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Best Restaurants In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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After living and vacationing in the area for 20 years, here is our list of best restaurants in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

How do you choose the best restaurants in Myrtle Beach? With over 700 restaurants listed on Trip Advisor, choosing where to eat can be a daunting task. From seafood and Italian cuisine to American to Japanese, Mexican to classic Steakhouses, Myrtle Beach has it all. After vacationing and living in Myrtle Beach part time for 20 years, we have eaten at our fair share of restaurants in the area. Here is our list of the best. 

Note: For this article, we are including restaurants in Main Myrtle all the way down to Murrells Inlet.

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ART Burger • Sushi • Bar

ART Burger • Sushi • Bar is a trendy restaurant on Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Drive. This cutting edge establishment has something for everyone–even those with dietary restrictions. Gluten-free buns are available, vegetarian options are plentiful, and the kitchen is open to allergy requests. All of the restaurant’s beef comes from Strauss Foods and contains no hormones, no antibiotics, and are grass fed. Best of all, ART Burger • Sushi • Bar offers quality food at affordable prices.

Enjoy your meal on the oceanfront patio and splurge for a liquid nitrogen cocktail.

Recommended Dishes: Firecracker Shrimp (shrimp tossed in Sake and sweet Thai Chili Sauce), Tiger Roll (spicy scallops, cucumber, and avocado topped with shrimp, salmon, spicy mayo, and eel sauce), Fried Chicken Roll (crispy fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, with BBQ sauce)

The Claw House

This beautiful New England style lobster house eatery is great for fresh seafood, outdoor dining, and has a Instagram-worthy raw bar. If you are a fan of lobster rolls, don’t miss the one at The Claw House. It is perfection! Pair your meal with one of the nearly 100 craft beers on tap. Visit on Mondays for all-you-can-eat Crab Legs.

Recommended Dishes: Crab Cakes, Lobster Roll, Crab Nachos, Pretzel Bites, The Crab Stack

the claw house fresh seafood dish

Croissants Bistro & Bakery

Croissants serves the best breakfast in Myrtle Beach. In business since 1995, Croissants aims “to make memories with family and friends through our passion for Southern Hospitality and food.” The menu includes omelets, crêpes, Benedicts, shrimp and grits, and more Southern staples, while the Bakery sells homemade cakes, pastries, bread, macarons, and other delicious looking desserts, all made with fresh, local ingredients.

Recommended Dishes: Pennsylvania Dutch Chocolate Chip Pancakes (served with warm syrup, butter, and bacon), Bananas Foster French Toast (Challah Bread, Bruleed Banana, Rum Syrup, and homemade whipped cream on top)

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Hook & Barrel

One of the most beautiful and hip restaurants in Myrtle Beach, with an upscale menu and quality food ingredients to match, is Hook & Barrel. Barreled wines and beers pair well with the Steam Galley fresh seafood choices that are heavy on the menu. The seafood dishes are really good, but the Shrimp & Grits is the best in town! Velvety cream sauce with succulent shrimp top this hearty and elegant meal. Hook & Barrel is owned by the same family as Croissants and has a memorable Sunday brunch.  

Recommended Dishes: Shrimp Scampi, Shrimp & Grits, Fish Bites (jalapeño remoulade), Burrata Caprese Salad, Myrtle Beach Paella

hook & barrel pimento cheese board

River City Cafe

River City Cafe provides a great meal at a great price, with seven locations in Myrtle Beach. It has the best burgers on the beach, homemade onion rings, fresh seasoned fries, fresh salads, and more. River City Cafe is the perfect spot for the whole family. 

Recommended Dishes: Bacon Cheeseburger (with Swiss cheese, and bacon), Turkey Burger (with Swiss cheese, lettuce, mustard, and chili)

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Spring Garden Family Restaurant

You can’t come to Myrtle Beach and not have breakfast at a classic pancake house. On Ocean Avenue, this is one of Myrtle Beach’s most popular breakfast spots. Buttermilk pancakes, waffles, stuffed french toast, homemade biscuits, breakfast sandwiches, omelettes, and are all on the menu at the Spring Garden Family Restaurant.

Recommended Dishes: Golfers Special (three eggs, three pancakes, bacon or sausage), Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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The Melting Pot 

The Melting Pot is the original fondue restaurant with locations in 35 states. We’ve been to several across the country and this is by far our favorite. At The Melting Pot, you create your perfect meal by selecting from a variety of cheeses, salads, entrées, and chocolates. It’s not just a meal, but an experience. Come have the “perfect night out” at The Melting Pot in Myrtle Beach.

Not sure how to order at The Melting Pot? We can help! Check out our Melting Pot Dining Guide.

Recommended Dishes: Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese (Aged Cheddar, Emmenthaler, Sam Adams Boston Lager®, Garlic, Spices), California Salad, Steak Lovers Entree (Premium Filet Mignon, Teriyaki-Marinated Sirloin, Garlic Pepper Sirloin), Chocolate S’mores

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The Wicked Tuna

The Wicked Tuna strives to bring fresh ingredients to guests through creative eats. The menu is quite impressive and includes seafood, steaks, sushi, and sandwiches. There is a “Hook to Plate” policy, meaning all of the fish comes directly from the fishing hook to your plate. What a great way to showcase local, fresh seafood! The Wicked Tuna sits on the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk and the views of Inlet are breathtaking.

For a more laid back experience, visit The Wicked Tuna’s other on property restaurant, The Tuna Shack.

Recommended Dishes: Crab Wontons (lump crab meat, cream cheese, and scallions fried in a wonton shell over sweet chili sauce), Lobster Roll (tempura lobster tail, lobster salad, cucumber, avocado, leaf lettuce, and a sweet glaze), Rock Shrimp (fried shrimp tossed in spicy mayo)

One of the best restaurants in Myrtle Beach is The Wicked Tuna.

Where Will You Eat Next? 

Well there you have it, our list of the best restaurants in Myrtle Beach. Whether you’re in the mood for seafood, burgers, or breakfast, I hope you’ve found somewhere that looks appealing to you. 

Do you have a favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach?

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Melody Pittman and Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article. 

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