Must Eats in Hilton Head

By:Staff Writer


Hilton Head Old Oyster Factory
When coming to Hilton Head, the Old Oyster Factory is the place to dine when you want the best waterfront views. Photo credit: Kaufman Photography

Check out a few of Hilton Head Island’s most noted restaurants and eateries. With everything from barbecue joints and smokehouses to cafes and grills, Hilton Head’s must eats encompass all of the culinary traditions that the island has to offer.

Old Oyster Factory

What it’s known for: Located along Broad Creek, this waterfront restaurant is a staple of Hilton Head’s culinary scene. They are best known for their fresh seafood and of course, their oysters.

Style: Waterfront, seafood, family-friendly, dinner

Address: 101 Marshland Road, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.681.6040


What it’s known for: Established in 1983, Truffles is famous for their worldly food, locally sourced ingredients and classic Southern atmosphere. Enjoy everything on their menu from Jumbo Lump Crab Cake to Gourmet Chicken Pot Pie.

Style: Southern, homemade, lunch, dinner

Address: 71 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.671.6136

Hilton Head sage room
The Sage Room is a one-of-a-kind dining experience in Hilton Head.

Sage Room

What it’s known for: The kitchen is located in the center of this fine dining restaurant, which offers guests the experience of watching the chef’s culinary skills up close at the chef’s table. Choose from a variety of delicious menu items prepared by some of Hilton Head’s best.

Style: Fine dining, dinner

Address: 81 Pope Ave. No. 13, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.785.5352

Lowcountry Backyard

What it’s known for: Enjoy some of the best shrimp and grits in all of South Carolina at Lowcountry Backyard. They also specialize in local seafood as well as locally produced South Carolina tea and honey.

Style: Casual, Lowcountry, seafood, brunch, lunch, dinner

Address: 32 Palmetto Bay Road No. 4A, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.785.9273

Sante Fe Cafe Hilton Head
Either outside or in, the Sante Fe Café offers amazing atmosphere and food.

Santa Fe Café

What it’s known for: Everything from chimichangas to rib eyes can be enjoyed from Sante Fe Café’s open-air, climate controlled Rooftop Cantina. Listen to live music as you enjoy a meal beneath the stars.

Style: Southwestern, lunch, dinner

Address: 807 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.785.3838

Hilton Head Smoke House
The Smokehouse has amazing barbecue and fish.

The Smokehouse

What it’s known for: This award-winning restaurant has a 30-foot retractable window in addition to an outdoor deck and fireplace, where you can catch the game from one of 15 televisions. As far as the menu, the barbecue and ribs are out-of-this-world delicious.

Style: Southern, casual, lunch, dinner

Address: 34 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.842.4227

Bullies BBQ

What it’s known for: Barbecue is taken to a whole new level at Bullies BBQ, where you can choose your sauce and should always try the ribs. Their pork is prepared by chef Bob Sutton and smoked to perfection.

Style: Southern, casual, family-friendly, lunch, dinner

Address: 3 Regency Parkway, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.686.7427

Hilton Head Sunrise Cafe
Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café is a can't-miss breakfast spot on The Island.

Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café

What it’s known for: Partake in the breakfast of champions at Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café. From crab cake Benedict to biscuits and gravy, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this breakfast joint. Or try one of the delicious sandwiches from their lunch menu.

Style: Southern, casual, family-friendly, breakfast, lunch

Address: 86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.686.3232

Hilton Head One Hot Mama
One Hot Mama's is home to Chef Ambassador Orchid Paulmeier.

One Hot Mama’s American Grille

What it’s known for: Baby-back ribs, barbecue, steaks, chicken and wings are just a few of the mouthwatering dishes that make up One Hot Mama’s menu. Bring the kids and watch the game on one of the many TVs while you enjoy a delicious meal prepared by chef/owner Orchid Paulmeier, a South Carolina Chef Ambassador and Food Network star.

Style: Southern, casual, lunch, dinner

Address: 7D Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.682.6262

Hilton Head Boathouse
The Skull Creek Boathouse is a must-try waterfront dining experience.

Skull Creek Boathouse

What it’s known for: Whether you decide to dine inside or outside at Skull Creek Boathouse, you’re guaranteed an exquisite view and a fantastic experience. The Lowcountry inspired cuisine is what put them on the foodie map and is why patrons continue to come back for more.

Style: Lowcountry, indoor/outdoor, seafood, brunch, lunch, dinner

Address: 397 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.681.3663

Hilton Head Crazy Crab
The Crazy Crab has amazing seafood with a view.

Crazy Crab

What it’s known for: The Crazy Crab is home to fresh seafood, including steamed oysters and locally caught shrimp, a playground for the kids, live entertainment and a captivating waterfront view.

Style: Lowcountry, seafood, casual, family-friendly, lunch, dinner

Address: 49 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.363.2722

Salty Dog Café

What it’s known for: The Salty Dog Café is a staple when it comes to Hilton Head’s food scene. From fresh seafood to entertainment for the kids to captivating waterfront views, the Salty Dog Café gives patrons an authentic and exciting dining experience.

Style: Seafood, casual, family-friendly, lunch, dinner

Address: 232 S. Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.671.2233

Guiseppis Pizza Hilton Head
There is a wide selection of choices at Guiseppi's Pizza.

Giuseppi’s Pizza & Pasta

What it’s known for: With freshly made dough each day, sauce made from fresh tomatoes and only the highest quality cheeses used on top of their pizzas, Giuseppi’s has truly mastered the art of the classic Italian dish.

Style: Italian, family-friendly, casual, lunch, dinner

Address: 50 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.785.4144

Black Marlins Hilton Head tacos
Hilton Head offers fish tacos at Black Marlin with view.

Black Marlin Bayside Grill

What it’s known for: Dine at Hilton Head Island’s oldest marina when you eat at Black Marlin Bayside Grill. With fresh-caught seafood on the menu, the outdoor Hurricane Bar just steps away and a fantastic view to enjoy during your meal, what could be better?

Style: Seafood, waterfront, indoor/outdoor, brunch, lunch, dinner

Address: 86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.785.4950

Hilton Head Quarterdeck
The Quarterdeck is known for their seafood and view of the lighthouse.

The Quarterdeck

What it’s known for: The Quarterdeck offers an ideal dining experience as well as an expansive menu and beautiful waterfront views. Located right next to the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse, The Quarterdeck is one of Hilton Head’s top dining destinations.

Style: Waterfront, seafood, fine dining, lunch, dinner

Address: 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.842.1999

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