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“We were pleasantly surprised at this great little place.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gillan's Fresh Seafood and Oyster Bar - CLOSED

Gillan's Fresh Seafood and Oyster Bar
841 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head, SC
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Price range: $7 - $25
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
1 review
“We were pleasantly surprised at this great little place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

We were a little concerned from some of the online reviews but asked a couple walking out how they liked it and they said it was great so we went on in. It is a casual environment, and the menu had more reasonable prices than a lot of other places on the island. Anyway, the hostess seated us and when our server had not shown up after a few minutes another gentleman walking around noticed us, and came by to take our order. It's nice to see someone looking out like that. Anyway, we had the low country boil, all you can eat (consisting of crab legs, shrimp, clams, oysters, sausage, and some veggies). Everything including the sides and salad was done well which was nice as some all you can eats fall a bit short around the edges but not here. We got three extra plates of crab legs and shrimp, and it was all very tasty. Our server AJ may have been slow getting to us originally but he was Johnny on the spot from the time our food arrived to the time we payed our check. This was a great find and it seemed like it was run by a staff and management that really care. We will definitely be back.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New England
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great Waiter, Average Food, Good For Families, Gluten Free Friendly”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

I was less than impressed with the offerings at this restaurant. My husband and his cousin got oyster appetizers of Texas oysters which my husband said were fresh but not great.

I got a nice wedge salad that was drowning in dressing.

I don't think our cousin's wife got an appetizer,

Our cousin got an Ginormous plate of linguini in clam sauce which he enjoyed. My husband got a crab creole which was two crab cake things in little foil cups. The presentation was underwhelming but he really enjoyed it.

I can not at all recall what our cousin's wife got but she enjoyed it.

I wanted shrimp and grits but ended up with shrimp, red beans and rice and a side of grits. The Shrimp and grits gravy contained gluten.

The shrimp was nicely spiced but awkward with the tails on in a pate of rice and beans. The red rice and beans were nice although the beans were canned. The grits were delish!

Our waiter, Andre, was a doll who had hand-written all the Gluten Free options for me which was so sweet.

There were certainly enough options. The menu is a bit too large. There are a lot of kids, and our cousins said they would go back because they could handle a large family group. I didn't care for the ambiance but the staff was friendly and helpful.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Kingsport, Tennessee, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Awesome food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Great service, friendly, scallops with lobster sauce to die for! Highly recommend!!! Interested in our feedback. We visited twice during our 1 week long visit. We look forward to going back in October and we'll tell our friends to visit. They also have a good happy hour.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rockville, Maryland
1 review
“Amazingly delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

After trying our hotel's recommended restaurants and being disappointed, we stumbled upon Gillan's...and went back 2x. Everything we ordered was delicious. All of the food was fresh and flavorful. Service was wonderful and they accommodated for my son with severe food allergies. Our favorites: mussels provencal, shrimp and grits, oyster stew, scallops and lobster sauce, oysters on the half shell, and clams and linguini. I am truly surprised by the other reviews. We are foodies and Gillan's was a clear standout on our trip.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ormond Beach, Florida
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Nicely presented, very friendly, Red Lobster quality”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Nothing very good or bad. Nicely done. The reviews that call it "so-so" have it on the head. Service was very nice & kid friendly.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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