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Hilton Head Restaurants- The Skull Creek Boathouse

View from the Skull Creek Boathouse

If you want a good water view AND good food, look no further than the Boathouse Restaurant, located on Skull Creek off of Squire Pope Road. This place is within biking distance from our house, so we are frequent visitors for lunch. We also go there for dinner quite a bit as it one of our favorite restaurants on the island.

We drove over there yesterday for lunch after (yet another) run to Lowes for remodeling supplies. Even though the parking lot looked like it was full, we pulled all the way down toward the water and found a close spot (parking karma!). This place is always busy, with people coming and going at all hours, but a parking spot can open up just when you need it. Valet parking is offered at night if a spot doesn’t open up for you.

At 1pm on a Saturday there was a 20 minute wait for the outside deck and 10 minutes for an inside table. The bar was fairly empty, so we sat there. We had prompt service and enjoyed drinks while watching Savannah’s St. Patty’s Day parade on one of the many TV’s around the bar area. Hubby and I shared a Chilled Seafood Platter ($32) which featured oysters, clams, lobster, shrimp and crab. Delicious!

Skull Creek Boathouse Seafood Platter- after eating

And After!

Skull Creek Boathouse seafood Platter- before eating

Seafood Platter Before







The Boathouse is a wonderful place for all ages with a very large menu which features fresh seafood and sushi, but includes just about everything else you might want if you were dining with a family or large group. Something for everyone.

Always a cheerful, pleasant and breezy place to be, The Skull Creek Boathouse decor is a combination of old maritime relics interspersed with a nouveau nautical look. The patrons are also a mix of locals and visitors as this is known by all as a great place to eat. Island casual is the the dress code, as it is in most places on the island.

We usually try to avoid the crowds by going to lunch right at 11:30am when they open on the weekdays or after 9pm at night. My favorite lunch item is the Shrimp Salad appetizer ($6.50). Hubby loves the Chopped Creole Cobb Salad ($11). At night we usually share a plate of oysters on the half-shell ($9) and then order one of the many local fish specials ($21 to $25). Always fresh and always good!

Afternoons are a fun time to go with the family as there is usually some activity at the marina located right in front of the restaurant. Boats are shuttled to and from storage using a hydralic lift on wheels, making it an exciting and unique experience for kids. The speed at which they take the boats back and forth is quite amazing! You can also walk up and down the docks and get a close up view of the boats and the water – great for restless little legs!

To view a complete menu and get directions, visit their website at www.skullcreekboathouse.com . Let me know if you go there and what your experience was like. I am always interested.

About the author: Janet Turley is a freelance writer and speaker who lives on Hilton Head Island. She blogs about all the wonderful things to do on the island at janetturleyhiltonhead.com and about her tennis game at hiltonheadlovestennis.com. Contact her at janet@janetturleyhiltonhead.com

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