Restaurants on the Water
Author: Special to CH2
17D Harbourside Lane
Bistro 17 is a cozy, waterfront French café, located to the right of Neptune’s statue in Shelter Cove Marina. The restaurant offers incredible lunch and dinner menus, with live music seven nights a week. They are kid- (and dog!) friendly. Don’t miss out on a great dining experience overlooking the yachts of Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Alfresco dining is also offered.
BLACK MARLIN BAYSIDE GRILL
86 Helmsman Way, Palmetto Bay Marina
The Black Marlin Bayside Grill offers the island’s best selection of fresh seafood and delicious hand-cut steaks and is home of the world-famous Hurricane Bar. Dine inside or outside on the expansive covered patio. Start your waterside dining experience with their signature, Food Network-approved, appetizer, Sushi Nachos. Then, get your taste buds prepared for the fresh seafood entrées, including the famous Shrimp Burger, Grouper Daufuskie, Sweet Heat Mahi-Mahi and gluten-free Low Country Pho. Join them for lunch, brunch, happy hour, early dining or dinner. Also, keep an eye out for Hurricane Parties throughout the entire summer season. Be sure to follow on Facebook today!
BUCCI’S ITALIAN CUISINE
13 Harbourside Lane
This harbor-front restaurant features authentic Italian cuisine in a friendly atmosphere, with indoor seating as well as a spacious al fresco dining area, including an outdoor bar with five big-screen televisions for sports fans who want to catch a sunset without missing the big plays. Here you can savor your favorite Italian specialties including a variety of classic chicken, veal and seafood dishes, traditional pastas with homemade sauces (think marinara, carbonara, Bolognese and more) as well as hand-tossed, brick oven pizzas and fresh-made calzones. Open Monday-Saturday 4-9:30 p.m. and Sunday 4-9 p.m. Enjoy drink and appetizer specials during the happiest of hours from 4-7 p.m.
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. Buffalos’ 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 their 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.
18 Harbourside Lane
Captain Gillan’s seafood buffet, salad buffet and raw bar is the only seafood buffet on Hilton Head Island. The CALABASH-style seafood buffet includes over 45 delicious selections and the bottomless salad bar offers over 30 different accompaniments. Enjoy a glass of wine and oysters on the half-shell in their waterfront lounge. Make an evening of it and finish the night upstairs for hilarious shows in the Comedy Club.
CAROLINA CRAB COMPANY
Palmetto Bay Marina
Carolina Crab Company in Palmetto Bay Marina is the coziest, most intimate of the Coastal Restaurants and Bars concepts. The “Crab Crew” prides themselves on bringing you amazing seafood and sandwiches at an affordable price. The menu offers an array of seafood, from a light and healthy crab tower to a giant po’boy, burgers, lobster, fresh oysters, and succulent crab legs. A pet-friendly outside bar boasts water views and a great bar. Dine inside, or enjoy outdoor seating on the patio. At the end of your meal, walk down to the docks, say hello to some dolphins, and maybe check out the kayaks available to rent for your next water adventure. Open seven days a week. Happy hour from 4-7 p.m. daily at the bars.
2 Hudson Road
Chart House offers waterfront dining and a gourmet menu. With friendly staff, it is a great restaurant to enjoy while on vacation or for getting away for the night in your own backyard. Make a reservation today!
COCO’S ON THE BEACH
(Visit website for detailed directions on how to get there!)
Coco’s is a unique beachside bar that provides a great place to bring some friends for the best the island has to offer—a simplistic and relaxing atmosphere that everyone can enjoy. The bar is named after the owner’s beloved cat, and he treats both with the same affection. So if you need a slice of paradise, stop on by for a cold drink, bar bites and a great view!
ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE
1 Shelter Cove Lane
Featured in Bon Appetit and the winner of numerous Open Table awards, ELA’S Blu Water Grille is a shining star on the Hilton Head cuisine scene. Fresh catch seafood and prime cut steaks of the highest quality, artfully prepared by the ELA’S culinary team of experts, complement the extensive boutique wine selection. Located at Shelter Cove Harbour, overlooking the marina and Broad Creek, ELA’S is known for the best water views on the island. A casual intimate interior, wrap around dining patio exterior, and nightly entertainment provide the perfect dining experience or location to host special events, private parties, or rehearsal dinners. Open for Lunch M-F from 11-2, Sundays for Jazz Brunch from 11-2, and Nightly for Dinner at 5 p.m. Visit www.elasgrille.com for more information. Reservation recommended.
HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE ON THE DOCKS
1 Hudson Rd.
All tables feature extraordinary views of Port Royal Sound for a truly unique Lowcountry dining experience. Hudson’s employs the largest and one of only two remaining fishing fleets on the island, which brings fresh local seafood straight from the docks to your table. Share the excitement as their crews unload thousands of oysters, shrimp and soft shell crabs from the day’s catch. Bring your family and friends for a special Lowcountry treat that has been a tradition for island-goers for many years.
The Dunes House
For property owners and guests of Palmetto Dunes, The Dunes House is located just steps away from beach and offers casual dining for resort guests and property owners. This laid-back beach bar and restaurant allows you to enjoy food, drinks and fun with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Open for lunch and dinner, the Dunes House features an entirely outdoor kitchen offering fresh grilled hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, wraps, Hilton Head Island’s best fish tacos, and other fabulous dishes. A wide range of beverages are also available, from beer and wine to sodas and signature frozen drinks. During the summer months, The Dunes House offers live entertainment on Monday and Friday nights.
MEDITERRANEAN HARBOUR BAR AND GRILL
Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
Centrally located in Shelter Cove Harbour, this restaurant specializes in homemade Lebanese cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere. Healthy Mediterranean selections include Lebanese steaks, lamb, seafood and vegetables with vegan and gluten-free options as well. They also serve Shawarma sandwiches, shish kabobs, a Mediterranean seafood platter, Tabbouleh and Fattouch salads and more. (Children’s choices include all-American hotdogs, chicken nuggets and burgers.) With both indoor and outdoor seating options, dine in a unique atmosphere while enjoying popular Mediterranean dishes that you cannot find anywhere else in the area. Open daily from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
THE SALTY DOG CAFÉ
South Beach Marina
Hilton Head Island’s favorite waterfront café overlooks 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.
OLD FORT PUB
Hilton Head Plantation
With breathtaking sunset views over the Intracoastal Waterway and Pinckney Island, right next to historic Fort Mitchell, 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 the window wrapped dining room. The island’s oldest waterfront destination is steeped in Lowcountry history.
OLD OYSTER FACTORY
101 Marshland Road
Serving Hilton Head Island for over 25 years, the Old Oyster Factory is one of the island’s finest waterfront dining spots. Enjoy a beautiful view while tasting some fresh and local seafood.
THE PORCH SOUTHERN KITCHEN AND BAR
At The Beach House, 1 South Forest Drive
At The Porch, the team is focused on providing wholesome, belly-warming comfort food and authentic service in a friendly and cozy atmosphere. The Porch at the Beach House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in their newly-renovated indoor and outdoor spaces. This restaurant is a modern Lowcountry kitchen serving small plates and comfort food favorites with a contemporary twist.
38 Shelter Cove Lane
Poseidon serves premium quality cuisine from land and sea, from coast to coast. The nautically-inspired restaurant features outdoor and amazing waterfront sunset views. Poseidon brings together a truly unique Coastal Hospitality® and dining experience that will create wonderful memories to last a lifetime and be remembered for generations to come.
SAN MIGUEL’S MEXICAN CAFÉ
Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
This island eatery is nestled in the corner of Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and has been serving authentic Mexican food since 1977. Quench your thirst with the island’s best margaritas and spice up your life with your south-of-the-border favorites in a laid-back atmosphere featuring some of the island’s best scenery and most intriguing people-watching. Offerings include chimichangas, sizzling fajitas, enchiladas, nachos, tacos, burritos, pork carnitas or a combination plate. Eat in or dine out by the water and enjoy live music on the deck, all while taking in the sunset and dancing under the stars. Open daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. with happy hour from 4-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Dinner is happening nightly from 5 p.m. until.
SCOTT’S FISH MARKET
Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
To the far right of the Neptune statue, Scott’s Fish Market at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina has served the freshest seafood in town in a comfortable Caribbean atmosphere for over 20 years. The restaurant offers water views from every indoor table and boasts the largest outside dining area on the island, all overlooking the boats and colorful waterfront sunsets. Start out with deviled crab, bacon-wrapped scallops, shrimp cocktail, seafood gumbo or she crab soup. Choose from main features such as herb crusted grouper, grilled salmon, blackened tuna and lightly-battered fried selections and combination platters. Not a fish lover? No worries! Scott’s offers a variety of beef, chicken and pasta specialties and a kids’ menu, too. For added fun, stop off at Hurricane Harry’s Wharf bar (adjacent to Scott’s), where you can enjoy appetizers, tropical drinks, ice cold beer and live music on the docks. Open 4:30-10 p.m., seven days a week, a visit to Scott’s is a vacation within a vacation.
