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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Hilton Head

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Hilton Head? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Ribaut Social Club - Anchorage 1770 restaurant
4.9
4.9 (471)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Beaufort
About the restaurant
Ribaut Social Club is a restaurant and social space for Beaufort locals and visitors to mingle over cocktails and impeccable regional cuisine.
Our aim is to capture the incorrigible spirit and convivial atmosphere of the original Ribaut Club, established at the Anchorage in 1891. In its heyday, the Club hosted performances, grand parties, dances and even gambling—a raucous getaway from buttoned-up social strictures of the time. Today, guests can cocktails and dinner with unrivaled water views or a sophisticated brunch surrounded by 300 years of Beaufort history.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We had a great time for our wedding anniversary. Sharing the food with my wife makes everything better.
A photo of River House - Montage Palmetto Bluff restaurant
4.8
4.8 (311)
$50 and over
American
Bluffton
About the restaurant
River House does have a dressy casual dress code consisting of no shorts, flip flops, baseball hats or tank tops in the dining room for the gentlemen. Comparable attire for the ladies. Children under 16 are exempt. We do offer complimentary pants to guests that may need them.
River House corkage policy is a maximum of 3 bottles per reservation without management consent at $35 per bottle.
River House has a 24-hour cancellation and No-Show Policy consisting of $25 per person plus a 18% SVC Charge.

In the South, there’s an intimate connection between the table and the land. Our fertile soil feeds corn and cattle. The palmettos provide cover for quail and game. And the ocean provides its bounty with the incoming tide. The River House is a culinary celebration of this relationship and our professed love for the land and waters of the Lowcountry.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Fun evening with an outstanding server. Food was delicious and everything was very well done!
A photo of The Bluffton Room restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2014)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Bluffton
About the restaurant
At The Bluffton Room, we serve inspired American cuisine prepared with the finest ingredients in an intimate and vibrant atmosphere in the heart of Old Town Bluffton. Our well crafted cocktails, gracious service and tableside preparations evoke the feeling of a classic dinner party.

Please note that due to the size of our dining room and our tableside service, the restaurant is not suited to children under 13 years of age. Thank you for your understanding.

Top review
Schenkstervip
Dined 3 days ago
Always a pleasure to visit the Bluffton Room. Service is top notch, food exquisite, and the staff always friendly. This is our go to for an incredible dinner out.
A photo of Celeste restaurant
4.8
4.8 (833)
$31 to $50
American
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
HILTON HEAD ISLANDS NEWEST CULINARY EXPERIENCE

JOIN US FOR AN OUTSTANDING TASTE OF COASTAL CUSINE

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

SUNDAY BRUNCH 11-1:30PM

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PhantomDiner
Dined 1 day ago
First time here for brunch. As with other times we've dined here, food was excellent as was the service.
A photo of The Studio, An Artistic Dining Experience restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1630)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant


Entice Your Senses While You Dine in our Fine Art Gallery. Innovative International Cuisine featuring Local Seafood, Grassfed Beef as well as Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten Free Menu Options. Also offering Live Musical Entertainment, Artists Creating at the Easel, Patio Seating


Private Dining Room Available for up to 35 People

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Fabulous dinner! I highly recommend!!!
A photo of Charlie's Coastal Bistro (L'etoile Verte) restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4913)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
Focusing predominately on fresh local seafood with a French, Lowcountry flare, Charlie’s is the place for good food, good wine and unforgettable memories all enjoyed in a quaint French country atmosphere.

A Savannah native, Charlie Golson’s interest in the French language and culture took him to Paris. After a long stint in the fast paced hotel kitchens of Washington DC, he was ready to move back closer to home. It was at that time he was able to open up a one room French bistro. The restaurant has grown over the years, but the ‘Green Star’ remains steadfast in offering the finest ingredients the Low country has to offer with a menu that is hand written daily. Resort Casual.

Top review
Hokie26
Dined 6 days ago
We always have at least one meal here every time we visit HHI. Today it was lunch. We each got a daily special. My wife really liked her curried shrimp salad. I thought the coconut shrimp was way over cooked.
A photo of Chez Georges Bistro & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1044)
$31 to $50
French
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
Chez Georges is a gathering place for families, friends, and neighbors located on the South End of Hilton Head Island.

