Hilton Head Island Insider’s Guide to Dining

Picking the perfect restaurant is tough. Not only do you need to consider the menu, but there’s also location. Does it have a bar? Is it family-friendly? What’s the dress code? Luckily, we’re here to make things easier for you with the inside scoop to dining on Hilton Head Island.

From local flavors to perfect cups of coffee, sensational seafood, to comforting classics, you’ll find the right meal for you here. Best of all, you can enjoy your meal in the amazing atmosphere and ambiance that Hilton Head Island is known for. There’s no doubt about it, all your culinary cravings will be satisfied here on America’s Favorite Island®!

If you’re hungry for info on all things dining on Hilton Head Island, you’ve come to the right place.

Breakfast of Champions

Let’s start off with the first and most important meal of the day: Breakfast. Of course, you’re going to want something delicious to start your day, and we’ve got just the thing — breakfast burritos! At Java Burrito Company, they’re known for the fresh and flavorful bites and locally roasted and organic coffee bar. Of course, burritos and coffee might not be the first combo you think of when breakfast is on your mind, but Java Burrito’s zesty flavors are the perfect way to kick off your day.

Vegan and Vegetarian Dining

How about a health-conscious option? A local favorite here on Hilton Head Island is the Palmetto Bay Sun Rise Café. It’s easy to figure out why the parking lot is always full! This breakfast and lunch spot boasts a variety of healthy and fresh selections. An excellent destination for those looking to enjoy gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian options, but also for those on the move and ready to take on the day — a curbside take-out menu is available. And did we mention it has a dog-friendly patio? Perfect for the whole family!

International Flavours

How about a restaurant that will transport you to another country? Take one step into Nunzio Restaurant + Bar and immediately be won over by their Italian charm. Nunzio’s is the perfect blend of relaxed dining and fine food with an atmosphere that brings Italy’s la dolce vita right here to Hilton Head Island! Enjoy Italian flavors and savor every bite. With tender Veal Piccata, the variety of antipasti, sweet desserts, and pasta as far as the eye can see, if you’re looking for a taste of Italy somewhere else, we have one word for you: forgeddaboutit!

Freshly Baked, Freshly Brewed

Hilton Head Social Bakery is an excellent place for breakfast and lunch, ideal for grabbing something sweet to get you through the day, and — as the name suggests — the perfect spot to catch up with friends over a bite to eat. savory pastries, brioche, warm flaky croissants, cookies, and bread are just a few of the favorites on the menu here — all freshly baked daily! Whether you want to pair your sweets with coffee or something stronger, this local gem has you covered.

Seafood Lovers

Are you a seafood lover? Cast your line over at Rockfish Seafood & Steaks at Bomboras! This family favorite, located steps from the beach, pairs fresh and local ingredients with craft beers and wines. And while the seafood is incredible, there are plenty more delicious options! The Rockfish offers a wide variety of steaks, ribs, and savory entrees — there’s something for everyone on this menu. Take a peek upstairs and visit the Art Café, a pottery studio that’s great for children!

There’s also the Skull Creek Boathouse, where the only thing better than your meal will be the view. Yes, Skull Creek is known for having one of the most iconic restaurant views on all of Hilton Head Island. Sitting right on the water, this landmark restaurant serves up seafood masterpieces with a side of colorful sunset views. Swing by for lunch, sunset supper, dinner, happy hour, or weekend brunch. And while you’re here, be sure to visit their Sushi Dive Bar, where you’ll enjoy the freshest oysters, sashimi, and ceviche around!

Drinks and Happy Hours

Hilton Head Island is home to some of the Lowcountry’s most flavorful beers, wines, and spirits. Get a taste of premium, small batch rum and vodka at Hilton Head Distillery, the Island’s first craft distillery and a fast-growing local favorite. Not only can you sample their rum, light spirits, and whiskey in their Tasting Room, you can also enjoy a special Sip & See tour, where you can learn everything that goes in to making Hilton Head Distillery’s signature rums. And yes, you can sample as you learn!

You’re never too far from a happy hour here on Hilton Head Island! So if you’re looking for a fun atmosphere and great entertainment, our friends at the Tiki Hut will take good care of you. They have a well-earned reputation as the best entertainment venue on Hilton Head Island — come see for yourself!

Comforts of Home Here on Hilton Head Island

Sometimes, even when you’re on vacation, you want a taste of home. For those craving some good old-fashioned home cooking, the Nectar Farm Kitchen is the place for you. Combining a farmhouse atmosphere with local Southern charm, the Nectar Farm Kitchen serves up thoughtfully prepared Lowcountry meals daily, using locally-sourced ingredients to do comfort food right — from fried green tomatoes to chicken and waffles. Perhaps best of all, they work with farmers who are as passionate about food as they are, so you know you’re in for an amazing experience. A Hilton Head Island Vacation is on the Menu You can’t go wrong when you’re dining on Hilton Head Island, but it’s always good to have some insight! There are so many noteworthy restaurants here, it’s hard to highlight just a few. But, whether it’s your first or fiftieth visit to Hilton Head Island, we’re sure you’ll discover new flavors and favorites around every corner.

Hungry for more? Check out all our delightful dining options and start planning your Hilton Head Island getaway today!

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