When it comes to upscale dining in the Grand Strand, a number of restaurants come to mind, and without a doubt The Library is one of them. Established in 1974, The Library has become renowned for their classy atmosphere and impeccable service, from the front to tableside.
Last year, The Library spent a few months closed in order to move from their original location in downtown Myrtle Beach to their new home a few miles north in the Dunes Plaza shopping center. When they reopened their doors in October, fans were greeted with new menu items and a speakeasy themed lounge, a full bar complete with a 4-7 p.m. Happy Hour during the week.
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Otherwise, many beloved aspects of the restaurant remain the same, including the book-filled shelves on the walls and tableside service with flames occasionally flaring up. The Caesar salad remains a popular choice, not only for its superior flavor but also for the presentation that comes with it.
For those so inclined, take the time to go through the extensive wine selection, filled with wines of all types from around the world. The cocktail menu is not nearly as long yet it’s just as enticing, with classic drinks and Library twists.
After unrolling the menu and perusing the delicious options, it would still be prudent to wait before making a selection. The talent in the kitchen prepares daily specials for their guests, often involving all three courses of a meal. This may also include specials directed specifically to couples, such as communal appetizers and entrees.
Not every menu item involves tableside service but the food will always arrive at the table steaming and fresh, such as the tender chicken and artichokes. Entrees include a fresh bread roll that comes with each entrée and the vegetables du jour, or vegetables of the day. Some items on the menu also subvert expectations through their take on common dishes, like the shrimp scampi they serve with sun-dried tomato pesto instead of with wine.
Reservations are a good idea when planning a visit to The Library, particularly if you plan on dining with a larger group. Because of the restaurant’s target audience, there is no children’s menu. However, The Library does offer a small private setting for families.
Expect to enjoy your time at The Library at a leisurely pace, plus pay a pretty penny for the experience. This restaurant offers a perfect setting for a romantic date or a pleasurable evening with friends. The splendid, hardworking team at The Library ensures every need will be met.
If You Eat
What | The Library
Where | 6613 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Hours | 4-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Information | thelibraryrestaurantsc.com, 843-448-4527