Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Restaurants: A Culinary Tour
Since it opened in 2010, the Myrtle Beach boardwalk has become one of the most popular attractions on the Grand Strand.
In a short few years it has breathed life back into a stretch of downtown that had been reeling since the departure of the Myrtle Beach Pavilion and has caused many business owners to re-invest in the area, opening new shops, attractions and restaurants to take advantage of renewed interest from visitors.
Now, as visitors walk along the 1.4-mile promenade and enjoy the oceanfront scenery and colorful crowds, there are also nearly a dozen restaurants and eateries to distract you along the way.
Specializing in “good vibes, good food, good music and good times” this oceanfront tiki bar is a great spot for those looking to kick back and enjoy a few drinks. But just because this popular hangout features a full bar, live music and nightlife doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give the food a shot. The menu features a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, pizzas and signature 2-foot skewers. Interesting options include the 8th Avenue Schnitzel, Deep Fried Mac & Cheese, Israeli Greek Salad, Hawaiian Island BLT with Shrimp and O.G. Philly Cheese Steak.
Not originally on the boardwalk when it opened in 2012, the owners of this oceanfront restaurant made sure they were easily accessible from the beach by helping pay for an extension that brings visitors right to its enormous back patio — complete with an outdoor bar, three levels of seating and oceanfront views. The food at Banditos is good and offers a nice change-up from the rest of the boardwalk spots with a huge selection of traditional Latin American and Mexican food, including fajitas, tacos, burritos, nachos, and chimichangas. There’s also live entertainment nightly.
This “Key West” style restaurant is one of three Dirty Don’s locations in the area, but the only one with an oceanfront view. Its menu features everything from fresh oysters on the half shell, freshly-fried fish and scrumptious seafood pots to great hot wings to mouth-watering burgers and perfectly grilled steaks. It’s also a great place to enjoy happy hour with a cold beer, cocktail or a pitcher of one of Dirty Don’s special concoctions including Sex on the Beach and Killer Kool-Aid. Small interior can get crowded, so its best to sit outdoors if possible.
Located directly under the Myrtle Beach Skywheel is one of the most popular stops on the boardwalk, the Jimmy Buffett-owned Landshark Bar & Grill. This combination American-Caribbean restaurant offers a menu full of scrumptious seafood and other great options for lunch and dinner. With three levels of seating — indoor, outdoor and ground level patios, as well as an open-air bar — there’s rarely a wait like at its sister spot, Margaritaville, and the views and food are worth a visit.
This corner lot at the entrance to Plyler Park was home to Marvin’s Food & Games for many years, but was reinvented as a surf-themed “grill & chill” in 2012. The interior features a long, thatch-covered tiki bar surrounded by colorful booths and tables, while the outdoor patio offers great oceanfront views and funky surf art on every table. The menu has a little bit of everything from big burgers and hot dogs smothered in toppings to wild wings and tasty tacos. There’s also seafood, salads, sandwiches, starters and hot-off-the-grill entrees like chicken, steak, BBQ and baby back ribs.
With the look and feel of an authentic New York pizzeria — perhaps a little dingy, but big on taste — N.Y. Style pizza serves up huge, greasy slices of thin crust pizza with a wide variety of toppings. You can find it at either of two locations within a few blocks of each other downtown. There’s the flagship store which has been satisfying the tastes of hungry visitors along Ocean Boulevard since 1996 and the newer boardwalk location, which opened in 2013. In addition to their traditional pizza pies, the restaurants also offers subs, burgers and gyros, as well as draft beer and soft drinks to cool you off.
Established in 1948, this beachfront Myrtle Beach restaurant and bar has been part of the downtown landscape for more than 65 years. The wooden interior is well-worn and full of character, but don’t let its age fool you — the restaurant went through some major renovations when the boardwalk opened in 2010. The menu is full of classics options including burgers, footlong hot dogs, fish tacos, fried shrimp, seafood platters and much more. There’s also a friendly staff who’s always ready to help, a steady schedule of live music and a great deck known as one of the best “people watching” spots in Myrtle Beach.
It doesn’t get any more oceanfront than Pier 14, which sits atop the 14th Avenue Pier, directly over the ocean and sand. A quick veer off of the boardwalk will take you up to this restaurant and lounge, a perfect spot for lunch, dinner or drinks. The atmosphere is casual, yet refined and you’ll often find live jazz or other soft tunes playing near the bar area. The menu features a wide variety of seafood, including Lobster, shrimp, scallops and the restaurant’s famous Flounder. Pier 14 is also known for its entrees including pork chops, prime rib, filet mignon, surf and turf and specialties like the chicken crustaceans, a lightly battered and fried chicken breast, smothered with fresh shrimp, crab meat and scallops.
You won’t find a better view at a waterfront restaurant in Myrtle Beach than the one from Pier View Bar at Second Avenue Pier. From this rooftop area you can see up and down the beach while you enjoy the breeze from the open-air bar, sip on cold drinks and enjoy a menu full of appetizers, sandwiches and salads. Want something a bit more substantial? Venture downstairs to the Pier House Restaurant for some fresh-caught seafood and delicious steaks with much of the same gorgeous oceanfront view.
Located just steps from the boardwalk at 6th Avenue South, the first thing you’ll notice about Sharkey’s Beach Bar is its enormous elevated patio which offers awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean. Though this beachfront hangout is known more as a spot to stop for cocktails or to suck down an 100 oz. tower of draft beer, the menu is worth checking out. Notable options include grilled triggerfish, sesame seed seared tuna and firecracker shrimp, as well as appetizers, salads and sandwiches.
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