Dining by Boat: Myrtle Beach Restaurants & Bars on the Waterway

By Marissa Polascak
February 22, 2018

In Myrtle Beach there’s water, water, everywhere – so why not hop on a boat and take a cruise? Many locals and visitors in the Myrtle Beach area rent a boat or dock their vessel at a local marina so that they can enjoy beautiful days out on the water. A popular place to sail is the Intracoastal Waterway, as it presents unbeatable views of the Grand Strand. But all that time out on the water is sure to cause hunger. Lucky for you, there are tons of Myrtle Beach restaurants & bars in the Waterway for your convenience:

Anchor Cafe

Anchor Cafe

Anchor Café is located at the Grande Dunes Marina, and this hidden gem is a favorite among Myrtle Beach locals. This eatery is open from mid-March until the end of the summer season, offering options such as burgers, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and more. Enjoy a delicious meal and refreshing signature drinks on the patio while you watch boats sailing by on the waterway. Anchor Café also has Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday seasonally. Happy Hour here includes $4 well drinks, $3 draft beer, and $3.50 house wine as well as discounted appetizers.

Capt. Juel's Hurricane Restaurant

Capt. Juel's Hurricane Restaurant

Located on the Little River Waterfront, Capt Juel’s Hurricane Restaurant offers casual dining and scenic views of the Intracoastal Waterway. This establishment prides itself on being one of the oldest restaurants on the Grand Strand. The menu here includes a large variety of seafood as well as a dockside” menu for those who aren’t in the mood for fish. Guests here dine on appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, sushi, and house specialites such as Stuffed Flounder, Seafood Au Gratin, Seared Ahi Tuna, Salmon Dijon, Crab Cakes, and the Blackened Seafood Duo.

Clark’s Seafood & Chophouse

Clark’s Seafood & Chophouse

Pull up to the Coquina Harbor in Little River and treat yourself to a delectable meal at Clark’s Seafood & Chophouse. This upscale restaurant boasts lunch and dinner menus that are sure to make your mouth water. Start off your meal with a soup or salad, then move onto an appetizer like the Coquina Crab Dip or the Firecracker Shrimp. After, choose an entrée like steaks, chops, fresh seafood dishes, pastas, or one of the Chef’s Signature Dishes. These include Bone-in Pork Chop, Crispy Pork Patta, Lamb Lollipop Chops, Beef Short Ribs, Filet Napoleon, Hurricane Chicken, and more!

Crab Catchers on the Waterfront

Crab Catchers on the Waterfront

Enjoy fresh caught seafood along the Little River waterfront at Crab Catchers. This causal, family-friendly eatery specializes in seafood and offers indoor and outdoor dining. Begin your meal with an appetizer like Conch Fritters, Gator Bites, Blue Crab Bites, or Hush Puppies, or opt for a soup or side salad. Then, dig into steamed crab legs, shrimp, mussels, or clams. If you’re hungry, order one of their sandwiches; there’s something for seafood lovers and non-seafood lovers alike! Dinners entrees include a wide range of fresh seafood was well as surf & turf and steaks.

Filet's Waterfront

Filet's Waterfront

Filet’s Waterfront is a North Myrtle Beach restaurant that is known for steaks, seafood, sushi, and great views. Begin your meal at Filet’s with a delicious appetizers such as P.E.I. Blue Mussels, Crab Cakes, Pamesan Crab Dip, and more. The menu here also features lighter fare such as soups and salads like Kevin’s Ho-Made Lobster Bisque and the Beef & Brie Salad. If you’re really hungry, take a look at the entrees such as steaks and House Specialties like the Seafood Cioppino, Trigger Fish, Pecan Chicken, Tuna Oscar, and many other delectable options. Don’t forget you can also opt for a sushi roll or two from Filet’s extensive sushi menu!

Flying Fish Public Market and Grill

4744 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Barefoot Landing has multiple restaurants that are situated along the Intracoastal Waterway, including Flying Fish Public Market & Grill. This is the place to go if you’re craving fresh seafood for lunch or dinner. The dinner menu at Flying Fish boasts tons of delectable options. Start off with an appetizer such as the Hushpuppy Basket, Fried Buffalo Shrimp, Seafood Nachos, Duck Wings, Pastrami Smoked Salmon Roulade, and more. The menu also includes soups and salads, sandwiches, steaks, chicken, surf & turf, and fried seafood. Flying Fish also has House Specialties like the Shrimp & Grits, Lowcountry Crab Cakes, Fish & Chips, Jambalaya, Snow Crab Dinner, and Lobster Ravioli.

Greg Norman’s Australian Grille

4930 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Guests at Greg Norman’s Australian Grille will feel like they are in one of Sydney’s best waterfront restaurants. This upscale establishment is open daily for lunch and dinner, and offers diners the option to sit indoors in the beautiful dining room or out on the waterfront deck. Enjoy appetizers and salads at the beginning of your dining experience at Greg Norman’s, then move onto entrees such as pastas, chicken dishes, seafood, cooked to order steaks, and wood grilled items like Lobster Tail, Filet Mignon, N.Y. Strip, Ribeye, Pork Chop, Atlantic Salmon, and Tuna.

River City Cafe

404 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
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River City Café is located right on the waterway inside of Barefoot Landing. This no-frills restaurant is known for their juicy burgers and peanut shell-covered floors. River City Café has a selection of appetizers, and soups & salads, but the main attraction here is their burgers! This casual, family-friendly eatery offers almost every burger imaginable, ranging from the California Pizza Burger and the Cheetos Burger to the Peanut Butter Banana Burger, the Nacho Crunch Burger, the Surf N Turf, and many more. They also offer a veggie burger as well as turkey and chicken burgers for those who don’t eat beef!

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

8211 Marina Way, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

If you’re searching for an upscale place to eat while you’re sailing along the Intracoastal Waterway, consider Ruth’s Chris at the Grande Dunes. This top-rated establishment offers all of their prime cuts of meat a la carte, so you have to order your sides separately – but it’s definitely worth it. Choose from steaks and chops, stuffed chicken breast, a selection of seafood, a vegetarian plate, soups & salads, and appetizers. Signature side dishes here include Lobster Mac & Cheese, Sweet Potato Casserole, Cremini Mushrooms, Potatoes Au Gratin, and more.

The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill

201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

The Boathouse is the place to be if you love live music! Pull your boat up and watch bands play right along the Intracoastal Waterway. This popular bar & restaurant offers a variety of beer and signature cocktails as well as a menu full of delicious bar food. Start your meal with appetizers like Fried Pickles or Chicken Bog Balls before moving onto an entrée like a sandwich, salad, burger, or basket. Entrees here include steaks, Whole Baby Flounder, Surf & Turf, Meatloaf, Fried Seafood Platter, and Rosemary Chicken.