Near the northeastern corner of South Carolina, an enormous SkyWheel sits beside the blue waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, even as the sandy beaches beside are strewn with multifarious beach resorts, restaurants, pubs, and shops. This is Myrtle Beach, a once-upon-a-time laid-back beach resort transformed into an all-American vacation spot on the South Carolina shore. The centre of all action is the 60-mile (96.5-km), sun-bleached coastline of Grand Strand where sunbathing and water sports rule the roost. However, this is also where you get to feast on some lip-smacking South Carolinian delights. To try them out, head to the best waterfront dining spots in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
1. Banditos Cantina
Offering authentic Tex Mex with a hipster vibe on Myrtle Beach is Banditos Cantina, with a menu as fresh as it is decadent and where you can find everything from Bandito bowls, burritos, and tacos to fajitas, enchiladas, and tortillas. Dig into appetizers such as Pulled Pork Empanadas, Mexican Street Corn, Cool Fresh Guacamole, Spicy Queso Fundito, and five kinds of salsa with chips. Dinner options are extensive, ranging from vegan to fish to chicken, beef, and pork. Don’t miss the unique Grits and Shrimps Bandito-style and the Mexican Spaghetti with Clams. Chow this down with fresh margaritas such as the Nextar Diablo, the Bandito, and the Boardwalk while enjoying the ocean breeze on the patio tables.
Address: 1410 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach
Website: Banditos Cantina
Opening hours: 11am - 2am (daily)
2. Sea Captain's House
Sea Captain’s House is a perennial Myrtle Beach favourite, delighting patrons with amazing service, lip-smacking seafood delights, and breathtaking oceanfront views for more than half a century. This quaint waterfront dining favourite in Myrtle Beach is famous for signature dinner entrees such as the Captain’s Seafood Muddle, a dish of sauteed shrimp, mussels, clams, scallops, whitefish, bacon, and potatoes swathed in rich tomato saffron broth, and the Southern Salmon Cordon Bleu. Don’t miss the she-crab soup, a Grand Strand favourite and a must-starter. Tip: Apparently, they also serve one of the most underrated breakfasts on the Strand!
Sea Captain's House
Address: 3002 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach
Website: Sea Captain’s House
Opening hours: Sat - Thu: 7am - 10:30am, 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4:30pm - 9pm; Fri: 7am - 10:30am, 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4:30pm - 9pm
3. Pier 14 Restaurant & Lounge
Your perfect Myrtle Beach vacay begins at the Pier 14 Restaurant & Lounge where you can dig into a host of cocktails and food, be it seafood, salads, pasta, or steaks, in the most relaxed oceanfront setting ever. Enjoy this beach-y dining experience by digging into one-of-a-kind starters like Fried Green Beans and Shark Bites, the housemade Seafood Bisque, entrees such as the “Best of the Beach” award-winning Pork Chops, a plethora of steaks, seafood specials such as the highly recommended Flounder and Deviled Crab, as well as house favourites including the Seafood Pasta, Bubba’s Crab Cakes, and the Chicken Crustaceans. Yum!
Pier 14 Restaurant & Lounge
Address: 1306 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
Website: Pier 14 Restaurant & Lounge
Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)
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4. Croaker's at the Pier
Nestled on the Apache Pier in the Arcadian Shores section of Myrtle Beach, Croakers at the Pier is a wonderful place to just sit and enjoy a relaxed lunch. The restaurant features al fresco and indoor dining, with both featuring stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and a full food and bar menu. Don’t miss the Catfish, Shrimp, and the Fried Flounder, which patrons rave about.
Croaker's at the Pier
Address: 9700 Kings Rd, Myrtle Beach
Website: Croaker’s at the Pier
Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 8am - 3pm; Thu: 8am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 8am - 9pm; Sun 8am - 8pm
5. Filet's Waterfront
If you’re at the north end of Myrtle Beach, the only place to go to is Filet’s Waterfront. While most of Myrtle Beach’s waterfront restaurants are known for their seafood, Filet’s is the place for some outstanding ‘land food’, such as their amazing Steak Tips with Blue Cheese. That being said, do try the Lobster Bisque and excellent happy hour specials as well. With a diverse, delicious menu featuring excellent beef cuts and a view to die for, head to Filet’s for a picturesque meal at the north end of Myrtle Beach.
