6 of the Best Restaurants in Hilton Head

After a full day at the beach, off-shore fishing or biking around Hilton Head Island, a delicious meal is definitely in order! Lucky for you, this barrier island off the coast of South Carolina boasts plenty of incredible restaurants that feature a range of dishes from fresh seafood to hand-cut steaks. From big combo platters to small bites, you’re sure to find a restaurant that will satisfy your appetite! For starters, check out our list of 6 of the best restaurants in Hilton Head!

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6 of the Best Restaurants in Hilton Head

There are so many restaurants on the island that come highly recommended. Craving a plate piled high with fresh seafood that you can enjoy overlooking the water? Or maybe you’re celebrating a special anniversary and would like to dine by candlelight at a cozy table for two. Peruse the following list of tried and true favorites, as well as a few new establishments for a delightful dining experience throughout your stay!

Old Oyster Factory Restaurant

When you dine at the Old Oyster Factory, not only will you enjoy a delicious meal, you’ll also be able to devour an incredible view. Known as one of the best waterfront restaurants in Hilton Head, this eatery overlooks Broad Creek with incredible views of the marsh. The nightly dinner menu includes wild-caught local shrimp wrapped with Applewood smoked bacon and blackened seared tuna served over wonton "nachos.” Sound delicious? That’s just for starters! Its signature dishes range from a hearty seafood medley to Cajun fried red snapper served with Savannah red rice. Be sure to bring your appetite!

Sunset Grille

Sunset Grille is another great spot to enjoy a spectacular dinner and gorgeous water views. Known for its casual fine dining experience, you can enjoy lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch at this acclaimed restaurant overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. Be sure to check out the extensive wine list or one of their specialty cocktails including its Bloody Mary, which Garden & Gun magazine claims is the best in the South!

Frankie Bones

Many of Hilton Head Island’s restaurants are family friendly, including Frankie Bones. Adults can dine on steaks, chops, seafood and pasta, classics with a twist that only Frankie Bones can pull off. An array of wines, hand-shaken martinis and local brews are available to complement any meal! Kiddos will enjoy delectable items, as well, ranging from a kid-sized serving of surf and turf, as well as pizza, ravioli and the kid-approved chicken tenders. Frankie Bones is also a great place to grab a drink with a group of friends if you happen to be in Hilton Head for a girls’ weekend or guys’ getaway. 

Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks

This restaurant is a fantastic place to enjoy a wonderful brunch, lunch or dinner with friends and family, or sip on a cocktail as you watch the sunset over the Port Royal sound. Known as much for its history and scenic surroundings as the food itself, Hudson’s Seafood House has been serving fresh local seafood "straight from the dock to the tables” since 1967. Browse the menu for mouthwatering selections including steamed shrimp seasoned to perfection, fried oysters and of course, traditional Lowcountry shrimp and grits!


WiseGuys Restaurant & Bar is a relatively new eatery that has quickly earned a spot as one of the best restaurants in Hilton Head for steak and seafood. The surroundings are "plush yet friendly.” The urban setting is complemented by a menu that is focused on small plates, big wines and signature entrees. Enjoy signature pizzettas, sliders served on fresh-baked rolls, pan roasted salmon, Gulf red snapper, braised boneless beef short ribs, filet mignon, porterhouse steak and much more.

Skull Creek Boathouse

Described as Hilton Head Island’s newest landmark restaurant with waterfront dining, Skull Creek Boathouse is a casual dining option that delivers plenty of flavorful options for the entire family. Enjoy lunch or dinner indoors or on the terrace, or grab a seat at the Dive Bar, which features fresh sushi, oysters and other seafood items made-to-order, as well as a large serving of Lowcountry charm.

Now, Which One Should You Try First?

The advantage of booking a week-long stay in Hilton Head is that you will have time to sample all of the above restaurants and more! After a fun-filled day on the beach or golf course, gather your friends and family for a delicious meal before returning to your beach vacation rental to relax and get ready to do it all again the next day! For information on an array of wonderful Hilton Head Island vacation rentals, contact Beachside Getaway. We look forward to helping you plan your next Hilton Head Island vacation!