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R & D Wine Boutique
R & D Wine Boutique
  • Address:
    1011 Fording Island Rd
    Suite C105
    Bluffton, SC 29910
    Neighborhood:
    Bluffton
  • Cuisine:
    Tapas / Small Plates
    Price: $30 and under

R & D Wine Boutique Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rdwine.net
  • Phone: (843) 837-3747
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm Open for Wine and Beer after dinner
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The Wine Room's rustic décor creates a refined atmosphere. Celebrate your gatherings in The Wine Room. This private room accommodates up to 8 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Best Buy Plaza
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from R & D Wine Boutique
With its wall of wines and cozy nooks, R&D Wine Boutique is the ideal retreat for indulging in savory small plates, flatbreads, modern specialties that are perfect for sharing and pairing with wine. In addition R&D Wine features a selection of crafted beers and over 150 selections of wines, making this the ultimate spot for lunch or dinner.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was our second time dining at R&D and we were moderately disappointed. The owner was there the first time and very attentive and knowledgable. This time, not so much. The have many wines on display and a couple dozen in the dispensers. If you choose a wine from the wall they charge you an additional $10 to open it there. We ordered a bottle from the menu and it was a $29 mistake. We had the cheese tray which was as good as the last time. The entree's were so so. My wife had the flounder and I had the scallops. For $20+ each they did not impress. Our bill was over $90+ and for that, we could have had a much better meal and experience at dozens of places."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Once we found it, we found a gem. The "wine machine" is a winner, and the food we ordered was well prepared and very good. The service was attentive. The owners care about what they are doing."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My husband and I came here on a date and loved it. The owner was so gracious and helpful. We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Real gem in an unexpected location. Quiet, great ambiance, fantastic wine selections and great food."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the wine a lot. The Cheese and meat and bread plate were very good. The food was pretty good - not great - they would do well to make the pasta in house rather than not. Lighting was bad - very bright coming from the street in a dark room is not a good mix. Overall I would recommend. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Enjoyed the entire experience of this lovely, small wine bistro. The food was delicious, the wines were good and it was fun to be able to sip many different types of wine. The attention to detail and ambiance makes this on our list of places to go back to tine and time again. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We used back room. Ideal for group! Cozy, private, unique, but Acoustically it could use some help. Food was excellent and perfectly portioned. Good variety in selection. Great location and parking"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The food is always excellent - and the wine selection is fantastic. And...you can sample most of them..... "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This small wine cafe is a little difficult to find the first time you visit. But... one visit and you will definitely want to return. The menu is not extremely large, but the available wines make up for that. R&D is a perfect spot for a Ladies Luncheon!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We always include a stop at R&D every trip to Hilton Head/Bluffton. Dawn is enthusiastic about her selections and food offerings with welcoming charm and exuberance. The machine sampling bins are always stocked with a wide selection of wines for every taste and pocketbook. In addition R&D has the widest and best selection of bottles anywhere in the area. A real plus to an expanding retail area. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Can't wait to go back! The Owner / Hostess makes you feel so welcome, like you are dining in her own home."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had wonderful wines, service was outstanding and our sandwiches were out of this world."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "It's hard to find a restaurant where you can enjoy great food, wonderful wine, and have a quiet atmosphere that allows conversation. R&D is that rare place. Thank you for a wonderful evening Dawn!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I never realized such a fantastic wine bar was in this little strip mall near PetCo and BestBuy. They have a larger private room in the back with comfy upholstered dining chairs, large table which sits 8 very easily and the walls were lined with the most spectacular array of wines. Donna, the owner is the heartbeat of this place. She lights up when you ask her opinion regarding any of her wines. She describes, in detail, the vineyard, grapes, etc with the kind of enthusiasm that let's you know this is not a hobby, this is her passion. The food was tasty. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Wonderful find! Enjoyed the food and especially the wine options!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "A great place to taste some wines and eat either a few bites or a full meal. The staff are great. They were friendly, we had their attention whenever it was needed, and they really knew their wines. They have maybe 40 wines to choose from in the dispensers and nice tastefully prepared foods to accompany whatever you choose. The wines range from quality bargain wines to some serious high end wines. So be careful what you choose as your wine bill can go up quickly. You can also buy one of many other wines in the shop and pay corkage. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great place for light evening dining and sipping a nice selection of wines. My wife says it's great for a group lunch in the back room. Not a place to gorge yourself, but you leave sufficiently suffonsified."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The service is outstanding. The food is well proportioned and prepared perfectly. I love the friendly atmosphere. It is so much fun to try so many new wines . You can taste 5 different wines and that is only one glass. Then I decide which wine I liked the most and have a full glass with my meal. And I find the price reasonable for the value."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "R & D Wine Boutique is everything the wine lover could wish for. Not only do they have wall-to-wall (literally) of outstanding wine selections, their tapas/small plate dinner selections are absolutely delicious. Don't miss the cheese selections either as you begin your tastings. Balsamic vinaigrette jelly and crackers is also unique and scrumptious."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Fun experience, our server was a delight, food is always outstanding!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "WHAT A GREAT RESTAURANT WITH THE OWNER/MGR PASSIONATE ABOUT TAKING EXTREME CARE TO MAKE SURE HER GUESTS ARE WELCOMED, SERVED WITH PROMPTNESS AND DELICIOUS FOOD! THE SELECTION OF WINES AVAILABLE FOR CONSUMPTION AND/OR PURCHASE IS GREAT!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This charming restaurant is located in a strip mall, and may be easily overlooked, but don't. There are only eight tables, so I encourage you to book ahead. The wines are outstanding -many unusual and hard to find, yet all price points. There is a wine dispensing machine where you may sample up to 20 different wines, should you choose to do so. The food is wonderful: the spinach artichoke dip is delicate and light, not overly salty. We had the eggplant parmesan and the chicken marsala, followed by Creme Brûlée, all perfect. Portions were just right. The chef came out to check with us to insure everything was to our liking. The service was outstanding. I could not ask for anything more and will return every time I am anywhere near!