Hope you’re hungry! With so many restaurant options the decisions can be daunting. Here are our picks for the perfect place to go and satisfy any appetite.

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  • Hope you’re hungry! With so many restaurant options on Hilton Head Island, the decisions of where to go can be daunting! Here are our picks for the perfect place to go, our fav’s on what to order and how to satisfy even the most discerning foodie!


Kid Friendly Dining: Hilton Head Island was developed as a place for families to gather so it’s natural for most restaurants to have a kid friendly vibe. Here are our favorite places to take the kiddos.

Crazy Crab North End – this establishment has been in business forever and the location right on Jarvis Creek, family friendly menu and fenced-in playground – all with a spectacular water view make it a must for families. Yep, you heard that right…sit outside on the deck and watch the kids play while your server delivers drinks and dinner on the expansive wrap around deck!

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Also on the north end of the Island, you’ll find the Skull Creek Boathouse. Super family friendly – offering games for the kids while you wait for your table (think supersize jenga and sidewalk chalk) and tokens for the kids to grab a SCB souvenir to go with their kids meals. Plus, the kids will enjoy watching the boats get loaded into the water!

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Head on down to the South End where the kids will fall in love with Kenny B’s French Quarter Cafe’s Beignets! This New Orleans style spot offers a kids menu cajun style while satisfying the parents too. Best part about the location is taking a walk at Coligny Beach after to burn off those cajun calories!

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Do Mexican, on the Marina! San Miguel’s Mexican Cafe in Shelter Cove Harbour is a great place to take the kids for lunch or dinner. Watch the boats come into the harbour while you listen to live music and sip on margaritas – with plenty of room for the kiddos to roam! In season, you can wait for your table while listening to the nightly music of Lowcountry legend, Shannon Tanner.


Happy Hour Hilton Head Island Style: Looking to grab a drink and take advantage of amazing happy hour prices? Here are some options to “happy hour like a local” with some of my favorite deals thrown in too!

Corks Wine Bar – Local owner Gordon Sobel has created an intimate wine bar experience that transitions easily from happy hour to girls night out. Wine by the glass and other happy hour specials, including delightful small plates all add to the ambiance.


The Lodge – Tater Tots with a habanero ketchup and a Stone IPA? Yes, please! Local, regional and national drafts flow out of their just about a billion choices of draft beers (changed all the time) with a limited but tasty bar food menu. Get there, you won’t be disappointed.

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Local Pie – Let’s see if you get this….$3.14 happy hour pricing at the bar from 4-6 daily! Get it? Indoor/outdoor vibe from a garage door opening with amazing decor makes this new hot-spot a great place to grab a drink and unwind.


Date Night in the Lowcountry: This is my jam. With my husband and I running a million miles an hour and three kids in tow, there’s nothing better than calling an Uber and heading out for a little one on one time, date night style.

The Porter and Pig at The Village at Wexford has a charcuterie plate to knock your socks off. Choices of cured meats and cheeses which you select by the type and by the ounce lend to a unique tasting experience. Couches with games (Cards Against Humanity anyone?) and live music all round out a unique date night.

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Ocean Lounge at the Sea Pines Resort combines one of the best views of waves crashing on the Atlantic seaboard with comfy oversized heavy rattan chairs, leather couches and excellent dirty martinis. Not even close to your typical beach bar, this “collars for men” and “appropriate dress for ladies” is a luxurious break from reality – all right at the beach. Live Jazz on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 7-9pm round out this entire experience.

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Big Bamboo in Coligny Plaza offers live music, either outside on the lanai (acoustic) or indoors (live band) with local and regional artists rotating appearances.

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The Power Broker Business Lunch: While the days of the martini lunch may be over, these Hilton Head Island lunch spots offer professional and speedy service for the business men and women of the Island.

See and Be Seen at The Santa Fe Cafe. Featuring the Island’s most famous business lunch with the Soup/Salad/Quesadilla combo – this is a favorite mid island go-to for anyone on Hilton Head.

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Reilley’s South End – with something for everyone and the absolute best service around, this Island establishment has witnessed some major power-broker history over the years!

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Frankie Bones – offering their trio lunch selection – where you get a choice of three delicious items – Frankie Bones has high top booths that make for an intimate lunch environment where conversations can be kept confidential. And with it’s newly renovated atmosphere, it’s a great choice.


Heather Rath is a wife, mother to three boys, business consultant and fifteen year resident of Hilton Head Island. Follow her on twitter  + get vacation tips @heatherrath.