Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana
Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana

Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.michael-anthonys.com/
  • Phone: 8437856272x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Serving dinner Monday - Saturday beginning at 5:15pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chris Johnson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: At Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana we offer five unique private party options for hosting your special event
  • Private Party Contact: Jill Boyd 8775644026

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana
Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana offers traditional regional Italian cuisine combining innovative presentations and style. The award winning culinary team presents a menu using the freshest ingredients for an unforgettable culinary experience featuring homemade gnocchi, succulent veal,daily selections of fresh fish and house-made desserts. Acknowledged by food and wine enthusiasts and critics alike, the restaurant presents a fine-dining experience combining an award-winning wine list, exquisite food, attentive service and the personal touch of a family-owned restaurant serving the Lowcountry since 2002. In fact, Michael Anthony’s was recognized in 2010 by Open Table diners as one of the "Top 50 Italian Restaurants" in the United States! In addition, Michael Anthony’s operates a Cooking School conducting weekly hands-on and demonstration style cooking classes and a specialty Italian market. Please visit our website or call for information for our class schedule or dining reservations.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana reviews from OpenTable diners
222 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (135)special occasion (132)romantic (119)notable wine list (117)neighborhood gem (67)good for groups (33)hot spot (21)vibrant bar scene (11)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • The food is the thing....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food and the service at Michael Anthony's are excellent. Not much else is really all that important. The atmosphere and surroundings are certainly not bad... Perhaps just not up to the high standards set by the food and service. I would certainly recommend it and definitely will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Watch out for golfers
    DecentChef
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Dining room full of couples and 4-tops on a Friday night and they seat an eight top of male golfers "celebrating" after a day full of testosterone and one-up-manship. From that point on, all tables were distracted by the "my wine selection is more expensive [or was it bigger] than yours" and other loud, inconsiderate shenanigans. Now we get it. This is HH in October and male golf parties abound. Most restaurants just find a separate room for them or they are considerate enough to stay out of a white tablecloth dining room. Food, service, wine list, we're all great and what we expected. Service is extremely knowledgeable...almost, not quite but almost, arrogant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HHHH
    HHHHVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It is difficult to find good Italian food outside of NYC; this restaurant is as good, if not better, than any NYC Italian eatery.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian in Low Country
    JLDCEOVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Simply great food! We had 3 of the pasta dishes and they were all ablolutley delicious. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the pastas. We also had the filet. Very good but nothing special, although again, you will not be disappointed. Finney, our waiter, was terrific as well. All in all, an absoluetely great meal. It was our first time there and we will be back! (Also, check out the Market if its open!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    It was our last night at Hilton Head Island. We wanted a wonderful Italian place and a local favorite. Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana was an absolute gem with a great staff. The showed up the upstairs that they use for the cooking classes. This was a plus because we love cooking classes. The server was a wealth of information about the menu. She was incredible in allowing space for conversation for us and information about the Island. We will gladly come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    Joanie
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This was our second visit to Michael Anthony's and it was even better than our first. From being greeted at the door by the owner to the great service by our waiter, Pete, it was a wonderful experience. Food was excellent with lots of wonderful choices. Wine list was extensive and also had lots of wonderful choices. We travel to Hilton Head approximately four times a year. Eating at Michael Anthony's is always on our list of things to do!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had not been there for some time, but food was unimpressive, service slow and prices outrageous! To bad, use to be a favorite
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Equisite food - exceptional service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had a terrific dining experience on Saturday night. The service was exceptional. Our server, Brooklyn, was attentive and well-versed on the menu and preparation of each dish. We were seated in "the Market" and had a very private dining experience. We enjoyed a glass of prosecco and two flights of very good quality red wine. The Carpaccio di Manzo was a terrific appetizer - excellent quality beef. The Involtini di Vitello (a tender veal dish) was magnificient. The flatbread pizza was great. The Profiterole alla Cioccolata (Italian creme pufffs) were delicious with coffee and perfect for sharing a lighter dessert. I highly recommend Michael Anthony's and will definitely dine here again the next time we are in Hilton Head.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant.
