The Salty Dog Cafe

American Restaurant and Sports Bar$$$$
Hilton Head Island
  • James P.
    "The crab cake sandwich is delicious!"(7 Tips)
    Corley S.
    "Great outdoor bar atmosphere and great staff."(3 Tips)
    Sammy M.
    "Try the She Crab Soup!"(4 Tips)
    Stephanie C.
    "Try the Kiwi Colada- to die for!"(2 Tips)
108 Tips and reviews
  • seafood
  • crab
  • lively
  • family-friendly
  • kiwi colada
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  • Derek F.
    Derek FromsonAugust 28, 2014
    Start with calamari, but ask for the very spicy sauce on the side. Crab cake sandwich or catch of the day are good entree options. Several choices on the kids menu. Try shrimp or fish nuggets.
  • Corley S.
    Corley StoneJuly 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious frozen drinks are rivaled only by the BEST hushpuppies on the entire island. Great outdoor bar atmosphere and great staff. Indoor option as well.
  • Spencer V.
    Spencer VairoSeptember 27, 2013
    Awesome happy hour, 4 dollar beer on tap and free popcorn from 4-7pm at the outdoor bar! Try the salty dog lager and the hush puppies with hot sauce! A local favorite spot for sure
  • Louben John B.
    Louben John BaylonMay 11, 2015
    The Crab cake sandwich was awesome! And serving size is good too! Its a little bit bland for me but the sauce and a little bit of salt makes up for it!
  • Tim T.
    Tim TaylorJune 27
    Asked about the crab cakes, turns out the chef is from Maryland. They were amazing. Sub hush puppies for the mashed potatoes, veggies are good. Kids fish nuggets were surprisingly good as well.
  • Traci M.
    Traci MillsapJuly 11, 2013
    This place is infamous. You have to visit the T-Shirt Factory. The food is expensive and the wait can be LONG, but there's entertainment to help. The wait is so worth it!! Get the hush puppies too!
  • Carolyn G.
    Carolyn GavinAugust 9, 2014
    It gets very busy during peak hours. My family and I (party of 11) went Saturday around 1 and got seated right away. It was a good time because most people were just getting to or leaving HHI.
  • Carolyn G.
    Carolyn GavinAugust 9, 2014
    The hush puppies are delicious. The prime burger basket also got rave reviews from my family. The seafood is always good. Definitely a must for a trip to Hilton Head!
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HougeApril 6, 2014
    This is not a moderately cheap restaurant. Dinner for 2 cost us $60. If you want cheap go to Kiwi's Cookout or Landing's End. The atmosphere of the entire area is great and so is the food!
  • Al B.
    Al BredaJuly 30, 2012
    Great place for hanging around after dinner. The dock & shops were good and there was music on the deck. The restaurant was adequate. Very well marketed, which lends to an easy let down.
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WilliamsJune 2, 2013
    SUPER friendly staff! Try to sit outside if you can, if not sit near the windows when you can see the sunset. Everything on the menu is great :)
  • Chris S.
    Chris SweetlandMarch 27, 2013
    The new batter is awesome! Try the fresh fish bites as an appetizer. Ours was fresh Mahi Mahi and even my finicky daughters wanted more!
  • Wyatt F.
    Wyatt FitchJune 24, 2015
    I had the pulled pork sandwich. It was very good, but a bit boring. It was an ok experience until we got the bill. It was outrageous. The place is way overrated, overpriced, and overcrowded.
  • K10 D.
    K10 DizNatiJune 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Find The Wreck of the Salty Dog. Full menu, same as the cafe, with shorter waits and 2 full bars, try the key lime pie. Enjoy the view.
  • Guido
    GuidoSeptember 15, 2010
    A MUST stop on your vacation to the island. Make sure u save room for a slice of pizza at Jake's. Get a shirt from the factory, you'll b surprised how many ppl comment on it who's been!
  • Nikole G.
    Nikole GroteJuly 26, 2011
    Kiwi colada is amazing! Seafood pasta is delicious but the crab cake sandwich is the best bang for your buck! Get here at 4 to avoid an hour plus wait
  • Vic C.
    Vic ClearyJuly 7, 2012
    Wow, the butter for the hush puppies is awesome. Who was the genius to first whip sugar into butter? A man who deserves a medal.
  • Richard L.
    Richard LambFebruary 27, 2016
    Fish po boy sandwich had very little fish on a hogie roll I give it 6 out of 10 nothing special . Got a side of fruit that I had to send back , I replaced it with cole slaw and that was very good.
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew ManocchioJune 16, 2015
    The food is amazing, and the serivce is great! Ask for the waiter, Brandon from Savannah, GA.
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HougeApril 5, 2014
    When you plan your first trip to Salty Dog, please be prepared to tip the guard $6 for entry into Sea Pines.
  • Tricia
    TriciaAugust 2, 2012
    Don't leave with out trying the piña colada. It's delicious
  • Clint R.
    Clint RobersonJune 16, 2014
    Outdoor seating is a great scene. Be sure to check out the local shops as well.
