Where to Eat in Bluffton: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Terina Blouin

Bluffton is a Lowcountry town in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. It is primarily located around U.S. Route 278, between Hilton Head Island and Interstate 95. The town's original one square mile area, now known as Old Town, is situated on a bluff along the May River. The population was counted by the 2010 census at 12,893. Bluffton is the fastest growing municipality in South Carolina with a population over 2,500, growing 882.7% between the 2000 and 2010 census. Bluffton is the fifth largest municipality in South Carolina by land area. The town is a primary city within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bluffton is known for its eclectic Old Town district and natural views of the May River. It has been called "the last true coastal village of the South."
Things to do in Bluffton

1. Red The Restaurant & Wine Boutique

1011 Fording Island Rd, Suite C105, Bluffton, SC 29910-4209 (Formerly RED Restaurant & Wine Bar) Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards European, Wine Bar, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 843-837-3747
Excellent
84%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 212 reviews

Red The Restaurant & Wine Boutique

The people Red attracted, they were the inspiration. The patrons of a wine boutique turned out to be people who were open to the finer experiences. What a pleasure to fulfill their interests in fine food, good company and quality service. In rising to those requirements we found Red had become a restaurant, unique in its focus on the pleasure of an evening. Wine was the starting point. Beyond the snobbery that once surrounded wine in America, Red let’s you explore, enjoy and fulfill your interest, your own way, using a serving instrument that’s unique to our region. Please consider this your own invitation to join us for an evening soon.

Reviewed By yenneks - Hilton Head, South Carolina

Please! Try Red, The Restaurant & Wine Boutique. Located quietly in the Bluffton strip mall where Best Buy is located, it seems out of the ordinary for a location. But walk inside and you feel as if you walked into Tuscany, Piemonte or Umbria, to a small family eatery with exceptional wine values and such variety. The chef, from New Zealand, is so talented. Try his NZ Rack of Lamb although he will wow you with specials he changes up based upon the seasons. And sometimes while in the Bluffton area just doing errands, stop by for a nice glass of red or white and just order a cheese platter or his charcuterie assembly. Trust me, you will come back.

2. Dolce Vita Italian Ristorante

163 Bluffton Rd, Suite F, Bluffton, SC 29910-6225 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner +1 843-815-6900
Excellent
85%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 271 reviews

Dolce Vita Italian Ristorante

Plan And Call Ahead For Your Xmas Party Platters. 2weeks Notice Prior To Pick Up.all Food Ordered Must Be Picked Up By 12 Noon Xmas Eve purchase your gift certificates for the holidays.. Dolce Vita will be closed for vacation monday jan.1st till monday njan. 8th.will reopen tuesday jan 9th 2018.. thank you .happy and healthy holidays..joe/chef/owner

Reviewed By Dean R - Bluffton, South Carolina

I expected excellence, because I knew chef Joe casually and his hardcore background in the business. The dishes for my girlfriend and I a few nights ago blew us away, even better than Patsy's in NYC, Sinatra's hangout. She had four gigantic, tender sea scallops...MoreThank you very much for your review of our establishment.it is rewarding knowing my cuisine is comparable and or better than Patsy's in New York City./Sinatra's stomping ground.i was there many times and I don't eat out Italian very often.grazi and ciao..Joe/chef/owner

3. Claude and Uli's

1533 Fording Island Rd Ste 302, Bluffton, Bluffton, SC 29926-1122 Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards French, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 46 +1 843-837-3336
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 543 reviews

Claude and Uli's

Claude & Uli&apos;s Bistro is a small unpretentious European restaurant and bar, serving classic French-style bistro fare at affordable prices.<br><br><br>Please note we are closed between lunch and dinner from 2pm-5pm.

Reviewed By gnmangi - Bluffton, South Carolina

We visit this restaurant regularly but mostly for special occasion meals: anniversary, birthdays & when entertaining out of town relatives and or guests!

Claude is always ready to prepare non-menue meals whenever we desire something special & they're always delicately presented & deliciously prepared.

Uli is most gracious & always ready to suggest the best wine parings.

4. Farm

1301 May River Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910-7005 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 66 +1 843-707-2041
Excellent
76%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

Farm

Our menu changes frequently, inspired by the seasonal bounty of local produce, cultural traditions from around the world, and new culinary ideas. We grow a lot of our own produce and we select other farmers based on a mutual respect for the land, the animals, and the people who tend to them. We portion our plates modestly, encouraging guests to explore several dishes at the peak of the season.

Reviewed By Tonypose

This is a wonderful small restaurant in downtown Bluffton. We parked on the street. We enjoyed dinner here. We had some small plates to share and the larger plates for dinner. Three of our diners had pork chops which were moist and tender as well as tasty. I had the steak special which was also very good. The small plates were excellent as well, the grilled oysters, and the carrot dish. My friend had a draught beer. We had the hand pie for dessert along with French press coffee. Wow, fantastic! Service was excellent as well. There is indoor and outdoor dining here.

5. Saigon Cafe

1304 Fording Island Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910-7505 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 843-837-1800
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 264 reviews

Saigon Cafe

Reviewed By Cinthia G

Love their spring rolls and pho! The service is really great and owners are very welcoming every time we go.

