Topside Waterfront Restaurant
Topside Waterfront Restaurant

Topside Waterfront Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.seapines.com/dining/topside-waterfront-restaurant.aspx
  • Phone: 8438421999x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner- Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • 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.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
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."
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Topside Waterfront Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (72)special occasion (43)romantic (33)fit for foodies (21)good for groups (19)notable wine list (16)kid-friendly (13)neighborhood gem (6)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (4)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Vacation Must
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Amazing sunset views over the water!! Nice, friendly service!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best Restaurant on Hilton Head
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it
    PghGirl85
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We 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:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HabortownregularVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We are regulars here every time we come to Hilton Head!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    HHFamVaca
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Overall, 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:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We went her for our anniversary and could not have picked a better spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last Supper on Island
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We 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:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We wanted a place that was gluten free friendly. Food was excellent and Jeff was a great server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Views
    regularguest20
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special for the price
    Live4foodVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Good service, menu was far to similar to Live Oak, and the execution of the food was not as good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    globaldiner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We 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:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Topside 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and View
    dpc698
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This 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:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Uoflfoodie
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The crab cakes and crab bisque were outstanding. The whole meal for the price was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Southern Food
    Richfielddiner
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Beat seafood in town. Service is extraordinary. The view over the harbor is unforgettable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Kathy
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The 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 restaurant
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View and Great Food!
    LifeIsGood
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We 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:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    rwscott66
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Had 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:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Seafood
    1finediner
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Meal was very good. Scallops, shrimp, tuna, flounder were all delicious. Enjoyed great views from the many windows of the Harbour Town area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Date Night
    MillieBoyersVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very nice, an amazing views and god food, we went for our anniversary vacations and we love it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Anniversary Celebration
    ChapelHillFoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    For 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:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • do not go here
    pjtjd
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    beautiful view, thats the only good part of this retaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lennym
    lennym
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Views were beautiful and the food was very good. Service was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    My wife had the surf and turf and I had the tile fish. Tile was really good. My wife's lobster was good, but wasn't what she was expecting in the shell and took too much work for her. Should have known that, but she was full and I ate it. Service was adequate, but waned as the night wore on and the hour became late (9:30).
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HHI
    MototimVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We had a terrific meal, only surpassed by the service we received. Laurie was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 30th Anniversary celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We loved the food and atmospere. Service was excellent! Definately would reccomend to others :-)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect fourth of july
    marcusVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    booked this restaurant since it's on the harbour and it's a perfect spot to watch the fourth of july fireworks in harbourtown
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JessicaVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Wonderful view from our table! Great food and service was attentive. Nice resturant but also suitable for behaved children.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Experience
    ForTheBoys
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We enjoyed our meal..calamari appetizer, fish special and the linguini were good. One diner ordered the surf and turf and it wasn't the best. More crab stuffing in the lobster than lobster. The view was beautiful. The big hassle is always trying to find a place to park.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get Vlad
    hungryman
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food was good but our waiter, Vladimir was excellent. If you go there, ask for him, you won't be disappointed. He noticed I might be gluten intolerant and asked if I would like gluten free rolls with dinner. That has never happened at any restaurant for me.
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  • Hilton Head Island Dinner
    hhidineVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Once again, our second time dining at Topside and the meal and service was outstanding with a great view. Waiter was very helpful in outlining a new fish and dish for my wife and was also helpful in guiding us to golf rounds later in the week with various course conditions on the Island. Overall excellent night with a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a view and great food to match
    CarlsChoices
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    You cannot go wrong with the great view and food at Topside - have been there often and never disappointed. Save room for dessert and then if you can muster the energy to do the 114 steps to the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse - go for the after dinner view. Hit both for the sunset if you can time it right!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date nite!
    8Friends
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Excellent food,beautiful sunset,friendly staff! Hilton Head at its finest!! Jeff made us feel special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ok, I Guess
    hi2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Food was average. Main course was good. Side dishes were poor for this 'quality' of a restaurant. Really just paying for the view, which is nice.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    What a wonderful dinner meal for our anniversary! Beautiful sunset; great blackened swordfish & grilled shrimp. Our server Chris made the evening easy and romantic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Basic Fare with a Great View
    bbo1VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The Topside offers a good opportunity to enjoy a beautiful view from the Harbor Town Lighthouse area of Sea Pines. The food and the service are fine, but the setting is what makes the restaurant most appealing.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great food.
    cbeard
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We tend to visit the Topside every year while we visit Hilton Head. It's usually not a problem getting a table (reservations recommended) and the food is always great! Service is usually very good as well, but there can be some "dropped balls" on busier nights.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average Tasting food & Over Priced
    luvHHI
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We planned a special dinner for our parents wedding anniversary and thought this would be the perfect place. the view is nice. Our server was friendly and helpful. Our crab bisque appetizer and the calamari appetizer was good. But the entrees were only average. I would not recommend this restaurant because our entire party thought it was overpriced for average tasting food.
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  • Lovely evening
    Just1try
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    John and I celebrated 33 years of marriage at this beautiful restaurant. Our server treated us as though we were the only guests she had.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Food was amazing ! I'm not a seafood person but anything you select will be delicious ! Only downfall is be prepared to pay a pretty penny ! But definitely worth it !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.