Darren Clarke's Tavern

4.1
503 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steakhouse
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  • Good for Groups
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
Darren Clarke and Michael Doyle teamed up to create a Family friendly classic! KIDS EAT FREE JUNE AND JULY!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Wed 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Late Night
Daily 10:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(843) 341-3002
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 503 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
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3.7
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Good food and outstanding service! The ambiance is amazing, we had a fantastic dining experience.

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2.0Dined 2 days ago

Wrong main course served to me. Rest of group was finished eating when my meal was served. No apologies or comment about mistake. Bartender had to leave for family issue. TOTALLY understandable but person filling served straight vodka for a vodka tonic. Brandy Manhattan was served warm.
Not a good experience it was our anniversary and had so looked forward to our special evening. Totally NOT...

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

A lot of locals frequent the bar. When we were there 4 young guys were at the bar, very loud,, wearing T shirts, one laying across 2 barstools, drinking beer, they arrived in a Uber as we were parking. The space is fairly small so difficult to get away from such groups. Thankfully they left after about an hour.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

A typical steak restaurant. Several of the steaks were over cooked. We sat at a table were the sun was in the face of two of the guests. There was no shade. Splurge buy a shade. Neither the waiter or other staff who did come by table seem to care.The appetizers were good.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was good- try bacon app/ go with fries or mashed/ skip baked, Brussels sprouts awesome, steak also good and fish great. our waiter was really good and extremely attentive. Only snafu was when our waiter needed help opening wine (his hand was hurt) and his helper poured our expensive wine into a glass of old wine - and then told me "you won't taste it - go ahead and drink it". Our waiter made up for by offering a 10% discount on wine

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Great Steak. Dad said it was the best French Onion Soup he ever had. Wait staff was prompt and helpful.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Great steaks, bacon appetizer was amazing, dessert was fantastic. A bit pricey but worth it. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Excellent service...good food...great atmosphere....our 4th trip and still like.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Overall great
Shepard’s pie great, but it could have more vegetables
Also Caeser salad to rich/heavy
We’ll come back

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Great service and atmosphere if you like quiet and quality. Food didn’t come out fast but the taste made up for it!

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Super pretty restaurant. Food was great. Spicy shrimp appetizer was yummy. Tried the filet Shepard’s pie on recommendation from the server and it did not disappoint. Husband had the filet which he enjoyed.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Excellent food and superb service. Krista is outstanding and be sure to talk with "Irish" - a real gem! The daily oyster specials were a great appetizer. The filet was one of the best I've eaten. Main course comes with a potato and vegetable! The pear salad had a special feta cheese making it very tasty. And, the bread pudding made with Krispy Kreme donuts was unbelievable. Certainly a restaurant to put on your "go to" list in Hilton Head!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

A great place with ambiance and atmosphere. The Staff was very attentive. The food was Hot and of good portion. Our Server Taylor was knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly. She really added to our Experience. My wife and I had the Wreck Fish. It was incredible! Great portion and prepared well. My son had the Rack of Lamb. Cooked to perfection and plentiful. His wife had the Fish and Chips and was plentiful and great tasting. Taylor and staff were very attentive to our grand daughter. We asked for Seat Potato and within minutes it was served.

Michael, who greeted us was friendly and accommodating. He was welcoming and made you feel special and welcomed. Can't remember the name of one of the Owners, but he was fantastic! Spent time at our table talking to us. Making sure all was taken care of. Showed my son and I Darren Clarke's Memorabilia. Was gracious to take a picture of my son and me. Sorry, I cannot remember his name, but he represented the restaurant well. We will definitely return, as the Staff and especially the Food, made our dining experience fantastic!

