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Go early. The early dining menu has many options. Get an outdoor table and the seafood chowder.
Now it is the Skull Creek Boathouse. Just reopened. Great service with cheery waitress. Good salads and hush puppies. Nice facility with great views.
This is our new favorite restaurant on the island! There is a huge outdoor deck with a bar (Buoy 13 Bar) where you can sit and wait for your table (they no longer take reservations) and watch the sun set over Skull Creek. The decor inside has not changed much, with lots of fun nautical items. The menu is quite large, a book, really, with tabs to direct you to the various options (lunch, kids, early bird, takeout, etc.) We love deep-fried dill pickles, so we ordered the Fried Pickle Chips. Unfortunately, they were so salty that after one bite, we sent them back and ordered the hush puppies. Our server was quite understanding and removed the pickles from our bill and comped us the hush puppies. The hush puppies were delicious, served with a honey butter. For our main course, we ordered the "Lowcountry Throwdown," a large bowl of boiled shrimp, andouille sausage (yum!!!) corn on the cob, and redskin potatoes served with a savory broth. There were so many shrimp we couldn't finish them all. Quite a bargain at $16.75! Wash it down with a cold beer and you have a feast! We have been coming to Hilton Head Island for over 15 years now, and have several restaurants that we consider "must- visit" when we come down here. Skull Creek Boathouse has jumped to the top of the list! We will be back!!!
Great place! We went early and were glad we did. This place fills up fast!! We had the pickle chips for an app and they were great. Unlike any pickle chip I've ever had. The sauce with them rocked. I had the steak and shrimp. It was cooked very well and the shrimp were super fresh. What's not to like about this place? It has fresh seafood, great atmosphere, and good service.
It's all good. Fresh seafood, bar on the cove, reggae band on Monday night. I was amazed that this place was paced on a Monday evening. Good service, great atmosphere.
Large touristy place, but decent seafood. I got the Trio of Tuna sashimi appetizer and was very pleased. The only downside was we had a table next to the back patio door and the speaker system for the band was overwhelming and prevented us from hearing each other speak. Otherwise, it was a nice place for a reasonable price. Very large menu, but several pages are for lunch only.
Excellent service and food. Salad was fresh and fish perfectly prepared. The bread was good, too, like a cornbread but not the texture. The only thing I did not like was having dogs in the outdoor eating area
We went here around 5:15pm and we were told there was a 1 hour and 15 minute wait for outside seating and nearly as much for inside. Luckily, the atmosphere here is pretty great, so we took a beeper and went and got some drinks. They have a sandbox area for the little ones and they had a craft table for kids to color t-shirts with markers. There is a lot of outside seating, but the bar seems a little cramped. After about only 35 minutes we were seated. We ended up inside which wasn't quite as neat as outside, but we had a nice view. Our waitress was attentive, but the food was just okay. My husband is vegetarian and there wasn't anything more than a salad for him. I think this place is really about the view and the fun, especially if you have kids. It also seemed to be dog friendly. The parking lot was packed so they have to be doing something right. They do offer complimentary valet which I recommend because there were no spots to be had.
Since the new menu, this place is great! The Sunday brunch menu is wonderful and I've spent many an afternoon looking at the gorgeous view and eating delicious sushi, while sipping mimosas with my husband. It does get packed in the summer though, so you might want to make reservations.
The food is really good and the atmosphere can't be beat! So much of the food in HHI is so overpriced for the quality; thats not the case here. The menu is also huge, so there is something for everyone. Go, you won't regret it!
Unbearable wait, cold food, poorly trained staff, disinterested pitiful management. A financial success; probably. A restaurant we'll visit again? Never.
What a lost of fun. The place seems always packed. Great band and atmosphere. Excellent wait staff. Food is tasty but not great. But again the place is a great deal of fun for all ages! A bit noisy for the hard of hearing!!! Will definitely return
Terrible! service was slow to start. Our appetizer was never served, the chowder was just about warm and the entree orders were screwed up. One of our party of 4 received the wrong order and had to wait while the right order was prepared and brought. All orders had to be sent back for micro-waving. This is the first restaurant complaint I have ever made..
Fried chicken breast with gravy mediocre. Low Country Throwdown excellent. Salt and vinegar crab cakes good.
We go here every time we vacation on hhi. We've been coming for 5 years. You can't get better scenery... It's right on the water. If you catch the sunset it is gorgeous. Great outdoor family dining experience. If the weather is good definitely opt for the outdoor seating BUT don't forget to wear jeans and take bug spray to protect you from the bugs. The fish is always fresh and delicious. My wife got the pork tacos because she is not a fan of seafood and she loved them. We got the chocolate pudding cake for dessert and it was very good. Service has always been great. Enjoy!
2 hour wait! Overprice! Over-rated! The environment is probably one of the better ones. But really don't go here for the food .. it's not worth the wait or the money.
Great for lunch. Can easily spend the afternoon here!
We had the most enjoyable experience at the Boathouse. After fishing with PaPa Bear Charters earlier that day the Boathouse Chef prepared our catch of Spanish Macerel and shark meat. They gave us a reservation time of 4:30 which worked out perfectly it gave us time to go back to our condo to shower and rest before dinner. When we arrived at the Boathouse we were treated like VIP's. The chef came out to our table regretfully I cannot recall his name. I'm sure we will be returning for the end of the week. He made suggestions on how to prepare our fine delicacies. We went with his suggestions. For only $15.00 per person we had a choice of 4 of their sides served up country style in pass around bowls. Anyone who did not care for seafood could order off the menu any entree or dinner. Don't let me forget the complimentary Portugese cornbread that was mouthwatering, the service was wonderful no one had to ask for drink refills and more bread. On the pass arounds highly recommend the Mac and cheese. Aim very picky when it comes to Mac and cheese, the best I have ever had out. The hush puppies were additional but well worth it. If you visit the boathouse don't miss going down to the docks to check out the dolphins, manatee, and sea alligators.
One of best outdoor spaces on island. Great drinks, outstanding fish chowder. Raw bar items fantastic. Other items not consistently at same level. Outdoor service is uneven - food often cold. Service is friendly but not expert. And yet. . . Oh! That outdoor space. We find ourselves going back again and again. Call us crazy.
WOW! We just came back from the early dining special at the Skull Creek Boathouse. I expected smaller portions than the normal dining fare, but I am so stuffed and everything was delicious. I thought my stuffed flounder was delightful, then I tasted my husband's Salmon Rocket Fella, OMG!!. If you haven't been since the place changed names and owners, you have to go. Belly up to the bar for Happy Hour drinks then slide to your table for the $14.95 early dining special. My new favorite place on the island, and I like to eat out a lot. The prices during the regular hours are on par with other nice establishments, so be careful about wasting the money on your kids during the the 6- to closing hours. That being said, the outdoor seating is a good way to eat out with the kids and not bother the DINKs so much.
Just finished dinner at the Boathouse(II)/Marker 13. My wife and I sat outside. I guess technically it is Marker 13 but the menu is the same. The Boathouse sits near two other restaurants and is on the water (inlet side) with great views of the setting sun. I had the special "black and blue wreckfish with rice, asparagus and red pepper sauce" my wife had (for the 2nd year in a row) flash-fried catfish with grits, creamed corn and collard greens. She loved her food and I thought mine was good as well. I again recommend this place. The atmosphere is great, service was on-point and the food was delicious. I recommend checking out their website and getting your reservation online through opentable.com .
