The Ocean Room

The Ocean Room, the fine-dining steakhouse inside The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island is a comfortable and attractive spot (with ocean views, of course) to sample classic fare prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The menu at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant also reflects the chef Kyle Bowling's dedication to using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Begin a meal in the elegant, wood-beamed room with lobster bisque or foie gras torchon with brioche French toast, and then choose from the array of top-grade steaks. 

And of course, sitting adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean means the menu includes some high quality seafood items. Best of all, each entrée can be complemented with a variety of family-style sides, such as bacon tots, pomme frites or seasonal vegetables. Rather than covering anything up with a lot of seasonings or sauces, this luxury Kiawah Island restaurant lets the natural flavors speak for themselves.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• Sure, filet mignon is a safe bet at just about every steakhouse, but thanks to a 21-day wet aging, The Ocean Room filet mignon is tender, juicy and perfectly complements the intimate surroundings. Pair it with a couple of family-style sides and you’ve got yourself a fabulous steak dinner.

• The menu offers specialty cuts of meat based on availability, such as the 130-degree tenderloin. A nearby farm, Mibek, even raises cows one at a time just for The Ocean Room.

• From its location on the second floor of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the restaurant overlooks the property's lush landscaping, a slew of sand dunes and the Atlantic Ocean. The six tables against the windows at the back of the main dining room offer the very best views, and you can request one of these when you make a reservation.

• The Ocean Room provides a wonderful dining experience, especially if you’re looking for romance and an intimate dinner in a room that feels like a part of someone’s home.

• The Four-Star steakhouse features a unique "Dining at Dusk" menu, available the first hour the restaurant is open. Think of the three-course meal as a gourmet early bird special — you’ll get top-flight seasonal selections for first and main courses plus dessert for $49.
Things to Know
• The restaurant asks that all patrons refrain from using their cell phones during service.

• Tuesday through Saturday, from 5:30pm to 10:00pm you can visit the Sushi Lounge, which has super fresh options such as crab and octopus lettuce wraps, the chef's daily sashimi or nigiri selection; and special rolls like the Lady Marmaled with crab, tuna, salmon, grouper, eel sauce and tempura.

• The Ocean Room is a restaurant many guests choose to dress up for, especially couples out for a romantic evening. We suggest attire ranging from smart casual to cocktail — expect The Ocean Room’s stylish charm (with its incredible views and sophisticated seasonal menu) to match your elegant appearance.

• The Four-Star steakhouse is open for dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Just be aware that the restaurant is closed on Sunday and Monday. 
The Food
• The menu at The Ocean Room lives up to its label as a “prime steakhouse” by offering an array of cuts, including filet mignon, bone-in ribeye and New York Strip, all cooked to your specifications.

• We know it’s a steakhouse, but the salmon at The Ocean Room is an excellent option if you eschew red meat.

• Really indulge by ordering caviar. The restaurant serves three kinds including smoked trout, American hackleback and North Carolina osetra.

• The Ocean Room has an exceptional bread and butter service for you to enjoy, offering three types of bread: crusty sourdough; herb and garlic; and soft and sweet brioche, with two pieces of each type for you to enjoy.

• The kids’ menu offers grown-up-style fare, but with a child-sized twist. For example, while you order a excellently prepared filet mignon, your child can order a petite filet mignon, lobster bisque with buttered lobster, or pasta with shrimp alfredo sauce.
The Design
• The interior design of The Ocean Room is sophisticated and upscale with touches that echo the rest of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island’s Antebellum South décor. The color scheme features dark polished wood accents, ironwork and lots of deep greens and reds.

• The entire space is made to look like someone’s formal dining room, but on a larger scale. On the sides of the restaurant, some tables have cozy bench seating set back from the main dining area, topped with throw pillows for your comfort.

• Small details, such as footstools and small tables add a level of familiarity to the luxury Kiawah Island restaurant, as if someone lovingly picked out each item for their own home. Bouquets spruce up the space the with plenty of green elements, and a huge marble table with striking silver legs sits in the center of the restaurant as a sort of centerpiece to all the other tables.

• There’s an impressive, sunken cove ceiling with a crystal chandelier that completes the dramatic room.
Getting There
1 Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455
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