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

As a local year round resident, I look for “go to” places to dine on a regular basis. I have dined at DCT many times since the restaurant opened a year ago. While the restaurant has undergone some early growing pains; including menu changes, presentation changes, etc. it is clear that management is committed to making the dining experience a great one. These people care about providing good food, good service and good value. They are willing to go out of their way to please, including modifying dishes to customers’ tastes, generously providing a complementary something to enhance the experience.
Give the restaurant a try, and let them know your impressions on the spot. They truly care and will be very happy to hear compliments, and/or they will make every effort to make you happy.

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The wine was great and most of the food was delicious however we were surprised that the fish and chips weren't as good.
The service was fantastic and overall we really enjoyed ourselves.

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2.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Overpriced steaks, limited choices for food (we ended up ordering from the tavern fare) and the beer selection was sub par for a tavern. Good service, but then again,not many folks there for a Saturday night.
Probably won't be back.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Best meal on the island. If you want a change from the usual island food, this is the place.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

My wife's 16 oz Rib Eye was the best restaurant steak she had had in recent memory. We had an early reservation and all was right on schedule and enjoyable. We will recommend and return.

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3.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Despite a less than full crowd it took about 20 minutes for us to be served water and offered drinks. Our food was served over one hour later. Certain food items - calamari, ribeye, scallops, were quite tasty. Others - French onion soup, lobster mac, mushrooms, & brussels were not so enjoyable.

The waiter was friendly and seemed to return to the kitchen several times to check on our food, only to come back and tell us it would be right up. The last time he told us that I put on the stop watch. The food arrived in 16 minutes.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Great Decour and the menu is much better! The lobster mac & cheese was way too runny but everyone else loves their steaks. I think someone may have

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Once again, we had a wonderful experience at Darren Clarke’s Tavern!! They just changed the menu, and wow do we love the changes! I ordered the brick chicken and it was phenomenal. We had a large table and everyone loved their dinners! Service also is exceptional!! One of our faves!

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

The food was very tasty and the Moscow Mules were on point! The waiter didn’t pay much attention to refilling our drinks or even check on us much; which was disappointing. We were on our annual summer vacation to HHI and wanted to try out a new restaurant; we will give this place another try next year and will request a different waiter.

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

We ate there about a year ago and had a great dinner. Not so much this time. Food was alright mainly went back for the lamb that was amazing. It was not as good this time.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Fantastic food and atmosphere.

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1.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I brought seven first time HHI visitors thinking I had picked a first class, white tablecloth, upscale restaurant for them to enjoy.....well.....
Their air conditioning didn’t work and it was probably 90+ degrees outside.
They didn’t have our first choice of the THREE seafood entrees offered on their very limited menu. Our wine choice wasn’t available.
I sent back my first course & the wait staff didn’t even ask why!
Entrees were lukewarm at best and took FOREVER to be served.
One of my friends ordered scallops and they were served on frozen peas and two baby carrots.
Of the 8 of us & I can say honestly that only one thought their entree was good.
I say one step forward for Darren Clarkes would be to immediately bring in a NEW CHEF!!
And as far as value is concerned our bill $ was DEFINITELY NOT IN LINE WITH THE QUALITY OF FOOD.
A positive was that the manager called the next day and left a message apologizing for our unacceptable experience. HOWEVER we weren’t offered as much as a complimentary cup of coffee. REALLY?! Kind to call but it would have been nice to have been given any reason to come back.
There are so many wonderful restaurants on Hilton Head Island. I don’t think this one stands a chance of surviving. Please don’t waste your time and money. Pick another of many fine options for dining out on HHI.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

The food was very good and everybody enjoyed their various meals. The seating management was our big issue. We arrived 15 minutes before our reservation and were seated 1:15 minutes later. They told us on multiple occasions that the table was just being wiped and reset. I don’t think they forgot about us, and didn’t seem to be seating people ahead of us, just understaffed and poorly organized and wouldn’t tell us honestly the status. Once we were seated, the waitress was friendly and did a good job. The desserts were especially wonderful.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Enjoyed our visit. Uncertain what to expect since reviews were so mixed. All the staff that interacted with us were fun and wonderful. We all chose two starters as our meal. French onion soup was fabulous! I had lobster Mac and cheese, good but I expected an Alfredo sauce and this was different. My husband's beef pot pie was very good. The steaks here are pricey but folks say they are excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Great food. Attentive staff. It was family friendly. Will return.

