Lowcountry Food Scene

NORTHERN ITALIAN-INSPIRED CUISINE AND PIZZA

Dining at Il Carpaccio on Hilton Head Island can feel like stepping into a storied and elegant past, an experience that goes beyond the menu. Starting with the antipasti and continuing through the zuppe, pasta, carne or pesce, each dish here is made from scratch with the freshest available ingredients.

Specializing in northern Italian-inspired cuisine and pizza cooked in an open, hard-wood burning oven imported from Modena, Italy, this favorite Hilton Head Island restaurant was founded in 2001 by Maurizio Colla and Eddie Campos.

AUTHENTIC SOUTHWESTERN

Santa Fe Café is the only place on Hilton Head Island to find authentic Southwestern cuisine, and nothing is more representative of this favorite locals’ eatery than a bowl of painted desert soup.

Made from red pepper, corn, Mexican cream and mole, it’s a feast for the eyes and palate. Regional dishes plus traditional Mexican recipes are the stars of the menu at this vibrant, refined restaurant with a New Mexico look.

Santa Fe Café’s rooftop cantina is the eatery’s most popular spot throughout the year. Live entertainment on the rooftop every Tuesday through Saturday. The cantina’s a kiva fireplace and white pine, custom-designed bar— make this romantic and inviting space perfect for having a drink and enjoying some appetizers.

TIMELESS NEIGHBORHOOD WATERING HOLE

Calhoun Street Tavern is nestled in the Promenade of Old Town Bluffton and has a lot to offer if you want your taste buds to experience some real Southern fare just a few blocks from the bluff. It offers the town a timeless neighborhood watering hole paired with a chef-driven menu of southern plates, thoughtful service and comforting Lowcountry classic food.

The vibe is welcoming, with rustic accents and low light that invites you to enjoy a comfortable and relaxed experience.

Craft beers and modern cocktails are great at the bar inside or outside. The flat-iron steak and stuffed flounder are the most popular entrées and the kitchen serves prime rib Thursdays through Saturdays, which are slow cooked for a day.

INNOVATIVE ITALIAN FARE

Nunzio Restaurant + Bar burst onto the dining scene last year on Hilton Head Island and is the talk of the town. The beautifully renovated space on New Orleans Road is owned by Nunzio Patruno, who currently owns New Jersey restaurant Nunzio Ristorante Rustico, which was reviewed by The New York Times and other media outlets.

“Adulation of fresh vegetables and seasonal ingredients may seem cutting-edge, but Nunzio Patruno grew up cooking this new old-fashioned way years ago, and he has the loyal hordes to prove it,” the New York Times article says.

Brought to you by Monthly, Fork & Fun and Vacation Guide.

Hilton Head – North End

COCONUTZ SPORTZ BAR

40 Folly Field Road | 843.842.0043 

Open to the public. Sporting events shown on dual 125” high-definition screens and 18 other TV’s. Try the “Island’s Best Wings,” craft burgers and brews, prime rib. 

NOT FANCY, JUST GOOD!

Serving home-cooked seafood since 1998, the Sea Shack has one of the island’s most extensive menus of seafood served lots of ways, including grilled, blackened, fried and more.

Enjoy favorites such as tilapia, mahi, salmon, grouper and snapper. The diverse menu also includes platters, po’ boys, sandwiches and soups.

A CRAVEABLE SEAFOOD EXPERIENCE

A new seafood restaurant with an unusual name and a menu inspired by its food truck origins is now open on Hilton Head Island. At the bustling corner of Arrow Road and William Hilton Parkway, the restaurant offers healthy, affordable, chef-crafted food in a completely remodeled space inside the building that formerly housed The Pantry gas station.