As always, this is my favorite on Hilton Head. Every other time I have visited has been "off-season" and I have to say, I enjoy that more, but even on one of the busiest nights of the year, Skull Creek delivered. I have always loved everything I've eaten there. The bread is an amazing tribute to bread. The seafood is always just delicious- they allow the seafood to shine. This time I tried their sushi roll, and being a little of a sushi roll snob, I was quite happy. We love to sit outside under the trees and watch the sun go down. This might be my happy place. But mostly during the off-season.
Very kid friendly great service awesome oysters and seafood , knowledgable staff! Easy going and great environment !
If you love seafood then skull creek is worth your time. As a party of three we got the seafood platter to go. This included lobster,shrimp,mussels, clams...basically your own little seafood buffet. On top of that we ordered hush puppies (what good southerner doesn't like hush puppies?) and two sushi rolls. Just come hungry to skull creek because you'll want to eat everything and we did!
Good variety of food, especially seafood. Good for kids, if they finish their food they get a gold coin for a small toy. Good atmosphere, but the service was a tad slow.
Great Early bird from 4:00-4:45. This place is packed by 5:00 nightly. Be prepared to wait or come early. Skull Creek has done a lot to make a long wait pass by faster...games, beer truck, chairs to watch the sunset, even a small store to shop around in. Always great service. Sitting at the bar having a drink and waiting on a table is no problem when you have beautiful water views! Excellent water views.
Hands down eat at the bar!!! Maggie Ashlee Jason (the bartender) took extremely good care of us throughout the night. The wait was around 2 hours at the time. By the time we had a drink at the bar and decided to stay it was well worth just waiting for seats and eating at the bar. The food was absolutely the best seafood through our whole vacation. The Tilefish and Mahi Mahi were to die for, along with the sushi and oysters that we had for appetizers, the dinner as a whole was perfect. Obviously as I have stated a few times throughout the night, skip the wait if you show up past 6:00PM and eat at the bar, the service is great and it's much much faster than waiting. Overall Pros: Food is to die for, definitely the best seafood on the island so far Service at the bar is great and is well worth the wait for seats The bartenders are better than the majority of the waiters Cons: Wait is long if you don't sit at the bar
Ate here last year last year during our baby and it was awesome. Initially got there and it was going to be an hour+ wait for 2 people. Ended up getting 2 seats at the bar. We ordered a fried seafood platter and a baked fish plate. Service initially was rough at the bar but finally got our food out to us. They made up for it with a free dessert.
Low country boil was the best I've ever had. The beer garden was pretty genius too, we had drinks and the kids we're able to play while we waited. Great experience!
Love this place, servers are fantastic, food is great! Look forward to returning. First visit had the Monkfish, loved it! Tried the sampler, fantastic crab cake and stuffed shrimp. Started each time with Sushi ap and really enjoyed. Woman's washroom nice surprise with sea salt scrub for hands. Great stuff! Casual and comfortable with great outdoor area and live tunes.
Wanted a fun spot with great seafood and a view of the water for dinner. Skull Creek fit the biil. It's obviously a popular place, despite being pretty well hidden--the parking lot was full and the wait time was 45-60 minutes on a Thursday night around 8pm, but with an indoor AND outdoor bar and extra seating it wasn't too bad. We played Corn hole and adult jenga while we waited. The service here was excellent, Tim was personable attentive and fun. The menu at Skull Creek is enormous and if we had been left to our own devices, we'd still be there two days later trying to decide. A good waiter created a connection with his/her customers by getting to know them, giving suggestions and recommendations. Despite being slammed, Tim made us feel like we were his only table that night. So the most important part: the food. We started with a tropical seafood ceviche with mixed seafood, neither of us had had ceviche before, so it was definitely an adventure and tasted great. She got a simple bowl of chowder and a salad, and I got the shrimp and grits. While hers seemed simple and tasty, I have to say my shrimp and grits could have been better. The shrimp was a bit over seasoned, and the grits were drowning in what tasted like little more than beef broth. I go nuts over shrimp and grits--I'm thinking of having them emblazoned on my family crest--so I was a bit crest-fallen with this dish, especially for the 18.75 that I paid. I'd love to get back and try something else, I don't think you could get the same meal twice with a menu as big as theirs. I hope when I do, I get something that really sings, something that lives up to an otherwise great restaurant with great staff, a great location, and a great atmosphere.
Wait was pretty long on a Friday night but open seats at the bar and cornhole to pass the time. Koa was playing and my brother ended up buying their CD we enjoyed their live music so much. Wide variety of dishes that everyone enjoyed! Avoid betting anyone to drink the leftover butter broil from the shrimp dish
Be prepared for a 2 hour wait unless you sit near the bar. Shrimp is really good, ribs are average.
Everyone we met on the island ranted and raved about "The Boathouse." We were excited to try it, but it was just "good-not-great" in my book. Seafood chowder and shrimp and grits were alright. Shrimp tempura roll was really quite tasty for $7. My husband likes his Po' boy, but our service was... Meh. I wish I could say more. The location is awesome, and I would give this place another try. The mediocrity must have been a fluke...
we went to Skull Creek early 4 PM, so it was not real busy at that time, Music starts at 6 PM. Happy Hour is $1 off drinks, $2 off app's. We also had a dinner, It was all good food and the service . we have been there other times and it can get very, very busy, a person can wait for over an hour for a place to sit
We had a party of 8 and showed up at 6pm so the wait of 60-75mins was too be expected. The waiting area outside could use some fans to help keep customers comfortable, but there was an outside, cash only, bar to get beverages to stay cool, and we were seated within the time said. The food was very good. You can get seafood just about everywhere at the beach, but this was some of the better seafood we've had. The menu was a bit pricey, so that is my only negative outside of how jot it was waiting for a seat. The sunset while we ate was just amazing, and the live music was a nice treat.
I am not often so critical on a restaurant, but due to the service incident we experienced I had to give this one a low rating. I know this place is ridiculously popular here in Hilton Head with long waits for tables, in-season but I hope others have better service than we had. Our waiter, Rick seemed to be impatient with us from the outset. It is a big menu and a couple in our party had never been there before so it took us some time until we were ready to order. After acting annoyed when we finally gave our order, that was essentially the last time we saw him at our table. The food is brought out by a series of runners who do little other than make sure everyone gets what was ordered. My wife's dish, the flounder stuffed with crab meat was not good and she wasn't going to eat it after tasting it. Unlike at most restaurants, when the waiter (or a manager) comes over to ask if everything is ok, no one did. In fact while the rest of us were eating and my wife's dish was sitting in front of her, we saw our waiter, Rick having a shot with guests at another table! Yes, he did a shot with them while having a great time like he was one of their party! I've never seen this before in any restaurant! After we were finished with our entrees, Rick finally came back to clear the table. I told him that my wife didn't like the dish and it was not well prepared. He then asked if she would like something else. I said it was too late and just bring us the check. He took the entree off of the check and we took Skullcreek Boathouse off of our list of restaurants to visit on future trips to Hilton Head.
We were so disappointed we didn't check this place out until the last night of our trip. This place had a huge menu but was able to manage it. I find that is rare seeing that my experience has been the larger the menu the more the quality diminishes. Great food and excellent staff!!!
The food was great. The waiter was too busy and short tempered. Not very patient with questions.
We had lunch here while vacationing and it was my favorite place we had eaten while on the island. I had the broiled captains catch and my boyfriend has the brunch buffet. I loved how many seafood options there were. Our service was fantastic there and the outside seating comes with a lovely view.
We couldn't have been happier with this restaurant! We stayed on the island for three nights, and had dinner there twice. We tried another restaurant on the second night, but it just didn't compare! The food was delicious and served relatively fast for how busy it was. There was a bit of a wait to get a table, but it was worth the wait. The staff are super friendly. And the strawberry jalapeÃ±o margarita was out of this world!
