Live Oak
Live Oak

Live Oak

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.liveoaklowcountrycuisine.com/
  • Phone: 8438421441x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 7:00am-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Low Country, Southern, Vegetarian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is provided for resort guests.
A word from Live Oak
Located in the new Plantation Golf Club, Live Oak is a fresh culinary experience showcasing Lowcountry-inspired cuisine and locally sourced produce and products. Completely redefining traditional clubhouse fare, the restaurant's menu is infused with fresh, local offerings providing guests with an opportunity to eat healthy while enjoying the tastes and flavors of the Lowcountry.

Boasting a 35-foot rotunda ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide an incredible 270 degree golf view, the restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating options. Guests can sit alongside the copper-top bar and choose from an expansive selection of local craft beers, a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list, or a signature Bourbon collection.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Live Oak reviews from OpenTable diners
115 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (80)great for outdoor dining (76)special occasion (60)fit for foodies (42)romantic (37)great for lunch (32)neighborhood gem (32)notable wine list (27)great for brunch (23)good for groups (22)kid-friendly (18)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Beautiful restaurant with quiet atmosphere. Seated at a table by the window overlooking golf course. Outdoor couches and seating also which would be good to try including just to meet for cocktails and appetizers. Food was good and for our first time we enjoyed it but would have liked the server to have been a little more informative on the what the selections were about. We heard another server describing some of the dishes at another table and that's how we knew more about how the dishes were prepared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great new place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food and service were excellent! We enjoyed every aspect of the dining experience. Great place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Restaurant - great restaurant
    lovecuisineVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The cuisine was excellent. The beef tip special in a port wine sauce (not too much) was perfect with plenty of yummy veggies. Ambiance is hard to beat and the service provided by Meghan was very professional, informative and friendly. This is a winner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Plantation Club Sea Pines
    longtimevisitors
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed an early dinner with a window table inside with a beautiful early evening view of the golf course. The food presentations were very attractive on unusually shaped plates. The shrimp and grits was served in a wide bowled dish with a small well, which resulted in a rather small serving for the price point. Otherwise the food was quite good, and all locally sourced. The newly built Plantation Club House is lovely, and a vast improvement over the original facility which was razed last year for the rebuild. Very friendly and welcoming service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Juice
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This was a new restaurant to us and we weren't sure what to expect. The place was empty when we arrived at 6:30 but was crowded at 7:00. Since the evening weather was pleasant we dined outside overlooking the golf course. What a great view. The service was wonderful and the food was even better. The staff and manager were very attentive and pleasant. We will definitely dine there again on our next trip to Hilton Head.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special occasion didn't like it
    OrangeChicken
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My wife and I went for an anniversary dinner. Before hostess even asked our name, we were told we would not be seated yet so as to not overwhelm the kitchen. (Hi to you too?) We walked the building which is new and beautiful. The deck overlooks a gorgeous scenic golf course. We were a bit late for sunset - def make your reservation for sunset. After being sat down and told not to overwhelm kitchen, everything was rushed. As our appetizer was on the table, our dinners were being put down. That's a no no. Had to ask for water glasses to be filled. When I'm paying $120 for dinner for two, I expect the restaurant to be on top of service from greeting to departure. Went for special occasion, but didn't feel that special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed with Service
    dkryss
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The vegan options were great. Portions were small. Waitress did not inform us of specials. And she seemed disconnected. I would not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upscale Yet Relaxed
    Weatherbee
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Stylish Contemporary decor set the tone for dining within a relaxed atomosphere. Excellent fillet cooked to perfection and a tasty lamb wrapped in bacon served by a charming efficient waitress. Panoramic view of golf course. Reasonable priced entrees. This new restaurant is a fine addition to Hilton Head Island.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Have To Try It!
    vg152
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    You can't ask for a better view if you are in the dining room or on the veranda. Seems like there were quite a few folks enjoying the bar although they were following PGA golf not enjoying the fantastic outdoors. Food did not disappoint and the specials were very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    So enjoyed the guitarists! The food was scrumptious and very creative!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new Hilton Head restaurant!
    KklicksPhotographyVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    As an annual Hilton Head vacationer, it's always wonderful to find a new addition to our families restaurant rotation. Live Oak provided us with the perfect evening! From the gorgeous dining room with the scenic views, to the attentive and friendly staff, including our amazing waiter, James, we had a perfect evening. Farm to table fresh produce, delicious breads with homemade butter, incredible entrees and unbelievably decadent deserts (not to mention an extensive wine list) rounded out a great experience. The Ober/Garfein/Shirey family will definitely be heading back to Live Oak again (and again, and again...)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely evening at live oak
    Sassysales2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed Live Oak restaurant during our annual summer trip to Sea Pines in HHI. The special fish entree was excellently prepared and we are grateful for the knowledgeable waiter's guidance with menu selection. We enjoyed crab cake appetizer, fried green tomato appetizer, and a special spicy pulled pork dip that was delicious. Service was top-notch and ambiance fabulous. We appreciated the kids menu- our children noshed on grilled salmon, French green beans, and salad, plus enjoyed their dessert choice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing Sunday Brunch
    Letseat
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our family had previously enjoyed lunch and dinner at Live Oak but not breakfast. What a treat! Our 12 year old had waffles and our 11 year old had hot cakes, both off the regular menu, and couldn't stop raving about how good their meals were! My husband had a delicious egg white omelet and I had a tasty version of eggs Benedict. We will definitely be returning for Breakfast!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SeaneHHI
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This new restaurant is lovely. They did a nice job with the decor and the golf course view makes it a terrific spot to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Fantastic new addition to Sea Pines! Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Last night at Hilton Head
    suzyqVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We dined at Live Oak our last night in Hilton Head and were looking forward to it after reading the reviews. I was a bit disappointed. I had asked if we could dine on the terrace and had requested this when I made the reservation. I was told that because it had rained earlier they put us inside at a window seat which was appreciated. We later saw several groups of people seated outside. The food is good, portions are average. I had the grouper special which was tasty and my husband had the filet. We each ordered salads and were told the dressings were not home made. We shared the peach cobble which was tasty. The restaurant is beautiful and the food was good but if I had to chose again I would have eaten elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food-very good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The servers were courteous, the food was very good and the price was resonable. Very nice environment !!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Spot in Sea Pines!
    Alex
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've been going to Hilton Head for years and Live Oak, which opened in April 2014, is definitely a new gem of Sea Pines. The ambience is something special and has great views of the golf course. The new building is gorgeous with historical photos for decor, and has reused bricks and beams in the construction. The environment is only the beginning for Live Oak - the food is fantastic and Chef Ryan Hicks definitely pays attention to detail and serves fresh local ingredients and high quality fish and meats. I would recommend starting with a daily soup and move to the home-made crab cakes or the seafood pappardelle. We had fresh peach crumble in a skillet with locally sourced ice cream for dessert. Everything was amazing! Great wine too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A welcome Sea Pines addition
    WandererVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    the resort hit a home run with this new facility. The view from the veranda is wonderful and is the perfect compliment to the restaurant's stylish yet comfortable decor. Our server's enthusiasm for her job (ensuring a pleasurable dining experience) and pride in the Live Oak were obvious. The menu was well conceived to fit a range of tastes without sacrificing the local low country essence Live Oak is dedicated to incorporating into its dishes. Presentation was appealing for all courses and the food on par with expectations for a finer restaurant. The wine list was not expansive but very adequate. In addition I could not help but notice that there was a nice array of craft beer offerings featured that showed well thoughout menu pairing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chili
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Beautiful setting over looking golf. Great porch, comfortable seating and great food and wine selection. Very attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best restaurants ever
    Happy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My daughter and I were celebrating her passing specialty exams in her career field of work. We were recommended this resaurant by a friend. All of us are from a city from out of town, outside the area of Live Oak. We had to cancel a resevation at another resaurant to fit this one into our schedule. We have been to this locatin previously and have our favorites to return to. My daughter and I were agreeable to try a new dining experience, and especially one that came so highly rated. We were more than satisfied. We rate it as top. My daughter and I will definately return when we visit the area. We thought the food was delicious, the service outstanding and the atmosphere perfect. We would not change anything. Keep everything the same.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new spot
    islander
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Recently went to Live Oak with a friend for lunch. The menu was very interesting and creative. Service was especially excellent and the food was delectable. Tables are arranged so that the indoor dining room does not seem crowded and this allows for private conversation. This is a keeper!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We enjoyed Live Oak to celebrate our 50th anniversary with our family. We had a party of 8, from St Louis, Chicago, and Northern California, including two young boys (7and 11). We were seated in the private room adjoining the bar; that proved to be a brilliant choice. We received excellent service and were able to insulate ourselves from the hustle and bustle of the bar and main dining room. That enabled us to play word games, etc. to include the boys , in a way that would have not been possible in the main room (though that looked appealing for an adult gathering). The food was quite good. When/if we return to Sea Pines, we will definitely seek out Live Oak again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just ok for the $$
    Tarheelmom
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food was good. Not great. The preparations sounded better than they actually were. Except for the fried chicken which was an excellent dish. Cocktails were good. Wine list average. The kitchen was slow and the server not very attentive. They view is excellent and the overall atmosphere is pleasing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food/service, attentive staff
    Chili
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Limited menu, food was very good. A small wait between courses. Outstanding view of Golf.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Pthrat
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This was our first visit to HHI, and browsing through the Taste of Hilton Head magazine we came upon the ad for Live Oak. As we were going to be at Sea Pines anyway we decided to try it. Great food, with a few creative twists. The service was outstanding - very attentive, informative and helpful. The wine list is impressive, as is the list of craft beers. We were surprised to hear that the restaurant had only been open for 3 months. It was a great dinner for our first meal on the island.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner!
