There are so many great Hilton Head restaurants and I’ve hand picked my favorites… here are the best Hilton Head Eats!
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.
I love the gorgeous shade trees, southern charm and huge expansive beaches. This is my happy place.
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!Best Hilton Head Eats! - THE favorite places to eat breakfast, lunch & dinner!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
I also love their Lobster Mac & Cheese and scallops.
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 Hubs and I love their seafood tower with crab legs, shrimp and fresh oysters.
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…
… and here’s a delish Shrimp Po-Boy. I’d go for the homemade chips- they are addictive.
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.
Also don’t leave without one of their cannolis!
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.
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.Best Hilton Head Eats! - THE favorite places to eat breakfast, lunch & dinner!
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