September’s Featured Restaurants

A selection of eateries y’all must try.

Hilton Head – North End

THE CRAZY CRAB
Seafood
Specializing in fresh seafood with two waterfront locations. The north end restaurant features a playground for the little ones and the largest saltwater fish tank on the island. The south end restaurant is situated in the heart of Harbour Town. $$
thecrazycrab.com
104 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, 843-681-5021
149 Lighthouse Road,Hilton Head Island, 843-363-2722

FRANKIE BONES
Italian, Steakhouse
This swanky restaurant has the feel of the ’50s and ‘60s city lounges of Chicago, Las Vegas and New York. Specializing in steaks, seafood, pasta and hand-shaken martinis. Open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch $$
frankieboneshhi.com
1301 Main Street, Hilton Head Island, 843-682-4455

HEALTHY HABIT
Salad
Farm-fresh chopped salads featuring locally sourced ingredients, including non-GMO produce, grass-fed beef, cage-free raised poultry and small batch dressings made from scratch. Each salad is chopped to allow its flavors and textures to envelope. $
healthyhabithhi.com
55 Mathews Drive, Suite 116, Hilton Head Island, 843-686-5600

HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE ON THE DOCKS
Seafood
The Carmines family owns a fishing fleet and oyster farm. As a result, much of their seafood originates from local waters. Most tables feature incredible views of Port Royal Sound. This place is an institution. $$
hudsonsonthedocks.com
1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-681-2772

OKKO
Asian
Specializing in contemporary Japanese and Thai cuisine. The atmosphere is sleek and upscale. Watch the hibachi chef prepare your meal to order from a selection of fresh meats, seafood and vegetables. $$
okkohhi.com
95 Mathews Drive, Suite C, Hilton Head Island, 843-341-3377

RUBY LEE’S
Southern
A hotspot for sports, blues and soul food. Owned by Hilton Head’s former high school football coach, Tim Singleton. Great Southern-style food at an affordable price. $$
rubylees.com
46 Old Wild Horse Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-681-7829
19 Dunnagans Alley, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-7825

SKULL CREEK BOATHOUSE
Seafood
Enjoy beautiful views of Skull Creek, fresh local seafood, unique sushi creations and some of the best cocktails around. A fantastic place to be at sunset. $$
skullcreekboathouse.com
397 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island, 
843-681-3663

SKULL CREEK DOCKSIDE
Seafood
The newest restaurant from SERG Restaurant Group. The restaurant resembles an old-style river house, full of authentic architecture, reclaimed wood, and nautical accents that leave you feeling like you’ve stepped into a Melville novel. The menu includes popular American, Italian, and Southern staples, including steaks, barbecue, and of course, seafood. $$
docksidehhi.com
2 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-3625

STREET MEET
American
The menu at this family-friendly tavern is full of surprises — from its award-winning hot dogs to healthy options such as the Power Bowl and the Skinny Bowl. It’s also the unofficial headquarters for Cleveland Browns fans. $$
streetmeethhi.com
95 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island, 843-842-2570

WISE GUYS
American, Steakhouse
Unique to the island for its contemporary, sophisticated and urban feel. Each steak is prepared in a Montague Steakhouse broiler, which sears the meat at temperatures up to 1,800 degrees. $$$
wiseguyshhi.com
1513 Main St.,Hilton Head Island, 843-842-8866

Hilton Head – Mid Island

ALEXANDER’S
Seafood
One of the island’s most beloved restaurants, now operated by Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Fresh local seafood and a great early bird special. $$$
alexandersrestaurant.com
76 Queens Folly Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-4999

ALFRED’S
American
European-trained executive chef Alfred Kettering combines some of the most appealing elements of classic American and Continental cuisine. $$$
alfredshiltonhead.com
807 William Hilton Pkwy, Suite 1200, Hilton Head Island, 843-341-3117

ELA’S ON THE WATER
Seafood
Exceptional water views, fresh catch seafood, prime cut steaks and a sophisticated atmosphere. Family owned and operated. $$$
elasgrille.com
1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-3030

