Happy Hour in Pawleys Island

If you’re visiting the Pawleys Island area and want to know all the hot spots for Happy Hour, check out the list of restaurants below:

Austin’s Ocean One

1 Norris Dr, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-8700

Cabana Cafe, located at Austin’s Ocean One, offers a Happy Hour on Tuesdays – Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. The Happy Hour at Cabana Cafe provides guests with discounts on select drink items.

Bistro 217

10707 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-8217

Bistro 217 is open for Lunch, Happy Hour, and Dinner, Monday – Saturday. During these days, Happy Hour takes place from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., and features specials on domestic beer, house liquor, and house wine.

Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery

13089 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 314-0680

The Pawleys Island location of Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery is home to an awesome Happy Hour, presenting discounts on 16 oz drafts and house wine, as well as a selection of food items. The food items included in Boll Weevil Cafe’s Happy Hour are: firecracker shrimp, steamed shrimp, fried cheese, chicken quesadilla, wings, banana pepper poppers, blackened shrimp nachos, seared beef tips, avocado & chicken eggrolls, and chicken strips.


3979 US-17 Business, Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-2888

Located on the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, Bovine’s offers a drink Happy Hour from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. every day of the week. The Happy Hour specials here are $3 domestic bottles, house liquor, and house wine.

Bubba’s Love Shak

4037 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-5850

Bubba’s Love Shak has a Happy Hour every day from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Their Happy Hour specials include $2.25 domestic bottles, $3.50 house liquor, and $2.50 house wine.

Captain Dave’s Dockside

4037 Highway 17 Businesss, Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-5850

Captain Dave’s Dockside, located along the MarshWalk, offers a Happy Hour every day from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Captain Dave’s Happy Hour Specials are: $2.25 domestic bottles, $3.50 house liquor, and $2.50 house wine.

Chive Blossom Cafe

85 North Causeway, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-1438

Pawleys Island’s Chive Blossom Cafe serves up lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday each week, and also offers a Happy Hour each day from 4-7 p.m. Chive Blossom provides guests with the following Happy Hour specials: $2 off liquor, $1 off bottled beer, and $2 off wines by the glass.

Creek Ratz

4065 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet • (843) 357-2891

If you’re looking for Happy Hour in Pawleys Island, stop by Creek Ratz. Every day from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., Creek Ratz offers guests the following Happy Hour specials: $1.50 Pabst Blue Ribbon bottles, $2.50 domestic bottles, $3.50 house liquor, and $4.50 house wine.

Dead Dog Saloon

4079 US Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-0664

Looking for a great selection of food and drink specials? Dead Dog Saloon is home to a spectacular Happy Hour! Drop by here Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. and get drink specials like $2.50 domestic drafts & bottles, $4.25 house liquor, and $4.50 house wine. Food specials include items like buffalo shrimp, nachos, wings, crab cakes, oysters on the half shell, Chipotle shrimp egg rolls, and more!

Flo’s Place

3797 Hwy. 17 Business , Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-7222

The locally famous Flo’s Place in Murrells Inlet offers Happy Hour drink specials from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. In addition to receiving $1 off menu cocktails, guests can take advantage of $2 domestic bottles, $3 house liquor, and $5 house wine.

Gio’s Italian Kitchen

10008 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-8245

Craving Italian cuisine? Check out Gio’s Italian Kitchen has a menu full of delicious Italian options. And, Monday – Friday from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Gio’s Italian Kitchen also has a Happy Hour! Their Happy Hour specials include $2 16oz domestic drafts, $2.50 16oz premium drafts, $4 house liquor, and $5 house wine.


11151 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • 1-866-679-2514

If you’re ready for an authentic Mexican meal, head on over to Habanero’s in Pawleys Island. Habanero’s offers a Happy Hour from 4 until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Happy Hour here includes discounts on drinks, including $3.99 margaritas, $3 house liquors, $2.75 import beers, and $2 domestic beers.

Hanser House

14360 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-3021

Hanser House in Pawleys Island offers a Happy Hour every day from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The Happy Hour here include food and beverage discounts. At Hanser House’s Happy Hour, you can get $1.50 domestic drafts, $2 domestic bottles, $3.50 house liquor, $3.50 house wine, $4.50 frozen drinks, and $6 domestic pitchers. Food items include smothered taters, shrimp dip, hot crab dip, shrimp & grits, killer veggies, and kickin chicken bites.

