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 Tuesday - Saturday beginning at 5:15pm. Market Hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm.

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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4.7

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4.8

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4.3

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Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (63)
Fit for Foodies (59)
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Good for Anniversaries (54)
Good for a Date (49)
Romantic (44)
Authentic (43)
Creative Cuisine (41)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Worth the Drive (28)
Cozy (21)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Business Meals (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Good for Groups (14)
Hot Spot (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Fun (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Casual (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Happy Hour (3)
Seasonal (3)
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Healthy (2)
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Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 5 days ago

We enjoyed our time at Michael Anthony’s. Our waiter, Nick, was great. I’m Celiac, so he took care to see that all of my food was gf. The food was classic Italian, and all of our selections were delicious and classically prepared. We’ll return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I have ben dinning at Michael Anthony's for years. We have never been disappointed. LOVE sitting at the Bar or at the High Top tables. Most noteably,JOSH, Caitlan and Elijah really make you feel at home. I don't think you could order anything off the menu, that isn't GREAT. LOVE the beet salad, the Charcuterie plate, calamari as starters. My wife loves the Bolognese. Excellent Wine list as well. It's REALLY nice when you walk into the Restaurant and they know your last name. NICE touch !!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work. Kudos to Becky and Tony. GREAT JOB

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Casual, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

This was our 23rd anniversary. Have been celebrating our anniversary at Michael Anthony's for the past several years. They started us off with free champagne and ended the evening with a free after dinner cocktail. Very nice. We seem to have the same waitress who remembers us from year to year. She is excellent and fun!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful food and service

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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Sorry to say we had not been to Michael Anthony's in in years. That is because we live on the north end of HHI. Well that was not a valid reason for not going in such along time. As we found out Friday night when we enjoyed a great meal. We enjoyed our time there and be we left the restaurant I made another reservation with in the next 30 days.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2018

One of Hilton Heads best restaurants. Authentic Italian food cooked to perfection. Excellent, knowledgeable wait staff. Always a treat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 2, 2018

This is REAL Italian food, the kind you eat when you are in Italy. The ingredients were fresh, the preparation exquisite. Every bite is one to savor. Service is excellent, and the ambience is quite good. I will definitely go back.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was very good especially the clams Appetizer and the Tagliolini alla Pescatore entree.

The service was outstanding.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 30, 2017

As usual, food was terrific and our server, Kat, was fantastic. We are never disappointed at Michael Anthony's. The entire staff is professional, polite and attentive.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Service and food were both incredible. PJ and Josh had excellent suggestions and were very attentive. Could not have had a better experience.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food. Great service. Great ambiance. Wine flights are excellent. Who could ask for more?

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Dinner upstairs, staff needs to carry up steps, could be dangerous, if trip on steps.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always something special. Food is spectacular, made only better by the outstanding staff . You can go there for every day dining or special occasion.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great as always! Food and service was Outstanding!!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food and atmosphere.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fabulous food, wine and service! ALWAYS visit Michael Anthony's at least twice the week we visit from Wisconsin! Must be one of the top Italian restaurants in the U.S.!!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food! Particularly liked that you can order 2 half portions of Pasta entrees allowing 2 totally different preparations and tastes. Wonderful staff.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 28, 2017

My husband and I came to Hilton Head for relaxing and eating good food after the holidays. After eating at Michael Anthony’s last year, it was on the top of our list!! Always hear the specials before choosing your entree!!! Wonderful cherries for purchase in their Market too!!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great family holiday dinner! Nicki and Kat were wonderful! Food was delicious!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Top class food, like in Europe/Italy. Highlight in Seapines.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Outstanding as always! Our server Nikki was Great!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We have dined at MA many times both for special occasions , and regular dining as well as special programs ie. wine tastings etc and we have never had such a poor dining experience as that evening which was to celebrate my birthday (12-24)of which they were notified and was not recognized in the usual way. We were greeted with , you are early( 7:25 for a 7:30 reservation )your table is not ready, we were escorted to table, it still was not set for a party of 3. The waiter though attentive was rushed spoke very quickly when informing of specials and did not make us feel welcome. Food delivery was very slow and when our pasta entrees arrived two of three were cold, my bucatini was stuck together and cold, other was cold and my wifes was hot, leads me to believe the two cold ones were sitting and not delivered too table after preparation (waiter). Both my wife and myself informed manager of all above, was receptive and promised my next dining visit, if there is another, would be exceptional. Needless to say we were extremely disappointed. Dinner for all three was 3 salads and 3 pasta dishes and a half bottle of wine with tip and taxes a $200.00 night, waaaaaaaaay over priced given our experience. Very disappointed,local resident