Address: 2120 Sea Mountain Highway No. 1100, North Myrtle Beach
Website: Filet’s Waterfront
Opening hours: 4pm - 10pm (daily)
6. Molly Darcy's Irish Pub & Restaurant
If you have a hankering for your Irish fix of Bangers and Mash, Corned Beef, and more, there cannot be a more apt place than Molly Darcy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant along Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach. Molly’s with its al fresco seating and amazing views of the Atlantic is also where you can experience the nightlife of Myrtle Beach best. Apart from fine Irish fare, the beach bar also offers an excellent draft beer selection, a kid-friendly game room, and tons of options of fresh-caught local seafood.
Molly Darcy's Irish Pub & Restaurant
Address: 1701 S. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach
Website: Molly Darcy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
Opening hours: 11am - 2am (daily)
7. Pier House at Second Avenue Pier
Waterfront dining doesn’t get any better than at the pier - and the Myrtle Beach pier gem of Second Avenue Pier, located at the south end of the Boardwalk, is the perfect scenic place to unwind while enjoying a lip-smacking meal. The enclosed venue of the Pier House Restaurant high above the Myrtle Beach shoreline features huge glass windows offering unobstructed, panoramic views of the Atlantic and the surrounding region. The menu features a wide spectrum of dishes, ranging from basics such as sandwiches and burgers to some amazing seafood fare such as Crab Cakes, Shrimp, and Grits. The Pier View Open Air Bar upstairs is another experience altogether, featuring an upscale food menu and a bar serving beer, wine, and delicious cocktails.
Pier House at Second Avenue Pier
Address: 110 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
Website: Pier House at Second Avenue Pier
Opening hours: 7am - 9pm (daily)
8. Riptydz Oceanfront Grille and Rooftop Bar
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‘The best views, chews, and brews’ - a motto cannot be more clear and succinct. Riptydz Oceanfront Grille and Rooftop Bar takes complete advantage of the ocean breeze and view by offering wonderful al fresco seating and a full bar. Ocean-themed decor combined with live music set the mood for patrons to surf through the menu which features appetizers like the local favourite Fried Pickles and Crab Cake Piccata. The main course is a true-blue surf n’ turf menu with dishes such as the likes of Mahi Mahi grilled with Citrus on a bed of Caribbean Rice or on a taco, numerous Raw Bar options, a stunning Seafood Tower, hand-cut Ribeye, Burgers, Sandwiches, and more. Macaroni and Cheese has a special place on the menu, as does the unique cocktails that Riptyde serves.
Address: 1210 North Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
Opening hours: 11am - 1am (daily)
9. Boardwalk Billy’s
If you’re looking for a place to unwind on Myrtle Beach while digging into some delish food, Boardwalk Billy’s is your destination! The restaurant features a menu with a wide spectrum of offerings that will satisfy any palette. For starters, try the Fried Green Tomatoes, Wings, Chicken Fingers, Crab Cakes, Crab Con Queso Dip, and Hawaiian shrimp, among others. Boardwalk Billy’s also offers an extensive sushi menu (rolls, sashimi, salad, etc), soup, and salad menu. For entrees, try the Crab Legs, Fried Seafood, Steaks, and Ribs, as well as the huge selection of sandwiches and burgers. With a daily happy hour, live entertainment, and a wonderful al fresco setting, its no wonder why Boardwalk Billy’s is so popular.
Address: 1407 13th Ave N, North Myrtle Beach
Website: Boardwalk Billy’s
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 3pm - 9pm; Fri - Sun: 11:30am - 10pm
10. Flying Fish Public Market & Grill
The Flying Fish is Myrtle Beach’s most iconic waterfront dining experience. Flying Fish draws inspiration from Seattle’s Pike Place Public Market and the Pearlz Oyster Bar concept and is a part-restaurant, part-seafood market. The restaurant features a wide variety of food on the menu including a fantastic raw bar with lots of sushi and steamed shellfish options, Lowcountry favourites, and a host of local seafood dishes. The restaurant is true to its name, allowing patrons to throw ‘flying fish’ to the chefs for helping them prepare meals! Combine this with stunning waterfront locale and views, and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
Flying Fish Public Market & Grill
Address: 4744 U.S. 17 S, North Myrtle Beach
Website: Flying Fish Public Market & Grill
Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)
Mouth-watering Myrtle Beach
There is no dearth of wonderful dining options when it comes to the waterfront at Myrtle Beach. Be prepared to rack up some serious calories before heading to these amazing Myrtle Beach restaurants, and take a walk on the picturesque oceanfront after the lip-smacking experience!
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