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Heyward's - Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

3.9
3.9
78 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Heyward’s is the three meal period restaurant and patio for the Sonesta Resort, located in the Shipyard community. While the menu has a low country flare that is largely focused on seafood, there is a wide variety of selections that delivers options for all tastes. We take great pride in offering delicious food, creative cocktails and warm service, while guests enjoy views of the lush landscape surrounding the resort located just off the ocean.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast
    Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am
    Lunch
    Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm
    Dinner
    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 842-2400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Brian Dandro

  • Catering

    Catered events hosted in one of our meeting rooms or we can delivery and service an event at your venue.

  • Private party facilities

    From intimate gatherings, family celebrations, wedding dinners, to small corporate events. Specialty menus and custom menus available. Hosted gatherings with outside capacity or catering to your location available. Capacity for private audio visual and presentation services Please call (8438422400) or email Imogen Burgis at ibritton@sonesta.com for more details.

  • Private party contact

    Coleman McCoy: (843) 842-2400 ext. 7714

  • Neighborhood

    Hilton Head Island

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Entertainment

    Live Local Entertainment Friday and Saturday nights in the adjacent Bayley's Bar and Terrace

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Traditional Favorites

  • Resort Continental$15.00

    fruit salad cup, individual yogurt, blueberry muffin or butter croissant, coffee, tea & juice; Upgraded Continental: scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes $5

    • Two Egg Breakfast**$14.00

      eggs any style, applewood bacon, canadian bacon or sausage, breakfast potatoes, toast

      • Breakfast Sandwich**$12.00

        english muffin, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese applewood bacon, breakfast potatoes or fruit salad

        • Three Egg Omelet$15.00

          breakfast potatoes, toast, choice of three fillings: onions, peppers, mushrooms, tomato, green onion ham, bacon, swiss, cheddar cheese

          • Breakfast Burrito$13.00

            scrambled eggs or egg whites, house salsa, sour cream, cheddar cheese, applewood bacon, scallion

            • Eggs Benedict**$15.00

              two poached eggs, english muffin, canadian bacon hollandaise sauce, breakfast potatoes

              • Crab Cake Benedict**$18.00

                two poached eggs over crab cakes, baby arugula hollandaise sauce, breakfast potatoes

                • Sausage Gravy and Biscuits$15.00

                  two eggs any style, buttermilk biscuits low country pork gravy

                  From the Griddle

                  • Belgian Waffle$13.00

                    sliced strawberries, whipped cream, maple syrup

                    • Pancakes$13.00

                      maple syrup, choice of plain, blueberry or nutella

                      • French Toast**$13.00

                        fresh berries, maple syrup, mascarpone cream

                        Light + Fit

                        • Smoked Salmon Plate**$15.00

                          toasted bagel, cream cheese, capers, tomato cucumber, lemon

                          • Fresh Fruit Plate$12.00

                            chefs selection of fruit & berries, vanilla yogurt

                            • Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal$8.00

                              fresh berries, brown sugar

                              • Yogurt Parfait$9.00

                                mixed berries, vanilla yogurt, granola

                                • Selection of Cereals$8.00

                                  served with berries or sliced banana

                                  Beverages

                                  • PJ Coffee$3.50

                                    • Hot Tea$3.50

                                      • Fruit Juices$4.00

                                        • Cappuccino$5.00

                                          • Hot or Iced Latte$5.00

                                            Last updated: August 6, 2021

                                            What 78 people are saying

                                            Overall ratings and reviews

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                                            3.9
                                            3.9 based on all time ratings
                                            • 3.9Food
                                            • 4.1Service
                                            • 3.9Ambience
                                            • 3.6Value

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                                            1. J

                                              Jean

                                              New York Area

                                              12 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              12 reviews

                                              Dined on December 27, 2021

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              Love the she crab soup and the salad with goat cheese, spinach-I added grilled shrimp. Plenty of food. The restaurant had many families with children-but the children were well behaved. The waitress was alone with bussers and some help, but she was very good.

                                            2. TG

                                              TyGiesemann

                                              Denver

                                              4 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on December 25, 2021

                                              overall4food3service5ambience4

                                              Christmas Dinner: peel your own shrimp cocktail was poorly planned, although shrimp were tasty. Salad in paper bowls very tacky. Roast beef very good, as was soup. Service was fabulous.

                                            3. R

                                              Ront

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on December 25, 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Opted for Christmas dinner here and the restaurant was amazing. Thanks.

