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The Best Kept Secret on Tybee Island: Coco’s Sunset Grille

Posted by on October 6, 2012

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There’s a lot of restaurants on this small, 3-mile barrier island off the coast of Georgia. Most of them offer seafood. Some even offer local seafood and I have partaken of many a meal on my trips to this lovely locale situated a few miles from Savannah.

But it wasn’t until this trip to check out the Tybee Island Pirate Fest that I discovered the best restaurant on the island.


The best.

Coco’s Sunset Grille is tucked away on one side of the island, overlooking the scenic marsh which surrounds the island. As far as I can tell, there are no signs that point the way, just turn at the Welcome to Tybee sign, follow the road until it ends and there you are.

In seafood heaven.


Come on in!

Coco’s is named for their little pet monkey – you can get all the details here – but the name is not really important. What’s really important is that their shrimp comes right off these boats and goes in the fryer. Or into any shrimp dish they prepare.

Tyee Island shrimp boats.


We were seated up on the deck overlooking the marsh, which is the perfect place to watch the incredible sunsets.

Sunset at Coco's.

To start, I ordered the Artichoke and Shrimp dip and began one of the best meals of my life. The dip was not only creamy and delicious, it was served in an edible, crispy and delicious little bowl. Which I also consumed. Because it was also delicious.

Sorry there is already a scoop out of it. I got overly excited.

Then. THEN. Megan – wait, I have to tell you about Megan. Megan was our waitress and if all the waitresses at Coco’s are like her, they are lucky indeed. She was sweet and friendly, tellling us about all the places we should visit on Tybee and all the events for which we should return. She gave me some great ideas for future stories. And she brought us full drinks when ours were almost empty.

I love that.

Then my fried shrimp and scallop dinner was placed in front of me and I truly began to appreciate this restaurant. I have been eating really fresh shrimp – fresh from the shrimp boats – my whole life in Pensacola, Florida so I know good shrimp. And this was superlative. Very lightly breaded, it was obviously fresh out of the water and delicious.

Yes, this was just as good as it looks.

At this point, I was full and actually had enough left over for lunch the next day but I heard Megan mention fried strawberries to the next table. Fried strawberries. Could you have resisted trying them?

Me either.

Fried strawberries at Coco’s consist of fresh strawberries dipped in light and sweet pancake batter which is then fried, rolled in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with a strawberry glaze. It tastes like a completely glorious doughnut with a sweet surprise inside.

Sort of.

Only better.

Fried strawberries. Oh yeah.


So if you want the best dessert you have ever eaten, go to Coco’s Sunset Grille. Or if you want the best shrimp. Or great service. Or a great view.


Just go already.

Full disclosure: Our wonderful dinners were provided by Coco’s Sunset Grille but as always, I will share my honest opinion about any travel experiences I have.


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3 Responses to The Best Kept Secret on Tybee Island: Coco’s Sunset Grille

  1. inka

    I shouldn’t have read this on an empty stomach!! Now, I’m seriously ‘ill’ because I can’t get ahold of seafood where I happen to be. Shame, shame, but I can understand that this was one of the best meals of your life. Love the idea of fried straberries, that’s a first for me.
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  2. Beth Garman

    This last June we took a family vacation to Tybee Island as well. Before we made the trip from northern Indiana we did a lot of research on places to see and eat and we kept seeing great reviews from people about Coco’s. So needless to say we just had to eat there. On our first full night there we made the short drive to Coco’s from our condo. When we got there it was quite busy and they offered us a table on the rooftop deck in which we gladly accepted because quite honestly if you had a choice on eating inside or outside with the beautiful weather on Tybee why would anyone choose to stay inside. The food there is amazing. We started off with the Buffalo Shrimp as an appetizer and if my horribly picky son will eat it then you know it’s amazing. Our dinner was of course very yummy and then we saw our waiter bring something out to the table next to us and immediately my mouth was watering. Of course I was 7 1/2 months pregnant when we went so any kind of dessert made my mouth water but this one was different. So of course I asked our waiter what it was and he told me Fried Strawberries, I had to have them immediately :) since anything with strawberries I had to have. When our waiter brought them out he told me how they make them and the first thing that came to mind was how soon I could make it to the store once we got home to get all the ingredients. LOL Needless to say the are AMAZING!!! We are planning a trip back to Tybee very soon and we will most definitely be making a stop or several back to Coco’s.

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