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Let's Eat: Top Restaurants Around Dataw Island

ERA Evergreen



May 23 6 minutes read

The Island of Dataw is located just east of the historic waterfront town of Beaufort, South Carolina. Dataw Island offers an astounding amount of different amenities ranging from golf courses, tennis courts, a water marina for docking boats, gracious waterfront homes, and all the pros of a casual lifestyle can be found in this beautiful island of South Carolina. Among its great features is that it is now a successfully growing community with over 1100 properties giving its potential residences a chance at one of the best coastal island living. Just when you thought it wouldn't get any better, it does. You can find many different varieties of restaurants just outside the Island, serving out scrumptious meals left-right, and center. 

To help you out with your quest to find the best restaurant on the island, here are the Top Restaurants in and around Dataw Island:

Island Fast-food Grill 

526 Sea Island Pkwy Saint Helena Island, SC 29920


The Island Fast-Food Grill is a food joint just south of the island. It serves barbeques, gumbos, soups, and a couple of desserts to come along with it. The famed resto gets its ingredients from the local farmers around the area, this ensures fresh and organic dishes coming straight out of the kitchen to your dining table. 

Morgan River Grill

100 Marina Dr. Saint Helena Island, SC 29920

✅Takeout - ✅Outdoor seating

Known for its amazing sausages and well, hotdogs. If you're up for some classic hotdog dishes this is without a doubt, the best place for you. Not only that but there are many varieties of sausages like kielbasa, Italian sausage, bratwurst, andouille, and more. Seafood such as lobster and shrimp are also served, the best part is that most of their dishes are under 10 bucks, how cool is that!

Foolish Frog

846 Sea Island Pkwy, St Helena Island, SC 29920, USA

✅Takeout - ✅Outdoor seating - ✅Sit-down dining

Yes, they are serving frogs, and yes it can be a little unusual at first. Once you're inside though you'll be greeted by welcoming servers and an outside dining experience overlooking a green marsh. The food features seafood delicacies like scallops, oysters, calamari, shrimp, and tuna, a couple of veggie dishes and yes, you guessed it fried frog legs. Most people say it tastes like chicken, and regulars say that they had an amazing time at this restaurant.

Tienda Mexicana La Moreliana

802 Sea Island Pkwy Saint Helena Island, SC 29920 

✅Takeout - ✅Outdoor seating

Tienda Mexicana La Moreliana is an authentic Mexican restaurant outside of Dataw Island. It serves many of the classic Mexican and Spanish dishes we all know and love, such as tacos, Lengua torta, quesadilla, and the like. There really is something special when it comes to having a dining experience at some of the most well-known cuisines in the world. 

Peking Gourmet Chinese Restaurant

3365 S Morgans Point Rd Mount Pleasant, SC 29466


If you're for Asian food, this is the place to be. It's got a great atmosphere, amazing comfort food and they even have a buffet that offers a wide selection of Chinese favorites. But if you prefer not having to eat inside the joint, you can opt for take-out, which is also a strong point of this place. 

La Nopalera Restaurant

5 Sams Point Rd, Beaufort, SC 29907

✅Takeout - ✅Outdoor seating - ✅Sit-down dining

The name says it all, La Nopalera is a Mexican joint east of the Beaufort County Airport. They offer tacos, burritos, tortillas along with dips, fried rice, and a killer chili sauce, once you're done with all of that. You can wash it all down with a pint of beer or any other beverage you prefer.  

Lost Local  

705 Bay St Beaufort, SC 29902

✅Takeout - ✅Sit-down dining

Serves a lot of barbeque dishes from steak, chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, and po'boys, its no wonder this restaurant has consistent high star ratings. It doesn't end there, seafood baskets comprised of fried fish and shrimps are also on the menu, along with a couple of desserts like red velvet and chocolate cakes.  A visit will surely make your mouth water. 

Lowcountry Produce Market & Cafe

302 Carteret St Beaufort, SC 29902 

✅Delivery - ✅Outdoor seating - ✅Sit-down dining - ✅Curbside pickup

Lowcountry Produce Market & Cafe may be located outside Dataw Island, but it sure is worth the trip! The popular cafe serves fresh-caught food ranging from salmon, shrimp, scallops, and even crab cakes. Since it's along the coastline you get to enjoy a view of the creek while enjoying your meal. Aside from their 

Piace Pizza

1 Merchants Ln Lady's Island, SC 29907 

✅Delivery - ✅Takeout

Piace Pizza offers mainly Italian food to its customers. Pizzas are loaded with different tasty toppings and its crust can be of any type you want, calzones with crispy shells and a stringy mozzarella stick as a side dish. Apart from that, it presents a retro vibe from the dining set-up along with the wall decorations. 

Maggioni Seafood

440 Eddings Point Rd Saint Helena Island, SC 29920

✅Takeout - ✅Outdoor seating 

Feel the true meaning of island-living by tasting the ocean in every bite! Visit Maggioni Seafood and enjoy the freshest oysters possible — directly from the mariculture farm! Whether it's a platter of wild-harvested oysters for your next dinner party or several thousand a week for your bustling restaurant, Maggioni Oyster Company can deliver, and they can even roast 'em on site! So on your next host-the-roast, don't forget to reserve some seats at this lovely beach-side gem-- it's going to be unforgettable!

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