Myrtle Beach Restaurants Serve Tasty Fare, Family Atmosphere

Going out for lunch or dinner during your family vacation can be a real hassle, but it doesn't have to be if you know where to go. Many restaurants in the Myrtle Beach area cater to families with varying taste buds and tastes in entertainment. That's right, some places are famous for serving up heaping helpings of both food and fun for families looking for more than just another meal.

Novelty restaurants like Dick's Last Resort have a hook for families looking for good food as well as good-natured exchanges with the wait staff. Servers crack jokes with patrons, sing songs and make mock dunce caps for the kids, who will enjoy the rare treat of using bad table manners in a socially acceptable environment. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville also offers great "restau-tainment" with stilt-walkers, balloon artists and other characters roaming the restaurant and entertaining customers, and the hourly "Hurricane Warning" sees the whole place singing along to Buffett tunes while a giant blizzard stirs up a storm.

Of course, good food is the biggest factor in your dining decision and there are plenty of quality establishments with extensive menus for maximum people-pleasing. Special kids menus and buffet stations. Try Original Benjamin's Seafood Buffet has all the little ones' favorites, as well as diverse choices for the grown-ups. Check out Dagwood's Deli and Hamburgers Joe's for a nice, affordable dinner or lunch.

Dick's Last Resort


You'll either love it or hate it, but you'll never know unless you try it. Extra large portions of typical American food - ribs, steaks, chicken wings, fried shrimp, buckets of fries and the like - is only half the story. The other half is the...  Read More



A huge favorite among the locals, this restaurant features baby-back ribs and grilled steaks, along with a good variety of seafood. An open kitchen and great atmosphere make this a must on your casual dining list. Featuring a long list of...  Read More

Cheeseburger In Paradise
Photo courtesy of Cheeseburger In Paradise


Famous singer/songwriter crooned about the perfect burger in the song by the same title, and now his restaurant, Cheeseburger In Paradise, brings it to the masses in a unique tropical setting. Featuring 100 percent Angus burgers with a myriad of...  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



Legendary crooner Jimmy Buffett sang about this mythical place back in the 1970s, and now it has become a reality. Margaritaville is everything Buffett sang about and more, featuring shrimp that are beginning to boil and generous servings of...  Read More

Hamburger Joe's


Hamburger Joe's is the perfect lunch spot if you're on a tight vacation budget. In fact, you can probably afford to splurge and get some wings and a beer along with your cheeseburger, which comes heaped with cole slaw, chili, onions, lettuce,...  Read More



The name may say Italian, but the sign out front says "Greatest Steaks in the Universe," and there are many repeat customers who will testify to that statement. Hand-cut Grade A steaks are cooked and served on a cast-iron skillet, sizzling their...  Read More

Dagwood's Deli
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Named after the famous cartoon character with an affinity for sandwiches stacked to the ceiling, Dagwood's Deli follows the same recipe for a longtime, lunch-time favorite that has patrons lined up out the door. Beat the rush by calling ahead...  Read More

Original Benjamin's


Original Benjamin's is a Myrtle Beach stalwart, loved as much for its gargantuan seafood buffet as for its eclectic nautical decor. Each of the nine dining rooms has plenty to occupy your eyes, including an 800 gallon saltwater fish tank with...  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