Seafood Capital of South Carolina Serves Fresh From the Docks

Dining in Murrells Inlet is a true treat. For starters, you never have to worry if your seafood dinner is fresh. Most of the restaurants are located on the docks and marinas around Murrells Inlet, a small body of water on the south end of the Grand Strand, and you can sit and watch the fishing fleets roll in after a long day at sea and unload their catches of the day on the docks and deliver them directly to the kitchens.

Murrells Inlet also offers a slice of Lowcountry life, one where no one ever gets in too big a hurry and the best-laid plans can justifiably be canceled at the last minute of the fish are biting. Nicknamed the "Seafood Capital of South Carolina," all things revolve around the tides and the runs of shrimp, fish and crabs. Nowhere is the laid-back lifestyle and delicious seafood more evident than the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, a wooden walkway that runs along the banks of the inlet and offers direct access to some of the best establishments in town.

Located at the Crazy Sisters Marina, popular Marshwalk eateries include Bovine's, Capt. Dave's Dockside, Drunken Jack's and the famous Dead Dog Saloon. For those who want to explore other areas of Murrells Inlet, Salt Creek cafe and Prosser's BBQ provide a nice change of pace, especially if you are hungry for something other than seafood.

Bypassers know this restaurant as "the place with the shark coming out of the roof." Those who stop know it as one of the best seafood establishments on the Grand Strand. Sure, Litchfield Beach Fish House turns heads for its somewhat tacky decor...  Read More

Prosser's Bar-B-Q
Photo courtesy of Prosser's Bar-B-Q

This family-owned and operated eatery has been serving sweet barbecue and country cooking since 1953, and for good reason. Not only does Prosser's do barbecue the good ol' Southern way - slow smoked over hickory coals to perfection - it also...  Read More

Flo's Place
Photo courtesy of Flo's Place

Flo moved to Myrtle Beach from her native New Orleans in 1972, and she's been serving up fabulous Cajun treats here ever since. The fun and funky ambiance is notable for the hats that adorn every inch of available ceiling and wall space, most of...  Read More

Garden City
Gulfstream Cafe

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...  Read More

Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach's seafood district of Murrells Inlet, this upscale/casual steakhouse gives visitors options, especially for those with a taste of red meat instead of fish. Bovine's features mesquite-grilled dishes. As its...  Read More

This longtime Murrells Inlet standby sits right on the water and is always a big hit with diners from near and far. Jack's booty, of course, comes in the form of fresh-from-sea numbers that are prepared to taste - grilled, blackened,...  Read More

Capt. Dave's Dockside

This blue house on Murrells Inlet has been warmly welcoming guests since 1975. Dedicated to serving fresh-from-the-water fish and seafood, much of it prepared using their signature lump charcoal grill, Capt. Dave's has been written up in a...  Read More

Dudley the dog and inspirational namesake may be dead and gone, but this saloon is still going strong! Another in a long line of solid Murrells Inlet eateries, Dead Dog Saloon delivers a tasty array of fresh seafood, steaks, burgers and pasta...  Read More

Salt Creek Cafe
Photo courtesy of Salt Creek cafe

One of Murrells Inlet's tastiest cafe's isn't located on the inlet. Instead, Salt Creek cafe focuses more on cuisine from the creeks and swamplands of the South Carolina Lowcountry than the ships that sail out to sea. Featuring shrimp, crab and...  Read More

The Murrells Inlet Marsha Walk is where you will find Wahoo's Raw Bar & Marina. Overlooking the very waters where your dinner came from, likely just hours before your arrival, this waterfront eatery is always on island time, thanks to its...  Read More


Meet Terry Massey

It's no surprise that journalist Terry Massey is credited with creating the word 'stay-cation.'  He considers the past 18 years in Myrtle Beach a vacation.

He and his wife Stephanie were...  More About Terry

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