The Grand Strand, with its 60 miles of white sand beaches, remains a favorite year-round South Carolina destination. Part of its appeal beyond the beaches and coastal forests are the Myrtle Beach waterfront restaurants. Whether looking for fresh South Carolina seafood or comforting pub fare, these restaurants serve diverse menus and picturesque waterfront views:
Banditos Restaurant & Cantina
For a classic Mexican meal, check out Banditos. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, you’ll find tacos, burritos, fajitas, and other Central and South American flavors. The signature tacos platter offers five different kinds of tacos, including steak, fish and barbecue pork. Banditos also make homemade empanadas. Visitors praise the fast service and Atlantic Ocean views, as the restaurant is located right on the famous boardwalk. Those who like cocktails should check out the Hornitos tequila shots specials as well.
Capt. Dave’s DockSide
Among the top Myrtle Beach waterfront restaurants is Capt. Dave’s. The coastal blue house-turned-restaurant and scenic trees take you back to mid-century seaside dining. Capt. Dave focuses on freshness, using local seafood for brunch, lunch and dinner. The menus offer a range of artisan flatbreads, seafood, steaks and shrimp and grits, a Southern favorite. This Murrells Inlet restaurant remains a local favorite for wildlife watching. Capt. Dave’s is located on the Marshwalk and overlooks the saltwater tidal inlet, also known as “The Creek”.
Also at the Murrells Inlet marina, this seafood hot spot is known for its raw bar serving up local oysters, clams, shrimp and crab legs. Creek Rat is named after the term used to describe the kids who grew up on Murrells Inlet. Diners will find a large selection of American favorites, including burgers, pizza and sandwiches. Another popular option are baskets, ranging from crab cakes to the trio, which has flounder, shrimp and oysters. This family-friendly spot also offers live entertainment and outdoor seating with views of The Creek. Fans also recommend sitting outside with a cold one to relax.
Dead Dog Saloon
Known as Murrells Inlet’s “sassy” restaurant, the Dead Dog Saloon name pays homage to its mythical canine mascot, Dudley. A fun and casual atmosphere welcomes you to join the party. Open for lunch and dinner – with two bars – the saloon also has large TVs for sports fans and live music. Lunch options include baskets and sandwiches. For dinner, choose between BBQ specialties, seafood and steam pots. Outside, you can feel the breeze, and watch boats, jet skiers and people walking on the pier. Dead Dog’s is family-friendly and also serves as a popular place for cocktails with friends.
Pier House Restaurant
Sit on the 2nd Avenue pier and enjoy panoramic Atlantic Ocean views at Pier House. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves traditional American favorites, and of course, fresh seafood. To begin the day, try the boardwalk biscuits and gravy, or the socastee shrimp and grits. Main courses range from homemade crab cakes to seafood pasta. Large windows greet you indoors, offering views of the adjacent pier and the ocean. The open-air bar features a wrap-around deck, complete with comfy couches and chairs, providing the perfect place to relax or throw a big bash.