There are all kinds of wonderful flavors and unique fare served at Shelter Cove. Everything from Mexican to Mediterranean and Italian restaurants can be found, many of which are run from international families. Don’t forget about all of the fresh seafood, straight from the local waters, that the restaurants serve. And there’s no better way to enjoy these great meals than sitting outside under the shaded patios overlooking the harbor.
La Fontana Waterfront Grill & Pizzeria
If you’re searching for Italian fare, look no further. Brick oven pizzas, pasta and ravioli are just a few of the delightful dishes that this restaurant serves. And if you’ve come for the pizzeria, you’ll be happy to find that buffalo and barbeque chicken, cheese, Greek, Hawaiian and Italian ham pizzas are just the beginning.
It all started in 2012 when Robert Murray met Chef Gary Langevin, an Italian chef who moved from Naples and opened two successful restaurants in Charleston. A year later, in October 2013, Murray bought Little Vince in Shelter Cove and with Langevin’s help, they opened La Fontana. Langevin helped assemble a team from Naples to run the kitchen, adding Executive Chef Giuseppe Galone, who’s cooked in Italy, as well as Miami.
The Lobster Ravioli allo Scorlio is a favorite, with sautéed clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops served in a creamy lobster sauce. Or you can go for the Fruitti di Mare Fra Diavolo which has all of the same seafood, but is served in a spicy marinara sauce with linguini. They have a variety of other dishes, including their Rib Eye, Filet Mignon, Lamb Rack and Wild Mushroom Risoto, Veal Saltimbocca, Piccato and Parmigiana.
Don’t forget their wines! They have an extensive wine list with Spumantis from Sonoma and France, a 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and a Paul Hobbs Bramare Chardonnay from Argentina. Their whites are just as tasteful with Dolci, Carbernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Barbera, Chianti, Barbaresco, Barbolo, Amarone, Brunnello di Montalcino in addition to their super Tuscan and interesting reds.
About $5 – $3
813 Harbourside Ln
Tucked into a southern corner of Shelter Cove is a buzzing cantina serving Mexican on the marina. Start your meal off right at San Miguel’s with chips and some chili con queso, guacamole or bean dip. Order a margarita while you decide whether you want steak, chicken, beef, pork carnitas, chorizo, shrimp or fish tacos.
If tacos aren’t your meal of choice, then consider the variety of quesadillas and chimichangas they serve. With spinach, veggie and wild mushroom, in addition to their typical cheese and fajita quesadillas, there’s a little something for everyone. If you want seafood with Mexican flair, then the crab and shrimp chimichanga or the fish tacos with chipotle mayo and pico de gallo are great options. And their fajita, burrito and enchilada specials with rice and beans are just as good.
San Miguel’s stays pretty busy on weeknights with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, where an outdoor patio and bar is entertained with live music. It might just be one of the very best restaurants in the harbor.
About $4 – $20
9 Shelter Cove Ln
The newest edition to Shelter Cove is Mediterranean Harbour, a restaurant serving family recipes straight from a kitchen in Lebanon, which include a Shawarma mix, shish kabobs and falafels. Simon Mikhael and his mom moved from Lebanon and together they run the restaurant with fellow Lebanese chef Munjid Yousif.
It’s not just their recipes that come straight from the Mediterranean, but their spices too! Their chicken and lamb shish kabobs and Shawarma are all seasoned with spices imported from Lebanon to get an authentic flavor.
It’s a restaurant that’s friendly to all kinds, with gluten-free and vegetarian options, as well as burgers, chicken nuggets and hot dogs for kids. Their gluten-free, vegetarian options include the hummus, baba ghanouji, grape leaves and falafel.
Be sure to start you meal off with a Greek, Tabouleh or Fattouch salad and try their one of their oven baked pita pies – spinach with feta or ground beef with roasted pinenuts, diced tomato and onion. And don’t forget to order some baklava or key lime pie for dessert.
About $6 – $34
13 Harbourside Lane Unit B
Scott’s Fish Market
Seafood is best eaten casually by the water and Scott’s knows that. Their waterfront restaurant is a great stop to make in Shelter Cove, especially if you’re with friends and family who want fresh seafood. The restaurant has been on the island for over 20 years serving fried, baked and blackened seafood, as well as filet mignon and strip steaks, pasta and even chicken sandwiches.
Amid their crabs, oysters, mussel and shrimp starters, they offer bacon-wrapped oysters with sweet and sour sauce and the popular Lump Crab Cake. They also have shrimp and tuna salads, she crab soup and gumbo to get you ready for your main course.
Grilled salmon, blackened tuna and Cajun seared tilapia, grilled swordfish, shrimp and sea scallop fettuccine, steamed mussels and the herb parmesan-crusted grouper are just a few of their fresh seafood selections. Their Charbroiled Mahi Mahi is a hit with a ginger teriyaki marinade, topped with grilled scallops and pineapple rum butter.
They also have sandwiches and chicken for those wanting something other than seafood. And for kids, they serve popcorn shrimp, hot dogs, pasta and chicken tenders with fries.
About $8 – $24
17 Harborside Ln
ELA’s Blu Water Grille
If you’re looking for a more upscale bistro with great wines and excellent views of the harbor, then head on over to ELA’s Blu Water Grille. This family-run establishment is a step away from all the crowds, past San Miguel’s, at the eastern most tip of cove, serving seafood and steaks with a little southern flair.
Check out their extensive wine list, with bubbles, chardonnay, Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot and fun reds from all over California, Oregon and France, New Zealand, Spain, Italy and Australia.
Start with Mama’s fried green tomatoes, fresh catch skewers, buffalo shrimp or their Margherita pizza and be sure to order one of their decadent salads. It doesn’t matter whether you get the Maine lobster bisque, pear arugula or steakhouse chopped wedge; you really can’t go wrong.
Some of their most popular classics include the Ahi Tuna Tartar, which is a marinated ahi tuna over a fresh cucumber and avocado salad, and the shrimp cocktail with citrus poached shrimp and their specialty cocktail sauce.
Their variety of entrees are sure to please and might keep you staring at the menu, because they’re all so great and you just can’t decide. Their pan roasted grouper, grilled Atlantic swordfish, flounder, famous crab cakes, steamed lobster and pan seared duck are just a few of their fine dinners.
About $8 – $40
1 Shelter Cove Ln
Frosty’s Italian Ices
If you need a cold pick-me-up, a cool treat to enjoy after a day filled with fun out in the harbor, then stop by Frosty’s. They have all kinds of cold, sweet snacks to enjoy, from ice cream, Italian ice and slushies to cappuccinos and coffee.
They also sell candy, cotton candy, pretzels and they’re known for their delicious homemade fudge (which can even be ordered). So whether it’s an ice cream bar you’re after or a chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake, their sweet treats are sure to make you smile.
About $1 – $10
9 Harbourside Ln