About Red The Restaurant & Wine Boutique

The people Red attracted, they were the inspiration. The patrons of a wine boutique turned out to be people who were open to the finer experiences.

What a pleasure to fulfill their interests in fine food, good company and quality service. In rising to those requirements we found Red had become a restaurant, unique in its focus on the pleasure of an evening.

Wine was the starting point. Beyond the snobbery that once surrounded wine in America, Red let’s you explore, enjoy and fulfill your interest, your own way, using a serving instrument that’s unique to our region.

Please consider this your own invitation to join us for an evening soon.

1011 Fording Island Rd
Suite C105
Bluffton, SC 29910
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Global, International, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Best Buy Plaza

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 837-3747

Website:
http://www.blufftonred.com/

Executive Chef:
Heath Prosser

Private Party Facilities:
The Wine Room's rustic décor creates a refined atmosphere. Celebrate your gatherings in The Wine Room. This private room accommodates up to 8 guests. Or rent out the restaurant.

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Red The Restaurant & Wine Boutique Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

service

4.8

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4.8

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4.5

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Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Notable Wine List (30)
Creative Cuisine (25)
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Fit for Foodies (16)
Special Occasion (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Cozy (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Romantic (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Fun (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Business Meals (7)
Live Music (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Authentic (5)
Casual (4)
Tapas (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Great chef, great wait staff, great wines and listings, great seasonal specials, great owner. Visit Red! You WILL be quite pleased!

Tags: Late-night Find, Tapas, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

I am trying to think of another word that is better than OUTSTANDING. Chef Heath, along with his excellent staff--Gerry, our hostess, and Christie, our server--offers a very professional service and an authentic ambiance, amounting to a total dining experience. The delightful dinner entrees will make anyone happy, especially when accompanied by one of the fine suggested wine choices--a superb concept! While enjoying your meal, listening to the soothing music provided by Armand DeMille will only add to your contentment. Forget your diet and treat yourself to an array of elegantly prepared desserts.

Now, back to that word--OUTSTANDING. I still cannot think of a better word to describe this FANTASTIC restaurant. I will return soon and make another attempt!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food, wine and service was superdy dooper!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

salmon was delicious, wait staff were excellent and loved the ability to taste wines through the automatic dispensing process!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Unique fantastic dining experience. Great for wine lovers.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This is the third time we have eaten at Red, and the food and service have been outstanding every time. We went with friends for dinner on Thursday night, when there was a singer on a guitar. While we enjoyed the music, and the singer was very good and friendly, going to each table to ask for requests, the restaurant is small making it difficult to carry on a conversation during the performance. If the performer's sound level could be reduced, it would be ideal. Regardless, we will return for the food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great chef from New Zealand. Try his NZ Rack of Lamb or just sample small pours of many wines and order a cheese and charcuterie platter. You WILL come back!

Tags: Disabled Access, Cozy, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Healthy
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Service and quality of food was exceptional! Menu does not offer many choices but the selections it does offer are fantastic. A great way to sample from hundreds of fine wines and enjoy a wonderful night on the town.

Tags: Tapas, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We love Red !!! Wonderful staff and delicious food!! Great wine selection!!
It’s one of our favorites!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great little place that you’d pass by if you didn’t know about it. Excellent food- try the lamb. The chef is from New Zealand and it’s fantastic. You can buy a bottle of wine off their wine wall to have with dinner. Check this place out. It won’t disappoint!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This is becoming a favorite dining spot. Always have a large selection of wines. In addition, one can sample any number of wines in their various stations, by using their wine card. Always a lot of fun. While the menu is not extensive, the selections change every few months, and even the old favorites are changed up for variety. The food is always good and presentation is good. The staff are quite friendly and down to earth.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had an excellent experience with The Red. Started off with our server, Laura. She was fantastic throughout. The food was excellent. My wife had the Veal Chop special and I had the seared salmon. Both dishes were superb. We highly recommend this restaurant and we will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Service here is excellent, and the wine machines are a fun way to try different wines. The food, however, was pricey and flavorless. I had the beef short ribs in a bread bowl - It was one large short rib on top of a roll which it dwarfed. Really strange - Why call it a bread bowl?? The short rib was very tender, but devoid of flavor. My husband had lamb which he ordered medium - It was well-done, and also flavorless. He said it was one of the worst lamb dishes he's ever had. It was $36.00. Our dinner companions had the veal special and salmon. The veal was reportedly tough and tasteless. The salmon was cooked medium, as ordered, and reportedly tasted good, so the only meal out of the 4 that was acceptable. The bill was over $200.00 for 4 meals, wine and bruschetta appetizer that was very good. We will not return - There are too many choices in this area to settle for expensive, flavorless cuisine.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 24, 2017

