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May River Grill

Certificate of Excellence
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American, Seafood, Wine Bar
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1263 May River Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910-7003
+1 843-757-5755
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Tue 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 136
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Small restaurant, but amazing food

A little out of the way if you are staying on Hilton Head Island, but worth the trip. Make sure you make reservations as the restaurant is small. We went on a Saturday night and had an 7:30 reservation, there were no tables available when arrived except for ours.............great menu, friendly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Meg Z
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

A little out of the way if you are staying on Hilton Head Island, but worth the trip. Make sure you make reservations as the restaurant is small. We went on a Saturday night and had an 7:30 reservation, there were no tables available when arrived except for ours.............great menu, friendly bartender, I will be going back again.

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Bedford, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I asked several people today for a recommendation for a good restaurant in Hilton Head. Someone suggested I stop along the way in Bluffton and try May River Grill. As I pulled to a stop in front of the restaurant I thought to myself, "Perhaps we don't have the same definition of a good restaurant!" I almost drove off based... More 

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Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Had the scallops and fresh oysters - they were local oysters and were huge and delicious as well as the right temperature for a fresh one. Loved the way they pack this restaurant with locals, and it's a homey feel inside. The waiter has worked there a long time and all the staff combined for a friendly experience. Delicious food... More 

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MayRiverGrill, Manager at May River Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your fresh, local oysters! We are lucky to be in an area that has such an abundance of delicious seafood, so we try to offer it as much as possible. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Bluffton, South Carolina
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

As a native of the area, for a long time I've heard about May River Grill, (both good and bad) we were invited to dinner this week by friends who frequent there often and were excited to go. When we walked in I immediately became Claustrophobic! I know how sardines must feel now! I'm actually not sure this place is... More 

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MayRiverGrill, Manager at May River Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the May River Grill! Being a small, local restaurant, we do get quite busy, but I assure you that we are indeed fire-code safe. On that note, we do hold very strict reservation times, especially with our patrons who enjoy sitting at certain tables. We apologize for any inconvenience this was to your party.... More 

Brampton, Canada
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

This is one of my regular stops on the spring trip north from Florida, and I always look forward to getting back to this great restaurant run by the Detroit Red Wings biggest fan in the Carolinas. Extensive menu, heavy on seafood, but with plenty of other choices from fowl through beef and ribs. Good wine and beer selection. Large... More 

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MayRiverGrill, Manager at May River Grill, responded to this review

As always, it was a treat to have you sit up at the bar with us! Hopefully we'll see you again next time you're passing through. Thanks for the review! -May River Grill More 

Bluffton, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It's a little crowded inside, but they manage the space well. We go there every Christmas Eve for a wonderful meal Never had a less than great meal there.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This tiny little restaurant has one of the BIGGEST menu selections we have ever seen! We went with a group and every single one of us RAVED over our dinner choices. I had the special Seafood Chowder that evening and it was honest to goodness, "Swoon-worthy"!! :) Everything was fresh and tasty and expertly prepared. The kitchen is one busy... More 

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MayRiverGrill, Manager at May River Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review of the restaurant! We are so happy that your party enjoyed their experience here at the May River Grill! See you next time! -May River Grill More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I've traveled all over the world and this restaurant has stood out to me. From the Oyster Rockefeller, Scallops, Lobster Tail and fresh Grouper made this an excellent evening for us and friends. A "hole in the wall" type venue but they don't cut any corners, top notch service from our server Adam S. who was very helpful in making... More 

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Staten Island, New York
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We were in Old Town Bluffton to see the shops and outdoor market. May River Grill was a restaurant we wanted to try and we're not disappointed ! The owner, Charlie, greeted us and seated us at a central table. Our waiter, Jay was very attentive and informative about the local area and the specials. We split their signature salad... More 

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MayRiverGrill, Manager at May River Grill, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive review! We are very happy that you enjoyed your experience all-around! We pride ourselves for having attentive, knowledgeable wait staff and a friendly atmosphere. Thanks again, -May River Grill More 

New York
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We were so excited to travel to this restaurant only to be gravely disappointed ! Our waitress failed to tell us of the specials, and when we overheard them being explained to the next table we asked her about them. She blamed the management for not communicating properly, explained "this was restaurant week" and "things were crazy".... In addition our... More 

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MayRiverGrill, Owner at May River Grill, responded to this review

We are very sorry about your bad experience during Restaurant Week here at the May River Grill. Appropriate steps are being taken to address these issues. We hope that in the future, you may give us a second chance to give you a better dining experience. Thank you for your review. -Charlie Sternburgh More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1263 May River Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910-7003
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Bluffton
  • Phone Number: +1 843-757-5755

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 35
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?