Where To Eat After Your Hilton Head Kayak Tour

You’ll find plenty of great dining options on Hilton Head Island that are just minutes away from Kayak Hilton Head. If you’re feeling hungry when you get back from your kayak adventure, these are some of the best spots to grab a bite.

Black Marlin Bayside Grill

Nestled near the shores, Black Marlin Bayside Grill offers a serene dining experience with a picturesque view of the water. Their menu is a celebration of the sea, featuring an array of fresh seafood dishes like their signature Lowcountry boil and seared scallops. The Hurricane Bar, a highlight of the restaurant, is famous for its innovative cocktail menu. The ambiance is both elegant and relaxed, making it an ideal spot for a leisurely meal after a day of kayaking.

Black Marlin Bayside Grill
86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843-785-4950
www.blackmarlinhhi.com

Nectar Farm Kitchen Hilton Head

A gem for those who treasure fresh, organic cuisine, Nectar Farm Kitchen is a testament to the farm-to-table movement. This charming eatery is known for its rustic yet refined atmosphere, offering a menu that changes with the seasons to reflect the freshest local produce. Dishes like heirloom tomato salad and house-made ricotta gnocchi are not only delicious but also beautifully presented, offering a feast for both the palate and the eyes.

Nectar Farm Kitchen Hilton Head
35 Office Park Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843-682-2337
www.nectarfarmkitchen.com

Holy Tequila

Holy Tequila is a vibrant and colorful restaurant where traditional Mexican flavors meet modern culinary techniques. It’s a perfect place for those who enjoy a lively atmosphere combined with gourmet Mexican cuisine. Their tacos, ranging from classic to inventive, are a highlight, and the tequila selection is second to none. The energetic ambiance, accentuated by eclectic decor, makes it a fun spot to unwind and relish unique flavors.

Holy Tequila
33 Office Park Road Suite 228, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843-681-8226
www.holytequila.com

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CharBar Co.

CharBar Co. is a haven for burger enthusiasts, offering a wide range of gourmet burgers, each with its unique twist. The restaurant has a laid-back, yet trendy vibe, with a focus on high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients. Their craft beer selection complements the menu, featuring local and national brews. The interior is stylish and comfortable, creating a welcoming environment for a casual dining experience.

CharBar Co.
33 Office Park Road Suite 213, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843-785-2427
www.charbarhhi.com

One Hot Mama’s HHI

One Hot Mama’s is a cozy, family-friendly spot that serves up some of the best Southern BBQ in the area. The aroma of smoked meats fills the air, inviting guests to indulge in dishes like slow-cooked ribs and pulled pork. The setting is casual and warm, with a touch of Southern charm, making it a great place for a hearty meal with family and friends.

One Hot Mama’s HHI
7 Greenwood Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843-682-6262
www.onehotmamas.com

Skull Creek Dockside

At Dockside, guests are treated to stunning views of the marina and an ambiance that captures the essence of coastal dining. Specializing in seafood, the restaurant offers a variety of dishes that showcase the freshest catch, like grilled grouper and shrimp scampi. The outdoor seating area is particularly delightful, providing a tranquil setting to enjoy a meal while watching the boats come and go.

Skull Creek Dockside
2 Hudson Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
843-785-3625
www.docksidehhi.com

Boathouse

Boathouse, located at a prime waterfront spot, is more than just a restaurant; it’s an experience that combines exquisite dining with breathtaking views. The menu is a rich tapestry of seafood delicacies, showcasing the best of what the local waters have to offer. Guests can indulge in dishes like the fresh catch of the day, expertly prepared, and a variety of shellfish options. The ambiance is a blend of rustic charm and nautical elegance, making it an ideal location for both romantic dinners and family gatherings. The outdoor seating area, overlooking the water, offers a panoramic view that enhances the dining experience, especially during sunset.

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Skull Creek Boathouse
397 Squire Pope Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
843-681-3663
www.skullcreekboathouse.com

Poseidon

Poseidon stands out for its unique blend of culinary excellence and vibrant nightlife. This restaurant is a hub for seafood enthusiasts, offering an expansive menu that includes everything from sushi and raw bar selections to classic seafood dishes. The atmosphere at Poseidon is contemporary and lively, with a stylish interior that sets the stage for an upscale dining experience. In addition to the main dining area, the restaurant features a rooftop bar that provides stunning views of Hilton Head Island. It’s a popular spot for enjoying cocktails, especially during their happy hour, and the live music and entertainment offerings make it a go-to destination for an evening out.