    Kholt
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had an awesome dinner at Live Oak! I love the view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It wasOK
    Live4foodVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Service was good, nothing special about the food for the price.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a pleasant surprise!
    Guinevere19
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This is a brand new restaurant- so new that the security guard at the Sea Pines gate hadn't even heard if it. The building is absolutely gorgeous. The decor is simple, cool, clean modern "beach house" charm with its gorgeous repurposed hard wood floors, huge windows, and lovely setting on a golf course and lagoon. The menu is based on local foods, farm to table, and meats from humanely farmed animals. The wine list is quite good with a huge selection of quality wines by the glass. Service was lovely and wait staff generous and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem of Hilton Head Island
    Cyndi
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our family has traveled to Hilton Head for 20+ years and know the Island well. The Live Oak is a new, pleasant surprise. The restaurant has a very classic feel with a touch of elegance. The menu fulfilled every expectation and satisfied everyone in our party. The view is picturesque. The wait staff was professional, friendly and congenial. We would recommend for any special dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hilton Head Island disappointment
    KatsiekooVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The lovely decor of this restaurant was a real pleasure and the views over the Sea Pines golf course were spectacular however, neither of these features were edible. My fried green tomato appetizer ($9) was miniscule, about the size of a silver dollar and the tomatoes were red, not the crisp, tangy green. The filet mignon was poorly grilled and barely warm and served with a side of steak sauce which was better than the steak. The dried out Youkon gold mashed potatoes were piped onto the plate, and very easy to ignore. A veggie side of red cabbage was equally tasteless. The yellow beets in the beet salad were gray. It was easy to leave without coffee or desert. Our Hendricks martinis we good but at $27.00 for 2 singles, they should be!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food
    Jeremy
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The chef must be some kind of a genius. Every plate from the salad to the bread basket to the entres was complex and absolutely delicious
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    fit for foodies
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  • Perfect except for 1 thing
    Hopefullygood12
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Live Oak is a beautiful restaurant, comfortable, relaxing, attractive with good food. The cheese and crackers which are gratis are very nice. However, do not order the fried green tomatoes for $9. The small serving is ridiculous . I spoke to the manager about the cost and the translucent 3 tomatoes and he said there have been complaints. If so ,why continue to serve these. I was surprised he did not take the cost off of the bill. I have eaten there twice in the last month but not satisfying the customer might lead me to choose another restaurant for lunch. I felt,it would have been good business to do so and am surprised by his lack of business knowledge.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening, once again
    Tootie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The country club atmosphere of Live Oak never fails! From my husband's steak to my spinach salad, the chef hit a high note of perfection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • whealsVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    excellent server, Maegan. and food. atmosphere outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • teachermj
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Three egg omlet skimpy... must have been small eggs. Oatmeal nice with accompanying sides but no cream served.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This is such an improvement to the whole Sea Pines experience. It has always been a wonderful place to vacation but this, as well as the other improvements to the resort, make it even more special. Kudos to the Goodwin family for investing millions into a magical place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pickydinner
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Had breakfast and dinner here and both were outstanding . Waite staff very professional and friendly.Brand new restaurant but they have everything under control . Highly recommend if you don't like hustle and bustle of touristy overcrowded restaurants. Price very comparable to others.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great local food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Ambiance was fantasists! Everything was great! My only small complaint was that our waiter wasn't fully versed when it came to the menu. He had to go back and ask someone else about pretty basic menu questions, and he constantly had to refer to his notes (flipping back and forth from a notepad...a little distracting). Otherwise, a fantastic anniversary meal, with a STUNNING view. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Sea Pines option
    Sprtlvr
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Wonderful food presentation and flavors! Super service and new facility so can't be better or cleaner digs on the island - definitely recommend. Was stronger than Topside in all areas except no water views ;) enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.