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May 20, 2010 06:33 AM

Places to Eat Hilton Head, SC???

Looking for good places to eat when in Hilton Head, SC.

Looking for some family friendly lunch and dinner spots- bringing a 5 year old and a 2 year old. Also, would like to find one or two places for an adults only nice dinner. Any suggestions are welcome.

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  1. Just ate (last night) at CQ' would be great for the adults-only part of your itinerary.

    Excellent, inventive dishes--some classics done very well (shrimp bisque, for example), others more interesting. I had a main course of wahoo, two perfectly cooked pieces of fish resting atop canneloni beans, tomatoes, sausage, pea shoots and an incredibly flavorful broth. I guess my wife's swordfish with quinoa, apricots and so on was just as good, but I didn't get to taste it! I did taste the porterhouse steak (another special last night) which my brother-in-law said was one of the best steaks he had ever eaten, and he's eaten plenty. I'd have to agree based on my small taste! Others at our table raved about the salmon, venison, and scallops they had chosen, so I don't think you could go wrong.
    Desserts are more mainstream--creme brulee, bread pudding, key lime pie--and thankfully the portions are manageable. Really nice service too, an excellent wine list (markups about typical, I'd say) and a number of good choices by the glass, including a number of organic wines identified as such. Good luck!

    140A Lighthouse Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

    1. I've lived on the island for 29 years, so I hope that I can help.

      Kid friendly: The Boathouse Grill on Squire Pope Road. Big, boistrous and on the water. Lots of outdoor seating. Almost next door is Hudson's on the Dock, an island institution.

      Adult stuff: Friday evening finds all the island glitterati at Wise Guys, Main Street (north end). Big drinks, small plates. Right next door is Frankie Bones, owned by the same people. For Italian there's Michael Anthony's on New Orleand Road (south end) and Mulberry Street Trattoria, over the bridge first left after the Moss Creek light and Il Carpaccio, in Pineland Station (also the best pizza on the island.) Black Marlin is at Palmetto Bay, take the right turn on Palmetto Bay Road just before the bridge to the Crossisland Xway and follow that road to its end. Lots of outdoor seating.

      Although I haven't been to CQ's in probably fifteen years, it does have a good reputation. Also, kids might enjoy The Salty Dog in South Beach. Both the latter are in Sea Pines Plantation.


      Mulberry Street
      1476 Fording Island Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910

      Sea Pines Restaurants
      32 Greenwood Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

      Frankie Bones
      1301 Main St, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

      3 Replies
      1. re: DaleJ

        Thank you both for the recommendations! Sorry Capercat, I had to pick one post to reply to but both responses are appreciated.

        1. re: DaleJ

          Hi Dale, a while back I heard about Chef David of The Sea Shack venturing off and opening his own place. Do you know about this and, if so, have you been? Is the Sea Shack still open and again, if so, is it any good anymore now that Chef David is gone? Thanks, in advance, for any info.

          1. re: lynnlato

            Sea Shack is open, but I must confess that I have not been there in a half dozen years, so am unable to comment on quality.

            Sea Shack
            6 Executive Park Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

        2. Anthonys you got two good replies but here's a recent thread on HHI that's interesting. Sounds like Boathouse would be nice for your kids. There are others I'm sure. Good luck. Have a nice trip.