Restaurant Review: Bistro 217 in Pawleys Island

Bistro 217 was born as a second child to an established restaurant family. Hands-on partner Anne Hardee says she gave the new business its unusual name because it was their second restaurant, and because it is located on U.S. 17, the main north/south thoroughfare skirting the Grand Strand coast.

Chef Kirby’s culinary career started in Athens, Ga followed by a stint in Hilo, Hawaii.  He went back to the mainland and attended Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon, and graduated from the school’s Le Cordon Bleu program.

He worked on the West Coast at Stars in San Francisco, before heading back to the side of the country he knows best, first in Atlanta, and then to the Grand Strand. In 2004 the chef was hired by Anne Hardee, and worked with her for three years before, three years ago, Chef Kirby became Hardee’s business partner

Wrought iron tables are ringed by painted brick walls and sheltered by sturdy reinforced canvas in the courtyard area. . The space can be enclosed with zippered plastic drops, or opened to allow balmy beach breezes. Well-maintained plants add color and ivy is on the walls.  Inside the restaurant are banquettes and booths.

The menu is divided into starters and entrees, but they might as well be called small plates and big plates.

Click HERE to see the  lunch menu.  Click HERE to see the dinner menu.

Bistro 217 10707 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC  (843) 235-8217

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