Darren Clarke's Tavern

4.1
553 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steakhouse
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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Neighborhood
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
What 553 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere service and food!

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W
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only criticism would be that the waitstaff were all (except 1) wearing jeans. I would expect a restaurant of this caliber to have a standard wardrobe that employees wear. Regardless the food was excellent.

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TK
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

As always, food was delicious! We have had much better service in the past.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat on the island. Real Irish pub type feel with amazing food. Highly recommend. Wait staff, namely William, did a great job.

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RO
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Although our server was pleasant, our table was not bussed in a timely fashion. Apps took a long time to come out and quite frankly the staff were sorely under dressed. Way to many visible tattoos and generally had an unkempt look. I don't think that's what they had in mind when opening this supposed upscale restaurant. Staff needs trained properly. Some of our food was luke warm.

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BT
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here to celebrate our 33rd Anniversary and it was fabulous. The Steak and Guinness Pie was huge and savory and just plain wonderful. The rack of lamb was the best prepared lamb I have ever eaten. The lamb was perfectly cooked, served with a wonderful demi-glace and no hint of gaminess that you get with lamb. Tender and super delicious! The atmosphere was perfect for a quiet dinner but was also great for dining with a group or family as we could see from the other patrons. The wait staff was attentive but not overbearing and speaking with Chef Drew topped off the evening. If you possibly have room for dessert, the creme brule was extra special! A perfect evening in every way.

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BL
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Very quiet week night. A very nice interior, fairly good service, and very good food. Will have to try lunch!

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M
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very few people dining. Waiter was pleasant but ill-trained and stated he was there to support his pregnant wife, who was acting as Manager for the evening. Had to send my wife’s steak back which was overdone. Waiter was not paying attention, but his wife noted our lack of enjoyment and stepped in to rectify the problem. She took back the steak and and had a new one cooked correctly.
Both she and her husband were polite, but neither was particularly attentive.
Desert was offered but very limited in choices.
Food overall was adequate

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Of the six different entrees we ordered, one was very good, two average, and three poor (including steaks ordered medium being served very well done). One glass of wine was corked. Server was argumentative. Relatively expensive. Not place we will go back to anytime soon.

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U
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our steaks were fsntastic!!! We ate st the bar because we enjoyed our conversation with the bartenders so much. It was a very enjoyable evening! Our new favorite place in Hilton Head!!!

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B
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My wife and I had our anniversary dinner here. The French Onion soup had very course or rough pieces of onion in it and a very thick piece of bread. I wouldn't ordered it again. I had the 6 oz. filet and my wife the half chicken. The chicken was dry. The filet was OK....but not at the $30-plus price point. The waitress was less than knowledgeable. The first pouring of wine was old. Overall, it was a less than the desired outcome for an anniversary dinner.

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C
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Nice place, steak was try and the drink size class is very small

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V
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

The location is great, the room is nice, but you get the sense the food and service are starting to slip. Nothing horrible, just not as good as it was. Simple things like being out of several beers. .. no IPAs? Meal was generally good, one steak was overdone so we returned it with no problem. Short ribs were great. Guinness steak pie great, French onion soup great...

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OT
Pittsburgh
66 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Restaurant was less than 50% occupied for prime time on a Saturday night while the service was very, very slow. The quality of the food with the exception of the filet was very mediocre and certainly over priced.

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N
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

This restaurant was recommended for the “special bread pudding dessert”. We tried to book online but the site would no accept reservations for anything beyond the current day. Arrived at 5:30, just after opening. All 4 of us had the fish and chips and all agreed the fish was good, but the fries were terrible. Very hard, so I suspect they were overcooked, although they did not look like they were.
When it came time to order dessert, we were informed the kitchen had only 2 “special bread puddings” prepared. How could this be, it was the beginning of the dining time???? It was replaced with an average brownie.
The waitress was excellent and this would be the only reason we would return.

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FB
Charleston
41 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We were on the verge of leaving when the waiter finally got to us-- and I had fish and chips--fish a bit overfried & tons & tons of fries to fill the plate. No presentation & not a good meal. We will not return.

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M
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Love the spot. Got there early. Approached immediately. From time order placed for entrees waited about 45 minutes after asking several times . Food was nothing special. won’t be returning. They were not busy.

