Best Waterfront Restaurants in Myrtle Beach
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.
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Sea Captain's House
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, 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
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.
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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.
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.
Dead Dog Saloon
Located along the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet, this local favorite gives you a whole different waterfront view, overlooking the scenic saltwater marsh, as opposed to the Atlantic Ocean. Get the full Lowcountry experience with some great seafood — which was likely caught from the same body of water you’re looking at — enjoy some of Dead Dog’s famous hushpuppies and relax in a laid-back atmosphere, that’s part restaurant, part bar and part live music venue.
Hot Fish Club
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.
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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.
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
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.
Oceanfront Bar & Grill
A local institution with as much history as pretty much anyplace on the beach, Oceanfront Bar & Grill has been serving up locals and visitors for nearly 70 years with a prime spot in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, along the boardwalk. It’s a “no-frills” kinda spot for sure, but if you’re into cold beer, fried seafood platters, and great views, there are few places better. Also, hands-down one of the best “people-watching” spots in town.
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Located in Garden City Beach, this oceanfront restaurant is a great, laid-back spot for brunch, lunch or dinner. Even with an inside dining room, bar area and dining room, there’s not a ton of seating, so it can get packed at times, but the view and the food are worth the wait.
Drunken Jack’s is famous to locals as well as the millions of visitors to our area each year. The restaurant is nestled on the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk providing diners with unforgettable views overlooking Snug Harbor. They offer fresh seafood selections like oysters on the half shell, stuffed shrimp, she crab soup, frog legs and hefty platters. The hushpuppies are rumored to be some of the best on the Grand Strand. Make plans to get there early to enjoy drinks at the bar as Drunken Jack’s does not take reservations.
Damon’s Grill in Myrtle Beach offers some of the best ocean views in town. The open air deck is the perfect spot to sip on a cocktail. Even the inside has great views! Damon’s serves both lunch and dinner and are known best for their famous BBQ ribs, chicken and pork. Take a bottle of the sauce home as a souvenir. Other menu items like burgers, seafood plates, sandwiches and New England Clam Chowder are sure to feed any sized appetite.
Head north to Little River to experience the great food, casual atmosphere and waterfront views at Crab Catchers restaurant. Their seafood dishes are always fresh and made to order. Favorites include the conch fritters, crawfish tails, the land and sea combo, soft shell crab and the seafood platter stuffed with grouper, fried shrimp, a crab cake, deviled crab and the catch of the day. They also serve steamed seafood, sandwiches, a variety of tasty appetizers and an extensive children’s menu.
Nance's Creekfront Restaurant
Nance’s Creekfront Restaurant, located on the salt marsh in Murrells Inlet, prides itself on being a place where the seafood and the good times come together. They’re most known for their oyster roasts but also serve snow crab, steak, shrimp, fish, scallops, clams, and chicken. Order a steam pot for two and you’ll get oysters, clams, shrimp, crab legs, corn on the cob and new potatoes. No need to worry about the mess- there’s a bucket in the center of the table for your shells.
Capt. Dave's Dockside
Capt. Dave’s Dockside is centrally located along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk and serves some of the freshest seafood around. Try the shrimp and crab bisque or a tuna martini followed by the pan crusted grouper or Shellfish Cioppino. Meat lovers can order the aged beef selections that are flame kissed to perfection. The menu also offers Murrells Inlet classic fried seafood dishes, appetizers, fresh salads, desserts and over 100 wines.
Enjoy a great view of the salt marsh and great food at Creek Ratz. The restaurant provides plenty of fun for your little ones and a yummy kids menu. The casual-style restaurant offers appetizers, a full raw bar, baskets, Po Boys, sandwiches, and pizza. Save room for the Murrells Inlet Wedding Cake which features an Old Fashioned Moon Pie served warm and topped with ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate syrup. Stop by Sundays for shagging on the creek to your favorite beach music.
Located at the end of the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, next to Crazy Sister Marina, this takes advantage of its location in the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina” by serving up scrumptious seafood and some of the best sushi on the Grand Strand. No matter your taste there’s something for you, with an upscale dining room and bar area, an outdoor patio overlooking the water or the “Tuna Shak” a laid-back bar outdoor bar with views of the marina, a full menu and plenty of live music.