    2oldtimers
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We went to this restaurant to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. The service and food were excellent. We were treated to a complimentary glass of champagne to start off our celebratory dinner. We will be back for another anniversary dinner in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So good we came back twice
    abbyserd
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We're never quite sure about Italian food outside of the northeast. Michael Angelos keeps the pace with the best. Service was attentive! In our couple of visits, we had the ceasar with the fresh anchovies, the baby calamari, the cacio e pepe, the spagetti with crab and the osso buco. We were delighted with everything we had. So much so, my partner enjoyed any leftover for breakfast! The seasoning, dressing and preparation is spot on! Risotto has a delicate bite without being gluey. We finished with the affogato and decided we could go to the electric chair happy! This is a spot not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grand for a Celebration
    Edgar
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I took my wife here for a birthday celebration & it was perfect. The waiter was superb as were the exquisitely prepared & presented courses. It was a memorable celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative and delicious
    PastaFreak
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Happily, we were in a small room called the market (that's what it is during the day). It was much quieter than the main dining room. Our waiter was the best. He was not intrusive but certainly saw to our needs. The owners are very involved - they welcomed us and said goodbye at the end of the evening. Their chef is a creative genius; not just your run of the mill Italian food! They were very accommodating in allowing substitutions for sides. Michael Anthony's is definitely worth multiple visits!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had a delightful dining experience. Lovely pasta!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We adore this restaurant. The experience never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE
    FLOATVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    When to dinner to celebrate my wife 70th birthday. The waiter brought to us 2 glasses of complimentary champagne. The food was excellent and also the service. Will go again the next time we are in Hilton Head Island, SC
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Almost Italy
    Foodlover
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food transports you to Italy and was excellent. Our waiter was great. Perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ohio123
    ohio123
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Looking for a change from all seafood restaurants after 5 days of great seafood. Took the 5:15 - 5:45 $21 special. While food was excellent, waitress treated us like dirt at a time when there weren't more than 15 people in the restaurant. Certainly our last visit. Catch 22 next door is a much better choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Typical american italian fare
    ZoewVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Nothing surprising given all the hype the reviews made me believe. Food was good but not great.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a stop....
    MacDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Without question one of the top spots on the island. You will not be disappointed by the food, service or ambiance. The osso bucco is outstanding but I believe only served on Friday night. Wonderful blend of Italian offerings as well....for this they are noted...but not your standards by any means. Outstanding wine list! Service is what one would expect from a fine restaurant with a personal, local flair....many of the servers have been here for years and do a great job representing the chef and owners in making you feel at home and welcome. I have been dining here more years than I can remember and never had less than an outstanding evening! Thanks to Lucy for great service on my last visit!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wasn't wowed at all by the food
    Foodieforlife
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    It's very small, very old decor with screws sticking out of the walls in the booth section. (I caught my blazer on it). The food seemed bland, maybe it was what I ordered. The two of us spent $200 that I wish I had back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Service from Lucy!
    DannM
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Lucy is a profession. She made great food and wine recommendations that were right on. Will recommend this restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great Experience
    BillS
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We come to Hilton Head at least once a year. We never go back to NC without dining at Michael Anthony's at least once on each visit to the island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Most enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Beautiful presentation, great service, good food. Also offers an excellent early dining selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but not Great
    Tinkerbelle57
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We made our reservations four days prior but when we arrived there was considerable delay/discussion about our seating. We were ultimately seated upstairs which does not have the same ambiance as the bar and downstairs dining area. We began with cocktails, I had a delicious Nonna's Sangria made with Prosecco and Fresh Fruit. We began with the Antipasto Platter which was good and attractively presented. I had Pollo alla Capricciosa which was dry and not enhanced by the weedy and bitter arugula. My husband had the pasta special which was homemade rolled pasta with sausage and mushrooms. Excellent. We split a Sformata di Cioccolata for dessert. Very tasty but small. With a bottle of wine, our meal was approximately $200.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    A vacation to HHI would not be complete without a dinner( or two) at this fabulous restaurant. The food is consistently delicious, fresh and plated beautifully. The wine is outstanding. The service attentive, friendly, and informative. It's a smells good, feels good ,tastes good place to dine. Don't be fooled by the odd gray exterior.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian on Hilton Head
    ACfun
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great food, atmosphere, service. We are from NJ and travel to Italy often. We were surprised how good and original the Italian food was at Michael Anthony's. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing!