Hot Fish Club

4911 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet • (843) 357-9175

Located in the oldest existing restaurant building along the Grand Strand, Hot Fish Club’s roots go all the way back to the 1700’s. Today, this favorite spot has a Happy Hour from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Drink discounts include $2 domestic bottles, $3 import bottles, $4 craft bottles, $3.50 house liquor, and $4 house wine. Food discounts include the following items: wings, chicken quesadilla, lobster & shrimp quesadilla, crab cakes, chicken springrolls, ahi tuna springrolls, calamari, bam bam shrimp, oysters Rockefeller, sesame seared tuna, and Mozzy wedges.

Indo Thai, Sushi and Hibachi

47A DaGullah Way, Pawleys Island • (843) 314-3543

The Happy Hour at Indo Thai, Sushi, and Hibachi is outstanding! Not only do they offer drink specials ($2.50 domestic beers, Sapporo, $3.50 house wines and house liquors), but Indo Thai also offers an array of deal on appetizers and sushi as well!

Island Bar and Grill

10744 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • 235-3399

Island Bar and Grill is a happening spot in Pawleys Island, and they also offer an awesome Happy Hour. Happy Hour specials at Island Bar and Grill include $2.50 domestic bottles, $3 import bottles, $3.50 house liquors, and $4 house wine. Island Bar and Grill also has a Happy Hour food menu which features fried mushrooms, boneless wings, potato & cheddar pierogies, fried oysters, spinach & artichoke dip, fried calamari, fried grouper bites, fried pickles, mozzarella sticks, and $.50 wings.

King Street Grille

4891 Hwy Business 17, Murrells Inlet • (843) 299-1444

King Street Grille in Murrells Inlet has Happy Hour specials from 4-7 p.m. on Monday – Friday. Drink specials include $1 off domestic beers, $1 off well drinks, $1 off house wines, and $7 select appetizers.

La Playa Mexican Restaurant

10185 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 314-3493

If you’re craving Mexican, try out La Playa Mexican Restaurant. La Playa, which means “the beach”, offers a Happy Hour every day from 4-6 p.m. The Happy Hour specials at La Playa Mexican Restaurant include $3 house maragaritas, $3 import beers, and $2 domestic beers.

Landolfi’s Bakery & Deli

9305 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-7900

Landolfi’s Bakery & Deli has Happy Hour from 4p.m. until 6 p.m. from Thursday until Saturday. While there are no food specials here during Happy Hour, there are drink specials. These specials include $2 domestic bottles, $3 house liquor, $5 house wine & sangria, $11 Sangria carafe, $1 off any wine by the glass, and $5 off any wine by the bottle.

Lee’s Inlet Kitchen

4460 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-2881

Located in Murrells Inlet, Lee’s Inlet Kitchen hosts a Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Drink specials include $2 domestic drafts, $3 Sam Adams drafts, $2 domestic bottles, $3 house wine, and $3 house vodka. There are also food specials, which include the following items: shrimp cocktail, fried shrimp, fried softshell crab, chicken fingers, cheese sticks, onion rings, french fries, clam chowder, and shrimp creole.

Pastaria 811

11359 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-5811

Pawleys Island’s Pastaria 811 has Happy Hour specials Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. The Happy Hour here consists of drink specials like half off draft beer, house wines, and liquors. In addition, Pastaria 811 has complimentary hors d’oeuvres served at the bar.

Pawley’s Raw Bar

9448 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 979-2722

Pawley’s Raw Bar hosts Happy Hour every day from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. While there are no food specials here, Pawley’s Raw Bar offers $2 domestic bottles, $2.50 house liquor, and $4.50 house wine.

Pawleys Island Tavern

10635 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-8465

Pawleys Island Tavern is a locally favorite restaurant that is tucked away in Pawleys Island. This cool hangout boasts a Happy Hour Tuesday-Sunday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The Happy Hour specials here are on drinks, including $1.25 PBR drafts, $2 Yuengling drafts, $2.50 premium drafts, $1.50 domestic bottles, $2.25 import bottles, and $3.25 house liquor.

Pawleys Prime

10880 Ocean Hwy, Unit 21 , Pawleys Island • 843-314-9014

Located in the Hammock Shops Village in Pawleys Island, Pawleys Prime hosts Happy Hour, providing guests discounts on drinks. Pawleys Prime offers $2.50 domestic bottles, $3 glasses of house wine, $3.50 house liquors and $.50 off all draft beers.

