Waterfront Restaurants in Hilton Head

By:Staff Writer


Hudsons Hilton Head
The view from Hudson's is almost as good as their food.

Enjoy breathtaking views as well as delicious food while you dine at some of Hilton Head Island’s best waterfront restaurants. Whether you’re looking for delicious, local seafood or just a captivating view, you’re sure to get both at any of these restaurants.

Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks

What it’s known for: A Hilton Head Island tradition since 1967, Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks is a favorite among locals and visitors. Hudson’s is known for buying their seafood from local fisherman, making sure it’s as fresh as possible.

Style: Waterfront, seafood, brunch, lunch, dinner

Address: 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.681.2772

ELA’s Blu Water Grille

What it’s known for: Located in the Shelter Cove Harbour, ELA’s Blue Water Grille is an award-winning waterfront restaurant offering seafood, prime cut steaks and beautiful views of the cove.

Style: Waterfront, Southern seafood, upscale bistro, lunch, dinner

Address: 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.785.3030

Panini’s on the Waterfront

What it’s known for: If you’re looking for delicious Italian food, breathtaking views and a little bit of history, look no further than Panini’s on the Waterfront in Beaufort. Located in a historic bank building, Panini’s offers patrons Lowcountry lunch with a Mediterranean twist.

Style: Waterfront, Italian, lunch, dinner

Address: 926 Bay St., Beaufort

Phone: 843.379.0300

Sea Pines Hilton Head Quarterdeck
The Quarterdeck is right under the famous lighthouse in Sea Pines.

The Quarterdeck

What it’s known for: Located next to the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse, The Quarterdeck offers a dining experience with great food and breathtaking views.

Style: Waterfront, local seafood, lunch & dinner

Address: 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.842.1999

Chart House

What it’s known for: Located along Skull Creek, Chart House offers breathtaking views of the water from the dining room to the outdoor patio. Enjoy everything from their popular happy hour to live entertainment on the weekends.

Style: Waterfront, steakhouse, seafood, brunch, lunch, dinner

Address: 2 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.342.9066

Skull Creek Boat House
The best sunset view in Hilton Head is at the Skull Creek Boathouse.

Skull Creek Boathouse

What it’s known for: Hilton Head Island’s most awarded landmark restaurant has everything one could ask for. From their delicious Lowcountry-inspired cuisine to their outdoor patio and beer garden overlooking Skull Creek, this is a must-eat while on Hilton Head Island.

Style: Waterfront, seafood, casual dining, brunch, lunch, dinner

Address: 397 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.681.3663

Old Fort Pub

What it’s known for: A local favorite for happy hour, Old Fort Pub offers a wide variety of cold beverages and drink specials to go along with its romantic dining atmosphere and waterfront views.

Style: Waterfront, American, brunch, dinner

Address: 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.681.2386

Poseidon Hilton Head
The drinks, food and view makes Poseidon one-of-a-kind.

Poseidon Coastal Cuisine

What it’s known for: Located in the Shelter Cove Town Center, Poseidon offers everything from fine dining on the patio to exciting nightlife on the rooftop bar overlooking Broad Creek.

Style: Waterfront, seafood, nightlife, brunch, lunch, dinner

Address: 38 Shelter Cove Lane No. 120, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.341.3838


What it’s known for: Located at the Sea Pines Beach Club, Coast specializes in local seafood, and the beach bar offers stunning oceanfront views with a variety of drinks and seasonal outdoor entertainment.

Style: Oceanfront, seafood, lunch, dinner

Address: 87 N. Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843.842.1888

Plums Beaufort
Plum's has the best view of the ocean in Beaufort.

Plum’s Restaurant

What it’s known for: Enjoy fresh Lowcountry cuisine at Plum’s Restaurant in Beaufort. Their menu offers everything from locally harvested oysters to fish tacos and stuffed flounder.

Style: Waterfront, casual, seafood, lunch, dinner

Address: 904 Bay St., Beaufort

Phone: 843.525.1946

River House Restaurant

What it’s known for: Located in Bluffton’s iconic Palmetto Bluff, the River House Restaurant boasts an elegant setting and mouthwatering cuisine. Enjoy dishes made from organic, local ingredients as you over look Bluffton’s stunning May River.

Style: Seafood, waterfront, fine dining

Address: 746 Mount Pelia Road, Bluffton

Phone: 843.706.6542

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