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“Maybe the best of Hilton Head” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Charlie's L'Etoile Verte

Charlie's L'Etoile Verte
8 New Orleans Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29928-4715
843-785-9277
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Ranked #17 of 322 restaurants in Hilton Head
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Maybe the best of Hilton Head”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We have eatten at most the Trip Advisor top 10 restaurants on Hilton Head Island and I have to be totally truthful, Charlies just may be the best of the best. We started with enjoying half price glasses of wine at happy hour including Duckhorn Merlot. My wife enjoyed the perfectly prepared large portion of scallops. I had the grouper cheeks...amazing! The food is not gourmet; instead it is just perfectly prepared, presented and served. On a return visit I had the cobb salad while sitting at the bar and talking to Jeff the very friendly bartender. Best salad I have ever eatten. Go to Charlies and you will not be disappointed.

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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Clarksburg, Maryland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Highly recommended... Do not forget Monday is half price wine night”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Our first time here although it is an island staple... we understand why. Excellent recommendations by our server Ruthie. The oyster stew is very nice, not too filling. The tomato mozzarella salad was also very nice and fresh. The grouper and wild salmon were served piping hot and tasted great. We were a little concerned because the appetizers were served as fast as we ordered them but we were not rushed at all even though it was a full house. The scalloped potatoes would have been worth the trip alone.... Ask to substitute vegetables for a double serving. The caramel cake ala mode was the perfect finish... to share. Very nice evening and one to revisit.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Aiken, South Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Always a GREAT experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

have eaten at Charlies on several ocasions and it's always top notch: impeccable service and beautiful menu selection with food that stands up to expectations. Go before 7pm for happy hour in the bar! FUN bartender makes you want to drop in just for drinks! Don't miss a night at Charlies. You'll be glad you went.

Visited August 2013
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Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best scallops....ever.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I celebrated our first and 2nd anniversary here and both times were excellent. They really do serve the most delicious scallops I've ever had. I live that the chef handwrites the menu daily based on his trips to market. It is a little more than we would usually pay for a meal but very worth it.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in South Carolina? It has my vote.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Charile's is simply one of the best french restaurants anywhere. Owner, Charlie Golson, who grew up in Bluffton, on the May River just across from Hilton Head, runs his restaurant with charm and elegance. We met in Dakar, Senegal, over 35 years ago where Charlie was teaching at the Hotel School. He speaks French fluently (and Woluf, the lingua franca of Senegal) . Fine cuisine and wine has always been his passion along with making the dining experience memorable. The menu is exciting, the wine list excellent, and the atmosphere of the restaurant and bar is welcoming, partly due to the simple, tasteful decor and partly due to the other diners, most of whom are enthusiastic regulars. Margaret Golson, Charlie's daughter, is the sommelier. The price is exceptionally reasonable considering the quality. I pass through Hilton Head about every other year and would not think of dining anywhere else except at Charlie's.

  • Visited May 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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