Visitors Recommend

Many thanks to visitors who took the time to recommend their favorite places and activities.  We hope this page will grow rapidly. To add your nominee, click here.


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Captain's Seafood is kid friendly. [Anon.]

Alexander's Restaurant. "Wonderful food, friendly staff, great atmosphere, and they don't skimp on "early bird" dinners (5:00 to 5:45 PM). We go back again and again". [Jill and Gene].

Salty Dog." We highly recommend the Salty Dog Café, it offers something for everyone! (We) go there every love the ice cream shop & Cappy the Clown (Fridays-seasonal) while we sip the best drinks on the island & enjoy the live music....crab cakes are a Salty Dog Café tee shirt....".[Tammy, Garrett and Grant]

The Old Oyster Factory"...great food, great service, and great atmosphere. Also, they now have an outdoor playground/sand box so the little ones can play (and expend energy) while you are waiting for a table". [Angie]

Java Joe's for coffee-atmosphere is very friendly. Don't miss it. [Juan Pablo].

The Earl of Sandwich seems to be a place for locals, but try it. We frequent The Earl at least twice per visit. [Jenny and Steve].

Tapas is a storefront restaurant featuring appetizer sized portions of an incredibly varied nature. Diners usually order two to four of these... (menu items)... [Ty].

Di Vino is an absolutely divine Northern Italian ristorante complete with Italian style bread shipped from Atlanta... [TY also].

Sunset Grille  (is a) small and unpretentious restaurant ... My wife and I had the absolute best meal that we have had on the island, and we have been coming here since 1989. Suggest reservations since seating is limited. [TY again]. Editors note: I have been there only one time and it was excellent.

Kurama Japanese restaurant. We go there every time we visit HH...Great food, very entertaining as they cook at your table. Go for the early bird specials when they first open. [Kathy]. Editor's note: Early they are very kid friendly, and the kids will be amazed and entertained.

Truffles is a good choice for families with small children. They serve continuously from lunch through dinner, so you can miss the dinner rush and eat before 6 PM. The children's menu is right on and they provide crayons and activity placemats for the kids. [Deb].

Our entire family enjoyed Aunt Chilada's ...the food was great, the portions for the money was good, and the service was great. [Pam]. Ed note: if you are a light eater, their happy hour menu might be all you need for dinner.

The Sage Room is top notch. ...converse with owner-chef Matt while he tells you about the food he is cooking...before your eyes. Excellent food and service...good wine list at reasonable prices. [Joe].

Wild Wing Café is one of our favorite spots.  Over 25 flavors of wings and the Jalapeńo Poppers are terrific. Hot Wings, Cold Beers and a good time. [Ellen & Walt].

Kenny B's Is informal, small, but very good Low Country food. Chef Kenny makes wonderful shrimp and grits. Food is always fresh and made piping hot. They also have wonderful buffets. Reasonable prices. [Anon. from Steubenville, OH]

Boathouse II restaurant is a great place for dinner. It seems to be a place where locals hang out ... and the food and atmosphere are awesome! Be sure to go around 8:30 and get outside seating, You sit right by the water and can watch some awesome sunsets. ... the food is delicious. [Caitlin].

Jazz Corner... dinner was fantastic. Look for two for one coupon at the visitors center or in the Restaurants Guide. Ed note: Also in Where to Go. [Bob H].

Plantation Deli provides a wonderful Blue Plate Special each day ...generous portions and tastes great. Not pricy and good for seniors. [Ronnie].

The Smokehouse ... I have eaten there every year. Their food is out of this world. I recommend the smoked brisket, pulled pork, baked beans and the Colossal Onion Rings. For great laid back cuisine this place is number one. [Reginald]. Ed note: This restaurant consistently has won awards for ribs and barbeque over several years.

Amigos Café Y Cantina has very good, authentic food and is very reasonably priced. Cheapest bottled beer of just about any restaurant. [Sue}

Sea Shack for excellent seafood at reasonable prices in a "beyond casual" environment. [ Mary Beth ] Ed note: This place is very popular with locals. It's located near Truffles, Stellini's and Seashore Vacations. Since Rachael Rae featured it, long lines are common.

Kenny B's (has) great seafood with a Cajun influence -... excellent fried seafood baskets and 'Po-Boys. [Mary Beth]

Signe's (Heaven Bound Bakery and Café Cute, unusual atmosphere, fresh and different food (not your standard bacon and eggs breakfast) , yummy desserts to go, and clean, clean, clean. [Sue & Ray]

Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café (was) a great breakfast experience. The food was excellent and the server as nice and friendly as could be. It was worth the wait to get in on a busy Sunday morning. [Sue] Ed. note: Also mentioned as one of our favorites.

Hinchey's has good food at reasonable prices, friendly service and very clean bathrooms... Great place for lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, sports on television, whatever. [Sue]

Tapas got a lengthy rave review for the personnel, food, wine and decor. [Lisa} Ed. note: Tapas, as the name implies, serves appetizer portions, and guests order two or three each and often share around..

Bogey''s Coffee Café (is) such a great place. Had wonderful cake, muffins, sandwiches and drinks...The owners Rich and Dena were wonderful, nice people. [Elizabeth].

Crazy Crab at Harbour Town. We have been coming ... for years and we always visit this restaurant at least twice during our .. visit. The wait is long but worth it ... never any complaints ... For basic seafood and.. can't beat the Crazy Crab. [Candi]. Ed. note there's another Crazy Crab at the North end, next to the Chamber of Commerce welcome center. That one has a wonderful playground to keep the kids busy while you wait.

Nick's is great. They have Italian, seafood, steak ..huge portions, delicious.. outstanding in two visits Ed note: Under new management [Anon]

Stellini's: Just got back from HH and had a wonderful meal at Stellini's.  We eat there every year, but it just seems to have gotten better! [Sue].

The Studio: The best dinners my husband and I had during our vacation were at The Studio - excellent quality of food, service, creative menu and artistic atmosphere, also...
Tapas unique dining  - something different with pleasant decor and management [Monica R].

Hudson's:  It has a family atmosphere and a cozy bar, but we mostly love the food.  Excellent quality at a reasonable price.  Their bucket of oysters is a fun meal.  Very tactile; fun work to get full.  Sit by the back window and view the water and wildlife while you eat. [Paul & Judy R.]

Hinchey's, Wild Wing Café,  come recommended as being very family friendly and serving very good food, by the parents of four. [Ronnda and Steve]

We love Java Joes in the morning or the Coligny Bakery for donuts,/favorite restaurants are Wild Wings Cafe, Crazy crab Harbour Town, Guiseppie's Shelter Cove, Aunt Chilada's, Marley's, Skillets, Amigo's, Hilton Head Diner and Signe's Bakery. We love ice cream from Hilton Head Ice Cream or Marley's or Coligny Deli and Ice Cream. We have little kids so all the above are kids friendly! [Michele].

Kenny B's has (a) fantastic breakfast ...fantastic shrimp & grits. [Kate]

Steamer's at Coligny Plaza - super casual, good food & beer at good prices. [Kate]

The Mellow Mushroom is the best place ever !!! [Anon.]

Marley's - great food, incredible service. Would go again and again. [Denise]

Hinchey's was great... [Denise]

Harbour Town Grill was fabulous. [Denise]

La Hacienda (has) very good food, good Margaritas and an exceptionally nice atmosphere - the bar area in particular is really nice. [Sue]

Christine's for sandwiches and salads, the sizzling fajitas and grilled wings at Aunt Chilada's , the berry Belgian waffle at Skillet's, soup and sandwiches at the Earl of Sandwich, beer at Wild Wing Café, and everything at Hinchey's, Charlie's Crab and the Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café. [Sue M.]

 Dye's Gullah Fixin's Restaurant get our vote as the best on Hilton Head!
 This is our 4th year vacationing on Hilton Head and we have dined at most of the favorites.  This year we tried Dye's
(located at 407 Pineland Station) and found it to have excellent lunch and dinner fixins.  We were served by the owner, Dye,
and enjoyed a delicious seafood gumbo, Blue Crab patties with homemade tartar sauce, slaw, and sweet potato fries.
The desserts are also homemade - we tried the peach dump (cobbler) and pecan pie - have never tasted food so rich and
smooth!  Dye's also has things that kids like - such as fried chicken and ribs.  The restaurant is tastefully decorated and even
has live entertainment.  We loved this place so much that our family is going back for dinner.  Dye's appears to be the best kept
secret on the island.  If you haven't tried it - we suggest that you do!  It will make your trip to Hilton Head memorable! [Martha}
Ed note: I have heard high compliments from locals as well, all of whom enjoyed the Gullah entertainment.
Shaun and Laura recommend Catch 22 for all-you-can-eat crab legs, Stack's Pancakes for breakfast
 ("food is dynamite...service is very friendly), and Old Oyster Factory.
Alison likes Bella Italia (very, very good), Grumpy Grouper, Captain Woody's and Bonefish ( a bit more expensive).
Lind and Dick like Frankie Bones for dinner, happy hour and early bird specials; the French Bakery for pastries, sandwiches, or quiche; and Carraba's, even though it's a chain restaurant. 
Island Bistro was a good choice by Sue, who liked the decor, cleanliness and great wine list. She highly recommends the fried green tomatoes.
Skillets and Steamers in Coligny, the Salty Dog at the South Beach Marina, the Crazy Crab in Harbour Town and the Smokehouse (now on Pope Ave. near Red fish)
are all "must stops" for our family. And you can't leave Coligny without a gelato from Ritas. [Anon} 
Stacks - if you eat breakfast, GO HERE!!  DO NOT leave without trying the Creme Brulee French Toast!!  WOW!!!!!  It is out of this world!  {Mike}.
You have to try Harold's Diner on 278. They have the best breakfast. It's a little diner where you watch them cook. {Doug}.
Try Giuseppi's Pizza, the best on the island. All food there is great. {Doug}.


Gregg Russell. My 18 year old daughter still has her "pick ME, please" sign (which Gregg signed) and an autographed Bubble Gum tee shirt from 15 years ago (truly prized possessions). Ed note: see Our Favorites

The show by Shannon Tanner at Shelter Cove was great! [Pam]. Ed note: see Our Favorites.

Biking: if you are biking with children consider renting a tandem bike (sized for an adult up front and a child behind) if your child is between 5 and 8 years old. Younger children can be towed in a kiddy cart behind an adult bicycle. Please keep in mind traffic is heavy and children lack an adults judgment and become absorbed in their fantasies. Child seats can be installed on the back of an adult's bike, but upsets the balance and requires concentration. [Deb] 

Schooner Welcome: (We take the sunset cruise and) love the casual atmosphere and peaceful ride...Help raise the sails and take a turn at the wheel if you're so inclined. [Susan and Peter]

Cappy the Clown and Yostie the Puppet Lady are great entertainers for for the young kids. We look forward to them every time we visit. [Michele] Ed note: Cappy can be seen  at Coligny Plaza. Yostie can be seen at Coligny Plaza and she teaches kids puppeteering at the Coastal Discovery Museum.

Family Fiesta Latina (was) a gem! A shame that not many non-Hispanic locals attend. EXCELLENT food, friendly people, great entertainment. Islanders don't know what they've missed. [Sue].


We have been using Seashore Vacations (vacation rental company) for over 20 years and have only received the best of service and friendliness from the staff. [Veronica and Joseph]

A lot of people approach risk as if it's the enemy when it's really fortune's accomplice.         Sting

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