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Best Restaurants



Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Hilton Head dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Hilton Head Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


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Two Eleven Park Wine Bar and Bistro


Contemporary decor and a huge wine list attract patrons to this upscale bar. Folks who come for dinner are also in luck; the popular dinner menu offers crowd-pleasing pizzas, steak and seafood. Try the cornmeal dusted catfish with spicy corn tartar sauce, cheese grits and collards, or the filet mignon and lobster tail.

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Aqua Grille and Lounge


Outfitted in stone, stainless steel and white decor, this stunning two-story space allures patrons with its innovative cuisine and stylish cocktail bar. Large windows overlooking the beach and the sound of the indoor waterfall add to the atmosphere. Servers deliver artful plates of Asian-inspired seafood dishes, from the dim sum appetizer (shrimp shui mai dumplings, pork pot stickers, spring roll, ginger soy) to pan-blackened grouper with fried green tomatoes, sherry scallion cream and lobster salsa. In addition to the kitchen's bounty, the raw bar dishes up premium oysters.

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Forest Beach


Patrons sip wine, watch as owner-chef Matt Jordon works in the open kitchen, and eagerly await the arrival of his exquisite creations. You may also want to nibble on a spicy beef spring roll or snow pea martini. Internationally influenced meat and fish dishes line the dinner menu – for example, Colorado lamb with parmesan-basil risotto and asparagus or Asian chicken, breaded in panko and served on wild rice with vegetables and Chinese hoisin sauce.

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North Hilton Head


Although the neighborhood's far from fancy, this waterside dining room offers amazing views of the sunset, as its name suggests. While enjoying the panorama, diners dig into spectacular New American dishes like the white cheddar burger or Cajun fried oysters with Gorgonzola sauce. The adventurous wine list and impressive service enhance the meal.

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Wexford
Antonio's


This fine dining establishment serves authentic Italian cuisine at its finest. "The chefs are dedicated to both tradition and the integrity of the ingredients used in each dish," vow the owners. Extensive menu features antipasto, soups, insalate, pasta, carne, pollame and pesce selections.

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One of the island's best Italian restaurants, Michael Anthony's delivers excellent contemporary cuisine. Start off with pancetta-wrapped prawns with canneloni beans, wilted spinach and grilled Tuscan bread. Irresistible mains range from potato gnocchi with Tuscan-style wild boar to veal scalloppine with prosciutto and sage, sautéed in white wine garlic. A great wine list, featuring eight distinctive flights, pleases inquisitive guests.

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CQ's


Located in Harbour Town in an old rice barn that was once used as an artist's studio. Don't let the rustic facade fool you, this is fine dining at its best. Contemporary American cuisine with a French influence. Choose from fresh seafood, veal, venison and fine cuts of beef. Extensive wine list with over 80 wines available by the glass.

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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.

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Old Fort Pub


Situated beside the historic Fort Mitchell site, this charming restaurant overlooks Skull Creek. In the evening, patrons gather on the veranda to enjoy exquisite sunset views. Serving Low Country favorites since 1973, the kitchen staff dubs its cuisine "New Southern," and the offerings run from crab cakes to filet mignon, as well as the more adventurous dishes like lamb and goat cheese ravioli. The first seating menu includes an appetizer and dessert for the price of the main course. Excellent wine list.

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