Updated: May 21, 2015

Kiawah Island Dining Options:

Part of the fun of going on vacation is being able to try new restaurants and go out for meals. On a recent trip to Kiawah Island Golf Resort (KIGR) in June 2011, my wife and kids joined me for 1 week in South Carolina. We had a great time exploring the island and eating new foods that we don't see too much of on the West Coast. The good news is that KIGR offers up several excellent restaurant choices right on the island so you don't have to venture very far for good food. Our first night at Kiawah we only had to go about 100 yards to get to the Southern Kitchen restaurant in West Beach Village. It's considered a "Lowcountry Classic Kitchen" and we thought the food we ordered was excellent. My wife had the shrimp and grits and couldn't stop talking about it the entire trip. I had the seafood platter which was also perfect.


Restaurants on the Island - For an entire list of the restaurants available on Kiawah Island go online to http://www.kiawahresort.com/dining/. Out of the 11 places listed, we were able to try 7 while on vacation. We had stopped by Newton Farms grocery store on the way into Kiawah so we had food supplies for basic breakfasts and some lunches. Our daily trip the Night Heron pool complex left us having lunch there most of the time. The menu is resort friendly to kids and adults with basics like hot dogs, burgers, chicken fingers, salads, gator bites, nachos, and fish. I thought the food was reasonable and tasted good. They have a bar service as well so you can get a nice cocktail while sitting at the pool with the kids. We ate there probably 4 times during our week - either snacks or lunch. Kids items were $5-$6 and the adults lunches were closer to $10. We had heard good things about the Cherrywood BBQ and Ale House at the Osprey Point Clubhouse so we thought why not try a Southern style BBQ spot. We sampled the beef brisket, chicken, smoked ribs, and pulled pork along with the hickory pit beans. The brisket was not that good and the ribs could have been a bit more tender. The chicken was excellent and the beans were the best I'd had. So overall a decent meal but our kids left thinking that BBQ is better on the west coast. The dining experience on the back veranda was definitely the highlight of the evening. We watched large alligators get in and out of a nearby pond and our children were amazed that we didn't have to run and hide from them. The new Sanctuary Hotel has a fun little spot out by their pool called Loggerhead Grill. The food was not bad, but the prices seemed a bit high given the type of food. I think we were paying for the location, although we weren't staying at the hotel itself. Convenient if you are by the Sanctuary Hotel pool, but otherwise I would skip it.

High End Dining at Kiawah Island:

The Ocean Course features the Atlantic Room which is a seafood lovers delight. Dive into things like She Crab Soup, lobster, crab, shrimp ceviche, Mahi Mahi, and more. Certainly a restaurant setup more for adults than kids and so we had to skip this place. We did hear excellent things about it from some other vacationers at the pool. The Ocean Room is at the hotel and is for the meat lovers in the crowd. Filet Mignon, salmon, chicken and more. Again, expensive enough that the kids wouldn't go, but a great spot for adults to enjoy a special evening. Tomasso at Turtle Point Club House is another superb dining experience on the island. We took our kids here since they will eat much of what is served. Prices were fair and the cuisine was classic Italian.

Snacks/Treats/Groceries:

A vacation to a hot weather destination like South Carolina wouldn't be perfect without a good ice cream store. Although Beaches and Cream is part of KIGR, we would recommend Inn Side Scoop at Straw Market at West Beach. Our condo was at Shipwatch Villa so we literally walked across the parking lot to the ice cream shop. Tried a few scoops the first day and then ordered a delicious chocolate shake the last few days. My son was in heaven and the girls running it were extremely nice. The Market at Town Center was another spot we went for a casual breakfast of eggs and pancakes one morning and they serve up fresh sandwiches and sorts for lunch. Easy to bike to and the kids had a good time. For groceries, just leave the front gate of Kiawah Island and stop on your left at Newton Farms grocery store. Excellent selection of wines, cheeses, deli meats, beverages, and all sorts of foods.