    luvital44
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We have dined at the restaurant previously and enjoyed it. Our recent visit was not as nice. The service you would expect from a restaurant like this was disappointing. One entree was good and the one was very mediocre. Will not return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian
    JeffP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Awesome food and a great wine list top the list for this excellent restaurant in Hilton Head. Fresh, well prepared and excellently prepared servings paired with great wine choices make this a must-do location for anyone who appreciates good Italian.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent and Great Service
    bman598VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Always come to Michael Anthony's for a great Italian meal when on the island. Service and atmosphere are always great. This time the food was a little let down. It was good just not spectacular and what I expect for the price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Out family has been vacationing at Hilton Head Island for many years, and Michael Anthony's is always tops on our list for dining!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but so, so service:(
    2Foodies
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We dined there at 8pm on a Saturday night and were seated upstairs as requested. We were greeted by our server and her helper promptly and served water. We selected a bottle of wine and ordered an anti pasti plate to share. Great choice. However, a large party of 10-12 were seated about that time. Antipasti and wine were served and we were still holding our large, bulky menus waiting to order while we ate. The big table heard about the specials and ordered, we were still waiting. We finally got to order, the food was great, but the service was not up to par. We have dined there many times and our daughter's wedding reception and dinner were held there, but the service was much better. Next time, I'll call for a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Italy
    DinerShore
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Wonderful birthday celebration with friends for my husband's 50th birthday!! Pasta and meat dishes were excellent and wine was perfect! Ambiance was very warm and welcoming. Server was friendly and professional. I would return on my next trip to Hilton Head!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great pick
    JhonnyVVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were impressed with the ambience and the restaurant in general. Food is great, nice for a Very special occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at a whopping price
    PickyDiner
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food here is wonderful. Fresh, great nuance to the spices and so on. Innovative menu and portion sizes are appropriate! So for a special occasion, this is the place! However, one salad, 2 entrees, one dessert, 3 drinks with tip was $180. So be prepared. As in most things in life, you get what you pay for! They also do a great value early bird dinner 5 - 5:45 at I think $25 p p.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food & service
    PhilM
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had a very enjoyable dinner at Michael Anthony's last week. The food was excellent and the accompanied wine list was very well matched and affordable. The service was simply outstanding and friendly - Bottom line - if you want an enjoyable low key dinner with great service and food, this is the place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mandm
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We greatly enjoyed the restaurant and food. The server was very attentive and the food was excellent. Dessert was fabulous
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mike
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Come here every year for the last 6 yrs when in hilton head , this was the first time not up to standards, food was just ok nothing spectacular, wine was expensive for the small portion they gave you, too many other great restaurants here , will probably remove them from our list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simple the best
    PtvalVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I both tried 2 of the specials. Amazing flavor on both dishes. Our 11 year old was able to get his favorite carbonara which wasn't on the menu. The service was perfect in timing, knowledge of dishes and wine and friendliness. It was our 15 year wedding anniversary and they surprised us with a glass of prosecco. This is the best restaurant on the Island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Best restaurant ever! It was so amazing, the best ever!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A VERY PLEASANT EXPERIENCE
    SupertoothVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We visit Hilton Head every year, and we visit the more highly rated restaurants. This was our first (but not the last) visit to Michael Anthony's. The greeting was cordial, our table was ready, and our waiter was prompt, courteous, and knowlegeable. The food was exceptional in creativity, presentation, and taste. The extensive wine list was very impressive. We will certainly return to this restaurant, and recommend it to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate