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Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Restaurant & Bar, Bluffton, SC

Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Restaurant & Bar

4.4
4.4
99 Reviews
$30 and under
Cajun
Born in the South where a feast means getting messy with friends, the seafood boil, Hook & Reel’s signature, is forking over bold flavors with a down-home feel.

But eating seafood is only part of the fun. Everything tastes better around the table with friends, swapping stories over music, getting down and dirty and eating with your hands – all with a cold drink at the ready, ‘cause that spice ain’t no joke. We set out to share the saucy spirit of the boil with folks everywhere – testing our very own recipes, inspired by fiery Cajun home cooking. The Hook & Reel seafood boil dishes up the “reel” deal – the full backyard boil experience and flavor, with a twist.

It’s a party, so we always laugh loud, and eat big.
Ya comin’?

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cajun, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 815-3888

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Bluffton

  • Cross street

    Across from Target

  • Parking details

    Shared parking lot with BestBuy

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 99 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Kid Friendly

  • South Carolina

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Hilton Head

    Kid Friendly

  • Hilton Head

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Hilton Head

    Notable Wine List

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  1. DP

    DavidP

    Charleston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always consistently good - have never been disappointed.
  2. DP

    DawnP

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience2
    The food was very good. The service was horrible. Took forever to even find her to get a refill. Had to ask another server to find her. It was easy too dark in there and gave me a migraine.
  3. DP

    DavidP

    Charleston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place just never disappoints. Every time I'm in the area, I go there.
  4. DT

    DonnaT

    Naples

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Menu was very limiting. We were glad we tried it out. Great steamed shrimp....everyone enjoyed their meal. Wait staff was great; very attentive.
  5. TB

    TableBoy

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time here and this place does not disappoint! The low country boil is one of the best I’ve ever had again ! Percy seasoning Perfectly Boiled - THE BEST !!
  6. LG

    LuvGreatFood

    Milwaukee

    70 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made reservations at HH hook & reel. This location was closed. Did not drive to Bluffton.
  7. m

    mamacita

    New Mexico

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    We ordered 2 salads- shrimp one and crab one. There was only lettuce with the shrimp salad. The fried shrimp was delicious but just lettuce with very few sliced cherry tomatoes, and no Italian, Balsamic or even oil and vinegar dressings available. All dressings were cream based ranch style. The crab salad- small flakes of crab that “looked” canned and plain lettuce also with 4 sliced cherry tomatoes. We were very disappointed as we have eaten at this chain before with excellent food. It was the servers first day and he did a great job.
  8. D

    Dnl815

    Pittsburgh

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great menu. Server was excellent. More casual than expected setting
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    We had a reservation but when we walked in several servers were standing around and looked at us like we were aliens. Tables we uncleared so we waited. Then dining room manager I assume came and made them get to work. Not very professional staff, music was way loud. Food was good except for appetizers, paella here is not paella, more like fried rice from Asian restaurant. Would we go back? Probably not.
  10. 1

    1techgal

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration!! The food was delicious. Our group had crab legs, steamed shrimp, and fried shrimp. I would definitely go again for a good seafood meal at a very reasonable price.
  11. p

    pastime7

    Savannah

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great meal & great service! We'll definitely be back!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The mini boil is great! Plenty of food for a great price!
  14. M

    Mamazon

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Staff very attentive. Had shrimp basket with sweet potato fries. Not greasy and very fresh. Hubby had fried flounder. He thought it was better than Hudson’s. Simple booths and lots of room. Good bang for the buck. They are known for their low country boils. Our friend has that and it looked good.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The snow crab boil was absolutely perfect. Get the hook and reel sauce option!!!! We had a wonderful time. It was busy but we had our reservation. We were sat immediately and the waitress was amazing.
  16. DC

    DonnaC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never been to the Hook & Reel Restaurant, but it was my son's birthday, and he wanted a low country boil. The food was delicious, and service was fantastic. We will definitely go back.
  17. JH

    JoshuaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Seafood boil was cooked perfectly. It was easy to peel and the flavor was great.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I live locally and this is one of my favorite places. It is the best restaurant in the area for a low country boil. Get the Hook & Reel sauce - you won’t be disappointed!
  19. DG

    DevonG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and service was awesome!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Awesome food, awesome vibe. It was the second time we have been here, the bar drinks are awesome as well. While the main dishes are exceptional, any non seafood appetizers were terrible. We’ve tried 4 so far.
  21. SS

    SoniaS

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Yhe waitstaff was friendly. However, the food was disappointing and lacked flavor. The restaurant was too dark and made it difficult to really see the menu items. I really didn't care for the environment.
  22. G

