About Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana

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.

37 New Orleans Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Serving dinner Monday - Saturday beginning at 5:15pm

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 785-6272

Website:
http://www.michael-anthonys.com/

Private Party Facilities:
At Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana we offer five unique private party options for hosting your special event

Private Party Contact:
Ian Mason: (877) 564-4026

Additional:
Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

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4.8

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4.5

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4.3

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (67)
Special Occasion (67)
Fit for Foodies (61)
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Good for a Date (60)
Authentic (53)
Notable Wine List (44)
Romantic (39)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Worth the Drive (31)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Cozy (26)
Bar Seating (20)
Business Meals (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Casual (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Fun (8)
Happy Hour (6)
Seasonal (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was outstanding from our greeting when we arrived to our final bite.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was outstanding

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

The food, services and staff were outstanding. Presentation was very pleasing and we were not hurried with our meal. Desert was outstanding as well (tramasu). Would definitely eat there again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Food and service excellent
Upstairs dining atmosphere cold, sparse, needs decor update
Dined there other night, temp outside 45 degrees and they had air conditioning on full blast. Requested temp be adjusted and wait staff did but within 15 min it was extremely cold again which made no sense because it was unseasonably cold outside that evening
Would not recommend for that reason

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

We absolutely LOVED this restaurant and the service was impeccable! My husband and I liked it so much that we brought a party of ten the next night for a business group dinner.. everyone raves over how delicious the food was and the ambiance and service. Our server Kat and also Jake were both fabulous! Can’t say enough good things about the food and this restaurant!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Highly recommend - delicious, authentic Italian food and superior service.

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

A compact but diverse menu featuring creative variations on Italian standards. The beet salad was visually appealing, with a tasty blend of complementary flavors and textures. Daily special of braised beef ribs served over creamy risotto was exceptionally tender and full flavored, and the panna cotta dessert was very good. Service was attentive, helpful and friendly, with food being presented at the right temperatures. The cost of the meal was a bit higher than I've experienced in comparable Italian restaurants, but we'll certainly return here for special occasions.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food. Waiter was attentive but appeared uninterested. Just going Through the motions. Will definitely go back. Food is fantastic!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our waiter, P.J. Myers was exceptional! He was very accommodating as two of us coudn't decide which entree to order and he brought small services of both to us! We were so pleased. Service was just outstanding!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food is always great. The ambiance is good but feels like it’s missing just a little something. The wine room market is a great place to sit. Oso Buco is always a hit

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything was wonderful!! We make sure it’s one of our stops on every visit!!! We will be back!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Certainly the very best Hilton Head has to offer. Michael Anthony’s is in a different category...above the rest...irrespective of cuisine. As good as anything you might find in NYC or London. Well conceived menu, perfectly prepared and expertly served. The Prix Fixe is a ridiculous value (though it’s hard not to stray). Highly recommended.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Superb! Never disappointed. Food and service are excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 10, 2017

excellent authentic italian food! love this restaurant! <3

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The staff is professional, but cold, and we observed one unprofessional thing - one staff rolling their eyes to another after the first staff member had what seemed to be a regular encounter with a guest. Mussels were outstanding. Involtini di vitello was not warm when served.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great food and amazing service keep us coming back all the time.
The salads are awesome. Pasta is fantastic.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 6, 2017

very crowded and noisy but the food is good. Service is fair and somewhat snotty.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We had only one night for dinner at HHI and this was our #1 choice. We love getting here early for the Early Bird special. The beet salad, chicken Marsala and the panna cotta were great. Service was perfect!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was excellent and service was exceptional. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Our first time at Michael Anthony's and definitely will not be the last as this is not your typical Italian restaurant. Extraordinary cuisine and service is the rule here. Somewhat expensive but well worth the dining experience. Looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Excellent experience. We have been looking for a good Italian restaurant. This is the one! Our server Lucy was superb

