As one of the Lowcountry’s most charming islands, Sullivan’s Island is full of rich history, a quaint, yet fun business area with a few shops and restaurants, fantastic beaches, and an amazing island-lifestyle. You are sure to fall head-over-heels for this island as soon as you cross over onto it from the Ben Sawyer Bridge (a bridge that connects Mount Pleasant to Sullivan’s).
Just a 20-minute drive from downtown Charleston, Sullivan’s Island is a great place to spend a long weekend or week. The island boasts a variety of house rentals for groups, but if you’d like to stay in a hotel or inn, you’ll need to head over to Sullivan’s Island’s neighbors: Isle of Palms or Mount Pleasant.
As for the culinary scene on Sullivan’s Island, there are a variety of EXCELLENT restaurants and cafes to choose from, ALL offering exceptional food. Below we’ve highlighted some of the must-visit Sullivan’s Island restaurants:
Poe’s Tavern: This is one of the Lowcountry’s most famous restaurants, acclaimed for its Edgar Allen Poe-inspired atmosphere, tasty burgers and fries, and great selection of beers on draft. This place gets super crowded in the summer, so make sure to get there at 11:30am or expect to wait for a table.
Home Team BBQ: Serving up arguably the BEST barbecue in the South, Home Team BBQ sits right across the street from Poe’s Tavern and offers fantastic BBQ plates, pulled pork sandwiches, and dry-rub wings. Don’t forget to try their frozen Game Changer drink . . . Just be careful since they’re super strong!
High Thyme: When you’re craving a Lowcountry brunch, there’s no better place to head to than High Thyme. Try their shrimp and grits, which are amazing.
The Co-Op: If you’re heading to the beach and want to bring a sandwich, swing by The Co-Op to order a freshly made sandwich or pick up some chips, cole slaw, potato salad, or other side. This quaint, gourmet market offers a variety of food selections, as well as candy and ice cream.
Those are just a FEW of our favorite Sullivan’s Island restaurants, but in all honesty, you cannot go wrong with any of the restaurants on Sullivan’s—we truly love them all and each offers something completely different from the next.
When it comes to activities on Sullivan’s Island, you have a few options, but the island is set up primarily for relaxing, eating, and drinking. On any given day between April and October, you can enjoy beautiful, warm (sometimes HOT) days on the beach or rent some bikes and venture around Sullivan’s and Isle of Palms for the day.
For a jolt of history, swing by Fort Moultrie, which is at the end of Sullivan’s Island.