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River House - Palmetto Bluff
River House - Palmetto Bluff

River House - Palmetto Bluff Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.palmettobluff.com/theinn-dining.aspx
  • Phone: (843) 706-6542
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern, Low Country
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from River House - Palmetto Bluff
Standing on the banks of the May River, the River House Restaurant draws inspiration and ingredients from all that the May River, the Lowcountry and the South have to offer. Dining here is a memorable affair of relaxed elegance, not unlike what one would have enjoyed in the original Wilson home. Using the freshest organic and seasonal ingredients, many sourced from local markets and farms, we craft a cuisine that is farm fresh and elegantly presented with hospitality that is undeniably southern.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "My husband and I had a wonderful experience. Great service, lovely Southern menu, and a very nice wine list. Highly recommend for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I have been coming to the River House for almost 10 years now and I always have a wonderful dining experience. The staff remembers me and always delivers excellent service. If you are lucky, Andrew will wait on you! The food is also amazing with local selections."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I was greatly disappointed in the lack of ambiance. I felt that we had a very expensive meal in a sports bar. The level of noise from the lounge (cheering, yelling and screaming) was totally out of place in a restaurant of the caliber of River House. Management was I uncharacteristically inattentive throughout the dinner and had to be "flagged down" to complain about the noise. A free dissert did not erase a bad experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Top notch service, consistently excellent food and wonderful surroundings.... Such a treat !!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I guess the resort has enough business that locals are no longer needed at the restaurant. We usually make the 30 minute trek 2-3 times a year for what was the best food and service in Bluffton. Prices are now higher, servings are smaller and my wife's pappardelle had the texture of an inner tube. My salmon was excellent, but $37 for a tapas sized serving? That is more than great places in Manhattan where our other home is. Staff was pleasant, but service very uneven and often very slow. Our coffees were served ten minutes apart. We will not return."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The Vidalia onion soup had no flavor. The grouper and scallops were cooked perfectly but weren't especially exciting."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Few resort restaurants rise to this level in food, wine or service. I have eaten here four times over a period of six months, and I have never had an experience--or a dish--that did not deserve at least a "very good" rating. Southern food (at least to me) can be heavy and somewhat monochromatic, but the River House avoids both pitfalls. The wine list is broad and deep, and Thad, the sommelier, can be counted on to guide you to an interesting and (reasonablly) affordable selection."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Let's begin with the service. Top notch from the moment you enter the reception area and so friendly and inviting. Wait staff were right there when you needed them. Thank you Laura! The food; great choices and very tasty. The scallops had hidden jewels of basil infused walnuts at their base which really kicked up the flavors even more. Well worth the expense. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "No salt on the tables. But, the pork and fish was encrusted in salt. It ruined the meal. Waiter really didn't care. He had a table of 8 next to us on their 5th bottle of wine. Work the tip....Forget the little guy. Not worth the expense."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Went Easter Sunday. The menu was very limited. Only meat was veal cheeks. My shrimp was so salty, I had to return it. Just not a great meenu or delivery. To me, it wasn't worth the drive from HHI!!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Such a surprise- we had no idea it would be in a hotel...in fact we found the place by chance, as Opentable has completely the wrong street address. We finally arrived only 5 minutes late, after an hours drive from Hilton Head. We worried the place might be too rich for our blood, so were happily comforted by the ambiance and friendly greeting. Food was excellent and so was the service, wish we had arrived an hour early to take a look around. Opentable says this restaurant is at 476 Mount Pelia Drive..ignore that. It is part of The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, at 1 Village Square , right in the centre of Palmetto Bluff."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This venue gave my husband and myself a special evening together in the low country which we love. A true gem nestled in the marsh."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "And room service is good too. Whatever you want, they'll try to please you! That keeps us coming back."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed our diners more than on previous years. More appealing choices. Well prepared and graciously served. Our waitress told us that items were prepared to order so feel free to ask for changes. I love their hot donut assortments for dessert and commented that I preferred last year's caramel dipping sauce. The waitress immediately came back with caramel sauce and even packed another container of caramel sauce for my take home box. Their homemade pickles are a special treat."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Everything at the inn at palmetto bluff is done with perfection"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Our waitress (JP) set the tone for a memorable evening. She let us know we were in for a treat and that turned out to be true! This was our first time to dine at the River House but it won't be our last. I usually judge the overall cooking by the fish. In a word: Perfect! The tile fish couldn't have been prepared any better period! The beet salad was the right addition and the dessert.....the perfect ending. No complaints other than our own failure to book a room at the Inn so we wouldn't have the 30 minute drive home! We'll be back many times"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went for resturant week. (They should always have those short ribs!) This place is fabulous all the way around. Leave a little bit of time to take in the setting of the resturant."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Service is excellent. Food was only fair. However this was restaurant week so maybe that made a difference. Braised short rib meal was salty and fatty. Fish was somewhat mushy and taste had no resemblance to a piccata dish. Gumbo was very good but again a bit salty. Was disappointed with the meal it's this s a five star restaurant. Lovely atmosphere and quiet."
    Dined on 1/25/2014