November 2018

Irish meets Italian at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina: Bucci & Murray’s Pub on the Harbor

Author: Linda S. Hopkins | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

As more and more restaurants explore fusion cuisine, the American palate continues to expand and evolve. But husband and wife team Christina Bucci and Bob Murray have taken the concept a step further, creating a brand new dining concept that combines not only two cuisines but two distinct cultures with a broad range of appeal. It’s all happening at Bucci & Murray’s Pub in the picturesque setting at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, adding the unique element of natural beauty and hospitality that is the hallmark of the Harbour. Think gorgeous sunsets and magnificent water views, a delicious combination of Italian cuisine and Irish pub food, live music and dancing, plus sports galore. Does it get any better than that?

After an extensive summer-long renovation, the restaurant, formerly Bucci’s Italian Cuisine, has not only transformed its look, but has a new personality to match. The concept was to combine a New England-style pub with a classic Italian restaurant to create a more relaxed atmosphere where everybody from the die-hard sports fan to a family on vacation can feel at home.

One of the most exciting new features is a 28-foot inside bar, facing the Harbour to maximize the view. “A lot of places build bars, but the bartender has the best view and the patrons are looking at a wall,” Murray said. “I turned it around, so they’re looking out the glass windows at the marina.”

But if sports are more your bag than boats and sunsets, don’t worry, because you can have the best of it all. Bucci and Murray added three 50-inch TVs above the new bar as well as TVs throughout the venue so you can follow your favorite team and never miss a play, indoors or out.

According to Murray, the new inside bar, in addition to the existing patio bar, presents the opportunity to serve more people, especially during their popular happy hour, which takes place daily from 4-7 p.m. (bar and high tops only, 21 and up) except on Tuesdays when the restaurant is closed during the fall/winter season. They’ll be back in full swing on Tuesdays this spring and summer when our seasonal visitors return and the HarbourFest activities resume, Bucci said, but for now, they are catering to local families and sports fans as well as folks who just want to enjoy delicious food and drinks in a lively environment.

The other exciting addition is the indoor performance stage, where local musicians perform and customers can let loose on the dance floor. “We set out to make this a light, joyful place where you can enjoy both Irish and Italian cuisine while taking in the views of beautiful Shelter Cove Harbour,” Bucci said. “Our passion is to provide our customers with an experience that combines amazing food, live entertainment, and a love of sports in a fun, friendly environment.”

Besides all the new energy and buzz the pub is bringing to the area, Bucci and Murray are committed to offering their customers a diverse dining experience. While the overall feel of the restaurant is casual, the menu is rather complex—not in a stuffy “I don’t know what I’m ordering” kind of way, but in the matter of variety and choice. Whether you are in the mood for eggplant rollatini (a house favorite, back by popular demand), shepherd’s pie (a classic Irish dish with a twist), or Lowcountry-style crab cakes, your taste buds are in for a treat. Or maybe you’re craving a Philly cheese steak, a traditional Reuben, a meatball grinder, a scratch-made pizza, or a juicy all-American burger. You’ve got it! The combination of local seafood offerings along with Italian favorites and traditional pub fare makes way for every appetite.

The restaurant welcomes a new executive chef, Pedro Gomez, who has worked in the food and beverage business for more than 40 years, with experience as a chef in Spain, New York City, Miami and Savannah prior to joining the team at Bucci & Murray’s Pub on the Harbour. He’s backed up by a team of faithful co-workers from front of the house managers and servers to the prep cooks and other support staff who work together seamlessly, delivering the consistent experience their customers have come to expect.

Full menu service is available daily from 4-9:30 p.m. (pizza served until 10 p.m.), with sports, conversation, laughter and fun extending “until” to satisfy the night owls among us. Lunch is available from noon-3 p.m. And don’t forget the island’s best happy hour from 4-7 p.m.

The newly designed restaurant has 205 seats and will take evening reservations for 69 of those seats. The rest are reserved for walk-ins—first come, first served. Families with children are welcome, and the open-air patio is dog-friendly. Come watch football with your fellow fans, make it a couple’s night, stop in for cocktails and entertainment, or bring the family, including your furry friend. Get ready for an all-new experience at one of the most vibrant venues in town.

Bucci & Murray’s Pub on the Harbour is located at 13 Harbourside Lane on Hilton Head Island, overlooking the fabulous Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. For a peek at the menu or the scoop on the entertainment schedule, visit, follow on Facebook, or call (843) 785-3300.

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