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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Hilton Head

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Hilton Head? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Octagon - Palmetto Bluff restaurant
4.8
4.8 (70)
$31 to $50
American
Bluffton
About the restaurant
Octagon welcomes guests to a lively gathering place where tales are told, laughter lingers in the air, and nothing is taken too seriously. Cocktails, food and life are shared in this social hub. A namesake to the “Octagon House,” one of the first plantation homes that stood on the Bluff in years prior to the Wilson era, Octagon features sharable bites, classic cocktails with a creative twist, locally crafted beers and our Signature barrel-aged Artillery Punch.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 30, 2024
It was a very nice experience. Drinks were good. Food was good beautiful hotel.
A photo of Bowdies Chophouse - Hilton Head restaurant
4.8
4.8 (779)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
Bowdie's Chophouse is a quaint and cozy chophouse featuring prime steaks, gourmet cocktails, and a delicious wine list! Situated in the heart of Hilton Head Island, Bowdie’s delivers exquisite steakhouse cuisine, exceptional drinks, and unparalleled service for a luxury experience you won't forget. Ideal for date nights, business dinners, late night cocktails, and a great meal after a round of golf, it’s the type of high-class steakhouse that will leave you wanting more.

Our new steakhouse in Hilton Head, South Carolina has quickly become rated as one of the best steakhouses in the area, thanks to not only our high-quality, hand-cut prime steaks and seafood, but the high-class experience we strive to offer with every visit. Our Hilton Head steakhouse offers indoor seating only, private dining (up to 30), wine lockers, bar seating (full service), and booth and table seating.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Food and service were both excellent.
A photo of Red Fish - Hilton Head restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5397)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
Red Fish specializes in excellent seafood and steaks. A recipient of Wine Spectator Magazine's Best of Award of Excellence since 2001, Red Fish offers over 1300 wines from around the world for you to choose in our retail shop to enjoy with your meal (with a small corkage fee) or to take home.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Delicious and great service! Expensive but worth the cost
A photo of Saltus River Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3651)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Beaufort
About the restaurant
We are now booking reservations for parties of up to 4 people online! Please call the restaurant at (843)379-3474 to make a reservation for parties of 5 or more people. All reservations are held for inside as outdoor seating is weather permitting. Comments specifying seating preferences are honored if and when available. We will try to honor all requests, but they are not guaranteed. We look forward to serving you soon!

Saltus River Grill is a unique, and exciting restaurant in historic downtown Beaufort, South Carolina. With a grand view of the Intracoastal Waterway from its Sonoma-style patio or from the expansive full-service bar and dining room, this sizzling contemporary seafood grill combines the atmosphere of a chic Manhattan eatery with the historic charm found only in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

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Otto
Dined 6 days ago
The waitress provided impeccable service and was extremely helpful throughout the evening.
A photo of Ruby Lee's restaurant
4.6
4.6 (300)
$31 to $50
Southern
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
The new Ruby Lee’s on Wild Horse!
The new Ruby Lee’s offers more of what patrons of Hilton Head Island have come to love and expect in the past: delicious southern cooking and a comfortable yet stimulating atmosphere that offers the perfect way to enjoy sports or outstanding blues, jazz and soul from local and regional artists. If you’re not familiar with Ruby Lee’s, it’s a locally owned restaurant, started by Tim Singleton (known to Low-country residents as an athlete and head coach). The restaurant is named for Singleton’s late grandmother who is the inspiration for the Southern-style menu. The new and revamped version of the original; yet it still captures the Southern feel-good themes that have an uncanny way of making you hungry for fried chicken, shrimp and grits, corn bread, and sweet tea the moment you walk in the door. If, for some reason, you’re not quite ready to eat after walking in the door of Ruby Lee’s, you’ll notice a pang of hunger once you look at the menu.
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Bistate8
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
This is a local favorite where visitors are welcomed. The setting is comfortable and service is friendly & fast. Great food, cooked to perfection. I was there to also listen to the live band which was as so much fun.
A photo of OKKO Hilton Head restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1763)
$30 and under
Japanese
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
⚠️❗️❗️PLEASE READ!! Please leave a note to tell us if you would like HIBACHI GRILL or REGULAR TABLE. If you did not make the reservation at least 14 DAYS PRIOR or did not specify what kind of table you want, we CANNOT guarantee a hibachi grill table for you. Default seating would be regular tables.

