LOCAL DINING


Fresh + Local

There are several local places on the island. No cookie-cutter dining here! All are unique with delicious food and a distinct island vibe…Best of all you can reach all of them by golf cart, biking, or walking. 

Old Daufuskie Crab Company

Super casual with inside and outside colorful tables and chairs, and often featuring bands on weekends. If you’re lucky, they’ll be serving Ernestine’s famous Deviled Crab! This restaurant is one of the best places to watch the sunset so grab a drink and head over to the Adirondack chairs overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Weekends during warm seasons feature breakfast at the Daufuskie Crab Shack.​

Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.

Reservations not needed.

(843) 785-6652

Dining, Daufuskie Island Vacation Rental Group
Dining, Daufuskie Island Vacation Rental Group


Lucy Bell’s Cafe

Located in the Historic District at the intersection of School Road and Benjie’s Point. Open for lunch every day except Monday. Offers take-out option. Extremely casual, reservations not needed. Very popular with the locals; big meals for a good price.​

(843) 341-6477

Ernestine’s Crab Wagon

Located immediately next to the Old Daufuskie Crab Company, the Crab Wagon offers breakfast and Bloody Marys on Saturdays and Sundays during Spring and Summer months. Opens at 8:00 am and closes around noon.

Dining, Daufuskie Island Vacation Rental Group
Dining, Daufuskie Island Vacation Rental Group


The Melrose Beach Club

At the end of the beautiful Avenue of Oaks the Beach Club features a pleasant dining room, bar with TVs and casual seating, and outside tables. Situated by the Melrose beach with a view of Hilton Head, this recently reopened restaurant offers a great chef and a laid back but upscale dining experience. Dinner reservations recommended.

School Grounds Coffee​

Locals think this is the best coffee shop in the world! Great coffee, tea, and chocolate drinks  offered in the old lunchroom of the historic Mary Fields School. Often homemade cookies and muffins are available. Proprietors Pam and Brian Cobb are genuinely interested in their visitors, and will be good friends by the time you depart.

Open everyday but Monday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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