Must-Try Lowcountry Restaurants

Crab on the Coast

To gaze upon Daufuskie Island’s spectacular sunset views, while dining on fresh seafood at its best, head to the Old Daufuskie Crab Company – just a short ferry ride away from Hilton Head Island or Savannah. Shuck your own oysters at the roasting pit, feast on fresh-caught shrimp, or try the Crab Company’s homemade burgers for a true Southern delight. The extensive menu offers a long list of down-home cooking options including fried okra, hush puppies, and the local specialty, Daufuskie devil crab. The family friendly atmosphere set along the marina will have you coming back again and again.

Quaint, Cozy, Scrumptious – One Quintessential Location

The Cottage Café and Bakery serves up scrumptious food with a side of old-world Southern charm—much like the town it calls home – Bluffton, South Carolina. The Cottage is a delicious lunch and breakfast spot, with selections varying from shrimp & grits with eggs to Cajun jambalaya and a signature Monte Cristo sandwich. They even serve dinner on Friday and Saturday nights! We recommend making it your go-to for Sunday brunch while you’re here. Then, pick up some of their fabulous fresh-baked pies, cakes, tarts, scones and cookies to enjoy later at your vacation rental or resort (if they even make it that far)!

An Island Favorite

One of the most loved restaurants in Hilton Head Island, Alexander’s is serving up seasonally-inspired cuisine and locally-caught seafood in an upscale-yet-cozy atmosphere. The menu pays tribute to many classic Lowcountry favorites like stuffed flounder, shrimp and grits, and wiener schnitzel. Delighting diners since 1977, Alexander’s is open for early dining and dinner, seven nights a week

Farm to Table

Bluffton restaurant FARM subscribes to the philosophy that every dish we eat has a story behind it. Partnering with local farmers and purveyors, they offer refined cuisine inspired by the seasonal bounty of local produce available on the Island. Whether you go for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch, Chef Brandon Carter— South Carolina’s Chef Ambassador for 2019—is sure to have something special in store.

Crazy Good Crab

Indulge in a unique waterfront dining experience at the Crazy Crab Harbour Town. The menu is derived from Lowcountry recipes, including their award-winning Alaskan snow crab legs—an absolute must-try. And, with an onsite playground, live music, and unobstructed Island sunset views, The Crazy Crab is a warm escape for the whole family.

Beachside Brunch

Located at the new Sea Pines Beach Club, Coast  specializes in fresh, local sea fare and stunning oceanfront views. Take Sunday brunch to the beach with a menu of classics like chicken and waffles, fried chicken biscuits, and shrimp and grits paired with mimosas, bloody marys and bubbly.

La Dolce Vita

Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana boasts classic Italian cuisine alongside an award-winning wine list and fine-dining service. Savor hand-made pasta, succulent veal, and mouth-watering house made desserts. Wish you could eat like this at home? Lucky for you, Michael Anthony’s houses a state-of-the-art cooking school with weekly classes open to novice cooks and culinary enthusiasts alike. Mangia!

Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Daufuskie Island all offer culinary experiences like no other. Don’t forget to pack your appetite next time you vacation in Lowcountry!