Lowcountry Food Scene

HILTON HEAD’S SEAFOOD DESTINATION

Rockfish Seafood and Steaks is proud to call itself “Hilton Head’s Seafood Destination,” and locals and visitors agree.

The menu offers shrimp, oysters (as in Rockefeller, Charleston, on the half-shell and even in a Bloody Mary-based shooter), shrimp and grits, Ahi tuna, halibut and salmon, as well as a “Southern fried” menu, pasta and a wide selection for “land lovers,” including steak, pork shoulder, ribs and burgers. They use local fresh fish when available.

DELICIOUS ITALIAN FOOD IS A FAMILY AFFAIR

A top choice for fine Italian dining since opening in 2012, OMBRA Cucina Italiana continues win praise for its regional dishes and contemporary style. But for Lauren and Michael Cirafesi, running the award-winning restaurant is all about family — and not just their six sons but their staff and guests as well. 

FRESH ARUGULA AND RIPE TOMATOES MAKE THIS SALAD A SUMMER ESSENTIAL

Whether the ingredients come from your own garden, the local farmers market or the grocery store, this salad is easy to put together and complements almost any meal. The ingredients for this delicious salad came from Anuska Frey's hope garden.

You don't need a lot of space to have a garden. These garden boxes have everything you need for a summer salad.

BBQ - BURGERS - PIZZA - CATERING

Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving signature Southern dishes including BBQ, gourmet burgers and grilled pizzas plus homemade soups, salads, seafood and fall-off-the-bone ribs.

Big Jim set the tone for Palmetto Dunes’ growth and development since purchasing the resort in 1979, but one of his biggest claims to fame has been his culinary skills. From his own special barbecue sauce to his renowned Tennessee cole slaw, Big Jim’s recipes were always in demand.

DRINK UP AND CHOW DOWN!

Located on Broad Creek Up the Creek Pub & Grill with a great view of the marina, boats & Broad Creek. This popular lowcountry hideaway offers very casual waterfront dining on their decks. Known for great wings, the best hush puppies, house specialty buffalo chicken dip, a great beer selection and the best burgers on the Island.

This hidden gem located on the Broad Creek is a classic marina pub. The kitchen smokes its own barbeque in–house. This casual restaurant has a great selection of beers, creative sandwiches, salads, fish and burgers. Sit outside on the deck to enjoy views of Broad Creek and watch the boaters and kayakers go by. Bar and food specials offered during games, with sports channels both inside and on the deck. Kid & pet friendly.

WHERE ART AND DINING MEET

The Studio on Pope Ave. is a different type of dining experience on Hilton Head Island. People choose to dine at The Studio for their wonderful pairings on the plate and in the room. Watch Lunonia Colella (owner) and guest artists paint at the easel, and listen to live music while you dine in this intimate restaurant.

The menu offers plenty of seafood and land offerings from Local Seafood ‘Paella’ and Seared Diver Scallops to Australian Lamb Rack, and Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast. Chef Colella has expanded the gluten free and vegan options on his menu including Exotic Mushroom Crepes and a delicious Vegetable Pad Thai.

GREAT FOOD AND FUN AT COLIGNY

A favorite hangout for both locals and tourists, the Frosty Frog Cafe is Hilton Head Island’s go-to restaurant and daiquiri bar, just steps from the beach in Coligny Plaza.

Frosty Frog Cafe, which hopped from North Carolina to Hilton Head under the direction of owners Patrick and Angie Taylor, has been satisfying customers on the island for more than 20 years.

TASTE A TOUCH OF ISLAND HISTORY

CQ’s Restaurant combines fine d ining, an intimate atmosphere and a touch of Hil ton Head Island history. From the moment you set foot on t he polished, original, century heart-of-pine floors, you can look ar ound and discern a sense of time passed.

The echoes of CQ’s beginnings and the island’s centuries-old history remain with each room bearing a significance of Low country remembrance.