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Skull Creek Boathouse

Skull Creek Boathouse is a popular seafood restaurant in Hilton Head Island, SC. Fido is welcome to join you at one of their pet-friendly outdoor tables and can order an item off their dog menu. This is a great spot to catch the sunset, but plan accordingly! Skull Creek Boathouse does not take reservations, and wait times can be long. Luckily, there are two outdoor bars, ample Adirondack chairs, cooling fans, live music and games to play along the waterfront while you wait. Visit Website

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Skull Creek Boathouse has received a rating of 4.8 out of 5 bones by 34 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 10,088 guests on TripAdvisor.

Visitors highly praise Skull Creek Boathouse's pet-friendly atmosphere, attentive staff, and delicious food. Some travelers note the restaurant can get crowded and noisy during busy times, but they still recommend it as a great spot to enjoy with their four-legged companions.

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  • Lisette
    Jun 18, 2024
    Perfect dog-friendly lunch spot

    My family and I came here for lunch this week and everyone loved it. They offered my dog a bowl of water. There was a lot of outdoor space available for people to sit with their dogs. There were also lots of fans and a great breeze to counteract the warm weather.

    The food was also great. We recommend this to anyone wanting to enjoy a nice meal outdoors with a nice view.

  • Jayden
    Jun 16, 2024
    Really good food

    We brought our Dixie via stroller so that way she was close by but out of the way. We were sat immediately. We had fantastic drinks and really good food. My boyfriend had the large fish sandwich and fries and I had pecan encrusted mahi mahi. Very pricey but worth it. The only complaint we had was the fries with his sandwich weren’t great and there was a child who growled in my dogs face🤦🏻‍♀️

  • Heather
    Oct 4, 2023
    Found on bring Fido and loved it

    great outdoor spot for my boys and huge bowl of water for them- loved the view and food and service was great-

  • Stephanie
    Sep 18, 2023
    Pawsome experience.

    Dig friendly outside with a welcoming staff, dog bowl and a dog menu too!!

  • Nicholas
    Jul 18, 2023
    Always great

    Has always been a must stop for my family with or without the pup. But they are very favorable to dogs. Always brings water and very big outdoor space

  • Kristen
    Jan 1, 2023
    Loved It!

    Very dog friendly. The whole staff was welcoming towards them and offered fresh water.

    Great covered and uncovered outdoor seating options. Beautiful views. The food was good and we enjoyed ourselves.

    The gift shop offers lots of souvenirs.

  • Melissa
    Jun 2, 2022
    Our favorite place so far!

    This restaurant was the best place we have eaten so far during our vacation on the island. The outdoor seating area is amazing - attractive waterfront location with comfortable seating. Best seafood we’ve had - the combo platters were delicious. Water is provided for dogs. The staff was very puppy friendly and there were several other dogs as well. We highly recommend this fabulous place!

  • Sara
    Mar 31, 2022
    Great happy hour and atmosphere

    our pup was greeted right away with an ice cold bowl of water, and got SO many pets while there. Our server even brought several treats. great food, wonderful service, 10/10 would recommend!

  • Cindy
    Sep 29, 2021
    Great view and good service

    The hostess didn’t blink when we asked for a table with our dog. Arrived at noon and no wait. Our server Danielle was a pro. Food was good. The travel lift is noisy so pay attention if your pup is noise sensitive.

  • Victoria d
    Sep 14, 2021
    Dog friendly

    lots of outside seating and we were surrounded by dog loving patrons. Dodd was good. we went at 11 am on Sunday and was fairly busy already

  • Lisa
    Aug 29, 2021
    Great food & great view

    The food and service are always great! We love the beautiful views and the pet friendly atmosphere. The staff are always very friendly and welcoming.

  • Caprice
    Feb 1, 2021
    Great Experience!

    From the moment we arrived our Australian Shepherd Ruby Blue was treated great! An ice cold bowl of water right away and we were all treated great the entire time. Great service and delicious food. highly recommended a visit!

  • Brandy
    Nov 17, 2020
    Great Views Food And Service!

    our two Shih tzus joined us for dinner last week at Skullcreek. what a great atmosphere! we walked the docks before dinner and saw a beautiful sunset! the food was delicious and the service was great! very dog friendly- can’t wait to come back!

  • Mallory
    Oct 22, 2020
    Love It!

    wonderful atmosphere and dogs loved it. plenty of space to take them away from people to potty. amazing food and drinks for the humans! we got drinks, hush puppies, she crab soup and shrimp. after the outdoor bar, we sat on the chairs closest to the dock. so peaceful

  • Ashley
    Jul 12, 2020
    Large outdoor space!!

    So much better than the pictures and reviews. My whole group (3 dogs and 4 people) were soooo glad we went. We had plenty of room, there were fans and shade, large menu of great food, and a great relaxing time. One of our favorites for sure. Go there!

