Island Grown and Operated for Over 40 Years..
There are few people on Hilton Head Island and few steady visitors that have not enjoyed a meal or entertainment at one of the Coastal Restaurants and Bars
Coastal Restaurants and Bars currently consist of The Crazy Crabs at Jarvis Creek and Harbour Town, Reilley’s Grill and Bar and North End Pub, Aunt Chilada’s Easy Street Café, The Boardroom, and Carolina Crab Company. The group traces its roots back to 1973 when Peter and Mary Ellen Kenneweg opened up the Hofbrauhaus, a German restaurant that served up hungry patrons until it finally closed in 2006 after a more than 30 year run.
Reilley’s was started on the south end in December of 1982. Tom Reilley had been working on the Island for five years selling food. With four children to support, he approached two of his customers, Peter Kenneweg and Serge Pratt, regarding lending him money to open a restaurant. It is now a family business as Tom and Diane have brought in their children and spouses, Keith Reilley, James and Erin Reilley Booth, Brendan and Jill Reilley and Thomas Reilley as partners in the growing number of venues. James Booth got involved in the restaurant business when he married Erin, Tom and Diane’s daughter. Today Erin and James are the general managers of Reilley’s South.
The group continued their expansion when in 1984 Tom and David Reilley, Peter Kenneweg, Wally Seinsheimer, and Eric Spector bought Boiler’s Restaurant on Highway 278 and turned it into The Crazy Crab which overlooks Jarvis Creek. The building was rebuilt in 1998 after a fire and now houses the largest saltwater aquarium on Hilton Head Island as well as an onsite playground and outside deck. Peter's son, Courtney, stands at the helm at The Crazy Crab - keeping great seafood and great business sense in the family.
In 1986 the group brought The Crazy Crab to Harbour Town and brought in managing partner Chuck Larson to run the operation. Tom sees the longevity and popularity of The Crazy Crabs as multi-faceted: "We offer a unique, family restaurant at reasonable prices with a varied menu, good service and great vistas." The Crazy Crabs continue to impress customers having won numerous local awards for their Alaskan Snow Crab Legs.
Tom opened his other Reilley’s restaurant on the north end in 1986 with his Crazy Crab partners but now shares ownership with his children as well as his brother David and wife, Laura. David Reilley met his wife, Laura, when she was a waitress at one of the restaurants, and the couple manages Reilley’s North End Pub together. “We are family owned and operated and our long time customers are just an extension of our family. Our primary focus has always been on the Islanders,” said Tom. “We are also fortunate enough that the tourists find us and like us.”
In 1989, Tom and Peter opened Aunt Chilada’s Easy Street Café, which offers Mexican, Tex-Mex and American and later sold the restaurant to brother David and son Brendan. Brendan, the only Reilley with any formal culinary training, met his wife Jill when they both attended the Culinary Institute of Arts in New York. Brendan, who was the chef at the Reilley’s in Hawaii, is big enchilada now Aunt Chilada’s.
Tom and Diane's son, Thomas, is managing partner at the Boardroom which is the one operation that’s focus is centered towards more of the night owls. Live music 7 nights a week on their outdoor stage led to their status as “Island's Best Late Night Bar” in 2014.
Brendan, Thomas and Keith opened the newest Reilley venture in 2014 - Carolina Crab Company in Palmetto Bay Marina. Dubbed as "C3,” this is the coziest, most intimate of the restaurants. With limited indoor seating, plus outdoor seating with a water view and a small staff, you will likely be taken care of by the whole crew, maybe even the chef. At the end of your meal, walk down to the docks, say hello to some dolphin, and maybe check out some yachts you hope to own by the time you make your next visit to Hilton Head.