The Old Oyster Factory was built on the site of an original oyster cannery. From 1925 until the 1990’s, 1700 acres of nearby creeks and wetlands were harvested and their yield brought to a one-story concrete building located directly under the restaurant. After canning, the oysters were shipped all over the Lowcountry bearing the appellation of the Broad Creek Oyster Factory.

Today, the Old Oyster Factory’s scenery and enticing menu options makes it one of Hilton Head Island’s gems. Enjoy panoramic marsh and water views, fresh seafood and sumptuous steaks and their award-winning wine list.

“This place is like an old friend as it’s always inviting,” an online reviewer said. “Beautiful views along with fantastic, local tasty seafood, and can’t forget the hushpuppies that are delivered to your table with each meal! Great happy hour as well.”

Voted one of the “Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants” and “Top 50 Kid Friendly Restaurants” in America by OpenTable. The Old Oyster Factory specializes in fresh seafood, including raw and oven-baked oysters, scal lops, catfish, salmon and Lowcountry boil. Two of its popular seafood dishes are the Seafood Medley and the grouper, pecan-crusted, with garlic parmesan rice, vegetables, and finished wit h peach beurre blanc and sweet Vidalia onion marmalade.

If you are more of a landlubber, they offer many non-seafood items including New York Strip steak, filet mignon, ribeye and center cut pork chop.

The outside bar and back deck invite visitors to watch crabs scamper in the marsh along the restaurant’s dock. The ambiance was striking for another online reviewer.

“Couldn’t ask for a more beautiful view of the sunset over the Lowcountry,” the review said. “We watched a small stingray ambush minnows as t he the tide slowly flooded in. (The) atmosphere made it more than worth its value.”

Open for lunch daily 11-4, sunset dining 4-5:30, dinner 4-9, happy hour 4-6 (bar & lounge only) $1 CRAB cash back on beer, wine and liquor, $.75 peel ‘n’ eat shrimp and hal f off oysters.

Children’s menu available. Very large parties can be accommodated. Newly expanded outdoor seating. Casual dress. Reservations accepted. 101 Marshland Rd., Mid-island, Hilton Head Island, 843-681-6040, www.OldOysterFactory.com.