If you saw my Hilton Head Travel Guide, you’ll know that we took a family vacation to Hilton Head in September. Now, I’m bringing you my Top 5 Places to Eat in Hilton Head!
I work with a few people who travel to HHI every year, so they had several recommendations for places to eat in Hilton Head. Plus, I did lots of research on Yelp to find out which places had the best reviews.
As always, keep in mind that I’m a severely picky eater, so if I like something, then it really must be good.
Top 5 Places to Eat in Hilton Head
- Giuseppi’s Pizza
- Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks
- A Lowcountry Backyard
- Hilton Head Diner Restaurant
- The Salty Dog Cafe
My friend, Tara, recommended this Hilton Head pizza place, and I’m glad she did!
If you know me at all, you know I love pizza, and this pizza was incredible. The kids even ate it, and they never eat anything!
We went to pick this up on the night we arrived in Hilton Head, and got our standard pizza order: Half pepperoni (for the kids and I) and half mushroom (for Cameron).
We actually wanted to get it again another night, but by the time we went to order on Door Dash, they were too busy to make anymore pizza that night… I guess? That’s the way it looked on Door Dash, anyway.
One other day, we were out at Shelter Cove Community Park, and I saw someone wearing a Giuseppi’s t-shirt, so it really must be popular. People love it so much that they buy their shirts!
Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks
On our third day at Hilton Head, we went to Hudson’s for lunch. It’s a waterfront restaurant, and our table was on the dock.
When we got there, they let us know that they catch all of the seafood themselves!
I’m really not a huge seafood fan. I only started eating fish once I went to England. That being said, I ordered the Fried Catch Basket, which is described as “traditional English Pub fish n’ chips.”
No surprise there. Post-England Rachel never passes up fish n’ chips!
Cameron got it, too. It was delicious! It came with hush puppies which were probably the best hush puppies I’ve ever had, and I wish I would’ve ordered more of them.
The kids both got chicken tenders and friends, but there was so much, that we should’ve just let them split one order. I hated to see all their chicken go to waste, so I tasted it. They were so good!
Cameron and I also got cocktails. I can’t remember which ones we ordered, but we both liked what we got! I’m thinking mine was the Southern Berry, but I’m not positive.
A Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant
This is a place I found while digging through Yelp reviews, and Cameron said it was the best meal he’s ever had!
He loves BLT’s, so he got the Charleston Fried Green Tomato BLT. I tasted it, but since I don’t even like tomatoes, my opinion isn’t important.
The potato chip meatloaf is what I ordered. I love meatloaf, but I love my own meatloaf. Normally, I won’t even try meatloaf anywhere because it scares me, but I tried Lowcountry’s.
It was really good! It would’ve been better if it didn’t have barbecue sauce on it, but I think I was only weirded out because I’m used to it having ketchup.
The kids got grilled cheese and corn bread, which was also really delicious. Grilled cheese is always amazing. We had them split a meal, because by this point, we were realizing that neither of them eat enough to eat one whole meal by themselves.
One of the best things (besides the food) about Lowcountry Backyard is the atmosphere. I wish we had gone when it wasn’t raining, but it rained during most of our trip!
You can read their story on their website, but basically, the owners grew up on the island and their restaurant “brings back those simpler times.” They really make it feel like you’re in someone’s backyard!
If you’re looking for places to eat in Hilton Head, definitely get the Lowcountry Backyard experience!
Hilton Head Diner Restaurant
This was another recommendation and the moment I heard about Hilton Head Diner, I knew we would have to go! We decided to go for brunch one day when it was rainy (as usual).
I love all breakfast food and diner food, so this was the perfect place for me. What I didn’t anticipate was HOW MUCH food they give you.
I’m not complaining, though. I will eat any amount of french toast and bacon that you sit in front of me.
That’s what I ordered. French toast and bacon. The kids did, too. We all loved it!
Would you believe me if I said I never ate french toast with syrup before? Maybe I’m weird, but I’ve always just covered mine in tons of sugar. Regular sugar, not confectioners sugar.
They brought us tons of syrup, though, so I decided to try it, and it did not disappoint!
Cameron decided on lunch instead of breakfast, and he got the shrimp stuffed crab, mashed potatoes, and collard greens. I didn’t taste it because it’s a little (a lot) too seafood-y for me, but he seemed to like it!
Before we left, we also bought these Hilton Head Diner coffee cups!
The Salty Dog Cafe
I don’t think you can go to Hilton Head without going to the Salty Dog Cafe, so that is why it’s listed in my top 5 places to eat in Hilton Head!
It could be because we were HHI noobs, but did you know that the Salty Dog is in South Beach? And that, that entire section of the island is a “private resort” (Sea Pines) that you have to pay like $9 to get into?
That’s not a lot of money, but you should probably knock everything out that you want to do in Sea Pines in one day, so you aren’t paying $9 every day. Harbour Town is also in Sea Pines, FYI (that’s mentioned in my Hilton Head Travel Guide).
Anyway, since we had just ate, SADLY, we did not eat actual food at the Salty Dog. I kind of regret that now, because I feel like it’s something you have to do while you’re there.
We did get ice cream, though!
They had some crazy flavors that I’ve never tried before, like lavender, maple bacon, and banana oreo.
I wasn’t feeling very risky that day, so I got chocolate, Liam got lavender (he wanted blue ice cream and that was the closest thing), and London got strawberry.