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were celebrating Christmas Eve. A wonderful evening with friends and fabulous food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My family and I had Christmas Eve dinner at Michael Anthony's. Everything about the evening was outstanding. Our server Lucy was the best!

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We chose this restaurant for an Italian Christmas Eve dinner, and weren't disappointed. The restaurant was busy (hence slightly slower service), crowded (husband was at a corner where waitstaff were passing through very close by) and therefore a bit noisy. All understandable given the circumstances, and food was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We have been here many times and this is the 1st time we were disappointed. We waited for a long time for our main course. My son had spaghetti carbonara and my husband had the scallops and they were very happy with their choices. Mine however was another matter. I chose 2 half portions one of a ravioli truffle dish and the other a fish spaghetti dish. The ravioli was perfect but the seafood was appalling. Ian came and offered to replace it but my family were all finished with their food and considering how long we waited we declined. They explained that they had a function upstairs that had caused problems!! They did take my dish of the check at the end but the whole experience was not enjoyable at all.

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

We took our kids (older) with their respective boyfriends/girlfriends and had a great time. Our server was fantastic with a great knowledge of the menu and food preparation. They also offer cooking classes which one of the kids bought us for a Christmas gift. Overall a phenomenal experience and we will definitely go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Reservations were easy to make. Once seated we asked if we could move to a booth instead of near the entrance. Great dining experience!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The fish special, corvina, was absolutely incredible!

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food was fantastic as always. The service was perfect
Our server Lucy was great. Looking after every detail.
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Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Excellent dining, food and service. Lucy is an excellent server.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Calamari was fresh and well prepared. We planned on splitting but the restaurant brought us separate half orders. This level of service keeps us coming back.
We both had the veal ravioli special which was excellent and the profiteroles were the perfect ending. Lucy, our server, is the best on HHI. Love this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This was a grat place. Service was outstanding. All the food was fantastic and very flavorful and well presented.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very special night celebrating my wife's birthday made even more special by the personalized attention of our server and sommelier, Jay. Everyone in attendance agreed it was one of the best dining experiences they had ever had. The food and wine was equally exceptional and considering the treatment, appropriately priced. We highly recommend Michael Anthony's.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was our second visit to this FINE restaurant-- it’s our favorite in Hilton Head.
I asked for a special appetizer than I had previously that wasn’t on the menu and they made it happen-- very nice!
The food is superb-- terrific pastas but great everything, as in the gorgonzola crusted filet.
Our waitress Kate was knowledgeable, friendly and very professional-- couldn’t have asked for more!

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Michael Anthony's is consistently excellent. The staff goes out of their way to accommodate your needs and make your experience excellent. We have been often and tried many different dishes without ever being disappointed. It is the best Italian restaurant on Hilton Head Island.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Not being from the area, it was a little difficult to find the location. In fact, for an out of towner it was deplorable. But find it we did. The food was prepared to your liking. Menu was diverse and delicious. Ordered the white fish on bed of spaghetti that was prepared with the lemon wine sauce and was presented well. The second person ordered the veal chop and a top NY steak restaurant couldn’t have done it better. Service was friendly and top of her game. Prices were surprising for the area. And I don’t mean low . Yes it was very good and yes it was on the expensive side.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 13, 2017

My go to Italian in HHI! Food is always outstanding along with the service.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We were there early on a weeknight and had the 3 course early bird meal. It was excellent. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Special on a certain white and red wine led me to assume they would be reduced price. They were not on the wine list but the price was a bit of a surprise at $60 a bottle.

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