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Top 10 Waterfront Restaurants

By Becky Billingsley

Waterfront restaurants in Myrtle Beach have great views and delicious flavors.

When visiting the Myrtle Beach area (Little River to Georgetown) the trip would not be magnificent without dining at a waterfront restaurant, so here are a longtime food journalist's top picks.

 

Anchor Café

Behind the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, 8121 Amalfi Place, Myrtle Beach, (843) 315-7855

 

Open seasonally, this is a local’s secret, because this choice morsel of a café is at the end of a long dock beside the Intracoastal Waterway. The food and service are sublime; I love the Fish Tacos with a Mango Margarita.

 

ART Burger * Sushi * Bar

706 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, (843) 839-4774

 

ART is a fun new place with affordable food and exciting cocktails. Burgers, ethnic sandwiches and salads are made with grass-fed and hormone-free meats, while the sushi is fresh and scrumptious. Nitrogen adds pizzazz to quick-frozen cocktails - they can even have a consistency like Dippin' Dots!

 

Bandito's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

1410 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, (843) 808-9800.

 

This restaurant looks and feels sumptuous, but its prices are reasonable and the ambiance is pure vacation casual. The menu is full of Latino-inspired dishes with creative twists like Grouper Wings, Simply Grilled Fish, Chicken Mole and much more.

 

 

Cabana Café and Beach Bar

In the Litchfield Inn, 1 Norris Drive, Litchfield Beach, (843) 237-4211

 

Open seasonally, executive chef/proprietor Bill Austin executes simply prepared gourmet dishes which are served indoors or outside in a casual and gorgeous oceanfront setting. Locals lunch here to escape tourists.

 

Damon's Oceanfront

2985 S. Ocean Blvd. Myrtle Beach, (843) 626-8000

 

If you can bear to look up from your plate of ribs, the second-floor ocean view is sweeping. Nice open-air deck.

 

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Fibber’s on the Water

4498 Waterfront Dr., Little River, (843) 280-2271

 

Upscale casual fresh fare on the Little River waterfront. They serve seafood and Irish specialties prepared with care and flair.

 

Flying Fish Public Market & Grill

4744 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach, (843) 663-3474

 

Spectacular sunsets over the Intracoastal Waterway, fresh fish and a flying fish show are all part of the package. Bring a camera and enjoy the seafood.

 

Graham's Landing

5225 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, (843) 947-0520

 

Enjoy a bucket of steamed oysters in season, the daily homestyle lunch specials and many seafood choices in this secluded restaurant with a gorgeous inlet view.

 

PierView Bar is atop PierHouse Restaurant.

PierHouse Restaurant

Ocean Boulevard at Second Avenue South, Myrtle Beach, (843) 445-7437

 

PierHouse Restaurant, with interesting regional food, is on the elevated first floor. Up top is PierView Bar with an amazing open-air view of the new Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.

 

River Room

801 Front St., waterfront, Georgetown, (843) 527-4110

 

River Room has been known for almost three decades for Shrimp and Grits, Bread Pudding with Bourbon Cream Sauce and other Lowcountry specialties. History buffs will adore this lovingly restored riverfront restaurant.

 

BONUS!

 

My favorite Murrells Inlet waterfront restaurants. Murrells Inlet is the fresh and local seafood capital of South Carolina.

 

The view from Bovine's.

Bovine’s Wood Fired Specialties

3979 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, 651-2888

 

The wood-fired grill makes this steak and seafood restaurant stand out, along with its fantastic waterfront view of Murrells Inlet. They're also known for brick oven pizzas.

 

Bubba's Love Shak

4037 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, 651-5850

 

Fantastic views of Murrells Inlet, fresh seafood, party atmosphere.

 

Dead Dog Saloon

4079 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, 651-0664

 

The Dog had a fire in early 2012, but it has been rebuilt and is more gorgeous than ever. Be sure to try Boo Boo's Tender Bites, and the Fried Shrimp are also outrageously wonderful. In season there's almost always live music in the evenings or weekend afternoons. The back deck has an incredible inlet view.

 

Divine Fish House

Drunken Jack’s

4031 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, 651-2044

 

Dishes from the Lowcountry menu are dependably delicious, and the views of Murrells Inlet and the Marshwalk are gorgeous. The tasteful pirate theme relates to a local legend.

 

Who decides the lists? Becky Billingsley: a local food and restaurant journalist who has been covering the Myrtle Beach area restaurant beat for local, regional and national publications for 15 years.

 

These lists are copyrighted. You may not reprint them on your website or anywhere else without permission, but you are welcome to share them on social media.

 

List updated on December 1, 2014


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