Wine and Dine Your Way to a Romantic Trip to Myrtle Beach

You've been there before: A romantic dinner for two at a fancy restaurant only to end up seated next to a family of five with small children clamoring for chicken nuggets and ice cream. It can happen to anyone anywhere, but especially when you're on vacation and unfamiliar with the local restaurant scene.

Fear not, Myrtle Beach visitors. 10 Best has done its homework and has compiled a list of 10 can't-miss restaurants for a romantic evening out. These fine-dining establishments not only deliver a delicious meal but also a romantic atmosphere. Whether it's an ocean view or a quiet visit to the countryside, these restaurants have the recipe for a nice night out for couples.

Upscale restaurants like Collectors Cafe and Croissants offer fine-dining in the heart of Myrtle Beach, while SeaBlue and Greg Norman's Australian Grill are great selections in North Myrtle Beach. But some of the best spots for a romantic meal are a bit harder to find - like Frank's in Pawleys Island and Bistro 90 and the Brentwood in rural Longs.

Vintage Twelve and Waterscapes offers excellent views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway, respectively, and all have extensive wine lists and renowned menus to make your date special.


Aspen Grille

Aspen Grille truly offers something unique to the Myrtle Beach dining scene. With a firm focus on fine-dining, farm-to-table food concepts and creative interpretations of continental cuisine, Aspen Grille gives guests a small taste of a Colorado ski lodge in the heart of a beach resort. The menu offers a wide variety of grain-fed beef and chops, fresh local seafood, and sides and salads made with regionally harvested produce. The wine selection is impressive, and the adjoining bar area is perfect for a nightcap. The atmosphere is upscale but relaxed, and the staff is open-minded about allowing patrons to create their own dishes from the array of fresh ingredients of the day.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Be sure to check out the adjoining bar for drink specials and occasional piano music

Terry's expert tip: Aspen Grille has a cozy little lounge and wine bar separate from the dining area that is one of Myrtle Beach's best-kept secrets.

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Flamingo Grill

Sure, sister restaurant, Cagney's, has a longer history with Strand diners, but in its day, Flamingo has established a niche for itself as one of Myrtle Beach's top seafood restaurants. Designed with a touch of Art Deco flair, the attractive space is indeed a local favorite, and the kitchen does its best to keep diners on their toes with appetizing offerings like peppercorn steak, Cajun oysters, Lowcountry crabcakes and even a few hearty pasta numbers. Flamingo is also located just two blocks from the beach, so patrons can enjoy a nice after-dinner walk to the public beach access at the end of 71st Avenue North.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: The perfect combination of food and atmosphere for a romantic dinner for two.

Terry's 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.

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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 the Grand Strand. Live music is occasionally held on the outdoor patio and happy hour is a popular time to visit for locals. The food is off the hook, featuring creative seafood dishes that keep people coming back for seconds after the awesome views of the Intracoastal Waterway brings them in for their first Waterscapes experience. Reservations are recommended.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Upscale dining with an Intracoastal Waterway view is a winning 1-2 combination for WaterScapes.

Terry's expert tip: Make reservations for one hour before sundown so you can enjoy the lovely colors over the Intracoastal Waterway.

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The Brentwood Restaurant

Set in a beautiful white Victorian in Little River, The Brentwood certainly necessitates a wise departure from the Strand's busier drags. This historic abode dates from 1910, features a wrap-around porch and retains its time-tested charm. And it isn't all about appearances at The Brentwood. Guests savor such well-done classics as steak au poivre, prime rib, grilled ostrich, baked lobster tail and veal saltimbocca. Upstairs from the main dining room, there is a classy lounge area that features a full bar. For an area filled with seafood shacks and casual/family options, this award-winning establishment is about as upscale as it gets.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: With its upscale setting in a historic home, The Brentwood is a unique dining experience you won't find anywhere else on the Strand.

Terry's expert tip: Reservations are highly recommended, especially if you plan to try the famous Sunday brunch.

