C2's - DINING GUIDE
Author: Special To C2 Magazine
HUMANS LIKE CHOICES. IT’S A FACT.
Especially when it comes to eating. Here in the Lowcountry, we have a lot of choices when it comes to dining out, and that is one of the best things about living here. How many towns as small as ours have over 200 restaurants to choose from?
Big restaurants, small restaurants. Expensive restaurants, cheap (eh, “affordable”) restaurants. Restaurants that welcome children, restaurants that wish you would leave them home. Restaurants that offer entertainment while you dine, restaurants that slap down your food and tell you to hurry up and “Get Out!!”
Restaurants on the water, restaurants in a strip mall. Restaurants with history, restaurants that just opened yesterday. Italian restaurants. French restaurants. American restaurants (aren’t they all American if they are in America?). Caribbean restaurants. Gullah restaurants. Diners. Eateries. Bistros. Cafes. Coffee Houses. Chow houses. Whatever you want to call them, we sure have a lot of them.
And we wouldn’t want it any other way.
LAND’S END TAVERN
South Beach Marina
Now serving Jake’s Salty Dog Pizza as well as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the season. Land’s End Tavern offers delicious steaks and seafood with a fun, pirate theme. Families love the kid friendly environment and the great drink and appetizer specials. The upstairs crow’s nest ensures a bird’s eye view of the marina where you can watch the charter boats float in and out as dolphins and wildlife feed in the creek.
THE WRECK OF THE SALTY DOG
South Beach Marina
The Wreck offers the same delicious menu as The Salty Dog, but with a few extras. Its casual waterfront dining boasts two bars with extraordinary views of Braddock Cove. If you’re lucky, you can even catch a glimpse of the dolphins feeding in the creek. While seafood is the specialty, there are plenty of choices for the landlubbers.The Wreck of The Salty Dog is also an ideal choice for private parties.
THE SALTY DOG CAFE
South Beach Marina
Hilton Head Island’s favorite waterfront cafe overlooking beautiful Braddock Cove. Live music and children’s entertainment echo the sounds of family fun nightly during the season while fresh seafood is served daily. A schedule of seasonal events can be found at saltydog.com. Be sure to check out The Salty Dog T-Shirt Factory to get your world famous Salty Dog T-Shirt.
WILD WING CAFE
72 Pope Avenue 843.785.WING
Bluffton: Fording Island Rd. (278) 843.837.WILD
The Original Wild Wing Cafe is still serving up the “Best Wings South of Buffalo,” in 34 different flavors as well as an extensive menu featuring ribs, burgers, salads, and more. A favorite local watering-hole and family-friendly venue. Late night entertainment offered on weekends.
This South-end joint has won just about every local award given for best BBQ. Serving lunch daily, Sunday Brunch from 10 to 2, and late night menu. Check it out for yourself! Indoor and outdoor dining available. Late night entertainment (in-season) on the weekends.
Village at Palmetto Bluff
Serving lunch in a warm country setting, Buffalo’s, located in the center of the village, offers patrons picturesque views of the May River as well as the chapel. Buffalo’s signature is the brick oven, where freshly-made pizzas are highlighted on the menu and a chef pizza is featured daily for your enjoyment. As our chefs create local favorites in this comfortable atmosphere, you can also enjoy a selection of fine wines by the glass or bottle as well as a number of exotic coffees.
1540 Fording Island Rd
A new addition to Bluffton tucked just off the bridge from Hilton Head Island. An entertaining atmosphere, great drink menu, and traditional Mexican
COCONUTS BAR & GRILL
Open 7 days a week with something for everyone! Pool tables, shuffleboard, large dance floor, and karaoke, DJs.
1017 Fording Island Rd., F-105
Check out this new Bluffton restaurant for your sushi fix. The ambiance is beautiful and the hibachi table is lively. They offer half price sushi on Wednesdays & Thursdays and 15% off your entire bill with the CH2 coupons on page 77. Go back and cut it out. No really, go ahead.
THE BIG CHILL
6 Target Road
It’s nice to see this former hot spot (The Blue Note, The Blue Nite, and Rider’s Lounge) reopen as a brand new concept. This chill new bar/ restaurant offers sandwiches, salads and dinner bites, as well as high octane frozen specialties and a full bar. Kids menu also available.
