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Charlie's Coastal Bistro (L'etoile Verte), Hilton Head, SC

Charlie's Coastal Bistro (L'etoile Verte)

4.8
4.8
4599 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 51 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Low Country, French
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (843) 785-9277
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Executive chef
    Josh Castillo
  • Neighborhood
    Hilton Head Island
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,599 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Seafood

  • Hilton Head

    Best Overall

  • Hilton Head

    Best Food

  • Hilton Head

    Best Service

  • Hilton Head

    Best Ambiance

  • Hilton Head

    Best Value

  • Hilton Head

    Most Booked

4,599 Reviews
  1. Bill489

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the ambiance of the dining rooms. The filet mignons were delicious along with sides. The chocolate mousse and caramel cake were a perfect finish for our meals. We will be back!! ❤️

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  2. JohnnyB

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were excellent. Only drawback was the excessive noise.

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  3. AlanK

    Coastal Georgia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific waitress, fun and attentive ( Stacey)!!! Delicious flounder with salad and side included( how refreshing). We'll be back!

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  4. RossR

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and food. Unfortunately we had a party of 12 who were celebrating beside us. A bit loud.

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  5. DarrinH

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal every time but do miss the early bird specials. Also a bit pricey but my wife and I feel it to be well worth it. Again I want to shout out to our waiter Lukas. Friendly, courteous and knowledgeable.

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  6. wolfetd

    Coastal Georgia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Anthony and Mark did a great job. The table next to us featured some very loud young men.

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  7. FrankB

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food & staff are terrific. Host was friendly which made for a wonderful meal.

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  8. Dian

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Corner quiet table as requested. Foo excellent and as per described to us by friendly and efficient waitress. All excellent despite how busy the establishment is. Thank you!

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  9. RonB

    Charleston

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best. Never disappoints. If you like excellent food and great service, this is the place.

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  10. Veteran

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go to Charlie’s every time we get to Hilton Head island, we are from Long Island NY and Charlie’s rates with the best of them. Another great meal!

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  11. JohnS

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You will be happy that you went to Charlie's. The food is prepared so well that in many cases it will probably be one the best dish of that particular entree item that you have tasted. Their sauces for the various dishes bring out the hidden flavors and are enjoyable. Went twice our 5 weeks in Hilton Head and had four different entrees. They were all great. The menu does change slightly day to day due to availability, but that just adds to the surprise when there is something new from the last time you were there. It is a higher end restaurant price wise, but unless you are a picky eater you will say it was WORTH it. Will be back next winter and hope there are some unusual entrees!

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  12. bobg

    Charleston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service. Accurate, quick and great attitude. Four individuals and all loved their choices.

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  13. DHL1

    Atlanta Metro

    152 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    152 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service outstanding Food good. We had a 7.45pm reservation . Had Oyster Rockefeller.. fabulous, she crab soup good but not hot just warm and escargot only fair , no taste in garlic butter and not served with any toast points for the butter. Had to ask for bread and for table of three he brought three small pieces . Asked for cod meunière which they did but asked for two dollars more …ok but chintzy .. cod was soggy .. veg was overcooked but I put that down to our late reservation .. desserts great

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  14. Marcelo

    New York City

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made reservations to eat in the bar. It was a great experience, and the staff was so nice! Lots of locals, but we still felt welcome and special. The caramel cake lived up to the hype!

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  15. KurtW

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The halibut enter was outstanding. The gin and tonic was superb.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Baja California Sur

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal and the overall experience was just as we expected. The quality of food and services are consistently high. We enjoy going to Charlie’s whenever we visit HHI.

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  17. JerryH

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good except for the scallops which were okay but nothing great, salmon and sheepshead were very good. The broccolini was undercooked so it was a little tough. I thought it was overpriced for the quality of the food. Wine was excellent.

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  18. LisaB

    Alabama

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Anthony was our waiter and was outstanding as always! He is a pleasure to be around and also to watch him interacting with other customers is a rare pleasure. We always look forward to our Charlie’s dinner when we are on the island!

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  19. Connie

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience at a table on the porch was so much better than being inside. We had an excellent waitress who waited till I finished a sentence before speaking. The food at Charlie's is consistent very good. The music was at an acceptable level, and being outside we were actually able to converse with each other!

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  20. Janice

    Charleston

    166 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    166 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Service is always great at Charlie's. Nice menu, food was very good My husband loves their duck entree

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  21. JamesR

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server Amanda D. helped make it a memorable lunch. Thank you!

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  22. Yumyum

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a treat to visit Charlie’s. The best on the island!

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  23. RichardB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb meal. Outstanding menu with so many fresh fish and seafood options. The food was beautifully presented with excellent service. Wonderful cocktails and great wine list. A+ from beginning to end.

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  24. PatS

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great night with friends at Charlie's! Food was excellent. Most of us had fish- swordfish, trout. One had the filet. All arrived hot and as ordered. Waitstaff is great! Helpful and prompt. One of our favorite restaurants on the island.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service from Stacey. Delicious food, exceptional cocktails. Great ambience. All staff were exceptionally pleasant and helpful. A bit pricey but worth it for any celebration or special occasion.

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  26. NICEHH

    Charlotte

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amanda our server was fantastic. Food options always over the top. Great wine list and a fair price.

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  27. RudyH

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, wonderful ambience, and great food as always!

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  28. ClaireJ

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate on the porch, and were a little concerned about being cold in February, but the tables are sheltered and we had our own heat lamp. The service was great, the seafood was outstanding, and the caramel cake was awesome! We’ve already been back again this month.

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  29. NettieR

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite restaurant on the island. Always a “must visit” restaurant when we are here.

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  30. SandyC

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous food as always, though, acoustics aren’t good.

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  31. AALover

    Detroit

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a lovely evening with great cocktails, service, wonderful food and I would honestly walk from Michigan for the caramel cake for dessert! Hubby had the cannoli trifle which was amazing, and our entrees were Sheepshead for him and scallops for me and both were beautifully presented and delicious. This is always a high point of our visits here. We love Charley’s!!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best see food place I have ever been , great ambiance and service.

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  33. JPinsc

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Charlie's is one of the best restaurants on the island for a reason. Go once and it will become your favorite.

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  34. PeteG

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The sheepshead with lemon garlic aoli was very good and my wife asked for another sauce for the ahi tuna. The chef prepared another one that was excellent. Always consistent and very good.

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  35. Jane

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants. Great food, service and ambiance.

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  36. Seapinesresident1

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always our favorite restaurant on the island. Willing to adjust entree even when I mess up the order:) love this place for a million reasons because it is one in a million,

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  37. Ralph

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dined there several times and it is always excellent, drinks, food and service.

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  38. RobertS

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was excellent, but we have had her before so I would not expect anything less. Food always great. We love Charlie’s

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  39. T8558

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, food and service were awesome! Still one of our favorite restaurants!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, we each ordered something different and each entree was excellent. We started with a nice salad and then had a variety of fish entrees....tilefish, halibut and monkfish. Each was in a different preparation, but all were delicious. Our waitress was particularly engaging.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Charlie's Coastal Bistro (L'etoile Verte) using the Order Online button. Charlie's Coastal Bistro (L'etoile Verte) also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 785-9277.

Charlie's Coastal Bistro (L'etoile Verte) is rated 4.8 stars by 4599 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 51 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Charlie's Coastal Bistro (L'etoile Verte)

8 New Orleans Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29928

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Hilton Head Island
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Low Country, French
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Josh Castillo
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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