July 2020

C2: Restaurants on the Water

Author: Special to CH2

Whether you arrive at your destination by car or boat, these restaurants have breathtaking waterfront views to take in while you enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Bistro 17
17D Harbourside Lane
Bistro 17 is a cozy, waterfront French café, located to the right of Neptune’s statue in Shelter Cove Marina. The restaurant offers incredible lunch and dinner menus, with live music seven nights a week. They are kid (and dog!) friendly. Don’t miss out on a great dining experience overlooking the yachts of Shelter Cove Marina & Harbour. Alfresco dining is also offered.

86 Helmsman Way (Palmetto Bay Marina)
(843) 785-4950
Black Marlin offers the island’s largest selection of fresh-caught seafood, delicious hand-cut steaks, and premium frozen drinks, all in a relaxing Key West atmosphere. Located dockside at Palmetto Bay Marina, you can dine indoors or outdoors on the expansive patio. Take in the water views from your seat at The World Famous Black Marlin Hurricane Bar while enjoying menu selections such as the award-winning Sushi Nachos.

Bucci & Murray’s Pub on the Harbor
13 Harbourside Ln Bldg 2-C, 
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 785-3300
Whether you’re gathering with friends for a gorgeous view of the Shelter Cove sunset or joining loved ones for a cozy meal, we offer all that you need for a night of joyful laughs and great food. After all, entertainment and comfort are the principles we treasure most. After a day on the beach, unwind with us at Bucci & Murray’s Pub on the Harbour for a night of pure bliss.

Village at Palmetto Bluff
(843) 706-6630
Specializing in casual southern Italian cuisine, Buffalo’s is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, conveniently located in the center of Wilson Village and offering picturesque views of the May River and chapel.

The Crazy Crab
Hwy. 278 Overlooking Jarvis Creek or Sea Pines 
(843) 681-5021 (North End)
(843) 363-2722 (Harbour Town)
The Crazy Crab provides spectacular waterfront dining experiences at two famous Hilton Head Island locations. The menu is derived from Lowcountry recipes, and each entrée is individually prepared to order. Specializing in crab, they also offer amazing lobster, oysters and, of course, hushpuppies. At the Jarvis Creek location, the covered outside deck area can seat nearly 100 with an outdoor bar, live music during the summer, and a perfect view of breathtaking Lowcountry sunsets. In Harbour Town, there is plenty of family entertainment just outside the front door with the Harbour Town Lighthouse, a massive playground, live music in the summer, and amazing views of Calibogue Sound. A local favorite for over 30 years.

Sea Pines Resort
(843) 842-1888
Specializing in fresh, regionally sourced seafood, Coast is a polished casual atmosphere with one-of-a-kind oceanfront views. Located at the spectacular Sea Pines Beach Club and offering indoor and outdoor seating, Coast’s menu features a diverse variety of seafood favorites, like the signature fresh seafood platter and fresh fish tacos, along with oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, and an array of burgers, sandwiches and wraps. The beachfront bar is a casual and relaxing destination providing seasonal evening entertainment and an assortment of specialty drinks and frozen cocktails. Visit Ocean Lounge, conveniently situated on the second floor of the world-class Sea Pines Beach Club, or enjoy incredible second-floor views and an extensive beverage menu. Coast features an all-day menu, dinner menu and bar service with seasonal nightly live outdoor entertainment (weather permitting).

The Dunes House
14 Dune House Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 593-9104
For property owners and guests of Palmetto Dunes, The Dunes House is located just steps away from the beach and offers casual dining for resort guests and property owners. This laid-back beach bar and restaurant allows you to enjoy food, drinks and fun with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Open for lunch and dinner, the Dunes House features an entirely outdoor kitchen offering fresh grilled hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, wraps, Hilton Head Island’s best fish tacos, and other fabulous dishes. A wide range of beverages are also available, from beer and wine to sodas and signature frozen drinks. During the summer months, The Dunes House offers live entertainment on Monday and Friday nights.

Shelter Cove Marina
(843) 785-3030
ELA’S, Hilton Head Island’s award‐winning waterfront restaurant on Shelter Cove Harbour, features exceptional water views, fresh catch seafood, prime cut steaks, and a sophisticated atmosphere. Our contemporary decor, romantic garden patio, and chic bar with live music make ELA’S a favorite destination for casual dining, romantic evenings, and special events. Open Daily for dinner from 5pm. Check website for lunch hours.

Fishcamp on Broad Creek
11 Simmons Road
(843) 842-2267
Join us for laid-back waterfront dining on the Broad Creek. Backyard games, live music, delicious food and an all-around great time for the whole family. We’re bound to be your new favorite restaurant destination on Hilton Head!

Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks
1 Hudson Rd.
(843) 681-2772
All tables feature extraordinary views of Port Royal Sound for a truly unique Lowcountry dining experience. Hudson’s employs the largest and one of only two remaining fishing fleets on the island which brings fresh local seafood straight from our docks to your table. Share the excitement as their crews unload thousands of oysters, shrimp and soft shell crabs from the day’s catch. Bring your family and friends for a special Lowcountry treat that has been a tradition for island-goers for many years.

