About Darren Clarke's Tavern

Darren Clarke and Michael Doyle teamed up to create a classic. Darren Clarke’s Tavern is the climax of all they have experienced from many years at the top of their fields.

8 Executive Park Rd
Hilton Head, SC 29928
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse

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

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 341-3002

Website:
http://darrenclarkestavern.com/

Additional:
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

Darren Clarke's Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (36)
Bar Seating (33)
Good for a Date (29)
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Neighborhood Gem (28)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Notable Wine List (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Hot Spot (20)
Business Meals (19)
Fun (18)
Cozy (17)
Happy Hour (17)
Casual (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Authentic (14)
Great Beer (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Romantic (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Live Sports (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
People Watching (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Late-night Find (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was tasty. The Steak and Guinness pie dish was very tasty, but there was little meat and mushroom with lots of “soup”. Fish and Chips were very good. Burgers were very good , but not the best around. Great job on the decorating. Small room by the old entrance was very noisy, so we moved to another table.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Food is always excellent at the DCT. Cool environment and creative food.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

it's relatively new .... we went assuming "tavern" .... and Irish Pub ... but !!

the menu is more extensive, and fine (ie +$, but worth it!) The soups were extraordinary ... I had the rack of lamb, husband had cornish hen. Soooo good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We love this Tavern.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very friendly staff. Good beer on tap. Food was good bit a bit expensive

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Love the atmosphere, but they are making changes in the menu and one of our party was not as happy with the new replacement item, which was Cornish Hen for the chicken. Also, general consensus is most items are too salty. Steak was good, fish & chips also good. Desserts a little weak. Banana pudding was thin and watery and bread pudding had a salted caramel sauce which was too salty. Very pleasant staff, especially our waiter, Michael. Will definitely go back, but hope they can work the menu out.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food and service was excellent, chairs, unfortunately were very uncomfortable.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A terrific New Year's Eve dinner. We all enjoyed our entres and salads. The bread was forgettable, but that's not why we were there. There was a good wine selection and we enjoyed a very good moderately priced wine.

The restaurant was festive and the servers and rest of the staff were all happy, eager and provided good service. It was a great way to start our celebration.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Bread sucked, otherwise food was fine. Server was very pleasant and responsive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our waiter Joe was amazing. It was the best steak (porterhouse for 2) and steak sauce we ever had. The only critique (disappointment, actually) we had was that there was no Zinfandel on the wine list. That surprised us very much.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great. Server was super nice. Food was delicious.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Love this restaurant. Been many times in the short time it's been open. Wish they would add creamed spinach to the menu. Our opinion is that every steakhouse should offer that as a side. As for this particular visit, four very disappointed people. How does an upscale steakhouse run out of baked potatoes, brussels sprouts, and tuna tartar?? Especially on Friday night of a holiday weekend, and in a location dependent on tourist dollars and word of mouth? Yikes, send someone to the store! Positives were manager bought round of drinks since we had reservation and still had a wait, server was excellent and so was food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

My wife and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary here. Everything and everyone were AMAZING!! The host!! Our servers Michael, and James!! The co-owner Mike came and visited with us. The WHOLE staff, made it GREAT!! Can’t wait to get back!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Steaks are unbelievable! We were a bit disappointed in the wait staff and getting a drink order correct. Ok value for the food.
We would try again.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The bar was extremely slow. There were two bartenders working with a third pitching in occasionally. We waited 8-10 minutes before being asked for our drink order. We noticed the same with the couple who came later and sat next to us. Once we were seated at our table, we noticed the service was slow there as well, and the waiter apologized.

The food was excellent and would recommend it to our friends.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Pretty disappointed. After reading reviews on TripAdvisor I was expecting a dining experience similar to Ruth Chris or Halls..... My husband and daughter started with the French Onion soup which had come highly recommended. It was okay. There was more crouton than soup for my daughter. I had a drink from the bar which was EXCELLENT. Then we all had the fillet with different sides. Our steaks were HIGHLY over seasoned and overpowering with salt. The sides were average. My husband and I both had the baked potato which was nothing special and hardly had any toppings on it even though we ordered them loaded. My daughter's carrots were covered in syrup and were way to sweet. We were thinking of getting dessert but sat there for at least 15 minutes after we finished our meal before our server came to ask if we needed anything else. Our water glasses were only filled once and we were all out of water at that point so we decided to call it a night. At $70 a person this was a very disappointing meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Beautiful decor. Expensive as mostly ala carte . Salty tasting food.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Beef Wellington Special was amazing. We really enjoyed the bar service from Paul and will be back shortly.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food and decor were both outstanding. We went here after Christmas to celebrate a friends birthday and everything was outstanding. Our service from our waitress was spot on as was the food.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was very good, except one of my appetizers didn't taste right. I mentioned it to waiter, and he removed it from bill. Very professional run operation, I have been there many times and its usually perfect.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The entrees were good but the salads were fair at best. Bread was awful. We will try it ine more time.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The food was excellent. The salmon best ever. Service was friendly and timely. Nice atmosphere. Definitely looking forward to a return visit

