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11 Buckingham Plantation Dr, Bluffton, SC 29910-6504
843-837-3353
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night

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  • 37
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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We have eaten Ruebens in many places, including Ireland. The Rueben here at Kelly's Tavern is the best anywhere. Don't be concerned about the price, $19.95 for a big sandwich, as you will receive a Rueben with more corned beef than on it than 4 of most Rueben's you have had elsewhere. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
BillCarraway
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Bluffton, South Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Kelly's serves delicious pub food. We went there for their St. Patrick's corned beef and cabbage special, a side of onion rings and a grilled cheese sandwich with fries. All were excellent! The corned beef is the best I've ever eaten. No fat, no gristle, it is sliced thin and tender and juicy. They also use it in their outstanding... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Had corned beef & cabbage--blandest food I ever ate--all of it. No spices at al, no salt, meat tasted like it was deli meat!

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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50 reviews 50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We found this place on our Garmin because it was nearby and we wanted to watch a basketball game. Walking in, it looked "rundown", but it was clean. Fairly busy in the afternoon and the menu had a lot of choices. Food was served timely and it was delicious. Draft beers $4, and the sandwich was around $9. It looked... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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73 reviews 73 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

Nothing special. Very ordinary. Food was decent but nothing to write home about. Service was good but again, the food isn't anything special. What more can we say. We won't be back as it just isn't our kind of place.........

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We have eaten Ruebens in many places, including Ireland. The Rueben here at Kelly's Tavern is the best anywhere. Don't be concerned about the price, $19.95 for a big sandwich, as you will receive a Rueben with more corned beef than on it than 4 of most Rueben's you have had elsewhere. The atmosphere is that of a neighborhood bar,... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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97 reviews 97 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Many years ago a tavern in Neptune, NJ was renowned for its baked Reuben sandwiches. Low and behold, 850 miles South of NJ I see Kelly's Tavern and they are advertising Reubens. And it has the same fabulous Reubens as Neptune. This is a neighborhood bar, pool table and all and friendly people. No pretentiousness here. Great burgers too and... More 

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Fort Myers
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Lunch hour specials daily. Get there early, they run out! Good food. Had a corned beef sandwich, had to take 1/2 home. Next time we share. Nice atmosphere and large bar seating area.

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Ridgely, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

My husband loves to go to little local bars. I am not a fan. However, on a recent business trip to Hilton Head Island, we went to Kelly's. We had seen it advertised in a local "to do" book. Just looking at the outside, I was not eager to eat lunch there. It is a small place that almost didn't... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We have been here three or times for evening sandwiches and a beer. The beer is always good but the sandwiches not so much. There is usually 6-10 of us and seating is never a problem, server attentive, but the meal varying degrees of good. Price is ok but value is not.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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76 reviews 76 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Food is good and very reasonable in price. The service is friendly. Come and join the locals who eat here regularly. They have good sandwiches and other pub food. Their special giant sandwiches with Irish names are a real treat. Come when you are hungry.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 11 Buckingham Plantation Dr, Bluffton, SC 29910-6504
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Bluffton
  • Phone Number: 843-837-3353

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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