Our visit was great! Excellent server Great hushpuppies Great seafood Cold beer.
We thoroughly enjoyed our appetizers and dinner. The care they take to accomodate gluten free diners is fabulous. The food was great all around. We arrived at 5:30 p.m. and had a 90 min. wait. The time flew as we had appetizers at the bar. Our waitress, Annie, was so friendly and so much fun.
Get here early as sin. You will wait in the line of hell if you dont. No reservations other than checking in, and expect an hour plus wait. Our evening went well, there was a band playing music (if you have not been, there is a large outdoor section that is mostly covered - it looks out on the water). If you want a deliciously intimate date DO NOT go to Skull Creek. It is loud, boisterous and fun. If you imagine it to be a boathouse as opposed to a restaurant, most of your expectations will come true. We enjoyed the food, most of us had crab. IF you choose to eat inside is like feeding from the trough - long high tables. It was good. If I wanted to go somewhere for a high quality meal I would choose a different place, but if you want some traditional seafood options on a casual night with family or friends then Skull Creek Boathouse will serve your purposes well. Lastly, WHAT A GREAT street name. SQUIRE POPE
It Was ok. I read the reviews and thought why not? Never been to hilton head so I thought we would give it a try based ominn the reviews. Had the crab and shrimp dip. It was yummy but chips were stale. The bread was good with really good butter! We had the soups, the chowder was yummy and the gumbo was to die for! The main course was not good at all. I had the Rockefeller salmon and it was different. I didn't care for it too much. Not much flavor. The mac and cheese bland and the mashed potatoes, I've made better. Good place for drinks, soup, and appetizers.
Went here for dinner with our family of four on a Wednesday night based on Yelp reviews. We came early as suggested from others (4:30pm) which allowed us to get a table right away. Outside dining wasn't available yet. I ordered the grouper with imperial crab. The fish was much smaller than I expected (size of my fist) and though it was tasty, the sauce on top tasted like Marsala & I wasn't happy with that combination. I got sweet potato fries and green beans with it. Total for this dish was $28.00. The crab on top was very bready & super salty. My husband ordered the blackened red snapper which still had the skin on and scales. His meal was also around the same price. My son ordered the fried shrimp and french fries from the kids menu.... It was $6.00. He seemed to like it. My daughter got the macaroni and cheese and didn't eat one single bite. The only thing she ate was the bread we got complementary. She had been sleeping on me and I ordered for her. She wanted nothing to do with the Mac and cheese and honestly it didn't taste good at all so I doubt she would eat it anyway. The bread however, was very tasty. Kind of a mix of corn bread and Italian bread rolled into one. As far as our Service it was quite slow even though we got there early. Honestly I don't know what the hype is about this restaurant... The food was mediocre, way overpriced and because they're so packed you don't get that southern hospitality or personal service I expected . The most positive thing I can say is I liked the souvenir drinking glass you can keep with your drink order & I liked the nice children's area outside with activities to keep the kiddos occupied if you do decide to wait for two hours before getting seated. Many of these parents decided to leave anyway and I can't blame them. They have a dock to look out on and that was peaceful and I enjoyed the view. But again, my two stars reflects not the atmosphere but the food and service. If I want to look at the ocean I could do that somewhere else. So overall, moderate quality, high priced food and slow service. Look elsewhere to dine while you are here at HHI.
I give it 4 stars mainly for the view and 2-3 for the food. Lets start with the good- the view is beautiful. Sitting outside is lovely and breathtaking. Now the food- at best the food is pretty good/ ok. Certainly not something to rave about. But overall a cool place to go. The fish tacos were under seasoned and sitting in a plate of juices. Not a good thing. Fell apart upon eating. Another time i had the brisket quesadillas. These were good but lacked creativity and flavor- just brisket and ghost cheese. Could have benefitted from maybe some shallots, mushroom, spinach- now that would have been great! Overall, food is decent but the view and atmosphere is why most people come.
Best seafood I've had in a long time! Shrimp & grits awesome! Salmon amazing (just remind them to cook med rare), great wine (Rambauer Chardonnay), fast service, but a bit noisy!
This is my go to place for consistently awsome food, great service, Alex your THE BEST server, seating outside overlooking the water, beautiful views and I get such a kick out of watching the boats taxied back and forth on the dock!
This place was really happening on a Tuesday night! Had an upbeat vibe with great live music. I started with mixed ceviche which was good not great. Fish was fresh, but not the most flavorful. I also had the grouper which the waiter highly recommended. It was prepared with lump crab on top and some type of cream sauce. It was not the healthiest fish item, but overall tasty. I finished my wifey's tile fish which was delicious. It had some type of tropical salsa which went perfectly with the fish and rice. Would definitely come back!
After my review I was contacted by Skullcreek and they replaced my souvenir glass. We had already left the island but it was waiting at home for me. The above and beyond service of the restaurant was excellent.
We travel from the Eastern shore Maryland look forward to always coming to skull creek boat house the sushi is fabulous along with their seafood dishes it's a must to visit
Always the atmosphere especially when we sit outside. A little disappointed that there isn't any live music during the week anymore. The kids always look forward to that. The atmosphere & live music always made this place awesome. If you base it solely on the food I can only give it 3 stars.
This place is banana boats as far as being busy. I have never actually waited 1:45 to eat at a restaurant. And when I say we waited an hour and 45 minutes, we waited every minute of it. To their credit, they had lots of random things to do while you wait. They have a Lego table for little kids and a sand box. They have picnic tables and some cornhole boards with an outside bar so at least not everyone is standing there. So after we waited almost two hours, I was thinking the food needed to be amazing. But it just wasn't. It was regular bar type food. Nothing special. Even my wife had seafood that they are supposed to be well known for and it was just not very impressive. If I had my daughter with me, there is no way I would wait that long. I was watching people and thought they must be idiots to wait that long to eat such mediocre food. The food wasn't terrible but definitely not worth almost two hours. I would've given it two stars if it wasn't for the array of options to kill the time while you wait. Honestly, I don't think anyone would wait otherwise.
This place was great they had lots of games and even a movie showing making it both kid and dog friendly. They also had a big sushi bar but I didn't order from it but next time I definitely will. The place fills up fast so get there in time but if the wait for tables is too long (like it was for us) then go outside and look for the high tables (there first come first serve), and hope to find somebody finishing there meal. The complimentary bread was really good but don't get too full because the entrees are really good. I decided to get something simple and went for the chicken quesadillas, they were really good and they stuffed it with chicken also the crab and shrimp quesadilla which was also good. My mother got the fried catfish with collards and savannah red rice, she really enjoyed the rice and collards but was disappointed to find out that the catfish was fried in a batter rather than traditional cornmeal which messed with texture; she said that the fish had a good flavor but the coating was off. My father got the Seafood Stew and he said that it was fantastic and that the flavor was spot on. Our waiter was really nice , that he treated us to hushpuppies (there okay not worth buying). Overall good food good service good atmosphere! I would definitely recommend this place
Had family in town and wanted to find someplace 'fun', and had to have good seafood. SCB had great reviews, so we tried it. Could not have found a better place! Our server was EXCELLENT, everyone was friendly, food was FANTASTIC! Between five of us, we had: Oyster's on the half shell, the Crab and Shrimp dip, the Broiled Captain's Catch (shrimp, scallops, deviled crab, and flounder), the Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp, a Sirloin Steak with the most PERFECTLY prepared fresh green beans, and the 'Extravaganza' (Low Country Boil on Steroids). My 5 year old granddaughter had the kids filet and inhaled it. And she is a picky eater. Everything was on point - delicious, well-prepared, plentiful. They had a nice outdoor bar with a band and dancing, games for adults and children to play, and a small shop. Scenic location, just loved it. HIGHLY recommend. And by-the-way, we were there during the masters tournament, the place was crazy busy, but not even a hiccup in service. Loved it!
