Food & Drink

Driftwoods in Murrells Inlet: a great American food option

St. James’ Plaza off S.C. 707, while not exactly a tourist destination, has an impressive array of restaurants for such a small shopping strip. Guests could take a little eating tour around the world here with stops in Mexico, Italy, and Japan.

To top it off, they could settle in for some quality American food, made from local and fresh ingredients, at Driftwoods Seafood and Steak.

Just like its neighboring restaurants, Driftwoods is a great option for family and friends, and even dates aren’t out of place here. The atmosphere is relaxed and very comfortable with soft blue lighting that adds to the ocean décor.

After being helped by any of the pleasant staff, peruse the menu to decide whether you’ll be a sailor or a landlubber for the evening. Oysters, scallops, and crab legs are aplenty here, though with the market always in flux, prices may vary. Other local seafood includes catfish, flounder, and even creek shrimp, with plenty of Southern and Lowcountry dishes in the mix.

Driftwoods hasn’t shied away from meats, with a few different cuts of steak along with some dressed up chicken gracing the menu. Even fish snuck its way into enemy territory, making an appearance as a burger.

Senior and kids menus are available, which allows for some flexibility for guests of all ages. The cherry on top, as it were, is the small dessert menu that has key lime pie or fried cheesecake, if anyone still has room.

Even during an early Thursday evening, the crowd was a steady flow, though the majority was from the older generation. A jazz duo had the stage near the bar, playing some crooning tunes, and live music always makes Happy Hour all the happier.

Despite the busy bar and close location to the band’s speakers, service was conscientious and prompt, making sure everyone was taken care of all while keeping up friendly banter with guests and coworkers alike. It didn’t take long at all for the food to come out once the orders were placed either, and the wait seemed even shorter with interactive service.

The appetizers, like their crab-stuffed mushrooms and spicy Thai shrimp, stole the show pretty quickly. Driftwoods doesn’t skimp on the crab, which will be a relief for lovers of the crustaceans. The Thai shrimp was spicy and flavorful as advertised, and the food came out hot and fresh.

International cuisines are delightful, but it’s also nice to sit down and enjoy the dishes our own country has made. Driftwoods has just that with great Southern hospitality, and are proud to provide locals with local food. The restaurant has weekly specials as well, like NFL Sundays and Family Tuesdays, so be sure to drift on in.

If you eat

What | Driftwoods Seafood and Steak

Where | 10799 S.C. 707, Murrells Inlet

Hours | 4-9p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. SundayContact |, 843-633-1999

Information |, 843-650-3278