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Morgan River Grill: NOW OPEN for Lunch & Dinner

 Now open for Lunch & Dinner

LUNCH: 11 am – 5 pm
DINNER: 5pm – 9 pm

(Reservations for dinner recommended. Reservation requests made via voicemail will receive a callback to confirm or reschedule if your requested seating is already full.)


Dataw Island is pleased to welcome the owners and staff of the Morgan River Grill to the Dataw Island Marina complex. Evan Hallinan and his family two years ago opened the very successful Madison’s restaurant in Port Royal.

“The Dataw waterfront is definitely ready to come alive again!” said owner Evan Hallinan. “There is an energy since the Dataw Island Owners Association took over that we are really excited about. It definitely feels right!” 

Hallinan’s partner, Amy Schmitt (in life and business – Hallinan is the Owner/Executive Chef and Schmitt is the General Manager), was quick to add, “To say we’re excited is really an understatement, we’re ecstatic!”

The restaurant concept reflects the environment: seafood-heavy and “upscale casual” with a decidedly southern influence.

The owners explained they want boaters to feel comfortable coming straight in from boating, so flipflops and pups are welcome! The porch has been outfitted with all new heaters and custom-fit weather panels to assure year-round comfort, and indoor and bar seating will also be available.

Morgan River Grill’s partnerships with local purveyors such as Sea Eagle Seafood and Lowcountry Shellfish support other small businesses and assure use of fresh, quality ingredients, locally sourced when possible. In addition to seafood, they are offering a number of small plates, signature burgers (check out the Bartlett!) created from a hand-picked blend of brisket, chuck, and short rib (designed by Hallinan and crafted by a local butcher), and also a number of hand-cut steaks and pork chops.

In their first year of operation, Madison’s earned a “Best of Beaufort Reader’s Choice Award” for the Best Restaurant. Not to be outdone, in their second year of operation they again earned Best Restaurant and added to their honors Best Server and Best Chef.

“It’s already been so great meeting members and working with the team here on Dataw Island; it truly feels like the community is a team on Dataw,” Schmitt said.

“Definitely,” agrees Hallinan. “It feels like everyone on Dataw is on Team Morgan River Grill and we are on Team Dataw!”

Stop by and welcome our new neighbors!

LUNCH: 11 am – 5 pm
DINNER: 5pm – 9 pm

(Reservations for dinner recommended.) 

(843) 838-FISH (3474)

Website coming soon – patrons will soon be able to review menus in advance and call ahead for pick up orders:
Dataw Island GM Ted Bartlett and Culinary/Operations Director Matt Felix dine with Jennifer and Jim Flanagan at the new Morgan River Grill.

Dataw Marina

Just outside of Historic Beaufort, South Carolina and minutes from the ICW, Dataw Island Marina is located at the north end of Dataw Island, and is considered the “second gateway” to this private island community of nearly 900 homes. The Dataw Island Marina offers a full service boatyard and is able to haul boats up to 50 tons. Featuring two championship golf courses, a tennis facility recognized as one of the nation’s most outstanding by the USTA, gorgeous croquet lawns, bocce courts, a kayak launch, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and more, Dataw Island draws residents primarily from the Northeast, Midwest, and West who are seeking an active lifestyle in beautiful surrounds.

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