Myrtle Beach Offers Great Dining in the Great Outdoors

Nothing beats great food in the great outdoors, and Myrtle Beach has you covered when it comes to uncovered dining. Whether you are looking for scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean to the east or lovely vistas of sunsets to the west, the Grand Strand has all the angles on excellent dining opportunities under the sun and stars.

Fine dining without walls and a roof may be hard to find in some cities, but places like Frank's Outback in Pawleys Island offer upscale in a romantic outdoor setting. Oceanfront seating is in even greater supply, especially in the downtown Myrtle Beach district. Places like Damon's Oceanfront allow diners to soak up some sun and salt air in a casual and festive atmosphere.

But there's more scenery than just ocean views in Myrtle Beach, including the Intracoastal Waterway that cuts through across the Grand Strand. Waterfront dining at such restaurants as the Gulfstream Cafe in Garden City Beach give guests spectacular views of the coastal rivers and sunsets.

Murrells Inlet, about 15 miles south of Myrtle Beach, may be the outdoor dining capital of the Grand Strand with a row of waterfront cafes along the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk that offers some nice dockside dining.

Millions come to Myrtle Beach for the excellent weather. Why not enjoy it with a great meal?

Pawleys Island Tavern
Photo courtesy of Pawleys Island Tavern


This laid-back, friendly restaurant and bar features live bands several nights a week and also offers great crab cakes, hickory-smoked barbecue and pizza. With a large outdoor seating area and stage nestled under a canopy of live oak trees 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



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...  Read More

Mako's Oceanfront Bar and Grill


*Closed until next season.* 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...  Read More



Dudley the dog may be dead and gone, but his saloon is still going strong! This Murrells Inlet institution burned to the ground last summer but was rebuilt bigger and better than ever, especially the large outdoor deck overlooking the inlet....  Read More

Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery


Comfortable and friendly, Liberty offers outdoor dining on both the back porch overlooking Lake Broadway and the front porch with great views for people-watching. Liberty is famous for two of America's favorite things: beer and beef, both of...  Read More



Ocean views, frozen concoctions, live music and great food. Sounds all too perfect doesn't it? Well Bummz Beach Cafe offers this and more in a family-friendly, 1930's beach house setting. Sip on a cocktail while lounging on beach chairs out...  Read More



This award-winning restaurant features an excellent combination of food and scenery. Located in the new Grande Dunes Marina, guests can relax on the deck and watch the boats sail up and down the Waterway while enjoying some of the best dining on...  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



Frank's Out Back, literally a separate restaurant behind the original, puts a new spin on fine dining in the great outdoors. A canopy and giant live oaks draped with Spanish moss serve as the roof at this establishment, which also features a...  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