Waterfront Dining Near Pawleys Island

These  restaurants serve sumptuous seafood specialties, grilled steaks and much more at their scenic locations. Restaurants along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk a lot of attention on our list….

Drunken Jack’s | 4031 Hwy. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, 843-651-2044
Drunken Jack’s is famous to locals as well as the millions of visitors to our area each year. The restaurant is nestled on the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk providing diners with unforgettable views overlooking Snug Harbor. They offer fresh seafood selections like oysters on the half shell, stuffed shrimp, she crab soup, frog legs and hefty platters. The hush puppies are rumored to be some of the best on the Grand Strand. Make plans to get there early to enjoy drinks at the bar as Drunken Jack’s does not take reservations.

Dead Dog Saloon | 4079 Hwy. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, 843-651-0664
Open in 2002, Dead Dog Saloon quickly became a stand out along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. The back deck offers great views of the gorgeous salt marsh and often offers live music. The casual atmosphere is accented by fun dog-themed decorations. The menu features a little bit of everything- from seafood and steaks to sandwiches and baskets. Try Boo Boo’s Tender Bites- beef tenderloin on garlic toast with parmesan mayo, asiago cheese and balsamic vinaigrette- or opt for a steam pot.

Creek Ratz Restaurant and Bar | 4065 Hwy. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, 843-357-2891
Enjoy a great view of the salt marsh and great food at Creek Ratz. The restaurant provides plenty of fun for your little ones and a yummy kids menu. The casual-style restaurant offers appetizers, a full raw bar, baskets, Po Boys, sandwiches and pizza. Save room for the Murrells Inlet Wedding Cake which features an Old Fashioned Moon Pie served warm and topped with ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Stop by Sundays for shagging on the creek to your favorite beach music.

Bovine’s Wood Fired Specialties | 3979 Hwy. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, 843-651-2888
Bovine’s Wood Fired Specialties is also located along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. Their wood fire grilled steaks and seafood are some of the best in town. We can’t leave out their specialty wood fired pizzas like the Island Style or steak and potato pies. House specialties at the waterfront restaurant include signature meatloaf, Bovine’s shrimp pasta, Inlet fried oysters and Carolina crab cakes. Bovine’s was mentioned in USA Today and Southern Living Magazine as one of the “South’s Finest Restaurants.”

Gulf Stream Café | 1536 S. Waccamaw Dr., Garden City, 843-651-8808
Gulf Stream Café is the only restaurant on the Grand Strand that overlooks both the Atlantic Ocean and the salt marshes in Murrells Inlet. The upstairs bar deck is home to live music, seasonal oyster roasts and plenty more food and drink. The restaurant serves mainly seafood selections but also offers chicken, duck and steaks. You can never go wrong with a bowl of She-Crab soup. Their Sunday brunch is packed each week with locals as well as families vacationing in the area.

Capt. Dave’s Dockside | 4037 Hwy. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, 843-651-5850
Capt. Dave’s Dockside is centrally located along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk and serves some of the freshest seafood around. Try the shrimp and crab bisque or a tuna martini followed by the pan crusted grouper or Shellfish Cioppino. Meat lovers can order the aged beef selections that are flame kissed to perfection. The menu also offers Murrells Inlet classic fried seafood dishes, appetizers, fresh salads, desserts and over 100 wines.

Nance’s Creekfront Restaurant | 4883 Hwy. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, 843-651-2696
Nance’s Creekfront Restaurat, located on the salt marsh in Murrells Inlet, prides itself on being a place where the seafood and the good times come together. They’re most known for their oyster roasts but also serve snow crab, steak, shrimp, fish, scallops, clams and chicken. Order a steam pot for two and you’ll get oysters, clams, shrimp, crab legs, corn on the cob and new potatoes. No need to worry about the mess- there’s a bucket in the center of the table for your shells.

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Coastal Uncorked Trio Dinner

Grand Strand locals and visitors to Myrtle Beach both love the Trio Dinner, a showcase of some of the best executive chefs in the region as they partner with culinary students at both the high school and college level.

Executive chefs from a dozen local restaurants will participate, including Myrtle Beach chefs Brad Daniels of Croissants, Tom Pennell of Ruth’s Chris and Casey Blake of Drunken Jack’s in Murrells Inlet.

