Top 10 restaurants in Fripp Island, United States

April 14, 2018 Alice Mieles

Fripp Island is a 6.546 sq mi (16.954 km²) barrier island located along the Atlantic coast of the lowcountry part of South Carolina. It is approximately 21 miles from Beaufort, 96 miles south of Charleston, and 65 miles north of Savannah, Georgia. Some of the neighboring islands include Hunting Island, St. Helena Island, and Lady's Island. The island mostly serves as a residential vacation resort, but several hundred residents make it their permanent home. It is also the most seaward of the South Carolina Sea Islands. Fripp is renowned for its resort amenities and natural conservation.
Things to do in Fripp Island

1. Sweetgrass Restaurant

100 Marina Dr, Dataw Island, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920-3017 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +1 843-838-2151
Excellent
75%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 207 reviews

Sweetgrass Restaurant

Reviewed By Patrick S - Kansas City, Missouri

This is beautiful restaurant right on back waters with incredible sunset views. They had live jazz music indoors. We had large family group and were more than accommodating with babies to sit on porch. They helped take sunset photos and the food was incredible! Went with very picky eaters and every person down the table said one best meals in South in a long time. Well worth the trip to Dataw and escape from Fripp and drive all way to Beaufort! Check it out!

2. Bonito Boathouse

Bonito Drive, Fripp Island, SC Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, American Dinner +1 843-838-1506
Excellent
12%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
9%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 103 reviews

Bonito Boathouse

Reviewed By rufus b - Madisonville, Kentucky

Ate here on Saturday, June 24th while staying on Fripp Island, SC. Food is good, view is spectacular! This night they were short a couple of servers, so service was good, but not great. Waitress was excellent, but you could tell she was overwhelmed. We were on the balcony dinning area and the view here for sunset is wonderful. Highly recommend trying this!

3. Marsh Tacky Market Cafe

2137 Sea Island Pkwy, Harbor Island, SC 29920-5001 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe, Fusion, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +1 843-838-2041
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 70 reviews

Marsh Tacky Market Cafe

Conveniently general & generally convenient*Frozen Yogurt*Deli *Grocery * Ice Beer Wine *Fishing ChartersServing breakfast lunch dinner ALL day, including paninis,subs, wraps, and salads using local produce,eggs,seafood,and meats - GRILLED DOUGHNUTSSouth Carolina Specialty foods, locally made pottery,jewelry, soaps& candles, taffy

Reviewed By Buzzy B - Augusta, Georgia

We have been going to Marsh Tacky for two years. Bobby, the owner, is a down to earth guy that is always willing to have conversation. They have great sandwiches and salads. They also sell cold beer, many from Charleston breweries, bug spray, hats, t-shirts,ice, and various other items. I forgot, Bobby also has breakfast. Drop by for a beautiful sunset!

4. Carolina Cider Co. & Superior Coffee

507 Sea Island Pkwy, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920-4201 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast SGD 3 - SGD 13 +1 843-838-1231
Excellent
90%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 53 reviews

Carolina Cider Co. & Superior Coffee

Serving the finest coffees, espresso drinks, and teas in the Lowcountry! Superior Coffee Bar also offers smoothies, frappes and cold drinks along with award winning pies, baked goods & much more. An essential meeting place in the Sea Islands just a few miles from downtown Beaufort SC, Fripp, Harbor & Hunting Island beaches.

Reviewed By lynenrique - Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

Enjoy our stops here for cappuccino and pastry. The peach cider delicious too. We buy a gallon to bring to friends as a hostess gift which is always much appreciated.We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for the kind words & taking the time to leave a review.

5. Johnson Creek Tavern

2141 Sea Island Pkwy, Harbor Island, SC 29920-5001 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 33 - SGD 131 +1 843-838-4166
Excellent
24%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
7%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 458 reviews

Johnson Creek Tavern

Reviewed By Jay P - Clover, South Carolina

Our family visited here on a Sunday afternoon around 2:00 while staying at Hunting Island State Park after visiting Fripp Island. We were seated quickly and the server came by shortly after. We ordered off the lunch menu with fried shrimp as an appetizer (very good), and our meals as blackened fish sandwich (good), two people had fish and chips (good) and my daughter had the BBQ wings (very good). My wife had a drink and I had a beer. Tab was just under seventy dollars. Overall, I would rate the service as very good.

