Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana

4.7
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2916 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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DM
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

WB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
5 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
115 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!

Q
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect experience! Can’t wait to come back and try more items on the menu.

T
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not as good as advertised.

SH
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I don't equate noise level with energetic. I like a quiet location not noise and mayhem. That's a plus at Michael Anthony's, you can actually hear your dinner partner. Always a good spot for a special occasion. This time round, it's was my birthday celebration.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calamari was fantastic! The tomato soup with Italian sausage was one of the best things I’ve ever had! We also ordered the sea bass and it was outstanding! Always a great meal!

T
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food on Hilton Head. We love Michael Anthony’s and go there every time we come to HHI. You will not be disappointed if you love authentic Italian.

N
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael Anthony’s was absolutely incredible. I told them that I was planning a special night for me and my girlfriends anniversary and they made it extra special and even brought us champagne. We will definitely be coming back.

C
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Kat, was excellent! Highly recommend this venue!

TT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and even better service! Highly recommend.

D
Savannah
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A definite "can't miss" in Hilton Head! Pricey but well worth it. Service is second to none and the food is to die for!

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great menu and spectacular service. The wine flight gave us a great starting point in choosing what wine would would have for dinner. I had early bird special and my partner ordered from the regular menu. Both had great choices.

B
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Best Italian meal I've had since moving south from NY 30+ yrs ago!!

C
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Good but not exceptional. We expected more based on the reviews.

RT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again Micheal Anthony’s delivered. This is my 3rd visit this year 2nd in 3 weeks and find no reason to go anywhere else for Italian food. It was the first visit for my guests 2 weeks ago and this past weekend and all agree that the food and evening have been great. Since my first visit I have requested Lucy as our server which is no bearing on the other servers whom I am sure are as capable but I like to stay with what I know will be done right and Lucy has not been anything but fabulous in her service and handling our parties be it just my Wife and I or the group of 8 on my last visit. Food, drinks, service all 5 stars.

OT
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The service was excellent !! Jay was very attentive and knowledgeable
The only concern is my mother in law was looking forward to veal and she was served chicken on her 92 birthday. She was not happy !!

c
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, sevice and food!! Definitely will be returning in the near future.

h
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

this was my first time at this restaurant. I chose it because of he reviews and the menu was enticing.. The food is very good, delicious. The wine list is superb and I chose a very good half bottle of Zinfandel. I had a beef cheeks appetizer which was the winner of the evening, and the veal chop which was so satisfying. I wish it was not merely a weekend visit to Hilton Head because I would enjoy dining here again and again.

M
New England
36 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We made a reservation through open table and upon arrival were seated by the door in spite of the many vacant tables. I had the involtini di vitello which was tasty however the ham was not prosciutto. My husband had the fish special of Wahoo fish which he found tasty but somewhat bland. The entrees were expensive as was the wine list. Not sure we would return.

SB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We’ve been here several times over the past few years. Prices have escalated beyond reasonable and the service we received was poor. Server acted like he could care less and was more interested in turning tables than helping me celebrate a friend I haven’t seen in 50 years.

DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meal was excellent. The service (from our waiter Jay) was extremely professional, personal, and very knowledgeable. This was our second trip and will plan to return as often as possible.

MB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time this year we came to HHI and second time we ate at Michael Anthony's. In if they stay in business we will eat there at least once every time we come to HHI. The food is delish, and we ate in Italian restaurants in many countries, including Italy, of course. In fact, if I have my choice I would live in Italy. Michael Anthony's is a way to travel to Italy without a passport!

G
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was our first visit to Michael Anthony’s and certainly not our last. The entire restaurant had a unique vibe and a neat, cozy feeling. In contrast to many island restaurants, patrons were dressed in a more formal manner which corresponded well with the setting. My wife and I had two of the specials, ravioli and mahi. Both were outstanding. We finished with the tiramisu which was light and simply a delight to share. Our only misgiving was the lack of attention from our waiter. He seemed much to absent at the wrong times and given the quality of the restaurant a higher level timely attention is expected. That said, coming back will be a delight.

T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highlights: souffle, pancetta app, meatball app. Presentation was great and staff was super friendly and helpful.

SS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Michael Anthony’s several times for special occasions. My husband and I always get the early bird special because it’s so delicious and a great value. Our favorites are the beet salad, eggplant stuffed with ricotta cheese, and the tiramisu. Actually, it’s the only thing I have ever had there because I find it so delicious and satisfying. My Aunt and Uncle dined with us and had the ravioli stuffed with seafood. They loved it! They were happily surprised to each receive a large plate with 6 ravioli on it. They loved Michael Anthony’s. We were celebrating two birthdays and received Prosecco before dinner and limoncello after dinner....all on the house. Delightful! Keep up the good work, Michael Anthony’s! You are our favorite restaurant in the area! See you next time!

IM
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bsst Italian by far and has been so for all the years we have been coming to HH

JG
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the server was also a sommelier and was very helpful. Well worth a visit.

LH
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you, Ian for an amazing evening! Your expertise appreciated.

DJ
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal. Recommended.

PM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went to this restaurant with high expectations, the ingredients were good but it was not outstanding Italian food.

F
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful. We’ve eaten here numerous times, always an excellent experience. All the dishes were done to perfection and generous portions. Highly recommend!

KC
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Based on previous reviews, looked forward to our dinner. Did not think the meal was outstanding. Everything a bit overpriced. Excellent service.