FISHCAMP AT BROAD CREEK
Seafood
The pet-friendly patio of this waterfront eatery offers a full bar, backyard games and live music. A good time will be had by all. $$
fishcamphhi.com
11 Simmons Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-842-2267

THE FRENCH BAKERY
Bakery
In addition to their loyal customers, the Belka family provides bread for many local restaurants, golf clubs, hotels and Whole Foods. $$
frenchbakeryhiltonhead.com
28 Shelter Cove Lane, Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 843-342-5420

HAROLD’S DINER
Diner
The owner and head chef love to give customers a hard time as part of the entertainment. Harold’s serves up one of the best burgers on the island. $
641 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, 843-301-0895

JANE BISTRO AND BAR
American
Anne Sergent, executive chef and owner, offers a classic menu with an urban twist. Try the toasted pecan cranberry chicken salad and coconut cake. $$
janehhi.com
28 Shelter Cove Lane, Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 843-686-5696

LUCKY ROOSTER KITCHEN + BAR
American, Southern
An American bistro with Southern soul. The menu is small and focused, but offers a large variety of refined comfort foods and adventurous dishes. $$
luckyroosterhhi.com
841 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, 843-681-3474

OLD OYSTER FACTORY
Seafood
A destination for locals and visitors for more than 25 years. Voted one of the “Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants” by Open Table. $$
oldoysterfactory.com
101 Marshland Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-681-6040

POSEIDON
Seafood
The most popular restaurant in booming Shelter Cove Towne Centre. Great lunch and dinner menus with late night events on the Rooftop Bar. $$
poseidonhhi.com
38 Shelter Cove Lane, Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 843-341-3838

RUAN THAI CUISINE
Thai
Authentic central Thai cooking at its best. Made-from-scratch recipes have been passed down through generations. The Shrimp Pad Thai is amazing. $$
myruanthaihut.com
811 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-8575
1107 Main St., Hilton Head Island, 843-681-3700
26 Towne Drive, Bluffton, 843-757-9479

SANTA FE CAFE
Southwestern
Authentic Southwestern cuisine. After dark, dine under the stars in the open-air climate controlled rooftop cantina. The Painted Desert Soup is fantastic. $$
santafehhi.com
807 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-3838

SEA GRASS GRILLE
Seafood
Intimate yet casual dining in a Lowcountry beach house setting. Locally famous for their fresh seafood. Try the Grouper Piccata. $$
seagrassgrille.com
807 William Hilton Pkwy, Suite 1000, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-9990

Hilton Head – South End

ANNIE O’S KITCHEN
Southern
Healthy Southern-inspired dishes created with fresh, organic, all-natural ingredients like grass-fed beef, pastured pork, free-range chicken and wild sustainable seafood. $$
annieohhi.com
124 Arrow Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-341-2664

THE BIG BAMBOO CAFE
American
A South Pacific themed cafe across from the beach specializing in local seafood and salads. Live music with a great beer selection. $$
bigbamboocafe.com
1 N Forest Beach Dr, Suite 210, Coligny Plaza, 843-686-3443

THE BLACK MARLIN BAYSIDE GRILL
Seafood, Steakhouse
Featured on the Food Network. Great selections of fresh local seafood. Dine inside or out on the expansive covered patio. $$
blackmarlinhhi.com
86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-4950

BULLIES BBQ
Barbecue
Lean pork, chicken and brisket slow-smoked over hickory and mesquite woods. The hot slaw must be tried. $$
bulliesbbq.com
3 Regency Parkway, Hilton Head Island, 843-686-7427

CAPTAIN WOODY’S
Seafood
A neighborhood bar and grill specializing in shrimp, clams, oysters and signature fish sandwiches. $$
captainwoodys.com
6 Target Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-2400
17 State of Mind St., Bluffton, 843-757-6222

CHARBAR CO.
Burgers
Award-winning gourmet burgers. Additionally, it features specialty craft beers and music memorabilia spanning the decades. $$
charbar.com
33 Office Park Road, Suite 213, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-2427

CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE
Seafood, American
A family owned and operated restaurant that specializes in fresh seafood, lamb and steak. The menu is written by hand each day. $$$
charliesgreenstar.com
8 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-9277