    Gary

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Hook & Reel is by no means a "gourmet" dining experience. But, it's an interesting "seafood boil" experience with good choices of fish & seafood and cajun or other preparations (e.g. garlic & butter). The food was flavorful, the service competent and the price was reasonable for the portions provided.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The overall experience was great!
  25. C

    Carnivore

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience1
    First, know it’s a chain before you go there so you know what to expect. Food was good. Basic seafood dishes that are fresh snd well prepared. We had to physically track down a server a number of times, which I didn’t understand since hardly anyone was in the place. Seemed like the manager was too busy with paperwork and the hostess too busy staring off into space to be bothered by customers, the people who pay the bills. The music was God awful and way too loud. The kind of thing you might expect to hear blaring at a health club not a restaurant. Obviously, it is played for the staff and not the patrons. IMO, a stupid business decision. I could not wait to get out of there, which made the fact I had to chase staff for service even more annoying. Even after All that, but for the music, I might go back if it were convenient. Because of the music, I’ll never ever return. Ever.
  26. MR

    MikeR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall1food4service4ambience1
    Had to wait a hour after my reservation time. Its like they don’t even use the open table service.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    The food was fair and may have been better if not for the atmosphere. The atmosphere was horrible. Very loud and completely inappropriate music for a dining environment. Many curse words in the songs and so loud. The couple next to us even left before they ordered due to the music. The hostess that greeted us was very unfriendly and not one of the three hostess’s said anything when we left. Very disappointing!
  28. b

    bobb

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Shrimp boil special was great. Plenty of tasty food to eat. Great service from the staff. We'll be back!
  29. DP

    DavidP

    Charleston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is listed as a Cajun Seafood Restaurant & Bar. First off, there is absolutely nothing Cajun about it. Don't go there expecting this to be a Cajun restaurant - it's not - what it is, is another of the MULTITUDE of crab and shrimp places (where the food comes out in a bag, on a tray) that have been popping up like weeds all over SC. that have been replacing the Chinese buffets, as those now seem to be going out of style. With that said, what we ordered was REALLY GOOD!!! They had a BOGO on 1 lb. of shrimp, which we opted for. We added 1/2 lb. of crawfish, potatoes and corn. Everything is a la carte, and with each add-on, it can get pricey. We got it with the Special Blend seasoning. In general, I could not have been more pleased – it was delicious. The crawfish, however, were a little scrawny. It is quite pricey - blame it on COVID - blame EVERYTHING on COVID - seafood has just gotten outrageous. Some of our favorite places have just removed certain things from their menus because they are cost prohibitive. For a place that primarily serves the food that has skyrocketed in price, it's tough. Again, the food was very good, as was the service – but it’s more like a Chinese restaurant trying to do Cajun, than a Cajun restaurant, but for what they are doing, they do it VERY well. We’ll definitely go back.
  30. JS

    JimS

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an absolutely wonderful place to have a meal, especially if you like any kind of seafood. Not expensive. Just go and enjoy!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Crab legs and mussels were good. Lobster tail and sausage not so good.
  32. D

    Donc

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    Loud music, confusing menu, very small bowl of soup. Ambience was kind of weird.
  33. DZ

    DonnaZ

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time. Wonderful food.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    My husband and I went here for a weekend getaway. The sauce was too sweet for me.
  35. J

    Jojogurl1031

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting the area and stopped in for dinner. From the minute we walked through the door until the minute we left was great. One of our party has a gluten allergy and they were so helpful to make sure she got the right food. Service was great, food was great. I would definitely recommend stopping here if you are in the area! Definitely going back when visiting there again.
  36. MB

    MissBethEl

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Family night dinner get together…and the food was very good, well-seasoned, and fresh.
  37. JP

    JulieP

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    I had one of the seafood boils and it was great! Very nice blend of spices without too much heat. Service was excellent too! The only less positive comment I will make is the high volume level on the "background" music.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and atmosphere were great. Would eat here again!
  39. b

    bobb

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A return trip for us and same great food and service. We'll definitely be back soon!
  40. A

    Art34

    Raleigh

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Food and Service was great!!! Why the loud music? No one wants to listen to music that loud while having a nice dinner out

FAQs

Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Restaurant & Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Restaurant & Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 815-3888.

Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 99 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 8 times today
Google Map for Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Restaurant & Bar

1009 Fording Island Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Across from Target

  • Neighborhood

    Bluffton

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cajun, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Shared parking lot with BestBuy

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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