Topside Waterfront Restaurant
149 Lighthouse Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928Neighborhood:
SeafoodPrice: $30 and under
Topside Waterfront Restaurant
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.seapines.com/dining/topside-waterfront-restaurant.aspx
- Phone: (843) 842-1999
- Hours of Operation:
Early Bird Special: 5-6pm
(20% off entire food menu)
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Seafood, American
- Executive Chef: Chef Shaun Carter
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Non-Smoking Restaurant, View
- Entertainment: Live entertainment nightly.
A word from Topside Waterfront Restaurant
The Topside Waterfront Restaurant in the Sea Pines Resort, specializes in the freshest, most pristine seafood available locally and flown in daily from various ports of call; prepared with minimal "fuss" to allow the "flavors of the sea" to take main stage; also featuring thick-cut steaks, handcrafted specialty items, and great appetizers that make The Topside a "can't miss."Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
- Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
- Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
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Topside Waterfront Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since August 1, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
scenic view (48)special occasion (32)romantic (22)fit for foodies (18)good for groups (11)notable wine list (9)neighborhood gem (7)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (3)great for lunch (1)Show More
- Key Lime PiecbormayVIPDined on 10/23/2014First, the server offered me Crown Royal when I asked for a list of bourbons and he couldn't come up with anything else. Second, we ordered Key Lime Pie for desert, which took over 20 minutes to arrive. After the first 10 or so minutes the server came by to tell us that the chef was making some more whipped cream, after another 10 minutes he stopped by to say it would be out soon. It took at least another another 5 minutes before we had the pie. It wasn't worth the wait. It had a sticky texture, not as creamy as Key Lime should be. It tasted like a high quality freezer pie.Special Features:
- Great viewPandoraDined on 10/20/2014We were looking for a waterfront restaurant to complete our day. Having to pay the $6.00 fee to get into the area was an annoyance. The waitress immediately offered to take the fee off the bill. That was such a nice surprise since the fee had nothing to do with the restaurant. The food was wonderful and the service even better.Special Features:
- Wonderful!4salukisDined on 10/13/2014Celebrating a special birthday, our table of 4 enjoyed Topside Waterfront immensely. I wanted to pick a really special place with the best view for this occasion for Hilton Head first-timers! The food was amazing, our waiter was wonderful and the sunset from Topside was breathtaking! I couldn't have picked a better place!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fabulous!Valentine214Dined on 10/12/2014My husband and I ate dinner and had the Filet mignon and lobster with crab filling. The food was delicious! Our server was outstanding and the view overlooking the sunset was just beautiful. Can't wait to visit this restaurant on our next visit!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bad experienceJudyVIPDined on 10/11/2014Starting off the bread was stale. That is a very bad sign for things to come. We waited over an hour for our meals. Other diners who came after us were already finished with their meals, paid their bill and left. After a while we asked our waiter (who was hard to find) that we just wanted to pay for our drinks and appetizers so we could leave. The manager then came over and apologized. She told us our meals were coming out now. They did and we're just ok. When we got our bill we were only charged for drinks and appetizers. We will not go back. There are so many other wonderful restaurants in Hilton Head
- Topside PriceyOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/10/2014Captive audience will pay the going price. Seem to take advantage of location in that respect. Food quite good along with service. Dinner for two over $100. Not inclined to become a regular.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Better Choices AvailableNASHVILLENATIVEFOODIEDined on 10/6/2014This restaurant is located on the water in Harbour Town and has a great view. We went early to take advantage of the discount they give for Early Dining. We found the food to be okay but hardly worth the discounted price considering there is another restaurant nearby that has much better food at lower prices. The server was neither attentive or friendly which was also disappointing. There are so many good restaurants on Hilton Head Island we don't plan to return to this one and would not recommend it to others.
