When you visit Myrtle Beach – you have to eat.
Some of us look forward to that more than others! In fact, some trips are designed specifically for a culinary adventure. Sure, Myrtle Beach is famous for its golf courses and wide-open beaches, but it made a name for itself in the restaurant world, too.
Tough as it seems, we’ve managed to compile a top 10 list of Myrtle Beach restaurants.
Been to any of these? They’re distinctive spots, places you’ll find unique dishes and new spins on some of your favorite foods. We chose these not only for the fare, but also the atmosphere and overall dining experience.
Top 10 restaurants in Myrtle Beach
1. Hook & Barrel
This trendy spot is perfect for seafood lovers who like a little happy hour in their lives. The oysters are stupendous, and you’ll enjoy your entire meal in this nautical-themed – yet elegant – gem. With an awesome staff and incredible menu, you’re sure to have a blast at Hook & Barrel.
2. Blueberry's Grill
The best way to start your day on the Grand Strand.
You’ll be impressed with this casual dining experience with an elegant vibe. Sit outside if the weather’s nice, and enjoy an array of delicious favorites. Try the Brussels sprouts with Balsamic vinaigrette, goat cheese, and applewood bacon. Visit them in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle.
3. Strong Waters Craft Cocktails and Kitchen
Come enjoy live music in a cool place with a speakeasy vibe. Crafted cocktails headline the bar offerings, including top-notch favorites, the Gin Slap and Lavender Field.
Share Rock Shrimp Tacos or a Rib Stack, then choose from a delectable array of entrees. The Truffle Burger and Crab Cake Sandwich are excellent lunch choices. The Ribeye and Sea Bass Risotto are unforgettable dinner options.
4. Aspen Grille
You’ll find impeccable service and fresh Carolina cuisine in this fine dining establishment.
You’ll feel welcomed from start to finish. Most probably the best steak and lamb chops you’ll ever taste. Phenomenal escargot and beef carpaccio. Aspen Grille is perfect for a special night out – or for no occasion at all.
5. Crave Italian Oven & Bar
For authentic Italian food in generous portions – at modest prices – you can’t beat Crave.
Talented, friendly bartenders, awesome appetizers (we suggest the Prince Edward Italian mussels), delicious salads, and you must try stuffed chicken Eleanor. Order a lovely cocktail or have a glass of Italian wine from an extensive list.
6. Collector's Cafe & Gallery
What happens when you combine upscale dining with a coffeehouse – and an art gallery?
You get Collector’s Cafe & Gallery. Whether you’re in for a pomegranate rosemary martini, a bottle of Zardetto Prosecco, or Lady Godiva (or dinner!), there’s a good chance you’ll leave with a work of art from the gallery, too.
7. Frank's & Frank's Outback
Visit Pawleys Island for ambiance and short ribs you’ll never forget.
Considered one of the best restaurants in the Lowcountry, Frank’s also offers curbside pickup. Yes, gourmet dinner, to go! For date night, go inside and enjoy fried okra, panneed chicken breast, pan-seared spice-crusted Mahi, and more.
8. Sea Captains House
Find a comfy spot on the water with a lovely view at Sea Captains House.
Built as an oceanfront beach cottage, this Myrtle Beach tradition serves a wonderful breakfast lineup, including the Seafarer Omelet and Crab Cakes Benedict. The She Crab Soup and Captain’s Shrimp platter make an incredible dining experience, with a view.
9. Art Burger Sushi Bar
Art serves unique appetizers such as Firecracker Shrimp and Ahi Tuna Bites. They have a grilled chicken sandwich named after Michaelangelo! Visit in the summer for one of their famous nitrogen-infused cocktails. Art’s plating is artful — and the flavors are masterful.
Sushi also gets rave reviews here. Carmelita and Shrimp Tempura are favorites.
10. Fire & Smoke
This popular gastropub is the spot for handcrafted cocktails, appetizers, small plates, and entrees – depending on how hungry you are!
Enjoy premium oysters on the half, fish du jour, filet mignon, and other favorites with that Fire & Smoke twist. Professional service. A small detail with a big flavor: the truffle fries.
Come stay at Bay View Resort
When you check out the Myrtle Beach restaurant scene, Bay View Resort has clean, spacious rooms, awesome views, and a beach steps away from the property. With water amenities, an on-site Starbucks, and lots of other Bay View Resort extras, the choice is clear for the best option on your next trip to the Grand Strand.