Your Guide to the Best Restaurants on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is brimming with incredible spots that offer a variety of mouthwatering cuisine. Whether you’re looking to dine on classic Lowcountry fare where the locals go or for a romantic, sophisticated meal on date night, our suggestions are sure to help you find the perfect place. See below for our list of some of the best restaurants on Hilton Head Island.

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Top Hilton Head Seafood Restaurants

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Considering that Hilton Head is an island, seafood is naturally a huge part of the cuisine here. On the island, you’ll find tasty Lowcountry creations infused with seafood, like rich she-crab soup, roasted oysters, and savory shrimp and grits. In addition to these incredible dishes, traditional seafood is abundant. See below for a list of some of the best places that serve up fresh ocean fare!

Captain Woody’s

You’ll find casual dining at Captain Woody’s. This restaurant has been in operation for over 35 years, so no matter whether you get fresh seafood or a juicy burger, it is sure to be a good meal.  

Price: $$

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Charlie’s L’etoile Verte

Charlie’s is a French-American spot with a focus on seafood. Their menu is updated daily based upon the availability of local seafood, ensuring something different each time.

Price: $$

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Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant

Enjoy casual Lowcountry fare in an atmospheric setting indoors or in the outside garden.

Price: $$

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Red Fish

Red Fish specializes in blending seafood, steaks, fresh local produce, and Lowcountry influences together to present delicious culinary creations.

Price: $$$

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Rock Fish Seafood & Steaks at Bomboras

For a relaxed beach vibe, eat at Bomboras. It is a family seafood restaurant right by the beach.

Price: $$

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The Sea Shack

Hilton Head’s hidden gem for incredible lowkey seafood plates.

Price: $$

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Fine Dining on Hilton Head

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For those in search of a more elegant dining experience, there are many upscale restaurants to choose from on Hilton Head. Their offerings range from international cuisine like German and Italian to decadent seafood dishes.

Alfred’s Restaurant

Choose from over 100 wines to pair with German and creative American cuisine in this casual yet elegant restaurant.

Price: $$$

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Ombra Cucina Italiana

This upscale Italian restaurant combines classic dishes with local ingredients for fresh and tasty fare.

Price: $$$

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The Sage Room

Enjoy food and wine in a casual, upscale atmosphere. The Sage Room is unique with its open kitchen and chef’s table.

Price: $$

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Come to Wiseguys for a sophisticated urban atmosphere, an extensive wine list, and juicy seafood and steaks.

Price: $$

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Hilton Head Restaurants on the Water

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Breathtaking views can significantly enhance a meal. No matter how lovely the atmosphere is of an indoor restaurant, it’s hard to measure up to the allure of waterfront dining. There’s nothing quite like savoring tasty bites while sipping wine and looking out as the sun sets over the ocean. Gentle breezes waft by as the sky turns vivid colors and frames the trees and landscapes of Hilton Head. See below to discover some the restaurants on Hilton Head Island with spectacular views of the water.

Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar

You’ll find elegant seafood dishes here served in an airy, sophisticated environment.  

Price: $$$

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Old Fort Pub

Enjoy fine dining in a romantic, intimate atmosphere at Old Fort Pub.

Price: $$$

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Old Oyster Factory

Voted one of 2016’s Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants by Open Table, the Old Oyster Factory serves delicious seafood and overlooks Broad Creek.

Price: $$

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Skull Creek Boathouse

Look out over Skull Creek from the tree-shaded deck of Skull Creek Boathouse. This spot is a consistent winner of multiple awards, so be sure to check out some of their Lowcountry-inspired cuisine.

Price: $$$

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Sunset Grille

Sunset Grille offers upscale Southern fare with an extensive wine list.  

Price: $$$

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Best Casual Eats on Hilton Head

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If the relaxed, beachy atmosphere has you in the mood for laid-back bites at no-frills eateries, leave your flip-flops on and stroll over to one of these wonderful spots. Whether you are in search of a good happy hour or a good burger, you’re sure to find it here.

Charbar Co

You’ll find award-winning gourmet burgers, craft beer, and more on the menu of Charbar Co. Plus, there is a daily happy hour and live music on the patio, ensuring a good time any day of the week.

Price: $$

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Mellow Mushroom

This funky chain pizzeria is a great place to go for a piping hot slice.

Price: $$

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New York City Pizza

Enjoy great food made from simple ingredients, like housemade sauces and fresh dough, at this pizzeria. There are three locations on Hilton Head.

Price: $$

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Palmetto Bay Sunrise Cafe

This is the place to go if you are looking for a tasty brunch or lunch.

Price: $

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Salty Dog Cafe

This iconic restaurant serves up delicious, lowkey seafood dishes. Its menu features fried fish, po’boys, fried chicken, crab cake sandwiches, and much more.

Price: $$

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Wild Wing Cafe

A chain sports bar with all the great food you’d expect to find, like juicy burgers and spicy hot wings.

Price: $$

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Restaurants Serving International Cuisine

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Are your taste buds looking for something different? Try something new at one of these restaurants that serve authentic international dishes. Sample Thai drunken noodles or a Mediterranean dish like souvlaki or a gyro.

Holy Tequila

This is one of the most popular spots on Hilton Head to go for flavorful Mexican-style cuisine.

Price: $$

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It’s Greek to Me

It’s Greek to Me serves some of the finest authentic Greek food on Hilton Head Island.

Price: $$

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Ruan Thai Cuisine

Enjoy traditional Thai cuisine and choose from a lengthy wine list at this cozy spot just off the main road.

Price: $$

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Santa Fe Cafe

Vibrant Southwestern style restaurant with a rooftop cantina.

Price: $$

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This is by no means a full list of all the restaurants on Hilton Head Island. If you’re traveling with family, there are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants. If you brought your furry friend along, some restaurants on Hilton Head are dog-friendly.

Don’t forget to download our complimentary Vacation Guide for even more suggestions for restaurants on Hilton Head, as well as a wealth of other information on local offerings. It will ensure that you don’t miss any of the hidden gems, and it will also help you save time. Let us help you plan your beach vacation to Hilton Head Island today!