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "A Fun and Funky little spot in Bluffton Strip Mall. A Wine sipper's dream !! So, many choices. It was so much fun to load you card with $20.00 or more and fill your glass with all the great wine selections. Tapas and small plate menu is pretty varied which was nice. We did small plates, food was terrific. In the past we chose the specialty cheese platter was equally delicious. The owner is fun and engaging which gives the place a relaxed vibe making it impossible to meet people while enjoying the food and wine. My, only complaint is the noise level and tables could be a bit more intimate. But, we still enjoyed ourselves!!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Twice we have found our way to R & D for a special evening and were not disappointed! Great food, great wine!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Finding a great glass of wine is fun and a great way to try many before deciding on one or two glasses to go with your appetizer and dinner. Deserts are great too. The owners are so personable and they make you feel very special almost like being at their home. The cheese appetizer plate is great no matter which cheeses you choose and the nuts , crackers and fruit that come with it are a pleasant surprise. We've been there many times and never been disappointment. Dinner specials are always good and the go to flatbreads are excellent-especially like the duck , the olive one and the mushroom one."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "When on Hilton Head (or off), the first destination is R&D. In addition to the ever changing selections in the wine taste machines there always is the friendly staff and great food selections to greet another visitor. Many wine labels not found elsewhere and the chance to taste or order a full glass of labels you probably wouldn't purchase in full bottle or taste before purchase. R&D is always a winner."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "This "restaurant" is in actuality a novelty wine shop. The novelty are the wine kiosks where you can taste a variety of wines at small portions with the hope of you finding one that you will purchase. Now for the restaurant.... The food we had was a "filet special" and a cheese platter. The filet tasted like a hamburger with low quality meat or preparation. The cheese platter ($16) was small with cheese and meat worth less than half of what they charged. Our appetizers salad lacked creativity. On top of that the wine was overpriced. Overall the restaurant is a poor value. It is better described as a novelty wine shop (kiosks) that is not worth it for dinner but may be to try something different "pre dinner"."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "R&D has become our 'go to' spot when in Hilton Head/Bluffton. The machines are always filled with interesting selections and at a broad range of prices. Nice to be able to taste new wines and old favorites even if whole bottle purchases aren't within the budget. This trip was for midweek lunch. Tapas type selections made decisions tough. All were outstanding. Back at Thanksgiving week for sure."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "This is mostly a wine bar for tasting using enomatic machines. The food was good and enough to accompany a tasting. Disappointed in the selection of white wines this time but will try again next year. Owner is very friendly and knows a lot about wine."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "What a great place to go for good food and great wine. When we visit Hilton Head we make it a point to go to R&D. Dawn and Cynthia treat us like family. We'll be back!!!"
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Six of us had dinner at R&D recently. We were wowed by the friendliness and wonderful food. However the wine selection was amazing. We loved the fact that you could taste an ounce, 3 ounces or fill a 6 ounce glass with a very wide selection of both red and white wines. Using a prepaid card entitles you to taste all price levels of wine. We opted for the cheese platter and individual small plates. We were not disappointed-the food is fresh and well prepared. We are all definitely going back!"
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "What a fabulous cozy spot...definitely not a tourist trap. We will go back soon!!"
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "Tucked into a corner of a strip mall without much exposure to passing traffic, R & D Wine Boutique must be doing something right to attract the crowd that filled the room on our first visit. And they are!! The small plate portions were just right for sharing and the food was outstanding! For lovers of the grape, this is a must. I had never experienced the wine dispenser system in place at R & D, but if you want to enjoy a variety of wines, conduct your own tasting, or just be fickle, it is the way to go!! All very fun with great food and knowledgeable and attentive staff! A+!!"
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "great concept for wine tasting, paired with great food. Donna and Ryan make you feel like you are visiting their home. Must try!!!"
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "We were on vacation in the Hilton Head area and were curious about this wine bar. We had a blast trying different wines from the serving machines. The locals and the owners were super helpful recommending wines and even offering a free glass when the change the bottle from the machine. The food was very tasty but it is more small plates, sandwich and flat breads than tapas. The concept of loading the card with the amount that you are willing to drink it is a great idea if you do not want to expend too much money or you can use it in your next visit (we saved ours for the next time we are in the area as we will definitely go back).The service was excellent and were super nice with my son (10 year old)."
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "We really enjoyed our time at this restaurant. Very friendly owners and great staff. Will be back soon."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "R&D is a favorite for all wine-loving locals! It's a must see!!!!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "Wonderful selection of wines, and the owners/wait staff know their wines. Service is wonderful. Very good selection of lite dining foods, cheeses, salads. Small space insures the opportunity to dine in an environment in which you can hear your other table partners. Great for a special evening or entertaining out of area guests. Wines are both great tasting experiences and fun."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "Just a great place to go for great wine and atmosphere. Want to try different wines - this is the place. Highly recommend it to all."
    Dined on 7/3/2013
  • "My wife and I took our daughter and her fiance to R&D Wine Boutique for dinner. We had a great experience. The service provided by the owners was fantastic. Their expertise in wine was helpful. We purchased the wine-by-the-glass cards and had fun sampling several wines from the automated wine dispensers - 1 ounce for sampling, half glass or full glass for a favorite. The cheese plate appetizer was superb and I really enjoyed the salmon entree. The wines on the walls are for sale. After learning from the expertise of the owner, we purchased a bottle from Spain to bring home. Overall, this was a fabulous and fun experience. Very highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/5/2013