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OLD OYSTER FACTORY

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Old Oyster Factory, an American Restaurant on Hilton Head Island

The Old Oyster Factory was built on the site of an original oyster cannery. From 1925 until the 1990’s, 1700 acres of nearby creeks and wetlands were harvested and their yield brought to a one-story concrete building located directly under the restaurant. After canning, the oysters were shipped all over the Lowcountry bearing the appellation of the Broad Creek Oyster Factory.

Each day the oystermen would slip into the creeks as the tide ebbed, towing behind them long lines of empty bateaux. Using long oyster tongs, the oystermen would stand in the bateaux and carefully “weed” the beds so as to allow room for future growth. Each extracted cluster would be tossed onto the pile to break apart the clumps of shells. With each bateau fully laden, the men would begin their slow tug back to the Factory, where the wives awaited each load.

Using crude instruments, the women would shuck hundreds of fresh oysters daily, canning them with their sweet juices. The oysters were then ferried across to the mainland where they were distributed from Savannah to Charleston and beyond. Over the years, commercial development and natural selection tightened distribution, and eventually, the state classified all the acreage as protected from commercial harvesting.

Small family-owned boats can still be seen navigating the eddies off of Broad Creek, continuing the tradition of generations. Indeed, names like Mitchell and Pinckney, descendants of the original working oyster families, grace nearby mailboxes. At the Old Oyster Factory, we are surrounded by tradition on all sides, and we look forward to sharing our heritage with you.

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Old Oyster Factory
101 Marshland Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
843-681-6040

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Website

https://www.oldoysterfactory.com/Home

Neighborhood

Hilton Head

Cross Street

Matthews Drive

Cuisine

American (Traditional)
Seafood
Steakhouse

Serving

Dinner

Take Out

No

Catering

No

Online Ordering

No

Ambience

Casual

Dress

Smart Casual

Reservations

Recommended
Walk-Ins Welcome

Parking

Private Lot

Payment Methods

American Express
Discover
Mastercard
Visa

Features

Banquet / Private Rooms
Bar / Lounge
Bar Dining
Full Bar
Gluten Free Friendly
Gluten Free Menu
Non-Smoking
Outdoor Seating and Dining
Patio
Personal Wines Welcome (Corkage Fee)
Private Room
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Wine

Hours


Monday - Sunday
11am - 9pm

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