but we will be back!
Favorite Dish: The Tortilla Soup was excellent!
Sweet Potato Cornbread, NUFF SAID! This was the best meal my wife and I had during our stay at Hilton Head Island. The staff was super friendly. The food amazing ! Got to meet the owner Chef David and realize the attitude of the staff starts at the top.
Favorite Dish: I had the Port Royal platter and probably the best crabcake I have ever eaten. The Shrimp gumbo was spicy hot just like I love it.
This place had the best island views we found on our whole trip. The restaurant is right on the water. Get there before sunset for the best views. The menu was quite extensive, and the food was great. The she crab soup was the best I had while on Hilton Head.
Favorite Dish: She Crab soup; very creamy, lots of potent flavor
I took these pictures from the Museum tour trolley.
Charley's Crab is actually a part of Muer's Restaurants - there a couple of Charley's Crab restaurants in Florida, and some in New Jersey in addition to this one in SC.
We didn't see what the location of this restaurant was until we took the museum tour on the next to last day. It is up by the bridge end of the island, and our condo was at the opposite end of the island, so we just didn't get up here to eat.
Favorite Dish: Their website says:"The restaurant's interesting motif includes artist fabricated lighting fixtures from Israel, two large canvas murals entitled "Crab By Day" and "Crab By Night" painted by Moscow artists working out of the Barney Judge studios, four artistic railings sculpted by medallist Ganzalas Rodriguez using ship refuse, and mosaic tile walls formed with Italian glass and gold leaf tiles. Outside the main entrance guests will cross a wooden bridge and retention pond where a large copper sculpture of a crab has been erected by award winning medallist Alex Poerbe.
The newest Charley's Crab accommodates guests with seating indoors in three dining rooms and outdoors on an open-air deck and two screened-in porches.
In developing the menu, our chef utilizes as many of the local food products available as possible. Hilton Head and the surrounding area has such an abundance of fresh seafood like the shrimp off the docks of the Benny Hudson Seafood Ships, fresh trout from Hoover Farms and garden fresh produce from the Farmer's Market in Savannah. Charley's Crab of Hilton Head IslandIn addition to fresh fish and seafood, Charley's Crab offers premium aged cuts of beef, homemade pastas, fresh poultry and an award-winning lineup of desserts and ice creams from the in-house pastry kitchen. Wine Connoisseurs will feel at home with the restaurants expansive wine list and single malt scotches.
We saw this restaurant when the tour stopped at Fort Mitchel, but we have not eaten there. It should have a good view of the sunset over the ICW.
March - November Seven Days, 5:00 - 10:00 pm
December - February Seven Days, 5:00 - 9:30 pm
Their website says:
What is now one of Hilton Head Island's favorite "fine dining" restaurants, serving steak, seafood and Lowcountry favorites, started out in a humbler fashion.
April 3, 1973 was .. to the day the island's newest restaurant, the Old Fort Pub, opened for business.
"We had one requirement that most restaurants on the island didn't have," said Islander Andy Twisdale, the restaurant's first manager. "The staff had to know how to drive tractors." It seems that in inclement weather, the parking lot turned into a bog and patrons' cars had to be towed out to the road...
Fort Mitchel, actually a shore battery, was "re-discovered" when the restaurant site was being determined. “Everybody knew it was there,” remembered Howard Farmer, a long-time island resident, “but no one paid it much attention. It was completely covered with vines and weeds.”...
Favorite Dish: From the very beginning, the restaurant had a certain panache. The idea, to make a "historical building," was quite successful. First-time visitors still ask if the building is somehow associated with the fort. To create strong ties to its neighbor, Ballatine had Islander Tim Doughtie design a miniature museum, featuring a collection Charles Fraser's photos of the period and newly discovered photos of Union troops on Hilton Head. The display still delights visitors.
On opening day, Andy Twisdale's mother, Janice, and Miss Annie Mae Holmes were in the kitchen, cooking okra gumbo and cornbread. "We always tried to have authentic, Lowcountry food on the menu, Twisdale recalled. The authenticity definitely came from Miss Annie Mae, as she preferred to be called, who dated her ancestry on Hilton Head to the War Between the States. She also had other preferences, Twisdale said. For one thing, no one could ever swear in her kitchen. For another, she did not work on Sundays. "She was a real character," Twisdale said, "and one beautiful person."
...Twisdale said because of its location, well away from more popular tourist destinations on Hilton Head, and its stunning sunset views across Skull Creek, the Old Fort Pub became a favorite of "locals," a kind of secret place to escape. Big oyster roasts and fish boils held outside were very popular.
" We had all sorts of crazy ‘events.' to attract customers. Once we had a ‘snowball fight.' We used marshmallows. But we only did that once. We discovered when the marshmallows got mixed in the cocktails, they made a very gooey mess on the floor," Twisdale said. "It was all great fun."
The Old Fort Pub remained a "local" restaurant for years. That was one of the reasons The Lowrey Group decided to buy it in 1993. After a few months of refurbishing, the Old Fort Pub again opened its doors to islanders on, most appropriately, July 4th. And the rest, as they say, is history.
This restaurant just opened, so I have not yet sampled a wide variety of their menu, but what I have tasted will bring me back frequently. Both proprietors are consumate professionals well know locally. It's a smallish, intimate place, very nicely decorated and inviting. Ther is a small bar and inside and outside dining. It has a very friendly feel.
Favorite Dish: Cayfish appetizer melts in your mouth. Steamed clams are small and tender.
