Time spent outside is often a priority for travelers heading to Hilton Head Island for a great getaway. When it comes to dining, there’s no exception to the rule! The following are some of the best summer outdoor dining on Hilton Head Island to check out when travel plans bring you this way.

Relish a Meal at Red Fish

When you find yourself visiting Hilton Head Island and craving a savory fish dish with outdoor seating to match, making it a meal at Red Fish is always a good choice. Located at 8 Archer Road, Red Fish is a wonderful spot to embrace the best of Southern fresh-caught cuisine in a space that pairs welcoming elegance with friendly service too. While the formal dining room at Red Fish is bound to delight, most visitors opt for a spot on the sprawling patio to take in the sights while they enjoy their selected plate. This stop also hosts a cozy fireplace and a wine shop on-site! Menu highlights at Red Fish include appetizers ranging from Asian lettuce wraps and toasted edamame hummus to shrimp spring rolls and blue crab dip just to name a few. Entrees here include everything from mouthwatering burgers and salads to grilled sea bass, shrimp and grits, blackened grouper, and classic scallops as well. No outdoor dining experience at Red Fish is quite complete without taking time to order dessert. The options include delightful selections like chocolate torte and Key Lime pie. Red Fish is open to the dining public daily between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm for dinner.

Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks

History, flavor, and impeccable outdoor dining collide flawlessly at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks on Hilton Head Island. Located at 1 Hudson Road, Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks is a delightful eatery with roots dating back to 1912 when the property it sits within functioned as a factory! The location of this transformed factory makes Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks an ideal place for those craving seafood to make the most of dockside seating options in abundance. As one of the oldest businesses on the island, Hudson’s comes with a legacy of excellence in place that makes dinner here even more enjoyable. Guests who dine at Hudson’s will enjoy a vantage point overlooking both Port Royal Sound and Skull Creek. Fresh-caught fare is always highlighted on the menu thanks to the fact this eatery employs one of only two remaining fishing fleets on the island to bring their fare straight to the docks daily! Menu Highlights found at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks include everything from crab cakes and Atlantic salmon to flounder fillet, blackened cod, and stuffed shrimp just to name a couple! Side options like hushpuppies and baked potato bring flavor profiles to life with ease while dessert selections including peanut butter pie and brandy bread pudding end every meal here on a sweet note. Hudson’s is happy to serve guests brunch, lunch, and dinner throughout the week!

Check Out Chow Daddy’s

If a combination of tacos, burgers, and bowls are your thing, and you’re hoping to enjoy a savory bite al fresco, making your way to Chow Daddy’s at least once during your Hilton Head Island adventure is always a good idea. Situated at 14b Executive Park Road, Chow Daddy’s is a vibrant, fun, and flavorful place to enjoy a meal any day of your getaway! Owned by local Price Beall, Chow Daddy’s has been an island icon for decades and provides guests with a casual and welcoming space to come and enjoy great food in the fresh air with good company surrounding you. In addition to amazing menu options, Chow Daddy’s outdoor dining often comes complete with live musical entertainment too. This makes a meal here as savory as it is exciting! Menu highlights to be sure to check out while you’re enjoying outdoor dining here include everything from pimento burgers and grilled shrimp tacos to avocado and grilled Mahi bowls served with a side of sweet potato fries upon request. An ice cream sandwich is a great way to end a meal here on a sweet note while pairing a plate with freshly brewed sweet tea adds even more southern flair to this wonderful outdoor dining experience.

Try Santa Fe Café

Make the most of a sensational rooftop view and delicious southwest and Mexican-inspired cuisine when you make your way to Santa Fe Café during your Hilton Head vacation. Found at 807 William Hilton Parkway within the Plantation Center, this eatery is a delight from the moment you step through the front door! Once you’re settled into the stylish rooftop deck, you’ll have a vast array of menu options to choose from. Highlights include everything from mouthwatering Mexican cream and mole to Painted Dessert soup. Whether you go with the mesquite-grilled lamb chops or the herb-roasted free-range chicken, a meal here promises to please and the view is inspiring too.

Book a Getaway at the Best Summer Outdoor Dining on Hilton Head Island

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