37 New Orleans Road
Only fresh fish is served at Catch 22 and Chef Bryan cuts USDA Prime steaks in house. The Bone-On Filet is the one of the best steaks around – a must try while on Hilton Head. Weekly specials include Crab Legs (up to 2 1/2 pounds) on Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays and roasted USDA Prime Strip on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The early dining menu (5:00-6:00 pm) includes a choice of six entrees, accompanied by side dishes, your choice of salad and a glass of house wine for only $16.99 – $21.99. a great place to enjoy happy hour with several drink & appetizer specials from 5-6:30pm.
DANIEL’S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE
Coligny by the Beach
Daniel’s offers a truly unique dining and nightlife experience on Hilton Head Island. We create innovative cuisine from around the world, as well as fresh locally sourced ingredients for menu items to satisfy even the most discerning palate. Daniel’s features an International ‘Tapas’ Style menu with dishes created from inspirations around the globe, as well as a Butcher’s Block Steakhouse menu featuring everything from a petit filet mignon to a giant 22 ounce Porterhouse Steak. After Dinner the tables and chairs move out as Daniel’s transforms from restaurant to Nightclub and hosts the hottest DJ’s and Dance Party on the island, so come for dinner and stay for the party!
12 Capital Drive
Healthy and easy to-go dinners allowing anyone to get a day off from cooking and be able to relax with an easy-to-assemble meal.
MAIN STREET CAFE AND PUB
This laid back cafe on Main Street has become a favorite of residents in Hilton Head Plantation, Palmetto Hall, Indigo Run and other nearby neighborhoods, not to mention the savvy tourists that have inquired as to where the “locals” eat. Specializing in seafood and family favorites, they serves “Pub fare with a creative flair”.
When your appetite calls for real food, creatively prepared and fairly priced in an unpretentious atmosphere, make a beeline to Main Street Cafe & Pub
Hilton Head: Park Plaza 843.686.2474
Bluffton: 872 Fording Island Rd. 843.706.0800
Great pizza, salads, and subs with dozens of beers on tap. Open for lunch, dinner, and late night! Affordable and kid-friendly! Seating available inside and out on the Island.
Hilton Head: Palmetto Bay Marina 843.785.2400
Bluffton: The Promenade 843.757.6222
Captain Woody’s is your neighborhood bar and grill- whether your neighborhood is Hilton Head Island or Bluffton. It is the ideal place to come after a day of fishing, sailing or lounging on the beach. Here you’ll find nothing but the basic staples of island life: oysters, shrimp, cold beer, beautiful sunsets and good conversation. At the end of the day, you don’t need anything else. Walking into Captain Woody’s is like walking into your favorite pub back home. The atmosphere is relaxed, informal.
JUMP & PHIL’S BAR & GRILL
3 Hilton Head Plaza
Menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, and a variety of entrees. Open for lunch and dinner daily, with Brunch offerings on Sunday. Jump & Phil’s is definitely a local favorite where “everybody knows your name.”
Shelter Cove Marina
This Mexican restaurant, located on the water in Shelter Cove Marina, is a great place to enjoy a margarita and listen to live music. Dine inside or alfresco. Kid-friendly!
Chef Yuri Gow creates progressive American cuisine inspired by each season and our coastal ingredients. This quaint, former artist’s studio is draped in Hilton Head legends and is a favorite haunt of the ghost of the blue lady. Small plate menu available in the lounge. Fun, friendly, and inviting. CQ’s is a not to be missed Harbourtown hangout.
Skillets is open all day and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With a great early dining menu served until 6:30pm every day, kids menu, all-you-can-eat salad bar, and live music on the weekends, Skillets proves to be an island favorite year after year. Bring your best dog buddies out on the weekends for live entertainment and dog-friendly menu served outside.
Who says you can’t have award-winning food at affordable prices with a fantastic water view and live entertainment? Kingfisher offers seafood, steaks and more with panoramic views of Shelter Cove Harbour. With 15 meals under $15 and kid’s meals under $5, you can treat your family without breaking the bank. Kingfisher is kid-friendly and casual, and pet-friendly on our outside decks. Local musicians and bands perform indoors Wednesday-Friday, tableside magic will dazzle the kids and adults alike Monday and Tuesday, and fireworks light the sky most Tuesdays. Hilton Head Comedy Club Comedians perform at the “Top of the Kingfisher” Wednesday-Sunday.
ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE
Shelter Cove Marina
Ela’s Blu Water Grille has fresh catch seafood and prime cut steaks of the highest quality, prepared by Chef Chris Cohen. Featuring an interior designed by Rowe & Harlow of Chicago, Ela’s spectacular views of Shelter Cove Harbour provide the perfect setting for a dining ambiance that is casual yet intimate. A second floor dining room with wrap around water views is a perfect setting for special events, private parties, or rehearsal dinners. Small plates available in the lounge and dinner is served daily from 4-10pm.