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 31, 2017

My favorite place! The best food and service on the island.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Visited HI for 5 days and frequented Michael Anthony's two times because it was that good! Enjoyed our anniversary dinner there and then again later in the week. Both times the food was incredible! Highly recommend a visit. We were offered Prosecco, when we arrived for our anniversary, on the house, which was a nice touch! Wait staff were attentive and knowledgeable. Nikky and Nick were both great. The Raviolo appetizer was unbelievable! Cooked perfectly and seasoned with perfection. The meatballs were flavorful and additionally, the Gorgonzola encrusted Filet with a chianti sauce was amazing and the Amber Jack special dinner entrée was just as good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always amazing food! Staff is well versed in wine and food pairings.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Always an outstanding experience when dining at Michael Anthonys........a Top 3 spot on Hilton Head Island

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Superb food. Everything was wonderful. Linguini pescatore was amazing. Profiteroles were historic

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

probably the best restaurant in Hilton Head,SC. One of the best Italian Restaurants I have been to. Fish I ordered was superbly cooked ,wine that was suggested by Josh Thompson,server and sommelier, was outstanding. I and my guest could not have asked for better meal or service .Thanks again Michael Anthony's.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Everything was wonderful! The food was delicious. We had the carpaccio and calamari as appetizers. The carpaccio was the best we've had in the area, being perfectly sliced and served with aioli. Our mains of veal with lemon and sea scallops with crispy gnocci were cooked and seasoned to perfection. We finished our meal with profiteroles and panna cotta. Our server, Josh, was friendly, knowledgeable , and efficient without hovering. Our wine ( a pinot noir) was always poured when we needed it, and we didn't feel rushed, even though it was a very busy evening. We are looking forward to returning soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The service was attentive and treated us very well. I let them know via OT that it was our anniversary and even the manager came by to say congrats!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Our meals were spectacular. The food was prepared and presented with outstanding style. Every bite was a savory delight. One of the best dining experiences we have ever had.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Michael Anthony’s has the best Italian food on the island. The waitstaff is always knowledge and fun and they set the perfect pace for a relaxing dinner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent food & wine list, cozy atmosphere & wonderful service. Would definitely return.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Special Occasion
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 (Savannah)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great atmosphere, great service, great food. Upstairs dining is so good if you want a quiet atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Can not give enough praises to Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana on Hilton Head Island. Definitely the absolute best food, service, and atmosphere of the entire week. Josh gave us impeccable service, attention, and recommendations as well as being incredibly professional and great to talk to. Their wine list is something truly special, and Josh knew exactly what to recommend. Their cocktails were also unique and excellently crafted. If you're on Hilton Head this should be on your list of places you must eat. We will certainly be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Hot Spot, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

First time diners and what an experience! Waitresses Kat and Lucy were great. Know the menu so well and all their suggestions were incredible...from the drinks, appetizers, entrees to dessert! We'll be back for sure.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Based on reviews, we knew we wanted to be seated upstairs and served by Kat. We went 2 for 2.

Great service , wonderful veal dishes and good wine selection.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Knowledgeable server. Excellent wine suggestions and superb meal. Yummy! 👍

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We've been visiting Michael Anthony's while on vacation for many years and each year, we continue to be delighted with the meal, service and ambiance. This year, we brought friends (who are also foodies) and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I can't speak highly enough of this great restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We have visited this restaurant many times and always get a cocktail, bottle of wine, appetizer, entree with coffee and dessert. Tonight I have to say we were not happy with our table near the front door and close enough to the bar that the noise level was loud. We asked to be moved to a booth or quieter table. Even though the place was fairly empty they had nothing acceptable to offer us. Since we live near the restaurant they did say that they will put it in our profile our desire to have a booth.
Otherwise, as always we were pleased with our drinks and our meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a quiet and wonderful evening of dining. while I had my doubts as the downstairs was quite noisy and celebrative when we arrived, we were escorted to the upstairs dining room to enjoy. Then we found out the special for the evening (my wife's favorite - osso buco ) was sold out, we settled for the veal scaloppini, her second best with a nice spaghetti kicker. All presented beautifully and with a smile, by our server - Kat. it was also very pleasant to have Ian, the manager stop by and introduce himself and inquire about our experience. Thank you Ian and staff for aa wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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