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 24, 2017

They sat us at a high top table and when we requested another table the staff could not find us another table, even though there were plenty of open tables around us. The food was good but the noise level from the bar near the high top tables made conversations difficult. After dinner
our friends asked for an espresso but after 5 min. the waiter said they could not get the machine working tonight. Good food but stay away from the noisy bar and good luck with an espresso.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We loved the atmosphere and decor but I noticed a few fabric ceiling panels that were loose and drooping (unusual for a brand new building). We both ordered steaks and I asked mine to be medium rare. It came out as medium well in the center and well on the sides. My wife likes lots of water, but the server neglected to fill her glass throughout the evening.

When the bill came I noticed a charge of $2.00 for ice, ...Huh? I had asked for a vodka on the rocks and though the vodka was priced at $8.00 on the menu, apparently that does not include ice. The server explained that when a drink is ordered on the rocks it includes an extra pour, thus the extra charge. Hmmm OK.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Gave it 2 stars.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Good all around restaurant. Good food, good service, good atmosphere. Nice place for any occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Delicious grill seared fillet! Yummy sautéed green beans. Decedent refrigerated chocolate layer cake. James was an excellent server. Had fun talking w our bartender during happy hour prior to being seated for dinner. Great food=great evening!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The bar is a masterpiece! The restaurant is very warm and cozy with lots of different seating areas. The food was excellent! The service was rather slow. There was a long wait between appetizers and the main course----at least 1/2 an hour. However, our server kept the wine coming.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I have had dinner twice before this meal and was very pleased . this was the reason we came back . However it was like night and day we were very disappointed in the meals we had . We learned from our waitress that they had recently changed chefs. I think they made a bad move . The baked oysters were over done , the prime rib was very fatty and stringy, the lamb chops were ok but the side potatoes and sausage was awful. The only bright spot was the bread pudding it was good. I was very high on the restaurant but it will be awhile before I go back

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Very beautiful restaurant and you can tell the time and detail that went into building it. We had a nice chat at the bar with the manager before dinner who showed us around a bit. Very nice guy with dark hair. He seemed to know everyone in the room. We weren't in the mood for steaks so ordered a bunch of appetizers and some Tavern Classics. Fish & Chips were excellent as well as the Lamb Chops. The table next to us got steak and we will be back soon for the Porterhouse. Very nice night out.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 6, 2017

stayed for dinner after a holiday party, everything was outstanding.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Amazing Burger and even better we got to meet the chef when he was working the room. Can't wait to be taken back.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Very enjoyable. Best Burger i have ever had and the drinks offered for Happy Hour were very big also.

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Had a great dinner, and our server, Nick, was very nice and attentive supplying us with much information😊We'll be back, the prime rib was delish, compliments to the chef!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Holiday party music overwhelmed the general dinning area!

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

We felt the food was good but overpriced. For that reason, we'll consider this a one and done. Probably won't go bsck.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Second visit, this time steaks were well prepared, not over done. We ordered the filet and the ribeye, enjoyed very much. They could have more choices/variety for their sides, only offering basic potato and vegetable.
Their bar and wait staff / service needs help. We waited way too long for our first and second round of drinks and we ordered wine with our steaks and waited for our wine. I like to have my glass of wine WITH my steak not half way through my meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had high expectations but were disappointed from the start. Our service was, at best, inattentive. For some in our group, the food was sub-par. A $49 filet should be perfectly seared, not burnt. Won’t come back & won’t recommend

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Wait staff and food quality was excellent. Love the "clean" Irish pub feel. Entire restaurant has a up-beat vibe to it. Loved it.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Business Meals, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Enjoyed this restaurant. Our waiter from South Africa was just wonderful. Was appalled to see the manager decorating their Xmas tree while people were eating. Very unprofessional. This could have been done when the restaurant was closed. So can I recommend this restaurant to a friend ?? I really do not know

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