Hilton Head Plantation
(843) 681-2386
With breathtaking sunset views over the Intracoastal Waterway and Pinckney Island, right next to historic Fort Mitchell, Chef Kynif’s summer menu is full of fresh-from-the-garden produce, local seafood, and tasty steaks to delight your taste buds. Relax on the romantic breeze-brushed deck under moss-draped oaks or gather family and friends inside the window-wrapped dining room. The island’s waterfront destination steeped in Lowcountry history.

Old Oyster Factory
101 Marshland Rd.
Hilton Head Island’s Finest Waterfront Dining. A Hilton Head Restaurant Destination For Over 30 Years! Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily.Overlooking Broad Creek, the Old Oyster Factory is a waterfront Hilton Head restaurant for family and children of all ages. With fresh-caught seafood and a wide range of steaks and delicious desserts, you’ll be sure to enjoy your meal while taking in one of Hilton Head’s best panoramic views of the marshland landscape.

38 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 121 (Shelter Cove Town Center)
(843) 341-3838
Poseidon serves premium quality cuisine from land and sea, from coast to coast. The nautically-inspired restaurant features outdoor and amazing waterfront sunset views. Poseidon brings together a truly unique Coastal Hospitality® and dining experience that will create wonderful memories to last a lifetime and be remembered for generations to come.

Shelter Cove Marina
San Miguel’s serves fresh, authentic Mexican food and award winning Margaritas all with a waterfront view in beautiful Shelter Cove Harbour.

South Beach Marina
(843) 671-CAFE
Hilton Head Island’s favorite waterfront café overlooks beautiful Braddock Cove. Live music and children’s entertainment echo the sounds of family fun nightly during the season, while fresh seafood is served daily. A schedule of seasonal events can be found at saltydog.com. Be sure to check out The Salty Dog T-shirt Factory to get your world famous Salty Dog T-Shirt.

Skull Creek Dockside
2 Hudsons Road.
(843) 785-3625
This restaurant, which resembles an old-style river house, is full of authentic architecture, reclaimed wood, and nautical accents that leave you feeling like you’ve stepped into a Melville novel. Second-to-none, the sweeping waterfront view is showcased by full-pane glass windows throughout the restaurant which you can enjoy no matter where you dine. The covered patio dining area, and massive outdoor bar, The Sharkbar, allow patrons to enjoy the lowcountry climate and serve to further highlight the amazing sunset views over Skull Creek.

Scott’s Fish Market Restaurant
17 Harbourside Lane
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Located directly waterfront on picturesque Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, Scott’s Fish Market Restaurant & Bar has served the freshest seafood, hand cut steaks, homemade pastas, creative salads, sandwiches, and tantalizing deserts for thirty-two years in an unrivaled waterfront setting. Scott’s features a selective wine list and extensive drink menus. We maintain a fresh approach to seafood preparation, locally sourcing native products from the low country, local waters, and surrounding areas.
The restaurant offers water views from every table, and they feature one of the largest outdoor dining areas on the island. Our comfortable marina front atmosphere is complemented by energetic service with indoor and outdoor seatings!

363 Squire Pope Road
(843) 681-3663
On the edge of the “friendliest marina of the Carolina coast,” at Skull Creek Boathouse, you will enjoy beautiful views whether you choose to dine indoors or outdoors on the pet-friendly terrace. The restaurant has received local and national awards for their Lowcountry inspired cuisine masterpieces, and has recently appeared on Food Network. Stop by for lunch, sunset supper, dinner, happy hour or weekend brunch! They also provide the perfect backdrop for your private parties and catered events.

Sunset Grille
43 Jenkins Rd. (Intracoastal Waterway at Hilton Head Harbor)
(843) 689-6744
Whether you are dining at lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch you will not be disappointed. Sunset Grille has been consistently recognized as one of Hilton Head Islands best kept secrets and was voted by Garden & Gun magazine to have one of the BEST Bloody Mary’s in the south. With virtually no advertising it has remained one of the most popular dining destinations on the Island.
Along with the fantastic food, great beverage list and attentive service, Sunset Grille offers one of the best sunset and water views on Hilton Head Island. Located at the Hilton Head Harbor Marina on the Intracoastal Waterway and overlooking Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge, it is a view not to be missed!

The Other Sister’s Wine Bar
13 Harbourside Lane Unit B,
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
The Other Sister’s Wine Bar sits on the waterfront tucked in Shelter Cove Harbour on Hilton Head Island. Come choose from a variety of selected local and imported wines. We have daily tastings, and wine by the glass, as well as gourmet meat and cheese plates, tapas, salads, sandwiches, house made desserts and more. Join us on Sundays for Brunch and Happy Hour daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wine NOT.

18 Simmons Road
(843) 681.3625
Where casual waterfront dining is yours to enjoy. The spacious deck overlooks Broad Creek Marina, Lowcountry marshes and a daily parade of boats. Drink up and chow down on a variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads and casual small bites. Up the Creek Pub & Grill has affordable prices and is just the perfect family-friendly Hilton Head Island restaurant. A great spot to enjoy after your ziplining tour, aerial adventure ropes thrill, dolphin tours, kayaking or parasailing trip. Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until.

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