It wasn’t so long ago, Bluffton residents had to make the drive across the bridge to Hilton Head Island to enjoy a diversity of cuisine. Now, those looking for tasty eats drive in both directions as Bluffton’s thriving dining scene is drawing its own foodie fans.
As the community has grown, so has its selection of restaurants. Here are a few getting plenty of buzz.
FARM – The seasonally inspired, ever-evolving dishes created by Chef Brandon Carter pay homage to the small local farmers, fishermen and artisan producers who provide the restaurant with its fresh produce, seafood and food products.
Bluffton Seafood House – After 25 years of operating the Bluffton Oyster Company, the Toomer family opened this family-friendly restaurant, offering its fans a place to chow down on shrimp, oysters, mussels, clams and fish cooked and served up fresh from the trawler.
The Cottage Café and Bakery – Dine indoors or on the front porch of this cozy, restored 1868 cottage on Calhoun Street. Known for its fresh-baked desserts and sophisticated cuisine, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch and tea.
May River Grill – The menu at this local favorite is heavy on fresh seafood from the local waters. Top picks include Daufuskie-style crab cakes, scallops meunière, seafood pasta pomodoro, stuffed shrimp and bone-in scored flounder.
The Bluffton Room – The intimate and vibrant atmosphere of the dining room and open-air bar has earned this restaurant rave reviews from diners and critics alike. Enjoy classic American cuisine, tableside preparations and crafted cocktails for dinner. A New Orleans-style lunch is served Fridays.
Calhoun Street Tavern – It may be a popular neighborhood watering hole, but this public house offers a chef-driven menu of Southern plates and Lowcountry classics, from shrimp and grits to fried green tomatoes.
Bluffton BBQ – The pork in this “smokin’ little joint” is slow-cooked for 12 hours, making it a mouthwatering hit among ‘que lovers. The rack of ribs is a favorite with locals, too.
Corner Perk Brunch Café – You may come in for a cup of coffee, but you’ll want to stay for breakfast when you see the menu. Selections include skillets, omelets, artisan toast, breakfast sandwiches and a brunch special.
Squat ‘N’ Gobble – A town landmark, this little diner is the oldest continuously-operating family-owned restaurant in Old Town Bluffton. Squat originals include the Hangover Cure, a generous bowl of grits topped with bacon, sausage, home fries, gravy, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, two eggs and toast.