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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Hilton Head

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 HogsHead Kitchen & Wine Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (424)
$31 to $50
Southern
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
Known as one of the best scratch kitchens in the area, HogsHead offers guests fresh and innovative cuisine, along with Lowcountry staples like chicken & waffles and shrimp & grits, all with the best staff in town. Ask them to recommend their favorite handcrafted cocktail or expertly pair wine from the extensive by the glass or bottle list to complement your dinner.

The ever-present Chef/Owner and Philly native John Pashak has been nominated for four James Beard Awards in the Mid-Atlantic area. All the sauces, dressings, desserts and even focaccia bread are made daily from his handwritten recipes. Local fresh catch and filet specials are offered nightly along with the full menu which includes gluten-free options.

Top review
amandas
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing food! Best Mac and cheese for both adults and kids. Wait staff was short-staffed but she was excellent despite the circumstance!
A photo of Pomodori - Hilton Head restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1604)
$31 to $50
Italian
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
Due to the intimacy of our Restaurant and to guarantee your dining experience reservations are almost always required all year long.

Please be mindful when booking reservations. If you select "outdoor seating" you will be dining on our screened in patio. Requests for bar seating can only be made by calling the restaurant - not through reserving times on Open Table. For same day reservations please call the restaurant after 3:00 for the most up to date availability!

Our Food is Fresh, Our Wines are Old, Our Recipes are Timeless, Our Family is Yours.

Grazie,
Amanda

Top review
LeslieS
Dined 2 days ago
We love this place. Spot on every time. I do suggest reservations because it’s a smaller place and fills up fast. Great service and the food is amazing!
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4.7
4.7 (691)
$31 to $50
Italian
Burton
About the restaurant
Please join us for an authentic Italian experience under the direction of Chef Luca, a natural-born and raised Italian from Naples. The menus will change with the seasons as only the freshest ingredients will be utilized from neighboring farms and local resources. In addition to a unique food presentation, you will experience a choreographed table service like no other. From the point of your reservation to the seating of your table, it is our goal to take you to the vineyards and cobblestone markets of Italy.
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SheriAnnvip
Dined 1 day ago
The restaurant located in Habersham is a hidden oasis in Beaufort county. We loved the ambience and the service especially our waitress who was perfect. We shared some appetizers which although were delicious, were very overpriced. Our salads were tiny and my garden salad sat in a pool of water. The main courses were fantastic and made us understand why people rave about this restaurant. I would definitely return to try some of the other items on the menu. We highly recommend the piccata both chicken and veal and the seafood with pasta
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4.6
4.6 (1135)
$30 and under
American
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
LagerHead is not your typical tavern; Chef Michael Toscano, a James Beard “Rising Star Chef” Semi-Finalist, inspires the dining experience at LagerHead Tavern. The name and décor for LagerHead were inspired by the indigenous Loggerhead Sea Turtle and the natural beauty of Hilton Head Island. Developed by Chef Toscano, the menu showcases southern comfort food with a twist, using fresh, regional ingredients and features signature items such as our House-Smoked Chicken Wings and the Low Country Reuben featuring in house pulled pork and smoked ham. The Grilled Salmon Salad is completely unique in that we use fresh grilled salmon that we prepare every morning. Fresh Grilled Oysters are also a Lagerhead Staple, shucked fresh per order and prepared using garlic butter and breadcrumbs for an oyster packed full of low country flavor!!
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HHILadyvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great for a casual family dinner. Staff were attentive and the food came out hot, fresh and delicious.
A photo of The Pearl restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2741)
$30 and under
Seafood
Bluffton
About the restaurant
Bringing to Old Town Bluffton a bright, fresh take on the dining experience, The Pearl Kitchen & Bar will please your palate with the freshest of ingredients prepared in a manner that will excite, entice, and keep you coming back for more.
Top review
JohnSvip
Dined 3 days ago
Our dinner with family and friends was awesome as always Nate our server was awesome. We love having dinner here
A photo of Wren Bistro & Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1285)
$30 and under
American
Beaufort
About the restaurant
Wren Bistro & Bar is a hip neighborhood restaurant that boasts a relaxing, yet upscale environment. We serve delectible dishes with locally grown ingredients, unique micro brews and carefully selected wines. Wren is located in the heart of historic downtown Beaufort, South Carolina. Join us for lunch or dinner, or have a relaxing beverage at our inviting bar. See you soon!
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MarceaG
Dined 6 days ago
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening! We’ve been to The Wren for lunch many times, but never dinner. It was wonderful! Everyone enjoyed their meals and have already talked about the next time.
A photo of Frankie Bones - Bluffton restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2139)
$30 and under
American
Bluffton
About the restaurant
A walk through the doors into the fabulous Frankie Bones Restaurant & Lounge takes you back to the carefree style of the early 1960s and t's restaurants in the big cities across America. Frankie Bones serves coveted American-Italian cuisine seven days a week and is located next to WiseGuys on Main Street on Hilton Head Island and off Buckwalter Parkway in Bluffton. Lunch at Frankie Bones is about signature sandwiches, homemade soups, fresh seafood, crisp flatbreads, entrée salads, and premium pasta dishes. Always fresh and always fabulous! Served from 11 AM until 4 PM, Monday through Saturday, Frankie Bones is the perfect atmosphere for a business or family lunch.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Dakota was our server and he was absolutely amazing! One of the best restaurant experiences I’ve had. Highly recommend.
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4.4
4.4 (108)
$30 and under
Latin American
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
We are excited to be open and bring you a taste of our take on Latin American Food.

Proudly brought to you by the owners of Jane Bistro and Bar

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Most beautiful experience. The decor in the restaurant is breathtaking. The food is delicious. The atmosphere is delectable.
A photo of Nick's Steak and Seafood restaurant
4.2
4.2 (19)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
"The smells, the sights, the sounds...we come together over food and as family"
Josh, Katie and JJ welcome you to Nick's Steak and Seafood. For the past 20 years we have been happy to bring high quality dining in a relaxed casual atmosphere to Hilton Head Island. With “Something for Everyone” the entire family will be able to find that one dish that they can’t live without. From hand cut Steaks, delicious local Seafood, tempting Pasta dishes, specialty Sandwiches and an extensive Kids Menu; everyone EATS happy.

Top review
Brent
Dined 6 days ago
I’ve been to Nick’s multiple times over the years. It never disappoints and will keep coming back. Food is delicious and served quickly if you’re in a hurry and will also slow it down if you want to enjoy. Great place.
A photo of Calhoun Street Tavern restaurant
4.2
4.2 (275)
$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.

Top review
LisaH
Dined 7 days ago
The food at Calhoun’s is delicious! It’s become one of our favorite places. Great cocktails, too!
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