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Hilton Head, SC, restaurants

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The following Hilton Head restaurants were recommended by a regular vistor whose chowish credentials are not known. Any comments on these -- or other recs for an August visit? Thanks!
-- Sticky Fingers
-- Stripes
-- Giuseppi's Pizza
-- San Miguel's
-- Quarterdeck

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  1. Those are fine recommendations, depending on what you are looking for. The best I've had on HHI is Sea Grass Grill, just outside of the Palmetto Dunes Plantation--great for fish, with some land-lover options. We've also had good meals at Charlie's Crab--near Hudson's.

    1. We were down there a few months back and ordered pizza delivery from Giuseppi's and it was one of the best I've ever had.

      1. we've been vacationing on Hilton Head for about 15 yrs and still haven't found great seafood there.

        San Miguels is good mexican right on the docks in Shelter Cove. Guiseppis is great pizza, think that's up in Forest Beach (?). My hubby and I tried Hudson's again with mixed results. It does have great hush puppies, but the shrimp can be touch and go chewy.

        If you're up for a day trip, we always travel to Savannah and eat at Mrs Wilkes on Jones street. GREAT southern cooking, family style meal, set price.

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        1. re: crista

          My favorite local seafood is at a dive called Sea Shack. Have you tried it? It is hidden on Pope Executive Avenue. For a decent atmosphere and seafood, have you tried Charlie's Crabhouse? It is very close to Hudson's.

          1. re: CarJr

            Have you tried the sea food at Charlies. I don't think you will be let down

        2. We were in Hilton Head early this month and ate at Giuseppies (sp?). We had a 45 minute wait for a table, and the pizza was excellent. All four of us agree that the wait was worthwhile.

          The other places where we ate were Captain's Seafood - quite good - and Hilton Head Diner - absolutely the worst foodsite message board recommended restaurant we have experienced since discovering Chowhound three years ago.

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          1. re: Milt

            I ate at Captain's tonight. It seems they have moved to Coligny Plaza and with the move the quality of food has gone downhill. I'd give it a C- on quality and D+ on price. My daughter had the Calimari which was lack luster. I had the Captain's Platter (yes, fried but I was in the mood for that) and it was so-so. The scallops were quite good but the sides were tasteless. Crab Cake was burned. Service was by a standard useless college student with no customer-service skills.
            Overall, a disappointing dinner for $105 for a family of 3 1/2 (my youngest just had a appetizer).

            1. re: cymbaline65

              which is sad since it used to be great. i agree the one time i've been since they moved it was nothing special.

          2. The restaurant selections are good except Sticky Fingers. Just not my type of place.

            Eating on the island is not cheap, but I do recommend Santa Fe Grill, The Sage Room, Michael Anthony's, Park 211, CQ's, Old Fort Pub, and The Brick Oven. These are all exceptional restaurants that can put a dent in your wallet if you aren't careful.

            My favorite seafood place is a local dive called The Sea Shack. Good lunch spot or "inexpensive" (for HH) dinner. Charlie's Crab is another good seafood spot with a better atmosphere.

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            1. re: CarJr

              I second CQ's - it's right near Harbourtown and my family and I went there for the second time last night. The service was fantastic and all eight of us loved every bite (which is a rarity). We had a pretty good spread too - duck, pork chops, mussels, fish and pasta.

              Ate at a newish place (I think it's been around for a year) - Java Burrito Co. which is maybe two minutes from the sea pines gate. It's like a hipster Chipotle with a coffee bar inside, but a cool casual place to take the kids to when you just got out of the car after a six hour drive!