Dinner with a View

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Waterfront restaurants add local flavor

Photography by MICHAEL HRIZUK

YOU EAT WITH YOUR EYES first, as the old adage goes. And though elegant plating may whet one’s appetite, an enviable view makes the meal taste brighter, bolder and just plain better. So go ahead and eat with your eyes in the pages that follow — and keep them peeled for a list of other favorite waterfront dining spots as well. 


THE DECK BEACH BAR & KITCHEN

Tybee Island’s only true beachfront restaurant, The Deck makes it easy to dip your toes in the water between drinks and dessert. Keep it local with the Lowcountry boil or a dozen raw oysters — and don’t forget the crab cakes. They also make a mean burger if you’re looking for more turf than surf.
404 Butler Ave.  |  Tybee Island


HUDSON’S SEAFOOD ON THE DOCKS

Fresh-caught seafood (dock-to-table same day) is what it’s all about at Hudson’s, located on Hilton Head Island. The island’s oldest restaurant has a (fish) tale even longer than its more than 50 years of casual dining. It was originally built as an oyster factory in 1912, and the discarded shells created the peninsula on which the restaurant currently stands.
1 Hudson Road  |  Hilton Head Island


PEARL’S SALTWATER GRILLE

Seated along the salt marsh, Pearl’s boasts more than a 180-degree panoramic water view. A Savannah favorite, this mainstay has all the classic seafood fare along with trendy dishes like ahi tuna in an Asian style. There’s truly something for everyone, and you just can’t beat the view.
7000 La Roche Ave.  |  Savannah


OTHER PRETTY PLACES TO DINE ON THE WATER

A-J’s Dockside
1315 Chatham Ave.
Tybee Island

CoCo’s Sunset Grille
1 Old US Hwy. 80
Tybee Island

Fish Tales
3203 Fort McAllister Road
Richmond Hill

North Beach Bar and Grill
33 Meddin Ave.
Tybee Island

The Original Crab Shack
40 Estill Hammock Road
Tybee Island

The Wyld
2740 Livingston Ave.
Savannah

The Porch Southern Kitchen & Bar
1 S. Forest Beach Drive
Hilton Head Island

Skull Creek Boathouse
397 Squire Pope Road
Hilton Head Island

Vic’s on the River
26 E. Bay St.
Savannah