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Restaurant News – August 2022

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Make reservations: The River House

The River House at Montage Palmetto Bluff is an upscale restaurant and culinary experience. Comforting and elegant, this New American restaurant showcases a curated assembly of seasonal ingredients and vegetables served alongside thoughtfully sourced meats and seafood. Bespoke cocktails and curated wines add to the experience, creating unforgettable nights of Lowcountry dining. Enjoy views of the May River surrounded by sweeping oak trees, artistic meals created by Chef de Cuisine Daniel Vesey, and over 2,500 labels of wine curated by Director of Beverage and Certified Sommelier, Robert “Bob” Smith. The River House is open from 5-10 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Call 855-264-8705 for reservations.

Cooking demo

Lowcountry Boil

On August 21, gather around the table for a cooking demonstration at Alexander’s. Have fun, learn something new and give back to your community. All the money collected will be given to the Palmetto Dunes Employee Assistance Program. All demonstrations include a glass of sparkling wine and a culinary gift to take home.

Upcoming cooking demos:

  • September 18: Clean, Prepare & Cook Your Fresh Catch
  • October 23: Shrimp Scampi Risotto 
  • November 13: Brining and Smoking Turkey & Curried Sweet Potatoes

Klinker Brick Wine Dinner 

Don’t miss the upcoming wine dinner on August 18 at Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar. Enjoy a selection of wonderful wine, spectacular food, live music and lively conversation.

Upcoming wine dinners

  • September 15: Catena Winery
  • October 20: Silverado Vineyards
  • November 17: MASI Agricola

Totally Tiki Mixology Class

Stop by the Hilton Head Distillery from 7-9 p.m. on August 11 or 23 for a Totally Tiki Mixology Class. Be sure to get a tour while you’re there. They have five tours a day.

Hilton Head DistilleryKey Lime Pie


3 ounces HHD Island Cream Rum

0.75 ounces key lime juice

0.25 ounces pineapple juice 

Directions [1] Shake ingredients over ice. [2] Strain into a coup glass. [3] Garnish with a lime twist. 

Now open: Celeste

The family behind popular local restaurants ELA’s On the Water, The Pearl and Roadhouse has opened a new steak and seafood restaurant on the north end of Hilton Head Island called Celeste Coastal Cuisine. Located at 20 Hatton Place, next to Barnes & Noble, the restaurant’s cuisine is influenced by the taste of New Orleans, where the Nightingale family has roots. The restaurant features an excellent wine selection, full bar, entertainment and outdoor seating. Celeste Coastal Cuisine is open from 5-9 p.m., seven days a week. For reservations or more details, call 843-802-4744 or visit

Hazel Dean’s Wine tastings

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6 p.m., Hazel Dean’s hosts a wine tasting. The Tuesday tasting is at the Village of Wexford location, and the Thursday tasting is at the Sea Pines Center location. Each tasting includes four different wines and complimentary charcuterie.

Now open: Paris Baguette

The first of several new restaurants opening in Port Royal Plaza is now open for business. Paris Baguette, located next to Planet Fitness on Hilton Head Island, offers fresh pastries, warm breads, crafted coffees, signature cakes and more. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. The owner of the café is longtime local restauranteur Wei Zhu, who owns the hibachi and sushi restaurant OKKO in Port Royal Plaza and several other local restaurants. Zhu will also soon open JINYA Ramen Noodle, Kung Fu Bubble Tea and Hook & Reel Seafood in the mid-island shopping center. 

Quick Bites

In a land of seafood, Hilton Head is expecting a new steakhouse to open sometime this year. Bowdie’s Chophouse, a Michigan-based steakhouse, is set to open up in Shelter Cove Towne Centre.

Don’t miss the sturgeon moon full-moon cruise hosted by The Salty Dog. At 7 p.m. August 10, embark on a happy-hour journey on the 63-foot catamaran with upper and lower decks as it cruises the Calibogue Sound.

Charlie’s Coastal Bistro on Hilton Head is among the nation’s top places for alfresco dining according to the restaurant reservation website OpenTable.

Try these

International-inspired appetizers from the local food scene.

Poke the bear – The Pearl Kitchen & Bar does its modern twist on poke, the Hawaiian raw fish salad. The ahi tuna poke with ponzu, pineapple, avocado, sesame and wonton chips make for the perfect crisp, light and tropical summer appetizer.

Shrimply deliciousWhile shrimp is abundant in the Lowcountry, a good Italian shrimp dish isn’t. Try Nunzio Restaurant + Bar’s Scampi con Cannellini, which features local shrimp, cannellini beans, rosemary, arugula and diced tomatoes.

Take to the streets – Try Holy Tequila’s Street Corn for delicious Mexican authenticity. This shareable appetizer comes with four pieces of charred street corn with its house-made chili aioli, brushed with fresh lime juice and topped with cotija cheese.

A Wise choice – WiseGuys has many internationally inspired apps, but one of the most popular is a Spanish dish. Try the Octopus a La Plancha, which features seared Spanish octopus, olive and chickpea ragout, heirloom tomatoes and micro basil.

A little chili  – For a local catch paired with an international flavor, try an app from Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks. Its coconut shrimp fuses local, hand-battered coconut shrimp with citrus Thai chili sauce.