COVID-19 in the Lowcountry: Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort Restaurants Reopening

Posted by Paige Rose on Thursday, May 28th, 2020 at 11:58am

Hilton Head Restaurants

With Summer officially in full swing, Hilton Head restaurants are reopening their dining rooms to serve locals and tourists once again. While outdoor seating remains the preferred location based on COVID-19 safety recommendations, many Lowcountry restaurants are opening their doors with certain precautions in place.

For example, some restaurants are maintaining a 50% capacity protocol to maintain social distancing. Others are limiting party size, so we recommend calling ahead to find out if they can accommodate larger groups. Additionally, many are requiring reservations so there is no congregating while waiting for a table. 

As we continue our coverage of the ways Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Beaufort are coping with COVID-19, today’s feature includes a list of restaurants that have reopened their patios, dining rooms, or both.

Now Open: Hilton Head Restaurants, Bluffton Restaurants, and Beaufort Restaurants

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!

  • Agave

  • 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

  • Carolina Coffee & Crumbs

  • Charbar Co.

  • Charlie’s L’etoile Verte

  • Chow Daddy’s

  • Club Seats

  • Common Ground

  • Corks

  • Corner Perk

  • Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse

  • CQ’s

  • Crazy Crab Jarvis Creek

  • Ela’s

  • FISH Casual Coastal Seafood

  • Fishcamp HHI

  • Frankie Bones HHI & Bluffton

  • Giuseppi’s Pizza & Pasta HHI & Bluffton

  • Hemingway’s Bistro

  • Healthy Habit

  • Holy Tequila

  • Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks

  • It's Greek to Me

  • Java Burrito

  • Johnson Creek Tavern

  • Local Pie HHI & Bluffton

  • Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar

  • Luther’s

  • Main Street Cafe and Pub

  • Marley’s Shrimp Shack

  • MidiCI

  • Mixx on Main

  • Nick’s Steak and Seafood

  • Nonna Marie’s Gelato & Coffee Bar

  • Nunzio Restaurant + Bar

  • Okatie Ale House

  • Olive and Fig Mediterranean Kitchen

  • One Hot Mama’s HHI & Bluffton

  • Panini’s

  • Palmetto Bay Sunrise Cafe

  • Plantation Cafe and Deli

  • Poseidon 

  • R Bar

  • Salty Dog Cafe

  • San Miguel's

  • Sandbar Beach Eats

  • Scott’s Fish Market

  • Sea Grass Grille

  • Sea Shack

  • Sippin’ Cow

  • Skillets

  • Skull Creek Boathouse

  • Skull Creek Dockside 

  • Street Meet

  • The Bluffton Room

  • The Cottage

  • The Juice Hive

  • The Other Sister’s Wine Bar

  • The Pearl

  • Tio's Latin American Kitchen HHI & Bluffton

  • Truffles Cafe

  • Up the Creek

  • Watusi Cafe

  • World of Beer

If you aren’t ready to venture out quite yet, you can always order delivery or curbside take out. 

Dining In Public During a Pandemic

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber has prepared a “Path Forward Readiness Plan” for restaurants to provide clear guidelines for keeping staff and guests safe. Here are a few ways you can slow the spread while enjoying a meal from a restaurant:

  • Continue to practice social distancing. Call ahead and ask if the restaurant you’re thinking about visiting has implemented any social distancing measures. 

  • Wearing a mask is recommended by the CDC, WHO, and our local authorities. It’s an easy way to keep yourself and others safer.

  • Before you dig into that delicious meal, wash your hands. 

  • During your visit, utilize the hand sanitizer made available to you. This is especially important if you’re touching shared items such as reusable menus.

  • Do not use any self-service elements (beverage refills, buffets, etc). 

  • And REMEMBER: Stay home if you feel ill or have been in contact with anyone testing positive for COVID-19 within 14 days.

Conclusion

As our beloved Lowcountry slowly reopens, please support your local eateries. While the threat of illness is certainly still here, taking safety precautions and patronizing restaurants who are also being safe means you can finally enjoy a meal out of the house!

Follow these basic tips to stay safe while dining out:

  1. Call Ahead. Make reservations and inquire about each individual restaurant’s commitment to your safety.

  2. Sanitize. Wash your hands before you dine. Utilize hand sanitizer after coming in contact with any shared surface. Consider bringing your own sanitizing wipes for chairs and door handles.

  3. Keep Your Distance. Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone not in your party, with the exception of your server. 

Are you excited to dine in restaurants again? 

Share your opinion in the comments!

If you’re interested, you can also catch up on all of our previous COVID-19 coverage here. Read about: 

 

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