First time here, but not the last.
Great service and food and spectacular wines. You can order a nice steak and a $1500 bottle of 2013 Harlan Estate. Not many places in Bluffton have either.

Go and enjoy. We loved it (and did not order the Harlan).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent experience, as always. Does not disappoint.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great meal and wine!!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always incredible food, great chef from New Zealand, inventive dishes or choose your own cheeses and meats into a nice platter and just enjoy the wide array of high quality wines. This is a hidden gem with the nicest people, the most attentive service and the opportunity to sample a lot of wines in small amounts while you look for that perfect tasting. The New Zealand rack of lamb is unbelievable but the chef's specials also deliver. The most recent was Maine Lobster in Ravioli. Whoa!

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We loved it. Food, wine, service and atmosphere were all spot on. We will be back going back soon.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We met some friends visiting Hilton Head at RED for dinner. We had a great time tasting a big variety of wines. Shared the Escargot appetizer and got into a few bottles of an awesome French Minervois red wine blend.

The chef's special Veal Chop entree, the wild-caught Scottish salmon and a couple entree salads followed. All wonderfully presented.

Our server was helpful and bright. A great evening !

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

We went on spur of the moment. Was able to get a regular table. They also have high tables. I had beef and hubby had salmon. Both excellent. Shared a dessert as the waitress said it would feed two. She was right! Wine menu had great variety. The atmosphere was subdued and conversation at other tables could not be overheard. A wonderful place and would go again.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fun
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We love everyone who works there!! The service is the best in the area and the food is amazing!! We plan on taking our friends and family when they visit.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Had dinner with friends 10/28/17. Live fairly close by, but had not noticed it until seeing the restaurant in the Top Ten Restaurants in the Hilton Head /Bluffton area. We are glad we went. Started off with escargot (a dozen!) washed down with prosecco. Excellent. We than had the "red" Caesar salad (with some cherry tomatoes included). Then had the glazed duck with mashed potatoes & broccoli. Superb. Washed that down with some pinot noir (Simi). Both were very good. The chef (from New Zealand) and his wife (our waitress) came out, and we had an extended discussion. Very nice folks. Many other delectable looking dishes. We shall be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great food, wine sampling, by the glass or bottle. Service was spot on. Dining areas were nicely appointed. We plan on returning.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We had dinner here with friends recently. All 4 of us commented about the food and the overall experience. It was all outstanding. We will definitely return.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Red makes a good impression when you first walk in, a wall of wine, an interesting combination of high top and regular height tables and what looks like a private dining room at one end of property.
The wines by the glass were highlights of the lunch. Both were very drinkable and fairly priced. The soup would likely have been very good if they had backed off on the amount of spicy Italian sausage. It was so hot that I couldn't taste the rest of the ingredients nor my glass of Red without rinsing my mouth with cold water after every spoonful. The sandwich was too thick to use a knife and fork and too overflowing and oily to use your hands happily but it tasted ok.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 5, 2017

