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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.

Prices and menu items subject to change.

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

Updated July 2023

RatingWhoReviewVisitsDate of
last review
***** Carolina Crab Company
Palmetto Bay Marina
Great shrimp and scallop platter! Excellent hushpuppies. On the waterfront. $18 8+2022
***** Casablanca
Behind Panera
Morrocan/Middle Eastern Shawarma, hummus, kebabs and pita. 10+May 2023
***** Crane's Tavern
New Orleans Rd
Best steak on the island. Great early bird. 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+April 2023
***** 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! 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! Make reservations for the Hibachi grill for a fun show and great food. 5+February 2023
***** 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! 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. 5+2021
***** 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+March 2023
***** 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
*****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! 10+2021
***** 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 charcoal grilled and served in about 2 minutes with two of their 15+ different side items and a drink for a cheap price! Upgrade to a chocolate malt or any of 40+ different milk shakes for $1 extra! Don't sweat the long lines and drive through. There is a reason for these lines and they move FAST! 10+Fall 2022
**** Poseidon
Shelter Cove Town Centre
Excellent, touristy restaurant. Rooftop bar overlooking fireworks in season. Good lunch place. 4+July 2023
**** 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
****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! 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! 15+2022
****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. 10+Spring 2023
**** Fat Baby's Pizza and Subs
Arrow Rd
Great Pizza and best French Dip on the island! 1May 2009
****Amigos Cafe y Cantina
Next to Celebration Park
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. 10+Fall 2022
*** Saigon Cafe
278 in Bluffton
Near Lowes
Good vietnamese Pho and rice dishes. 5+Spring 2016
****Mi Tierra
Arrow Rd
Great Fajitas! Awesome fish tacos! 10+Spring 2023
****Blue Laguna
278 behind Lucky Rooster
Excellent Fajitas! 5+Spring 2023
****Big Bamboo Cafe
Coligny circle
Great appetizers. Great BBQ ribs! Fall off the bone tender. Great NY Strip steak. Try the curry french fries. 10+Fall 2022
****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. 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. 10+Fall 2022
***Black Marlin
Palmetto Bay Marina
Great Sunday brunch. Amazing white cheddar hash browns. 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. Open seven days 11:30am-9pm 11+Fall 2021
***Hudsons on the Docks Since 1968. Great view. Great hushpuppies! 72016
**Jim N Nick's
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. 10+Spring 2023
** 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. 15+July 2023
**Five Guys
Palmetto Bay Rd
Awesome burgers, fries are back to their original greatness. New chocolate malt is awesome! Order online 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
    One Hot Mama's for amazing riblets, pulled pork and Jalapeno honey cornbread
    Big Bamboo for ribs
    Jim-n-Nick's for brisket, stuffed BBQ potatoes and corn muffins (Bluffton)

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

Gone but not forgotten...

    Trattoria Divino
    Wild Wing Cafe
    Purple Cow
    Old Fort Pub
    Dairy Queen
    Lucky Rooster Market (Coligny)
    Marshside Mama's
    Pizza Hut (Circle Center)
    Casey's Sports Bar
    IHOP (HHI)
    Outback Steakhouse (HHI)
    Phoenix Bistro
    Hilton Head Brewpub
    Jump and Phil's
    KFC (HHI)
    Infield Bar and Grill (Bluffton)
    Dough Punchers (Bluffton)
    Java Joe's
    Lovin Spoonfulls (Bluffton)
    Pino Gelato (Bluffton)
    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)
    Paulies Coal Fired Pizza
    Pepper's Porch (Bluffton)
    Alligator Grille
    Wendy's south end (Wexford)
    211 Park
    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
    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)
    Elgie's Soul Food Cafe
    Mi Casita Latin Cuisine
    Iron Wolf Chophouse
    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 Peddler Steakhouse
    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
    Skull Creek Restaurant
    Smokin Joes at Plantation Center
    Western Sizzlin(!?) on Pope Ave
    David's Cookies at Shelter Cove
    Dunkin Donuts
    Gottlieb's Bakery at Coligny
    Irresistibles at Mid Island Plaza, 
    Tim Horton Donuts
    Baskin Robbins
    Swiss Pastry at Coligny, 
    Summerhouse Baker at Spanish Wells
    Cafe de la Place at Wexford
    Gaslight Restaurant at Market Place, 
    La Maisonette on Pope Ave
    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
    Cheese Cupboard at South Beach
    The Cheese Nook
    Healthy Days
    Jody's Fine Foods
    PJs Incredible Edibles
    Sub City
    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
    Azteca on Marshland
    Ms Joannas on Office Park Rd
    China Garden
    Jade East
    JJ Pepperionios at the Hyatt Regency
    Kris' Pizza at Christmas Square, 
    Little Anthony's at Palmetto Bay
    Sharky's Pizza (3 stores!)
    Ballard's Seafood on Marshland Rd
    The Commodore at Shelter Cove
    Fisherman's Lagoon at HH Plaza
    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
    Dairy Queen
    Huddle House North
    Huddle House South
    Roadside Rest
    Godfather's Pizza
    Il Cappuccino
    The Captains Table
    Treasure cove restaurant
    Patti Arbuckle's
    PJ's Deli
    Boat House Grill
    Dog's Breath Saloon

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