Myrtle Beach, S.C.

85. Waterfront Dining

Waterfront Dining

Enjoying a meal at a restaurant with a waterfront view is one of the great joys of vacationing on the Carolina coastline.  Of all the thousands (yes, thousands) of dining options along the Grand Strand, a limited number offers a waterfront setting, but those that do treat their guests to something quite special. You might consider lunch or brunch outside overlooking the ocean on one of our area piers, or an early dinner inside in air-conditioned comfort with the big blue Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop. Those seeking a waterfront meal may also choose locations along the Intracoastal Waterway and the creeks, inlets and marshes of the Lowcountry. From sandwiches and picnic fare under an Oceanside umbrella, to a special fine-dining experience in an elegant setting, seeking out waterfront dining is not impossible. We recommend going early while there’s still sunlight to enhance the stunning view, and here are a few oceanfront restaurants in Myrtle Beach to get you started.

Damon's Oceanfront

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Look no further than the perfectly situated Damon’s Grill in Myrtle Beach. If it were any closer to the ocean, you’d be swimming. Known for its fabulous ribs, Damon’s large menu has something for everyone. The view? Directly oceanfront, and high up off the dunes to afford a clear view for miles. With a large outdoor deck, and an even larger dining room, this is the rain or shine restaurant of choice for many.

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Pier 14

Since 1926, vacationers and locals have loved each of the several piers constructed at 14th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. Now with the $7 million Boardwalk connecting it to the rest of the downtown oceanfront, scores of new visitors are discovering the pier’s outstanding eatery. The Pier 14 restaurant, opened in 1986, serves a wide variety of seafood, beef and chicken dishes, and lighter fare, too. Enjoy food & drinks, and an unmatched view.

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The Pier House Restaurant at Second Avenue Pier

This Southern anchor of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk enjoyed an extensive renovation to coincide with the Boardwalk’s opening a few years back. On three levels perched over top of the dunes, enjoy open-air drinks and dining with the best view in Myrtle Beach, or sit by the windows, inside, to capture the view in all-weather comfort. Either way, you’re in for a treat.

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Gulfstream Cafe

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Regularly winning Best Sunset” categories, the GulfStream Café sits on the Garden City Spit, with more than 180-degrees of waterfront viewing, including the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Murrells Inlet to the west, where the sun sets like clockwork every day. Open-air dining, or inside in the air-conditioned dining room, either way the food is the real draw. Seasonal live entertainment as well.

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Nance’s Creekfront Restaurant

Betcha didn’t know that oysters are so nutritious that they’re recommended by the National Heart & Lung Institute? Even if you don’t care for oysters, Nance’s specialty, the large, varied menu will have plenty to choose from, though you could just sit and watch the waterfront from inside the huge dining room. The relaxing and hypnotic natural beauty of the Murrells Inlet creeks are reason enough to visit, but try Nance’s oysters, too.

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Moe Moon’s

Located on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk right at Plyler Park near the Skywheel in downtown, Moe Moon’s is a surf-themed beach grill & chill” that offers a great place to grab lunch, dinner or just sit and relax with a few drinks. Known as Marvin’s Food & Games for decades, this funky corner restaurant specializes in providing quality American cuisine.

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Landshark Bar & Grill

Named for the mythical creatures created in Jimmy Buffett’s popular song Fins”, LandShark Bar and Grill is the brainchild of legendary crooner and songwriter. Located in the heart of the downtown Myrtle Beach district at the base of the SkyWheel, LandShark gives guests a nice place to take a break from the busy summer nights on the Boulevard.

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Dead Dog Saloon

from 5 reviews

This legendary bar has a legendary tale of late Dudley the dog/ghost that haunts the place. He must have a good nose because this is the Dead Dog Saloon’s third location. Actually, the fourth counting recent events lent some credibility to the story. The Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk mainstay burned to the ground in 2011 but a brand-new, bigger and better Dead Dog emerged from the ashes and the old place is back to being the popular locals’ hangout it was before the fire.

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Oceanfront Bar & Grill

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 and doorless dining room (weather permitting) make it a great spot to people watch, too. The fare here fits nicely into what could be described as Boardwalk Food – burgers, fried seafood, steamed shellfish, wings, and sandwiches.

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Hot Fish Club

Located in the oldest existing restaurant building on the Grand Strand, Hot Fish has a rich history that dates back to the 18th Century. The Hot and Hot Fish Club was originally formed on a nearby island as a social club for members who were dedicated to gourmet food, stiff drinks, and jovial times among friends.

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River City Cafe

from 2 reviews

Voted ‘Best of the Beach’ burger year after year, River City Cafe’s signature burger and ultra casual beach shack dining style makes these cafes favorites with both the locals and visitors! USA Today even calls it ‘one of the best places in the nation to feed the kids’. Visit one of our 7 locations for one of a kind burgers, hand cut style fries, enormous hand dipped onion rings, plenty of our iconic roasted peanuts, and so much more!

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Tin Roof

Tin Roof is about giving musicians a place to play and and a place to hang when they aren’t onstage. The tasty food, fun, eclectic environment, community of Regulars, and friendly Crew have established the Roof as the place to be for musicians and non-musicans alike. Over the years, our stages have hosted the famous, the should have been famous, and everyone in between!

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