                                            4. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Detroit

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on December 25, 2021

                                              overall4food4service3ambience5

                                              We made reservations for Christmas dinner which was a four course meal with wine pairing. The crab stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer were amazing. My husband had the butternut squash soup which he really enjoyed. For dessert we had pecan and chocolate pie. It was packed and the staff were working very hard to give the customers a good experience. We had very few complaints - the green beans served with the prime rib were a bit undercooked while the risotto a bit over cooked and dry. Otherwise the flavors were delicious.

                                            5. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Charleston

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 15, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Danika our server was great! First class service!

                                            6. S

                                              Sof41

                                              Charleston

                                              9 reviews

                                              1.0

                                              9 reviews

                                              Dined on February 14, 2020

                                              overall1food2service1ambience2

                                              Brutal! Waiter NEVER came back to table after initial visit . Seafood buffet was just OK, but my plates added up to 5! Hostess was put off after we asked for a more private table. Waiter ask me to sign bill again after he saw ZERO tip! Valentines dinner was done by amateurs ! Don’t go here

                                            7. CV

                                              CynthiaV

                                              Detroit

                                              15 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              15 reviews

                                              Dined on January 15, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Our server, Julissa is very knowledgeable of the menu and made great recommendations. Coleman, the manager is passionate and cares for his customers. We look forward to our next visit!

                                            8. MP

                                              MichaelP

                                              Jacksonville

                                              27 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              27 reviews

                                              Dined on December 2, 2019

                                              overall4food3service3ambience3

                                              It was a slow time of the year, but we were disappointed with service and food. Waitress was very young and didn’t know the daily specials. Told us there was no soup of the day, which was incorrect. Salad was good, but entree of seafood pasta was very bland tasting and not at all what I expected. Bow tie pasta with some overcooked fish and shrimp. No seasonings or sauce. Obviously not a trained chef that night. The hotel had decorated for Christmas and that was pretty. We might stay there but wouldn’t eat again at Heyward’s.

                                            9. F

                                              Fran

                                              Philadelphia

                                              17 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              17 reviews

                                              Dined on October 4, 2019

                                              overall4food3service5ambience4

                                              I thought that a seafood buffet would have more seafood, not fish. It was a lovely place and the service was very good. And for the price the buffet was okay.

                                            10. RD

                                              RoderickD

                                              Louisville

                                              1 review

                                              2.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on September 28, 2019

                                              overall2food1service5ambience5

                                              Steak was over cooked , sent back and over cooked again. Service was great however

                                            11. KH

                                              KemaH

                                              Atlanta

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on September 27, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Everything was wonderful. The service was excellent. Food was good with variety. There was something for everyone!

                                            12. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              1 review

                                              2.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on August 8, 2019

                                              overall2food1service4ambience4

                                              My mom and I went there for dinner and we had a wonderful waitress. She was very sweet and helpful, but the food we ordered did not taste very food . We both got steaks and they tasted really blande.

                                            13. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Chicago

                                              15 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              15 reviews

                                              Dined on July 28, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Not one complaint, great atmosphere, food & service solid 10.

                                            14. HH

                                              HHI235

                                              Charleston

                                              30 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              30 reviews

                                              Dined on July 26, 2019

                                              overall4food4service3ambience4

                                              Cold seafood was just fair. Limited deserts. This was for the Friday night buffet.

                                            15. N

                                              Noname

                                              New England

                                              3 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on July 19, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              We went for the Friday night buffet with crab legs and it was good. Nice hotel and the food choices were great. Only place on the island we could find with crab legs on a buffet which is what we like because our kids like doing them on their own and might waste a few.

                                            16. CA

                                              ChrisA

                                              Charlotte

                                              10 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              10 reviews

                                              Dined on June 7, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              A very nice and understated restaurant in the hotel lobby perfect for a nice dinner if you don’t want to leave the hotel. Once a week, on Friday’s Heywards offer a seafood buffet that is nicely presented with large selection of good local and seasonal seafood. The service we received was perfect, our server was available when needed and gave us the room to enjoy our food, wine and conversation. The regular menu is traditional American fare, well prepared and well priced. The wine list is also well priced, especially the bottles. The bartender we had had some interesting spins on traditional cocktails which we indulged! Overall a good experience both nights we ate at Heywards.

                                            17. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              2 reviews

                                              vip
                                              1.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on April 22, 2019

                                              overall1food1service2ambience1

                                              Wait staff were nice, but the front desk left 20 tables open while families with little children were forced to wait 30+ minutes for a table simply because the “kitchen couldn’t keep up.” Terrible for a restaurant at a family resort. On top of it all, the food was terrible. Really regretful experience.

