About Crane's Tavern Steakhouse & Seafood

Hilton Head Island's destination for beef & seafood lovers, Crane's Tavern & Steakhouse serves only the finest USDA Prime Grade Beef & fresh local seafood. An old English bar & heart of pine floors create the setting with warm, inviting service & an award-winning wine list.
The restaurant represents 4 generations & over 100 years of restaurateurs in the Crane family dating back to 1908, when an Irish immigrant, Frank Crane founded Crane's Tavern in Philadelphia. After prohibition Frank's son, Francis & his brothers opened the famed establishment at 333 Queen Lane, where his son, Hank worked until 1969. That year Hank ventured out on his own & opened a Crane's Tavern in Ambler, PA. & then purchased the Surf City Hotel on Long Beach Island, NJ creating yet another establishment with the Crane namesake. In 1999 he & his daughter, Beth Anne opened Crane's Tavern & Steakhouse on Hilton Head Island, SC where it has become a local favorite

26 New Orleans Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
William Hilton Parkway

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 341-2333

Website:
http://www.cranestavern.com/

Catering:
Crane's can create and cater any event from including weddings, cocktail and hors d'oeuvres receptions, private brunches, luncheons and dinners, barbecues, and low country boils among other events

Parking Details:
Crane"s has its own private, free parking lot.

Executive Chef:
Sean Cavanaugh

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine

Crane's Tavern Steakhouse & Seafood Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (33)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
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Good for a Date (21)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Cozy (16)
Authentic (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Casual (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Business Meals (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Romantic (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Seasonal (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
People Watching (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was good. Sesame tuna could have been better the filet was very good.
Service attentive and pleasant.
Overall nice spot.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Fabulous menu, delicious steaks, homemade scalloped potatoes are to die for.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

Valentines Day meal was fantastic. Great place, but service left much to be desired.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 4 days ago

The Ribeye and the Prime Rib were spectacular. We live most of the year in Va. and usually come to Crane's when we are in Hilton Head. Never disappointed.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 4 days ago

Simply the best steakhouse on HHI!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Valentine’s Day

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful restaurant. Would have given it a higher rating but the Mahi Mahi was extremely salty.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Savannah)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Was in Hilton Head for our anniversary and went to Crane's because they had prime beef and mostly good reviews. We were seated at a small table right at the entrance to the dining area and the door to the serving area, not good atmosphere for your anniversary. One very loud server visited a lot with apparently his regulars for long periods of time and our server started out fairly attentive, then she became involved in a very long conversation with another diner and just totally ignored us for the rest of the evening. Another server that seemed to be taking up the slack for the loud server finally spotted us and did bring us water and them took our dirty dishes while we waited for our server to check on us, when she finally came over, she said she had been watching us and knew we were still eating, which was totally untrue, her back was turned to us and she never looked our way!!!!
When you pay $35.00 for a 12 ounce prime rib eye, you expect it to be great and you expect the server to at least check on you and keep water in your glass.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Lovely, enjoyed every minute of it. Great atmosphere and great food!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent restaurant in every respect. Don’t miss it

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Everything was delicious and the special restaurant week menu pricing was great!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent, never disappointed, service and food great. Thank you!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Vegan
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The best steak on the island. Love the clubby atmosphere. Server Spencer is a keeper!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We ate from the Restaurant Week menu and everything was excellent. Our waiter, Spencer, was friendly, personable, and knowledgeable about the menu and preparation of items. We enjoyed our evening and will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Tasty rib eye that is in my top ten in the country. Friendly service. Local gem.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Always a great restaurant. We go to the early bird usually so I can't speak for the rest of the menu. It's always consistently good and look forward to going there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The ambiance was not great!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The food was better than okay, but overpriced for both the atmosphere and presentation. They may have had an early dining menu that we missed that was a better value. If you're using an expense account, it would probably be a good place for a business dinner.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was excellent and our server was great. Can tell during busy season it would be a pretty noisy place but it was very cozy when we went highly recommend

