Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana

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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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J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The pastas were very good, not over-sauced and you could tell the pasta was handmade. The carpaccio has too thin to cut the amount of thick aioli and thickness of the Parmesan.

MG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Awesome staff with great recommendations.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We make it a point to come here every time we are in Hilton Head. Have never had a bad meal or even a fair meal...the food and service is always excellent. Love, love, love this place!!

S
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really like Michael Anthony’s. Unfortunately we don’t have the opportunity to go there frequently. Always good food and good wine. Very nice.

HC
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Fun place to eat. We really enjoyed an evening with friends. The wine list is also good and sensibly priced.
Overall: Super!

H
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food is very delicious. We save going for special occasions . It is a bit on the higher price side, but worth it!

GK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Italian restaurant.Our family of 4 enjoyed immensely our last evening meal on Hilton Head.The scallops were superb and service was excellent.We will go again the next time we are in Hilton Head.

AE
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've never had a bad meal at Michael Anthony's. The ravioli was mushroom and was excellent. I dined with my wife and 3 good friends. The night was special. Thank you.

DD
New England
32 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a nice evening dining for the first time while in Hilton Head at Michael Anthonys.

My salad was good and my special request of GF pasta with garlic and olive oil was good also.

My husbands Tomato Soup special was delicious and his Pasta Special, Ravioli with Mushrooms with a GorgonzolaCream sauce was tops!

The Pana cotta dessert was very good also.

A little pricey for the GF pasta, but otherwise a entertaining meal with a Chris our server.

DA
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful is a word I would use to describe Michael Anthonys. We have vacationed 3 times in Hilton Head and all 3 times we have been giddy with excitement knowing we were going to dine here. They have servers who have been with them for years and that speaks volumes in a industry where servers come and go. Their food is amazing!!! If we lived there, we would definitely be taking the cooking classes they offer. Job exceptionally well done everyone!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We knew it was a little more on the expensive side, but the food, ambiance, and service was spectacular. 10/10 would recommend and will definitely be back. Our server knew exactly what he was talking about with wine and our food concerns, and his knowledge showed when he picked us out the perfect wine in our budget.

JS
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought 7 golf friends there for the 3rd year in a row. The food and service was excellent as always. Looking forward to next year.

FL
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was outstanding. The management of Michael Anthony’s was very helpful in establishing my gift card that was sent via email to be used at Michael Anthony’s restaurant. Every year we come to Hilton head Island and celebrate our anniversary at this fine restaurant.
We will be back next year to celebrate our 54th wedding anniversary.

MB
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The early dining menu is an incredible value.

MB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall was very good. The food was excellent

w
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great meal to end our last evening of vacation on and too celebrate my wife’s birthday!

JD
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

When it first opened Michael Anthony’s was a very good restaurant like most of the south end restaurants it has morphed into an overpriced tourist trap. I can cook a better Zappa de Pesche than my wife had Friday night..

28 year resident of Hilton Head.

K
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes come every year when we are you vacation, we will return next time we are on the island. Recommend to all our friends
We are from Philadelphia

BS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Turns out Hilton Head has an amazing mix of mediocre restaurants.

On line reviews were very favorable but we were unimpressed.

It wasn’t bad overall (although the spaghetti was a bit funky). It simply was average

We live in a very small town and our local Italian restaurant is just as good

Save your money and go to Salty Dog

OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent. Our waitress Caitlyn was very knowledgeable of the menu. Made several suggestions of things to Order that were not even on the menu.
Food was delicious portion sizes were large but not ridiculous like you sometimes get with pasta based meals. The pasta was freshly made.
Would definitely return.

KH
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best grouper I ever had in my life

PT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael Anthony's is a little hidden gem in Hilton Head. The food, wine and staff are excellent!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here on our last night in Hilton Head and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. We will definitely be back!!!

t
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal and service were excellent!! Jonathan did a great job keeping up with our group, making recommendations, refilling drinks, making sure we all loved our food!! Wish we lived nearby to enjoy this fabulous restaurant often!!!

C
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Loved the simplicity and freshness of the food. Scratch made gnocchi was incredibly soft and cooked to perfection. Highly recommended.

WL
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, cocktails, and wine. Always a good dining experience!

M
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could give Michael Anthony’s a 10 star review I would! We have never had better Italian food, and we have eaten LOTS of Italian food! The service we got from Chris was unbeatable; we were treated like royalty, yet we felt right at home. We had help with the wine menu (please try their Chianti selections), and great descriptions of the food offerings. All in all, this was a tremendous value and dining experience. We will be back!

N
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu choices and superb meals! Our waiter and waitress were more than accommodating and checked numerous times with us during the meal. Would definitely return!

OT
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting Italian food. Asked for a little spicier red sauce it was delicious. Went back next night it was so good.

OT
Savannah
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary! Our waiter was fabulous and the food was very delicious!

GR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant and excellent food

SG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

40th anniversary

PM
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great as always.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service. We read the great reviews and figured we’d give it a try. We were not disappointed and will definitely return next time we are in Hilton Head! Thanks for a great and memorable evening.

n
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding !!! On my favorite list now every time I come back to HHI !!

PG
Miami
61 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with friends at a most enjoyable spot. Service was great, drinks too (try the Sazarac!), and the food delicious.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect dining experience, start to finish.

MP
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We visit Michael Anthony’s on every Hilton Head visit, Most always as our last night reward to ourselves. Food and presentation gets consistently high marks. Sometimes though and it’s not unique to this restaurant we are at the mercy of groups and tables of more than four. We had two servers at our table, one very young and the other more experienced. Oddly, the older was reluctant to make eye contact at all during service— it was the only off putting note of the night.
See you next time,

Old two tops.

LC
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality ingredients. Impeccable food. Quiet atmosphere. Good wine list

SG
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place did not disappoint! Great food and service! The pasta was home made and delicious. I had a shrimp pasta and my wife had a lamb ravioli dish. Desserts were amazing. Tried the tiramisu and dessert trio. We will be back!

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