Bluffton & Hilton Head Restaurant News

Calhoun Street Tavern:

Restaurateurs James Groetzinger and brothers Joey Rinaldi and Jon Rinaldi opened Calhoun Street Tavern on Old Town Bluffton’s Promenade in September of 2016, right before Hurricane Matthew.

“A tough time to open,” recalls Groetzinger. “Our Chef Laety Heist is from France and has a classic culinary background. She has been with us since day one. There are a lot of French and European influences in Lowcountry cooking which is what we’re doing – she’s super passionate and a good leader. Chef Darren Macioszek was our consulting chef for about a year before opening. He and I worked on developing our Southern sporting theme, with a race day vibe - a derby day vibe- along with the menu, kitchen design, and recipes.”

Their chef-driven “Bill of Fare” of Southern plates offers classic Lowcountry food with an intimate, inviting ambiance which exudes the feeling of being old (in a good way) – as though the room has been there for centuries. “Our most popular appetizer is our waffle and goat cheese - our version of a Southern-style cheese plate. We make a house pepper jelly and then we take the hot cornmeal waffle and spread the goat cheese and pepper jelly on it.” says Groetzinger.

The outside bar and patio showcase The Clover Club. “We call it our speakeasy under the stars. It’s where we do live music and serve our bourbon and dark spirit-based cocktails. Come try their waffle and goat cheese, or some of their other delicious fare any day of the week.



Under new management, Zepplin’s is now in the capable hands of Mike Chapman, a Savannah native who graduated from Johnson & Wales University. He has worked at Lowcountry country clubs from Beaufort to Bluffton for more than 30 years. Chapman has implemented an exciting new Lowountry-inspired menu, with a favorite dish of grilled flat iron steak. Zepplin’s also has a new catering menu, full bar and new special drinks menu. Popular draws at the restaurant include a pet-friendly patio, huge TVs showing a myriad of sports, and a dance floor.

10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Mon – Thurs. 10 a.m. – midnight Friday and Sat. and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday. 25 Innovation Dr., Bluffton., (843) 815-2695 

The Crazy Crab Jarvis Creek

The Crazy Crab Jarvis Creek (north end location) is under renovation and looks forward to re-opening their doors at the end of this summer, better than ever including a brand new outdoor bar. They greatly appreciate all of the support and encouragement from the community and can’t wait to once again serve the freshest seafood on the island.

Stooges Café gets New Owners

Stooges Café in Sheridan Park has new owners. Jobita and Efrain Hernandez recently bought the restaurant, which serves breakfast and lunch. The Hernandez Family also own El Super Internacional, an international grocery store with locations in Bluffton and Savannah and on Hilton Head Island.

Wexford Subway Turns 30

Thirty years ago, America’s healthiest fast food restaurant came to Hilton Head Island when Subway opened in The Village at Wexford. With more than 37,000 locations, Subway is the world’s largest submarine sandwich chain. Here in the Lowcountry,  the option to “Eat fresh!” is more popular than ever with counter service for build-your-own healthy sandwiches and salads.

Up The Creek Debuts Southern Beers

With a new focus on Southern beers, Up the Creek Pub & Grill on Hilton Head Island is embracing the Lowcountry’s heritage. “We are thrilled to support the entrepreneurial Southern spirit with these refreshing brews,” says GM Jason Greninger. Now on the menu:  Hilton Head Distillery’s Tropical Lager and Crab Pilsner, plus Southern Barrel Brewing Co.’s  Damn Yankee IPA and Kick Back Black Lager. Other beers hail from Greenville, Charleston, and Asheville.

Healthy Habit Opening Second Restaurant

Healthy Habit restaurant, which was recently purchased by HHI Hospitality, will open a second location in Park Plaza. The hospitality group is also exploring adding kiosks around the island stocked with healthy meals from the restaurant. Renovations to the existing restaurant on Mathews Drive to add more seating and additional menu options will happen during the off season. Healthy Habit offers grab-and-go meals, build-your-own salads and a juice bar.

FISH Seafood & Raw Bar Changes Name

FISH Seafood & Raw Bar has a new name, FISH Casual Coastal Seafood. They continue to place a premium on sourcing delicious seafood from local sources and lightly preparing it with a deep respect for regional foodways and Lowcountry culinary history. Their  courteous and knowledgeable staff can guide you on a delectable journey of inspired seafood dishes in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere among a variety of dining and lounging areas.



Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse

Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse Hilton Head has been selected as one of the best Steakhouses in South Carolina by Best of AmericanTowns, a property of AmericanTowns Media. To see the full list, please visit

CocoNutz Sportz Bar

For the second year in a row, CocoNutz Sportz Bar won 1st place as the “People’s Choice” at Wingfest! Billed as the meatiest wings on the island, they can also be called the Island’s favorite wings.



Santa Fe Cafe

Santa Fe Cafe has remodeled their rooftop cantina. See their new bar with additional seating including lounge areas and new TV’s to watch the game!

Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort

Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort has finished another phase of renovations. CocoNutz Sportz Bar has changed the floor plan to accommodate more guests and improve the views. Stop by and see their newest changes.

Palmetto Bay Sunrise Cafe

Palmetto Bay Sunrise Cafe is celebrating 16 years in business with a newly expanded Little Mermaid room, a cozy space decorated with nautical themes. Additionally, they have also expanded their deck seating with canvas weather proofing.



New Hilton Head Restaurants:

Gusto Ristorante in Fresh Market Shoppes
Octagon Porch has opened in Palmetto Bluff.
The Whiskey Bar will open this summer in Park Plaza. A secret door will connect Charbar and The Whiskey Room.

New Bluffton Restaurants:

Bee-Town Mead & Cider May River Rd.
The Grind Coffee Roaster on Simmonsville Rd.
Buffalo Wild Wings on Bluffton Rd.
Moss Creek Village has two new openings: Olive & Fig (formerly Neo) and Savory (formerly Claude & Uli).



Tio’s, 46 Gastropub, Claude & Uli’s and Midnight Baker. The Midnight Baker is scheduled to reopen in Sheridan Park. Tio’s is planning to reopen in a new location

Delicious Recipes from Lowcountry

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