Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana

4.7
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3006 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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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good quality food and great service. Sat upstairs by the food prep station for private tasting and was taken care of during the night

FR
Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great value for the dollar. staff was excellent.all the buttons for an outstanding evening were pushed!!

j
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

the food was great as usual. the young asst waiter was lovely. however our server was abrupt and disinterested; he never mentioned the specials. we waited about half hour between salad and main course and we had to remind him. this was already a late reservation.

DD
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone. Great service and excellent food. It was a lovely evening.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day dinner. Food was certainly good, a bit on the high side, price wise for what you get. Took quite a while to get our check, but overall a nice experience.

DR
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place all around. We always go there for Valentine's Day and have never been let down. The quality of food and service is outstanding. Chef Trey is a great guy and knows his stuff. If looking for a less expensive way to eat there, I suggest the early bird special. Well worth it.

a
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful evening at Michael Anthony’s !!!!

RE
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Valentines Day

CW
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner, we are local and haven’t enjoyed an evening service so much!

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a reservation made for parents to enjoy valentines occasion. Everyone from hostess helping to locate them at perfect table, to staff ensuring they had a great experience was excellent!

FF
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a quiet dinner with a friend. She was craving a specific dish she had in the past but it wasn’t on the menu this time. That didn’t stop the staff from doing everything to replicate it to her liking. They went out of their way to make sure it was a great meal/experience. Wonderful service, amazing food. Will definitely dine here again.

OV
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

May be the best Italian restaurant on the island..At least in winter...

BP
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was excellent. Husband & I both had the prix fixe dinner for restaurant week. We both had the stuffed pork chop and tiramisu - different app’s. All were wonderful. We’ve eaten here many times and will be back again. Highly recommend.

c
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never had a bad meal here. All 4 of us really enjoyed our choices. This is one of the best places to eat on HHI.

SW
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The level was “energetic” when we were there but it was a Friday evening of Restaurant Week so we expected that. Still our favorite restaurant on Hilton Head...food is always excellent and service is beyond compare. If you are on this island, treat yourself to a meal at Michael Anthony’s.

WT
Savannah
22 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Visited during Restaurant Week on the island. Very tasty. Great service. Request a booth or preferred seating in advance. Very friendly staff.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food

E
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Consistently a fantastic dining experience! New dishes, old favorites, food always comes out warm with a beautiful presentation. Memorable flavors in every dish! Accommodate special dietary needs with ease. You will never be disappointed!

HN
New England
72 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sometimes the service is a bit too rushed in the very beginning when you sit down but that's better than being forgotten. And after the 1st 2 minutes the service is impeccable, timed properly. The food? No better Italian on the Island. Absolutely the very best quality, hand made pasta's, always a local caught fish special which of course changes seasonally. An incredible wine listing but also great crafted cocktails for everyone's tastes from strong drinks to new inventive new choices that are quite unique. Each night there is another fresh Ravioli dish which is never on the menu. Please try this and you will be very happy!

p
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Restaurant Week provided us with a chance to order outside if our usual favorites. The catch if the day was delicious. Green beans a bit over cooked, but the one vegetable that I don’t mind that way. While served with salty crispy fingerling potatoes, I think some pasta with the unique sauce may have been a better choice.

DK
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Michael Anthony's is a must for us when we visit Hilton Head. Great food prepared well and beautifully presented. The service was excellent and the server (Chris) was very knowledgeable and helpful in making selections. I would have preferred to sit in the main part of the restaurant instead of in the market area, however during restaurant week we understood it would be crowded.

AD
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is consistently excellent. Service outstanding. They are very accommodating to seating and menu options . If you want to have a conversation without raising your voice, opt for upstairs. Bar area and restaurant on lower level is buzzing.

OT
Pittsburgh
78 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding as always

PD
Des Moines
21 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

For the most part an excellent experience although the pork chop was a little overdone.

PS
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely dinner at Michael Anthony's with friends. I had the grouper special - delicious! The table had the beet salad, panzella salad and carpaccio as appetizers. All were great. The service was attentive but not intrusive. We were seated upstairs; I prefer the downstairs for atmosphere but it was fine. We will definitely be back. Always consistently good!

m
Charleston
45 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Lucy was a terrific server. Menu is wonderful!

SH
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a favorite spot on the Island. We usually save it for our last night as a way to celebrate our vacation there.

JM
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary at Michael Anthony’s and were overwhelmed with all aspects of our evening. The ambiance was perfect, our server (Juan) was so charismatic and charming, and the food was truly amazing. I would highly recommend Michael Anthony’s if you are looking for an evening feeling like you are the only patrons there... because that is the way this wonderful restaurant wants you to feel.

KP
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just missed restaurant week, unfortunately, but we had a great meal just the same. Veal medallions stuff with spinach and fontina, and my wife had chicken. I had a cosmo that was good, and our server Chris was personable, liked working at the restaurant, and checked on us several times during out meal. Glad we had this as our last night in Hilton Head.

D
Savannah
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No doubt the finest Italian restaurant on the Island. Great atmosphere, superior service and outstanding food! Took a friend who has traveled the world and has dined at some of the finest venues in several countries. She rated Michael Anthony's as on of the best.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jonathan did a great job as our server. Food was excellent.

Y
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

VF
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious and never disappoints. Incredible management, bartenders and severs. Fantastic marketplace and cooking classes as well. “Sips & Bites” is a great way to enjoy the bar. Call for a reservation now!

BP
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure dining at this fabulous restaurant! Never disappoints!

G
Atlanta
99 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top quality food and service! Fresh bread was delivered along with hummus shortly after being seated. Vast wine and beer selection as well. We dined during their anniversary week so ended up with a great deal for $18 an entree. Although ala carte, the pasta vijola soup is to die for and a must! The fresh catch was Grouper and is was perfectly prepared. Hubby had the duck which was excellent as well. Will definitely be returning soon!!

JM
Charleston
41 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We returned to this restaurant for their 18th anniversary week special - and my wife and I were treated nicely, we had two different veal dishes and shared salad and dessert and all dishes were well prepared, nicely sauced and tasty. The service staff was knowledgeable and attentive and because of the anniversary special the price was not extravagant. My only quibble is that I felt the price for wine by the glass was too high. Overall an excellent dining experience.

HH
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, excellent veal dishes and service. Nice ambience.

n
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with friends for the restaurant’s 18th anniversary. We’re local and there is no shortage of really good Italian food on the island. Excellent meal paced really well. Andres (the new waiter) was there when we needed him and not when we didn’t.

s
Savannah
53 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of the best Italian restaurants around. A bit pricey, but well worth it for the food and service. Downstairs can be noisy if it's crowded. If you can handle stairs, ask for a table upstairs. We've had fish and meat and pasta and never been disappointed in anything we chose. Enjoy!

EL
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh ingredients, the food always taste great, excellent service, good wine list, relaxing and friendly atmosphere