My wife and I had a truly wonderful meal. We heard the chef is from New Zealand, so we both ordered the rack of lamb. The lamb was outstanding . . . very tender, flavorful and cooked to perfection, as were the accompanying veggies. We also tried the French onion soup at the recommendation of another diner. Also out of this world. An extensive but not daunting wine list. It is easy to try a variety of wines w/out breaking the bank. Service was excellent. Although located in a strip mall, the restaurant itself is a small, very pleasant venue; an appropriate setting for a nice dinner out / special occasions. Very reasonably priced given the food quality. Highly recommended for anyone in and around Hilton Head.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Another pleasant evening at Red. We were a table of four. Our meal was well prepare and the service was excellent. Good wine menu as well.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Absolutely amazing. Good food and service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Everything about "Red" was fabulous. Two waitresses, one very quiet and gentle the other was
a bundle of enthusiasm. We will return soon and recommend it to friends. I thought the Bruschetta was the best I have ever had. My date loved the Salmon and I thought the Escargot was perfect. All in it was a five star event .

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

I had a 4-cheese platter, which was delicious and included olives and pickles. I also could have chosen sausage with it. My Pinot Noir was delicious. It was quite expensive though. Understandable for good wine, but more than I would ordinarily spend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Really clever way to try multiple nice wines - so made it a fun experience. Food was very good. Ambience much improved under the new ownership. Service was great. Really nice dining experience

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Come for the wine choices, where you can purchase a debit card and sample three different size pouring of top red and white wines approximating 50 selections. But you will leave in awe of the food. The chef, here from New Zealand is quite talented. Many nights there will be a special or two but either way, the rack of lamb, short ribs or salmon will definitely make you very happy. Coming early for unwinding with some wine samplers and a snack? Oh, the artisanal cheese and meat choices will wow you. Try it, you'll see!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Disabled Access, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We have never been disappointed at RED. The wine selection is excellent and priced within reason. The fact that you can select the size of your pour from the wine keeper is also notable.

The set menu is always enhanced by the daily specials. Whether we are there for lunch or dinner, it has always been a very pleasant experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on September 14, 2017

always great one of our favorites chef is fantastic

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Totally renovated earlier this year, the Red, The restaurant and Wine Boutique looks like a slice of Toscana once you enter. The chef, from New Zealand, is beyond incredible. From cheese plates to meat plates on to specials such as Veal Chops and local fish dishes, you will be pleasantly surprised. Yes, this IS a wine boutique and one of the best you will ever see. Get yourself a prepaid card and sample away. But in the end, when you leave, you will be saying "Wow! The Food Here Is Unbelievable!"

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great food and great staff

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 26, 2017

A pleasantly small venue, nicely appointed, we felt very comfortable there with a unique, & orderly system for wine lovers from tasters to full fledged drinkers....You are able to select your own wines from small tastes to full glasses choosing from 36 whites, & 36 reds ...The food was top notch & the service was excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 5, 2017

This is a great option for wine connoisseurs and foodies. The portions are generous. Expect to spend over $22 per entree and $8.00 and up for a 6-ounce glass of wine. There is also the fun option to do wine tastings. Appetizers run $11.00 and up . Because the portions are generous, you can make a meal out of them. We are partial to the escargot, mussels, cappucino and creme brulee. They also offer a wonderful selection of cheese plates.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 29, 2017

This was our second visit and the renovations are very well done. Such a beautiful atmosphere for a nice intimate evening. We were greeted, seated on time and ordered from the new summer menu. My husband had the duck special and I had the bruschetta and avocado salad with shrimp and crab. What a wine selection! Our meals were very enjoyable and the chef came out to introduce himself. The staff was attentive and overall really enjoyed our experience. We will definitely be back!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 25, 2017

I've been to RED for lunch and for dinner within this past week. First time since new ownership. Lunch was quite good however, service is very slow. Dinner was with 3 other couples. We reserved their 8 person dining room and that was perfect. Dinner menu is limited and was not very appealing to most of the men. Again, service was very slow. Having mentioned slow service I must add that the staff was very nice. My husband would not go back but I would for lunch but not for dinner (unless I want to eat alone!). I hope they will be successful and overcome their growing pains. Their on-site manager, Ginger, is an asset to the restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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