Best Hilton Head Eats

///Best Hilton Head Eats

Best Hilton Head Eats

There are so many great Hilton Head restaurants and I’ve hand picked my favorites… here are the best Hilton Head Eats!

Hi guys!

I know I’ve gone all beach, all the time on you here… I’ve got a recipe post coming up tomorrow. 🙂

Y’all know how much I love Hilton Head.  The Hubs and I can get there from Asheville in a little over an hour in the plane and we simply can’t get enough of the relaxing charm of the island.  This year I was lucky enough to spend my birthday, Thanksgiving AND spring break on the island… plus a few day trips in the mix.  We’ve gone probably a dozen times in the past few years.

The Best Things to Do and Eat on Hilton Head Island

I love the gorgeous shade trees, southern charm and huge expansive beaches.  This is my happy place.

The Best Things to Do and Eat on Hilton Head Island

Plus the sunsets are kind of epic… which is a must for any good beach vacation in my book.

Another must for a good beach vacation is terrific food.  Typical beach eats are great, but the Hubs and I want to eat WELL on vacation.   Hilton Head is filled with some of the best restaurants you’ve ever eaten at.  They are absolutely known for their food and it’s filled to the brim with great Hilton Head Restaurants.  Often our favorite days are spent at the beach and capped off with a fabulous meal.  Now I can’t claim to have eaten at every single restaurant on the island, BUT I’ve eaten at A LOT of them and found my favorites over the years.  I’ve even been gathering photos for this post quite a while because I wanted to share all these fabulous places with you.  I know many of you vacation at Hilton Head too so I thought I’d share my Best Hilton Head Eats!  If you vacation there and have favorite that I didn’t list… please add them in the comments below!

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Best Hilton Head Eats – Try These Great Hilton Head Restaurants

Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte

Charlie’s is a hidden gem out of the great Hilton Head restaurants.  It’s not on the water and is tucked away near a few shopping centers.  Despite the lack of a view, it is one of my all time favorite restaurants anywhere.  It’s a French inspired restaurant that cooks locally caught seafood.  They food is such high quality and impeccably prepared.

Don’t miss the Crab Soup.

Hilton Head Island Spring Break

They switch their menu nightly according to the fresh catch with the fresh grouper with mushroom sauce is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

The Best Things to Do and Eat on Hilton Head Island

You also can’t miss their caramel cake.  It’s so good the Hubs and I order two pieces because sharing this would just be offensive.

Hilton Head Island Spring Break

It’s a local favorite and reservations book fast and early so call ahead of time to go.  You will not be sorry.


Red Fish

Red Fish is another place with the best Hilton Head eats.  It’s also tucked away near a shopping center and not on the water, but is so good.  You must try the Cajun Lobster and Shrimp Burger.  It’s epic.  I love it so much I made my own recipe with just shrimp here.

Hilton Head Island Spring Break

I also love their Lobster Mac & Cheese and scallops.

Hilton Head Island Spring Break

Go early and pick out a bottle of wine from their fun wine store up front.  They will open it for you at the table and it’s just about the perfect night out!



If you are looking for a lovely outdoor meal with beach views, Coast is a great bet!  It is in Sea Pines and has a wonderful atmosphere.

The Best Things to Do and Eat on Hilton Head Island

The Hubs and I love their seafood tower with crab legs, shrimp and fresh oysters.

The Best Things to Do and Eat on Hilton Head Island

Salty Dog Cafe

You can’t go to Hilton Head Island without visiting the Salty Dog Cafe!  It’s at the end of the island in Sea Pines and is an iconic, casual place with great food and drinks.

This is their Shrimp & Lobster Roll…

Hilton Head Island Spring Break

… and here’s a delish Shrimp Po-Boy.  I’d go for the homemade chips- they are addictive.

Hilton Head Island Spring Break

For this place to be a cult favorite, the food is surprisingly tasty and the atmosphere will not disappoint.  Don’t forget to get your t-shirt before you go.


Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks

Hudson’s is another Hilton Head institution loved by both tourists and locals.  If the weather is nice you can sit on their gorgeous docks.

If you go when local oysters are in season, get a BUCKET with all the fixings.

They also fish for their own shrimp and have THE BEST shrimp you’ve ever had.  The are fresh, never frozen and will ruin all other shrimp for you.


Skull Creek Boathouse

I adore the Skull Creek Boathouse.  It’s not fancy and it’s not the best food you’ve ever had… but it’s really good and the views and atmosphere can’t be beat.   I like it for lunch.  On a busy summer day you can watch giant machines move boats from storage to the water.  It’s fascinating.