- fresh fishEjmquiltsDined on 10/3/2014We enjoy the ability to order a fresh catch prepared in an innovative way, our choice. The harbor view is spectacular. The manager's attention to detail and presence were noted.Special Features:
- Vacationing MartyMe3533Dined on 10/1/2014Made 7pm reservation,got there at 6. Gave us a table with no problem. Service was excellent and so was the food. had filet Minion and it was like butter. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.Special Features:
- Great BirthdayRobiDined on 9/30/2014We are from Germany and were on Hilton Head for vacation. We went there with friends for my birthday dinner. Christopher made it for us to an absolutely remarkable event. Food was also perfect - sunset and a nice atmosphere - very nice evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- lindaDined on 9/29/2014It was our 40th anniversary and we had a special table by the window reserved for romantics. A complimentary glass of champagne was a lovely surprise too. We felt well taken care of and enjoyed the experience. Yes, we would reccommend the restaurant.Special Features:
- Wonderful!MarilynDined on 9/20/2014You really should go to the Topside Waterfront if you are in Hilton Head. The view is beautiful and the food is delicious. The crab bisque was my favorite menu item. If you are lucky, Beth will be your waitperson. She is takes great care of her customers and delivers everything with a smile and sweet southern hospitality!Special Features:
- LuvRaleighDined on 9/18/2014Awesome food, and our server, Jack, was the best. Love the views--best sunset view on Hilton Head. Have been for several years straight on vacation and never ever disappointed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Enjoyable nightRichieVIPDined on 9/4/2014Greated promptly and seated at a window as I had requested. What a great view of the water boats and the sunset. Waiter promptly show up and took our drink order and explained the specials. Service was smooth and nicely timed. Food was very good and we had a great night. Price was was what I expected for a higher end restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Beautiful ViewSuzhausDined on 9/3/2014Restaurant definitely has a beautiful view all around.. We had a party of 6 and were seated by the window... It was great ... I was not crazy about the shrimp and grits .. too spicy for me ... however everyone else enjoyed their food... Was a bit overpriced .. nothing exemptional it just was...periodSpecial Features:
- View is only good thing hereOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 9/1/2014This was clearly the worst meal we have had in Hilton Head. Other than the view of Calibogue Sound, there is nothing good to say about our visit. The list of fine restaurants in Hilton Head is too long to waste your visit by going here.Special Features:
- Fresh fish with a lovely viewMariaDined on 8/31/2014Nice restaurant with a great view. Took my parents here for dinner and my father did not like his dish, but we spoke up too late. He was hungry and did not want to wait to eat. The rest of us all liked what we had. The noise level was too much to carry on normal conversation and it detracted from our dining experience.Special Features:
- My fave seafood restaurant in HHI!PurduegalDined on 8/29/2014I took my boyfriend here for our 2 month dating anniversary as we were in town for Labor Day weekend. I requested a window seat for the sunset view, which was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed my blacked red snapper and my boyfriend enjoyed his blackened swordfish. Our service was just so so, but I will still be back for the food for sure!Special Features:
- DiningonHHIluvtoeatDined on 8/27/2014This restaurant has nothing to recommend it for other than view. Wait staff was mediocre and food was nothing special. Would not go back and would not recommend. Many other restaurants on island much betterSpecial Features:
- Vacation MustOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/22/2014Amazing sunset views over the water!! Nice, friendly service!Special Features:
- The Best Restaurant on Hilton HeadWigglesworthDined on 8/22/2014We were very impressed with the food. Amazing fresh swordfish, great seafood platters, impressive selection of wine and key lime pie to die for. Plus great service and view of the sunset over the ocean.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not worth itPghGirl85Dined on 8/21/2014We were very excited for our dinner at Topside. Other than a great view of the sunset everything else about the evening was a total disappointment. Our waiter was terribly slow and unattentive. Our water and iced tea glasses were never refilled even though we asked several times. The food was just okay. Nothing special. Would not recommend.Special Features:
- HabortownregularVIPDined on 8/11/2014We are regulars here every time we come to Hilton Head!Special Features:
- Great ExperienceHHFamVacaDined on 8/6/2014Overall, the team was the greatest. While I struggled to find a parking space, the family was accommodated and experienced the Sunset! Overall, the service by Jeff R. and the food were Excellent!!! I would recommend to anyone looking for a great meal experience while looking out over the marina during sunset especially.Special Features:
- FantasticOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/3/2014We went her for our anniversary and could not have picked a better spot.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Last Supper on IslandskeelkaDined on 8/1/2014We enjoyed our meal at Topside and our server was fantastic. However, we were a little disappointed that we were not sat in the main dining room as there were tables available. It was our last night on the island and we were hoping for a little more scenic view. Other than that, our dinner was outstanding.Special Features:
- ExcellentOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/1/2014We wanted a place that was gluten free friendly. Food was excellent and Jeff was a great server.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 312 reviews are from the Topside Waterfront Restaurant reviews archive.
