Waterfront Dining: What a view! Gulfstream is the only restaurant on the Grand Strand overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Murrells Inlet on the other, offering 360-degree views of the water and a rare westward facing spot to see the sun set. Fortunately, the food lives up to the view. Recommended starters include the onion loaf (a mass of fried onion rings with bleu cheese dip), kicky N'Awlins shrimp served atop a crispy fried grits cake, she-crab soup and oyster shooters. Popular main courses range from Lowcountry crab cakes, garlic crab claws and grilled or blackened catch of the day.
Seafood, Beachfront Dining, Outdoor Dining: What a view! Gulfstream is the only restaurant in Garden City Beach overlooking the ocean on one side and Murrells Inlet on the other and, fortunately, the food lives up to the view. Recommended starters include the onion loaf (a mass of fried onion rings with bleu cheese dip), kicky N'Awlins shrimp served atop a crispy fried grits cake, she-crab soup and oyster shooters. Popular main courses range from Low Country crab cakes, a variety of fried seafood, garlic crab claws, and grilled or blackened catch of the day. Kids can opt for fried fish, shrimp, chicken fingers, or spaghetti.
Best Restaurants: Gulfstream Cafe has become a popular hot spot among locals and visitors in recent years, in part because of its outstanding food and service but also because it offers the best view on the Grand Strand. Located on the Garden City Beach waterfront overlooking Murrells Inlet, Gulfstream is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the salt marsh from the spacious back patio deck. Making the experience more enjoyable is the abundance of seafood prepared in unique ways. With the fresh catches of the day coming right off the neighboring marina decks, visitors can enjoy the freshest in seafood at Gulfstream Cafe.
Waterfront Dining: "A seat on the back porch is the place to be for spectacular views of sunset over Murrells Inlet."
Seafood, Beachfront Dining, Outdoor Dining: "Ask for a seat on the outdoor deck and enjoy a lovely, Lowcountry sunset over the inlet and salt marshes."
Best Restaurants: "Check out the all-you-can-eat oyster roasts for $15 during the fall."
Best for Waterfront Dining Because: In addition to excellent seafood, Gulfstream Cafe offers one of the best happy hours and most beautiful vistas on the Grand Strand.
Best for Seafood Because: The view alone makes Gulfstream worth the drive, but the fresh seafood makes it worth a swim across Murrells Inlet.
Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Gulfstream Cafe offers arguably the best seafood and best view on the South Strand.
Best for Beachfront Dining Because: One of the few westward facing restaurants with an ocean view - and great seafood to boot.