                                            18. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              3 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on April 22, 2019

                                              overall3food4service2ambience3

                                              Slow service but food was good

                                            19. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 16, 2019

                                              overall3food3service5ambience3

                                              Steak was cooked perfectly but sides were not good. Baked potato on the hard side and vegetables really salty. Hardly anyone in restaurant so should have had our pick of the best table. Instead sat us (a couple) next to the wall in a very odd spot instead of by the windows with a view. Dessert was an odd combination of flavors. Coffee was excellent though.

                                            20. J

                                              Jandbgm014

                                              St. Louis

                                              6 reviews

                                              vip
                                              3.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined on March 15, 2019

                                              overall3food3service2ambience3

                                              We had a reservation for the Friday night seafood buffet. The food was tasty but there were significant service glitches. The soup station ran out of soup spoons and I had to report this three times to three different staff members to finally get a spoon. Raw oysters were advertised on the menu but were not available. We were told they ran out before 6:30 PM. Did not think it was worth the price.

                                            21. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Charleston

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on January 18, 2019

                                              overall5food5service2ambience3

                                              Extremely slow service. Took 45 min for a bottle of wine...

                                            22. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Toronto

                                              11 reviews

                                              vip
                                              3.0

                                              11 reviews

                                              Dined on December 26, 2018

                                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                                              We have been to the restaurant multiple times before and

                                            23. CR

                                              CindyR

                                              Charleston

                                              2 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on December 25, 2018

                                              overall4food4service2ambience3

                                              Our reservation was for 6:45pm but we did not get a table until after 7pm. We sat on a nearby sofa watching other parties with reservations being shown to tables which was very frustrating. When we inquired, we were told that they were being sat at hightop tables which we preferred not to have. Service was VERY slow. My daughter got soup from the soup station but there were no spoons. We asked 3 different waiters for a spoon before one arrived and the one provided was an incorrect size. Food selection were good but replacement of low/empty items was slow. Price for buffet was reasonable.

                                            24. I

                                              Italiangirl

                                              Tallahassee

                                              7 reviews

                                              vip
                                              3.0

                                              7 reviews

                                              Dined on December 9, 2018

                                              overall3food2service1ambience3

                                              The room was lovely, as was the hotel lobby but the food and dining room sadly was not. 3 of us had the breakfast buffet, the 4 ordered from the menu. We ordered coffee and it wasn’t hot...when your pour from a thermal pot, there should be steam...it was lukewarm...hard to get excited if the coffee at brunch isn’t piping hot. At the buffet line, the fresh cut fruit was great, the bacon, prescrambled eggs and sausage were hot and fresh. The home fries/ hashbrowsn weren’t hot and they tasted like the “frozen” taste hadn’t been cooked out of them properly... on a griddle in small batches with plenty of butter...salt and pepper barely made them edible. The mini waffle machine was good. The omelet station was “tired”, she said for a few items, that she didn’t have them ( out front where she was)..well then, go back in the kitchen and get them...I’m sure there was spinach back there. Each time one of us wanted an omelette we had to call for her to come out and make it. The grits hadn’t been stirred since they were brought out as they were thick and congealed. The menu item that was ordered from the kitchen was a salad topped with grilled salmon. The mixed greens had a piece of plastic in it! The pull and open kind from a “clam shell” of greens you get at the grocery store ? Took a while to get the waitress attention and she did take it off the bill but as slo as it was, someone should have noticed that. I understand Hilton Head in the off season is slow, but don’t ever forget that the Locals are here year round...and we also work and talk to tourists and are very loyal to businesses that are good to US.... The F and B or restaurant manager should have been around ..these aren’t difficult things...everyone there needs to up their game.

                                            25. S

                                              Susanc

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on November 22, 2018

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. The Christmas Trees were beautiful.

                                            26. RJ

                                              RJfromSC

                                              Charleston

                                              22 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              22 reviews

                                              Dined on November 22, 2018

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great selection includes roast prime beef with horseradish cream options, of course turkey with all the trimmings. Cheese and pâtés, rolls dessert table and salad buffet. Chilled raw oysters, clams and then shrimp cocktails. Great selection of wines too.

                                            27. H

                                              Haardrock1141

                                              Phoenix

                                              160 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              160 reviews

                                              Dined on October 24, 2018

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              A wonderful retreat at the resort. While you may not think that a hotel restaurant would be top notch, you'd be wrong at Heyward's. Excellent tasting food and very good service. Definitely worth the visit.

                                            28. PA

                                              PATRICKL

                                              New Orleans

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on October 17, 2018

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Prompt and professional service in a very quiet setting. Menu was adequate and offered a nice selection for most tastes.

