Lowcountry Food Scene

In search of oysters, pad Thai, spanakopita, sole meunière, jerk chicken, pimento cheese, crab cakes or churros? You can find all of those items on Bluffton menus.

Bluffton’s restaurant choices range from casual to fine dining with an eclectic selection of regional cuisine. Seafood, barbecue and Lowcountry dishes are well represented along with lounges, bars, breweries, pizzerias, diners, cafés, bakeries, ice cream and frozen yogurt shops.

Brothers Alfred and Volker Kettering pursued different career paths — Alfred is the seasoned chef and owner of Alfred’s, a popular Hilton Head Island restaurant, while Volker worked for a German corporation — but both have restaurants in their DNA. Their grandparents had a sizeable brauhaus and their parents also ran a restaurant in their hometown of Kaiserslautern, Germany.

So it’s only fitting that the brothers continue the family tradition, by opening the Bluffton Brauhaus.

The brothers’ restaurant offers some German classics, like Wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten, roasted duckling with spaetzle and red cabbage. There’s also a “Bratwurst Experience” section with Thüringer-, Nürnberger- and Müenchner-style sausages, as well as salads, vegetables and fish dishes.

Olive & Fig, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, opened its doors in Moss Creek at the former location of NEO. The menu has been carefully curated by owner and chef Munjid Yousif and incorporates many gluten free and vegetarian options. Yousif has 24 years of experience in the food industry, working in restaurants around the world, such as in Kuwait and Canada. He received his culinary degree from The Royal Academy of Arts in London, adding to his international culinary experiences.

Though the inspiration for the menu is regional Mediterranean cuisine, there is also a focus on Lebanese and Greek dishes, including falafel, stuffed grape leaves, souvlaki, shish kabob and shawarma, along with assorted lamb and seafood dishes.

Elegant gourmet recipes would be great for Mother’s Day brunch. But they require cooking and grocery shopping skills that, in many households, are possessed exclusively by mom. Isn’t she supposed to get a break on her special Sunday?

More than expensive gifts, most mothers love spending time with their families and are touched when loved ones spend time on them.

Staying power in the restaurant business on Hilton Head Island requires a smorgasbord of ingredients. Tenacity and consistency probably top the list, along with great customer service, high quality food, a loyal staff, a friendly vibe, a refreshing and inviting environment, and amenities for enjoying two hours or three with friends and family on game day or any day. Add a daily happy hour with a bar menu, live music, Sunday brunch and catering…and, fresh from the smoker, you have The Smokehouse at 34 Palmetto Bay Road.

There's no bad place to be at Harbour Town during the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. The world's greatest golfers will provide "oohs" and "ahhs" at every hole — and every hole is great in its own right. But sometimes you just want to rest a minute or catch up with friends and socialize. Luckily, there are several great places to do so. After all, the Heritage is all about Southern hospitality.

It’s no secret that the Hilton Head Diner is where breakfast, lunch and dinner fit for a king can be enjoyed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An endless menu of pastas, salads, seafood, Tex-Mex, Greek, steaks, chops, ribs, burgers, wraps, paninis and ten daily specials are served in the casual, yet modern setting. And unlike most other diners where only beer and wine are offered, cocktails are available. The diner’s slogan reads, “If you’re in a rush, we’re in a rush. If you’re not, you can take your sweet time.” Diners continue to play a role in our culinary culture and artists Norman Rockwell and Edward Hopper have painted famous works of diners recognized around the world.


For 20 years, some of the biggest names in jazz have flocked to Hilton Head Island to perform at The Jazz Corner, tucked away in The Village at Wexford. Since its opening in 1999, the restaurant has been a cornerstone of island entertainment, evidence of how one man’s vision can influence the community around him.

The Jazz Corner was the longtime dream of the late Bob Masteller, a jazz aficionado and businessman who moved to Hilton Head in 1973 with his wife, Lois, and their two children. He worked with Charles Fraser as the vice president of human resources at the Sea Pines Co. for 12 years, but his heart played a different song.