We have a 15-minute cancellation policy with no exceptions.

Hibachi tables are set at 30-minute time slots
4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm, 9:00pm.
If you reserve a time slot that is booked up, we will call you.

All parties with 1-13 people (including infants and children) will have a 1.5hr turn overtime.

OKKO Hilton Head specializes in contemporary Japanese and Thai cuisine. The atmosphere is sleek and upscale. We offer the best authentic Asian cuisine on Hilton Head. We offer a wide array of choices from sushi and sashimi to Thai curry. Or watch our hibachi chef prepare your meal to order from a selection of fresh meats, seafood, and vegetables.

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DarylFvip
Dined 4 days ago
This place was awesome! The sushi was fantastic and the price was very reasonable!
A photo of Calhoun Street Tavern restaurant
4.4
4.4 (268)
$30 and under
Southern
Bluffton
About the restaurant
A comfortable room where fine spirits are drank, laughs are had, and stories are told. A public house for travelers and locals alike. Cold beer, classic cocktails, and familiar faces are just the start of it.

We strive to offer Old Town Bluffton, SC a timeless neighborhood watering hole just a couple blocks from the bluff. Paired with a chef driven menu of southern plates, thoughtful service and comforting lowcountry classic food.

After a swell day on the river or a rough one at work, bring a friend or come alone. Whatever you do... pull up a stool and stay awhile.

You are home.
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PaulS
Dined 3 days ago
Stumbled upon Calhoon Street Tavern on our first visit to Bluffton. Have been to dinner and fully enjoyed the entertainment, staff and guests on every visit. A gem in beautiful South Carolina that will have us returning again and again and,... who know - choose the area as our retirement destination!
A photo of Chophouse 119 restaurant
4.4
4.4 (353)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
Chophouse 119 pays homage to the original New York dining experience, the Steakhouse. We have captured the nostalgic glamour of yesteryear and adapted the ambiance to today’s modern society. Chophouse 119 combines bold flavors and a unique style to create a twist on American classics.

Prime steaks, exceptional seafood, pastas, roasted chicken and signature dishes, showcase the bold, vibrant flavors this team are known for delivering. Our restaurant sources from the finest meat purveyors finding seasonal and local ingredients that bring our unique dishes to life.

The intimate Bar 119 is a lively meeting place offering new spins on the classics, as well as innovative bespoke and craft cocktails.

Offering a new spin on the classics with the experience we are all looking for, don’t miss the ultimate night out.
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BradOvip
Dined 4 days ago
This was our best meal on the island. We’ve been here 2 weeks, and tried chophouse this evening, and it was so delicious. Servers were great as well. Ambiance and music were perfect.
A photo of Tio's Latin America Kitchen restaurant
4.2
4.2 (182)
$30 and under
Latin / Spanish
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
Chef Lynden Zuniga grew up in Honduras, CA and worked in kitchens through high school to pay rent. He quickly realized making people happy through his cooking would be his lifelong passion. Shortly after marrying his wife Sally, they dreamt of their concept of Tio's and in 2018 it became a reality!

Quality matters. We're committed to serve the highest quality steak, pork, chicken, and seafood. Our proteins are always fresh- sourced locally and domestically across the United States.

You'll hear the sizzle of the grill in our open kitchen as each meal is made to order. Pairing our high-quality proteins with our delicious salsas and vegetables, rice, beans, and tortillas is a winning combination. We pride ourselves on making great tasting food made with simple ingredients.

You might be entering Tio's for the first time as a guest, but we hope you leave as a friend. We hope you enjoy your experience. Thank you for dining with us.

Cheers,
Lynden & Sally Zuniga
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ScottV
Dined 3 days ago
All food choices were very good. Started with guacamole and chips. The steak pinchas were skewers of excellent beef with a spicy slaw. Entrees were Seafood Paella.and the Cuban plate. Large portions and good quality. Service was good and we will be back.
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A photo of Rockfish Seafood and Steaks at Bomboras restaurant
3.5
3.5 (942)
$30 and under
Seafood
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
Sit back and relax and enjoy Rockfish Seafood and Steaks at Bomboras where even the locals feel like they are on vacation. Rockfish Seafood and Steaks is Cincinnati owned and operated (who dey!), serving low country cuisine with a modern twist. Rockfish Seafood and Steaks features a full bar with craft beer and cocktails with an extensive wine list.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
It was delicious! Very family friendly, adaptable, and kind!
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