PHILLY’S CAFE & DELI
55 New Orleans Rd., Suite 102
An Island favorite for nearly 20 years, Philly’s Cafe & Deli is locally owned & operated. Fresh bread baked every day, the finest Gluten Free deli meats & cheeses, and as their ad says, “The BEST Sandwiches on the Island…PERIOD!!!” Open daily for lunch and late night Fridays & Saturdays.
MARKET STREET CAFE
Centered in Coligny Plaza, The Market Street Café & Pub offers inside and outside dining just a few yards from Coligny Beach. Their menu offers soups, sandwiches, entrée specials, as well as a long list of desserts. A great place to people-watch in Coligny Plaza or relax after a busy day of shopping!
PALMETTO BAY SUNRISE CAFE
Palmetto Bay Marina
Whether you are an early or late riser, start your day at Palmetto Bay. Breakfast is served all day, and the choices are hard to top: “eggs all ways,” hash browns, fresh grits, and deliciously generous pancakes, not to mention a whole section reserved for Eggs Benedict. This is a very popular spot on the weekends with the locals – so plan accordingly.
OLD FORT PUB
Hilton Head Plantation
With breathtaking sunset views over the Intercoastal Waterway and Pinkney Island, right next to historic Fort Mitchel, Chef Keith Josefiak’s summer menu is full of fresh from the garden produce, local seafood, and tasty steaks to delight your taste buds. Relax on the romantic breeze brushed deck under moss draped oaks or gather family and friends inside our window wrapped dining room. The Island’s waterfront destination steeped in Low Country history.
33 Office Park Rd., Suite 224 (Park Plaza)
Northern Italian coastal cuisine with Mediterranean influences brought to you by Chef Hugo Lee. Trattoria Divina offers an extensive wine list (over 400 bottles) to compliment fresh pastas, seafood, beef & chicken selections. The ambiance is warm and inviting, with artwork by local SCAD students and a stunning hand-painted bar. Owner Brett Guimarin hails from Texas, and has many years of experience the restaurant industry.
SUBLIME PRIME STEAKHOUSE, PASTA & SEAFOOD
163 Bluffton Rd., Suite F
(Opposite Bluffton Pharmacy)
This restaurant, tucked away in the heart of Old Town Bluffton, offers certified Angus Beef Prime steaks along with pasta & seafood entrees. Executive Chef Jonathan Hagins just recently returned to the Lowcountry after opening BLU in Charleston. Check out their ad on page 58 for two great deals in May.
ROASTFISH & CORNBREAD
70 Marshland Rd.
If you want to steep yourself in Lowcountry culture and Gullah Heritage, a trip to this restaurant is a must-do. Owner/ Chef David Young has been featured in an advertising campaign for the local Chamber of Commerce, and in several local publications for his unique establishment. The ambiance is laid back and brightly colored, the staff is friendly and the food is just good down-home southern cooking.
ROBERT IRVINE’S EAT!
Village at Wexford
You’ve seen him on the Food Network – now catch Robert Irvine at his very own restaurant on Hilton Head Island. The chic interior is reminiscent of Tao or some other trendy NYC restaurant, but the food is southern-inspired and delicious! On Tuesday evenings they offer half off Tapas – check out their online calendar for special cooking classes & other events.
ROBERT IRVINE’S NOSH
1414 Fording Island Road, Unit B-160
The sophisticated, yet approachable, menu showcases Chef Irvine’s take on southern cuisine by utilizing regional ingredients with classic preparation, and a chef-driven twist. Daily features from the kitchen and bar showcase fresh seasonal foods, and the best wines and spirits under the close supervision of Chef Irvine.
1301 Main Street (Main Street Village)
Enter through the revolving doors of The Fabulous Frankie Bones Restaurant and Lounge and into an atmosphere fondly reminiscent of a time past but not forgotten. At Frankie Bones, snappy sounds, high back burgundy leather booths, an award-winning menu inspired by the big cities of Chicago, New York, Vegas and Saint Louis, and first-class service are the recipe for a fabulous experience. Voted “Best All Around Restaurant” by Hilton Head Monthly, Frankie Bones is a classic American-Italian restaurant and lounge serving the Island’s finest steaks, chops, seafood and pasta. Serving lunch daily from 11:30am-4pm, dinner beginning at 4pm and Sunday brunch from 10am-3pm.
