Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana

4.8
3944 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3944 people are saying
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ThomasA
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food quality combined with good and attentive service . Michael Antony’s is one of the best Italian restaurants on the island !

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to Hilton Head and to the restaurant. Fabulous food and top notch service.

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Karen
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice evening with friends. Food was delicious and delivered at a conversational pace. We enjoyed the restaurant.

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JoeR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit in 3 days! That’s how good it was. And our waiter Wesley was fantastic! He was so knowledgeable of all the amazing food, drink and desserts!, we’ll definitely be returning!

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vipMiadsc
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food and service as always.

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vipMossman
Las Vegas
46 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered a new "favorite thing" for our future trips to Hilton Head. We tried the "Sip and Savor" option in the bar at Michael Anthony's which is offered for early diners and it was exceptional. It is three small plates with wine pairings for each at a cost of only $24. The selection changes each week. The bar staff, Juan and Spencer, were truly excellent with the right balance of congeniality, knowledge, and prompt service. The staff also went above and beyond to work around my food allergy. If you are early diners like we are, you will really enjoy it.

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FredM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have great specials
Menu has lot to choose from. Been there several times for dinner and the cooking classes never disappointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops were just amazing. My husbands veal was wonderful. Loved it.

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tennisladyhhi
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite the challenges of labor shortages and supply chain issues, our experience last night at Michael Anthony’s was outstanding. Superb service, great timing on course arrival and drink replenishment, their usual fabulous food and great handling of our reservation request. Will be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though we weren’t out for a special occasion, the entire staff made our evening special this and every time. There is so much attention to detail from the time you walk in through to dessert. Lucy, Ian, Elijah are part of the team that made it happen. Kudos to all for great food and outstanding service!

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MileyF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was amazing, wine selection was great as well. It was jarring that at the number one rated restaurant, we had multiple mishaps with service. We had the wrong dishes set on the table as appetizers and then when we asked another staff member what exactly was in the hummus they serve with the bread, it couldn’t be answered. Although I am very understanding and overall enjoyed my meal, I believe it is something to note to maintain their rating.

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FrankG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delish - our waiter was very helpful with our wine and food choices.

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vipWayneT
Romania
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted like we were VIPs. Once seated in an extremely comfortable booth our hostess introduced herself. The server came next to do the same and deliver menus along with greetings and a promise to do all he could to make our evening wonderful. Every dish or glass we emptied was taken up by a young man who thanked us each time. All smiles genuine. The manager came to offer her services and she too was gracious.
The food was so richly prepared and unique yet true to the Italian tradition. Expensive - yes, worth it - Yes.
This restaurant is worth the drive for any special occasion.

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MerryAnn
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Wine selection is awesome and the food was fantastic!

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GaryA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First I would like to say our server Juan
Was fantastic, he explained everything precisely and was most helpful for us to make our decisions. This was our first time dining there and what a enjoyable experience, excellent selections and prices, we will make this a must place to dine on our next visit to HHI.

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SarahA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family gathering. Fun and yum!

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TeresaR
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food experience every time we visit. I asked for a "retired" dish and they easily accommodated the request. I wanted to weep when the meal was over. Love coming here!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!!

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vipkimw
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious dinner with nice ambiance! One of our favorites on the island!

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patm
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

excellent fine dining and the service was good. I did have to gesture to our waiter and ask for another drink, 3 times! They should have asked us in passing by the table. Otherwise the food was excellent and a really nice birthday dinner out!

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Brad
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a totally professional operation and thoroughly enjoyed by our party of four.

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RAG46
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always excellent for any occasion!

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viptarheelgirl
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wine, service & ambiance! One of our favorites on HHI.

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Marie
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Michael Anthony’s was a wonderful experience. We requested as quiet a table as possible on OpenTabje and they seated us in the wine room which we loved, not only because it was much quieter than the main dining room but it was also beautiful. Our server was extremely nice and knowledgeable, offering us tastings of the wines before ordering which we really appreciated. The fish of the day special was one of the best seafood dishes I’ve ever had. I highly recommend the dessert trio as well. We were having difficulty deciding between the chocolate martini and the dessert trio and our server even offered to split the martini for us which was just over the top.

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PattyG
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

authentic Italian cuisine, the real deal. Always make a point to have a meal at Michael Anthony's when I visit HHI. Never disappoints - superb in every way.

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BrettT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful, service was even better. Desserts were to die for . A must do place to eat at Hilton head .

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vipbonappetit
Orlando
35 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome as always and Joyce, our waitress, was beyond excellent. She made the meal even more enjoyable with her attention to detail, never letting us run out of anything, and her wonderful personality.

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vipNelsonP
Jacksonville
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent good and service. Thought one of the specials, the fish, the price was a bit higher than expected

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PaulK
Savannah
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the finest experiences we’ve enjoyed in a very long time.

Early in the day the restaurant contacted us to ask whether we could safely climb stairs to the second floor if seated there. They also confirmed our reservation’s notation that we were celebrating a birthday. From the moment we arrived for our reservation the staff was cordial and efficient, seating us in the beautiful Wine Room, quiet and with safe distance to other tables.

Our waiter Josh knew the menu, how dishes were prepared, and what wine to recommend. From the bread and white bean hummus to salads to main courses, everything was well presented. My duck was possibly the best I’ve had. My wife’s sweet and sour grouper was simpler & could have benefited from some color on the plate, but with all the tastes together was very good.

For dessert, Josh asserted their tiramisu was one of the best in the country. I don’t think he’s wrong — it was top notch. And my wife raved about the panda cotta.

Without a doubt we will return with friends who appreciate fine dining.

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Andrea
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!
Mussels to die for and homemade tagliatelle with shrimp outstanding.

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vipGregS
New England
24 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful dining experience. From the waiter, to the food, and a hello from the Manager made it a truly memorable dining experience. If you’re traveling through the Hilton Head area, this is an absolute must. 5 stars all the way!

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vipShaneS
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, but not as good as it has been. Must have been an off night. Steak was cooked perfect, but Brussels were undercooked with no flavor. Fingerling potatoes were also not seasoned very well. I have had many great meals there, and this was not one.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere, music and the “sips and bites” wine and food pairing!!!

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Maria
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! We were so excited to go her after 15 years and it was just as spectacular. Our waiter did a great job recommending entrees. The grouper was phenomenal as was the veal.
We were so delighted we made another reservation before we left!

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Jason
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really, really nice. The ambiance, service, food, and overall experience were fantastic. The lighting is soft and the music is soft allowing for great conversation. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and want you to have a great culinary experience. The food was amazing.

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christyep
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We have dined at MA’s many times and brought guests last night. their food was very good - my spaghetti and clams was basically a huge mound of pasta with clams, but very little broth. Too much pasta, not enough broth. The Caprese appetizer had no basalmic or olive oil. Hope this was just a one night issue.
Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
West Virginia
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had a fantastic dinner experience at Michael-Anthony’s on Hilton Head Island. Everything from drinks and food to service was absolutely top-notch. Always my favorite place to dine on the island.

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PatriciaS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Special treat dinner for celebrating an event. Complimentary sparkling wine in flutes for our anniversary and birthdays.

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FredM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Service is great. Friendly service , have a nice menu and different specials. Never had a bad meal. Been a customer for years .

FAQs

Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 785-6272.

Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana is rated 4.8 stars by 3944 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.