Excellent!!! We came here for our rehearsal dinner 3 nights ago...it was so good, my family and I decided to come back for my father in laws birthday dinner. The food here is wonderful!!! And the staff is really nice and the service is fast. If you sit outside be sure to put on insect repellant because the mosquito s are OUT & they are eating dinner too!!
Love this place. We go for lunch and never wait. Dinner is a madhouse though. Great drinks, great food. Highly recommend. And it is a fantastic place to take kids!
Surprisingly good tourist trap. The location is killer as far as view and patio space. The shrimp dish I had was not out of a frozen bag, and the drinks large. It is a little pricey for the quality, but I chalk that up to being in a tourist district. Definitely slammed though, we had to wait an hour and a half for a party of 8.
We visited on a Thursday night and was told there would be a 90 - 120 min. wait, but got seated in 50 minutes which is a good thing because there were so many people waiting our two 13 year old boys were too old for the kiddie activities and the other activities were all taken as well. Our bar drinks were very good and our waiter Craig was outstanding. The cornbread served right away was good, our appetizer oysters came quickly. My halibut was nice and flakey and was really good, but the potatoes served with were tasteless and the slaw was OK. My husband had the Wahoo, he said it was good. The boys wanted to have filet's - served med/rare. They came out Med. brought to the attention of the waiter and were made again which was fine - the 2nd time they were better, but the filets were just OK. Parking was impossible. May come back to try lunch or other appetizers and drinks only.
First timers at Skull Creek Boathouse and were so happy we went! We were told it was a 2 hour wait and we were hesitant since we were a party of 9 with 5 children. We took advantage of the beautiful view at the dock and corn hole games for the kids. We ended up waiting about an hour which was a relief! We were seated outside by the water which I thought would be very buggy, but with the giant fans around us it was very comfortable. We travel with children with severe dairy and nut allergies and they were very accommodating! The sushi rolls are very fresh and delicious. I ordered tortilla crusted tilapia but asked for the lemon butter side on the side, which I'm so glad I did because it didn't even need it. Everyone was very pleased with their meals...would definitely return but maybe arrive earlier!
great food and the wait was very long. nice outside bar with live music. beautiful views for sunsets. peel and eat shrimp were delicious as well as oysters rockefeller.
This restaurant is one of the reasons we fell in love with Hilton Head. This and the other 300+ reviews probably says enough. Get there early if you want to get your food quickly otherwise plan on getting a few drinks while you wait to be seated and make a night of it. Theres plenty to keep you entertained.
Off the beaten path, grab a drink and enjoy beautiful view of skull creek. Don't be intimidated, Worth the 1-hr wait on a Tuesday evening. Vast menu, started with seafood chowder, full of crab, shrimp with rich white cream sauce. Main dishes were remarkable large fish portions Hog nose snapper special, blackened swordfish. shrimp & grits smoky smooth. Add this to your hit list!
Ate there last night. I found the portions to be good. I got the fried clams and oysters (the only reason I went was I was looking for whole bellied fried clams, and one of the reviewers said they were excellent. However, they weren't too be had. My wife got the crab legs. She enjoyed them. I'd like give a 3.5, but this isn't possible unfortunately. The service was great. Unfortunately, there was nothing special about the food. If they were not located in hilton head, they would have to charge half price. It was a one hour wait, but we got to sit immediately at the bar, and it didn't dampen the experience at all. I wouldn't go back, but that's just me.
Awful - the wait was ridiculous ! No live music and no service ( bug spray) cause you need it. After committing to waiting the 1st 45 minutes your thinking any minute now. WRONG. Skip it. Go any place other than here.
Delicious sushi and seafood! Great atmosphere for happy hour and a night out. Good place for live music too
Hands-down the best place to go every time I come and visit my mom in Hilton head. Name just now started a live band on the weekends to where you can enjoy great music and amazing sunsets. Any fish or sushi you get there is some of the best in town! Always good service and the price is definitely right for the atmosphere, ambience, and entertainment.... Definitely two thumbs up for anybody in the area!
We really enjoyed the food, the service and, being lucky enough to get seated where we had a view of the water, we enjoyed the view. I had shrimp and grits which I loved. Everyone in out party had something they liked very much. Prices were reasonable.
Atmosphere and view is beautiful but I am not sure it is really worth the wait. With so many places to choose from on HHI you may prefer to go elsewhere. Food good not great.
Skull Creek Boathouse is fantastic! My father in law got the swordfish and has been raving about it since. Tim, our waiter, took great care of us. The atmosphere is very laid back - we really enjoyed the yard games outside and the view of the sunset while waiting for our table. We would recommend this as a top spot to visit while on HHI!
Awesome atmosphere and food. I enjoyed the bar at lunch and then went back and sat inside for dinner. Try the Tuna Three Ways or any of the fish specials.
We had two great meals here and will continue to visit Skull Creek... Outside service was great and it is pet friendly which is great. Food and service was excellent ...
Went here with my hubby on a Thursday night in February around 5pm. The wait was about 20 minutes, so we took a seat at the bar. Good happy hour specials with discounts on drinks and appetizers at the bar. When we were texted for our table (they use your cell Phone to text in lieu of pagers) we were permitted to close out bar tab and have the happy hour priced apps delivered our table. Service was good and sushi was delicious. Fried green tomatoes were good but not great. The fried shrimp platter was good-but I preferred Sea Shack. All in all a nice place to eat-watch out for the crowd. It was getting very busy when we left around 7.
Through the suggestion of Yelp and some locals we decided to try here on our vacation which this is my 2nd time to HHI :) We decided to go with sushi so we got the surf and turf roll, Dynamite Roll and Tuna 3 ways. The surf and turf roll was excellent my fav of the whole meal! The dynamite roll was decent not as flavorful as I would of liked it to be. The tuna 3 ways was different I liked the spicy tuna tartare that was on the dish the other 2 were good again not as much flavor as I would of liked. The other meals coming out of the kitchen looked fantastic would love to go here again! Now as for the atmosphere it was super loud and noisy kind of hard to talk at the table. Plus there were a ton of families w little kids around us as well. Which can be expected Ar times but the over all noise was bad. It was packed also which to me is a sign of a good restaurant :)
Let me start by saying that I have been to SKB many times, both with family and with my friends on girl weekends. SKB is one of those places that is a "must do" on our trips to HHI. That being said, here is my review. Tonight, we arrived around 5:15 and waited in line to put our name on the list. We asked for outdoor dining only and were told it would be around a 90 min wait. That was fine. We grabbed some drinks & played cornhole. Then, we got the text (70 min later) that our table was ready. It was like we won the lottery....until they tried to seat us inside. Not good. After another 20 min we were finally seated outside. If you put your name on the list, I would recommend checking with the desk to make sure your requests are granted! Anyway, we were seated & let me just say that Alex was probably the best waiter I've had in years. I used to be a bartender (& our family owned restaurants) so I know a good server when I see one. This guy was great--he anticipated what we needed & had a sense of urgency. He made up for the misstep by the hostess desk at the beginning of our experience. Great food & amazing atmosphere, as usual.
Last day of vacation here in HHI before heading back to New England and had one of the best experiences of the whole trip. We have been let down quite a bit over the last week with service in a few places but the experience we had with our server Benny completely made up for that. The gumbo was great as was the flounder I had for dinner so I can't wait for the next trip down here so we can come back. Ask for Benny if you come here!
