Fun lunch with our puppy
Skull Creek Boathouse is dog friendly!
Skull Creek Boathouse is dog friendly!
Skull Creek Boathouse is dog friendly!
Skull Creek Boathouse is dog friendly!


Skull Creek Boathouse is a popular Hilton Head Island restaurant and bar that is dog-friendly! The restaurant is open for daily for lunch and dinner and hosts a popular weekend brunch. Menu highlights include freshly caught local seafood, sushi, burgers, and classic American cuisine. Dogs are welcome on the sprawling outdoor patio, which overlooks the docks and beautiful Skull Creek. 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, live music, and games to play along the waterfront while you wait.


BringFido Traveler Rating

Skull Creek Boathouse has received a rating of 4.6 out of 5 bones by 16 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 in 6,622 traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

  • Oct. 13, 2019
    Great Place!

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • More than a year ago
    Good Food, Great Times

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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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Perfect Place To Bring Your Pups!
Panorama from our table
Sunset in September
Maxx At Skull Creek

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