Having my two nephews (2 and 4) with us, it is not the easiest task to find a place to go out to dinner with them (one tends to throw stuff on the floor). So, the Salty Dog Cafe it was. Opon arrival, we discovered lots of other families with the same idea and a 20 minute wait. The Salty Dog has a solution for that - a tee shirt factory and store.
Due to the location (Sea Pines Resort) there tends to be mostly tourists at the Salty Dog.
Favorite Dish: The Wreck serves lots of seafood - and a great portion of which is fried. I had a salad which was not very good. They do have a fairly extensive kids menu.
One of those fancy smashy restaurants. It is right at the marina and in the middle of a condo RV park. If you can fine your way in to it, you can eat looking out over the pool and the ICW.
Restaurant closed Mon, and only breakfast is served on Sun.
Smoked Seafood Platter
Chef Brad's Oysters
Shrimp & Grits
Herbed NY Strip
Lemon Garlic Quail
Favorite Dish: I had a good beef bean soup, and should just have gotten a salad. Instead I had a chicken pasta dish which was really too rich. Bob had a glazed pork chop. Hot tea was $2.95 @ They had no simple desserts like ice cream. A strawberry pecan bread pudding was $4.95 and I would have like just a plain bread pudding better. No need to fancy it up with strawberries and pecans.
This was our best dinner on Hilton Head. It's a small place, tucked away, definately not a tourist trap. Really cute place, adorable artwork, plates and flatware. Different. Unique. But the food....oh the food. We ate incredible lamb, alligator with cajun sauce, the best coconut shrimp I ever ate, tilapia in champage sauce and an asian style salmon that was really something. There was a shrimp and scallops dish in lobster sauce and a classic lobster thermidore that were just perfection. Obviously, everything is prepared from scratch with classic European techniques. Really helpful server and great prices on the wine list....we will go back next year.
Favorite Dish: I think the creme brulee for dessert
Delightful, freshly prepared food. There's so much tourist, junk food on Hilton Head, we were lucky to find this terrific restaurant in the Moss Creek Shopping plaza. Wonderful soup, great specials and yummy desserts. Our server was sweet as could be and the wine list was reasonably priced. A little out of the way, but worth the trip.
Favorite Dish: Salmon en croute with a lovely, light cream sauce
Hudson's is a large casual seafood restaurant located along the water on the northern part of Hilton Head Island overlooking Port Royal Sound. It also has a well-stocked bar in addition to its sit-down dining area. In addition to eating at the restaurant, you can also get your meals to-go, which is very convenient for families with small children staying in the area.
Hudson's has a decent selection of seafood items on its menu, as well as steaks and burgers for people who don't eat seafood. The one drawback to the menu is that the fish selections are not extensive. However, there is usually a good variety of other types of seafood available, such as crabs, oysters, lobsters, and shrimp. The portions are large. We have always especially enjoyed their steamed shrimp.
This restaurant is in Sea Pines, so you have to pay a toll to get in to eat there which I refuse to do. I have not eaten here, but it reportedly has a good view of the water. I took the picture when we took the island tour from the museum
Favorite Dish: Review says: "This is one of the best places to watch Hilton Head's famed sunsets. A typical menu of burgers, fried shrimp, crab cakes, pasta with seafood, and peel and eat shrimp is available, but we recommend sticking to a light appetizer to nibble with your drink while you watch the sun go down and listen to music on the patio.
Food Rating: C- Overall Rating: B- (A for the sunset)
Overall, this restaurant was a welcoming first stop on Hilton Head Island. We enjoyed the decor and style of the restaurant. It is very beachy-casual and above all else, kid friendly. The view from the outdoor tables was spectacularly calming and soothing. As we ate on the balcony, our view was of a grassy bay area with two big old shrimp boats anchored near.
Not far from our table was the restaurant playground. This made mealtime very enjoyable and we think it is a great idea to attract parents.
Favorite Dish: We shared the Broiled Seafood platter with a Caesar salad. It was pretty good. I thought the scallops were a little, a very little, over cooked but my husband said his where like butter.
However, don't order from the children's menu. My children ordered the fish and chips kid's meal and it was the worst fish ever. My four year old spit his fish (lightly battered fried) into his napkin. After tasting his fish we also found it bland, and the meat of the fish flavorless. My husband and I spent the rest of the evening trying to figure out how the cooks completely drained the flavor from the fish. I'm sure this was done on purpose with meaningful intentions (most kids like bland dishes, I think) but my children are flavor snobs, so they could not stomach the fish.
So, if can, order from the main menu for your children.
Take note: the Price Per Person is more on the $20 end of the range.
There are many places to eat on the island. Many offer good food at reasonable prices. Some are "tourist traps." This restaurant categorizes itself as a "Mediterranean Tavern" but it is much more. They offer a wide selction of seafood, pasta, meats, and traditonal Greek fare. Most entrees come with soup or salad, bread, and choice of two sides.
The service is prompt, courteous, friendly, and professional. The atmosphere is soothing and peaceful; exactly right for a relaxing meal. There are no television sets staring back at you and no loud background music. Diners can actually carry on a coversation without shouting at each other!
The "early bird" specials, served from 5-6 pm, are an excellent value for the price (about $16.00 plus tax). I recently had the chicken marsala. It came with a glass of wine, bread, soup or salad, and sides. The portion was huge! The chicken was not tough and the sauce was excellent.
Living here, we have lots of choices for where to go to eat. This is one of our favorites.