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Johnson Creek Tavern

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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2141 Sea Island Pkwy, Harbor Island, SC 29920-5001
+1 843-838-4166
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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150 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My daughter and I pulled over to this place as we werehungry from touring the islands. We took a spot outside and waited and the waitress took our drink order and we waited. She came back and took our food order and we waited. She came back and asked us for order again. Now I have was ready to leave... More 

Thank Mishy119
Morganton, North Carolina, United States
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This local seafood place was a pleasant surprise and had good atmosphere. The had many options to choose from and if you feel like it you can leave a tip stapled to the wall, ceiling or wherever you can find a place to put it.

Thank Chris S
Westport, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here twice, once with the dog on the deck and once inside. Both times we found the waitress exceedingly friendly and helpful, the food terrific and location great. Overlooks the marsh with distant views out to the barrier seashore-peaceful and calming. Some that we talked to came from as far as Charleston and raved as we did over... More 

Thank bobcatden
Lexington, sc
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a VERY overpriced meal that two people couldn't even eat. The ribs were so tough they couldn't be cut through at points. The spaghetti was clumped, fried pickle appetizer was still doughy inside and there was a hair in my child's fries. NEVER again. I advise you to keep traveling!

1 Thank Newin05
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
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64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place offers great views of the surrounding low country sawgrass and creeks. The She Crab soup is wonderful. We drove 60 miles to try it, and it was worth it!

1 Thank Campgroundguy
Norfolk County, Canada
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We just arrived at Fripp Island and were told by a few people that this was a good place to eat. The decor featuring dollar bills attached to all the walls is pretty outdated. Our cornbread was very good. I had crab stuffed flounder that tasted good until the last piece which was fishy and suspiciously different than the other... More 

1 Thank Oldcutkitchen
Southern Indiana
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hands down the best seafood I've ever had. Well worth the price. I had the seafood platter & it had fried oysters, flounder & shrimp & it was $22. It was one of the more pricy dinners. WELL worth it. Neat atmosphere, people staple $1 bills to every inch of the walls.

1 Thank H3stin
Chagrin Falls, OH
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116 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

A nice, relaxing place to sit by the water and watch the many birds -- egrets, osprey, etc. -- while having an OK but not spectacular meal. Go if the weather is good, and sit on the deck.

1 Thank TravelDog83
Bluffton, South Carolina
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153 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We happened upon this place about a year ago and loved the great seafood. We tried to go again in late spring but couldn't even find a place to park so we drove on by. Out for a Saturday ride recently, we stopped again and loved every bite of our delicious oyster baskets--there wasn't a scrap of anything left. It's... More 

1 Thank boogieboybaxter
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We stayed at Fripp for the spring tennis tournament and made the short drive to JCT for dinner and lunch. We were not disappointed! The cornbread and hush puppies were awesome and the seafood was way better than anything served on Fripp Island. I highly recommend the fried flounder, fried shrimp, and the blackened grouper sandwich! They have a good... More 

1 Thank David P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2141 Sea Island Pkwy, Harbor Island, SC 29920-5001
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Harbor Island
  • Phone Number: +1 843-838-4166

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?