Outdoor Dining

Social distancing is of the utmost importance as the Lowcountry eases back into business. With the highly anticipated reopening of our restaurants comes some safety regulations: outdoor dining only. This ensures staff can enforce safe distance between customers. Being outside reduces exposure as compared to being in a dining room.

As we continue our coverage of the ways Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Beaufort are coping with COVID-19, we look forward to sharing this next installment! Today’s feature is a guide to all the local eateries who have opened their doors - well - opened their patios!

If you’d like to catch up on the rest of our series, check out our feature nonprofit organizations dedicated to our residents, the fantastic ways our local restaurants are helping those in need and the way retail stores have coped with forced closures, and how they’re safely re-opening their doors to customers.

Lowcountry Restaurants With Outdoor Dining 

Governor Henry McMaster lifted the restrictions on outdoor dining in South Carolina beginning May 4, 2020. As of now, restaurants who have the capacity to offer outdoor seating are allowed to do so.

With Mother’s Day this Sunday, many families may be seeking a brunch option for Mom. If your family is still following the Stay At Home order, don’t worry! You can always order delivery or curbside take out. While many Lowcountry restaurants with outdoor dining are opening, you can always support them in other ways if you prefer.

For those of you wishing to dine outdoors, here is a list of the Lowcountry restaurants with patio seating, in alphabetical order. If we missed your establishment, please contact us and we will add you!

  • Alfred’s Hilton Head

  • Alvin Ord’s

  • Aunt Chilada’s

  • Black Marlin Bayside Grill & Hurricane Bar

  • British Open Pub

  • Cahill’s Market

  • Captain Woody’s

  • Common Ground

  • Corks

  • Corner Perk

  • FISH Casual Coastal Seafood

  • Frankie Bones

  • Hemingway’s Bistro

  • Holy Tequila

  • Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks

  • Johnson Creek Tavern

  • Luther’s

  • Main Street Cafe and Pub

  • Marley’s Shrimp Shack

  • Mixx on Main

  • Nick’s Steak and Seafood

  • Okatie Ale House

  • Olive and Fig Mediterranean Kitchen

  • One Hot Mama’s

  • Panini’s

  • Palmetto Bay Sunrise Cafe

  • Plantation Cafe and Deli

  • Poseidon 

  • R Bar

  • Sandbar Beach Eats

  • Sippin’ Cow

  • Skull Creek Dockside Restaurant

  • The Cottage

  • The Other Sister’s Wine Bar

  • The Pearl

  • Truffles Cafe

  • Watusi Cafe

  • World of Beer

Dining In Public During a Pandemic

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber has prepared a “Path Forward Readiness Plan” to help all businesses safely welcome consumers. Their restaurant Phase One Best Practice Recommendations clearly recommend steps to take for a safe reopening.

You can view the entire document here. We have gathered the relevant bullet points that all diners should consider below:

  • First and foremost, do not leave home if you feel ill. Remember that delivery is still a viable option if you have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone ill.

  • If you dine out, continue to practice social distancing. This means a MINIMUM of six feet between you and anyone not in your party.

  • If you must sneeze or cough, consider staying home. If it’s just allergies, remember to expel into your elbow, never your hand.

  • Refrain from any personal contact including shaking hands, hugging, and so on.

  • Wash your hands before entering the establishment and again before you leave.

  • During your visit, utilize the hand sanitizer made available to you.

  • Wear a mask any time you are in public. Of course, you must remove it to dine, but before and after your food arrives, it is best to wear a mask.

  • Do not use any self-service elements (beverage refills, buffets, etc). Allow your server to safely provide you with what you order.

In addition to the recommendations made by the Chamber, all restaurants must adhere to any new requirements and restrictions mandated by the governor and SCDHEC.


If you feel healthy and want to get some fresh air while supporting local eateries, you can safely enjoy outdoor dining by taking careful precautions. 

  1. Dine carefully: Wear a mask any time you go out. Wash your hands and utilize hand sanitizer. Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone not in your party. 

  2. Make a reservation: Reduce your wait time (how convenient!) and ensure you are not forced to stand near others while you wait.

  3. Order delivery: If you aren’t comfortable dining out yet, that’s okay. All of your favorite local restaurants are offering curbside pickup and most will deliver to your home.

How do you feel about Lowcountry restaurants reopening? Will you go out to dine, or keep safe at home?

Share your opinion in the comments!





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