There are hundreds of restaurants on Hilton Head Island. With so many to choose from you may have difficulty deciding which to try. Here’s a list of my favorite restaurants on the island.

Stephanie’s Dinner Favorites:

Santa Fe Café
Southwestern cuisine & rooftop cantina, lunch Monday – Friday & dinner Monday – Sunday, dinner entrees ranging from $21 – $23. Stephanie’s favorite dishes: sampler platter, Santa Fe salad, Grouper entrée, Salmon entree, Steak Fajitas and chimichanga entrée.
700 Plantation Center off Hwy 278
843-785-3838 Reservations recommended

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The Sage Room
Fine dining with “chef’s bar” where you can watch the chefs preparing your food, dinner only Monday – Saturday, entrees ranging from $20-$38. Stephanie’s favorite dishes: snow pea martini appetizer, Champagne poached Halibut and Grand Marnier strawberry shortcake.
13 Heritage Plaza off Pope Avenue
843-785-5352 Reservations recommended

Smokehouse Bar & House of BBQ
The best BBQ on the island! Lunch & Dinner MOnday- Sunday, entrees ranging from $5 – $20. Stephanie’s favorite dishes: pulled pork BBQ or chicken, chili, French dip with sweet potato fries, potato skins, smoked chicken with mac & cheese and veggies.
32 Palmetto Bay Rd
843-842-4227 Reservations not accepted

Hinoki Restaurant
Japanese style restaurant & sushi bar with the best sushi on the island! Lunch Monday – Friday, dinner Monday – Saturday. Stephanie’s favorite dishes: seafood salad with ponzu sauce, soft shell crab roll and wizard roll.
37 New Orleans Rd
843-785-9800 Reservations recommended

Il Carpaccio
Excellent Italian food and pizza made in a wood burning oven imported from Modena, Italy. Lunch & dinner Monday – Saturday, entrees ranging from $12 – $19. Stephanie’s favorite dishes: Penne Caprine, Linguine Lorella, Calabrese Pizza
843-342-9949 Reservations recommended

Black Marlin
Large menu with lots of seafood selections.  Fantastic appetizers and seafood tacos.  Features an outside bar and Hurricane bar serving frozen drinks.  Open lunch and dinner 7 days a week, as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday.  Stephanie’s favorite dishes: grilled fish cojimar corn tacos, tuna carpaccio, sushi nachos
Palmetto Bay Marina, 86 Helmsman Way
843-785-49950 Reservations not accepted

Ruan Thai
Authentic Thai food based on the cuisine from central Thailand.  Everything is prepared from scratch using fresh ingredients.  Stephanie’s favorite dishes: spicy wide noodles with chicken, whole crispy scored flounder
811 William Hilton Parkway
843-785-8575 Reservations accepted

CQ’s Restaurant
Great location in Harbour Town Marina.  Contemporary American cuisine restaurant with lots of charm and character.   Stephanie’s favorite dishes: Tuna entree with edamae hummus, and Seared Scallops
Harbour Town Marina, Sea Pines
843-671-2779 Reservations recommended

Mellow Mushroom
Very lively restaurant with spacious bar & lots of TV’s.  Large selection of beer on tap.   Stephanie’s favorite dishes: Greek salad, parmesan pretzels, and any one of their fantastic pizzas!
33 Office Park Rd, #15
843-686-2474 Reservations not accepted

Stephanie’s Lunch Favorites:

Chow Daddy’s

Southern cuisine with a modern twist with fantastic healthy options. Lunch & dinner weekly. Reservations Accepted. Stephanie’s favorite dishes: Arugula Salad with Blackened Fish or the Roasted Vegetable Bowl with Fried Egg.
14B Executive Park Road

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It’s Greek to Me II

Genuine Greek cuisine. Lunch & dinner Monday – Saturday, lunch entrees ranging from $6 – $10. Stephanie’s favorite dishes: dolmathes, hummus, flaming cheese, or Greek salad with gyro meat.
11 Lagoon Road next to Coligny Plaza

The Sea Shack

Don’t let the location scare you…it has the best seafood on the island! Local favorite. Lunch & dinner Monday – Saturday, entrees ranging from $10 – $12. Stephanie’s favorite dishes: fried shrimp & oysters and comes with two sides which change daily.
6 Executive Park Road off Pope Avenue

Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill

Great place to get a quick but excellent Mexican meal. Favorite local spot. Breakfast, lunch & dinner Monday – Sunday, entrees ranging from $5 – $9. Stephanie’s favorite dishes: Gringo tacos with shrimp.
51 New Orleans Road, Suite 4 Orleans Court just behind McDonalds

Very nice and cozy cafe to grab breakfast, coffee or lunch.  Stephanie’s favorite dishes: Super decker sandwich with a side of corn chips and pimento cheese spread or the Grilled Shrimp Salad.
71 Pope Avenue
843-686-5200 Reservations not needed or accepted

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The French Bakery
Quaint restaurant in the new Shelter Cove Towne Centre with indoor & outdoor seating.  Fantastic selection of large salads and sandwiches serviced on fresh made bread. Open for breakfast & lunch.  Stephanie’s favorite dishes: any of the large delicious salads
28 Shelter Cove Ln #120, Shelter Cove Towne Centre

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Good size restaurant with nice outside deck seating and large wine selection.  Open for lunch and dinner.  Stephanie’s favorite dishes: fish tostada
8 Archer Rd, facing Palmetto Bay Rd
843-686-3388 Reservations accepted

Stephanie’s Breakfast Favorites:

Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café
Quaint café offering breakfast all day. One of their most popular breakfast items is their crabcake benedict with homemade hollandaise. Breakfast & lunch Wednesday – Monday, entrees ranging from $6 – $11. Stephanie’s favorite dish: crab cake benedict.
86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina

Fantastic location overlooking coastal waterway with large outside barand ample outside seating.  Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Stephanie’s favorite dishes: breakfast burrito, Lox & bagel platter
397 Squire Pope Rd
843-681-3663 Reservations not accepted