The 5 Best Seafood Restaurants in Hilton Head Island

While South Carolina’s sandy Hilton Head Island is best known for its pristine beaches, bicycling trails, and world-renowned golf courses, there’s no denying its genuinely extraordinary culinary scene, mainly the fresh-caught seafood delicacies. With nearly five dozen seafood restaurants in Hilton Head Island, choosing an eatery that best suits your group’s size, style, and budget is no walk in the park. Thankfully, the concierge team here at Sunset Rentals has pieced together a five-stop seafood guide, featuring an opulent jazz club, a channel-side bar, a sleek dining room, and more!

The Tastiest Seafood in Hilton Head

Choosing a Hilton Head condo rental is a piece of cake. Simply browse through our lavish pool homes and condos to quickly earn a quote. Sifting through a list of seafood restaurants in Hilton Head, however, can be a head-spinning experience. Thus, we’ve hand-selected five local staples in hopes of enhancing your already sublime escape to South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Let’s start with the most unique seafood eatery on the isle: The Jazz Corner.

The Jazz Corner

Admittedly, the 99-seat Jazz Corner is rarely tagged as a “seafood restaurant.” That being said, The Jazz Corner’s culinary team serves up some of the tastiest fresh and saltwater delights on the East Coast. Combine award-winning live entertainment with a mouth-watering three-course meal, complete with a pineapple soy-glazed lobster tail, grilled pear salad, and mustard and herb-crusted swordfish. Delicioso!

Skull Creek Boathouse

The Boathouse, and the neighboring Dockside Waterfront Restaurant, provides a unique glimpse into the crowd-pleasing Skull Creek dining mecca. The Skull Creek Boathouse has long been a prime example of Southern cookin’ done right, especially the $25 “Lowcountry boil,” blackened catfish, and classic Carolina shrimp and grits.


Poseidon, TripAdvisor’s top-rated seafood restaurant in Hilton Head Island, is sleek, hip, and romantic. Its Rooftop Bar only adds an extra element of pizzazz. Patrons revere Poseidon for its eye-popping “Grand Shellfish Tower,” featuring nine types of shellfish, including mussels, middle necks, and lobster claws.

The Black Marlin Bayside Grill

Some regard The Black Marlin as “raffish,” but we truly appreciate its unique blend of simplistic sophistication, family-friendly atmosphere, and surprisingly world-class oceanic edibles. The menu features everything from a seafood-stuffed flounder smothered in a lobster cream sauce to beer-battered cod and tropical mahi-mahi. It’s not often that you find a down-to-earth eatery that serves such decadent saltwater delights.

Marleys Shrimp & Burger Shack

If you’re looking for some quick and delicious made-from-scratch seafood, Marleys is the joint for you. Marleys operates out of a “shack,” where hungry patrons can simply walk up, order, and munch on the fried goodness on the well-manicured grounds. Simple pleasures, such as the hush puppies and fried green beans, are to-die-for. And we dare you to find tastier fish tacos, po’ boys, and lobster rolls in the Lowcountry.

Elite Hilton Head Island Rental Homes

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