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

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (31)
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Good for Birthdays (17)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Cozy (16)
Casual (15)
Authentic (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Romantic (8)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Business Meals (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Seasonal (3)
Fun (2)
Hot Spot (2)
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People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (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 January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 31, 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 31, 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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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 31, 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 25, 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 25, 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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·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 2, 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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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Haven't been here for dinner in several year, which is a mistake we won't make again. The service was attentive without being excessive and the food was excellent. There's a limited choice of potatoes and vegetables, but what they have is very well done and they're included in the price of the meal. Both the filet and prime rib we ordered were cooked as requested. They have an extensive which is a litle overpriced, but there are several good options that won't tax your budget too much. It's definitely worth a visit.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Probably our favorite place on the island. Love everything about it: food, service and atmosphere. Lots of well-behaved folks in a clubby atmosphere. Server Spencer is the best!

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This restaurant seems like a local favorite. The bar area is quaint and cozy for either a drink or dining. The steaks were very good. The staff was very friendly. We would go back again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

very nice dinner at the bar. waiter was friendly. service good ,food great price reasonable

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We have been dining at Cranes for the last 13 years or do, and have always enjoyed our meal, and terrific service. They always carry a nice wine selection (very important) and have the best steaks on the island! We will return again...

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We spent thanksgiving dinner here and it was awesome. Would recommend sitting at the bar. Great place.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The ambiance and service was good. We had Thanksgiving Dinner at the Crane's. The turkey,gravy and sweet potatoes were cold. The plate of cold food was warmed-up not replace. We have had dinner at Crane's before. We were surprised by this experience.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We booked our reservation for our Thanksgiving meal, not knowing what to expect as we hadn’t dined here before. It far exceeded our expectations in every detail. Would highly recommend Cranes Tavern.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was a family Thanksgiving dinner; the turkey was great as were all the side dishes. My daughter had the 10 oz filet and said it was delicious. I have a granddaughter with a severe nut allergy and our waitress was attentive to this problem. The atmosphere was warm and comfortable. We will be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, People Watching
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent traditional Thanksgiving meal. Attentive, cordial service.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Met friends at Cranes for a relaxing evening. Jerri was a wonderful waitress and made our evening even more enjoyable. Food was wonderful as always and the chocolate peanut butter dessert was over the top. Will be back again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We arrived at Cranes earlier than our resevations. We told her we would wait at the bar. When the table was ready, she asked the other two couples if they had our resevations, never asked us, basically ignoring us. The other two couples looked at us and were amused at her slight..it was evident we were the couple waiting for the table. We settled the bill, went over to her n said we were ready for our table...she didn't have a clue. We finally got seated and the rest of the night went exceedingly well. Out server, Gerrie was excellent, recommending specialties and sides which were delicious. Everything was cooked to order, plentiful and worth the mishap at the start. We will return when we come down next year.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent food. Great quiet atmosphere. Very enjoyable dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We always enjoy dinner at Crane's. It's our favorite place for steak on Hilton Head, and this visit didn't disappoint. We especially recommend their "Tavern Roll" appetizer. Very tasty and big enough to share. Our steaks were perfectly prepared and nicely presented. Our waiter, Spencer, has a great sense of humor and serves with panache! Highly recommend Crane's

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This is the second time this week we've been for their early bird special and we are going again tonight. The food is delicious, the service is without equal no matter where you sit, it is a great bargain, and the people make you feel very wanted and very special.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Seasonal
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We go for the Early bird special Prime Rib. One of the best values on the Island.
Enjoy a cocktail 1st with bartender Toby Brown. Table service is always attentive.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service was outstanding!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The shrimp dip is delicious and we always look forward to that. The beef in pastry appetizer was wonderful too. Great service and delicious food. We love Cranes.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Second visit to Cranes and great experience both times. Great staff, consistent food quality and preparation. Excellent steak and chops. Will be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

We live in Ohio and always eat at Crane's Tavern at least once when we visit Hilton Head 3 or 4 times a year. The food is always good and the wait staff is always friendly and attentive.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Never miss a stop at Crane's when we visit HHI. Best beef on the island. Been going to Cranes since Ambler; Germantown location predates us. More upscale these days, but that's what makes it worth the visit. Food is always simple but highest quality with excellent service.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

A fellow golfer recommended and are we glad age did. We are definitely coming back to try other dinners. We all had the prime rib. Each of has agreed it was cooked to perfection

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Good prime rib. Early bird good value. Same for last 15 years we have been going. Enjoyable eating experience.

Tags: Authentic
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