WORLD GAME BAR AND GRILL
33 Office Park Rd., Suite 226
Try this on for size- Dave & Buster’s meets fine dining. Confused? Well don’t be. Check out Hilton Head’s newest indoor “playground.” A place where you and the spouse can enjoy a NY Strip prepared by Chef Hugo while the kids eat pizza and play the latest in high-tech video games, foosball and pool. Something the whole family can agree on – and a perfect destination for a rainy day. World Game Bar and Grill opens at 11 am, and offers a full menu all day and late night.
THE BLACK MARLIN
86 Helmsman Way (Palmetto Bay Marina)
Black Marlin offers the Island’s largest selection of fresh-caught seafood, delicious hand-cut steaks, and premium frozen drinks, all in a relaxing Key West atmosphere. Located dockside at Palmetto Bay Marina, you can dine indoors or outdoors on the expansive patio. Take in the water views from your seat at The World Famous Black Marlin Hurricane Bar while enjoying selections from our menu, such as our award-winning Sushi Nachos.
Hilton Head – 32 Shelter Cove Lane (The Plaza at Shelter Cove) 843.785.4144
Bluffton – 25 Bluffton Road Suite 601 (Kittie’s Crossing) 843.815.9200
At Giuseppi’s, it’s all about the food. For more than 20 years, we’ve been living out our passion for food by serving up the freshest pizza, pasta, hoagies and award-winning wings in a neighborhood atmosphere like the ones we knew in Pittsburgh. Whether you want to bring the whole neighborhood in, or bring Giuseppi’s home to the whole neighborhood, we have just what you need. From Original Products like our Homemade To Go, catering for parties and events at your place, or dinner for the whole family at ours, we have the menu and the atmosphere you’ve been looking for.
7 Greenwood Drive (Reilley’s Plaza)
The Lodge is the Southeast’s premier Craft Beer Bar, voted “Best Bar” by Hilton Head Monthly’s Reader’s Choice Awards and Rated “World Class” by Beeradvocate. With 36 rotating taps and an extensive bar, The Lodge proves to be a popular spot for nights and evenings. Happy Hour daily from 4-8pm, billiards, shuffleboard, sports on 14 screens and a full late night menu with the Island’s best burgers and gourmet grilled cheeses.
ONE HOT MAMA’S
7 Greenwood Drive (Reilley’s Plaza)
One Hot Mama’s is One Cool Place! This family-friendly Hilton Head restaurant, located on the south end of Hilton Head Island, offers delicious baby-back ribs, authentic pit-to-plate BBQ, hand-cut steaks, char-grilled chicken, the world’s best wings, salads and more. For lunch, Mama’s offers a great “Meat & 3,” combo platters, burgers, wraps, and our famous BBQ platter. Hilton Head’s One Hot Mama’s is also a great place to watch your favorite team! Late night dining, take-out, Hilton Head catering, a children’s menu, and large party accommodations are available. We also offer daily food and drink specials. Hilton Head dining doesn’t get much better than One Hot Mama’s!
SKULL CREEK BOATHOUSE
363 Squire Pope Road
Situated on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway, Skull Creek Boathouse offers the perfect Lowcountry setting with spectacular water and marina views. Whether you choose to dine indoors, at our Dive Bar – a raw bar featuring fresh sushi, oysters and more, or outdoors on our expansive terrace, you’ll find now where else better to partake in Hilton Head’s original sunsets and the freshest seafood or American cuisine favorites with a twist. The open air Buoy Bar serves up original drinks and a 360 degree view of the outdoors. From weekly Reggae Nights during the warmer months, to monthly Full Moon Parties, seasonal Lobsterfests, and daily Happy Hours, there’s always something fun for the entire family. One bite and you’re hooked!
Unique to Hilton Head, WiseGuys is known for their Small Plates, Big Wines, Serious Cocktails and Steaks. The Small Plates menu at WiseGuys takes cocktail-party dining to a new level, showcasing urban flavors and strikingly exciting presentations. WiseGuys features hand-cut steaks aged a minimum of… 28 days for maximum flavor and tenderness, offering a contemporary twist on the classic steakhouse. Signature Entrees include amazing seafood creations. The award winning wine list delivers over 150 specially selected bottles; over 50 wines served by the glass. By using the Island’s first WineKeeper system, WiseGuys showcases and features 18 wines that are usually not available by the glass. They truly offer something for everyone including vegetarian, gluten free and children’s options.