Where the Locals Go: A Guide to Seabrook, SC
By: Michael Furlong, Seabrook Island Real Estate Agent
Welcome to Seabrook Island, where the water is blue, the beaches are breezy, and dolphins can be found frolicking somewhere off the south shore. As one of South Carolina’s most beautiful sea islands, our community wholeheartedly embraces the laid-back lifestyle which mandates days spent beachside and on the golf course surrounded by majestic live oaks. Located just a few minutes away from the heart of downtown Charleston, SC, we are also able to enjoy all the perks and conveniences of city life. As a community ambassador and Seabrook Island Real Estate Agent, I want to share some of my favorite places to go around the island, from dining experiences to charter boats, and much more!
Your Complete Guide to the Best Spots Near Seabrook
A Taste of the Lowcountry
We’re starting off the list with some classic southern-style hot-fried chicken. The food speaks for itself, served in a no-frills smokehouse on Johns Island. Try the chicken and waffles. Try the mac and cheese. Try everything because you can’t go wrong with anything!
This upscale, classy raw oyster bar is a Lowcountry standard. While we certainly have no shortage of such establishments, this one, in particular, is distinguished by the quality and diversity of its menu. From steak to seafood, beet salad to BBQ shrimp, there’s something delicious for everyone.
Fashionable and food-forward, this is one of the best Italian restaurants in Charleston. Known for their local, green sourcing, the Wild Olive is a great way to kick off an evening with a burst of culinary energy. Plus, it’s located right next to Low Tide Brewing, which makes for a perfect date night combination.
Our own Seabrook Island Club hosts an array of dining options, each offering unique atmospheres and ambiance. Bohicket’s Lounge overlooks the beautiful Ocean Winds and Crooked Oaks golf courses, while the Palmetto Room is a classic southern club, featuring local fare and fantastic cocktails. The Seabrook Island Club is also home to the famous Pelican’s Nest, where locals from around Seabrook Island gather and unwind while watching a beautiful ocean sunset.
The Salty Dog Cafe is a South Carolina staple. You’ve seen the shirts, you’ve heard the stories — now you need to try the hushpuppies! Salty Dog Cafe has a great location overlooking the water at Bohicket Marina, conveniently on the way onto the island.
Located in the Freshfields Village Shops just down the street from Kinfolk, La Tela offers wood-fired Neapolitan style pizza. With a beautiful dining area and a large outdoor patio, this is quality pizza in a classy setting.
Chef Richard Hege has created a classy, accessible, upscale restaurant with a commitment to traditional French technique and atmosphere. Hege’s is also situated in the Freshfields Village Shops between Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island.
This is fine dining done right. Draped in class and Lowcountry tradition, the Peninsula Grill in downtown Charleston is still casual and inviting enough for its guests to enjoy world-class cuisine. Come here for your special occasions, and celebrate with their can’t-miss coconut cake.
In 2006, Home Team BBQ opened its first restaurant in an old gas station in downtown Charleston. Since then, they have sprawled across South Carolina, and have established themselves as a Lowcountry staple. By blending experimental BBQ with traditional dining standards, Home Team puts a fun, fresh spin on the classic southern smokehouse.
In a city known for its culinary scene, this one is a local favorite. Chef Mike Lata has long been at the vanguard of the Lowcountry food scene, but at FIG, his adherence to perfect Lowcountry fundamentals shines through. Try anything from the seafood menu for an authentic, fresh-off-the-docks taste of Charleston.
Shop Local Businesses
On your way to our island, you may notice the Freshfields Village shops. Modern with a hint of coastal charm, this outlet is the perfect place for a leisurely day of shopping. From apparel to groceries to spirits and wine, the Freshfields Village shops are a one-and-done option for everything you might need on your stay.
You’re on island time now, so embrace the local spirit. Southern Tide is a beachy, sporty South Carolina brand, with its first signature store located in the Freshfields Village shops. Whether you need adventuring apparel or a change of clothes for dinner, this is a great place to start.
Don’t let your game slip! Whether you’re prepping for a day on the links or the courts, Seabrook Island Club’s Pro Shop can get you suited up and ready. The tennis experts offer rentals and demo racquets, with professional restringing services and private instruction. The golf pros at the Seabrook Island Club shop offer club fittings, clothes, balls, and all the finishing touches you need to take strokes off your game. No matter what your game is, they’ll get you geared up like a pro.
Stop by this shop on the way to the beach to grab a new toy for your pup to play with or make a pit stop for a souvenir on the way home. Either way, Dolittle’s is a great local pet store, with an array of pet supplies carefully selected by Charleston pet lovers.
