Couples dining outside at the marina


When it’s time to refuel after a challenging workout on the courts, you’ll find whatever you’re craving among the area’s 250-plus restaurants. Along with longtime favorites like The Salty Dog Café, Hudson’s, Skull Creek Boathouse and The Crazy Crab, there’s a new generation of restaurants and bistros catering to the ever-growing demand for farm-to-table cuisine.

The area now lays claim to more than two dozen restaurants sporting the “Fresh on the Menu” brand, a designation earned by chefs with menus featuring at least 25 percent “Certified South Carolina Grown” ingredients. The epicurean offerings range from French to Italian to Gullah.

Foodies will be especially taken with the hip gastropub Neo and the classically French Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte, honored with Wine Spectator’s coveted Best of Award of Excellence.

Hankerin’ for a taste of the South? Try One Hot Mama’s, The Smokehouse or Bluffton BBQ’s mouthwatering ribs and slow-cooked pork. For Lowcountry fare, look no further than A Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant featuring Lowcountry seafood and cuisine made the way “it used to be”!

And, you can’t visit Hilton Head Island without indulging in fresh-from-the-trawler seafood. Restaurant options include something for every palate and price point from the casual Sea Shack to the elegant Alexander’s Seafood Restaurant to Bluffton Oyster Co., serving the catch of the day brought in by its own fishing fleet.

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