Charleston is known for its incredible food scene, and Sullivan’s Island is no different. The beautiful beach town is home to some of the area’s best restaurants, from barbeque joints to buzzy brunch spots. In no particular order, these are the best restaurants on Sullivan’s Island, SC! If you’re looking for more things to do during your trip, take a look at our free Vacation Guide. We’ve included dozens of recommendations on outdoor activities, shopping, upcoming events, and more.
5 of the Best Restaurants on Sullivan’s Island, SC
All of the restaurants below can get very busy. If you have a large group, we recommend arriving early or calling ahead (some places don’t take reservations). During popular times such as weekend evenings, expect to wait. Fortunately, all of these places have great bars where you can grab a drink in the meantime!
1. The Obstinate Daughter
The ambiance, memorable food, and freshly-squeezed drinks at The Obstinate Daughter make for a truly wonderful dining experience. The space is elegant yet cozy and is complemented by beautiful nautical decor. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but the pizzas and pasta are always a crowd favorite. The Obstinate Daughter is also open for brunch! For all meals, we highly recommend making a reservation.
Local Favorite Menu Items: Old Danger Pizza, Anson Mills Farro Piccolo, Geechie Frites
2. Home Team BBQ
Home Team BBQ has three locations in the Charleston area that are always packed. Just minutes from the beach, the Sullivan’s Island location is our favorite! Enjoy delicious barbeque and other Southern fare in a casual and lively atmosphere. This is a great place to eat after a day at the beach. If you’re interested in a refreshing drink, you have to try one of their legendary frozen Game Changers!
Local Favorite Menu Items: Pulled Pork Nachos, Smoked Chicken Wings, Game Changer
3. Mex 1 Coastal Cantina
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina offers fresh and flavorful Southwestern-style Mexican food, delicious margaritas, and ice cold beer. The authentic flavors and coastal vibes might have you mistaking your location for the Baja California coast! With frequent live music on the weekends, Mex 1 is a fun and energetic place to hang out.
Local Favorite Menu Items: Guacamole, Cilantro Lime Chicken Quesadilla, Jalapeno Margarita
4. Poe’s Tavern
Named in honor of famous American writer Edgar Allan Poe, Poe’s Tavern is best known for its burgers and beer. The eclectic spot is full of Poe-inspired decor that perfectly compliments the pub-style fare. Come for the burgers and stay for the drinks, good vibes, and people watching!
Local Favorite Menu Items: Black Cat Burger, Fish Tacos, Local Beer
5. Sullivan’s Island CO-OP
The Sullivan’s Island CO-OP is a gourmet market, cafe, and deli that serves wonderful sandwiches, local coffee, and Charleston’s best frosé. Opening every day at 7:00 a.m., the CO-OP is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious breakfast. If you’re on island time, don’t worry, because breakfast is served all day!
Local Favorite Menu Items: California Turkey Sandwich, Breakfast Burrito, Frosé
More Places to Drink & Dine
One of the best parts about vacationing is getting to try the local cuisine! In an area like Charleston, there are wonderful restaurants and bars around every corner. Take a look at our guide on Isle of Palms restaurants for more outstanding places to dine. If you’re looking for a fabulous spot to enjoy a drink after dinner, one of these Isle of Palms bars will do the trick.
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