Perrone’s Restaurant and Bar

13302 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-9193

Perrone’s Restaurant and Bar offers Happy Hour Tuesday-Saturday from 5 until 7 p.m. Happy Hour here includes specials ike $2 off all wines by the glass, $2 off featured cocktail of the day, $3 select bottles, $4 house liquor, and $5-$7 house wine. TIP: Right down Hwy 17 from our vacation rental.

Quigley’s Pint and Plate

257 Willbrook Blvd. Pawleys Island, Litchfield/Pawleys Island • (843) 237-7010

Quigley’s Pink at Plate has you covered! Happy Hour here includes food and drink specials. Every day from 4-7 at the bar, or throughout the restaurant every Monday, you can find deals like $2.50 pints, $3.50 house wines and liquors, as well as specials on food items. These food items include: black-eyed pea hummus, spicy pimento cheese, wings, ale poached clams, fried pickles, nachos, crab cake, fried green tomatoes, and much more! TIP: Right across the street from our vacation rental.

Rustic Table

10683 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 314-0164

On Tuesday-Sundays from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., join the Rustic Table for their Happy Hour specials! Rustic Table only offers Happy Hour specials on drinks, which include $2.50 domestic bottles, $3.50 craft drafts, $3.50 house liquor, and $3.50 house wine.

Salt Water Creek Cafe

4660 US-17, Murrells Inlet • (843) 357-2433

The Happy Hour menu at Salt Water Creek Cafe is truly awesome, offering tons of food and drink specials for you to enjoy! Check out Salt Water Creek Cafe daily from 4-7 p.m. for drinks and 4-6 p.m. for food. Drink specials here include $1.50 domestic drafts, $2.50 premium drafts, $3 house liquor, and $3 house wine.

Wahoo’s Fish House

3993 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-5800

Wahoo’s is located right next to Bovine’s on the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. Wahoo’s hosts Happy Hour from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. every day of the week. The Happy Hour specials here are $3 domestic bottles, house liquor, and house wine. Discounted food items are: Salt Creek grits, calamari, oyster shooters, sushi rolls, homemade potato chips, fried shrimp, portabello & zucchini fries, grouper Francaise, 5 oz filet mignon, sirloin steak, fish of the day, pasta chicken Francaise, pasta, and more!

Wicked Tuna

4123 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-9987

Wicked Tuna’s Happy Hour offers tons of great discounts on drinks and food. Drink specials here are $2.75 Pabst Blue Ribbon bottles all day, $3 domestic bottles, $4.50 house liquor, and $4 house wine. There are also a ton of food specials, which include items like fried pickles, chicken lettuce wraps, edamame, tuna pizza, sushi, and much more.


Got Wine?


At the end of a day on the beach, shopping or the links, it’s time to slow down and relax.  How about a glass of wine?  Here are a few suggestions close to our Lakeside Villa at Litchfield by the Sea in Pawleys Island, SC

1) Perrone’s: This Mediterranean staple is nearly next door to Litchfield By the Sea, making it a great spot for a late afternoon happy hour and, eventually, dinner. The wine list isn’t one of those books with pages and pages of head-spinning options; instead it’s compact but excellently honed — a perfectly crafted short story as opposed to a rambling novel. We like that their wine menu includes tasting notes, so we have a primer of what to expect. Wines hail from all the important regions and are priced for every level of affordability. If you want to shell out a few more bucks —and it really is just a few more —opt for a glass from their reserve list. These wines are kept in temperature and humidity-controlled environs to slow degradation, so wines that were previously considered too rare or expensive are available to taste. Do note that the three-ounce pours start at $15, but it’s a small price to pay to try the likes of a Domaine Grand Veneer Chateauneuf du Pape. Each wine on the list provides the ideal accompaniment to Perrone’s locally sourced and inventive cuisine as well as their sophisticated but friendly ethos.
2) Austin’s Ocean One: Beloved in the South Strand for their delicious food and stunning sea views, it’s also home to a fantastic wine list. We’ve got lots to choose from among their globe-spanning selections at a number of price points. Riesling from Mosel, Chianti from Tuscany, Shiraz from Vale, Sauternes from Bordeaux — and just about everything in between. A large selection of wines are available by the glass and go as low as $5.50 per pour, but if you’re in a bottle mood, you’re in luck. And if you’ve got deep pockets, you’ll be in hog heaven. High rollers might not bat an eye at the Joseph Phelps Insignia meritage for just about $300, but those of us closer to earth can still get a great bottle of Rainer Ridge merlot and more for under $30. We love getting a smattering of small plates (Bahamian Lobster Skewers anyone?) and sipping a perfectly matched wine alongside them.
3) Bistro 217: This is, like, the quintessential cozy anniversary and celebration spot, so it’s no wonder they stock more-than-a-handful of sparkling wines and champagne. Brunch begs for a mimosa (at the bargain price of $5), but they also can offer you a bottle of ’02 Dom Perignon. Brace yourself for a hefty bill, though, as that bottle will run you close to two hundred bucks. However, if it’s a party of two, who can realistically finish an entire 750mL of bubbly without getting a little too, um, tipsy? We love the idea of splitting a split, and for $8 the Chandon Brut is more than adequate. After you toast your marriage / new job / kids moving out of the house and so forth, travel north on their wine list to find some fun and fabulous wines by the glass or bottle. We like the way they’ve arranged their varietals: some fall under the traditional titles (“chardonnay,”“cabernet sauvignon”) while many wind up under blanket terms such as “friendly reds”or “fresh and fun.”These are good barometers of what’s headed your way, as a glass of Pine Ridge Chenin/Viognier blend is both as fresh and fun as it gets. And paired with Fried Green Tomatoes and Oysters? Wow. Watch as the zippy citrus and clean mouthful cut right through the bleu cheese and bacon cream sauce, as well as elevating oysters  to an explosively flavorful level.

