Beach Dining: Tybee Island, GA

These five island-bound establishments serve mouth-watering bites with a side of seaside vibes and views, giving “surf and turf” a whole new meaning.

Summer is in full swing; patios and docks are packed with sun-kissed faces and familiar smiles. Boaters have perfected their wave, and the sunscreen is flowing along with the next Southern heatwave.

‘Tis the season for all the seafood you can eat—likely fresh caught that very morning. Beach and-creek-side hotspots are culinary gems in the seafood world, but the views from the table are even better.

South scoured Tybee Island for all of the top spots that guaranteed a beach experience—from casual to elegant atmosphere and everything in between. We’ve got the spots, you bring the ocean-sized appetite.

Pier 16

Photos by Tiffany Goggin

Located just one block from the beach, Pier 16’s rooftop decks make for the perfect vantage point for breathtaking views from the surf to the horizon. Guests can enjoy a fun, casual dining experience on two dining decks or the rooftop bar. Pier 16 is always a good time for everyone, friends and family alike. Stay awhile as the summer sun sets and start up a cornhole match or giant Jenga game.

Just like the atmosphere, the Pier 16 menu has something for everyone, too. From fresh seafood—Pier 16’s passion—to gourmet burgers to refreshing salads, everything is prepared with the best ingredients. Just because the seafood dishes are divine does not mean the salads are not equally as scrumptious, because they absolutely are. For those of age, don’t pass up on Pier 16’s signature cocktail: a pure mint mojito.

Tybee Island, GA

Coco’s Sunset Grille

According to local folklore, the story of CoCo goes like this: There once was a monkey named CoCo who had a really hard time waking up in the morning. He lived on Tybee Island with all of his animal friends. Every morning, his friends would gather at the beach to watch the sun rise in the east—and CoCo would miss it. At night, when his friends fell asleep early, he was left awake, alone. One day, he ventured over to the creek on the west side of the island and discovered the most breathtaking sunset. So, while his early bird friends watched the sunrise, he had a beautiful evening sunset to look forward to. Soon, CoCo’s friends would stay up to join him in watching the sunset over good music, tasty meals and plenty of laughs.

As the face of CoCo’s Sunset Grille, CoCo often poses with enviable cocktails and seafood creations for social media, promoting the restaurant’s latest creations and offerings. CoCo’s Sunset Grille is one of the only restaurants on the island located on an active marina, so the seafood literally could not be any fresher. From the dock, through the kitchen and straight to the table, guests can enjoy local Southern seafood preparations. This family-friendly atmosphere is great for the whole crew, family and friends. Come for the food, stay for the good times and great views.

1A Old US Highway 80
Tybee Island, GA
912.786.7810 |

Salt Island Fish & Beer


Salt Island Fish & Beer is the salt of the Tybee culinary scene. The word “Tybee” dates back to the Euchee tribe that inhabited the island in the fourteenth century; “Tybee” is thought to translate to “salt,” which permeates all aspects of life on the island.

Craft is a way of life for Salt Island—from locally brewed beverages and handmade cocktails to scratch meals always accented with an inventive twist, guests can always expect great dishes made with love. Gaze out the faint blue windows and watch the waves come in or hang out on the patio and take in the salty sea breeze.

101 Lovell Ave
Tybee Island, GA

Sea Wolf

The Sea Wolf brings the style to the Tybee Island culinary scene. With an elevated, elegant menu featuring oysters sourced locally and beyond, wagyu creations, smörgåsbord and vegan options, Sea Wolf sets the tone for a serene night out on the island. Enjoy wines selected with love, perfectly paired with delicious bites and Lowcountry atmosphere.

106 S Campbell Ave.
Tybee Island, GA

Chamacos Tacos & Surf

Chamacos Tacos & Surf is a vibrant taco/surf shop that lives up to its impeccable social media meme game. This taco joint serves up infectiously upbeat vibes and tunes, along with tasty tacos and amazing agave spirits. From delicious appetizers to tacos of all varieties and from “locos creations” to refreshing Jarritos and Topo Chico beverages, Chamacos Tacos has you covered with all the staples and plenty of spice.

This lively spot goes beyond tacos and tequila—guests can enjoy a lineup of live music whenever their enviable playlist isn’t pumping. Stop by on Thursdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. to sample the sounds of Tybee Island. Also, be sure to check out the sweet gear at the surf shop!

1311 Butler Ave., Tybee Island, GA

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