Whether you're hungry for a fast and casual bite, or a luxurious, five-star dining experience, Kiawah Island has it all. From traditional Lowcountry favorites and fresh-caught seafood to seasonally inspired fare and global cuisine, read on to discover the best places to eat around the island! Read More

Kiawah Island is just 20 miles from Charleston, a nationally renowned food destination garnering critical praise and famished foodies from around the world. From the down-home to the delightfully decadent, Charleston serves up heaping helpings of award-winning cuisine and true Southern hospitality.

Below you will find a comprehensive guide to the best restaurants on Kiawah Island, but if you are hungry for more, just download our free Kiawah Island Vacation Guide. From dockside side burgers to fresh ice cream inside a house-baked waffle cone, our guide is full of recommendations that will please even the pickiest of eaters!

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Kiawah Island Restaurants

  • The Atlantic Room

Kiawah’s premier seafood restaurant. Located in the Ocean Course Clubhouse, enjoy seasonal ingredients, fresh and practical dishes and breathtaking ocean views. Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner service. Outdoor dining available in season.

  • The Ocean Room

High-end steakhouse and sushi lounge located in The Sanctuary. Award winning fare, select fine wines, unparalleled service and sweeping ocean views are the highlight of this ultimate dining experience. Sushi Lounge offers traditional sushi and small plates, classic cocktails, craft beer list and no reservations required!

  • The Ryder Cup Bar

This open porch bar features modern, Oceanside elegance with an upscale bar menu and specialty cocktails. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual beach-side atmosphere at the Ocean Course Clubhouse.

  • Jasmine Porch

Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner service in the Sanctuary’s elegant dining room. Panoramic windows offer bright, sweeping ocean views amid a classic, low-country interior. Spectacular Sunday Brunch buffet featuring live music and killer bloody marys.

  • Tomasso at Turtle Point

Family style Italian serving up homemade pasta, pizza and seasonal specials. Located just beyond the 18th green, at the Turtle Point Clubhouse. Warm and inviting with bar and table service. Outside seating available in season.

  • Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House

Open for lunch & dinner at Osprey Point Clubhouse, this casual ale house offers southern bbq platters, salads, signature sides and sauces with fairway and lagoon views. Veranda bar offers al fresco dining and extensive beer list. Voted BEST MAC N CHEESE!

  • The Market at Town Center

Located in East Beach Village, The Market is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It features gourmet sandwiches, salad, pizza, and a variety of specials. Self-service dining and picnic lunch / dinner and takeout are great for families and golf groups. Grocery items, beer, and wine are also available.

  • The Players Pub @ Cougar Point

There are so many stand-out elements of the Kiawah Players’ Pub. The dining room seats up to 125 guests, and the addition of its spacious pub and bar seats up to 31. Outside dining is also available on the 4,354-square-foot covered deck with gorgeous views of the sparkling lagoon and 18th green. It is the perfect place to rock away and enjoy the island’s ocean breeze. The restaurant offers three meals a day, and the menu by Chef de cuisine Cory O’Connor is phenomenal!

Freshfields Village Restaurants

  • Hege's

Beautiful restaurant and bar offering French inspired cuisine prepared with fresh and local products. Small plates, traditional specialties, steaks and prix-fix menu options. Outside seating available in season.  Dinner service only.

  • King Street Grille

The grille is a great place to gather with friends to watch the big game! Large flat screen TVs are mounted throughout the bar and dining room. Don’t miss the ”create your own” salad. The menu also offers appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, and also a kids’ menu.

  • La Tela Pizzeria

Serving traditional Neapolitan woodfire pizzas and housemade italian fare. Full bar, extensive wine menu and daily specials. Open kitchen, family friendly and al fresco dining in season!

  • Ladles

Ladles offers a rotating selection of hot and cold soups and fresh sandwiches. Savor 12-14 fresh, homemade soups each day and daily specials. Try the Caprese Sub or Ham and Cheese Croissant.

  • Forty Eight - A Wine Bar

Brand new addition! Traditional Wine Bar featuring 48 wines by the bottle and light Italian fare. Nosh on cheese, charcuterie, brushetta, salads and paninis. Local craft beer selection and sparkling wines also available!

  • Java Java

Bring your laptop and enjoy wireless internet access or check in on one of two desktop computers for customers’ use.  Serving specialty coffee drinks, pastries, soups and sandwiches. Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating.

  • Vincent's Drug Store

Full service drug store and old fashioned soda fountaion. Enjoy hand dipped ice cream, milkshakes and traditional sodas. The hamburgers, hot dogs, wraps and chicken salad are popular choices.

  • The Station Deli

Serving breakfast and lunch 7 days a week (6:30 – 11 am & 11 am – 3 pm). The breakfast menu features traditional items – the bacon egg and cheese breakfast burrito is amazing! Lunch offers classic sandwiches, burgers, daily specials and more including easy, grab and go items made fresh daily.

  • Fuji Sushi Bar & Grill

Authentic Japanese with sushi rolls, traditional hibachi entrees and Asian fusion dishes. Full bar, patio seating available, weekly specials and daily happy hour!

  • Cantina 76

Mexican taqueria and bar offering lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Signature margaritas and salsa made from the freshest seasonal SC vegetables!

Bohicket Marina Restaurants

  • Fischer's Sports Pub & Grill

Great bar food at reasonable prices. Don’t miss the shrimp po boy, chicken tenders and large burgers. Great local spot with pool table, darts, etc. overlooking Bohicket Marina. Best sunsets around!

  • Ice Cream Boat

A great local place to enjoy fresh breakfast or lunch and top your day off with sweet ice cream treats.  Enjoy the beautiful views on the boardwalk at Bohicket Marina and check out some excursions while you're there!

  • Lucky Luciano's Pizzeria

Specializing in Brooklyn style pizza, Lucky's offers an affordable dining alternative to both locals and visitors.  Luciano’s offers a small dining area and customers are welcome to get their pizza to go and bring to the public tables overlooking the marina.

Johns Island Restaurants

  • Wild Olive

Featuring simple, seasonal Italian cuisine- be sure to add this to your list of local restaurants to try! Casual fine dining spotlighting locally sourced ingredients, house-made pasta and house-cured meats. Warm and inviting atmosphere with a friendly and knowledgeable service staff.  Dinner service only. Daily specials, extensive wine list, craft beers, and reservations a MUST! Menu favorites include char-grilled brussels and beet and goat cheese bruschetta.

  • Fat Hen

Innovative Lowcountry cuisine made of fresh, local ingredients. This Johns Island staple serves up the best shrimp-n-grits and triple-fried duck confit French fries in town. Located on Maybank Hwy with nightly dinner service and Sunday brunch. Patio seating available in season.

  • The Royal Tern

The Royal Tern is a fancy neighborhood land and sea eatery with a wood fire grill in the heart of John’s Island. Wonderful bar for dining and outside seating available.

  • The Hemingway

Coffee, all day breakfast sandwiches, pannini's and wine. Located just off island, next to Kinfolk, The Hemingway focuses on the highest quality ingredients with an emphasis on sourcing locally. Simply put - we give a damn about what we make. Come check it out!

  • KinFolk

A local no-frills smokehouse just off island specializing in chicken, ribs, seasonal sizes and soft serve ice cream. Located across the street from the Pam Harrington Offices!