6. MJ's Soul Food Restaurant

1634 Sea Island Pkwy, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920-4806 Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Television American, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 8 - SGD 29 +1 843-838-2009
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 118 reviews

MJ's Soul Food Restaurant

Reviewed By Eldorsey - Towson, Maryland

On visit to Penn Center, we asked for a good place for lunch, and was told "you have to go to MJ's." The recommendation was spot on! Great fried chicken, collards, yams, sweet tea and cornbread to die for. Bread pudding and red velvet cake! Great, friendly service. Don't let outside fool you - this is a white tablecloth establishment.

7. Springtide

1 Tarpon Blvd, Suite 104, Fripp Island, SC 29920-7160 +1 843-838-0040
Excellent
0%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
20%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 5 reviews

Reviewed By Connie S - Aiken, South Carolina

Spring Tide is the only place on Fripp Island where you can get food without having an amenity card. All day breakfast, sandwiches, salads, burritos, and deli meats and cheeses by the pound are available for any hungry islander. Everything I have tried has been good, and they have ice cream treats for dessert. The store also has staple essentials that you may have run out of or forgot to pack. Staple items are more expensive than at stores on the mainland, but the convenience of not having to drive to town makes it worthwhile.

8. Bella Luna

859 Sea Island Pkwy, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920-3903 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 29 +1 843-838-3188
Excellent
49%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 216 reviews

Bella Luna

In the historic Frogmore district of St. Helena Island. Reservations not required, but suggested for large parties. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dine in or take out. Featuring locally grown produce and locally caught seafood.

Reviewed By Gina B

I would first like to state that Bella Luna removed my review from their Facebook website which indicates to me that they only allow visitors to read positive remarks and refuse to accept responsibility concerning unfavorable experiences. I guess they are perfect & believe no one is entitled to opinions they don't agree with. Again, I haven't tried the food yet but I can say this, don't call to place an order from this place if you have any questions. Unless you want a lesson in menu form or an argumentative employee talking down to you. This woman was extremely rude and condescending. I don't necessarily believe that "the customer is always right" but I know from experience that each customer has a right to be treated with dignity & respect. Questions can be annoying but nonetheless should be answered kindly. All suggestions should at least be considered. ? Oh, and I was also informed that I wouldn't be receiving a plate with my to go order! Really! I thought it came with that....Wow! Having worked in all aspects of restaurant service as well as educated on the field of Hospitality, I know this to be not only expected but also required. I have heard the food is good here. With service like this, I guess I'll never know for sure.

9. Foolish Frog

846 Sea Island Pkwy, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920-3902 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 843-838-9300
Excellent
38%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
8%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 571 reviews

Foolish Frog

Reviewed By Mainelytravel - York Beach, Maine

We stopped here for lunch.It is kind of a funky place .Our server Laura was helpful, personable, and attentive. I had never hd soft shell crab and after being suggested I tried it it was excellent. Our po boy shrimps were very good.I thought the prices and the atmosphere were terrific.

10. Boondocks

1760 Sea Island Pkwy, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920-4818 Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Free Wifi American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks SGD 10 - SGD 33 +1 843-838-0821
Excellent
39%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
10%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 321 reviews

Boondocks

We are a locally owned family restaurant specializing in seafood, steak, ribs, and a variety of great desserts. The restaurant is under new ownership and management as of April 2017. Please stop back in if you've been gone for a while, or if you've never joined us come in for a night of great people, great food, and a fun atmosphere.

Reviewed By Lori M - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Stopped on our way back to Beaufort from Hunting Island State Park. It was shrimp night! Had shrimp and chicken with crab cakes. Everything was delicious! By the time we left the place was packed with people. Good service and laid back atmosphere.

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