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
211 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (135)fit for foodies (131)romantic (114)notable wine list (114)neighborhood gem (67)good for groups (29)hot spot (18)vibrant bar scene (8)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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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  • 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
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    • 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!!!
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    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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great
    tastyVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    With a number of wines by the glass Michael Anthony's makes pairing a wine with your dinner at art. Ian turned us onto a new bubbly on the menu, Ferrari, that we pleasantly surprised by. When in doubt or at a loss ask your server. They won't steer you wrong.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HHIFan
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    First time dining at this restaurant and what a find! Food was excellent and the service great. Will definitely add this restaurant to my must visits when on the island.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal at this restaurant.
    Twofoodys
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We had a very nice dinner at Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana. The atmosphere was nice, staff were efficient and the food was excellent. Our only complaint is that the table was kind of low making it uncomfortable to sit at for an extended period of time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Steve
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Amazing food. Great deserts. Kids friendly. We had dinner with 3 kids. A bit pricy but the food quality is very high, so overall worth the money. We will come back to this place for sure. Deserts were amazing as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a nice meal
    Keshanah
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I wasn't blown away, but the food was nice, and the service was excellent. Most notably, the gnocchi and chocolate souffle were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Colonel
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    One of the best meals we've ever had. The food was exceptional and the staff was extraordinarily attentive, from the owner who personally visited our table to deliver two complimentary glasses of prosecco and wish us a happy anniversary (we informed the restaurant via OpenTable that we were celebrating our 25th), to the attentive waiter, to the owners spouse, who was also intimately involved in the restaurant operation. The staff even went so far as to acknowledge special occasion guests like us by giving us black table napkins as opposed to white, so the entire staff would be aware it was a special occasion for us. This was one of the best meals we've ever had. A bit pricey, but we will definitely return if we visit Hilton Head again
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a marvelous dinner and would highly recommend eating @ Michael Anthony's. The wine was excellent too. We got the early bird special and it was elegant, good and just the right amount of food. Would definitely go again and we did go to the cooking school later in the week and loved that too. '
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Gem
    Couplefrombuffalo
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have dined at various upscale restaurants on Hilton Head. Michael Anthony's was, by far, the best meal we had during our one week vacation. The staff was attentive. Peter , our server, was very knowledgeable of the menu and the evenings specials. We asked for his recommendations and they did not disappoint! The carbonara special and seafood with spicy red sauce were to die for. The best we've ever experienced! The meatball appetizer was equally delicious. We also experienced the potato gnocchi as an appetizer . They were light and the sauce was fresh as if the tomatoes were just picked from the garden. Do not skip the profiterals for dessert. Chatting with the owners was the final touch to a perfect evening. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • VerdeVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We found better than the usual Hilton Head dining at Michael Anthony's. Fresh seafood, great wine list, salads and appetizers with great flavors. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    lchinvabch23451
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We could have not asked for a more perfect evening. Starting with the attentive and knowledgeable waiter and ending with a dessert that complemented the entire meal, it was a wonderful dining experience. The food preparation, timing of course arrival, and the actual meals were exceptional. This was our third visit to the restaurant and our favorite one, by far. We look forward to returning next summer....and we are recommending this to friends who are planning a visit to the island next month.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is terrific in EVERY way
    Mictom
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food, ambiance, service -- all superb. We were celebrating a special wedding anniversary and couldn't have chosen a better place to celebrate. Owners Anthony and Becky made it very special indeed. The food was out of this world and the attention to detail incredible.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    the only complaint is that the very knowledgeable waitress did not also deliver the meal and i specifically asked for veggies instead potatoes but potatoes arrived when the meal was brought by the "runner". if the waitress had brought the meal, she would have noticed the this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful night
    DunwoodydinersVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 15th anniversary at Michael Anthony's recently. It was perfect! The pescatore and veal medallions were both cooked to perfection. Service was impeccable. We did not have room for dessert, but I can only imagine what they have to offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must while in Hilton Head
    BLMSkierVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    If your looking to enjoy a special evening...Michael Anthony's is the place! And be sure to make a reservation well in advance so you don't miss out on this wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Islanddining
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have been coming to the Island for over 6 years. I stumbled across this restaurant and can honestly say it was the best Italian restaurant that I have ever eaten at, not only on the island but throughout my entire travels. Don't be deceived by its location when you pull up as it is located among offices, Etc. They decor is delightful, warm and comfortable. The food was absolutely phenomenal. The homemade ribbon pasta was superb. The chocolate soufflé cake was delicious. The staff was extremely friendly, helpful and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Island Eats Drew Us In!
    JeanVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We have been coming to HHI for many years &returned last week to celebrate our 25th anniversary. I was looking thru one of the magazine's and read an article on the owners and it sparked my interest. We were in Italy last summer and love to find places to take us back there--Michael Anthony's did! We would rank our dinner as the best we have had for Italian eats since returning--we loved the caprese and watermelon salads, my husband loved the option of two entree's for size of one, and my veal was outstanding especially the sauce! We enjoyed great wine and ended the evening with a chocolate souflee & gelato which we have come to love. We hope to return soon! jean
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marshall - Turnaround Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was our second visit to this restaurant and very much look forward to another fantastic dining experience. Upon entry we were quickly seated and knew it was going to be another wonderful time with our family. Unfortunately, Jay, our server was less than attentive. He took several minutes to address our table, did not review the specials and virtually ignored us. It was so offensive, we asked for a table change. Luckily, we were sat in Pete's section and this led to a much better experience. He reviewed the specials, was able to offer suggestions, and made the second half of our time here reminiscent of our first visit. This is worth a visit, just don't sit in Jay's section.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Italian
    Louie5
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Great food, great service! We will definitely come back!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Authentic Italian Food
    yumyumgetyourselfsome
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Micheal Anthony's is a fantastic restaurant. Our waiter was very helpful and polite and gave us great service. The food was excellent, probably the best Italian food I've ever had. Totally worth the price. I highly recommend for any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Hilton Head Favorite
    hhislandgirlVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My husband and I have had dinner at Michael Anthony's on two occasions since moving here last year. We love the space and the food is always consistent. We have also taken a hands on cooking class and loved working with Chef Chris!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CTHusky
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    MA has become a regular spot for us on HHI, during our annual vacation. It has never let us down, with great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great choice.
    Sj22
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We were visiting the island this week and decided to celebrate a birthday here. The decor was lovely. The food was delicious, and the wait staff was friendly and efficient.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't judge a book by its cover...
    fussyoledad
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I wasn't expecting much when we pulled up to the worn-looking strip mall housing the restaurant...but the attentive service and great food blew us away and were unmatched during our Hilton Head stay. This place is very kid friendly also. Real "foodies" will look pass the location/building and think this is a gem of a find. Put this place on the water and this would be world class…as they have already mastered the hard parts (food, service).
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bella Notte
    kcinpgh
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    After the hustle and bustle of some of the other restaurants on HHI, it was so nice to have a relaxed, and high-quality dinner. We opted for the prix fixe menu, and we were not disappointed. Each of our courses, from appetizer to dessert, was appropriately portioned and delicious. Our waitress was attentive, efficient, and friendly. Definitely worth a return trip when we're next on HHI.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EnglishDave
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food, service and variety was excellent. All off us enjoyed it equally and will be back. Very good wine list although a little pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Italian Cuisine
    SpecialPlaceVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    It was a pleasure meeting Tony from South Philly. We bought the cookbook and had it signed by Tony and Michael.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining delight.
    cookie60
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Usually a restaurant seems to get one or two parts of the dining experience right. Michael-Anthony's has hit a home run . I would eat there every week if I lived in Hilton Head . Marvelous!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.