CHOW DADDY’S
Southern
Offering sensational, amped-up Southern food in a relaxed, casual setting. Southern comfort meets unpretentious sophistication. $$
chowdaddys.com
14B Executive Park Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-842-2469
15 Towne Drive, Bluffton, 843-757-2469

COAST
Seafood, American
Located at Sea Pines Beach Club. Rated a “Top 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America” by OpenTable. $$$
coastoceanfrontdining.com
87 N Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island, 843-842-1888

CRANE’S TAVERN
Steakhouse
An island favorite for USDA prime grade beef and fresh local seafood since 1999. This old English style pub offers a warm atmosphere with white tablecloths and an ornate bar. The wine list is fantastic.
cranestavern.com
26 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-341-2333

DARREN CLARKE’S TAVERN
Steakhouse
Professional golfer Darren Clarke teamed up with an experienced New York City restauranteur to create this one-of-a-kind establishment. Steaks are imported from the mountains of Montana. $$
darrenclarkestavern.com
8 Executive Park Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-341-3002

DELISHEE YO
Healthy
Organic meals, freshly pressed juice and clean snacks make this a favorite for the yoga, fitness and health community. $
delisheeeyo.com
32 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-3633

FAT BABY’S PIZZA AND SUBS
Pizza
A place that captures the spirit of a classic, 1970s neighborhood pizza joint. Fresh, fast, homemade and really, really good. $$
fatbabyspizza.com
1034 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, 843-842-4200

FRASER’S TAVERN
Southern, Seafood
Located in the beautiful Plantation Golf Club in Sea Pines. Southern-inspired cuisine and regionally-sourced produce and products. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide awesome 270 degree views. $$$
seapines.com/dining
100 N Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island, 843-842-1441

HINOKI
Asian
Celebrating 16 years of serving locals great sushi, sashimi and other Japanese specialties. The interior is peaceful and serene, with cypress wood throughout the restaurant. $$
hinokihhi.com
37 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-9800

HOLY TEQUILA
Mexican
Gourmet tacos, salads, quesadillas, burritos and small plates all around $10, with a full bar offering mixologist-inspired cocktails and over 50 kinds of tequilas. Be sure to order the Street Corn before your main course and the churros after. $$
holytequila.com
33 Office Park Road, Park Plaza, 843-681-8226

JAVA BURRITO CO.
Mexican
A family-owned and operated Mexican grill and coffee bar. The burrito bar sources organic and local food. Everything tastes ultra-fresh. The coffee is some of the best on the island. $$
javaburritoco.com
1000 William Hilton Parkway, Suite J6, The Village at Wexford, 843-842-5282

THE JAZZ CORNER
Jazz Club, American
An authentic big city nightclub atmosphere. Live music seven nights a week with some of the world’s best jazz musicians taking the stage. The food is world class as well. $$$
thejazzcorner.com
1000 William Hilton Parkway, Suite C-1, The Village at Wexford, 843-842-8620

LOCAL PIE
Pizza
Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza baked crisp and thin in 900 degree custom pizza ovens. Everything is locally sourced. The daily specials are bold and adventurous. $$
localpie.com
55 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-842-7437
15 State Of Mind St., Bluffton, 843-837-7437

A LOWCOUNTRY BACKYARD
Southern
The travel website “Only in Your State” ranked the shrimp and grits the best in the state of South Carolina. We feel the Charleston Fried Green Tomato BLT is even better. $$
hhbackyard.com
32 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-9273

MICHAEL ANTHONY’S CUCINA ITALIANA
Italian
An island favorite for over 15 years. An authentic Italian eatery similar to ones found in the Italian neighborhoods around Philadelphia, where the Fazzini family moved from. $$$
michael-anthonys.com
37 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-6272

OMBRA CUCINA RUSTICA
Italian
Chef Michael Cirafesi has collected many awards and accolades for his classical Italian cuisine. Antique brick and reclaimed barn wood timbers give the restaurant a Tuscan farmhouse feel. $$$
ombrahhi.com
1000 William Hilton Parkway, Suite G2, Hilton Head Island, 843-842-5505

