Lunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Hilton Head and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Red Fish thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Sea Shack, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 Red Fish
Contemporary black-and-white décor ensures that your focus is directed at the food here, and thanks to special sound absorbing paneling, Red Fish is a refreshingly quiet restaurant, where it's easy to enjoy a relaxed conversation. The menu features colorful Cuban-influenced steak and seafood, all of which is available "naked" — grilled with olive oil, lime, and garlic. Other options might be Asian style Chilean sea bass with wasabi cream and soy glaze, ribs basted with a guava-orange BBQ sauce, shrimp and grits, and grilled tequila lime salmon with roasted corn salsa. There's a well rounded wine and cocktail list, but here's a tip: visit the shop first, where you can choose a great bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal — corkage is only $10. (843-686-3388)

9 Truffles Cafe & Market
Consistency and flavor are the hallmarks of this casual dining room, housed in a quiet shopping center. Featuring a thoughtful variety of favorites, the menu offers tempting tortellini in a rich tomato cream sauce and award-winning baby back ribs with irresistible shoestring fries. 30 wines available by the glass, hip martinis and an excellent dessert menu add to the appeal. The Market area offers unique and often whimsical gifts for all occasions. (843-671-6136)

8 Quarterdeck
Located below the Harbour Town lighthouse, this two-level restaurant is lined with windows that behold fabulous views of the golf course and water. The Quarterdeck serves sandwiches at lunch and appetizers throughout the evening; meanwhile, Topside, the formal dining section, focuses on seafood and steak. Live bands entertain every afternoon at Quarterdeck. (843-671-2222)

7 Harbour Town Bakery and Café
Located in what was once the historic lighthouse keeper's cottage. Choose from a variety of delicious omelets or try the cinnamon French toast for breakfast. Lunch offerings include a fabulous smoked chicken salad as well as a wide array of deli sandwiches. (843-363-2021)

6 Signe's Heaven Bound Bakery Cafe
This cafe and bakery has been featured on the "best list" of many publications. Homemade baked goods include out-of-this-world breads and muffins. Also offers original-recipe soups, sandwiches, fruit and pasta salads. Try their French toast for breakfast and take home some of the signature cookies and brownies. (843-785-9118)

5 The Coligny Bakery
Homemade baked goods include specialty breads, croissants, Danish and French pastries, donuts and muffins. Also try one of their famous frozen fruit drinks for that early morning pick-me-up. (843-686-4900)

4 French Bakery
Parlez-vous francaise? They do at the French Bakery, from the pastry chef to the servers. Everything is done with a charming French accent at this cozy bakery and cafe. The menu features everything from quiches and sandwiches to fresh-baked baguettes, brioche, and some of the best pastries you've ever tasted. You'll be ready to greet the day after a bracing cup of espresso, cappuccino, or a fresh-brewed specialty coffee. (843-342-5420)

3 Waterfront Cafe
Located at the foot of a landmark lighthouse, this eatery is a favorite of the locals. The cafe offers sweeping views of the Caliboque Sound as well as magnificent sunsets. Lowcountry cuisine is the specialty here for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Extensive wine list and winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Dine indoors or outside at the outdoor cafe. A memorable experience. (843-671-3399)

2 San Miguel's Mexican Café
For over 20 years, San Miguel's has been the place to go in Hilton Head for classic Mexican and Tex-Mex fare. Fun and festive atmosphere offering such favorites as chimichangas, sizzling fajita's and quesadillas. They also serve up a mean margarita! (843-842-4555)

1 Big Bamboo Café
A tropical and casual atmosphere serves as the backdrop for this American café patterned after an imaginary World War II bar on a Pacific island. Nothing fancy here, just really good food. Some favorites include black bean burgers, BBQ ribs and Santa Fe pasta. Daily seafood specials, as well. Also offers a large selection of microbrews and specialty beers. Entertainment ranges from blues to reggae to various local bands, and the happy hour margarita special's a big draw. Late night menu served until 1am, and the bar is open until 2am. (843-686-3443)

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Red Fish 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Caribbean, Cuban, Latin, Seafood
Dining Options: Non-Smoking, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: Sea Pines Resort
COST: $$
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Truffles Cafe & Market 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Sea Pines Resort
COST: $$
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Quarterdeck 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Live Music
Neighborhood: Sea Pines Resort
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Harbour Town Bakery and Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Sea Pines Resort
COST: $
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Signe's Heaven Bound Bakery Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Sea Pines Resort
COST: $
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The Coligny Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery, European, French
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: FOREST BEACH
COST: $
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French Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery, European, French
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: NORTH HILTON HEAD
COST: $
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Waterfront Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American, Southern
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Family Friendly, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: Sea Pines Resort
COST: $$
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San Miguel's Mexican Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: WEXFORD
COST: $
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Big Bamboo Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: FOREST BEACH
COST: $
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