13 Best Places To Eat In Hilton Head

Eat your way across Hilton Head.

Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks

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Most people come to Hilton Head for pristine beaches, championship golf courses, and family time, but this beach town also has a thriving culinary scene. Naturally there’s fresh seafood aplenty, but you’ll also find Southern-inspired bites, farm-to-table dining, and homemade Italian cuisine. Best of all, many places offer oceanfront dining, so you can enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the Atlantic while you eat (and maybe enjoy a frozen cocktail or two). 

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Hilton Head Social Bakery

Hilton Head Social Bakery

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Get your French pastry fix at Hilton Head Social, which is owned and operated by award-winning French chef Philippe Feret. There are two locations (the original is at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, and the newest one is near the Sea Pines Circle), both of which serve Insta-ready pastries, decadent desserts, and buttery croissants galore. You’ll feel as if you’ve been magically transported to the streets of Paris.

hiltonheadsocialbakery.com, 17 Harborside Ln (building 1), Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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Lulu Kitchen

Lulu Kicthen

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Lulu’s menu is wide-ranging and delicious, offering American favorites with a Southern twist. Think butter poached lobster, short rib grilled cheese, and house fried chicken. Come for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch and bask in the cheery, laid-back setting.

lulukitchen-hhi.com, 890 William Hilton Pkwy Suite 1, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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The Sea Shack

The Sea Shack

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This no-frills, counter-serve restaurant is a gem. Check out the daily “Blackboard” special, or take your pick from grilled, fried, or blackened seafood that’s fresh from the sea. Expect to wait in line during the peak summer months—The Sea Shack is popular with locals and tourists alike. 

seashackseafood.com, 6 Executive Park Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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Chez Georges

Chez Georges

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Enjoy tasty French bistro staples like escargots de bourgogne (served with garlic herb butter sauce and crispy leeks), perfectly cooked cassoulet, and two kinds of moules-frites at Chez Georges. The wine list is impeccable, as well. Catch the aperitif hour from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday, when adult beverages are two dollars off and there’s a small plates menu offered.

chezgeorgeshhi.com, 37 New Orleans Rd Suite J, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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Nectar Farm Kitchen

Nectar Farm Kitchen

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For a fresh-off-the-farm feast, head to Nectar Farm Kitchen, where every dish is lovingly prepared with locally sourced ingredients. The breakfast and lunch menu features Southern classics like sausage biscuits and gravy, country fried steak, and Benedicts. Hearty “supper plates and bowls” include blue crab and grits, meatloaf, and filet mignon, alongside lighter fare like salads and soups.

nectarfarmkitchen.com, 35-A Office Park Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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With incredible ocean views and a spacious, twinkly-lit outdoor patio, Coast is the picture-perfect date night spot. Located at the Sea Pines Resort, this restaurant serves all manner of seafood, sandwiches, tacos, and more; there’s also a great raw bar. Wash it all down with a frozen specialty cocktail. During the summertime, there’s often live entertainment.

seapines.com/dining/restaurants-bars/coast-oceanfront, 87 N Sea Pines Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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Skull Creek Boathouse

Skull Creek Boathouse

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You’ll likely want to linger for hours at The Boathouse, thanks to the scenic location (on the banks of Skull Creek) and fun, relaxed ambiance. Apart from multiple dining areas, there’s an indoor sushi bar with raw oysters, ceviche, and sashimi, and an outdoor bar with Adirondack chairs and killer sunset views. Don’t leave without trying the famed salt and vinegar crab cakes.

skullcreekboathouse.com, 397 Squire Pope Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

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The Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar

The Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar

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Billed as an “American bistro with Southern soul,” Lucky Rooster has an exceptional menu that changes all the time based on the seasons and what’s fresh. Expect refined comfort food like grilled oysters, seafood pasta, and surf & turf.

luckyroosterhhi.com, 841 William Hilton Pkwy Unit A, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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Black Marlin Bayside Grill

Black Marlin Bayside Grill

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Whatever you do, be sure to try a cup of the seafood chowder at Black Marlin; it’s what they’re known for. The fish tacos are delicious, too, although the broad menu also includes seafood entrees, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and various pastas. There’s ample indoor and outdoor seating.

blackmarlinhhi.com, Palmetto Bay Marina, 86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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Burnt Church Distillery

Burnt Church Distillery

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Pair a charcuterie board or brick-oven pizza with creative cocktails made from authentic Lowcountry spirits. Burnt Church also offers a 7,000 square-foot tasting room, gift shop, humidor, history room, and on-site manufacturing facility—it’s a whole experience unto itself.  

burntchurchdistillery.com, 120 Bluffton Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910

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Nunzio Restaurant + Bar

Nunzio Restaurant + Bar

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Get your fill of homemade Italian fare at Nunzio. Traditional dishes run the gamut from Pugliese-style meatballs to homemade ravioli to tagliatelle alla bolognese. Round out your meal with a mouthwatering dessert like lemon sorbet or hot chocolate souffle cake.

nunziohhi.com, 18 New Orleans Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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Hudson’s Seafood House On The Docks

Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks

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Boasting beautiful views of Port Royal Sound, this iconic seafood joint has been around for more than 50 years. Seafood doesn’t come fresher than this—Hudson’s sources its fish and shrimp directly from one of only two remaining local fishing fleets on Hilton Head. Always order the specials, which can change multiple times a day depending on what’s being unloaded from the boats.

hudsonsonthedocks.com, 1 Hudson Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

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Johnson Creek Tavern

Johnson Creek Tavern

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Satisfy your craving for pub grub at this low-key hangout on Harbor Island. Kick back with a cold beer or glass of wine and stay awhile. 

johnsoncreektavern.com, 2141 Sea Island Pkwy, St Helena Island, SC 29920

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