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

Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.michael-anthonys.com
  • Phone: (843) 785-6272
  • 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 (877) 564-4026

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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Fantastic dinner! The menu is outstanding and the specials were exceptional! Homemade pastas and an excellent wine list. The owners Tony and Becky are gracious and very welcoming. The same quality of food that you would find in some of the finer Italian restaurants in Chicago, New York or San Francisco, with on-site owners who are customer friendly and care about food quality. Already looking forward to a return visit."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We found the food to be quite good, but not spectacular. The service was slow as the waiter was overburdened with guests. Pasta was aldente and portions were generous."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The best restaurant on the island. Hands down. We've been to almost every high quality restaurant in Hilton head in the last eight years and this one never disappoints."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We have dined in this restaurant several times and have never been disappointed. The quality of the food is consistently outstanding and the service memorable even when the restaurant is very crowded as it was on our most recent visit over a holiday weekend."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We were very happy with this wonderful spot!! Wonderful chilled martinis. My husband had an excellent veal dish & I had a tasty pasta. There was a breakdown in the kitchen between our salad & our entrees (40 min) but I believe it was a fluke & would recommend. We will return on our next visit to Hilton Head."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My family really enjoyed for dinner. The wine list was excellent. There were a lot of unique and well done dishes including spectacular meatballs as an appetizer."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My fav restaurant on the Island. The food is always delicious and thr wine is too. Service is the best!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Having been vacationing on Hilton Head Island for over 10 years, this was a great find that we had somehow missed. A great menu and wonderful wine list...very affordable. My suggestion...do not miss the opportunity to have a great meal on HHI at a restaurant that is committed to your dining experience. It is a pleasant and surprising find on HHI where most every place assumes you are a tourist will not return for a second meal!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My wife and I have been coming to Hilton Head for over 20 years and have eaten at many restaurants here but none compare to Michael Anthony's! The service is excellent, the wine list is amazing and the food is incredible. My filet mignon was cooked to perfection! Their Italian dishes are not your run of the mill variety entrees but are unique and superb combinations of items. If you can get past the price it will be your favorite restaurant as well!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Wonderful experience. Our server,Kristiane, was always on top of things without being at all intrusive. We split the calamari as an appetizer & my husband & I both ordered the shellfish over pasta. As I don't love spicy sauce mine was adjusted to my taste. Portion size was exactly right with very nice selection of shellfish. We will definitely return the next time we are on Hilton Head"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This is our 2nd time to Michael Anthony's. The first time back in OCT 2013 everything was really great. . . this time just OK. I guess it was because there are so many tourists in June. The food was not as good and we were seated upstairs in the cooking school, rather than the main restaurant (which has much more atmosphere). They seemed to be stretching themselves too thin."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Quickly seated with a reservation made a few hours in advance, we were greeted at our table by Lucy who took wonderful care of us all evening. We were not up for a full bottle of wine, so Lucy recommended a wonderful blend from the by-the-glass list. We had the Swordfish special, Filet off the standard menu, and shared an appetizer portion of a pasta. All were outstanding (which is an understatement). I just returned from a trip to Italy and the fish and pasta were both as fresh and wonderful as I experienced at many meals while there. I will definitely go again when I return to HHI!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Outstanding Italian restaurant that I would consider the best on HHI. Atmosphere was terrific, wait staff was knowledgable, patient and friendly. An overall gem of a dining experience; unexpected for a tourist destination."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "excellent food and professional service!! a real "keeper" of a restaurant"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Our dinner at Michael Anthony's was absolutely fabulous. The service was excellent and the food was out of this world. The food presentation was as good as it gets at any fine dining restaurant at 3 times the price. Will absolutely be back again soon!!!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The best meal ever in HHI. We've been coming here for 15 years and this was the best meal. Two if us ordered off the early dining menu and 2 off the regular menu. Our food came out promptly and was delucious. The crab salad was to die for and the veal was wonderful. We had a wonderful meal and great service."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This restaurant was fabulous! Our server Lucy was wonderful and very knowledgable. Our food was fresh and pasta was made that day. A fabulous wine list and great atmosphere. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We found this place several years ago and now a trip isn't complete until we dine here. Service is wonderful. Foods exceptionally great. Overall a wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was always our "go to" place in Hilton Head. Not seeing the price/value we once did. The food is still very good as is the service but just seems to have lost something or maybe it's there are competitive options that once didn't exist. Worth a shot and form your own opinion."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This is classical Italian food provided with top- notch service and wonderful wine selections. If you are seeking the latest trend in mixing Southern cuisine with Asian etc...this is not it. The menu is stable with several nightly specials, the staff fairly long-term, the decor up-to-date and tasteful. We had mussels (plump and fresh in a tasty broth), a salad (lovely local greens), and the two fish specials: one grilled swordfish and one wild salmon fillet. Both came with a variety of interesting vegetables, and the seasonings were fresh and light in touch - just right. We usually do wine by the glass, and our server - Finnie - made some thoughtful and successful suggestions. The wine there is ALWAYS served at just the right temp."