There are many other spots to check out, but we like these finds because they’re so easy to get to from Litchfield by the Sea.

Happy Hour: Quigley’s Pint & Plate

Located in Pawleys Island, Quigley’s Pint & Plate restaurant features low country inspired comfort food along with freshly brewed ales & lagers in an English pub atmosphere. Both the ales & lagers and upscale pub food are always fresh and made in-house.

Quigley’s Pint & Plate offers customers a variety of specials & entertainment each day of the week, including discounted drink and food specials, all-you-can-eat shrimp specials, team trivia, karaoke, and more. Our daily Happy Hour in the bar is from 4-7 p.m. and features $2 pints, $3 house wines & liquors, and discounted appetizers.

Click HERE for the menus.

Eight beers are always on tap at Quigley’s, including special beers brewed seasonally in our in-house brewery. Regular and seasonal beers are listed HERE

 Quigley’s Pint and Plate 257 Willbrook Blvd.  Pawleys Island, SC 23195   (843) 237-7010

Dead Dog Saloon Murrells Inlet

While Murrells Inlet, SC may no longer be the best-kept secret of the Grand Strand, families, couples, singles, happy-hour patrons, and late-night partiers are still discovering the big dog in town, The Dead Dog Saloon – Murrells Inlet’s “sassy” restaurant and live music one-stop.

Opened in 2002 on The Marshwalk (featured on the Travel Channel and Southern Living magazine), the Dead Dog Saloon (remodeled Jan 2010) is a full-service family-friendly restaurant during lunch and dinner hours, and with two bars, plenty of large-screen HD TVs, and the finest live music in the Carolinas, The Dead Dog Saloon turns into a happy-hour hangout and an after-dinner party spot for dancing.

With a huge indoor/outdoor deck on the waterfront offering spectacular Inlet views and plenty of smoke-free indoor dining, this restaurant pleases a wide variety of customers, day and night. Sitting at the waterfront bar, the cool breezes off Murrells Inlet calm the spirit as you directly face one of the finest low country views in all of South Carolina.   Iconic Live Oak trees, known throughout the deep South, dot the property including the Dead Dog favorite – a tree with sprawling branches that grows through the middle of the deck and supports the Dead Dog’s famous hammock.

While the décor and setting are one-of-a-kind, it’s the food that brings so many to this celebrated restaurant. Lunchtime patrons enjoy homemade soups, hand-formed burgers, sandwiches and, according to one reviewer, “salads served in bowls big enough to fit inside a ’69 Cadillac steering wheel.” – doggie bags are encouraged.  Another reviewer compared dining on the outdoor deck as “akin to floating on a yacht in the Mediterranean” – no Dramamine required.

Dinner starts early on the Inlet and the Dead Dog Saloon is there, whenever you’re hungry.  A perennial winner of numerous honors including “The Best of The Beach,” awarded by The Sun News, discriminating diners enjoy the food, but also come to watch the boats, seabirds and the passersby on The Marshwalk, a half-mile wooden boardwalk and pier that connects the seven restaurants of the Marshwalk District.  At the Dead Dog you’ll find steaks, ribs, and seafood (like blackened salmon, grouper francaise, and pan-seared scallops).  Daily chef’s creations entice those looking for that “something special,” but plenty of sandwiches, chicken dishes, burgers, and of course, hot dogs (and a kids’ menu), round out the extensive offerings. Boo Boo’s Tenderbites (sliced tenderloin served on garlic toast with Parmesan mayo and Asiago cheese), may be the finest appetizer (or meal) known to mankind (or dogkind).

Murrells Inlet, “a quiet little drinking village with a fishing problem” is the perfect home for The Dead Dog Saloon and its tongue-in-cheek homage to its mythical canine mascot, Dudley.  This seafood-and-entertainment-Mecca sits just 20 minutes south of Myrtle Beach on the tidal marshes and creeks that have beckoned seafood lovers for centuries.  While not the oldest dog in the pack, The Dead Dog Saloon quickly became the standard for all that a Murrells Inlet restaurant and nightspot could and should be.

Click HERE for a virtual tour

Dead Dog Saloon 4079 Hwy 17 Business  Murrells Inlet, SC 29576   843-651-0664

Kitchen open 11am-11pm
Bar open til 1am

NOTE:  The Dead Dog experienced a fire on 2/22/12 that will temporary close this great hang out. Details HERE

Photo from the Sun News Myrtle Beach

Restaurant Review: Frank’s Restaurant

Frank’s Restaurant opened in 1988 in the historic landmark of Marlow’s Supermarket. Frank Marlow had operated a supermarket on the site for 40 years and upon his retirement, Salters McClary renovated the building and opened for business.

Featured in Gourmet, Bon Appetite, Southern Living and National Restaurant Magazine, Frank’s has set the standard to which other restaurants aspire. In the dining room, candles spill light on crisp white linens and professional waiters are trained to indulge their patrons without intruding. Shades of black and taupe lend softness to dark moldings and hardwood floors covered with oriental rugs. Frank’s also has an enormous, antique mahogany bar – handcrafted in the late 1800’s – and is indisputably favored among the locals. The Myrtle Beach Sun News reported, “Frank’s is a comfortable, relaxing place to spend an evening.”

Frommer’s Review

Frank’s has been a Grand Strand tradition since 1988. Its fans think that it’s the best restaurant along the beach strip. Chef Pierce Culliton borrows inspiration wherever he finds it, from Arizona to Provence, from China to Thailand. Your seared tuna might arrive over black Thai rice and warm Asian slaw. The rack of lamb with rosemary-and-garlic-laced mushroom sauce is better than many versions of this dish we’ve sampled in France. With its painted tin ceilings and wood floors, Frank’s is an intimate, cozy place. The menu changes every day, based on the chef’s inspiration.

In back of the restaurant is Frank’s Outback, the home of Frank Marlow’s mother before its conversion. The candlelit restaurant is slightly less formal than the restaurant up front. In fair weather, tables are set outside in a garden under a canopy of trees.

TIP: Frank’s Restaurant has added a chophouse section to its menu. USDA Prime cuts include 1 10-ounce barrel cut filet, 34-ounce porterhouse and 10-ounce ribeye. Traditional steakhouse sauces and side dishes are also served.

Frank’s Restaurant 10434 Ocean Highway Pawleys Island, SC  (843) 237-3030.

The Big Tuna – Georgetown, SC

Some people call it Big Tuna while others say they’re going to eat at Old Fish House, but whatever you call it, this rustic waterfront Georgetown restaurant specializes in fresh seafood.

The circa 1770 building used to be an apothecary shop, but the only original part of that heritage is the brick wall.

Now the space is filled with salvaged wood cupboards, floors, tables, chairs, old advertising signs and art.

You can read more about Old Fish House here, and find out what’s cooking.

Update 8/10/12 – The Big Tuna gets a nice review from National Geographic Traveler – read HERE

Restaurant Review: Bistro 217 in Pawleys Island

Chef Adam Kirby and his partner, Anne Hardee, have made Bistro 217 in Pawleys Island a gourmet haven.Chef Adam Kirby and his partner, Anne Hardee, have made Bistro 217 in Pawleys Island a gourmet haven.

By Becky BillingsleyPhotos by Becky Billingsley and Adam Kirby

Chef Adam Kirby’s mind races and he talks fast, but it’s worthwhile making the effort to keep up with what he’s saying. The result will either be you learn something nifty about the culinary world, or he is describing something luscious you’re about to eat. On the best days, it’s both.

Chef Kirby’s culinary career started in his home base of Athens, Ga., and shifted to Hilo, Hawaii. There he steeped in Pacific Rim cuisine and marinated in new ideas. The young chef wanted to realize big dreams, so he went back to the mainland and attended Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon, and graduated from the school’s Le Cordon Bleu program.