All around great experience I would have to say that this is a must while on hilton head island. Great service from Tim. Plenty to do while you wait and the fact that it is a real boathouse is really cool also.
This place is really good. I saw some of the less favorable reviews, of which there are only a few, and would say that even the best place can have a so-so dish or an off day. However that has not been my experience here....ever. The service is always great and the views from the outside seating area are just beautiful. Great place to watch the sunset on the ocean. This place is nothing fancy decor wise but it is totally the nautical thing being at waters edge and next to an operating boathouse. It works well. I have been coming here every year for the past 5 years on our yearly golf trip along with 6 of my friends. We have never had anything but a great experience each time. No complaints about any of the food. I can see the other reviewers point about the stuffed flounder. I had it last time and it was a bit too simple but still decent and not dry for me. If you want to sit outside get there early otherwise you may have a wait. Inside seating seems to turn over a bit quicker. The food here is very good overall. The fresh fish selections and differnt ways you can order them leave plenty of choices for all. The Low Country Boil is my favorite thing on the menu for entrees. It has crab, oysters, shrimp and much more. If you like shellfish this is for you. As a group we have tried many of the other entrÃ©es and nearly every appetizer all of which were very good. The menu is large and there are some selections for the landlubber as well. This is a must stop at least once each golf week we are here. This is one of the top stops on the island in my book.
Great food and beautiful location. I go everytime I visit the island. Be prepared to wait. Get there early and it usually isnt as bad. If the weather permits they have a bar set-up outside to help entertain while you wait. Can get costly, but hey your on vacation.
We went on Fathers Day evening. Had a party of 7 at 6 O'clock, so probably shouldn't be surprised that the wait was an hour and 30 minutes. 1. Wait - We would generally not go in for a wait of 90 minutes. Since long waits are the norm here, they really should provide more shaded waiting area. I do give them credit for the texting system for when the table is ready and reasonably accurate assessment of wait time. Also, we did have some fun doing the plus size Jenga game, although it was in the blazing sun. So below average. 2. Service - overall average. Our waiter was personable and gave us good candid assessment of the menu. Also, he inspired confidence with regard to the food allergy of one in our party, that there were adequate safeguards in the kitchen. Downside- we asked for bread when we ordered and it did not arrive until the entrees came out, about 30 minutes later. Not good when you're sitting down famished already from the wait. And two in the party did not have the sides of mashed potatoes that they had ordered. 3. Food- Above average. TEveryone was happy with the flavor. One was disappointed that the salad had only a few black beans . The seafood sampler plate was yummy all the way around , they do a great job flavoring the crab cakes without hiding the crab flavor. Obviously all of the seafood was extremely fresh. Grouper was very juicy, cooked perfectly. 4. Value - above average. Total cost for 7 was $147 with tax before tip,although one had only a large salad, and none had drink except water. So my main tip would be to not come on a weekend, unless time and hunger level are not issues. Could be easily be 4 stars otherwise.
I thought this it was fairly "touristy" place. I just can't see the 4 and 5 star reviews by fellow Yelpers. In fact, I can't even give them 3 stars. Owned by the SERG restaurant group which owns a bunch of restaurants on the island. We had thought about going to Hudson's but after reading reviews decided to go here. Sunday night at 6 during the offseason were seated right away. It's far bigger than I thought it would be. Wine was on the high side (prices). Ordered Hush Puppies for an appetizer. I admit, the hush puppies were pretty good, however, the real flavor came from the spicey whipped butter. Piping hot, NOT greasy. Very good in fact. After having these the outlook was good. Had a cup of seafood chowder soup. Decent, but overly salty. Nice amount of seafood in it but salty.. salty.. too salty. Wife had the stuffed flounder. They were not what I expected which was a stuffed flounder filet. They were like flounder roulades of fish with the stuffing inside the rolled fish. The dish was lukewarm (not hot, almost cold) and the fish was overcooked and dry. Not much flavor. Disappointed. I had the Boathouse Scored Flounder, which is a whole flounder deep fried. It was Impressive looking, but also overcooked. Not much flavor either. To me that's the biggest mistake most mediocre seafood restaurants make, they overcook the seafood. Red rice was decent but not outstanding (they could take a lesson from Gwen and Frannys Fried Chicken on how to make Red Rice). Coleslaw tasted like it was out of a big container from Sysco, nothing special. The "Portuguese" corn bread served with the meal was good (not sure about what makes it' "Portuguese", I lived in Portugal for 4 years and never had this). Overall, it seemed like a typical tourist type place. Decent food, on the pricey side, but nothing to write home about. Note - the server was kind of annoying as well. Pretty much ignored us until the end when he pushed us to give him a good writeup on Trip advisor.
Get a patio table, especially at sunset. Start with the delicious angry tuna roll. Ask about specials and order a local fish such as swordfish, grouper or mahi mahi are good bets if available. Order key lime pie to top it off. Nice kids menu. Kids are definitely welcome; nice kids menu and nice touch with coins for toddlers that can be exchanged for little gifts. Definitely worth the trip while on the island. Complimentary parking to boot.
Great place to dine outdoors along the water. They have an extensive menu and their Cajun Pasta is my favorite. Prices are reasonable, too.
Arrived before 6 pm and had an Early Bird dinner.we had the seafood platters, one broiled and one fried. Both were great and came with a salad. Hush puppies and drinks were also good. Service was wonderful.
Came here Dec. 22 at 6pm- only 15 minute wait for dinner. Had the following for appetizer: Calamari, just ok, much better elsewhere, grilled fish taco and shrimp tempura roll which were very good. Bread was really good- crunchy on the outside, sweet and soft inside. I got angry tuna bowl which was very good, interesting flavor combination- crispy noodle, seaweed salad, spicy tuna and crab and sticky rice. It's good to try but not something I would crave. Hubby got grouper imperial which was very good. Kids got Parmesan crusted cod-very good, salmon Rockefeller which was excellent and steamed mussels which was good but my daughter did not like too much though we liked it. Service was fast and attentive. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Btw, the portions are big for us- we had leftovers to take home. For those who are curious, above dinner ( 5 people) came up to $136, excluding tip, no alcoholic drink.
This was a great place. Casual and right on the water. Not to mention the food was delicious! Everything we ordered was so good! Their drinks seemed over priced but all in all, we enjoyed the meal. I definitely recommend the shrimp po boy! Mmmmm!
Great food and outdoor bar. Lunch specials are a great price and size. Drinks are a little pricey but still wonderful. I had the shrimp and grits and the Thai princess salad and it hit the spot. Quite the variety here.
We had 2 small Kids after being quoted 1 1/2 hr wait we decided to eat at the bar. Sat there waiting for are food for over an HOUR on top of everything. Your waiter just disappears and does not come back to give you your check this is the worst service I've ever had would never come back here again rather get McDonald's
Awesome food, atmosphere, service. Price is not bad. Live entertainment at times. Just a great place. Others have mentioned the long waits. Be forewarned, it can get very crowded with very long waits but the wait is enjoyable due to the environment. It just depends on your temperament and state of mind. I suggest getting on island time :-) I go every time I visit. It is one of a handful of my staple restaurants on the island. I hear Sunday brunch is wonderful. If you decide to go, you will not be disappointed!
We came to HHI for a quick winter getaway and wanted to indulge in some seafood! We found the greatest place to satisfy our indulgence! After watching the sunset, we went inside to warm up and satisfy our fresh seafood craving. Even in the off season this place was packed so we decided to get a cocktail and app at the bar. Amanda and Jimmy were so attentive that we ended up eating at the bar. SCB serves up fresh ceviche, sushi, and oysters and plenty of cold beers!
