Hudson’s On The Docks

Review by: Cliff Stehle

“Welcome to Hudson’s” headlines the Dock Talk paper that doubles as the restaurant menu and informative guide to Hudson’s long history. What began as an oyster factory and seafood processing plant (1920s), became a 95-seat restaurant (1967), and today (2007) is a 345-seat restaurant right on the “dock of the bay.” Hudson’s is owned by Brian and Gloria Carmines (they acquired it in 1975) and the tradition started by J.B Hudson Jr. in 1967 continues.

Most of the seafood, especially the shrimp, is fresh from Hudson’s own docks immediately behind the restaurant (you can see the shrimp boats and their rigging from most of the dining area, silhouetted against the setting sun). If you are lucky, you’ll see a Hudson’s shrimp boat unload its catch; watch the sorting process as the shrimp make their way to the restaurant tables. It does not get much fresher than that!

The very fresh shrimp are served steamed, broiled, fried, or stuffed. She-crab soup is thick and extremely flavorful, topped with an ever so slight slick of sherry to round out the taste. Oysters on the half shell are priced daily (on our 10/07 visit they were $8.50 a dozen) and they too were fresh, full of flavor, and visually appealing. If the menu seems too extensive and all items seem to have equal appeal, try the “Can’t Decide” appetizer (oysters Hudson, oysters Rockefeller, stuffed mushroom, clams casino, and blackened scallops) for a wide sampling.

There is nothing on the menu that would disappoint and the only regret is that there is no way to try everything on a single visit. We solved this in part by coming back the following night to continue our exploration. The restaurant is a great find and is obviously well-known to the locals. Come early or late but be prepared for an excellent seafood experience.

Directions & Hours

11am - 9pm
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

What To Eat

Oysters on the Half Shell

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Steamed Shrimp in the Shell

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Hudson’s On The Docks Recipes

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What do you think of Hudson’s On The Docks?

One Response to “Hudson’s On The Docks”

Mark Radell

February 10th, 2008

Not what it used to be! My wife and I go to Hilton Head every year and Hudson’s used to be an annual stop. However, after our last couple of visits we don’t plan on hurrying back. The food quality has definitely diminished as has the service. The only thing that hasn’t decreased is the price, which actually has gone up significantly, especially when compared to the value.

During our last visit many things that used to be great were marginal at best. They used to have a very nice simple salad. It has deteriorated into nothing more than iceberg lettuce. My wife always loved their she-crab soup; now it is very thin and has very little flavor. Grilled fish was severely overcooked and very dry. The fried shrimp, one of their specialties, are greasy and chewy. The hushpuppies are also quite greasy. I always felt the Key lime pie was very good here, but unfortunately I can now buy key lime pie that is as good or better in a grocery store.

Too bad; this used to be such a nice place to eat.

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