Finding a good restaurant on Hilton Head can be a challenging task, because there are so many great ones to choose from. There are hundreds of restaurants spanning a wide range of tastes, styles, and price ranges. After spending a week on this beautiful island, we discovered 3 restaurants that we would recommend for the good food, excellent service, and reasonable prices. If you are a seafood lover, keep reading. Every meal, we devoured was based on a piece of locally caught fish.
A Lowcountry Backyard
Made the way it used to be! – Their motto Searching on TripAdvisor for a local lunch spot, I chose Number 3 on the list (at the time of our trip), A Lowcountry Backyard. There was somewhat of a wait for outside seating, so we listened to our growling tummies and chose to skip the wait and head inside. As the name of the restaurant indicates, it’s a casual, easy-going atmosphere quickly felt throughout this establishment and with all the staff we encountered. I was debating between the Crab Cake Sandwich and the Shrimp Burger. I mentioned my dilemma to our friendly server. She quickly suggested the Shrimp Burger and it turned out to be very tasty advice. It was the best shrimp burger I have ever had – freshly homemade and generous on the portion size.
The Blackened Wahoo Sandwich had the perfect amount of heat from the blackening spices, which made it an excellent choice for my husband. His side of lima beans was the best we ever tasted. No kidding, I wanted to lick the bowl, but choose not to embarrass myself, I just poured the remaining liquid into a spoon and slurped up the wonderful favors. The homemade pickles were just like grandma used to make, the bread and butter kind. This restaurant is true to its motto – made the way it used to be. No short cuts on flavors here and everything was wonderfully homemade.
The atmosphere lends to the feeling the staff are in no rush for you to leave. In the backyard, there is a swing, a corn hole game, and a putting green. Relax and enjoy yourself is certainly encouraged here. Don’t hesitate, find your way to this wonderful place. The Quarterdeck Located at the base of the iconic candy-striped lighthouse in Harbour Town, The Quarterdeck restaurant is in an ideal spot. Outdoor seating is a perfect choice on a nice, sunny day. Sit back and watch the yachts going out to sea or coming back to port. The Local Peel ‘n’ Shrimp were perfectly cooked. Peeling the shells does take some work, but so worth the effort. The sizeable portion made it enough for a meal.
The Crab Cake Sandwich topped with fried green tomato and remoulade was an incredibly delicious combination of flavors. I could not put the sandwich down. Thinking back, I’m sure I ate way too fast. Luckily, I skipped most of the kettle chips. The super-sized sandwich was filling enough for me. And left me completely satisfied.
Thinking back on this restaurant, scenic views, professional service, and outstanding food are my best thoughts on this wonderful restaurant to have a bite to eat. Steamer Seafood Located in the popular Coligny Plaza, Steamer Seafood is the perfect place for a frosty, cold, beer to match with their wonderfully prepared seafood. Stocked with beer from all 50 states and 24 countries, there is certain to be a choice for everyone. Get comfortable in the rustic yet industrial interior. There is a laid-back atmosphere, so settle in for a while and with an enormous amount of seating, no need to rush.
The Fried Oyster Po-boy Sandwich was delicious. The generous portion of fried oysters was cooked perfectly – tender not chewy. The bread was crusty on the outside and soft in the middle. The tender oysters and bread made a delicious combination for this sandwich.
The restaurants gave us quick service, reasonable prices, and yummy food. It’s an excellent choice on the south end of the island.
I must stop writing now, I’m getting hungry!
What’s your favorite restaurant on Hilton Head Island?