We serve traditional bistro staples, incorporating fresh, locally sourced ingredients from the Lowcountry.

Our spirits are high quality and hand picked and our wine list is carefully curated of French imports and French-style selections.

Reservations recommended. Indoor & outdoor dining available.

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TomGvip
Dined 7 days ago
What an incredible dining experience to celebrate our 37th anniversary dinner. The evening could not have been better.
A photo of Bowdies Chophouse - Hilton Head restaurant
4.8
4.8 (818)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
Bowdie's Chophouse is a quaint and cozy chophouse featuring prime steaks, gourmet cocktails, and a delicious wine list! Situated in the heart of Hilton Head Island, Bowdie’s delivers exquisite steakhouse cuisine, exceptional drinks, and unparalleled service for a luxury experience you won't forget. Ideal for date nights, business dinners, late night cocktails, and a great meal after a round of golf, it’s the type of high-class steakhouse that will leave you wanting more.

Our new steakhouse in Hilton Head, South Carolina has quickly become rated as one of the best steakhouses in the area, thanks to not only our high-quality, hand-cut prime steaks and seafood, but the high-class experience we strive to offer with every visit. Our Hilton Head steakhouse offers indoor seating only, private dining (up to 30), wine lockers, bar seating (full service), and booth and table seating.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We celebrated our college grad last night & started with Steak Tartare & one of THE BEST Old Fashioned’s I’ve ever had! On to Wedge salads w/lardons(surprise treat instead of plain bacon), then my guys took on the Tomahawk Steak for 2, and I had the filet. We ordered Peppercorn sauce to share, but the meat was flavored so well, we didnt use the sauce. Best filet I’ve ever had….perfect place for that special occasion or maybe apps & drinks in bar area!
A photo of The Market Cafe at Michael Anthony's restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1340)
$31 to $50
Italian
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
Michael Anthony’s Market Cafe, the sister restaurant to Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana, features casual, trattoria-style dining for lunch and dinner plus an Italian specialty shop. Located just across the breezeway from Michael Anthony’s, we cater to almost all of your culinary desires.
Here we showcase a menu of lighter fare including sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza and smaller portions of our chefs’ acclaimed meat and seafood dishes. We also have Italian coffees and a full bar. "Hilton Head Monthly" readers have voted us their “Favorite New Restaurant” and “Favorite Lunch Place.”
Join us for Happy Hour (4:30pm-5:30pm), when we offer specially-priced cocktails, wine and perfectly-sized snack plates.
Or stop in and browse our carefully-curated specialty foods. They include cheeses, fresh meats, house-made pastas, olive oil, tomato products, heat-and-serve entrees and homemade desserts.
Please visit our website or call for dining reservations.

Top review
luv4hhivip
Dined 3 days ago
For a quiet, casual, friendly environment with amazing food, The Market Cafe is perfect! It's a limited menu, but you can't go wrong with the selections. Highly recommend!
A photo of Miramare Italiano restaurant
4.7
4.7 (690)
$31 to $50
Italian
Burton
About the restaurant
Please join us for an authentic Italian experience under the direction of Chef Luca, a natural-born and raised Italian from Naples. The menus will change with the seasons as only the freshest ingredients will be utilized from neighboring farms and local resources. In addition to a unique food presentation, you will experience a choreographed table service like no other. From the point of your reservation to the seating of your table, it is our goal to take you to the vineyards and cobblestone markets of Italy.
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Topadabayvip
Dined 2 days ago
Going to Habersham to visit this restaurant was worth it. The Matre D jumped in to be our server to help a sick employee. He was a delight. Friendly and professional and totally responsive to all our requests. Nothing was forgotten, highly unusual. My salmon steak was large and well-seasoned without being over salted. The veal dishes could have been a little more generous and the pasta was a little over done. The sauce was similar to my Napolitan families as was the meatballs and that's a compliment. Since the chief is from Naples would love to see a Pizza Margarita as an appetizer, it would be fun to share. Looking forward to returning.
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