Myrtle Beach's Best Fish: Finding Fresh Seafood is No Problem

Terry Massey

By , Local Expert, Myrtle Beach
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The Myrtle Beach area is literally swimming in seafood, with local waters producing some of the best hauls of fish, shrimp, crab and oysters. The 60-mile stretch of coastline that makes up the Grand Strand includes two of the best fishing ports on the East Coast. From Murrells Inlet (the self-titled Seafood Capital of S.C.) to Calabash, N.C. (the self-titled Seafood Capital of the World), the Myrtle Beach area is surrounded by lots of fresh catches - and lots of places to enjoy them. The ready availability means plenty of options for seafood-lovers, a difficult list to trim down to 10.Whether you're looking for an...  Read more »

  • 1

    Sea Captain's House

    Great seafood, excellent view, unique history - the Sea Captain's House has it all.

    Local Expert Tip: "Often on a long wait during the tourist season, guests can relax on the back porch in swings overlooking the Atlantic Ocean - not a bad place to wait to be seated."

  • 2

    Mr. Fish Seafood Market & Grill

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $18

    Mr. Fish offers the best and freshest seafood in town, plus a great time to match.

    Local Expert Tip: "Although the menu is filled with excellent choices, we recommend ordering off the large dry-erase board that keeps track of fresh catches and daily specials."

  • 3

    Rockefellers Raw Bar

    Rockefellers is one of the Grand Strand's best-kept secrets.

    Local Expert Tip: "For an extra buck you can get your steam kettle served over linguini."

  • 4

    Gulfstream Cafe

    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $20
    • Neighborhood: Garden City

    The view alone makes Gulfstream worth the drive, but the fresh seafood makes it worth a swim across Murrells Inlet.

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask for a seat on the outdoor deck and enjoy a lovely, Lowcountry sunset over the inlet and salt marshes."

  • 5

    Wahoo's Raw Bar & Marina

    The Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk has lots of great seafood options, but Wahoo's is the place to go if you only visit one night.

    Local Expert Tip: "There's lots of indoor seating but we recommend a seat on the outdoor deck to take in the sights and sounds of the inlet and Marsh Walk."

  • 6

    Chestnut Hill

    Chestnut Hill has one of the best combinations of fresh seafood and upscale atmosphere on the Grand Strand.

    Local Expert Tip: "This a good place for parties with seafood and non-seafood lovers in the group. A diverse menu ensures everyone will be happy."

  • 7

    Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

    Margaritaville is the perfect place for Parrotheads, and a near-perfect one for anyone looking for good times and great seafood.

    Local Expert Tip: "Grab a seat on the patio deck at night and enjoy live music with your dinner and drinks."

  • 8

    Flamingo Grill

    The closing of sister-restaurant Cagney's have given the owners more time to focus on keeping Flamingo top notch.

    Local Expert Tip: "Although now served as an entree, you can still order an appetizer size portion of the famous Lobster Chunks - the best thing not on the menu."

  • 9

    Bimini's Oyster Bar & Seafood Cafe

    Bimini's is 10 Best-worthy as a seafood restaurant and as a bar.

    Local Expert Tip: "Sunday afternoons during the season sees the best oyster roast in town - all-you-can-eat for $15 and cheap draft beer specials."

  • 10

    Captain George's Seafood Restaurant

    Among all the seafood buffets on the Grand Strand, Captain George's has the best balance between quantity and quality.

    Local Expert Tip: "This place tends to fill up during dinner hours in the summer, so skip lunch and come hungry early for a more comfortable experience."



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