The Lowcountry is buzzing with eateries and with so many choices, it can be overwhelming. We curated a list of the top restaurants to try out in Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort. These are a few of our favorites. Give them a try – We promise you won’t be disappointed. For current restaurant news, including new restaurants, coming soon, hot products and more, click here.
Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island is a popular destination for visitors from around the world. With its stunning beaches, championship golf courses, and an array of outdoor activities, it’s no surprise that this destination also offers a diverse selection of restaurants and cuisines. From traditional southern cooking to an array of international flavors, Hilton Head Island has something to offer everyone. Those looking for seafood will find an abundance of fresh catches from the local waters, while those wanting something a bit more exotic can try the island’s selection of Thai, Italian, and Mexican restaurants. Those preferring a more casual experience can sample the local seafood shacks and BBQ joints, while those wanting a more upscale experience will find plenty of fine dining establishments. No matter what type of cuisine you’re in the mood for, Hilton Head Island has it all.
Hudson’s Seafood House On The Docks
Sitting right at the edge of Port Royal Sound, all of the tables in their waterfront restaurant feature extraordinary views for a truly special Lowcountry dining experience. They use one of only two remaining local fishing fleets on Hilton Head to bring in fresh-caught seafood straight to their docks and to your table.
Charlie’s Coastal Bistro
Focusing predominately on fresh local seafood with a French, Lowcountry flare, Charlie’s is the place for good food, good wine and unforgettable memories all enjoyed in a quaint French country atmosphere.
Nunzio Restaurant + Bar
When visiting South Carolina, you want to enjoy exceptional Italian food, a lively bar atmosphere, and relaxed hospitality with Italian charm. Nunzio Restaurant + Bar is the place you’re looking for!
Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana
Michael Anthony’s offers fine Italian dining, a casual cafe and trattoria, a cooking school, and an Italian specialty shop. All that they do is inspired by their unwavering commitment to providing the freshest ingredients, superlative food, impeccable service, and warm hospitality.
The Salty Dog Cafe
Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even happy hour, the Salty Dog Cafe is an island tradition for waterfront dining. Enjoy nightly live music on the docks of South Beach Marina overlooking Braddock’s Cove or celebrate happy hour at the outdoor round bar.
Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
Alexander’s is an upscale seafood restaurant and wine bar in Hilton Head, featuring seasonally-inspired cuisine, locally-caught seafood and many locally-sourced ingredients. The menu pays tribute to many classic Lowcountry favorites.
At The Sage Room you can enjoy fine dining in a casual atmosphere with unique appetizers, diverse cuisine, and nightly innovative specials. They offer a full bar and an eclectic wine list sure to please anyone’s taste. Enjoy your meal in the presence of their open kitchen & chef’s table.
Chez Georges Bistro & Bar
Chez Georges is a gathering place for families, friends, and neighbors located on the South End of Hilton Head Island. They serve traditional bistro staples, incorporating fresh, locally sourced ingredients from the Lowcountry.
When you walk in, you’ll first notice the rustic elegance in the woodgrain and leather appointments. The more rustic elements are perfectly contrasted, and therefore complimented, by the elegant tableware and white linens. This should be your first signal that you’re in for incredible quality food.
Pomodori Italian Eatery
At Pomodori, they serve traditional, lovingly prepared Italian food in an intimate setting. Inspired by Chef Amanda’s southern Italian culinary training in Calabria, their goal is to nourish you – body and soul – one dish at a time. Cozy, hip and as happy as an Italian baby, Pomodori is an all-occasion restaurant where everyone will find something they crave.
WiseGuys invites you to experience their renowned hand-cut steaks, thoughtfully curated menu, and exceptional wine collection. Their inspired cuisine is a mix of classic dishes and contemporary fare that embodies the rich flavors of a modern steakhouse.
The Jazz Corner
The 50-seat Jazz Corner has become a Lowcountry landmark. Their intimate, elegant atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of world-class entertainment enhanced by their innovative southern flavors menu and personal, attentive service.
Bluffton is known for its abundance of restaurants. With a variety of different cuisines and price points, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes. Whether you’re looking for a casual bite to eat or a fine dining experience, the restaurants in Bluffton have something for everyone. Common cuisines found in Bluffton include American, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and more. Many restaurants offer a range of menu choices, from quick and simple to gourmet and unique. Many restaurants in Bluffton also offer outdoor seating, allowing diners to enjoy the temperate climate and stunning views of the Lowcountry. With great service and delicious food, Bluffton restaurants are sure to please any palate. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner or a fun night out with friends, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Bluffton.
Comforting and elegant, The River House 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.
The Bluffton Room
At The Bluffton Room, they serve classic American cuisine prepared with the finest ingredients in an intimate and vibrant atmosphere. Their well crafted cocktails, gracious service and table-side preparations evoke the feeling of a lively dinner party.
The Pearl Kitchen & Bar
The Pearl Kitchen and Bar brings a bright, fresh take on the dining experience. They will please your palate with the freshest of ingredients prepared in a manner that will excite, entice, and keep you coming back for more.
Inspired by the seasonal bounty of local produce and cultural traditions from around the world. At FARM, our guests are our family and our goal is to serve as a community restaurant for diners to experience delicious, thoughtfully prepared food on any occasion.
May River Grill
A varied American menu is served at this easygoing, brightly colored grill with a fish motif.
A gathering of friends and family is the perfect way to celebrate life, with great food, fun beverages and memorable conversations. Many of our favorite recipes have come from these occasions and are prepared daily with the finest ingredients, utilizing farm to table freshness and locally sourced products.
Dolce Vita Italian Ristorante
Dolce Vita brings you authentic southern & central Italian cuisine with just the right amount of flavor, as well as using the freshest produce available. Tender thinly sliced veal scallopini, house made pastas, fresh caught seafood, and delicious sauces that will bring you right back to the old country of Sicily.
A super-fun place to meet friends or take family, sit outside on a gorgeous day (or evening) or even a place to meet up later for drinks (since they’re open til midnight Friday and Saturday). It’s casual but the very best quality, using fresh, local and organic foods. They even have gluten-free offerings. Chow Daddy’s is family-friendly, too.
One Hot Mama’s American Grill
From delicious baby-back ribs, authentic pit-to-plate BBQ, hand-cut steaks, char-grilled chicken, the world’s best wings, salads and more, it doesn’t get better than One Hot Mama’s!
Beaufort is home to numerous restaurants that cater to all tastes and preferences. Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated dinner or a casual bite, these restaurants offer a variety of cuisines. If you’re in the mood for seafood, check out the local shrimp and grits or a Lowcountry boil. For those with a taste for Italian, you can find classic pastas and pizzas. For a more exotic experience, you can visit one of the local restaurants that specialize in international cuisines such as Chinese, Japanese, and Thai. If you’re looking for a casual spot to hang out with friends, there are plenty of pubs and bars serving up traditional American favorites like burgers and fries. No matter your taste, you can find something delicious in Beaufort.
Blacksheep is a restaurant where you can relax and be yourself, to eat the food the way it’s plated, and to celebrate with those around you. If you’re not sure about something, try it anyway–it’s just food.
Wren Bistro & Bar
Wren Bistro & Bar is a hip neighborhood restaurant that boasts a relaxing, yet upscale environment. They serve delectible dishes with locally grown ingredients, unique micro brews and carefully selected wines.