Poseidon
39 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843-341-3838
www.poseidonhhi.com

Fishcamp on Broad Creek

Overlooking Broad Creek just footsteps away from Kayak Hilton Head, this dockside hangout is a popular spot for lunch, dinner and drinks in a beautiful setting. Fishcamp on Broad Creek has a tasty seafood-centric menu that includes a killer oyster bar and lots of locally-sourced staples like Daufuskie Island Blue Crab Cakes and Blackened Carolina Catfish. It’s a family-owned joint that’s been in the same waterfront building since 1955, and they have a charming outdoor patio as well as plenty of indoor seating. 

Fishcamp on Broad Creek
11 Simmons Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
843-842-2267
www.fishcamphhi.com

Up the Creek Pub & Grill

Right in the heart of the marina right around the corner from Kayak Hilton Head, Up the Creek Pub & Grill is a chill waterfront spot that offers great burgers and casual seafood, along with a full bar. There’s also a great view from their pet-friendly deck overlooking the water. Plus, for a quick pre- or post-kayak bite, Up the Creek also has an onsite food truck that serves up New York-style Greek specialties like pitas, gyros and salads. 

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Up the Creek Pub & Grill
18 Simmons Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
843-681-3625
www.upthecreekpubandgrill.com

Palmetto Bay SunRise Cafe

If you’re in the mood for a homey neighborhood cafe with tasty and unpretentious food, you can’t beat Palmetto Bay SunRise Cafe. Open Wednesday through Sunday for breakfast and lunch, they have a laid-back, family-friendly diner vibe. The quiche and biscuits n’ gravy are popular choices, along with favorites like Stuffed French Toast and Crab Cake Eggs Benedict. Breakfast is served all day, making this a beloved brunch spot among local boaters and visitors alike for more than 20 years. 

Palmetto Bay SunRise Cafe
86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843-686-3232
www.palmettobaysunrisecafe.com

The Smokehouse

The award-winning barbeque at The Smokehouse has been a local favorite since 1999. Their barbeque, wings and chili are some of the best around, and they also have some tempting happy hour specials from 4 to 6 pm daily. The Smokehouse serves up Texas-style beef brisket, ribs, honey-glazed smoked chicken and turkey, along with a variety of seafood dishes and classic sides. Their modern-rustic space is always inviting, and they also offer a relaxing outdoor patio with fireplaces and live music.

The Smokehouse
34 Palmetto Bay Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843-842-4227
www.smokehousehhi.com

The Lucky Rooster Kitchen & Bar

With a casual-yet-upscale atmosphere and a broad menu of elevated Southern fare, The Lucky Rooster Kitchen & Bar is a can’t-miss option for dinner on Hilton Head. The cuisine here could best be described as refined comfort food, with classics like Shrimp & Grits and Chicken & Waffles taken to their highest form. The Collard Green Melt and Pan-Sauteed North Carolina Brook Trout are also standout dishes. Much of their menu is seasonal and locally sourced, with ingredients that change depending on what’s in season and what the local fishermen bring in. The bar also offers some exceptional craft cocktails in a rustic-chic space. 

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The Lucky Rooster Kitchen & Bar
841 William Hilton Pkwy Unit A, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843-715-3215
www.luckyroosterhhi.com

Java Burrito Company

A coffee shop and burrito bar rolled into one, Java Burrito Company has you covered any time of day. Stop by in the morning for top-notch coffee, breakfast sandwiches, avocado toast and (of course) some excellent breakfast burritos, bowls and tacos. Or arrive any time until 9 pm for the best burritos in town, made with your choice of grilled chicken or steak, braised pork or beef, local fish and vegetarian options. This casual counter-serve spot is popular for both takeout and dine-in. 

Java Burrito Company
1000 William Hilton Pkwy Suite J6, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843-842-5282
www.javaburrito.com

A Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant

You don’t want to leave Hilton Head without paying a visit to A Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant. With an ambiance that feels very much like being at the world’s best backyard party and exceptional Soul food inspired by Gullah cuisine and culture, this place is a true standout when it comes to Hilton Head dining. A Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant serves up Shrimp & Grits that have been voted the best in the state, and if you want to savor a proper Lowcountry Boil, this is the place to do it.

A Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant
32 Palmetto Bay Rd Suite 4A, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843-785-9273
www.alowcountrybackyard.com

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