Best Beach Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

Great Food, Ocean Views Aplenty along Grand Strand

There's something about eating by the ocean that speaks to the human soul. Maybe it's a primal reckoning of our early beach-dwelling ancestors, or the romanticism of the sea. Whatever the case, the Myrtle Beach area has more than enough oceanfront dining options to keep you restaurant hopping from the one end of the Grand Strand to the other without duplication.

In the downtown Myrtle Beach area, the Sea Captain's House has been satisfying seafood and Southern cuisine fans for more than 75 years. Featuring Lowcountry cooking and a fine-dining atmosphere, the ocean views are the main attraction. But not all seaside eateries specialize in seafood. Just down Ocean Drive, Damon's Oceanfront serves world-famous ribs and barbecue with a surprisingly spectacular view of the Atlantic. And for those hungry for some faster food during a break from the beach, Mako's and Bummz Beach Cafe have just what you're looking for - a full line of burgers, sandwiches and snacks to get your belly full while you watch the waves roll in.

The North Strand also has some excellent choices, such as Harold's on the Ocean and 3500 North Ocean, but the South Strand steals the show when it comes to great food and waterfront views. The Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk features several options that overlook the inlet and Garden City Beach, which is home to the popular Gulfstream Cafe. There are many more oceanfront diners located in between so set sail for good food and great views all over the Strand.


Located on the north end of the Grand Strand at the Prince Resort on the Cherry Grove Beach Pier, 3500 North Ocean Grill is an open-air restaurant offering a relaxing ocean breeze and an unprecedented vista of the Atlantic. The atmosphere is beach casual but the food is something you would expect from a fine-dining restaurant. Excellent steaks and seafood are on the dinner menu, and lighter fare is available for lunch. A breakfast buffet is a great way to start the day as the sun rises over the horizon. This special spot between the beach and the sea makes the perfect environment for surf and turf.

Recommended for Beach Restaurants because: Enjoy beautiful ocean views and exquisitely prepared food under the same roof (or canopy) at 3500 North Ocean Grill.

Terry's expert tip: Friday evenings are prime rib night, and you can combo it with the fresh catch for an ideal surf-and-turf experience.

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Drop into Mako's Oceanfront Bar and Grill for good times and great food. The restaurant is a neighborhood favorite, and offers a casual, friendly dining atmosphere that you and your friends are sure to enjoy. Mako's Oceanfront Bar and Grill also features a friendly, professional staff of great people, who will make sure you enjoy your visit and that Mako's Oceanfront Bar and Grill lives up to its reputation for pleasant dining and superb cuisine. The menu offers an inspired array of selections that is sure to satisfy everyone in your group, every time. Whether you're in the mood for casual dining or a special occasion, Mako's Oceanfront Bar and Grill is sure to please.

Recommended for Beach Restaurants because: Sometimes the best beach food is a greasy cheeseburger and fries, and Mako's is the place to get it.

Terry's expert tip: In addition to a solid lineup on the regular menu, be sure to ask your server about new selections, daily drink specials, and special chef's creations.

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Bummz Beach Cafe
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The name says it all for this casual, come-as-you-are bar and grill, where patrons often stroll up from the beach with sand on their feet for a bite to eat and a cold one. Ocean views, frozen concoctions, live music and great food is what it's all about at Bummz Beach Cafe, which offers all these and more in a fun-filled and family-friendly atmosphere just steps away from the ocean. Situated in a 1930's beach house setting, guests can sip on a cocktail while lounging in beach chairs and hammocks on the back patio deck, or get their grub on via a host of tasty burgers, sandwiches and salads.

Recommended for Beach Restaurants because: Bummz has the best combination of great food, beach-party atmosphere and an unforgettable view.

Terry's expert tip: The menu is loaded with can't-miss classics, but the Bummz Burger, which is loaded with bacon, cole slaw, mushrooms and two kinds of cheese, is a unique and filling fixture.

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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 open-air tiki bar. Choose from all types of fresh seafood, including lobster, flounder, snapper and shrimp prepared however you like. As for the perfect recipe to "chill" at dusk, just kick back on the deck with one of their signature frozen cocktails and enjoy live music while the fishing boats return to port for the night. Wahoo's also serves some of the best sushi on the Strand.

Recommended for Beach Restaurants because: Wahoo's serves fresh seafood straight from the docks that you can see from your oceanside seat.

Terry's 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.

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Damon's specializes in ribs � big, meaty ribs char-grilled and slathered in a tantalizing sauce. Not a fan of ribs? Well, Damon's obliges, with a well-rounded menu of prime rib, steaks, barbecued chicken, juicy burgers and tasty salads. Even the kids menu will satisfy the pickiest little eaters this side of the Mississippi, with corn dogs, popcorn shrimp, and chicken fingers among the favorites. A great oceanfront location outdoor seating make for a sublime experience any time, and take out is available all day. A full bar is available and outdoor patio deck overlooking the ocean is a great place to relax with a drink.

Recommended for Beach Restaurants because: Damon's is regionally famous for its ribs, but only the Myrtle beach location comes with an ocean view.

Terry's expert tip: Ask your hostess for a table on the outdoor oceanfront deck and experience the ocean breeze and view. It's worth a slightly longer wait.

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Garden City

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.

Recommended for Beach Restaurants because: One of the few westward facing restaurants with an ocean view - and great seafood to boot.

Terry's expert tip: Ask for a seat on the outdoor deck and enjoy a lovely, Lowcountry sunset over the inlet and salt marshes.

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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 dishes. Without a doubt, the place's chief asset is its awesome patio deck, which offers great views of the water and even a few hammocks for lazing with a cold one. Speaking of spirits, this fish-shack style restaurant is believed by many to be haunted by the ghost of Dudley, so be sure to save a hushpuppy or two as a peace offering.

Recommended for Beach Restaurants because: The Marsh Walk has several great restaurants with similar views but the Dead Dog is one of a kind.

Terry's expert tip: This legendary establishment burned to the ground in 2011, but a new-and-improved version was reopened in under 100 days. If you haven't been to the new Dead Dog, it's worth a revisit.

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Take a dash of Mexican cantina, a splash of Caribbean cuisine and three parts beach bar, add crushed ice and put it in a blender, and you get Bandito's, the latest and hottest oceanfront bar and grill on the Grand Strand. Featuring a wide selection of frozen drinks as well as a unique menu of fresh seafood and south-of-the-border favorites, Bandito's has become a popular hangout by day and night since its opening in 2012. Patrons hit the beach just a few feet away and migrate to the patio deck around sunset for drinks and a bite to eat. Live music is common during happy hour in the warmer months.

Recommended for Beach Restaurants because: With more than 3,000 square feet of space, Bandito's is the biggest and best beach bar on the Grand Strand.

Terry's expert tip: Located at the northern end of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, a 1.2-mile wooden walkway that parallels the Atlantic Ocean, Bandito's is the ideal place to start or end your coastal pub crawl.

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Sea Captain's House
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Once a privately-owned family beach cottage, this picturesque oceanfront restaurant serves up some of the best seafood in Myrtle Beach. But Sea Captain's House also serves one of the best and most underrated breakfasts on the Grand Strand, especially with the beachfront restaurant's spectacular view of sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean and reputation for Southern hospitality and fine dining. Sea Captain's House offers one of the best views in town, and just as awe-inspiring are some of the unique dishes on the breakfast menu, highlighting Southern and coastal cuisine. Try the shrimp and grits, the quail and eggs or the fresh-fruit filled crepes.

Recommended for Beach Restaurants because: The Sea Captain's House is nationally acclaimed for its combination of great seafood and seaside location.

Terry's 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.

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