  • Austin
    AustinAugust 12, 2012
    The Wreck of the salty dog and salty dog Café have the exact same menus, personally I prefer the wreck of the salty dog for better outdoor view and indoor area.
  • Darin A.
    Darin AldridgeSeptember 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    16oz. Landsharks for happy hour 4-7 pm - outside bar only. Also, charge your phone while you eat and drink.
  • Bob W.
    Bob WebbNovember 30, 2015
    Everything is good, but dining and drinking outside on the deck is fantastic.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HoldemanJanuary 17, 2014
    Salt dog combo plate with gumbo and shrimp sandwich is awesome combination
  • Ashlee R.
    Ashlee ReavesMarch 30, 2016
    Super cool area and shops! Would have loved to eat here but after arriving at 8:00 there was still a 3 hour wait! Maybe next time.
  • Anna P.
    Anna PetchellNovember 1, 2016
    Bulgarian server was lovely. However like a lot of other American water focused places, it was tacky and the food was rather average. Wouldn't recommend. However the service was lovely
  • Stephanie
    StephanieJune 27, 2012
    Love this place. The shrimp and potato salads are the best I've ever had.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CummingsFebruary 8
    A Hilton Head staple. You'll see people with Salty Dog t-shirts all over the country!
  • Stacey S.
    Stacey SchickMarch 26, 2012
    Try the shrimp po boy ....super yummy! and you can't beat the atmosphere :)
  • Bisforbecca W.
    Bisforbecca WarnockAugust 5, 2012
    $5 day pass to the location, which was not mentioned by anyone. The food was good and the service was alright, but personally the hype is overrated.
  • Palmetto Brewing
    Palmetto BrewingApril 16, 2013
    Order the Salty Dog Beer. It's made in Charleston by Palmetto Brewing!
  • Mike D.
    Mike DMay 16, 2015
    Don't ask for the Salty Dog without salt - they get cranky and threaten to throw you to the jellyfish - I feared for my life
  • Chris V.
    Chris VillarApril 18, 2011
    Long line for a table? It can be 45-60 min on a nice day. Skip the line and go "self service" at one of the bar tables. Same food, same view, rarely a wait.
  • Santana A.
    Santana ArnoldMay 12, 2015
    The lemonade and prime burger basket is amazing😍😘
  • Andy P.
    Andy PetersonJune 23, 2015
    I had the grilled chicken and it was really good and well priced.
  • Ashley A.
    Ashley AlmondMarch 17, 2013
    Shrimp salad is yummy!!! ..... But not served at dinner so be sure to go for lunch.
  • Selmice
    SelmiceApril 13, 2016
    Nice place for meeting. Online webcam over your head 😊
  • Grayson L.
    Grayson LovelessMarch 18, 2013
    Crab cakes are alright. Crab dip is good for big pArties plenty of it
  • Jordan M.
    Jordan McGuffeySeptember 6, 2015
    Crab ice cream shops drinks burgers
  • Zach W.
    Zach WellsJune 23, 2014
    Try the hush puppies. They are the best I've ever had.
  • C F.
    C FJuly 5, 2014
    Hush puppies taste like funnel cake. Get with the pimento dip.
  • James P.
    James PittmanMarch 30, 2015
    The crab cake sandwich is delicious!
  • Mike N.
    Mike NowakJuly 9, 2012
    Be sure to get on the wait list early. No reservations.
  • Angela W.
    Angela WillcoxMarch 23, 2012
    Bring your appetite. Shrimp and grits worth every penny.
  • Steve S.
    Steve SinicropiJune 18, 2011
    Good food. They will prepare gluten free on request.
  • Gary S.
    Gary SaundersJune 28, 2015
    The Key lime pie is some of the best I've ever had.
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah DemingNovember 26, 2016
    Quite touristy and food is just OK. But fun atmosphere on the water and with music. Some staff were very friendly some were not.
  • Gracie W.
    Gracie WhiteJune 24, 2014
    Ask for Andrew! It's only his second day there!! 😂 FYI.. Refills aren't free! 😡
  • Christine R.
    Christine RichardsonNovember 7, 2015
    Hush puppies and mojitos :)
  • Jenn A.
    Jenn AshJanuary 27, 2013
    Yummy shrimp and sausage soup on a cool day.
  • Shirelle P.
    Shirelle PetersonDecember 9, 2012
    She crab & bloody Mary.& pinot, just enough for lunch
  • Taylor R.
    Taylor ReisMay 3, 2015
    The pulled pork salmon is amazing!
  • Brandon R.
    Brandon RectorAugust 13, 2014
    The only seafood restaurant on Earth that charges for hush puppies?
  • Whadzen C.
    Buy a t-shirt at the Salty Dog t-shirt factory. A must if you are visiting
  • Jonathan A.
    Jonathan AlterieJuly 26, 2011
    Gotta get the Pecan Pie...AND pocket some hush puppies for the bike ride home.
  • Pete S.
    Pete SarrisJuly 7, 2013
    Beer, food, fun, family. Good time for all!
  • Merry A.
