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Enjoy Good Eats and Good Vibes on Sullivan’s Island

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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Customers and servers outdoor dining at Poe's Tavern
Get to Poe’s Tavern early to snag at seat at the popular Sullivan's Island eatery.

Whether you’re shredding the surf or lounging in a beach chair, you’ll work up an appetite after a day on the beach. Fortunately, you won’t have to go far to satisfy your hunger on Sullivan’s Island.

With an array of casual restaurants just a block or two off the beach, it’s easy to fuel up in the comfort of your flip flops.

Here are a few of the island's buzzworthy choices:

Burger and fries
Freshly ground beef, homemade pimento cheese and a Poe theme make burgers like the Pit & Pendulum a favorite at Poe’s Tavern.

Poe's Tavern

Named after Edgar Allan Poe, Fort Moultrie’s most famous enlistee, Poe's Tavern is a popular eatery known for its fun ambiance, gourmet half-pound burgers and bar-top concoctions. The menu includes burger selections with names like Tell-Tale Heart, Black Cat, Gold Bug and Pit & Pendulum in tribute to the works of the Master of the Macabre.

Obstinate Daughter restaurant
Enjoy a delicious meal at the country-chic Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island.

The Obstinate Daughter

Open daily for lunch and dinner, The Obstinate Daughter  is a Sullivan’s Island institution offers inventive Southern and American fare influenced by French, Italian and Spanish cuisine. The menu features classics like Frogmore chowder and Lowcountry frites along with an array of seafood selections, pasta, pizza and local craft beer.

For sweets, visit the restaurants adjoining BeardCat's Sweet Shop for gelato, cakes, pastries and more.

Home Team BBQ

The atmosphere is always lively at Home Team BBQ, whether you sit on the covered porch or take a table inside. Enjoy live music featuring local and touring artists or watch your favorite team on TV while you chow down on some finger-licking ‘que.

People dining at picnic tables at Dunleavy's
Dunleavy’s Pub on Sullivan’s Island is a fun spot to enjoy a casual lunch or dinner.

Dunleavy's Pub

A sister and brother team from New England opened Dunleavy’s Pub nearly 30 years ago, and it has been going strong ever since. Both the vibe and fare are casual with burgers, sandwiches, wings, salads and soups on the menu and plenty of Irish beer on tap.

MEX 1 Coastal Cantina

Reminiscent of the cantinas along the Baja Peninsula, MEX 1 Coastal Cantina offers tacos, quesadillas, tortas and other Mexican dishes made with fresh, locally sourced produce. The chicken and pork are smoked on-site. Complement your meal with a margarita or one of the house-infused tequilas.

Boathouse at Breach Inlet building and palm trees
Between Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms, The Boathouse awaits with fresh seafood and serene sunsets.

The Boathouse at Breach Inlet

With its stunning waterfront location at the breach between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, you’d expect to get fresh, local seafood at The Boathouse at Breach Inlet – and that’s exactly what they deliver. Come early and enjoy a cocktail at the Rooftop Bar while swooning over the view.

High Thyme Cuisine

Experience fine dining in a casual, come-as-you-are atmosphere in this Sullivan’s Island hot spot called High Thyme Cuisine. Beautifully prepared and served, the eclectic collection of American fare includes fresh seafood, comfort food and seasonal dishes.

Poke bowls
Poke bowls and other light fare at The Longboard are just right for a warm beach day.

The Longboard 

The concept for The Longboard, a bright, airy, coastal-themed restaurant, was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The menu reflects the vibe of its St. John forebear with a lineup built around light and healthy fare with a host of creative cocktails inspired by the coast. 

Republic Ice Cream

For an afternoon pick-me-up or anytime you’re craving a scoop of creamy goodness, stop by Republic Ice Cream. The menu also includes milkshakes and coffee.

Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.