By the ocean, you’re sure to find some amazing seafood restaurants, and that’s definitely the case in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. The Grand Strand is famous for its many seafood restaurants, buffets, shacks and more. There aren’t too many eateries in the area that don’t have some kind of cuisine that comes from the sea.
From the world famous Calabash restaurants in North Carolina, the birthplace of the cooking style that bears its name, to the fresh, local offerings in the fishing village of Murrells Inlet, there is no shortage of places sure to please your palate.
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Dine on fresh fish like flounder, whiting, grouper, snapper and more taken direct from the ocean to your table, as well as oysters, shrimp, clams and scallops. It’s a tall feat to pick a few out of an overflowing barrel, but here’s a list of can’t miss seafood restaurants that are favorites of locals and tourists alike.
Drunken Jack’s is a popular Murrells Inlet restaurant offers fresh seafood, a great view, and live music. Chef Casey, South Carolina’s Chef of the Year in 2015, creates wonderful entrees using the freshest seafood such as oyster, shrimp, scallops, flounder and more. In addition to the fresh seafood dishes, Drunken Jack’s is also known for their hushpuppies.
4031 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet; (843) 651-2044; DrunkenJacks.com
Lee’s Inlet Kitchen
Owned and operated in Murrells Inlet by the same family since 1948, Lee’s Inlet Kitchen has some of the freshest and most bountiful seafood platters around. Southern Living Magazine has named them a Top 10 South Carolina Seafood Restaurant.
4460 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet; (843) 651-2881; LeesInletKitchen.com
Another waterfront restaurant in Murrells Inlet, Wicked Tuna offers delicious seafood in a variety of preparations, as well as a sushi bar. A fun atmosphere with amazing food good for the whole family.
4123 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet; (843) 651-9987; WickedTuna.com
Gulfstream Cafe in Murrells Inlet not only serves great seafood, you will enjoy a romantic waterfront view. Entrees include jumbo lump crab cakes, grouper Francaise, Alaskan king crab legs and southern fried favorites including oysters, shrimp, scallops and flounder.
1536 S Waccamaw Dr, Murrells Inlet; (843) 651-8808; GulfstreamCafe.com
Bimini’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Cafe
Bimini’s oyster bar and seafood cafe in Myrtle Beach has been a local favorite for over 30 years. This is a great spot for oyster lovers. You can get oysters on the half shell, oysters Rockefeller, an oyster roast and fried oysters. Another popular item at Bimini’s is the steam pot, which features oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp and crab legs.
930 Lake Arrowhead Rd, Myrtle Beach; (843) 449-5549; BiminisOysterBar.com
Beck’s Restaurant stands out in a town that made a cooking style famous. The Calabash, NC seafood restaurant features fresh catches prepared in a variety of ways, the most famous being fried seafood. However, if you’re avoiding fried foods, we recommend ordering the Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits; it’s sure to put a big smile on your face.
1014 River Rd, Calabash; (910) 579-6776; BecksRestaurant.com
Again, there are a wealth of places to enjoy delicious fish and seafood in Myrtle Beach and along the Grand Strand, all so good they’re sure to satisfy. Even with all the great fish options in Myrtle Beach, you can’t eat seafood every night. Expand your horizons and check out our lists of best Italian restaurants or best BBQ in Myrtle Beach.
Tell us what you think of our list of best Myrtle Beach seafood restaurants, and be sure to tell us if you think another restaurant is more deserving so we can give them a try and, perhaps, add them next time.