SKULL CREEK BOATHOUSE
397 Squire Pope Road
Skull Creek Boathouse is Hilton Head Island’s most awarded landmark restaurant, featuring water views. On the edge of the “friendliest marina of the Carolina coast,” at Skull Creek Boathouse, you will enjoy beautiful views whether you choose to dine indoors or outdoors on the pet-friendly terrace. The restaurant has received local and national awards for their Lowcountry inspired cuisine masterpieces, and has recently appeared on Food Network. Stop by for lunch, sunset supper, dinner, happy hour or weekend brunch! They also provide the perfect backdrop for your private parties and catered events.
THE CRAZY CRAB
104 William Hilton Pkwy (Hilton Head)
Harbour Town Yacht Club, 149 Lighthouse Rd (Sea Pines)
The Crazy Crab provides spectacular waterfront dining experiences at two famous Hilton Head Island locations. The menu is derived from Lowcountry recipes, and each entrée is individually prepared to order. Specializing in crab, they also offer amazing lobster, oysters and, of course, hushpuppies. At the Jarvis Creek location, the covered outside deck area can seat nearly 100 with an outdoor bar, live music during the summer, and a perfect view of breathtaking Lowcountry sunsets. In Harbour Town, there is plenty of family entertainment just outside the front door with the Harbour Town Lighthouse, a massive playground, live music in the summer, and amazing views of Calibogue Sound. A local favorite for over 30 years.
UP THE CREEK PUB AND GRILL
18 Simmons Road
Where casual waterfront dining is yours to enjoy. The spacious deck overlooks Broad Creek Marina, Lowcountry marshes and a daily parade of boats. Drink up and chow down on a variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads and casual small bites. Up the Creek Pub & Grill has affordable prices and is just the perfect family-friendly Hilton Head Island restaurant. A great spot to enjoy after your ziplining tour, aerial adventure ropes thrill, dolphin tours, kayaking or parasailing trip. Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until.
COAST, OCEANFRONT DINING
Sea Pines Resort
Specializing in fresh, regionally sourced seafood, Coast is a polished casual atmosphere with one-of-a-kind oceanfront views. Located at the spectacular Sea Pines Beach Club and offering indoor and outdoor seating, Coast’s menu features a diverse variety of seafood favorites, like the signature fresh seafood platter and fresh fish tacos, along with oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, and an array of burgers, sandwiches and wraps. The beachfront bar is a casual and relaxing destination providing seasonal evening entertainment and an assortment of specialty drinks and frozen cocktails. Visit Ocean Lounge, conveniently situated on the second floor of the world-class Sea Pines Beach Club, or enjoy incredible second-floor views and an extensive beverage menu. Coast features an all-day menu, dinner menu and bar service with seasonal nightly live outdoor entertainment (weather permitting).
THE QUARTERDECK, WATERFRONT DINING
Sea Pines Resort
Located next to the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse and overlooking Calibogue Sound and the 18th green of the famed Harbour Town Golf Links, the legendary Quarterdeck has been an island tradition for decades. The Quarterdeck offers breathtaking sunsets, nightly live seasonal entertainment and family-friendly fare such as fresh seafood, sandwiches, and creative pasta dishes. The Quarterdeck’s inviting, casual atmosphere is complemented with an expansive beverage menu consisting of unique cocktails, more than 40 national, regional and local craft beers, as well as a Wine Spectator Award-winning selection of wines by the glass. The Quarterdeck offers lunch, dinner and full bar service as well as indoor and outdoor seating. The Quarterdeck, Waterfront Dining features an all-day menu, dinner menu and bar service with seasonal nightly live entertainment. Casual attire.
HARBOURSIDE BURGERS & BREWS
Sea Pines Resort
Situated near Hilton Head’s famed Liberty Oak, overlooking the Harbour Town Yacht Basin, this outdoor eatery serves up juicy Certified Angus Beef burgers and more than 30 different chilled beers, along with a casual appetizer menu and an extensive variety of frozen and specialty drinks. Harbourside is the perfect place to bring the youngsters for a quick lunch, dinner, or refreshments after visiting the Gregg Russell Harbour Town Playground. Harbourside features an all-day menu with seasonal nightly live outdoor entertainment (weather permitting). Open seasonally. Casual attire.