Suburban Extended Stay Hilton Head
1376 Fording Island Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
Phone: (843) 837-9494
Fax: (843) 837-9393
Located on land owned by generations of shrimpers, this 270-seat restaurant where the 200-foot pier extends over Bass Creek remains in the family. Diners can enjoy spectacular views of the water from this landmark restaurant. You can have drinks at the full service bar, or relax in the separate Captain's Lounge. In addition to local seafood, patrons may enjoy steaks, chicken and ribs. Happy hour is from 4:30p to 6:30p. Family friendly, the restaurant also offers a children's menu. -Natasha Lawrence
A popular destination for food, drink and socializing, this casual restaurant offers daily specials and a wide menu choice from sandwiches to pasta and char-broiled options. On Saturday and Sunday, brunch is served. There is even a big selection of imported and domestic beers, wines, champagne and nonalcoholic drinks. Located in the Food Lion Shopping Center at Kitties Crossing, patrons can dine inside or out at tables under the front canopy. On Wednesdays, there's corn beef and cabbage and on Fridays, all-you-can-eat fish fry. Family friendly, there's also a large children's menu. Live entertainment on weekends. Happy Hour is from 4p-7p daily, with free Wi-Fi available. - Natasha Lawrence
True to its name, the Downtown Deli is a deli located in the downtown area of Bluffton. However, it sets itself apart from the competition in a number of ways. First, it serves breakfast all day long, a fact every good chow hound can appreciate. Next, though the sandwiches it serves are nothing out of the ordinary, many are spiced up with regionally significant names like "The Lowcountry Club" and "The 278 Traffic Jam" (which, disappointingly, does not include jam). They also offer specialties from other farflung locales, such as Buffalo Wings, a Reuben, and "The Ultimate Philly." They make no bones about professing their desire for your business (the menu shouts "Be a Regular!!!"), but thanks to the quality of the grub, they don't have to twist your arm. So come on in and, as their website says, "Phasellus felis ipsum!"
Though this small restaurant only seats 30, it's one of the most popular places for breakfast or lunch in downtown Bluffton. Enjoy a shrimp cake sandwich or homemade chicken pot pie at one of the tables on the garden sidewalk or front porch. Be sure to save room for one of their famed desserts, such as the blackberry/apple pie. The restaurant also features afternoon tea from 3p to 5p Monday through Friday. Its Cupboard bakery sells freshly baked breads and items made at the restaurant. The place fills quickly so come early for breakfast or lunch. Dinner is by reservation, and tapas are also served on Thursdays at 5p. -Natasha Lawrence
A restored herb drying barn, this is a hot spot for local Southern dining. In addition to the main dining room in front, there is also a popular Back Bar with pool tables where live entertainment is held late into the night. Every day there are drink and appetizer specials. It can sometimes get a little noisy, but it's all fun. With a reputation for great food, friendly service and rustic ambiance, patrons can come in casual attire and enjoy broiled crab cakes, steamed clams, blackened grouper, crunchy corn fritters or cheese grits. Check the website for scheduled bands and music. -Natasha Lawrence
One of the last hand-shucking oyster houses in the state, this restaurant is located on reclaimed land composed of a hundred years' worth of discarded oyster shells. Specializing in fresh local seafood, menu items include oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, Lowcountry boil and in-season soft shell crabs and live blue crabs. Family friendly, Bluffton Oyster Company also has a kids' menu. For non-seafood diners, options include burgers, salads and pasta. Catering services are also available. -Natasha Lawrence
Truffles in Belfair Towne Village is a trendy restaurant known for their delicious American fare using only the freshest ingredients in their dishes. The farm to table menu is made daily and comprises of burgers, sandwiches, steaks and seafood. Must try's are the center cut filet with homemade buttermilk mashed potatoes, fresh grouper with parmesan basil glaze, and tender baby back ribs. Enjoy their happy hour at the bar with a wine list of more than 60 bottles and other fine drinks. You can also dine alfresco at their nicely covered terrace.
Pick of the impressive dining options at The Inn At Palmetto Bluff, River House impresses with a seasonally changing menu that utilizes organic produce from the region. On offer, are such delights as the Wild Alaskan Halibut, Grilled Mibek Farm Ribeye and Cajun Rubbed Pork Tenderloin. The drinks menu is extensive, with the array of cocktails being especially popular. To go with your drinks are a choice of bites ranging from cured meats and small plates to salads, pizzas and sandwiches. Don't miss the delectable desserts on offer. Dinner service starts at 6p. Check website for more.
Travelers who always carry a camera looking for unusual opportunities to take great photos from the water can try a morning, afternoon or sunset cruise ranging from a 2 to 5-hour duration. Conducted by retired veterinarian and photographer Captain Larry Watts, each trip accommodates up to four people on his 18-foot boat that zips through marshes and narrow channels to view wildlife, birds, native plants and beautiful island scenery. Departure times depend on high tide to get into shallow waterway nooks and crannies. Every tour can be a little different and a memorable excursion is guaranteed. Call to know the open hours.
Treat your taste buds to delicious American fare while feasting your eyes on beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway at the charming Chart House. Whether you're craving seafood, steaks or poultry, you will find something to suit your palate. Parmesan-encrusted snapper Hemingway, Lowcountry Carolina trout and spiced yellowfin ahi are signature fish preparations patrons repeatedly come back for. Sandwiches and steaks make up the rest of the menu. The hot chocolate lave cake and Chart House soufflé are confections you cannot miss out on. Happy Hour is when you can enjoy USD5 cocktails and wines by the glass for USD4.
Open daily for lunch and dinner, this casual dining restaurant features a dining room filled with original hand painted murals depicting marine life, as well as a large waterfront deck, and a spacious tavern room with a huge fireplace. An array of savory Southern favorites and fresh seafood is featured on the menu. They also serve a very popular brunch on Sundays.
Only the freshest local seafood is used to prepare Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks' delicious menu selections, including Maryland-style crab cakes, coconut shrimp, fried shrimp and oyster po-boys, snow crab legs, steamed gumbo, oysters on the half shell, fried flounder sandwich and scallops. Menu items are made from scratch and prepared to order. All tables feature views of Port Royal Sound.