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Hilton Head Dining

Celebrate the dog days dining in style with Fido. Hilton Head boasts a famously family-friendly atmosphere, and that includes your favorite four-legged friends. From breakfast bistros to beach-side back porches, we have everything you need to know about the best dog-friendly restaurants in Hilton Head! Simplify your trip planning with our complimentary 7-day itinerary. Our exclusive guide offers hand-selected recommendations on where to dine and what to do during your beach getaway!

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The Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Hilton Head

Don’t leave your furry friend behind when you dine out in Hilton Head. Experience the best of the beach with your leash in tow at some of the island’s tastiest restaurants. Check out our four favorite dog-friendly restaurants in Hilton Head, and then head back to one of our pet-friendly vacation rentals for a belly rub and a biscuit.

1. Skull Creek Boathouse

Skull Creek Boathouse is the perfect spot in Hilton Head to kick back with a tasty island cocktail and a stunning waterfront view. You’ll love the casual atmosphere and live music while your pup enjoys the warm, inlet breeze and lots of rubs from the smiling staff. Skull Creek has continuously been voted “best all-around restaurant” and “best happy hour” by Island Packet Reader’s Choice Awards. It’s a must-stop during your visit!

2. Bistro 17

Bistro 17 is a decadent French café located harbor-side in Shelter Cove. They open at 11 a.m. for crepes and coffee to adorn your morning walk. During dinner time, they feature specialties such as escargot, wild-caught salmon, duck confit, and several other options to please even the pickiest palates. The spacious outdoor seating and friendly staff are sure to make you and your dog feel right at home.

3. Skillets Café and Grill

Treat your pup to a tasty meal at Skillets Café and Grill. The home-style restaurant offers made-from-scratch options for both you and your dog! The human menu serves up southern favorites like fried green tomatoes, fresh jambalaya, country-fried steak, and shrimp and grits.  The doggie menu features delicious entrees such as Tailwagging Turkey and Perfect Pooch Pasta. If you’re looking to treat your pet this vacation, you’ll want to plan a stop at Skillets!

4. Old Oyster Factory

Old Oyster Factory serves up fresh-caught seafood, buttery steaks, and marsh-front views from their Broad Creek deck. After a delicious meal, you and your dog will love walking water-side and basking in the beauty of the salty marsh. This restaurant is the perfect place to take in the beautiful Lowcountry life with your pup by your side. 

More Dog-Friendly Activities to Include During Your Stay 

Now that you know where you and your pup can dine, it’s time to look for more pet-friendly adventures

  • Go to the Beach | Dogs are allowed on all of the beaches, just not year-round. Check each individual beach’s regulations for summertime dog visits. They usually will allow dogs on the beach during certain times of the day such as early in the morning or later in the evening. 

  • Sniff Around Local Parks | Pack up your pooch for a park playdate! Many local parks are dog-friendly. We recommend Chaplin Park because they have multiple fenced-in areas where you can let your furry friends roam free. 

  • Embark on a Boat Tour | Did you know that some local boat companies will let you bring your dog along for the ride? Captain Mark’s Dolphin Cruise and Outside Hilton Head are your go-to outfitters. 

Hang Your Leash at Your Vacation Rental From Beach Properties

After enjoying the best dog-friendly restaurants in Hilton Head, you’ll be ready to come back to your ocean-front vacation rental from Beach Properties. Plan your stay in one of our pet-friendly homes and enjoy luxurious amenities such as in-ground swimming pools, beach-front views, stylish furnishings, state-of-the-art appliances, and so much more. Beach Properties has the perfect place for you to call home during your next visit to Hilton Head Island! 

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