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I travel widely in the U.S. and Europe and rarely do I find a restaurant as good or better than Michael Anthony's. The setting, the service and the food were all excellent! One person in our party is a vegetarian and the chef was happy to create a meal especially for her that was just as delicious as the regular, non-vegetarian menu offerings. I'm sorry that I do not plan on returning to Hilton Head, because I really would like another dinner at Michael Anthony's."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Outstanding. Went back a second night since it was so good."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "As an Italian from NJ, my mom and I loved this restaurant! Homemade pasta, delicious appetizers and great wine. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Great ITalian in the South - it is possible! And I truly appreciated the owner coming around to the table saying thanks for coming - means a lot and if more owners took that kind of time to personally thank their guests, they would have the 13 years of success Michael Anthony's has had!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "My wife and I appreciate the staff remembering from prior visits that we prefer a 1st floor table."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Enjoyed a great dinner in the upstairs dining room. Fantastic all around."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had two different chicken dishes and they were both outstanding. Best Italian we have had on Hilton Head so far!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Michael Anthony's is not where you want to go it you're looking for the next beach-themed seafood spot. It just a really good, fine-dining class Italian restaurant. Do come here if you're looking for a great dining experience (food, service, ambiance). Everything's great from appetizers to dessert."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We went during early dining, she you may choose from the menu or from a early bird menu that gets you an appetizer, entree & dessert choice. Delicious food! There's no kids menu, but Lucy and the others were gracious to our 11-year olds. In the end, the kids chose from the early bird menu & loved their food. Highly recommend. Fresh, healthy, yummy food; lovely, quiet dining area; very fair pricing."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Service and food was spectacular. Crab salad and veal dish was superb. An excellent fine dining experience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My entrée was extremely small. I had 4 scallops on a tiny bed of vegetables. Normally I skip the starters because I can't finish the entrée but in this case I definitely needed to order them. That being said our food was excellent though very little of it. Service was outstanding."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "If your looking for spaghetti & meatballs, this is not your place. If you looking for the most tender succulent veal and the Freshest fish, this is your place! With that being said MACI would be worth your time just to try the complimentary eggplant crostini. Consistently fresh ingredients and a lot of attention to detail"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I stumbled upon Michael Anthony's while looking for an Italian restaurant for our upcoming trip to HHI. I had no idea what a treat it was going to be! The food was excellent, every single bite. If you are fortunate to have PJ as your server, you are in luck as he is also the sommelier, in addition to being one of the best waiters we have ever had the pleasure of having. Part of the dining experience is the interaction with the server, and PJ was tops. We started with the calamari, sauteed to perfection. I had the beet salad...I love beets and never knew that could be this good. My daughter had the scallops and my husband had the fish special of the night. As I said before, every single bite was delicious."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "When we come to H.H. we always eat at Michael Anthony's because the food is great and the menu items are somewhat unique. They have a greta wine list and the service is excellent. What more could you ask for?"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "This is our favorite place when dining in a place rich with great eats! Server is very knowledgable in food and wine. Menu changes with seasonal availibility Wine flights are a delight. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "While in HHI we simple a nimber of restaurants. This one tops them all."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My wife and I look forward each year to our annual vacations on Hilton Head Island. While we are always on the lookout for a new dining experience, we always set aside one evening for dinner at Michael Anthony's. So far, we haven't been disappointed in our experience at Michael Anthony's - and were again rewarded with another great meal and relaxing evening this year. While I have sometime often brought my own wines, I have always been impressed with the selection of Italian wines and picked a great one this year. The staff at this restaurant is terrific - including the owners who were kind enough to chat with us at the conclusion of our meal. Oh, I almost forgot the desert - topped off the meal perfectly. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We have been going here for several years when in Hilton Head and we always loved the food. It is our favorite place to enjoy great food. The atmosphere is great and the service is very attentive. Asked for PJ when you go there and he will give you good suggestions for a delightful meal."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "A friend suggested this restaurant to me the morning on which we made dinner plans. Her glowing recommendation was an insufficient amount of praise. Lucy provided us with stellar service. She was Well versed in all aspects of the menu & specials; Attentive but not Annoyingly over attentive; charming personality! Chef Chris' innovative specials were all delicious as we ate most of them! This will be our "go to" restaurant destination for HHI! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Our se second trip, downstairs noise level much louder than upstairs. Come hungry, the food is absolutely great."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "After receiving such rave notices four of us were excited to be Dining at Michael Anthony's since we do not live in Hilton Head. Ambiance was flat, we all started with Caesar Salad which had all the appearance of chopped Romaine coming out of a bag with a few croutons added and a splash of a generic dressing out of a bottle. I won't bore anyone, but my Rack of Lamb was so small my 9 year old grand-son would have been left hungry. It was served with totally unremarkable vegetables. At $140 including drinks and desserts per couple it was a major disappointment."
    Dined on 5/3/2014