Nestled on the picturesque shores of Hilton Head Island, Sea Pines is a hidden culinary gem. This enchanting enclave boasts not only stunning vistas but also a vibrant culinary scene that caters to every palate. From seafood extravaganzas to mouthwatering steaks and everything in between, Sea Pines offers an array of dining options that will tantalize your taste buds. In this article, we will delve into some of the best restaurants in Sea Pines, highlighting their signature dishes and what makes them must-visit destinations for any food lover.
The Crazy Crab
Let’s kick off our gastronomic journey in Sea Pines with The Crazy Crab, an iconic seafood haven. Located near the marina, this restaurant has been serving up delectable seafood dishes for decades. The star of the show here is undoubtedly the Crazy Crab’s Lowcountry Shrimp Boil. This mouthwatering medley features succulent shrimp, sweet corn, and red potatoes, all simmered to perfection. Served with drawn butter and cocktail sauce, it’s a delightful dish that captures the essence of the South Carolina coast.
For those looking for a lighter option, the Shrimp and Grits is a must-try. Made with plump jumbo shrimp atop a bed of Gouda-infused grits, accompanied by a medley of sautéed spinach, shallots, portobello mushrooms, and a rich applewood-smoked bacon cream sauce. The Crazy Crab’s scenic waterfront location makes it a popular choice among both locals and visitors.
Links, an American Grill
Located at the iconic Harbour Town Golf Links clubhouse, Links, an American Grill, offers a unique dining experience with breathtaking views of the 9th green. While the setting is undeniably spectacular, the food truly shines here.
Start your meal with the Maine Lobster Tail, a delectable dish featuring impeccably seared lobster accompanied by locally sourced Heritage Farm tomatoes, a medley of truffle accents, pistachios, sherry vinegar, and a luscious golden tomato essence.
For the main course, the Grilled New York Strip Steak is a meat lover’s dream. Cooked to your desired level of doneness and accompanied by your chosen sauce and side, this dish is a celebration of prime beef and culinary craftsmanship.
Sea Pines’ dining scene wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Coast, a seafood-centric restaurant. The menu here features an array of fresh catches and creative preparations.
One dish that stands out at Coast is the Pan-Roasted Atlantic Salmon. This culinary delight is complemented by roasted Brussels sprouts, a sweet balsamic reduction, velvety butternut squash puree, and crisp shaved apples. The dish offers a harmonious blend of flavors and textures. The salmon’s crispy exterior meets tender, moist flesh, and the roasted Brussels sprouts add an earthy contrast. The balsamic reduction adds a sweet and tangy complexity. At the same time, the butternut squash puree provides creamy richness, and the shaved apple offers a refreshing, crisp note.
For a unique appetizer, try the Spicy Shrimp Tacos. These soft-shell tacos are filled with succulent shrimp, complemented by a refreshing shaved cabbage slaw, queso fresco, and chili lime crema. It’s a delightful blend of flavors that transports you to a seaside paradise.
Sometimes, all you crave is a comforting slice of pizza, and Giuseppi’s Pizza delivers just that. This family-friendly restaurant has been a beloved fixture in Sea Pines for years, and their pizza is legendary.
Giuseppi’s Mega Meaty is a carnivore’s delight. It features a generous combination of pepperoni, Italian sausage, meatball, ham, and applewood smoked bacon atop a perfectly baked crust. The sauce is rich and tangy, and the cheese is wonderfully gooey — it’s pizza perfection.
If you’re in the mood for pasta, don’t miss the Chicken Penne Alfredo. This classic Italian dish is made with a savory Alfredo sauce topped with grilled chicken. It’s a simple yet deeply satisfying plate of pasta that captures the essence of Italian cuisine.
Reimagined and revitalized, The Quarterdeck has emerged as the crowning jewel of Harbour Town — an unrivaled dining destination for savoring the breathtaking sunsets that grace Hilton Head Island. Nestled adjacent to the iconic lighthouse, this establishment boasts a dual-level layout. It has a welcoming bar and dining area on the lower floor and an enchanting rooftop oyster bar offering panoramic vistas spanning 270 degrees, encompassing the picturesque Harbor Town and the mesmerizing Calibogue Sound.
The standout dish at this restaurant is the Market Fish Imperial, a delightful amalgamation of flavors that showcases a South Carolina-caught fish crowned with a sumptuous crab crust and accompanied by a delectable imperial sauce. The dish is further elevated with a zesty touch of lemon, a velvety sweet corn coulis, and truffled fingerling potatoes. It’s a rich and indulgent dish that embodies the essence of Lowcountry cuisine.
Save room for dessert and indulge in the Not Your Grandma’s Key Lime Cheesecake, a must-try treat. This dessert features a buttery graham cracker crumb crust, complemented by a whipped mascarpone topping and a raspberry compote. It’s the perfect sweet conclusion to your dining experience at The Quarterdeck.
Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island offers a diverse culinary landscape that satisfies even the most discerning palates. From the seafood feasts at The Crazy Crab to the upscale elegance of Links, an American Grill, and the Italian comfort food at Giuseppi’s, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Coast and The Quarterdeck showcase the region’s seafood offerings, highlighting the area’s rich culinary traditions.
While exploring these culinary delights, consider staying at Beachside Hilton Head, offering vacation rentals that provide a comfortable and convenient home base for your culinary adventures in Sea Pines.
Whether you’re a seafood enthusiast, a steak lover, or a fan of Italian cuisine, Sea Pines has it all. With its breathtaking views, warm hospitality, and exceptional dining options, Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island is a gastronomic paradise waiting to be savored. So, plan your visit, and savor the unforgettable dishes that make Sea Pines a true culinary treasure.