The best Hilton Head eats at Skull Creek Boathouse are from their raw bar.  I love their ceviche and tuna dishes.  They do lovely things with tuna including poke!  Get the Tuna 3 Ways.  I also like their clams and shrimp.

Grab a table outside, a drink and enjoy the afternoon!


OMBRA Cucina Italiana

If you’ve had enough seafood, OMBRA Cucina Italiana is a good place to mix it up.  They make delicious, authentic Italian food.  Try their homemade ravioli of the day.  This doesn’t look like much, but it tastes like pillows of pasta heaven.

Hilton Head Island Spring Break

Also don’t leave without one of their cannolis!

Hilton Head Island Spring Break


Joey’s NY Bagels

Bagels at the beach?  YASSSSS!  These bagels are the real deal.  They taste just like New York bagels and are worth the trip.  Just don’t blame me if you end up taking a dozen home.

Hilton Head Island Spring Break


Palmetto Bay Island Cafe

Another great breakfast/ brunch spot is Palmetto Bay Island Cafe.  They run a wait, but it’s worth it!  Look at this stuffed french toast.

I’m also a huge fan of their breakfast burrito… but you can’t go wrong with any of the picks!

Happy eating!  I hope you enjoyed these best Hilton Head Eats.  The island is filled with so much good food.  If there are any great Hilton Head Restaurants you love that Ieft out, please share in the comments below!  These are my favorites from my many trips to the island BUT I’m sure there are other favorites too.

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Thanks for coming by today!  Come back tomorrow for my favorite grilled shrimp.

Your turn!

What’s your favorite vacation restaurant?

By | 2019-03-28T16:13:33-04:00 May 16th, 2018|Southeast Travel, Travel|19 Comments


  1. Brittney G March 10, 2020 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Great recommendations! If you haven’t been to Lucky Rooster – it’s a must for dinner one night! Also, Poseidon is a great lunch/dinner spot With good people watching and a great area to walk around 🙂

  2. Kristin Gwaltney January 5, 2020 at 7:46 am - Reply

    We also love HHI. My hubby and I found this gem of an island 18 years ago. We also have a great list of restaurants. Truffles in Sea Pines is a wonderful 4 star restaurant tucked into a little shopping center. I had their group and it was to die for. I however can not recommend Coast. The food is okay, menu is pretty blah and they lost our credit card and the manager lied about it. Skip Coast and just have a stroll on their beach.

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  4. Shannon Cronin April 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Hello! It sounds like you and your husband know of all the best places to eat! Next time you are in Hilton head come to Shelter Cove Marina. We run a business called Bluewater adventure. We have these fascinating little two-seater boats that are super easy to drive. You get to see Hilton head from a whole new angle and drive your boat over 35 miles throughout Hilton head and the surrounding marshlands. Check out our website!

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  7. Erica Janes May 26, 2018 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    We love HHI and wish we could go more than once a year! We love several of those that you listed, but we also love Fishcamp on Broad Creek, Trattoria Divina, and Kenny B’s for Sunday brunch.

  8. Maria May 17, 2018 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Oh How fun, I live in Bluffton right outside of hilton head, I also love those places you mention! Its a special place. I love Ashville too. Heading there this fall. My husband plays in tennis tournament there

  9. Kalee May 16, 2018 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Oh man! We went last year, and we had a blast! We loved the Coast too!

  10. Don Whitmire May 16, 2018 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    My favorite is the Sea Shack. Nothing fancy but great seafood.

    • Merritt Tongen May 27, 2019 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      Agreed Don!! It’s great. I also don’t see Sage Room on here. It’s by far my favorite restaurant on the island!

  11. Lisa Ballantyne May 16, 2018 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    That food looks amazing, especially the shrimp!

  12. Erinn May 16, 2018 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    All that seafood is making my mouth water! I’m pretty sure I could eat lobster mac and cheese everyday of my life!

  13. Annmarie May 16, 2018 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I’ve never been to Hilton Head but everything looks so lovely there…and yummy! I’m hungry just looking at all your beautiful food pics!

  14. Wendy May 16, 2018 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Ok, now I want to go to Hilton Head!!!

  15. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups May 16, 2018 at 7:28 am - Reply

    I totally want all the seafood now. This all looks amazing!

  16. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real May 16, 2018 at 7:23 am - Reply

    I love the Salty Dog! There’s something very beachy about eating there on a vacation. The stuffed French toast looks to die for.

  17. Lori Kirkpatrick Murphy May 16, 2018 at 6:46 am - Reply

    My absolute Favorites are Marley’s Island Grill and Kenny B’s. I highly recommend both spots. Enjoy!!

  18. Beth Ann Chiles May 16, 2018 at 6:18 am - Reply

    Those all look so delicious. And no worries—I can never get enough beach!

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