Welcome to The Big Bamboo Cafe on Hilton Head Island

On March 3, 1944 Jimmy Phipps opened the Big Bamboo, a bar and grill overlooking the Pacific. The place was constructed of bamboo, corrugated tin, palm fronds and whatever else Phipps was able to get his hands on. Food and liquor were brought in weekly on cargo planes by people that ex-fighter pilot knew who were still serving the air force. The menu featured foods from various regions of the United States – food that soldiers desired most while being so far from home. The Big bamboo became a place where people could get away from the rigors and worries of the real world and it was not uncommon for pilots to complain of engine problems near Tarawa just as an excuse to visit the place. And, on any given night, the sound of Big Band music spirited conversation carried by warm tropical breezes could be heard across the tiny island.


Welcome to our version of the Big Bamboo, constructed as closely as possible to the configurations of the original. We still feature great food from across the United States. The conversation still flows as freely as the drinks. And the lively sound of Big Band music can be heard on any given night. Here’s to Jimmy!


Coligny Plaza - Hilton Head Island - (843)686-3443

tastemag2tastemag1We've added and tweaked a few signature appetizers such as Carolina Fireballs made with crab and shrimp, Atlantic Fish Bites, Coconut Shrimp and Chowder Fries. Also try the our new line of hamburgers (made in house daily) : half-pound burger choices include the original Bamboo Burger in Paradise; a Carolina Fire Burger topped with fresh jalapenos, Gouda and house Carolina Spice sauce; a Black n Bleu Burger blackened and stuffed with bleu cheese; and The Bomber covered with bleu cheese slaw, BBQ black beans and jalapenos. Daily Fresh Catch Specials, Fish Tacos, and Curries (made by Jo & Kish who sell out their curries at local farmers markets) are also some of the new bamboo offerings.
Above food pics courtesy of Rob Kaufman (click here to visit his website)




Weekly Live Music

Mondays 6pm Johnny Breeze (deck)

Mondays 10pm : GrooveTown Assault

Tuesdays 6:30pm : Souls Harbor (deck)
Wednesdays 6pm : David Wingo (deck)
Wednesdays 9pm : Patwa (reggae)

Thursdays 6:30pm : Souls Harbor (deck)

Thursdays 9pm : Open Mic Night

Fridays 6:30pm : The Beagles

Saturdays 6:30pm : Souls Harbor (deck)
Saturdays 9pm : Local & Regional Acts 

Special Concert Series

Sat April 12th 10pm - Souls Harbor
Fri April 18th 10:30pm - Chris & Christian (Special Heritage Show)
Sat April 19th 10pm- Groovetown Assault
Fri May 23th 10:30pm- Silicon Sister

Try the New Bucket Special


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Directions to The Big Bamboo Cafe - Coligny Plaza