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Your Hilton Head Island Patio Guide

By Hilton Head Insider

In our minds, summertime is synonymous with patio season. The sun shining, the ocean’s waves lapping, and drinks flowing – what could be better than that? As home to more than 250 restaurants, Hilton Head Island has you covered when it comes to finding the perfect place to sit back, relax, and order your favorite meal or refreshment — all while surrounded by the atmosphere you know and love. 

We’ve put together a helpful guide to help find the perfect patio for you. Learn about the must-visit patios of America’s Favorite Island® and take your senses on a virtual journey. Read on to discover the best patios to enjoy a sunset view with a drink in hand as you prepare your culinary itinerary for your next visit to the Lowcountry.


From dark and smokey to crisp and cool, there’s no replacement for a good drink. Consider yourself an adventurous wine drinker? Make your way to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and take a seat at The Other Sister’s Wine Bar. Craving a margarita to get into the vacation mood? Holy Tequila is known for its Mexican-inspired, hand-crafted cocktails, and over 60 premium tequilas ranging from Blancos to Añejos, Reposados, and Mescals.

Perhaps you prefer the simple things in life and want to enjoy an ice-cold beer next to the sea as you reflect on your day and plan out what’s on the agenda for tomorrow. If that’s more your style, Coast, Oceanfront Dining, located at The Sea Pines Resort, has the patio for you. 


It’s a fact of life: some kids are picky eaters. The solution? A top-notch kids’ menu to accompany a top-notch patio. Carolina Crab Company is cozy, comfortable, and centered on ensuring the whole family has a great time while dining. Marley’s Shrimp & Burger Shack might bring a taste of New England to Hilton Head Island, but the warm hospitality is definitely that of the Lowcountry! Finally, Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has a kid’s menu so good that even the adults will want to order from it! Not only do all of these restaurants have great options for kid’s meals, but fun and games too. It’s always a party on the patios.


Surrounded by the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, Hilton Head Island is a seafood lover’s dream! The newly renovated Quarterdeck at The Sea Pines Resort boasts a wraparound deck and 270-degree views to enjoy as you peruse their seafood-forward menu. Take in authentic Lowcountry life with a visit to Skull Creek Dockside. Resembling an old-style river house, Skull Creek Dockside has dedicated sections of their menu just for seafood options, and the atmosphere is unbeatable. A visit to Hudson’s Seafood House will have you eating fresh, local seafood right on the pier. No wonder they’ve been a Hilton Head Island institution for over 44 years, making them the oldest restaurant on the island. Trust us, there’s nothing like enjoying oysters while sitting on a patio.


You’ve got a drink, and you’ve had a bite to eat. Now, it’s time to enjoy some live tunes! Join the friendly folks over at Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar for live music on the patio all summer long. Looking for a bit of sophistication? Check out an event like Jazz on the Patio at Lowcountry Celebration Park at Coligny to put a swing in your step. The Porch Kitchen and Bar, located at the Beach House Resort, is also home to live music to set the mood for an enchanting evening in the Lowcountry — sitting around the fire with friends old and new.


America’s Favorite Island® is for everyone, including your furry friends! So bring your pup along with you on your next dining experience to one of these pet-friendly patios. At Crazy Crab Jarvis, you can take a seat around the firepit, explore the playground, and enjoy the largest saltwater fish tank on the island while enjoying the Lowcountry fare. Skull Creek Boat House offers stunning views for you and your pet to enjoy while diving into their mouthwatering raw bar.


Now that you have a sense of all the unique and exciting patios Hilton Head Island has to offer, start planning your stay on our island. Have a favorite patio to visit while on America’s Favorite Island®? Tag us in your pictures of your next dining experience on social media with #LowcountryLife. Whether you’re there for a drink in the afternoon or an evening of live entertainment, we know you’ll have a fantastic time and even better views.

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