When you come to Hilton Head, prepare your taste buds for a treat. You’re in the South now, and your belly knows what that means. We’re famous for down home-style cooking. Lowcountry seafood is cooked like you’ve never tried it before. And though we’re famous for shrimp and oysters, there’s plenty more for you to try. Here are some of our favorites.

Lowcountry Backyard

Reminiscent of the Hilton Head of old, Lowcountry Backyard is almost just that – the small town backyard of owners passionate about good Southern cuisine. You can enjoy some tasty barbeque, or even biscuits and gravy. And fresh seafood is always on the menu.

Old Oyster Factory

The steaks here are delicious, and the seafood is fresh. Together, they’ve been a staple of this beautiful restaurant on the water for over 25 years. Have dinner with the family, or enjoy oyster apps without the kids at the bar. Either way, no one will be disappointed.

The Smokehouse

This is the place to go for atmosphere (and a place to watch the game – whatever game is in season!) You’ll find beautiful outdoor seating and fireplace, as well as a gorgeous indoor setting as well. And the ribs? Enough to keep you coming back for more.

Cottage Café and Bakery

You will no doubt need a go to breakfast spot. And if you want to experience truly Southern hospitality and fine cooking, come on out to the Cottage for unique delights like shrimp and grits, a Monte Cristo, or jambalalya.

Bluffton Barbeque

Casual dining is the way to go at this barbeque joint. You won’t find fancy here, but you will find barbeque that is cooked to perfection. And that’s what you’re really going for when you’re eating out on vacation, isn’t it?

Ruby Lee’s

The place to go for soul food in Hilton Head? Ruby Lee’s, of course. Everything from appetizers to desserts get you what you’re looking for. Beyond that, you can come for live jazz and blues to put you in the vacation mood.

The Salty Dog Café

Looking for a place to go with the kids? The Salty Dog does not disappoint. Fresh seafood, a waterfront view, activities for the kids, and a great meal anytime of day. Extend your experience by taking a Salty Dog Cruise at happy hour or evenings during the full moon.

Skull Creek Boathouse

While taking in the sea breeze in this open-air restaurant like a traditional river house, you’ll also be able to enjoy catfish, and your other seafood staples. But what draws us to the Skull Creek Boathouse is the taste of other Cajun favorites, such as po’ boys, and sushi.

Of course, there is much more to experience on the island than what’s mentioned here. If you go exploring, you’re bound to find a favorite for your family that maybe we haven’t even discovered yet. Come on out and decide for yourself what’s the best.