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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4.6

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4.3

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (61)
Good for Anniversaries (59)
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Notable Wine List (48)
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Creative Cuisine (34)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Worth the Drive (31)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Cozy (23)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Bar Seating (18)
Business Meals (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Comfort Food (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Casual (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Fun (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Seasonal (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (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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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Absolutely great service and great food. Don’t miss eating here.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We were celebrating a life event which I made note of in special request section on open table. The staff read it and made us feel very special all night long. We love this restaurant and will go again and again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

It was the first time our friends dined at Michael Anthony’s. They loved it and we were not disappointed it was a perfect night and you now have 2 more people that will return to Michael Anthony’s.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was our second visit and even better than the first experience several years ago. The staff were professional and friendly. Will try to dine here on each visit to HHI.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We have been to Micheal Anthonys many times, and have always had a great dining experience, however, last evening something was off. They were extremely busy, and perhaps the kitchen could not keep up. We dined with another couple, and had a long wait between our appetizer, and main meal. Two of the orders came out and several minutes went by before the final two dinners were served. Unfortunately the meat was raw and inedible. Also the pasta dish that came out first was cold by the time the second round of dinners appeared.
The owner came to our table and apologized, as well as generously comping the entire meal.
We will go back, and look forward to a more satisfying dining experience next time.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food and service is always outstanding. I had the scallops with gnocchi, it was very good. The scallops were extremely tender.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 21, 2017

No detail lost. The quality of service, drink and food is incomparable to any other restaurant on this island.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Always an excellent time at Michael Anthony’s! We love coming here every time we visit Hilton Head. The service is always perfect, the food and drink are on point and the ambiance is wonderful. We enjoyed the Veal and the steak, the sausage and pasta, the tuna carpaccio and the beef carpaccio! And to top it off, we had the chocolate soufflé which was amazing! We always look forward to coming back to Michael Anthony’s!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

One of the best places to eat in Hilton Head . The food was phenomenal.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Everything was outstanding

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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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