The atmosphere here is really cool. Its absolutely beautiful and right on the water. We were quoted an hour wait time and my husband and I had a couple beers at their beer truck outside and sat at some of the picnic tables to wait. We were seated in just under an hour which was nice. We were seated inside (would have preferred outside but so we didn't have to wait longer we just said first available) at a table right by the front doors and the bar area and it was LOUD. Very loud. Almost impossible to talk to each other. Our waiter was nice but overbearing and annoying. It would have been nice if we gave us more space so we could have enjoyed ourselves. The food was just OK. We ordered the crab and shrimp appetizer which came out of the kitchen messy looking and seemed as if they just threw it in the microwave for a couple minutes. My husband had the surf and turf. He said his steak was very bland, and his crab cake was okay...you can get better ones on the Island. I had crab legs which were fine....good as far as crab legs go. We also has a couple margaritas which were good. Also its pretty expensive, not worth what you're paying. I think that there are a LOT of better restaurants to eat at on the island. I wish we would have just gone to Hudsons next door and I really enjoy Hudsons but we wanted to try something new. Don't think we will ever go back.
Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, service was excellent, food was better than expected and prices were great. Definitely going back
Cool place!!! I did not mind waiting an hour and a half! We enjoyed some cocktails sat by the docks and played some corn hole!! When we got there it took FOREVER for the server to come by, we were STARVING. Started off with the oysters! They were great! I got the Stuffed Jumbo shrimp for my dinner!! There was way too many on there could not eat it all! Had to give the rest to my husband! It was cooked perfectly! I substituted the sides it came with but was pleased! My husband got the Salmon Rockefeller and he enjoyed it! We were too full for dessert. I would def come back again! I enjoyed the atmosphere and the food but the WAIT time is WAY too long!
Pricey and small portions. Service is a bit slow. Foods ok, I guess I didn't order the right thing.
Stopped in for lunch on a rainy Monday morning, so glad we did. Our server, Mark, was great. He spent a great deal of time informing us of local attractions. We had the conch ceviche and oysters, both very good. The atmosphere was great even in the rain, we enjoyed the food, drinks and dock watching. Big thanks again to Mark for a great experience!
This is the best place we have eaten on our trip. The sword fish was great, the royal sampler was cooked to perfection, and the shrimp and grits was to die for. Tim, our waiter, made the experience ten-fold better. He is a great server and we can't wait to come back and see him and the awesome staff at Skull Creek Boathouse again soon.
Pros: 1) Awesome patio and atmosphere 2) Great live music in the evenings 3) Server was fantastic 4) Despite the place being packed- our table of two was ready in just 15 min or so-much quicker than expected! 5) Loved the giant jenga game and adirondack chairs that were available while we waited for a table Cons: 1) Food is mediocre- (we had steamed shrimp, and crab legs) Go for drinks and apps and enjoy the music and patio. Skip the entrees unless you're content with average food.
Great views from the patio! Between the four of us, we had the hush puppies (EXCELLENT!), cheeseburger (very good), coconut shrimp (bit too much batter and not enough coconut), seafood Cobb salad (very good), gumbo (very good but could have been a little hotter temp when served), fish tacos (EXCELLENT! Get them blackened!) and sweet potato fries (very good). Overall: very good food, price is about what you expect for bar/seafood in a more touristy place. Views of the dock were great and the place had a very cool vibe! :)
Excellent! We arrived estly-5:45pm. We waited 25 minutes. Use the complimentary valet. Food was excellent and perfectly seasoned. Good quanity, excellent crab and shrimp dip. Gumbo was excellent New Orleans style (we are from La.). The bread was fantastic. Good price on domestic drafts-$2.50. Fantastic meal!
This place is a bit hard to find but well worth the effort! When you are driving here it is behind the huge boat house that looks like a big warehouse. There is a narrow parking lot to the side. My picky picky family loved this place! We had the hushpuppies, fish sandwich, gumbo, cuban, grilled chicken and fries. All of us loved our food and may come back to try out some more of the choices on this menu! The atmosphere was great. It had music playing. It was casual dress. Kids were around making us all feel welcome. The waitress did great and kept our glasses full (which always make me happy).
The food was a mixed bag--some good, some just ok. The real downfall was the service. I watched our waitress pet a dog with both hands and then directly from that point, handle plates with food.
Consistently great food, attentive & friendly staff, lively atmosphere, and terrific views! What could be better. Fresh seafood, delicious sushi, and Southern favorites. This could be the most popular place on the island.
One of my favorite places in the world. Great outdoor space, live music, excellent broils, full bar, and pretty special inlet views in the evening.
Had a great meal outside at the bar. Both our meals were well prepared. Drinks were strong. It's pet friendly outside which I love. They have lawn games, fire pits, great sunset views. Service was good but not great. It was off season so would expect more personalized service, nothing bad just not WOW. Would go back.
I went to Skull Creek with a friend for dinner. They have a great system where they text you when your table is available, so you can actually walk around and enjoy the scenery. The wait on a Saturday night was not long at all. I ordered clam strips, self-peel shrimp, and sweet potato fries. It was all delicious and exactly what I wanted without breaking the bank. My friend ordered hush puppies (amazing!) and a crab cake plate. The service was great. This is a good place for friends, groups, families, everyone! Will definitely go when Im in the area agai .
Come early in the summer - no matter what the day. Great service - always sit at the bar, inside or out, whenever you can. It's a super spot with great food, friendly staff and a great time.
Wonderful place food was great service was OK. Would highly recommend. Everyone in our party enjoyed the evening
As we lived out the back gate of HHI Plantation - this is one of our favorite go-to restaurants. Food, view, service is always excellent. We dont usually sit at the bar here (because the view outside is awesome!), but my hubby and I stopped by the bar on Saturday for some lunch and basketball playoffs. The food is always great - but I was blown away by the service I received from Edwina and Breck. Everyone knows what it is like to sit at the bar - but this was a different experience. Both Edwina and Breck took ownership of my experience - making sure my glass was full, my food was right, I had what I needed....each stopping during a very busy time to chat with me about where we are from (we are locals) and the basketball game. It was a stellar experience - more like sitting at a table with the easy atmosphere of the bar. It was a home run experience and I will be back.
Good food, Good service, the Portuguese Cornbread was awesome! Would recommend this place to all who like seafood
Such a great place to visit! Love the food, but more so our waiter, Rick! Wow! We will be coming back and asking for him again!
Oh yes, yes, yes!!!! We went at 6:15 and only waited for about 45 minutes. Not bad for a Friday night. (Although I thought it was off-season!) My aunt and uncle had the tile fish, which was one of the specials. They both loved it. Very fresh. Local catch. I had the 1 lb. lobster, which was succulent and flavorful. The side dishes were corn and new potatoes. Corn on cob was great, but potatoes were a bit bland. Our server, Cesar was great. We had switched tables, because it was drafty and cold at the first table and they moved us- no problem- very accommodating. Our first server was just there briefly before we moved, but he was very kind and personable. Didn't catch his name, but he is the sweet guy from Minnesota. This restaurant draws a senior citizen crowd. Besides some grandchildren that were there along with them, we were probably among the youngest folks there. There was also a balloon guy, making balloon animals for the children there. I would absolutely return here. We didn't really catch the sunset, but it looked like it would be spectacular from this location.
This is such a fun spot to come with the family. The atmosphere is lively and the view on the water is fantastic. I had the tile fish which I highly recommend and my fiancÃ© had the grouper another great option. I love the live music and patio dining. This is a truly fun experience not to be missed.
