Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana

4.7
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2948 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana offers traditional regional Italian cuisine combining innovative presentations and style. The award winning culinary team presents a menu using the freshest ingredients for an unforgettable culinary experience featuring homemade gnocchi, succulent veal,daily selections of fresh fish and house-made desserts. Acknowledged by food and wine enthusiasts and critics alike, the restaurant presents a fine-dining experience combining an award-winning wine list, exquisite food, attentive service and the personal touch of a family-owned restaurant serving the Lowcountry since 2002. In fact, Michael Anthony’s was recognized in 2010 by Open Table diners as one of the "Top 50 Italian Restaurants" in the United States! In addition, Michael Anthony’s operates a Cooking School conducting weekly hands-on and demonstration style cooking classes and a specialty Italian market. Please visit our website or call for information for our class schedule or dining reservations.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with better food.

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent night in the market area with our friends and neighbors! Our server was awesome, Elijah came out and chatted, and it was overall a wonderful evening. Thanks much!

SZ
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mud say - the food was fantastic. However for 26.95 it was a very tiny portion which was disappointing. Other than that the food / service was great.

OT
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a very attentive waiter and our service was impeccable. Food was great and so was the wine selection.

CI
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic
The food was flavorful

SS
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and wine. Great service. Great for family dinner or romantic dinner. Lobster pasta was the best I ever had. The kind of place the locals go so glad a local recommended it to us. Tucked away in a shopping center but close to Coligny and Sea Pines. We plan to go again when we are on the island. Stacy

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on the menu looks great and the veal I got was great. And a wonderful pinenut salad.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful New Years Eve!

s
Naples
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been returning to Michael Anthony’s Cucina for years. The food and friendly servers never disappoint. The grouper for me and veal for my wife were outstanding. The red wine merlot Syrah blend was delicious.

We will be back next year to celebrate the night we met.

j
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

nice restaurant but somewhat overpriced for the entree specials.

SM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent... the best on Hilton Head in my opinion. The pasta tasted so fresh and the fish was not overcooked. The service was friendly from the reservationist to the waiter. I also appreciate that we could have a conversation without having to raise our voices over too loud music or excessive room chatter. Will definitely eat there again.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We found the food to be fabulous, however, we found the upstairs head server on New Year’s Eve to be condescending. He corrected our pronunciation of the wine selected, not once but twice. When asked where the restroom was located rather than respond kindly we received a curt response. He had an arrogant response to my husband’s inquiry about one of the nightly specials.

We chose to enjoy our evening, but it certainly was our choice and not because of the service.

Food was perfect!

OT
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place with great service and fabulous food. Everyone from the hostess, bartender and server was amazing!

AM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food and service

B
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Chris was very friendly and engaging. Food was excellent as always.

TC
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was excellent!

PC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Forgot special event. Very busy night.

GC
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Good service but disappointed in food. Great presentation and variety but lacking flavor

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Servers Jay & Rich? were super friendly.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service. One of our favorite meals ever! We had some of the very special white truffles with scallops. My husband ordered the Osso Buco and I had the Lobster ravioli! Still talking about how good the meal was the next day. They also made our anniversary very special with glasses of Prosecco and to start and Limoncello to finish!🤗 Will go back here again and again!

BD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of the best restaurants in the area. The food and service can’t be beat. We celebrated a birthday on our recent visit and our waiter couldn’t have been more accommodating with celebratory Prosecco and limoncello for the table. The salads and appetizers were fabulous as were our entree selections. We will continue to keep Michael Anthony’s on our restaurant rotation!

A
Naples
63 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at the restaurant. Both the food and the service were impeccable. Definitely will be back!

CP
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After the kids left the day after Christmas and hubby’s returned to work, I came to the beach to spend a long weekend by myself. I made a reservation letting them know that I was on a special vacation and dining alone. The reserved a special quiet table with a view of the Christmas tree and other holiday decorations. I did the early bird menu and the meal was exquisite. The beet salad, shrimp pasta dish and tiramisu. Just delicious! The server was knowledgeable and excellent. When I come back with my husband we will definitely come for a romantic meal! Bravo

p
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

just fabulous all around....great FOOD too!! the staff was warm & atmosphere great!

NL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Portion sizes were a good bit smaller than expected given the prices, but the food was delicious and we all still left "fat and happy". Our wait staff was great but definitely preoccupied with larger / older parties. The ambiance was amazing (until a large noisy group came in, but the restaurant cannot help that!). Definitely recommend for a nice family dinner in Hilton Head, or a romantic dinner date.

OT
Western NC
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant. We will be back. Service superb especially with Jonathan

J
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, served hot and delicious from the kitchen. Also a very attentive waiter who knew how to describe the food we had questions about. Terrific and romantic experience.

I
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The waitstaff was attentive without being intrusive. Wonderful waiter and server. However, the practice here is that when a patron leaves the table, the waiter refolds their napkin. I dislike this practice. I just imagine someone coughing, sneezing, even wiping there mouth with their napkin...he folds it and then folds mine. Please, please do not do this. Unless you are washing hands between patron, do not touch my napkin!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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SP
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food.

DM
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner! I always visit when I am in Hilton Head!

WB
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited Michael Anthony's several times and have not been disappointed each time. We shared the wide pasta with chicken and sausage ragu in marinara sauce. It was flavorable and very filling even though we shared. Their pasta is homemade. We also shared a Pino Noir recommended by our server that was very robust and an excellent pairing with the pasta. Highly recommended albeit a little pricey

B
Raleigh
45 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An exceptional experience from beginning to end. They honored my special request re seating and our server was outstanding. All four of us enjoyed our apps & entrees. We especially savored the calamari app--great flavors. We thought the bread was different this time--it did not have the delish crusty chewiness that we remembered. The two of us who ordered the pasta with mushrooms felt the flavor of the dish would have had more depth with earthier mushrooms. Nevertheless, we believe it provides the best in each category on the island.

F
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best in Hilton Head . We enjoyed the food.

a
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our favorite restaurant on the island. Jeff, our server was excellent. Our meals were memorable. My wife had a mediteraniam veal dish while I had the oso buco, very tender and full of flavor. The terimisu for dessert was very good.

T
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Very disappointed. Food was bland and the soup seemed watered down. Reviews were better than this but there was not a burst of flavor for any of the courses.

c
New England
118 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner, our waiter was very helpful finding the perfect dinner based on what our dietary needs. Our wine was excellent and we hope to return soon.

D
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christopher is an excellent server. We followed his recommendations on everything and had an excellent meal.

P
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

We received a table in the upstairs corner for two, mind you we dine out regularly. The table is Aweful, one person can only see the wall. The wine selection is always good, and the beer choices are lousy. The don’t have Mic Ultra, the number 1 new selling beer. It sell because of its low carbs. With all the choices of places to eat, this was disappointing for its high rating. We’ll try again next month and see if anything changes.

BH
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Our server was incredibly professional, and he was also genuinely kind. The food was delicious. We were on our honeymoon and want to come back!