Top Seafood Restaurants in the Lowcountry

Posted by Paige Rose on Thursday, March 11th, 2021 at 10:40am

One of the greatest benefits of living in the Lowcountry is easy access to amazing seafood restaurants. We recently listed several top restaurants in Bluffton, including a couple of seafood favorites! For this article, we chose different locations, so be sure to check out our previous article for a complete list of local food favorites. 

When it comes to fresh, the Lowcountry offers the best seafood restaurants for local delicacies like oysters and blue crab. Our waterways are full of delicious fish species and so many of our waterfront eateries get their catches fresh every day.

Whether you are looking for casual or upscale, you just can’t go wrong when eating at a seafood restaurant by the water. When preparing this list for you, we considered a variety of criteria including location, ambiance, and of course, menus!  

If you’re in the mood to taste your way around our region enjoying the sweet variations of all things seafood, check out our round-up below.


A Lowcountry Backyard - Hilton Head Island, SC

The name gives it all away, but this spot is homier than a typical restaurant! It is full of food, fun, and adventure and it really is a backyard. With a recently updated outdoor seating area, tasty fare, and live music, this backyard restaurant is a great option for families. Their menu focuses on traditional regional seafood dishes and they make things extra enjoyable with a welcoming family atmosphere. 

  • Cuisine: American, seafood

  • Location: 32 Palmetto Bay Road | Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

  • Hours: 

    • Monday - Friday: 11am - 9m

    • Saturday: 8am - 9pm

    • Sunday: 8am - 2pm

  • Check out the Facebook page for specials 

  • More info:


Hudson’s Seafood House On the Docks

No list of Hilton Head Island seafood restaurants is complete without a mention of Hudson's on the Docks. Their menu is full of options caught that day, prepared freshly and with tons of flavor. The atmosphere is as classically Lowcountry as it gets. Not only do they have their own oyster farm, but they give back to the community and to their environment in measurably impactful ways. A meal at Hudson’s is always enjoyable!

  • Cuisine: Classic seafood, American

  • Location: Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 29926

  • Hours: Open Daily

    • Lunch: 11 am – 4 pm

    • Dinner: 5 pm – until

    • Brunch: Sundays 10 am – 4 pm

  • Learn More:

See Also: Hilton Head Restaurants: Three Must-Try Eateries


Bluffton Family Seafood House - Bluffton, SC

Also known as Toomer’s Family Seafood House by the Bluffton Oyster Co., this family-owned business has operated the market, Bluffton Oyster Co., for over 100 years. Even with national recognition and subsequent popular tourist spot, it is still a must-include for this post of top seafood restaurants. 

The company features a market and a seafood restaurant and takes pride in providing only the freshest catch. When dining in, try the May River Oysters, the daily catch family-run business has been harvesting for years. You can’t go wrong with any entree choice, because all the catch is fresh as can be!

  • Cuisine: American, seafood

  • Location: 27 Dr Mellichamp Dr, Bluffton, SC 29910

  • Restaurant Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 11am - 8pm

  • Market info: 

    • 63 Wharf St Bluffton, SC 29910

    • Open Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm


Lost Local - Beaufort, SC

New to the dining scene in Beaufort is a casual taco bar and tasty seafood restaurant called Lost Local. They opened in summer 2020 and offer tons of authentic Mexican-style tacos with their own flavorful twists. Blackened fish tacos are one of our personal favorites, but you’ll have to try them for yourself! Located right in the heart of downtown Beaufort on Bay Street, you can check out Lost Local for fresh seafood tacos, fun drinks (it has a full bar), and a great vibe. 

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Tacos, Mexican

  • Location: 705 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC 29902

  • Hours: 

    • Monday & Tuesday: Closed

    • Wednesday - Saturday: 11am - 9pm

    • Sunday: 11am - 4pm

  • Learn More:


Lady’s Island Dockside - Lady’s Island, SC

What’s better than fresh seafood? Eating fresh seafood while looking at the water! At Lady’s Island Dockside, it’s all about that water view from the dock, the epitome of Lowcountry dining experience. 

This location has been operating since 2012, and the now-closed original location opened in 1990. From She Crab Soup to nightly seafood specials and steak, eating at Lady’s Island Dockside in Beaufort is sure to bring you some joy. 

  • Cuisine: Seafood

  • Location: 71 Sea Island Pkwy Beaufort, SC 29902

  • Hours

    • Monday - Friday: 4pm - 11pm

    • Saturday & Sunday: 1pm - 11pm

  • More info: 


Springtime is the peak season to enjoy outdoor dining. And for the next time you don’t know what to do for lunch or dinner, try one of our top seafood restaurants! 

  1. Take the family to A Lowcountry Backyard or Hudson’s to enjoy outdoor seating and fun seafood dishes.

  2. Bluffton Family Seafood house promises some of the freshest fish in town. 

  3. Get your fish tacos (and any other taco you might want) at Beaufort’s new Lost Local.

  4. Enjoy casual dockside dining in Beaufort, visit Lady’s Island Dockside. 

Which seafood restaurant do you want to dine at first? Are you planning to try lunch or dinner?

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