A beautiful day at the beach should not be interrupted by a last-minute trip to the store. Fortunately, the Seabrook Island Shoppe sits immediately in front of the Beach Club, conveniently offering everything you need to keep your toes in the sand. Snacks, drinks, sunscreen, and even bathing suits are available here every summer.
Sweet on Seabrook
A busy nightlife hotspot on Charleston’s famous Bay Street, Carmella’s has earned its reputation by delivering premium desserts and quality cocktails, every night and every time. Get there before the crowd for a date night, or finish up here after an evening on the town. Nobody will argue with this suggestion!
Gala is a charming dessert bar, styled like a modern-day teahouse. Head pastry chef Jaclyn Story is welcoming and talented, and she has turned this cute spot into a barely hidden gem off Savannah Hwy in West Ashley. With an eclectic menu of treats, tapas, wine, and cocktails, Gala is a great way to sweeten up your day.
Taking the dessert bar concept and flipping it on its head, Kaminsky’s offers a huge selection of shakes, martinis, coffees, and teas, with a more curated menu of nightly dessert specialties to accompany the beverages. There is a location on Market Street downtown and another in West Ashley, so there’s no excuse to skip this one.
Sip & Savor Blissful Beverages
Funky, local, and cool, The Hemingway is an artisanal coffee and wine bar sitting on the Betsy Kerrison Pkwy just off Seabrook Island. Their menu consists of fun twists on lighter fare, pairing toasts and pastries neatly with their curated beverage list. Pro tip: Use our discount code “SBExclusives” and take your brunch to the next level!
Founded in 2016, Low Tide Brewery specializes in custom-crafted beers, working with chefs and restaurants to design full-bodied flavor palates and pairings. We recommend the Lucky Charms brew, but that’s the cool thing about Low Tide — there’s always something new and exciting to try!
One part brewery and one part coffee shop, Estuary blends both worlds into a fun and inviting James Island atmosphere. Visit on a food truck day, and bring your furry friends and family for a perfect laid-back island brewing experience.
One of the most popular downtown breweries in Charleston, Revelry is located just around the corner from the famous King Street nightlife. Featuring an eclectic variety of beers and a fantastic rooftop bar, if you start the evening here you may just decide not to leave.
Activities on the Water
Located just outside the main gates of Seabrook Island, SC, Bohicket Marina offers a variety of exciting experiences from waterfront dining to local shopping to a day spent on the water fishing or sailing on a charter. With so much to see and do (including watching some of the most beautiful sunsets in the Lowcountry), you have to add this lively scene to your list!
SeaCoast has a store in the Freshfields Village Shops, where you can pick up the high-quality supplies that you need for your Seabrook Island adventure. They also rent bicycles, kayaks (single and tandem), and paddleboards, which means you can spend your summer happily exploring Seabrook from every angle imaginable.
Coastal Expeditions offers kayak and paddleboard rentals, as well as guided tours around the Lowcountry. Whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely boat cruise to spot dolphins or an adventurous paddleboard expedition, their local experts can steer you to the naturally beautiful coastal hotspots.
Based out of Bohicket Marina on Seabrook Island, Water Dog Paddle Co. is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Take up a new hobby this summer, and find out for yourself why the paddleboard is the preferred mode of transportation for the beach life enthusiast.
Want to spend a day out at sea, catching some fresh local fish? Captain Rob from Citadel Marine Services can give you a jump start and introduce you to the hottest fishing spots in the area.
We love Seabrook Island, and we are so excited for you to experience all our community has to offer. From dolphin sightings to lazy walks along the marsh, Seabrook Island has something for everyone. If you have any questions about the area, or if you’re interested in learning more about the community, please reach out! Contact one of our Seabrook Island Real Estate agents here or use our interactive map to locate any of the amenities and experiences we offer within the community. We hope to see you soon!
About the Author
Years ago, Seabrook Island Real Estate Agent Michael Furlong fell in love with the charming Lowcountry scenery while on vacation in the area and decided to make it his permanent residence. Now, Michael enjoys sharing the most beautiful spot in the world and eagerly connecting newcomers to the community he holds so dearly. Michael has extensive experience in contractual agreements and has been an active investor and property owner for many years, which helps him anticipate and understand the many challenges clients may face. When not selling real estate on Seabrook Island, Michael enjoys hosting cooking classes and dinner parties, bike riding, designing gardens, and visiting the many historic landmarks in Charleston.