Meet the owners:
Simon Mikhael is the proud owner of Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill. Originally from Lebanon, he graduated with a degree in hospitality and studied culinary arts for three years. A first time restaurant owner, he decided to take a leap of faith when he saw a niche missing on Hilton Head Island. “I saw the island was missing lebanese and mediterranean cuisine and had always wanted to open my own restaurant, something different and unique. I wanted people to know that in the Middle East there is some great, healthy food. I wanted to spread the word about the hospitality over there. It isn’t always what you see on the news. It’s great to talk about the food, culture and history behind it. The best way to talk to people is through food.” Simon opened the restaurant about a year and a half ago and has been shocking patrons’ tastebuds in a delicious way ever since.
Chef Thiago Cunha:
Originally from Brazil, Thiago began his culinary adventure working in his grandmother’s bakery. He moved to the states to study the culinary arts in Boston with many of the nation’s top chefs. He even had the opportunity to work with Iron Chef Michael Symon. He said that Brazilian food is very much like Mediterranean. Thiago, friends with Simon, began cooking at Mediterranean Harbour, bringing many of his influences with him.
What is Mediterranean food?
It can best be described as authentic, flavorful and healthy. It’s a common misconception that Mediterranean food is like Indian food, but it is very different. It offers a very flavorful entree without being spicy-hot, unless you want spicy-hot, of course! And many of the spices used can’t be found anywhere else.Their philosophy is grilling, baking and slow roasting. In fact, I was excited to experience “schwarma” first hand while at the restaurant. It is slow roasted marinated meat on a spit that is succulent and juicy. For their shwarma, they use thinly sliced organic chicken and high quality steak. The restaurant also offers a large selection of many authentic middle east foods, including tabouleh salad, falafel, grape leaves, lamb and kabobs. Many of their patrons enjoy purchasing a sampler plate so they can try a few different appetizers.
Mediterranean Harbour is the only restaurant in the Lowcountry to offer this type of food.
Simon and Thiago work hard to offer the best of the best. They import many of the ingredients from Lebanon and Syria, where many of them grow only there. All of their food is organic and and much of it picked by hand. To cap off your meal, try Arabic coffee—a very fine coffee that is extremely strong.
Casual elegance best describes the restaurant. Try their great patio and outdoor bar that is wonderful to enjoy during the beautiful fall weather. And if you’re lucky—and plan to stop by on a Friday between 6-9—you will enjoy belly dancing with dinner. (Be sure to call for a reservation; this is a popular sight to see.)
The Happiest of Hours:
Stop by for happy hour and enjoy half off the bar menu, daily
from 4-7 p.m. Whet your appetite
with the sunset menu (4-6 p.m.)
while you're there!
The authentic Mediterranean experience doesn’t stop at the food. They offer speciality cocktails, Arak—an after dinner drink—and a wide selection of imported wines.
Dedication is the name of the game at Mediterranean Harbour. Simon and his staff are committed to creating a great experience (from food to service) for every customer who walks through the door. They even take extra special care of regular patrons by treating them to tastings with new menu items or specials.
Spice Up Your Holidays:
Mediterranean Harbour also offers delectable catering for your every need.
Whether it's the meat for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner to a private event or holiday party or holiday party, the staff can create a great unique experience for all of your family, friends and coworkers. They offer on-site catering and private events
at the restaurant.