Visited recently with family. Despite frequent trips to HHI, we had not been here. I'm so glad that we decided to eat here, though! Great food and a lot of it! My husband has a huge appetite and he still needed a to go box! Will definitely be going back!
Dinner service, 02/07/2015, between 6-8pm. Wait was as advertised upon arrival. Very cool evening, and there was a fire with chairs around it that was full of people engaging in conversation. So from appearance they do meet the social aspect of dining. However, the dining experience not so. The wait staff was great, with the exception of the 3 younger women who were at the front reception area, with whom their cell phones and their own conversations about this and that were more pressing than the obvious question, "How many are in your party?". We chose this restaurant based on a coupon book that offered a BOGO. From what I could see, so did many others. There were four of us, and we ordered two different types of meals, as two do not enjoy seafood. So, two orders of the Fried Seafood Feast, and two orders of the Cajun Chicken Pasta. Cajun food has an abundance of flavors, and certain types of food memories come with it. However, the dish is mis-labeled. It should be called "Chicken with Ziti Pasta in a Light Alfredo Sauce". The sauce was a jarred alfredo sauce. Jarred. This is a dish you can recreate easily. Take Ragu, water it down to cut in half, add 1/2 of 1/2 grilled chicken breast, add sliced yellow peppers (leave them long so that they look impressive but hard to eat), a few onions, a scattering of mushrooms, and serve over ziti pasta with the watered down Ragu. At least serve the Ragu at full strength, add a splash of white wine to cut and add flavor, along with a tablespoon of butter, salt, pepper, and serve with cut fresh parsley on top. Nope. They are not about to raise their standards with this dish. Now, you may be saying to yourself, how do you know this? Because I asked. The young ladies at the front who ignored us upon entering was more than willing to tell me it was just alfredo sauce, nothing else added. And she was correct. No salt, pepper, let alone what Cajun food contains. No cayenne, nor anything else that had any real flavor to it. If a cook in the restaurant puts their name on this dish, then perhaps the cook needs to get a cookbook....and a spoon to taste before serving. Which leads me to the second dish. No salt on the fish. None. Dry. Tasteless. A complete waste. The server should have noticed that both of the fish from the meals were intact when they came to remove the dishes with the exception of a few bites. What a waste. The shrimp were fine, as the scallops, but the oysters were overcooked. And, please remember that frying oil gets cross contaminated when using it for multiple purposes. It needs to be changed frequently. Drinks. Coke products, but not fresh tasting. So the lines need cleaning. Sweet tea was good, as was the water and coffee. If you want Seafood, stop before this restaurant at Hudson's. Much better, same wait times, yet the food is head and shoulders better seasoned, and the same price point. In terms of Cajun Pasta, Kenny B's Voodoo Chicken on the Island, but in reality a Cajun sauce is quite simple to make FROM SCRATCH. Two stars. Again, the atmosphere is fantastic. Hush Puppies were great - just old oil. They have a good base to work with. They just need a head chef that cares about what leaves the kitchen, not just the volume.
Back for a third dinner outside on the water. Shrimp and Scollop plate, broiled to perfection. Service was pleasant and gave good guidance. Live music was too loud and inter feared with our enjoyment of the atmosphere. We come here every time we visit Hilton Head, and we'll be back.
We ended up here by chance but I'm quite pleased that we did. We arrived and were told that it would be 30 minutes and they would text when the table is ready. 20 minutes later we were in since we took first available table. Started with a hilton head mule which was great. he corn bread and butter were delciious. We got a dozen Virginia oysters to start along with fried pickles, dynamite roll and a seafood chowder. The oysters were fresh, briny, decent sized, and very tasty. The dynamite roll was devoured and the seafood chowder was ranked highly as well. The fried pickles were amazing. Best I've ever had. My kids both got the Angry Tuna Bowl which I tasted. I agree with them it was oustanding and I would order it the next time I'm here. I had the grouper which was excellent. The tilefish although fresh was good but not great and was served lukewarm. Our waitress Elysha was great and sent us home with extra corn bread and butter. If you are lucky enough to get her tip her well as she worked her butt off. Place has great atmosphere and a lot of energy. Don't forget to hit the gift shop on the way out. No reservations but worth the wait.
Only negative--LONG wait. But well worth it! Sat on the dock watching the sunset & some dolphins. Get the hush puppies! They were delicious! I had sushi and it was good--the Crunchy roll must've been flash fried--it was amazing. My boyfriend's snow crab legs we're ridiculously good! Definitely worth the wait! Perfect atmosphere, gorgeous views, fantastic food.
We were recommended here by some Hilton Head locals ( we are from Las Vegas)... The bartenders Amanda, and Maggie were awesome and they recommended the Angry Tuna Roll at the bar while waiting for our outside seating and it was OUTSTANDING! We got there at Happy hour, so drinks at the bar were $1 off and appetizers at the bar were half-price... We waited to be seated outside which wasn't a long wait at all( the wait was only about 30 minutes for outside seating- but immediate if we wanted to eat inside). This was also at about 5pm, so it was very busy. When our table was ready, Carson took over as our server and was very attentive and extremely friendly. We ordered the King Crabs legs for an appetizer, and they were outstanding, very fresh, sweet, tasty, and filling ( this could have been an entree it was so large). The price was about average for King Crab at market price and a lot cheaper than what we would have paid in Las Vegas. For dinner, I got the Wreck fish which was tasty but a little bland, it needed a bit more spices. My husband got the Royal Sampler which was Scallops, Crab- stuffed shrimp, and a special vinegar potato chip crusted crab cake ( the crab cake was ALL crab- hardly any fillers). EVERYTHING he got was outstanding as well. Then came desert (which we really didn't need as we were so full), we got the Blackberry Cheesecake, and I must say it was the BEST cheesecake we've had in years. Also the portion could have fed a family of four... I would highly recommend Skull Creek Boathouse to everyone in the Hilton Head area.
Iama Critic Rating - Skull Creek Boathouse - 4 Stars 397 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island, SC Overall: As a chef I love to travel and experience all sorts of cuisine. I simply love good food and it doesn't matter to me if the place is a dive where I eat off paper plates and ripped seats, or a fancy bistro on a yacht. But in this economy, price matters, with a high price demanding high expectations! On a recent trip my guests and I were loaded to the hilt with discount coupons and gift cards, so we visited several of the most well known restaurants in Hilton Head, SC. So does Skull Creek Boathouse measure up, we shall see! $6.00 - Seafood Chowder - 5 Stars Wow, I have eaten all over this country, from Maine to Florida, and all the way over to California, and I have never had a bowl of chowder this BIG. Oh, but the voluminous delight does not end there, all those different seafood morsels release an orgy of flavor within your mouth! Scallops in a chowder? Yes, yes, it literally was some of the best spent money ever! And I have eaten at over a thousand restaurants! $16.00 - Jambalaya - 5 Stars I have traveled to New Orleans countless times, just to eat! And SCB's jambalaya was every bit as good as the best I have ever had! And I have been served in the bayou by people that didn't even speak English! $20.00 - Salmon Rockefeller - 3 Stars My very finicky, health conscious guest, none too pleased with my very unhealthy choices, ordered the Salmon Rockefeller, minus everything that makes it Rockefeller, as well as a side of steamed green beans, a potato and a house salad. My guest, who never orders anything per the menu, has the most horrid fortune at restaurants. For some reason she is oft served such horribly paltry entrees, that at times her orders seem to be purposefully abused. Her salmon portion was no larger than a tiny bream, perhaps 4 ounces, her portion of steamed green beans numbered only 10 and her salad was practically nothing but iceberg lettuce. Sadly for her, nothing I ordered was suitable, so she remained unsatisfied and gave her experience only three stars. Frankly I thought she was kind to give her meal three! $20.00 - Soft Shell Crabs - 1 Star This entree of two soft shelled crab, which was served, not fried, but broiled and covered with a lemon alfredo sauce and served over rice. The crabs were not on the menu and were expensive, as expected. Almost every restaurant that offers soft shelled crabs simply screws it up in one way or another, and SCB is no exception. Their sauce was so excessively strong that the delicate taste of the crab is entirely lost, and the rice upon which it was served, was not their fancy red rice, but a rather dull lifeless rice with a few bits of veggies for color. Soft shelled crab is typically outrageously priced, so this entree was a complete failure and the recipe needs to be radically altered. Final Thoughts: Forget the horrid soft shell crab, the pathetic house salads and the paltry salmon, and get yourself the chowder, it's a $6 meal in a monstrous bowl, and order the Jambalaya as take out, for two days you will be in tastebud bliss fro a mere $22.00! As for the rest of their menu items over $12.00, I have serious reservations about it being worth the price! It seems the higher the price the less you get.