                                            29. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on September 7, 2018

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              My hubby and I decided to celebrate our anniversary late by vacationing in Hilton Head this year. We decided to include Heyward's seafood buffet, and it was great. We had a quiet table in the back, our wait staff was wonderful, service excellent, and we had a terrific fun time. Love the water bottles on the table too.

                                            30. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Charlotte

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on August 17, 2018

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Awesome will go again

                                            31. W

                                              Worthwhile

                                              Washington DC

                                              16 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              16 reviews

                                              Dined on August 13, 2018

                                              overall3food4service4ambience2

                                              While on vacation at the Shipyard Plantation we went to the Heyward and sat outside. The service was attentive and responsive, although the food turnaround was a bit slow. The food was tasty. We sat outside and the main issue was there were no candles on the tables or outside lighting provided, so we couldn't see-- the food, the check, or each other! We and others used their flashlights on their phones to function through dinner. It was distracting to eat with one hand and control the light on your phone with the other. Candles would be an easy fix which could have changed the whole dining experience.

                                            32. KK

                                              KaseyK

                                              Western NC

                                              1 review

                                              1.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on July 28, 2018

                                              overall1food1service1ambience4

                                              We ate there for the crab legs which we’re cold every time they brought them out. The service was extremely slow and food was not worth the price when it’s a seafood buffet would except more than fish, at least more variety. Would not go back or recommend.

                                            33. B

                                              Brad

                                              Indiana

                                              26 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              26 reviews

                                              Dined on July 25, 2018

                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                                              Located within the hotel. Great food and service, a little pricey though

                                            34. SB

                                              SarahB

                                              Cleveland

                                              5 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on July 19, 2018

                                              overall4food4service4ambience2

                                              Service was a bit slow and it was Arctic cold in the restaurant but the food was delicious and well presented.

                                            35. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              7 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              7 reviews

                                              Dined on July 10, 2018

                                              overall3food4service2ambience2

                                              The food was good but the service is so slow! There are so many better options out there. They need to revamp their service standards for sure.

                                            36. DS

                                              DanSavannah

                                              Louisville

                                              16 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              16 reviews

                                              Dined on July 7, 2018

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The restaurant was very nice and the food was excellent. The waitstaff was exceptional. The experience was lessened by a rude woman who jumped up and started pounding on the window and screaming to discipline her children. This certainly was no fault of the restaurant, Just a random jerk thrown into our evening.

                                            37. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Poconos

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on July 6, 2018

                                              overall4food4service3ambience3

                                              Friday night seafood buffet was wonderful. Main dishes were delicious and dessert was yummy too! My husband added the crab legs and said they were good. Service in this restaurant needs improvement though. The staff is friendly, but more so with each other than the guests. They need a little refresher on professionalism.

                                            38. RG

                                              RandyG

                                              Atlanta

                                              3 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on July 2, 2018

                                              overall4food5service5ambience5

                                              Great red snapper with delicious okra and sweet potato puree. Beautiful view.

                                            39. M

                                              Michael

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on July 1, 2018

                                              overall3food3service4ambience3

                                              A bit to expensive for what you get. Food was overall good though. There are better options for the price.

                                            40. MH

                                              MikeH

                                              Western NC

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on June 29, 2018

                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                              Great Seafood Buffet with items other than seafood

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                                            Heyward's - Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is rated 3.9 stars by 78 OpenTable diners.

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                                            Google Map for Heyward's - Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

                                            130 Shipyard Dr. Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

                                            • Neighborhood

                                              Hilton Head Island

                                            • Hours of operation

                                              Breakfast
                                              Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am
                                              Lunch
                                              Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm
                                              Dinner
                                              Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

                                            • Cuisines

                                              American, Seafood, Steak

                                            • Dining style

                                              Casual Elegant

                                            • Dress code

                                              Smart Casual

                                            • Parking details

                                              Hotel Parking

                                            • Payment options

                                              AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                            • Executive chef

                                              Brian Dandro

                                            • Entertainment

                                              Live Local Entertainment Friday and Saturday nights in the adjacent Bayley's Bar and Terrace

                                            • Additional

                                              Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                            • Phone number

                                              (843) 842-2400

                                            • Catering

                                              Catered events hosted in one of our meeting rooms or we can delivery and service an event at your venue.

                                            • Private party facilities

                                              From intimate gatherings, family celebrations, wedding dinners, to small corporate events. Specialty menus and custom menus available. Hosted gatherings with outside capacity or catering to your location available. Capacity for private audio visual and presentation services Please call (8438422400) or email Imogen Burgis at ibritton@sonesta.com for more details.

                                            • Private party contact

                                              Coleman McCoy: (843) 842-2400 ext. 7714

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