Don’t let the French name intimidate you; think of a fun, irreverent friend who happens to be a fabulous chef. Open since 1982, Charlie’s, an island favorite among locals and tourists alike, writes its menu daily based on the freshest seafood available.
Constant change and a sense of sharing comes to define a visit to Charlie’s L’etoile Verte (French for “Charlie’s Green Star”).
The change comes from the menu, updated every day by hand just as it has been since its inception. The classics — mouthwatering dishes that have cemented Charlie’s place among the exquisite island restaurants — never change. But every day brings something new, the product of a chef’s sudden inspiration or the availability of an enticing ingredient.
And every day, founder Charlie Golson’s daughter, Margaret Pearman, re-writes the menu.
An elegant décor creates a warm and welcoming ambiance. The epicurean dinner menu offers an array of 14 fresh fish, rack of lamb, filet mignon and many other delights, including a rotating menu of surf and turf specials.
A sense of sharing is also a Charlie’s constant. There are simply too many alluring options on one day’s menu to select just one. Try being the only person at your table to order the caramel cake. You’ll be sharing whether you want to or not.
Charlie’s has a great bar area, so arrive early and relax for a bit. The extensive wine list specializes in California cabs, Oregon pinot noir, Rhone Valley and Bordeaux.
Lunch is 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Monday to Friday. Dinner is served from 5:00 p.m. until close Monday to Saturday. Early bird offering is from 5-5:30 p.m., 3 courses for $24. 8 New Orleans Road, Southend, Hilton Head Island. 843-785-9277. Charliesgreenstar.com.