The Market Cafe at Michael Anthony's

4.8
316 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
The Market Cafe is quite simply an Italian market and a casual small plate restaurant joined together in one! All of our pasta and pizza dough is handmade in-house daily and we use the freshest and highest quality ingredients in all of our dishes.

During the day, we offer a delicious sandwich and pizza menu. In the evening, the Market is transformed into a cozy intimate trattoria with a small plate menu to satisfy every appetite.

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1retiredlady
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time eating here, first time outside, which was lovely. Our waiter Logan was very helpful, and the food was delicious. We appreciated the chef and manager coming by to make sure we enjoyed our dinner. The red snapper special was very good, as was the chicken parmigiana. Will definitely be back!

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MarkS
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great change of pace from Michael Anthony’s main restaurant with equally good food. Nice casual atmosphere. We had one issue: Our server got one order wrong for our table.

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vipJosephD
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great Happy Hour menu experience. The drinks are very good and a steal at a $6 price point. The calamari appetizer is the best on the island as it is fresh and not at all greasy. The pizzas were great - white and pepperoni, this time, and Logan’s service was exemplary. Everything came out promptly, which is unusual given the staff shortages that are prevalent these days.

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vipMaxlucy
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The happy hour specials at The Market Cafe are one of the best kept secrets on the island! It runs from 4:30 to 6:00. The thin crust white pizza was amazing!

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LaLa
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a new find for us. A casual but elegant dining experience.

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JoeW
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I would make the small pasta plates a little bigger-pasta is in expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner, just simply outstanding on every level.

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vipDelightfulDiner
Charleston
24 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a light pre-theater meal. The small plates were just the right amount of food, and were very tasty. The service was efficient and we were able to make it to the theater in plenty of time.
We are looking forward to going back and also trying some of the market meals

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Every bit of it!! Nice background music, great service, unforgettable food.
Can’t wait to go back.

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vipChristineA
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! I had the wreckfish special and my husband had the tagliatelle Ragu. Our service was great, we had Hunter and he was training Hannah. I also love how the chef, Will, comes out every time we are there to check on our meals. Now that we are part time owners on HHI, we still like to eat out a lot but sometimes like a lighter atmosphere. The Cafe at Michael Anthony’s is always on our list, usually twice in our two weeks stays!

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ChristopherD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fabulous! The portion sizes are perfect and the food is out of this world. My wife and I would highly recommend this restaurant to anybody.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best kept secret on island. Amazing food and experience.

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DavidK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at the Market Café and we weren't disappointed. The Market Café has some of the best pasta sauce we have ever had, the bolognaise sauce is fantastic, the arrabiata sauce is even better!
This is a must stop on Hilton Head Island!
Might be the best Italian I have ever had !

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vipMichael
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We so enjoyed our evening at MA Cafe. Morgan our service was wonderful and our food was outstanding. It was our anniversary and they made us feel extra special!! Don't miss this spot in HH!!

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SabrinaW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was by far our favorite meal on HHI. The food was delicious, the staff and service were amazing. We cannot wait to go back!

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vipgeorgek
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and even better service!! Loved it!!!

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vipBonnieH
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pasta was really good

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vipWonderful
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

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vipShawn
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was such a nice find. Casual Italian eatery with such tasty meals. We shared the margarita personal homemade pizza for an appetizer and it was one of the best handmade pizzas we ever had. The fish of the day was excellently prepared. If you want a quality meal in a causal atmosphere this is the place for you. The chef even checked in with us to make sure we liked our meals and the manager checked in on us a couple to times to make sure the food and service was good. We will go back next time we are on Hilton Head! So delicious!

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vipNYgirl
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about our dinner. Great service and wonderful food. The chef came out at the end of our dinner to check with each table how our dinner was. Very nice touch. This place will not disappoint. Definitely a new favorite!

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Marknews
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was excellent. Pacing of the meal was spot on. Great service.

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vipJosephD
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good happy hour experience. The food is great, the prices are reasonable, and we had great service from Hunter. The servings are enough for a light dinner.

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vipBethB
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten both inside and out on the porch. Prefer the porch, but tables inside spread well apart. Great small plates. Remember to take home some frozen pasta, lasagna and sauce from the coolers

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MarianB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were celebrating our anniversary and Michael Anthony’s gave us each a complimentary glass of Prosecco! Lovely.

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vipTraveler
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderfully fresh, portion sizes were perfect. Cafe decor was charming (red checked tablecloths), ledge-stone accents, faux wine barrel wall. Service attentive. Stay for dessert… gelato and affogato are out of this world. Wish we lived nearby, we’d come often!

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CindyMc
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going to The Market Place..food consistently wonderful and the menu is perfect for lunch. I meet friends at The Market Place often..it has become my go to for lunch.

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berg13
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time dining at The Marketplace but won’t be the last. The manager, Kat, made us feel welcome. Our server was new to the job but went out of his way to find out answers to our questions. I love that you can have a delicious meal and then purchase some goodies to take home. Highly recommend.

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vipMaryannR
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the staff amazing. We had a great time celebrating the anniversary with our friends. Thanks

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vipJosephD
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for the happy hour and had great starters and two personal pizzas. We took almost a full pizza home – – excellent food and a great value. And, great service as always!

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SCLIZARD
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is just superb! Fried calamari cannot be better. Very lightly bettered. Entrees delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, staff was very kind. Highly recommend.

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MaryM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have had dinner at Michael Anthony's Market Cafe a number of times and taken other people who have not been there before. Last night I took a couple of very good friends and they loved it. The food was excellent from drinks and salads to deserts. Service was perfect.This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Hilton Head area. A hidden gem.

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Talia
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food, lovely ambiance & upbeat employees. Would highly recommend Market Cafe for a wonderful experience.

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vipJosephD
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We attended the happy hour which started right after Labor Day. A great value along with great food and service. Yet another superb experience at our favorite restaurant on HHI!

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vipBonnieH
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great!!!

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KathyN
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the casual atmosphere of the Market Cafe, and the food is wonderful. I ordered the swordfish special this evening. It was served over a spinach risotto and it was to die for!!! The fish was cooked to perfection and the sauce was the best I have ever had. My husband ordered the Lasagna, which he loved, but after tasting a bite of my swordfish, he wished he had ordered that as well. Chef Will spoke with us at our table and explained how carefully he cooked the swordfish so it would not be dry. He is indeed a MASTER!

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vipmlthg
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will definitely be back.

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KGH1
Savannah
22 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonder service and food. Love the small bites portions .. great for group tasting too. Atmosphere very cozy.

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HHIregular
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the BLT and Caprese sandwiches were delicious! They were served on warm crusty baguettes with a tasty side of an antipasto-like pasta salad. The service was prompt and the waiter cordial and helpful.

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vipJosephD
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Once again, the food and service was excellent. Halibut special and special sausage pizza were both outstanding, the service is super friendly and responsive.

FAQs

The Market Cafe at Michael Anthony's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 785-6272.

The Market Cafe at Michael Anthony's is rated 4.8 stars by 316 OpenTable diners.

The Market Cafe at Michael Anthony's does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://michael-anthonys.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.