Rod's Favorites


Among other luxuries, Hilton Head Island is known for a wide variety of restaurants that offer seafood, delicacies, authentic cuisine, fine wines and specialty desserts.

I have also included my favorite restaurants in Bluffton and Beaufort, South Carolina.

My list includes some of the best dining in the Lowcountry... Enjoy!!!

Email Rod Engard with YOUR suggestions!!


Charlie's L'Etoile Verte- located on New Orleans Rd. next to Reilley's Wine & Spirits. Notable celebrities have dined here on their visits. This little known, unadvertised French restaurant is as good as it gets! Extensive wine selection - the best Cobb Salad you've ever had. Lunch and dinner reservations are highly recommended. 843-785-9277

Santa Fe Cafe - located in Plantation Center just outside entrance to Palmetto Dunes. Just added roof top dining with garden bar and fireplace. Great southwestern cuisine in a very pleasant atmosphere. The salsa and chips are enough to make the trip. Fresh ingredients flown in from New Mexico daily! Lunch M-F, Dinner nightly. Tell Marshall Rod said to give you a great table. 843-785-3838.

Frankie Bones- Dark Wood Panel, Steaks, Chops & Seafood. Locals hover here because all their food and service is outstanding. 843-682-4455. Tell Jordan (management owner) we sent you.

Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks- located on Hudson Road - left off Hwy 278 1.5 miles past the bridge as you come on to the island. Eat with the locals for lunch or dinner at the raw bar, waterside at the back of the restaurant. They lock the raw bar door at 6PM so get there early! Dinner has fresh crab, shrimp, and oysters daily! Tell Andrew the owner Rod recommended it. 843-681-2772

Sunset grille- Looks over the intercoastal waterway. Lunch & Dinner. Tell Hugh that Rod Engard said to treat you like family - 843-689-6744

Skull Creek Boathouse - next door to Hudson's on Skull Creek. Dine in or outside while enjoying great entertainment and sunsets! Try the shrimp and grits or crispy fried flounder! 843-681-3663


Bluffton does not have as many restaurants as Hilton Head but it is coming on strong. We should know... we eat out with our clients a lot.

Farmer's Market - Every Thursday - 1:00am - 6:00pm - Fresh Produce & Local Entertainment

Old Town Dispensary - Hot new spot in old town Bluffton. Matt (from the Sage Room on HHI) is part owner; really, really Good! Co-owner Tom is a Citadel grad and very active in downtown activities. Outside music - get there early as seats fill fast thanks to the great atmosphere and live music. Call for reservations: 843-837-1983 - Tell them ENGARD sent you!

Mi Tierra - Mexican Delight. A lot of food and inexpensive. Lunch and Dinner. Located on Mellichamp Dr. 843-757-7200

May River Grill- Downtown Bluffton, HWY 46. Small but cute. 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm for dinner only. Get there early. For reservations call - 843-757-5755

Sigler's Rotisserie & Seafood. dinner only - Call for reservations. in Sheridan Park. In early days Chief Sigler had his Swiss Report Cards on the wall. The food is delightful and filling. 843-815-5030

Walnuts Cafe - Serves Breakfast and Lunch only. You will swallow your tongue, it is sooooo good. In Sheridan Park, Bluffton. 843-815-2877


Saltus River Grill - Open only for dinner and private parties. On the water at downtown city park. Relax and enjoy steaks and seafood - 802 Bay Street 1-843-379-3474.

Shrimp Shack - Hilda and I go back 30 years, when she and her young children were taking orders. Now she supervises. Everything is fresh. Hilda invented the "the best" shrimp burger. No reservations...first come first served. 1925 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island. 1-843-838-2962

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