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Dog Friendly Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

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September 26, 2016

Pet lovers enjoy taking dogs with them to outdoor restaurants, and the Myrtle Beach area has many eateries where dogs and their humans are welcomed.

From North Myrtle Beach to Georgetown, here are restaurants where canines and their friends can enjoy dog day afternoons.

The 8th Avenue Tiki Bar & Grill

706 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Restaurants that take the time to prepare everything in-house are usually worth a visit, and 8th Avenue Tiki Bar & Grill is one of those restaurants. …

Bay Naturals Healthy Market & Kitchen

7611 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

If you’re on vacation and forgot to bring some healthy snacks for the family, or just need a meal that’s not fried, Myrtle Beach’s oldest health food …

Big Tuna Raw Bar

807 Front St, Georgetown, South Carolina 29440

Located in historic Georgetown, Big Tuna Raw Bar offers a menu that has something for everyone! This Front Street restaurant boasts some of the best seafoo …

Bistro 90

7209 SC-90, Longs, South Carolina 29568

Bistro 90 may sound fancy—and look fancy—but this restaurant prides itself on being a local favorite. It may seem that restaurants that are located off …

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

3784 Renee Dr, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29579

Now an international counter-serve ice cream chain, Bruster’s was originally opened in Bridgewater, PA by founder Bruce Reed. Reed’s passion for delici …


106 Sayebrook Pkwy, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29588

If there’s one thing BurgerFi is known for, it’s (you guessed it) burgers! Located in Surfside Beach, BurgerFi has become a favorite along the Grand St …

Caffe Piccolo

9428 Ocean Hwy., Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585

Located in Pawleys Island, Caffe Piccolo is a quaint little eatery that serves up big taste. Priding themselves on delicious hand-made Italian recipes, Caf …

Chive Blossom Cafe

85 N Causeway Rd, Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585

Chive Blossom Café is a quaint eatery located in Pawleys Island. This little restaurant is housed in a building that looks more like someone’s residence …

El Cerro Grande

Multiple Locations - 3779 Renee Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

This family-owned eatery has been serving up some of the best Mexican food on the Grand Strand for years. Whether you’re in the mood for a Speedy Gonzale …

Flo’s Place

3797 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 29576

For decades, Flo’s Place has been bringing New Orleans flavor to the Grand Strand. Located in Pawleys Island, this local restaurant prides itself on serv …

Gordon Biersch

3060 Howard Avenue, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

This popular Market Common spot has earned its loyal following with German lagers brewed on-site, outdoor seating, and a creative, exhaustive menu. Numerou …

Graham’s Landing

5225 Business Hwy 17, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 29576

Located in Murrells Inlet, Graham’s Landing can be found tucked away on the southernmost tip of the Inlet. Owned and operated by Graham Plummer, this lit …

Hamburger Joe’s

712 48th Avenue South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

This stilted beach house-style building is home to some of the best burgers and prices on the Strand. Off the beaten path across Kings Highway from Barefoo …

Island Bar & Grill

10744 Ocean Hwy., Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585

Opened in 2007 as a sports bar, Island Bar & Grill has stayed true to its focus of serving sports fans throughout the years. Since the restaurant has g …

Jersey Bagels & Subs

4006 Postal Way, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29579

Located in Carolina Forest, Jersey Bagels and Subs has become a local favorite; especially to those from the Northeastern part of the United States. Offeri …

Liberty Tap Room & Grill

7651 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery at Broadway at the Beach got so busy that they had to open a smaller spot down the road a few miles. The concept is pretty m …

Mellow Mushroom Pizza

1571 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

This neo-Hippie themed pizzaria began in Atlanta in the 1970s but has sprouted around the country, bringing its theme of Peace, Love and Pizza to the mass …

Molly Darcy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

1701 South Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Oddly, Molly Darcy’s has three locations, – Charleston, Connecticut and North Myrtle Beach. The latter sits oceanfront near downtown but far enough …


600 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

The Restaurant After earning a solid reputation with its first store on the downtown Myrtle Beach oceanfront, Sharkey’s has branched out with a new locat …

Shell Crackers Grill & Raw Bar

Shell Crackers Grill & Raw Bar

Located in Murrells Inlet, Shell Crackers is a dog-friendly restaurant that is part of A Dog’s Way Inn deluxe boarding kennel. Shell Crackers Grill & Raw Bar is a full-service restaurant with an outdoor seating deck.

Sole Italian Restaurant

3401 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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Family owned and operated, Sole Italian Restaurant in Myrtle Beach delivers the experience of having dinner at a close friend’s house with outstandin …

The Grumpy Monk

4545 U.S. 501, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
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The Grumpy Monk in Myrtle Beach is a unique restaurant and bar that specializes in serving a wide selection of craft beer from around the country with qual …

Toffino’s Italian Bakery & Deli

500 Farrow Parkway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Phil Pecora has been preparing his Italian family recipes, that date back to 1890, at his restaurant Toffino’s since 1992. Focusing on fresh breads, …

Tupelo Honey

3042 Howard Avenue, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

The motto here is “Creative Southern Food That’s Good For The Soul,” which is a perfect representation of what you’ll find at this Market Common ea …

Oceanfront Bar & Grill

100 9th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

With a huge menu and an airy atmosphere, you could make a day out of hanging out at this Boardwalk restaurant if you’re not careful. The outdoor patio an …

Wild Wing Cafe

4706 U.S. 17, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

This regional chain was founded in nearby Hilton Head Island and has branched out based on its unbeatable combination of hot wings and cold beer. Wild Wing …

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says in SC DHEC Regulation 61-25 that “Live animals, including birds and turtles, shall be excluded from areas where food is stored, prepared, displayed, or served, provided that a location may be approved where, in the opinion of the health authority, no contamination risk exists. This exclusion does not apply to edible fish, crustacea, shellfish, or to fish in aquariums. Patrol dogs accompanying security or police officers, or support animals accompanying persons with a disability, shall be permitted in dining areas.”

This does not mean pet dogs are banned from restaurants. DHEC officials go on to say:

“However, the regulation does allow us the ability to grant a variance in locations where, in our opinion, based on current sound public health policies, no risk of contamination exist. When we allow dining outside, in sidewalk café settings, we are already exposing the food served to outdoor contaminants. It is impossible to prevent small rodents or birds from passing through these areas, so by nature, they are exposed to animals. The other main concern for prohibiting pets from these areas then becomes the exposure of servers and tableware to pets and the possible exposure of diner’s with pet allergies to pet dander. Therefore to allow pets in outdoor dining areas, we must also address these concerns. Here are the items we would need the operator to address and to agree to prior to granting a variance under Chapter VII. I. 5.

  •     Food and drinks must be served on single service, disposable tableware
  •     The food must be either self-service via a pick up window or other customer pick up method.
  •     If served by wait staff, there must be a conveniently located handwash sink for maintaining hand hygiene after exposure to pets while serving tables.
  •     The area must be designated as “pet friendly” so patrons with allergies can avoid exposure.

“By maintaining these standards statewide when granting variances for pet friendly dining, we can maintain a uniform and consistent approach to this trend and avoid the criticism to DHEC for uneven enforcement of Regulation 61-25.”


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