ONE HOT MAMA’S
Barbecue
Known for their pit-to-plate meats, smoked low and slow. A family-friendly place run by Orchid Paulmeier, a finalist on the Food Network Star reality series. Great “meat and 3” lunch offerings. $$
onehotmamas.com
7 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island, 843-682-6262

PALMETTO BAY SUNRISE CAFE
Breakfast, American
Serving the island’s most popular breakfast all day long. Benedicts, omelets, quiche and baked dishes are out of this world. Early bird special from 6 to 8 a.m. Great sandwiches for lunch as well. $$
palmettobaysunrisecafe.com
86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island, 843-686-3232

POMODORI
Italian
A family owned and operated Italian eatery. Casual yet sophisticated dinner offerings of traditional favorites, as well as fresh seafood options and antipasti plates. Best bolognese in the Lowcountry. $$
gopomodori.com
1 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-686-3100

RED FISH
Seafood, American
A blend of housemade spices, tropical fruits and vegetables are combined with Lowcountry specialties at this local favorite. The restaurant uses produce from its own farm. $$$
redfishofhiltonhead.com
8 Archer Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-686-3388

REILLEY’S GRILL & BAR
American
An island institution since 1982. Serving steaks, seafood and pub sandwiches in a setting reminiscent of a true Boston pub. $$
reilleyshiltonhead.com
7D Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island, 843-842-4414
95 Matthews Drive, Hilton Head Island, 843-681-4153

ROCKFISH SEAFOOD & STEAKS AT BOMBORAS
American, Seafood
An Ohio family owned and operated restaurant near Coligny Beach, offering fresh and local Lowcounty ingredients paired with craft beers and wines. Great happy hour. $$
bomborasgrille.com
5 Lagoon Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-689-2662

SALTY DOG CAFE
Seafood
Hilton Head’s most famous restaurant. Serving seafood, salads and sandwiches at an incredible waterfront location. Eat inside, out on the deck or at the expansive outdoor bar. $
saltydog.com
232 S. Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island, 843-671-2233
1414 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, 843-837-3344

SAGE ROOM
American
Considered one of the island’s best restaurants. Fine dining in a casual atmosphere with unique appetizers, diverse cuisine and innovative nightly specials. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. $$$
thesageroom.com
81 Pope Ave., Suite 13, Hilton Head Island, 
843-785-5352

THE SEA SHACK
Seafood
Fresh seafood made to order and served on paper plates in a diner-like atmosphere. Blackboard specials change daily but fried favorites are always on the menu. Locals and loyal visitors keep this place hopping. $$
seashackhhi.com
6 Executive Park Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-2464

SIGNE’S
Bakery, Cafe
A Hilton Head Island tradition for more than 36 years. Specializing in Southern-style baked goods made fresh daily. Perfected breakfast recipes, savory salads and sandwiches and heavenly desserts. $$
signesbakery.com
93 Arrow Road, Hilton Head Island, 
843-785-9118

THE SMOKEHOUSE
Barbecue, Southern
Serving up its famous, award-winning barbecue on the island since 1999. It offers a diverse lunch and dinner menu, including many specialties such as ribs, wings and chili. Terrific happy hour. $$
smokehousehhi.com
34 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-842-4227

TRUFFLES CAFE
American
A diverse menu featuring incredible soups, salads and sandwiches, signature chicken pot pie, house-breaded fried shrimp, pasta, ribs, steaks and scrumptious desserts. $$
trufflescafe.com
71 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-671-6136
91 Towne Dr., Bluffton, 843-815.5551

VINE
American
Tucked away in the corner of Coligny Plaza, this cramped and loud dinner spot is one of the highest rated restaurants on the island. The food is unique and not for the unadventurous. The Caprese salad is locally famous. $$$
1 N. Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island, 843-686-3900

WATUSI
Breakfast, American
The interior mirrors a warm, cozy living room where families and friends can gather and enjoy food, coffee and tea in a casual home-style setting. $$
islandwatusi.com
71 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island, 843-686-5200