6. The Bluffton Room

15 Promenade St, Bluffton, SC 29910-7046 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, American, Steakhouse, European, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 16 - SGD 98 +1 843-757-3525
Excellent
77%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 369 reviews

The Bluffton Room

The Bluffton Room, celebrating its third anniversary in Old Town Bluffton, continues to provide our guests with a memorable dining experience in an intimate yet relaxed atmosphere. Whether entertaining friends for an important occasion or simply meeting neighbors at the open-air bar for a well-crafted cocktail, our menus are designed to make every evening a special one. Our New Orleans themed Friday Lunch has become a new Bluffton tradition. Executive chef Jeff Congdon seeks out the finest ingredients from around the corner to around the globe to create classic dishes with his own creative point of view. Guest leader Trevor Brown ensures that the service is both personal and attentive. Our tableside preparations of salads and desserts bring a lost tradition back to classic dining. Jeff, Trevor and their teams bring a special passion for food and service together to create a memorable dining experience. Please join us soon!

Reviewed By Bob C - Hilton Head, South Carolina

As always, The Bluffton Room crushes it! Our party of four was seated immediately upon arrival, which is par for the course at this restaurant. The Bluffton Room is always more than willing to making slight adjustments to any of their fine dishes, if anyone in your party so desires. The ladies ordered Kale salads as starters and were in seventh heaven. I had a special of Jonah Crab Claws as my starter. They were tender and sweet, but not as meaty as their cousin Dungeness or Stone Crab's claws. On my next visit, if offered again, I would opt for my two standbys, She Crab Soup or Pan Seared Scallops. My brother loved his Sushi starter. Three of us had the Clams In Bucatini Pasta, with Shrimp and Beef Chorizo, in a white wine butter sauce as our mains. We all agreed this dish was absolutely delicious and generous in portion. My brother ordered the Hudson Valley Duck for his main course and he thought it was excellent. No room for dessert this visit but, the Key Lime Pie is always wonderful. Valet parking a big plus especially on weekends. In our book, The Bluffton Room still remains the best in town!

7. Truffles Cafe Bluffton

91 Towne Dr, Belfair Towne Village, Bluffton, SC 29910-4201 Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 12 - SGD 42 +1 843-815-5551
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 675 reviews

Truffles Cafe Bluffton

Reviewed By Helene H - Bluffton, South Carolina

I love curry chicken salad. Truffles serves great curry chicken salad. It comes with a very good mixed greens salad and fries. I substituted broccoli for the fries (there were several options) and I was very pleased with my choice. Portions are ample. I would’ve been full with just that but I did also have a cup of the tasty tomato basil soup. Service was excellent and ambience was nice. I’ll happily have this exact same meal again in the future.

8. Sigler's Rotisserie & Seafood

12 Sheridan Park Cir, Bluffton, SC 29910-6026 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 843-815-5030
Excellent
69%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 453 reviews

Sigler's Rotisserie & Seafood

Reviewed By CarlSchroeder - Bluffton, South Carolina

Four of us celebrated a birthday and the food was fantastic- and be sure to save room for dessert- pecan Carmel cheesecake, tower of chocolate, bananas foster bread pudding!!! Wow!!

9. Bluffton BBQ

State of Mind Way, in the Promenade, Bluffton, SC 29910 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 843-757-7427
Excellent
71%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 209 reviews

Bluffton BBQ

located in historic old town Bluffton

Reviewed By Alex M

You won't regret this place. Owner works the prep area and clearly genuinely cares about his customers and food quality. Ribs literally fall off the bone...seriously. pulled pork is stellar, remarkable, etc. Did I mention they care about everything?

10. The Cottage

38 Calhoun St, Bluffton, SC 29910-7014 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 843-757-0508
Excellent
63%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 933 reviews

The Cottage

Winner of Hilton Head Monthly Reader&apos;s Choice Awards and Best of Bluffton Awards in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010! Sit back and relax in this cozy, 1868 Low Country cottage, then savor delicious, sophisticated fare for Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Early Dining, Dinner, and Sunday Brunch. Breakfast items include Green Eggs N&apos; Ham, Cottage Hash, French Toast, Huevos Rancheros, and a long list of Benedicts! Lunch includes award-winning Tacos, Pot Pies, Awesome Salads, Lettuce Wraps, Paninis, the BEST Fried Green Tomatoes EVER, and house specials such as B&apos;Town Gumbo, Shrimp & Grits, Lobster Avocado Roll, Cranberry Trout , Flounder Amandine and more! The Cottage features 20-30 different desserts every day. Award-winning Pistachio Cake is a MUST! Choose from the daily delectable assortment of pies, cakes, cookies, bread pudding, dessert bars, brownies, shortbread, corn bread, homemade granola, cheesecakes, local honey and more! The Cottage offers a full bar including wine and beer, house-roasted coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, espresso and more than 75 loose-leaf teas to choose from. Dine indoors or out on the wrap-around porch. Pet friendly. Reservations suggested for parties of five or more.

Reviewed By Nan F - Stamford, Connecticut

Remember when a lobster roll was just a lobster roll? Remember when the cuisine of the South meant hush puppies, collard greens, fried chicken, gravy & biscuits? It seems that in many Southern restaurants, they are no longer interested in---for whatever reason---keeping to good Southern food. So now we have Banh Mi's and New York bagels where no one knows how to make them. Ditto for this lovely-looking restaurant that thought a lobster roll deserved to be made hot, with shrimp, mango and avocado smothering it! I highly recommend the ham and cheese sandwich. The waiter was very apologetic about the first meal and took it back. Most of the other offerings on the menu were also tampered with way beyond understanding. Don't change good food and make it inedible! Lovely outdoor dining and top notch servers.

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