The Ocean Room

A fine-dining steakhouse that's a cut above

The Ocean Room, the Five-Star steakhouse located inside The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, serves classic fare prepared with fresh local ingredients in an elegantly refined yet comfortable setting. Masterful dishes crafted by chef de cuisine Steven Brooks from locally sourced beef, poultry and produce in a seasonally changing menu — all complemented by a wine list showcasing more than 1,000 superior cellar-aged selections — ensures an unparalleled dining experience.

With its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the restaurant also features high-quality seafood in addition to its aged prime beef. Each entrée can be accompanied by a variety of family-style sides and seasonal vegetables. And of course, no celebratory meal is complete without one of executive pastry chef Jordan Snyder’s superb desserts.

Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Filet mignon is a safe bet at just about every steakhouse, but thanks to a 21-day wet aging, the one at The Ocean Room is tender and juicy. Pair it with a couple of family-style sides for a memorable 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 meal.
  • The Five-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.
Things to Know
  • 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 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.
  • Indulge by ordering caviar. The restaurant serves three kinds: smoked trout, American hackleback and North Carolina osetra.
  • The Ocean Room has an exceptional bread and butter service for you to enjoy, including crusty sourdough; herb and garlic; and soft and sweet brioche.
  • The kids’ menu offers grown-up-style fare, but with a child-sized twist. For example, while you order an 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 Golf Resort’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.
  • Details, such as footstools and small tables add a level of familiarity to the restaurant, as if someone lovingly picked out each item for a home. Bouquets spruce up the space the with plenty of green, and a huge marble table with striking silver legs sits in the center 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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