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My wife and I have had numerous meals at Crane's Tavern, and we had never been disappointed in our food or overall experience. Until last Saturday, that is. We were both very disappointed with our meals (me, tuna; my wife, salmon). I could only finish about half of the tuna; my wife did a little better with the salmon. We will likely return to Crane's, but we will not be ordering seafood again. Stick with the beef if you go to Crane's. Service was excellent, on the plus side.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Service was slow, was our second time there, similar issues. Food this time was not nearly as good as our first visit. All the family had steaks. Two filets were fine at medium, the two prime ribs were supposed to be medium but were closer to medium well. In all fairness they did ask but it was not worth the wait to redo.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

The food was excellent. I had the liver and that will probably what I will order on most visits. The scalloped potatoes and creamed spinach were also excellent. The waiter was friendly and efficient.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We’ve dined here a few times. The food is always remarkable and the service never disappoints. Some of the best steaks on the island.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was on point from appetizer to dessert! Our steaks were perfectly cooked and our server Gerry, was wonderful! We will definitely be back!

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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Good meal. Filet was rare. Asked for very rare. Prime rib was ok per person ordering that. Potatoes were good as was spinach. Shrimp cheese dip very good. Ahi was small for price. Good but not great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The restaurant and atmosphere is fantastic. The steaks were cooked to perfection. The potatoes (scalloped) were done to perfection. The desserts are great.

The hostess was a bit off due to NYE. We believe that she allowed locals who had reservations after us to be seated first. Then offered to sit us in the bar area??
However the people in the restaurant noticed the discrepancy and spoke up. I will contribute this oversight to the night.
The atmosphere is friendly. I would return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I was there for NYE with an opentable reservation. They kept my family waiting for over an hour past the reservation while they quickly served people who they knew - “locals” - the good old boy network is alive and well at Cranes. Food was amazing, table and bar service were great. Front of house was run by the good old boy network. Tough to rate. 3 Star

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Terrific , very terrific

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Every time we are in Hilton Head we have a special dinner at Crane’s. The steaks are amazing. The servers are all very friendly and helpful. I look forward to each and every dinner. We have never been disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Was one of the best steaks I have had at a reasonable price. The scalloped potatoes were the absolute best I have ever had.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We always make it a point to stop at Crane’s while in HHI. This was my most disappointing trip. I had to send my steak back and if not for being hungry I would’ve sent it back again. For $200 it was definitely not worth it. My sides weren’t even hot.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Although the restaurant wasn't full when we arrived, it took more than 5 minutes for the hostess, who was on the phone and then made a second call, to seat us. After being seated, service was very good and our meal was also very good. We would return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had to wait which was hard because we had a newly pregnant young woman and it was Christmas Eve. Either a bit overbooked or people lingered. Nowhere to really wait so entry was packed. Once seated however; dinner was great. Our server was amazing and so attentive to our needs. A great night:

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent, attentive service from Laura!! Superb. Food very delicious and atmosphere very relaxing and enjoyable !!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Consistently receive great food and great service. Always meets or exceeds our expectations. Very welcoming and accommodating.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had dinner here a few times now and every time we say, the food can't get any better. Every time we go, IT DOES. The Smokey Sausage soup they had this time was out of this world. The Prime Rib is about the best I ever had anywhere this side of the country. The side are great to. I would recommend this steak house to anyone who knows a good steak. No other like it on Hilton Head. The waiter we had (Spencer) knows his stuff. He is very friendly and professional.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Beautiful restaurant and the server was fantastic. Great food

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

GREAT STEAK, BEST ON THE ISLAND, ORDER THE RIB EYE PITTSBURG STYLE, IT IS SOOOOO GOOOOOD.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was delicious. We ordered the prime rib and shrimp and grits. Waitress was very attentive and friendly and told us the history of the owner and the restaurant. The issue we had was where we were seated. There were empty tables in the main dining area but they said they were reserved so they only had seating in the bar area but there was a loud group sitting there but we had no choice. The group next to us spoiled the evening and when we left the same tables that were empty were still empty at 8:30 PM. Very annoyed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food and quaint scenery!! We loved it!

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