You’ve been on the go all day, and now you’re ravenous. Lucky for you, the Hilton Head area is as loaded with dining opportunities and great restaurants as it is with activities that work up an appetite.
There are well over 300 restaurants in the immediate Hilton Head area, serving everything from local favorites like Frogmore stew to French cuisine as well as national chains.
If you’re looking to dine by sunset, we have it. You prefer deli-style places or a “kid-friendly” atmosphere? Lots of those. Want to celebrate a special occasion with a six-course meal? No problem. Choose a sunset dinner cruise or even boat cruises to a restaurant on Daufuskie Island. Dine at world-class resort or arrange a picnic on a sandbar (provided it’s low tide). We have restaurants with live music and those that specialize in frog legs and daiquiris.
If you’re too tired to get in the car and go out to dinner, call a delivery service that will bring you dishes straight from your favorite restaurant.
One experience that typifies the Lowcountry is having a meal of local seafood. The most authentic is to catch it yourself. You can shore fish from the beach, or you can hire a charter fishing boat and hit the waters. Charters are available for whatever type of fish or fishing experience you are looking for – inshore, nearshore, or deep sea. Your captain will handle everything, from the license to the bait and even the cleaning afterwards.
Local fishermen will also catch it for you. The two most well-known and respected local seafood markets are Hudson’s Seafood on Hilton Head Island and the Bluffton Oyster Company in historic downtown Bluffton. Their seafood is clearly marked as to its where and when it was caught, and they are more than willing to give tips on how to prepare it in an authentic Lowcountry manner.
The culture of the Lowcountry is typified by two great traditions: a Lowcountry Boil and an oyster roast. A Lowcountry Boil is shrimp, corn, sausage, and potatoes boiled in a large pot with lots of spicy seasoning. An oyster roast is an experience in and of itself. Fresh caught oysters are steamed over an open fire pit, and then thrown onto a table where you chuck them with a knife and gulp them down. A word of caution: watch your hands – oyster shells are known to slice the skin.
There are also farmer’s markets in the area that offer the local produce as well as fresh local shrimp when they are in season. There are a number of farmers markets in the area, but be aware that they have seasonal hours.
For more information, contact:
Dolphin Seafari (843-785-2345)
Enjoy Daufuskie (843-342-8687)
Express Restaurant Delivery (843-785-7155)
Frosty Frog Cafe and Daiquiri Bar (843-686-3764)
Live Oac Adventures (888-254-8362)
Old Savannah Tours (800-517-9007)
Outside Hilton Head (843-686-6996)
Savannah Riverboat Cruises (912-232-6404)
Spirit of Harbour Town (843-363-9026)