• Tara Scott-Johnson

Dining on Tybee Island

Updated: Nov 6, 2018

We've tried them all so you don't have to. Here are our top 5 favorite restaurants for lunch and dinner on Tybee Island...not in any particular order.

The Crab Shack

40 Estill Hammock Rd, Tybee Island, GA 31328

The Original Crab Shack on Tybee Island is the most popular dining destination for low-country boil and BBQ. The outdoor dining experience is part of the charm of this Tybee Island staple. Watch wildlife and watercraft from your table while you enjoy a leisurely dinner. The Crab Shack has a small lagoon with baby alligators to entertain you as you wait for your table and a large kitty cat population roams the area - don't be surprised if one comes up to your table to say, "hello".

Coco's Sunset Grille

1A Old US Highway 80,Tybee Island, GA 31410

Off the beaten-path, you will find Coco's Sunset Grille. It's your typical island-inspired restaurant nestled in the marsh on the back side of Tybee Island, on the shores of Lazaretto Creek. CoCo’s Sunset Grille is one of the very few restaurants located at an operating marina. The sunset views is what this restaurant is known for, but we come for the food. They offer sandwiches, seafood platters, and pasta dishes. Personally, I adore the penne alfredo!

Tybee Island Social Club

1311 Butler Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328

The Tybee Island Social Club is just that - a social club. The feminine Parisian-inspired decor sets this restaurant apart from others on the island. The scratch menu offers diners some unusual island fare and the cocktails are uniquely decadent. We frequent this restaurant when on Tybee Island as it is a quiet space to unwind, enjoy conversation, meet new people, and did I mention - the patio is dog-friendly.

Rock House Original Bar & Grill

1518 Butler Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328

Be warned - Rock House is a bar - it's loud, crowded, and your order will take a bit to be delivered. But when your food arrives you will understand why this restaurant is one of our top 5 on the island. It truly is the "Best Seafood on Tybee Island" - as the window banner describes. And for a bar, the menu is fairly large from seafood dishes, to burgers and hot dogs, to gourmet pizza. But hands down, the peel and eat shrimp is our all time favorite and the mahi mahi just melts in your mouth - no chewing required. Overall, every dish is delicious! Oh, and the drink menu is expansive because Rock House is a bar! (Children welcome).

Fannie's On The Beach

1613 Strand Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328

Fannie's On The Beach isn't only known for its food and drinks, as several Hollywood films have used this island eatery as a backdrop to films such as Baywatch and Dirty Grandpa. Established in 1992, Fannie's has been a beachside retreat for beach goers for decades. It's a funky place with surf-n-turf, wings, fresh seafood, burgers, and salads. They have a great kid's menu too. Drop in wearing your bathing suits and flip flops, we did.

Notable Mentions - Breakfast & Snacks

The Breakfast Club

1500 Butler Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328

Our favorite breakfast spot on Tybee Island is The Breakfast Club. The name is a bit misleading, it's not the size of any club I'd ever been to. It is a tiny diner that is in dire need of a renovation but the food coming out of the kitchen is always tasty and fast. The folks at The Breakfast Club know how to churn out tons of food quickly - which is a good thing - as there is always a line outside waiting to get in.

Raw Ingredients

18C 16th St, Tybee Island, GA 31328

Raw Ingredients is a take-out sushi bar with the best Boba Tea - or bubble tea - in Savannah. The flavors are amazing. My favorite was definitely honeydew. However, mango was a close second. Wait, banana was pretty sensational as well. Okay....they're all good. Try it for yourself and good luck finding your favorite bubble tea flavor.

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