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Greg Norman's Australian Grill

The famed golfer shows he also has a flair for food at his namesake restaurant, which brings the flavors from the Land Down Under to the coast of South Carolina. Sample dishes native to his country, like the pan-seared prawns, grilled rack of lamb and the Brisbane-seasoned filet, along with American classics. Norman traveled millions of miles during his golf career and his restaurant is a reflection of some of his favorite dishes and experiences. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, Norman's provides a romantic, candle-lit atmosphere to go with its world-class food and drink - the ideal place to take a date.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: The wine list and international cuisine of the recently renovated Greg Norman's is a can't-miss for a romantic evening.

Terry's expert tip: Ask for a table overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway while enjoying this bi-coastal dining experience.

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Croissants Bistro & Bakery

This European-style bistro is a favorite for breakfast or lunch. Known for creative small plates and dishes, Croissants offer a wide selection of homemade breads, croissants, pastries and muffins that are simply out of this world! They also serve heartier dishes such as a fabulous souffle casserole with grits, eggs, cheese and ham, plus French toast and pancakes. For lunch you might try one of their hot sandwiches or specialty soups, salads or starters. And don't forget that this bakery is known for their heavenly desserts. A second Croissants location was recently added at 8014 Kings Highway for those who want to try a slightly different version of the award-winning cuisine.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Croissants has one of the most creative chefs and menus on the Grand Strand.

Terry's expert tip: Do yourself a favor and grab a dozen pastries for the road. You will thank me in the morning.

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North Myrtle Beach

Bistro 90 is a bit off the beaten path but well worth the trip if you're looking for outstanding cuisine in a romantic atmosphere. Located in the tiny community of Longs, between North Myrtle Beach and Conway on Highway 90, this eatery got its name (or at least its number) from the seldom-traveled highway about 10 miles from the coast. But the secret is out about this hidden jewel as locals and visitors alike are learning about Bistro 90. Featuring traditional Italian dishes, prime cuts of beef that are aged on site and fresh seafood selections, the menu is diverse and delicious. Lunch is also available and nightly specials are recommended.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Bistro 90 is the best restaurant on the Grand Strand that few people know exists.

Terry's expert tip: Bistro 90 provides an escape from the busier beach restaurants for a quiet, romantic meal without feeling rushed.

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SeaBlue is not your typical Grand Strand restaurant. This modern eatery seems to have been plucked from the trendy section of a major city and placed in the middle of North Myrtle Beach. Unique blue and green lighting set the mood for a romantic meal, and the food does not disappoint. SeaBlue uses fresh seafood and meats mixed with the best possible ingredients to create a menu filled with masterpieces. Offering a tapas menu, SeaBlue is a great place for couples to share dishes and order several different meals to get the full experience. The bar also makes some special mixed drinks and coffees.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Few restaurants on the Grand Strand cam match SeaBlue's wine list or tapas menu.

Terry's expert tip: In addition to great tapas dishes, SeaBlue also makes the best martinis in town.

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Collectors Cafe

Part art museum and part restaurant, Collector's Cafe serves classic American cuisine worthy of a work of art. Fresh seafood and chops are the centerpieces on a diverse menu that includes lobster, yellow fin tuna, and filet medallions topped with lump crab meet and a creamy bernaise sauce. Creative dishes and daily specials allow patrons to try some artistic twists on traditional menus. Making use of fresh seafood and cuts of prime beef, Collector's makes it tough to choose just one dish from an extensive menu. Doubling as an art gallery, Collector's also offers a romantic atmosphere for those looking for a nice night out.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: A trip to the eclectic Collectors Cafe is like visiting a fine-dining restaurant and art gallery in one with a room and atmosphere to fit every occasion.

Terry's expert tip: Before or after dinner, take in the works of local artists in the coffee shop and art gallery.

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Experience South Carolina Lowcountry cuisine and Southern hospitality under one roof - and beyond. Located in the historic seaside village of Pawleys Island, Frank's has earned such a reputation for its steaks and chops, shrimp and grits and other signature dishes that it expanded to form Frank's Outback, featuring outdoor seating under the stars and twisting live oaks. The more casual Frank's Out Back features the same classic American dishes with an emphasis local seafood, plus unique items, like the tasty wood-fired pizzas. The daily specials are to die for, offering fresh catch seafood creations and prime cuts of beef.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: The table near the outdoor patio fireplace makes for a romantic evening outside in the offseason.

Terry's expert tip: Both restaurants are excellent, but Frank's is more formal if you're looking for an upscale experience.

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