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Mar 19, 2010 01:13 PM

Charleston - Savannah- Recs for Restaurants on the Water

We'll be in Charleston and Hilton Head for a week in May and would like recommendations for good restaurants on the water. I'm willing to drive 50 miles north of Charleston to 50 miles south of Savannah.

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  1. Is the view negotiable? IMHO the restaurants in Charleston with a view aren't the best ones. The exception is the Boathouse on Isle of Palms. Their website is down for the moment, but you can reserve here:

    Have a cocktail at Market Pavilion on the rooftop.

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      I'm way out of my knowledge zone, here, but isn't The Wreck on the water? I seem to recall its gets generally favorable reviews on here?

      1. re: carolinadawg

        It is, but there's no real view from inside the restaurant. It's right on the dock at Shem Creek, but the shrimp boats kinda block the view. It's really good though.

        1. re: Sue in Mt P

          You aren't specific about what type of restaurant you're looking for, but if good food is the only qualifier and you aren't worried about white table cloths....or any tablecloths at all, for that matter, Bowen's Island is on the water and the views and the food are both great....but be forewarned that "dive" is probably an optimistic description of the place! :)

          1. re: BetsyinKY

            Right but the sunset there will make you want to write a poem! Bowen's is best known for the oysters. And when you're sitting at the tables, unless you are in front of the door you can't really see the creek.

            It's hard to find and the procedure to order and get your food is specific, but it is FUN. Just follow everybody else.

    2. AJ's on Tybee Island (Savannah's drive-to beach) is on the back river. very laid back, casual Key West feel. these people know how to cook seafood, from your typical fried shrimp or oyster platters (common meals down here along the coast) to nightly specials excellent enough to be served in the finest white tablecloth downtown eateries.

      1. Thanks for the suggestions.

        1. Huck's Lowcountry Table on IOP is pretty good, and it's about as "on the water" as you can get.

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          1. re: danna

            I've been a little hesitant to recommend it. It got off to a rocky start and got some iffy reviews. But we went last night and it was great. You have to sit on the patio to see the water. The view was great before they built that condo-tel next door.