By Becky Billingsley
Tuesday, June 21, Myrtle Beach - We're talking frock as in your swankiest, prettiest summer dress and Myrtle Beach area restaurants where you'll feel appropriately and gorgeously dressed. Can I hear a woot back for date night?
21 Main, North Myrtle Beach
The restaurant is chic and sleek with steak house flair beginning with free valet parking in the front circular drive. Dining areas are to the left and right of the hostess stand, and the space is roomy. Where many restaurants have diners seated almost elbow-to-elbow, 21 Main has allowed for spacious and gracious experiences. More info here.
Bistro 217, Pawleys Island
An expansion and remodeling has made this casual-swank restaurant even nicer! The cuisine of Chef Adam Kirby is locally legendary. More info here.
Bliss, Murrells Inlet
Bliss Restaurant and The Reel Bar are in a rustically romantic spot where anyone of any gender who appreciates fresh and locally sourced foods would be comfortable and happy. More info here.
Charleston Cafe, Surfside Beach
It's a little Old South genteel, a lot flavorful regional cookery. The decor is refined but not stuffy, and there's a baby grand piano getting tickled most nights. More info here.
Collector's Cafe, Myrtle Beach
Everybody's doing it these day, but Collector's Cafe was one of the first in the Myrtle Beach area to combine a restaurant with an art gallery. Not in the mood for dinner? Do cocktails and lavish desserts. More info here. (Work warning, the Web site has music)
Divine Fish House, Murrells Inlet
The interior of Divine Fish House complements the inlet, because it has a breathtaking and dramatic decor. An expansive two-story dining room features silver and blue with jewel-tone accents, sweeping sleek lines, suspended stained glass sea creatures, waist-high stone walls, and a battered but glossy blonde wood floor. More info here.
Frank's, Pawleys Island
In 1992 the McClarys expanded into the property behind Frank's to create Frank's Outback: a diaphanous al fresco dining area with a waterfall and gigantic fireplace, well-tended plants, sheer drapes and twinkling lights that add punctuations of festivity. Between the two restaurants and their cozy bars some 250 guests can enjoy the sultry and suave ambiance. More info here.
Greg Norman's Australian Grille, North Myrtle Beach
Anyone who thinks this is going to be a casual touristy golf mecca would be so wrong. The golf legend's presence is there in tasteful logo items and wines, but the purpose here is a graceful Australian ambiance imbued with natural materials and art, and luscious grilled meats and other Australian-influenced dishes. More info here.
The Library Restaurant, Myrtle Beach
Tableside food preparation, impeccable service, romantic atmosphere. Get dressed up and enjoy. More info here.
SeaBlue, North Myrtle Beach
SeaBlue has a sultry and seductive ambiance and plenty of dimly lit deep blue accents that offer an otherworldly underwater feeling. More info here.
WaterScapes, Myrtle Beach
Located inside the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, elegant meals are served here for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The executive chef and pastry chef are dedicated to using fresh, local and sustainable food sources. More info here.
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.
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List updated on April 9, 2012.