Grilled Jumbo Shrimp is served here with iron skillet creamed corn, dikon radish sprouts, fresh-picked cilantro and julienne carrots and leeks.Grilled Jumbo Shrimp is served here with iron skillet creamed corn, dikon radish sprouts, fresh-picked cilantro and julienne carrots and leeks.

He worked on the West Coast for a while, including a stint 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.

“He is very creative,” Hardee says, “very passionate about his food, his presentation.”

It’s an understatement: Kirby fearlessly tinkers with longtime favorites to keep them interesting.

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.

Anne has more than 20 years’ restaurant ownership experience, and she “wanted to create a unique, eclectic atmosphere.” It’s nice to see plans work out so well.

The Bistro 217 Reuben contains corned beef braised in beer for the better part of a day.The Bistro 217 Reuben contains corned beef braised in beer for the better part of a day.

You enter Bistro 217 at the courtyard, where wrought iron tables are ringed by painted brick walls and sheltered by sturdy reinforced canvas. The space can be enclosed with zippered plastic drops, or opened to allow balmy beach breezes. Well-maintained plants add color, ivy crawls along the walls, and diffused natural light provides a Zen-like aura.

Inside the restaurant are banquettes and booths, a well-defined bar area and nifty little nooks for business meals or pleasurable privacy. Fresh flowers are a given; on a recent Wednesday it was miniature orange and yellow sunflower blossoms floating in shallow glass dishes.

Some regulars thrive on the daily specials. Every day there are three for lunch and five for dinner.

Rustic Avocado Salad contains jumbo lump crab meat.

“We’ll have a big salad with a bunch of stuff on it,” the chef says, “like a nut- or herb-encrusted fish. We’ll have a sandwich with soup or salad. There’ll be a pasta dish.”

He tosses off the phrase “a pasta dish,” as if it was an ordinary humble plate of something or other, but it will be perfectly al dente pasta with choice fish or local farm-raised chicken tossed with luxurious sauce and flavored with herbs the chef likely grew himself.

“I’ll change the spring menu when I plant the garden,” he continues. “I’ll green up the menu a little bit.”

But while many diners love the excitement of discovering that the day’s salad is coconut-crusted sole on a bed of greens, strawberries, walnuts, cucumbers (little half-moon morsels with the seeds removed), feta and red onion, with mango vinaigrette; others enjoy working their ways through each new seasonal menu.

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

Fried Calamari comes with five pepper jelly, yuzu aioli and tossed field greens.Fried Calamari comes with five pepper jelly, yuzu aioli and tossed field greens.

Starter choices might include Tomato, Crab and Jalapeno Soup that delivers bursts of sunshine in juicy tomato chunks and satisfying bites of crab meat and pepper heat. The lunchtime Warm Pistachio Encrusted Goat Cheese Salad is memorable, while at dinner a popular sharing item is the Vegetable Quesadilla filled with grilled portabello mushroom, diced tomato, sautéed spinach, roasted onion and three cheeses: brie, provolone and feta.

Lunch entrees are perfectly portioned balanced meals. Fish Tacos come with a rustic avocado salad, white corn chips and fresh salsa cruda, and the fish is cilantro encrusted tilapia. The Reuben 217 is a lovingly prepared sandwich that starts with corned beef braised in beer for 16 hours, and ends with fresh cabbage braised in the pan juices.


This fare is comfort food on a new higher plane. The Bistro Gyro is served with house-made hummus, and the Monster Bistro Burger even has house-made mayonnaise.

At night the chef’s deft mastery of flavor combinations is shown off in Bistro Bangkok Chicken with a pleasantly sticky five pepper jelly sauce on traditionally non-sticky Georgetown County rice. Chef Kirby’s palatable genius shines with Horseradish Encrusted Pork Schnitzel, while Seared Diver Scallops with lobster carrot reduction is always a mouth-watering choice.

Tiramisu with mascarpone, whipped cream, pressed espresso, espresso vodka and shaved chocolate.Tiramisu with mascarpone, whipped cream, pressed espresso, espresso vodka and shaved chocolate.

Of course the chef has dessert surprises, including house-made ice creams.

“I don’t use any recipes,” he says. “I just make it how I think it’s made. Today I have Tiramisu with mascarpone, whipped cream, pressed espresso, espresso vodka, a lot of chocolate shaved on top.”

It works. It always works.

Bistro 217 is at 10707 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island, and the number is (843) 235-8217. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.