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1.0Dined on July 4, 2018

We arrived 15 minutes early for an 8:30 reservation only to be told that tables were being cleared and to expect a delay. We told the hostess it was okay and we would have a drink at the bar and wait to be seated. After 40 minutes passed without an update from the hostess, we asked a server walking by for a status. The server said the hostess would get back to us in a few minutes. 10 more minutes passed without any communication.

During this time, I observed several parties that arrived after us were seated within minutes of arrival. I also saw the hostess speaking with a large party for more than 10 minutes near the back of the restaurant.

We asked the bartender for assistance and were finally seated (you guessed it...) near the kitchen. Once seated another bartender took our order. My husband asked to speak with the Manager. It turns out that the Manager was also acting as the hostess. The Manager never apologized for the oversight and inconvenience. We requested that the food be packed up and paid the bill, a tip was included.

The hostess / Manager left a very poor and lasting impression based on the way she handled our reservation. Providing good service was clearly not a priority for the Manager. Based on the lack of communication and poor service from the Manager, I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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3.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Went to Darren Clarke’s on advice of friends who had a good experience. We were not as impressed. While looking at the menu I saw two diners at separate tables send steaks back. One diner sent hers back twice. Also heard a waitress apologize to a third diner for not being as attentive as she should have been. Opted for pub fare instead with Shepherds Pie. I did not care for the flavor and ate less than half. My husband ordered a steak pie with puff pastry topping. Although he did finish he said he would nit order it again. There are so many great restaurants in Hilton Head that I don’t see the need to return.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

We ate here last week and came back for the prime rib special. Joey, our server, was as awesome as he was last week and the food was outstanding. We’ve been recommending this restaurant to all our families and friends.

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3.0Dined on July 2, 2018

With all the options on HHI this is mid pack at best. The food was good but the service was not high caliber. The temperature in the restaurant was hot.

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3.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The table was not as large as the seating area in the booth. Odd.
Wines on list were not available.
Grouper was warm not hot despite steamy presentation.
Disappointing experience.

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Almost empty in the middle of summer? Bar was nice but there was a wait for everything starting with our reservation (20 minutes late). s I said it was almost empty so I would not expect the long wait. Food was pretty good when it finally came out. Waiter was a few steps behind but I guess that’s what happens when you’re dead during the busy season. Had high hopes for this place so maybe that plays in to the review. I hate chains and maybe that is why I was pumped. For the price I will wait it out for Eddie V’s or Cap Grille.

Decent food, bad service - this visit was a double bogie.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Food was unbelievable. We are from Kansas and love our steak! Theirs was exceptional!! The watermelon feta salad was out of this world. High quality food. Loved it!! Best restaurant food we’ve had in a long time!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Terrific dinner while on vacation at HHI. Reception, service and meal prep were terrific. As a lover of fine cuisine, I enjoyed perhaps the best filet mignon ever. Amazing. Enjoy!

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Service was excellent. Food was excellent both steaks and sea food. Better to go with adults but the kids eat free.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

First class all the way. Decor very well done, great bartender and drinks, good wine selection and a menu that makes it tough to decide. Absolutely will go back, many times.

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Ok. Don’t order the tacos off the bar menu. Huge disappointment for $14. And waitress disappears on a not busy nite. Wow. This had a chance to be something special, but it pales in comparison to other places to eat. Miss it!

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

NEW MENU - we happened to dine on the first night of a revised menu featuring their BEST Tavern dishes as well as THE STEAKHOUSE menu. Plates are plentiful and taste/flavor is superb.
Pricey, but worth it:)

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