- Great Viewsregularguest20Dined on 7/31/2014The expansive views of Harbour Town and the Sound are among the very best on the Island. The décor felt clean and fresh, providing good ambience. The menu was simple and easy to read, offering fish or seafood anyway you like, along with good side dish offerings. We had an early evening reservation and enjoyed our dinner very much. Only negative was the air-conditioning, which was almost too cold and drafty where we sat. Hostesses might be a bit friendlier, more welcoming.Special Features:
- Nothing special for the priceLive4foodVIPDined on 7/26/2014Good service, menu was far to similar to Live Oak, and the execution of the food was not as good.Special Features:
- DisappointingglobaldinerDined on 7/25/2014We booked this highly recommended restaurant before we left the UK to ensure that we had a reservation for a busy Friday. We arrived a few minutes early, however, we were forced to stand among a throng of people for at least 10 mins before being seated. The seat was excellent but it all went downhill from there. The atmosphere was not relaxing, more about efficiency. The service was cold and gave the impression that they just wanted you fed and out of the restaurant as quickly as possible. What was particularly annoying was that plates were cleared as soon as someone had finished, not when all guests were finished, which is common practice in the UK. Food was very average and pricey for what it was. Plates were served with little finesse!Special Features:
- Great placeOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 7/24/2014Topside had plenty of potential of being a tourist trap just like the few restaurants surrounding it. However they pulled through and provided a great meal with wonderful service. Best view on the island.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food and Viewdpc698Dined on 7/24/2014This was the best meal we had while on Hilton Head. Food was excellent and the view of the sunset was awesome. We would definitely eat here again.Special Features:
- UoflfoodieDined on 7/22/2014The crab cakes and crab bisque were outstanding. The whole meal for the price was great!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Southern FoodRichfielddinerDined on 7/21/2014Beat seafood in town. Service is extraordinary. The view over the harbor is unforgettable.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great experienceKathyDined on 7/20/2014The food was delicious, great wine list and of all, Vladimir, our server, was awesome. As soon as he could tell we were speaking in a different languaje, he switched to ours and very graciously kept helping us with the menu. Great experience, very nice restaurantSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great View and Great Food!LifeIsGoodDined on 7/19/2014We had never been here and were surprised to realize that it's been around for more than 10 years! Loved our food and our waiter, Caleb! Had a LOVELY dinner with a fabulous view and the sunsets can't be beat from here!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Eveningrwscott66Dined on 7/17/2014Had a freat evening at Topside. The views were amazing, the service was excellent and the food was very good. I highly recommend Topside!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent Seafood1finedinerDined on 7/17/2014Meal was very good. Scallops, shrimp, tuna, flounder were all delicious. Enjoyed great views from the many windows of the Harbour Town area.Special Features:
- Date NightMillieBoyersVIPDined on 7/12/2014Very nice, an amazing views and god food, we went for our anniversary vacations and we love it.Special Features:
- Our Anniversary CelebrationChapelHillFoodieDined on 7/11/2014For our anniversary, we were well taken care of. We added the request for a window seat for our anniversary and you accommodated us. We had some excellent calamari and our dinner was North Carolina trout stuffed with crab. We had grilled red potatoes and grilled asparagus and a raspberry sorbet for dessert. It was all very tasty and well-presented. The view over the harbor and sound is just part of why we came. We had a bit of a sunset, but not the typical brilliant sunset over the sound. Later, as it got darker, the clouds broke slightly to allow some color to show through.Special Features: