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The Best Lunch in Hilton Head: Top 5 Restaurants

Eating out for lunch is one of the many joys of being on vacation! Whether you’re in search of sandwiches, BBQ, pizza, or a multi-course meal, you are sure to find exactly what you’re looking for on Hilton Head Island. To help you make the most of your next getaway, we have put together a guide to five restaurants that offer the best lunch in Hilton Head.

1. A Lowcountry BackyardA plate of crab cakes with lemon wedges and salad.

A Lowcountry Backyard is the perfect place to enjoy Hilton Head’s signature cuisine. Specializing in regional favorites, this restaurant is famous for its shrimp and grits, which was voted the best in South Carolina by the users of TripAdvisor. Other highlights of A Lowcountry Backyard’s menu include the crab cakes, fried green tomatoes, meatloaf, and Key lime pie. If the weather is nice, we recommend sitting in the Backyard’s relaxed outdoor dining area. The Backyard even has a variety of children’s games to keep your little ones occupied while you wait to be seated.

2. The Smokehouse

The Smokehouse has been serving some of the very best lunch in Hilton Head since 1999! From the second you enter this fantastic restaurant, you will be greeted with the irresistible aroma of genuine pit-smoked barbecue. Some of the most popular dishes at The Smokehouse include the pulled pork, ribs, chili, chicken wings, macaroni and cheese, and cornbread. Boasting a full bar and numerous televisions tuned to the big game, The Smokehouse is a great place to kick back and relax.

Delicious cheese pizza.3. Dough Boys Pizza

If you’re craving pizza during your vacation, a trip to Dough Boys is definitely in order! Featuring a perfectly crispy crust, homemade tomato sauce, a mix of delicious cheeses, and fresh toppings, the pies at Dough Boys are out of this world. Guests can build their own pizza or choose from one of the restaurant’s awesome specialty pies. We’re big fans of Sissy’s White Pie, which comes with garlic, olive oil, ricotta, and a house blend of cheeses.

4. Main Street Cafe & Pub

Popular with locals and vacationers alike, Main Street Cafe offers “pub fare with a creative flair.” Standout menu items include the patty melt, cajun fries, Reuben sandwich, and seafood chowder. Featuring a laid-back atmosphere, friendly service, and outdoor dining on the deck, Main Street Cafe has everything you need for a lovely lunch date or a meal with the whole family.

5. Annie O’s KitchenSouthern fried chicken.

Considered one of Hilton Head’s hidden gems, Annie O’s Kitchen serves spectacular homemade comfort food. With grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork, free-range chicken, and fresh-caught seafood, Annie O’s is committed to using organic food from local farms and fisheries. Can’t-miss entrees at Annie O’s Kitchen include the Southern fried chicken, meatloaf, tomato pie, and pork shoulder. Be sure to save room for dessert, because the strawberry shortcake is amazing!

When you stay with Hilton Head Properties Realty & Rentals, you will be just a short drive from the best lunch in Hilton Head. With everything from 1 bedroom properties to 7 bedroom properties, we are guaranteed to have the perfect accommodations for your escape. To start planning your vacation, browse our selection of Hilton Head vacation rentals!