Darren Clarke's Tavern
Mon–Wed 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Daily 10:00 pm–12:00 am
Best meal on the island. If you want a change from the usual island food, this is the place.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Fantastic food and atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
Great food. Attentive staff. It was family friendly. Will return.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Service was excellent. Food was excellent both steaks and sea food. Better to go with adults but the kids eat free.
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.
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!
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:)
Restaurant was hot, steaks good but too rare, sides were average.
The food was great and the service was friendly and very good would be going back when I return next year with the family and friends. The bartender is great and the beees are ice cold and a great friendly place
It was OK just nothing worth rushing back for
Very pleasant environment, excellent service and good food.
Our 2nd time here and it did not disappoint. This is a “must eat” for every Hilton Head vacation. The crab cake is so delicious!!!
Great food and service
Such a disappointment for our 57 th wedding anniversary dinner out...the restaurant was practically empty yet we were seated on a banquette next to obnoxious woman who talked loud and continuously about her and her mates personal issues .. including anxiety .. they constantly engaged the waiter who hardly spoke to us .. he did bring out calamari which was good , four hunks of stale bread .. on line menu stated prime rib but told by waiter only on Tues. .. the scallop dish served on bed of 2 cups of peas and my grouper was cold.. the waiter was so busy telling the couple next to us about his life snd businesses that we finally had to request a check .. was never offered s second drink , dessert or coffee .. totally mediocre food, at the tune of $140 and know my husband left a 20% tip . This restaurant on a downward spiral .. we certainly will never return nor recommend to anyone.
My wife and I had an excellent meal at Darren Clarke's Tavern during a weekend trip to Hilton Head in early June. I had the 8 ounce filet mignon and my wife had the combination of the small filet, with a lobster tail and a crab cake. Both meals were delicious and the steaks were prepared perfectly. We also had their French Onion Soup which was also excellent. My wife said it was one of the best she has had outside of Paris. Inexplicably, the restaurant was not very busy for 7:30pm on a Friday. Maybe with all of the great independent restaurants on the island, and with Darren Clarke's only being a year or so old, word really hasn't gotten around yet. The local competition for the dining dollar is certainly keen, but the service and food quality at Darren Clarke's stacks up well with the other great options on the island.
First time we ate there, it was great. Been there three times since, and was worse and worse each time. Filet was terrible cut of meat. Slightly over priced as well
We were there as a party of four and we all had something different and all left very satisfied. I had the grouper which the presentation was second to none. My wife had a burger and she raved about the bacon jam that was on it. Our friends had the filet and salmon I believe along with the cheese chartreuse tray as an appetizer. The drink menu was fantastic with great beer options (still went with a Guinness) and great wine list. If you’re a golfer like we are, you’ll certainly appreciate the decor as Darren has plenty of memorabilia hanging on the walls to keep your interests.
We all have agreed that it will be an annual stop on our vacation as this is our second time visiting and have been greatly satisfied both times! Cheers!
My husband and I are here a few nights ago and we had an outstanding time! My filet was probably the best I have ever had in my life. My husband had the hanger steak and the flavor was perfect. We ordered the smoked chicken for an appetizer which the presentation alone was amazing they lift up this glass dome and all you see is smoke and the smoke covers the dish in this delicious Smokey smell and once it clears you have this delicious smoked chicken I must recommend you get one of the smoked dishes!
Great food and service as always
Ambiance, decor, service quality all very favorable. We ordered different fish dishes which were both well prepared and tasty. The downside was both fish dishes were luke warm upon arrival. That made the price tag feel a bit extreme.
Amanda was an amazing server. The Grouper special and Beef Wellington were outstanding. Beet salad superb. Sautéed Spinach and Brussels sprouts delicious
Food and ambience were fantastic. Very enjoyable and we will be back again, for sure!
Excellent ribeye, cooked perfect. Waitress was terrific
I made the reservation for my moms birthday along with a friend. I personally was not there, but I have been there in the past. Mom said everything about it was absolutely amazing! I would have to agree! It is my favorite restaurant on the island and I recommend it to everyone. Michael and the entire staff are amazing. Chris is an awesome chef and creates some Exquisite dishes! You guys are always top notch!!