The Best Restaurants on Hilton Head Island


Ranked #1 in Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards, and one of the top-booked summer vacation destinations for 2021, Hilton Head Island is renowned for its pristine beaches, world-class golf, scenic trails, and beautiful coastal landscapes. Another captivating aspect of the Island is its Lowcountry cuisine — from warm shrimp and grits, to perfectly seasoned country fried steak. 

Hilton Head Island is surrounded by coastal waters and lush marshlands, so the freshest seafood is widely available across the island. Aside from seafood, Lowcountry cuisine is also famous for fried chicken and pulled pork, but the options are endless with over 250 restaurants to choose from. We’ve compiled a list of our locals’ favorite restaurants that are a must-try on your next vacation to Hilton Head Island.


Skull Creek Dockside


Hilton Head Island’s leading destination for delectable cuisine, beautiful views, and a welcoming staff. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Hilton Head Island and Skull Creek in a family friendly environment. Menu items include premium seafood, BBQ, prime steaks and daily specials, as well as extensive wine selections.

A Lowcountry Backyard


The Island’s place for Lowcountry seafood and cuisine made the way “it used to be.” Here you will find the BEST shrimp and grits (voted #1 in South Carolina!) and feel the warm embrace of soul-food and good company. Gullah culture and cooking are the roots from which Hilton Head grew. Experience the cooking of life-long islanders and truly authentic island cuisine.

Hudson’s on the Docks


Sitting right at the edge of Port Royal Sound, every table features extraordinary views for a truly special low-country dining experience. Hudson’s uses one of only two remaining local fishing fleets on Hilton Head Island to bring in fresh-caught seafood straight to our docks and to your table. Guests often get to share the excitement as fishing crews unload thousands of fresh oysters, shrimp and soft shell crabs from each day’s catch. Bring your family and friends for a special low-country seafood feast that has been a Hilton Head Island tradition for over 50 years!

The Crazy Crab


The Islander’s place for fresh seafood for over 30 years with two great waterfront dining locations. Crazy Crab Harbour Town is your perfect spot if you’re in the area for a tour, to visit the lighthouse, see the boats, or listen to music. No matter the reason you’re in Harbour Town, we’re here to serve you fabulous seafood and cocktails! If you’re on the other side of town, Crazy Crab Jarvis Creek is open and ready to serve you. Come enjoy the new, expanded back deck with a huge bar, tons of high-top tables, and, of course, the best sunset in town.

Nick’s Steak and Seafood


With “something for everyone,” the entire family will be able to find that one dish that they can’t live without. From hand cut steaks, delicious local seafood, tempting pasta dishes, specialty sandwiches and an extensive kids menu; everyone eats happy. The warm casual dining room provides the perfect spot for family gatherings, relaxed date nights, or the occasional neighborhood social.  Not only is the atmosphere inviting, but the staff takes pride in providing the best dining experience you can have.

Fishcamp on Broad Creek


Enjoy lunch, brunch, or dinner with the taste of the Lowcountry in a historic waterfront setting. From seafood to steak, kid’s menu to brunch, we have something for everyone. Kick back, listen to local musicians and relax with one of our crafty cocktails, local beers or a glass of wine at our outside bar. Our pet-friendly patio overlooks an incredible sunset with views of Broad Creek. Dine in and find your next favorite island restaurant.

Pool Bar Jim’s


Hilton Head’s hidden gem, found at Sea Crest Resort’s pool. This bar will transport you back in time with retro inspired food and cocktails. Sit at one of the two outdoor bars, by the pool, or inside with the family.

Steamer Seafood


Since 1991, Steamer Seafood has served up unique and tasty Lowcountry favorites. With both indoor and patio dining, our guests can enjoy the best of Hilton Head Island. Bring your family, your friends, and even large groups for the Lowcountry’s favorite dining experience. We offer both large and small seating spaces. Plenty of free parking is available, and we’re easily accessible to the island leisure trails if you prefer to walk or bicycle.

Coast


Local, fresh seafood served by the ocean. Located in the Sea Pines Beach Club, Coast provides Hilton Head Island’s best fresh seafood with a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the beautiful and inviting beachside atmosphere at Coast, whether dining indoors or outdoors.

OMBRA Cucina Italiana


OMBRA originates from the Veneto region in Italy. It is used to describe a crisp glass of white wine served at your local restaurant, perhaps located on a picturesque side street or “calli.” The food is flavorful and quintessentially Italian alongside some great wines and company. OMBRA is about appreciating the food and wines of Italy, in a modern, rustic and casual elegant way.


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Our selection of luxury Hilton Head Island vacation homes and villas are situated in the top resort areas of Hilton Head Island with luxury amenities, peaceful Lowcountry views, and only steps from the best restaurants.


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