  • Douglas
    Jun 3, 2020
    Excellent return

    Returned to this restaurant after last year. The food and service was fantastic as it was last year. My Chi got her huge bowl of ice water again and all the attention she could handle. And, once again the food was outstanding. Love this place. Make sure you try the shrimp and grits, delicious. They offer military discount also. Highly recommend. I will return.

  • Darshana
    May 23, 2020
    Amazing food!

    Loved the restaurant....it's very dog friendly!

  • Samantha
    Oct 25, 2019
    Great deck!

    What an amazing restaurant. The food was delicious and the view was amazing. Sure there was a wait for our table but for 12 people it wasn't too bad. We loved our visit to Skull Creek!

  • Ashlee
    Oct 13, 2019
    Great Place!

    Food and drinks were fantastic! Our puppy was given tons of attention and love.

  • Suzanne
    Sep 15, 2019
    Great atmosphere, sunset over water and live music!

    We enjoyed a great meal in a great “island atmosphere”.

  • Sarah
    Aug 6, 2019
    Very dog friendly!!!

    One of our favorite spots to take Sydney! Go several times every visit. And great food!

  • Austin
    Jul 11, 2019
    Great experience

    Nice patio with shade and fans. Server paid lots of attention to our dog, water bowl immediately. Food very good. Will definitely come back

  • Tammy
    Jun 2, 2019
    Great Spot For Pooch To Enjoy

    We’ve been here several times with our dog. He is always welcomed, offered and given cold water, and often treats.if not too crowded, it’s nicer. Can get cramped and tight during busy times. Very relaxing when not too busy, right on the water as you watch boats coming in/out of the docks. Covered options available, or open air. Nice Adirondack chairs to sit, relax in after your meal with your pup and relax while you enjoy the views. A bit touristy. Food is actually very good. The fried shrimp is the best we’ve had on the island and their fries are consistently good. Decent happy hour specials. Lots of touristy, fun drink specials. Visit their big gift shop too, in a different building, which is also pup friendly. Best dog friendly place on the island given all factors, IMO. Be sure to snap a pic with your pup in the giant Adirondack chair on the grounds. There are additional restaurants adjacent to Skull Creek that are also dog friendly, but not quite as good.

  • Jessi
    Dec 23, 2018
    Great With Dogs, Not With Food

    These people were so nice to our dogs. The patio had covered and uncovered options. They gave us water for our dogs and passerby’s were so sweet and pet our pups. However, the food was pretty mediocre. We had a large variety of options on the menu and none of them were very good.

  • Stephanie
    Dec 16, 2018
    Very Dog Friendly!

    The staff here are very friendly and we got excellent service! The outdoor seating by the bar area is first come

  • Tamz
    More than a year ago
    Good Food, Great Times

    Definitely friendly to our fur babies. Cool water AND a treat! Nice atmosphere!

  • Susan
    More than a year ago
    dog friendly

    not that dog friendly, I’ve been places technically “not dog friendly” that were kinder to my dog and he is super well behaved. Food is ok.

  • Brittney
    More than a year ago
    Dog friendly, subpar food

    The staff were very friendly to our dogs! But it was pretty loud and crowded if your dog is skittish. Amazing view but not great seafood.

  • John
    More than a year ago
    excellent food, great for dogs

    The food here is delicious! Our dog had a great time. It seemed every staff member came to say hello to him and refill his water bowl.

  • Michelle
    More than a year ago
    Great for pups and their parents!

    We love coming here with our pup. They are always very friendly to us and our dog, giving her plenty of attention and water. The food is fresh and tasty. Great atmosphere w live music and a fantastic view. Customer service is always kind and friends even when they get busy. A must visit w the pup.

  • Traci
    More than a year ago
    Very dog friendly

    We had a wonderful evening with our furry travel companion. They were very accommodating to both the humans and the dog! The food was excellent also.

  • Megan Smith
    More than a year ago
    perfect lunch for the entire family on HHI

    Such a wonderful place for lunch! They warmly welcomed our dog with a huge bowl of ice water. Lots of outdoor games for the kids, great views of the water and fabulous food! Will definitely go again!!

  • Zuko and Jack
    More than a year ago

    Love this place!! Right on the marina so we had an awesome view while we enjoyed lunch. Our boys were promptly brought water and were very welcome. There's a nice green area with shade for the dogs to relax. Food was decent.

  • Julie
    More than a year ago
    great food

    The food was fantastic! The waiter was knowledgeable and nice. He offered our Maltipoo some water. There were a couple of cats walking around. Our dog barked a couple of times but it didn't seem to bother anyone. Luckily, the live music seemed to have drowned her out. We would definitely eat there again & bring our dog!

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