The Sea Captain's House is one of the top spots for waterfront dining in Myrtle Beach.
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Best Waterfront Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

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June 24, 2016

If you’re like most people, your Myrtle Beach vacation will probably include a lot of time spent around various forms of water. That’s kind of the point!

Whether you’re splashing around in the waves, soaking in a Jacuzzi, tubing down a slide at one of the area’s water parks, or floating along a lazy river, you’re likely to be wet for several hours each day.

Once you dry off, the Grand Strand offers several great restaurants with relaxing views of natural bodies of water. And you probably owe it to yourself to make one or more of them routines on your itinerary each year.

Here’s a list of what we consider to be the best waterfront restaurants in Myrtle Beach.

(Don’t see what you crave on this list? Check out more great Myrtle Beach restaurants for your trip.)

Sea Captain’s House

3000 N. Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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This oceanfront seafood restaurant is not only one of the oldest in the area, but also one of the most beloved. Built in 1930, the original structure has gone through various changes over the years in becoming the quaint but sometimes bustling restaurant that it is today. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the fare here ranges from the Seafarer’s Omelet and Crab Cake Benedict in the morning, to fresh fish sandwiches and salads for lunch, and Lowcountry seafood dishes, steaks, and seafood platters at night. In addition to the award-winning menus, the views from this former beach house are some of the best in town.

Martin’s Restaurant

7200 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Martin’s Restaurant, situated inside the Long Bay Resort, boasts a breakfast buffet as well as an upscale dinner menu. After spending the day at the beach or splashing around in the pool at Long Bay Resort, head over to Martin’s Restaurant for an amazing dinner. The dinner menu here features options like steak, seafood, appetizers, poultry, veal, desserts, and more!

Second Avenue Pier

110 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

It doesn’t get much more waterfront than pier-dining. Originally built in 1936, 2nd Avenue Pier offers the perfect place whether you’re looking for a bite before doing some fishing in the morning, or a scenic place to unwind while enjoying some creative seafood sandwiches or entrees. And as Myrtle Beach’s longest pier, it’s definitely worth a stroll before or after your meal.

Gulfstream Cafe

1536 South Waccamaw Drive, Garden City, SC 29576

The views here are the best of both worlds – ocean in the front, inlet in the back. And their rooftop deck has to be one of the most romantic in the area, a perfect place to enjoy a meal or drink while watching the sunset. The dinner menu at this Garden City eatery includes favorites like She-Crab Soup and N’awlins Shrimp & Grits for starters, and Southern Fried Seafood Platters, USDA Choice Steaks, and Alaskan King Crab Legs for dinner. They also serve a brunch buffet on the weekends, and many visitors take advantage of the great prices on their Sunset Early Evening” Menu.

Cypress Room

6000 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

The experience here can be as casual or elegant as you’d like it to be. After all, this is Myrtle Beach. That said, the floor-to-ceiling views from this Island Vista Resort restaurant are spectacular no matter what you end up deciding to eat, whether it’s their famous Southern breakfast or any number of their award-winning farm-to-table dinner entrees. There’s also plenty for the kids to choose from, and a fancy bar if what you need is a cocktail in a tranquil atmosphere.

Bandito’s Restaurant and Cantina

1410 Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

As Myrtle Beach’s only oceanfront Mexican Cantina, Bandito’s carries the waterfront flag for South of the Border cuisine. The open-air outdoor seating lets guests enjoy a variety of Fajitas, Burritos, Enchiladas, Chimichangas, and other Mexican-inspired cuisine while listening to the breakers and relaxing in the warm sea breeze. Bandito’s is also conveniently located on the Boardwalk, which makes it a perfect place to start or end a midsummer meander.

Hot Fish Club

4911 Hwy 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29526

Located at the south end of The Seafood Capital of the World,” (Murrells Inlet) the origins of this Lowcountry seafood restaurant date back to the 1700’s. Originally founded by locals as Hot and Hot Fish Club, the goals remain the same today – gourmet food, strong drinks, and festive times. Check out house favorites like Lobster Pot Pie, Hot Fish Platter, or Shrimp & Grits while seated inlet-side in the Grand Strand’s oldest existing restaurant building.

Pier 14

1306 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Hurricanes have wreaked all kinds of havoc on Myrtle Beach’s piers over the years, but the owners keep building them back stronger and stronger. A pier of some sort has existed on this site since 1926, with the restaurant joining the party in the 80’s. Guests at Pier 14 can enjoy a meal while seated out on the ocean, watching the waves’ continuous journey to the shore while enjoying award-winning Pork Chops, Prime Rib, Seafood, Pasta, and Salads.


3979 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

This Murrells Inlet Marshwalk eatery specializes in wood-fired steaks, seafood, and pizza. The wood-burning brick oven is one of the first things you notice when entering Bovine’s, whether by sight or by smell. And the outdoor patio out back offers guests the added bonus of inlet scents in addition to gresat views of the water. Highlights from their House Specialties list include Barbecue Baby Ribs, Inlet Fried Oysters, and Braised Red Wine Beef Short Rib.

Greg Norman’s Australian Grille

4930 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

The former British Open champion aims to transport guests from the Intracoastal Waterway at Barefoot Landing, to the harbors of Sydney on the other side of the world. For full effect, ask for a table out on the water, and choose from specialties like Blackened Lobster pasta, Seared Ahi Tuna, Wood-grilled Rib-eye, or any one of their Aged, Certified Black Angus steaks.

Selecting just ten was tough. Other restaurants we feel are worth noting include Bummz Beach Cafe in Myrtle Beach, Wahoo’s, K-Rae’s, and Dead Dog Saloon in Murrells Inlet, Crab Catchers in Little River.


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