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Hilton Head Dining

We’ve all been there. You’re traveling somewhere new, look up the best restaurants, and then find yourself at a cheesy tourist trap. It can make a world of a difference when you get some authentic local insight on the best places to eat. That’s why we’re sharing a little secret with you. Continue reading to learn more about where the locals like to eat on Hilton Head Island.

There are hundreds of delicious dining options, so it can be hard to narrow down the absolute best. Here are some of our favorites. For more local insight, request a complimentary copy of our 7-Day Itinerary

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This Is Where the Locals Eat on Hilton Head Island

Kenny B's French Quarter Cafe 

Ask any local where to eat, and they’ll likely include Kenny B’s French Quarter Cafe on the list. Feast on fabulous New Orleans-style seafood and enjoy the festive Creole atmosphere. 

Bluffton Barbecue 

Travel to Bluffton during your visit to experience some of the most mouth-watering barbecue of your life! Bluffton Barbecue is a true BBQ joint and a Lowcountry staple. Keep in mind that this establishment is very casual and focuses primarily on fantastic food rather than service. 

Ruby Lee’s South 

Ruby Lee’s South sets a classy scene where soul food, jazz, and community intertwine. There’s no better place to enjoy live music with a crafty cocktail and a delicious plate of food. 

Lowcountry Backyard 

Homemade Lowcountry pimento cheese, fresh tomato sandwiches, shrimp and grits, and crab cakes are just a few of the South Carolina recipes you’ll find on Lowcountry Backyard’s menu. Need we say more?  

The Drydock 

Locals enjoy stopping through The Drydock to watch the game and grab a bite to eat. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a long day. 

Additional Dining Resources for the Foodies 

Travel Tip: Our Island Discount Card gives guests a discount at participating local businesses and restaurants. Here is a list of restaurants that offer a percentage off the bill or other special perks and discounts for Beach Properties guests. 

Stay in a Beautiful Vacation Rental Managed by HHI Locals 


Now that you know where the locals eat on Hilton Head, it’s time to live like a local! Stay in a beautiful vacation rental situated in one of the Island’s premier neighborhoods and communities. Beach Properties is proud to offer an impressive selection of homes, villas, and apartments that range from pet-friendly houses to oceanfront apartments.

Browse our selection of properties yourself or request help from our team! Our local staff is more than happy to find the perfect rental for you and your family. 

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