It is often said by the locals that HHI has a lot of golf courses, banks and real estate agents. We also have many great restaurants that fit everyone’s taste and budget, from elegant eateries for celebrating that special occasion to local haunts all with amazing food. Living on Hilton Head Island for 19 years I have seen restaurants come and go and with this economy a lot of places are reaching out for customers like never before.
Winter is a good time for a local to take stock of what restaurants had a good summer and will be sticking around for next season. I am always asked what I recommend as a local and the first thing I ask is what a person is looking for. Everyone knows what they like and taste is so subjective that is often hard to please everyone. Things that do stay constant are places that have stood the test of time.
When you are looking for that special evening some places to try are:
Michael Anthony’s, Alexander’s, HH Prime, Aqua, Sage Room, Old Fort Pub, Crane’s, and CQ’s.
When it is a bit more casual try:
Frankie Bones, 211 Park, Truffles, Marley’s, Il Carpaccio, Bistro 17, Black Marlin, Santa Fe, Island Bistro, Bonefish and Alligator Grille.
For the local haunts try:
Amigo’s, Sea Shack, Kenny B’s, Palmetto Bay Sun Rise Caf? Harold’s, It’s Greek to Me, Street Meet, and Captain Woody’s.
We have great sushi at Hinoki & Ichiban, good Thai at Ruan Thai, fine French cuisine at Claude & Uli’s, fantastic BBQ at The Smokehouse and the 33 flavors of wings can’t be beat at the original Wild Wing.
The number #1 question is “Where is the best Seafood?” and I can’t think of restaurant that doesn’t have fish but Hudson’s and both Crazy Crab’s are island institutions that really concentrate on it (especially if you like it fried).
This is of course just a small smattering of restaurants on the island so if after you pick up the Restaurant Guide or see a place that looks interesting go ahead give it a try, I bet it will be good.
*Restaurants are in no particular order (or by any means the only ones with good reputations) and the names are the shortened version the locals call them.