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l
Charleston
24 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Darren Clarke’s Tavern is an upscale Irish pub in Hilton Head. The food was excellent!! However, that is the only good thing about our experience. The service was very slow and at the end of our evening as we were getting our checks, the server had to come and ask us twice to tell him what we ordered. We were seated for over 30 minutes before we even got our menus. We had already ordered our drinks (without seeing a drink menu) and didn’t find out until we received our bill that the wine we chose was way overpriced!! Other restaurants in the area charge about half the price per glass for the same wine. Our husbands ordered Guinness and paid about $2.50 more per drink that other places in the area.

In addition, the men’s room was completely out of towels and toilet paper. When my husband came out of the rest room, he spoke to 3 employees who were standing around doing nothing to let them know. Their response was totally inappropriate.

I would encourage Mr. Darren Clarke to investigate how his restaurant is being run in his absence. Although we enjoyed our time with friends, we will not be going back

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PS
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

When we entered we were pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere was very nice. It felt very cozy and warm. But, unfortunately the longer we were there, we experienced very slow service and observed others who were doing the same. Also noticed people who had waited to be seated , only to leave within in minutes. When we did get our food it was very good, but I don’t feel I can recommend it, because of the poor service. Could be a very nice place to go, if they can improve on their service.

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RL
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the rack of Lamb. It was excellently flavored and a nice amount of food. Great service. I would go again.

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i
Charleston
31 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It is hard to rate some things such as noise level because they weren’t very busy when we were there. The food came out in a reasonable time but they only seemed to have one server and the hostess. Drink refills were never offered and I had to ask for more water. The house salad was excellent and the rest of the food was very good.

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MB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Joey took great care of us. Rib steak was perfect. Manhattans were Devine.

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GD
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Short rib was very ample and delicious. Server was very attentive and quick to replenish drinks.

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H
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We have dined before and liked it. Food this visit was disappointing. Lamb chops were over cooked and lacked a good presentation. French onion soup was good but lukewarm.

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Shephard pie and Steak and Guiness pie VERY SALTY. Did not enjoy.

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S
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was great and the golf decor was a bonus!

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice atmosphere, service was good and food was awesome! GREAT steak!!!!!

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MC
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The meals are consistently excellent. Whether you are having a steak, burger or the Guinness pie, you can’t go wrong

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DH
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very good meal and the staff and service was outstanding, you felt like you were part of the family.

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C
Naples
31 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, we loved everything! The calamari was the best ever, the fish and chips were excellent, and I loved my steak and Guinness pie. We will definitely be back!

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JH
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The hamburger and steak sandwich were quit good but the fish&chips were average...IF I had a restaurant I would have the best fries in town..people would come to me just for fries...we will return and try some of the 'irish' dishes.

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JR
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional atmosphere. Our server, Taylor was outstanding.

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KP
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Waiter knew all the dishes and how they were prepared. Delmonico steak was cooked to perfection, which was exactly like I asked.

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LD
Savannah
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great steak, excellent service and great Irish whiskey (Tilling Small Batch)

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JC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Slow night (Thursday) no chicken, no pork chops, service borderline. Ordered soup never came, had to remind waiter, other guest received incorrect appetizer. Ambiance was good, but other than that I would never recommend this restaurant, prices should dictate service and quality, but this restaurant misses on all important restaurant prerequisites. All previous reviews stated the same problems or issues yet our party ignored these and tried anyway, what a shame!

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H
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food! Best fish and chips I've had!! Highly recommend it.

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RP
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my wife and my first visit to Hilton Head, and our second restaurant visit of the vacation. The tavern has a lovely ambience and decor. Easy to make a reservation, and very welcoming.
We both had the Tuesday evening special of Prime Rib and it was extremely well prepared and very tasty.
We can thoroughly recommend the Tavern, and we will definitely be visiting again before we leave the Island.

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g
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The place was very attractive, the menu somewhat unusual with a strong Irish influence...the service and food were both very good, not outstanding but certainly very good...

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F
West Virginia
21 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Our server was friendly but did not know what they were out of. It seemed every time we ordered something, we later found out they were out of it. Then when I asked for a box for my leftovers he took it into the back and it was accidentally thrown out.

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MC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere. Great food. LJ was our waitress and she was amazing. Highly recommended!

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