    Merry Andone McKeownDecember 5, 2012
    Finally got a t-shirt!! Shrimp toast is yummy.
  • Joe R.
    Joe RippeAugust 14, 2014
    Thought the best part of the night was buying the T-Shirts. Food was just OK...atmosphere is nice though.
  • katy r.
    katy ramseyMarch 12, 2016
    Great view and service.
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TuskeyJuly 27, 2011
    Family-friendly live music every night before sundown.
  • Steven F.
    Steven FlemingMay 12, 2013
    $23 is worth it for SOOO much crab!
  • Rusty D.
    Rusty DavisOctober 14, 2011
    Pay no attention to the food critics. You don't come to the Dog for food. It's a change of latitude thing.
  • Laura I.
    Laura I.May 10, 2013
    Their shrimp salad sandwich did not disappoint!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WolfJune 14, 2013
    Salt water taffy when you get your check!
  • Matt M.
    Matt MossApril 25, 2012
    Try the Seafood Pot Pie!!! Delicious!!!
  • Rj W.
    Rj WilkieJune 4, 2012
    Fabulous, worth the $5.00 to enter seapines
  • Tisha R.
    Tisha RowlandAugust 2, 2013
    No Dogs Allowed. Rum Runner is DElish.
  • David S.
    David SucuraAugust 10, 2014
    Having a Salty Dog at the Salty Dog! Doesn't get any better than that.
  • Eric G.
    Eric GenauMay 7, 2014
    Try the blackened swordfish.
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BaatzSeptember 4, 2011
    Get the peanut butter cup pie, made daily..absolutely to die for!
  • Joe K.
    Joe KernanJuly 22, 2013
    Salty dog lager is great
  • mary c.
    mary crowleySeptember 29
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the she crab soup. V
  • Chris V.
    Chris VillarApril 18, 2011
    Get the Hush Puppies. They rock. Even better with a Blue Moon.
  • Kristin K.
    Kristin KochApril 24, 2015
    Dinner and some live music!
  • Austen
    AustenFebruary 16, 2015
    Great view and appetizers.
  • Kelly G.
    Kelly GerdingAugust 10, 2011
    Best hush puppies anywhere!!
  • Janice B.
    Janice BaldwinMay 26, 2013
    Great peel and eat shrimp!
  • John R.
    John ReftMarch 26, 2015
    Better she crab soup at Lands End Tavern!!!
  • Olivia
    OliviaJune 19, 2012
    Go outside and watch the boats!!!
  • Denice K.
    Denice KausNovember 12, 2012
    Low country crab dip is awesome
  • Megan F.
    Megan FussellMarch 24, 2012
    Best crab dip on the planet!
  • Alan D.
    Alan DobkinMay 2, 2016
    Best. Hushpuppies. Ever.
  • Sydney G.
    Sydney GuttmanJune 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best outdoor live music bar on the island. Great drinks, great music!!
  • Chad H.
    Chad HembreeJanuary 19
    Try the crab cake sandwich.
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah GarlickJuly 6, 2011
    The crab cake sandwich is the best!
  • Andy H.
    Andy HolsombackMarch 21, 2014
    Bring your gold Card
  • Sammy M.
    Sammy MobilianAugust 26, 2011
    Try the She Crab Soup! It's delicious!
  • Paulette C.
    Paulette CainJune 3, 2014
    Love the fish sandwich
  • Brendon
    BrendonOctober 18, 2011
    Gotta go at least once. Try to avoid peak dining times as this place will get over-run with crowds. They do however have those sweet misters that help keep you cool on the outdoor deck.
  • Stephanie C.
    Try the Kiwi Colada- to die for!
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BeatySeptember 19, 2013
    Awesome crab cake sandwich!
  • Allie K.
    Allie KinneyJune 2, 2012
    Burgers are awesome!
  • Randy B.
    Randy BroderickAugust 4, 2010
    Come early! 2 hour wait to be seated at 6pm.
  • Glen M.
    Glen MurphyJanuary 7, 2016
    She crab soup and bloody Mary's
  • Justin G.
    Justin GrantOctober 7, 2011
    Best shrimp on the island!
  • Brian R S.
    Brian R StoneJune 21, 2012
    Don't mis out on this gem...
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda PageSeptember 19, 2011
    Make sure to get a tshirt!
  • Krista C.
    Krista CipolloneMarch 4, 2012
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CabanMay 30, 2010
    You gotta try a burger from "kiwis cookout". Amazing.
  • Kay F.
    Kay FletcherApril 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    No popcorn during busy season :-(
  • Valerie O.
    Valerie OreFebruary 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Tropical Breeze!
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThompsonJuly 6, 2010
    Don't get the little beer or you'll look like a wussy.
  • Jimi O.
    Jimi OlaghereFebruary 13, 2010
    Best Fish and Chips in The U.S!!
  • Greg S.
    Greg SJune 30, 2010
    Banana Breeze!
  • Joe
    JoeJuly 26, 2011
    Food isn't that good
  • Scott M.
    Scott MacMullanMarch 1, 2014
    Piña Colada
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