Best restaurant on the island period. Great food, good prices, and the service is on point. You can get there by car or boat. Outdoor seating at the bar is the spot to be for the sunset view.
Not sure what all the excitement is over the place other than it is right on the water and fun if you are at the bar. Oysters were excellent however the rest of our meals( fried seafood platter, calamari, stuffed shrimp) were at best average. Server was nice, food came out so quick it felt like either it was precooked or they just wanted you out of there. So many other fantastic restaurants for the money in Hilton head.
Very cool atmosphere but they messed up our order twice. First, they were very late bringing my sisters chicken tenders. Then while she waited 30 minutes after everyone else got food, they brought macaroni and cheese. "That's not what we ordered" "oh...my mistake" then 10 minutes later they brought grilled chicken. Wrong again. Then, after that they finally brought the right meal. Manager came and comped the meal and apologized. Just a little bad that an 11 year old had to wait 50 minutes to eat her chicken. EDIT: what I did not realize was the manager said he would take it off the bill and didn't. We mentioned it to the server and she fixed it
A long wait (about an hour), but the food was fresh and really great. We spent the day on the water fishing, and this restaurant will take what you caught and prepare it for you (so I hear...we didn't make the right catch). It's right next door to two other restaurants (Hudson's and chart house) and this was much more casual than the others. It also looked more enjoyable. I had the scallops and they were some of the best I've had. My four year old had the kids filet and ate every last bite. That's a big accomplishment. I'd like to go again. This is one of the few places on the island where you can dine and watch the sunset.
Good food. Long wait. We arrived about 6 pm on a monad and were told that it would be 90-120 min wait. It was. Once we were seated we had good service. The waitress was there right away for drink orders and then back quickly with drinks and to take our order. We had some wings for an appetizer and they were pretty average. Wife had the cod for dinner and it was awesome! I had the seafood stew and it was very good. My son had the jambalaya and said it Wasserstein great. I would recommend either going early for the "Early Bird Special" or wait until about 8 or 8:30 to go.
Extensive, delicious menu, incredible drinks, wonderful service. We went Christmas week and had happy hour in the outside bar; plenty of strong heaters to keep everyone warm. Favorites were the sushi (best we've ever had, collectively), the Horchata Colada (get it), and everything we ordered off the specials menu. Earlybird supper menu has great portions for a good price. Ambiance and service were welcoming, our server Darren felt like family. Ask servers for local hot spot suggestions. Highly recommend!
Nasty! If you like cheap cigars and strong cologne this is the place for you! Overpriced drinks and the service is awful! Skip this one!
Dining, my friends, is an experience composed of more than just what's on the plate and what the food may lack in WOW factor here the location, views, atmosphere and vibe make up for tenfold! I would go back here again and again for the overall experience. Grab a cold one, enjoy the beautiful surroundings, eat some decent yet fresh seafood and live yo life! Note: I ordered the chilled seafood platter for myself and it was a gluttonous choice. However, all of that seafood for only $34?!?! That thing would cost at least $80 in DC area. See pic. Would work great as an appetizer for a table of 4 (or more).
First time visitor.....can I say "can't wait to go again. Excellent lunch menu, great food, great service. Reasonably priced, wide variety of foods.
Outstanding seafood! Best of our stay, no holds barred. I ordered a cup of seafood chowder to start, which tasted homemade, with shrimp, flounder, scallops, potatoes and a wonderful creamy base. For my entree I had the fisherman's catch, broiled, which was generous amounts of scallops, shrimp, stuffed flounder, deviled crab, served with a wonderful Cajun style rice an crisp green beans. My husband had a cup of gumbo and flounder almondine, both of which he raved about, with smashed potatoes and green beans. My sister had stuffed flounder and my brother in law had pecan ginger crusted mahi mahi. We ate in the bar on Friday night so no wait, drinks were great, service was great, view of sunset and water was great. This restaurant is now on our "must go" list for our recurring trips to HH.
Thrilled with this place!!! Atmosphere was perfect, kids were thrilled with their menu, and my husband and I were too!!! We were completely satisfied with our portions and the taste of everything was wonderful! We went early, 3:00 pm and as we were leaving cars were piling in. This place was perfect! Only issue was the gift shop, they gave the kids coins to spend... Which led to an argument, but as far as food and atmosphere couldn't have been better (just keep the coins a secret)
I'm OVER it!!! Two hour + waits & an indifferent staff will be the undoing of this hyper popular HH restaurant. The location on the docks at skull creek is beautiful inviting, but they take no reservations, no call ahead & it's usually a very long wait. If you can grab a table at the bar, raw bar or high top table at the outside bar, you're lucky & can avoid the wait. The food is good & the atmosphere fun, but the trolling for tables & impossibly long waits make it so unpleasant that we're moving it off our list. Hudson's (two docks down) offers better food & the convenience of call ahead.
This is another place I will praise for providing entertainment for people while they wait on their table. I ate the ahi tuna sandwich which was very good. I will be coming back next year.
The good... The location. Great view of the water. The rest... Not so good. We had a large group and having a clueless waiter made the experience difficult. He was so unhelpful, it was amazing. Luckily we were sitting near the bar, so when it was time for another drink, I had a tab open at the bar and I would get up and go get one myself. The food is mostly frozen, packaged junk. Our group was still talking when the bill came and after I paid, he disappeared. We would have loved not just our main courses but even some appetizer plates to be cleaned up but he was no where to be found. We would have ordered more drinks from him but that wasn't an option. He didn't even come to pick up my signed check and we were there for about a half hour after I signed it. I was with some great friends, luckily, so that and the view were very enjoyable.
Just finished eating and had to write a review! I had the Lowcountry Boil and my husband had the early bird special fried seafood platter. From a girl that grew up along the coast a b d waited tables in many seafood restaurants, I know good seafood when I taste it. This was the real deal. I see why it's so busy. Service was great and we will be back!
We had a great meal! We orders the sampler platter for an appetizer, everything was super tasty and came out fast and fresh. For our meal, we ordered the broiled and fried seafood platters as well as the fresh catch. Everybody got exactly what they wanted and were very pleased. The restaurant also has an excellent early bird menu with a lot of great options (that's what we ordered from). Our server, Leslie, was very friendly and attentive, she made sure we were for want of nothing! Definitely will go back, strongly recommended.
Pros: Delicious hush puppies, moonshine cocktails, good strong drinks, yummy shrimp po boy, plenty of outdoor seating Cons: Not overly clean, entire restaurant smells like it could use a good clean. Other: Quiet around 5pm. Live music later in the evening so I recommend having a later dinner if you want a more lively scene.