Bluffton

BLUFFTON BBQ
Barbecue, Southern
This is not fast food; it’s slow-cooked for at least 12 hours. It is served until the food runs out, and then there’s always beer. Possibly the Lowcountry’s best barbecue with an awesome Old Town location. Owner Ted Huffman is a local legend. $$
11 State Of Mind Way, Bluffton, 843-757-7427

THE BLUFFTON ROOM
American
Simple American cuisine prepared with the finest available ingredients in an intimate and vibrant atmosphere. Well-crafted cocktails, gracious service and tableside preparations evoke the feeling of the classic dinner party. $$$
theblufftonroom.com
15 Promenade St, Bluffton, 843-757-3525

BUFFALO’S
American
The most popular restaurant in Palmetto Bluff, offering patrons picturesque views of the May River as they enjoy a menu featuring market fresh salads and sandwiches, pastries and fresh spun ice cream. $$
palmettobluff.com
1 Village Park Square, Bluffton, 843-706-6630

CAHILL’S MARKET
Southern, Chicken
Experience a taste of some true Southern comfort food in a relaxed country atmosphere with hanging baskets, colorful blooms and family-style dining. Their menu changes daily, but one item you can count on is the scrumptious fried chicken. $$
cahillsmarket.com
1055 May River Road, Bluffton, 843-757-2921

THE COTTAGE
Cafe, Bakery
Serving up scrumptious food with a side of old-world Southern charm. Dine indoors or out on the porch of this cozy, restored 1868 cottage in the art-rich historic district of Old Town. $$
thecottagebluffton.com
38 Calhoun Street, Bluffton, 843-757-0508

FARM BLUFFTON
American
Open for lunch and dinner. The culinary team is continually evolving the menu, taking inspiration from the seasonal bounty of local produce, cultural traditions from around the world and contemporary culinary ideas. $$$
farmbluffton.com
1301 May River Road, Bluffton, 843-707-2041

FAT PATTIES
Burgers, Beer
Open for lunch and dinner. Choose from six different types of patties: grass-fed beef, chicken, beef and bacon, turkey, shrimp or black bean. Great beer, great ice cream and Bluffton’s best team trivia each Thursday night. $$
fat-patties.com
207 Bluffton Road, Bluffton, 843-815-6300

HOGSHEAD KITCHEN AND WINE BAR
American
Open daily for lunch and dinner. The food is upscale, yet moderately priced. You can have anything from a burger to a five-course tasting menu expertly paired with wine, and all things in between. $$
hogsheadkitchen.com
1555 Fording Island Road, Hilton Head, 843-837-4647

JIM ’N NICK’S BAR-B-Q
Barbecue, Southern
Open for lunch and dinner. Classic pulled pork or Carolina-style pork? There isn’t a wrong answer at this Bluffton favorite. Don’t leave without eating a cheese biscuit. And good luck eating just one. $$
jimnnicks.com
872 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, 843-321-4175

MAY RIVER GRILL
Seafood, American
Open for dinner. Chef Charlie Sternburgh serves up truly memorable food featuring fresh ingredients culled from local rivers and farms. Ever try sautéed calf’s liver? You should. $$
mayrivergrill.com
1263 May River Road, Bluffton, 
843-757-5755

OLD TOWN DISPENSARY
American, Pub
Located in the heart of historic Old Town, this is a destination for good friends, cold drinks and delicious bar food. Live music, fire pits and cornhole — next door to Farmers Market Bluffton. $$
otdbluffton.com
15 Captains Cove, Bluffton, 843-837-1893

THE PEARL KITCHEN & BAR
Seafood, Steakhouse
Serving dinner nightly. This romantic, boutique-style eatery fits in perfectly with its Old Town surroundings. Everything is bright, fresh and interesting. Seafood is the star here, but the steaks are great, too. $$$
thepearlbluffton.com
55 Calhoun St., Bluffton, 843-757-5511

POUR RICHARD’S
American
Serving dinner. The menu changes nightly. Chef Richard Canestrari and pastry chef Ally Rogers have developed a strong local following, serving upscale food in a bar-like atmosphere. $$$
pourrichardsbluffton.com
4376 Bluffton Parkway, Bluffton, 843-757-1999