This is the seventh year of the trio dinner, which serves to support and promote the Myrtle Beach hospitality industry and culinary profession as well as to give students real-world experience and guidance under the watchful eye of a professional executive chef. A portion of the proceeds from the event go to the Myrtle Beach Hospitality Association’s (MBHA) scholarship funds, with more than $20,000 has been raised for the MBHA’s programs since the program began.

The event will include a silent auction, with nearly an array of items up for auction, with the list so far including tickets to Alabama Theatre, tickets for a dinner cruise with Barefoot Princess Riverboat, golf packages, a vacuum cleaner, restaurant gift cards, home furniture and gift baskets. Entertainment will be provided by Coastal Carolina University’s Jazz After Hours and After Hours Combo bands.

For a fun evening filled with top-notch food that also has an educational component, check out the Trio Dinner Coastal Culinary Experience. It will be a tasty way to support the vibrant culinary scene on the Grand Strand.

If you go:
What: Coastal Uncorked Trio Dinner
Where: Sheraton Convention Center Hotel, 2101 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach, S.C.
When: 6:30 p.m. April 22
Cost: Individual tickets start at $85; tables start at $600 for 8
Contact: 843-626-9668
Website: shop.coastaluncorked.com/trio-dinner

Romantic Dinner Suggestions


There’s no shortage of great restaurants on the Grand Strand, but what’s the best spot for a romantic dinner?

Whether you’re planning a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, anniversary celebration or perfect date-night, venture to the south end of Myrtle Beach (Surfside Beach, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, Georgetown) and you’ll find some restaurants perfect for a romantic dinner for two.

Chosen for cuisine, ambiance and setting, all of the restaurants included are perfect for a special occasion with that special someone.

Austin’s Ocean One
1 County Road S-22-303, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Phone: (843) 235-8700

What could be more romantic than oceanfront dining on beautiful Litchfield Beach? Austin’s Ocean One not only provides the ultimate moonlit setting, it offers outstanding contemporary American cuisine featuring local seafood and hand cut steaks and is highly regarded as one of the best restaurants on the Strand. The sophisticated main course offerings, extensive wine list and sweet endings will send you home happy!

Bistro 217
10707 Ocean Highway Suite D, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Phone: (843) 235-8217

Located in Pawleys Island, just south of the Hammock Shops, Bistro 217 blends upscale dining with a unique and intimate atmosphere. Whether you dine inside or in their charming courtyard, your expectations will be more than fulfilled. Don’t miss their famous jalapeno bisque and incredible fried okra to put you in the mood for fresh locally inspired cuisine. It is the perfect atmosphere for a romantic candle lit dinner promising delicious entrees, beautiful wines and tempting desserts guaranteed to sweep your date off their feet!

Bliss Restaurant and Lounge
4606 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Phone: (843) 282-6737

Bliss Restaurant is that sweet spot in Murrells Inlet where locals find a quiet romantic setting off the tourist path. There is no marsh front, no stampede of visitors…just an inviting and charming destination offering cuisine that aims to please.  You will find that fine dining experience you want especially for a romantic holiday like Valentines Day.

Frank’s Restaurant and Frank’s Outback
10434 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Phone: (843) 237-3030

In Pawley’s Island, Frank’s Restaurant has long been the place to dine on that very special occasion…but not to leave out Frank’s Outback, with its warm and inviting outdoor space where guests get to dine in a garden setting under a canopy of trees. Whichever you choose, you will be indulged with award winning cuisine, outstanding wines, attentive wait staff and a romantic setting that will make the evening a night to remember.

10880 Ocean Hwy | Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Phone: (843) 314-9014

If you’re looking for an elegant dining experience in a beautiful romantic setting look no further than Nosh Restaurant, which is tucked under the live Oaks of the famous Hammock Shops in the heart of Pawleys Island. White linen tablecloths, rustic brick walls, and a warm inviting fireplace are only upstaged by the creativity of the artful cuisine this restaurant offers.

Rice Paddy Restaurant
732 Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29440
(843) 546-2021

The Rice Paddy is consistently a number one favorite restaurant especially for that romantic dinner experience.  Originally an old bank building, the centerpiece is the vault, where an exceptional wine selection awaits you.  Great ambience, warm hospitality combined with remarkable Lowcountry cuisine makes for a very special outing in this inviting historic setting in Georgetown.

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1st Annual Taste of the Inlet

bliss restaurant
Murrells Inlet 2020 and Inlet Square Mall invite you to savor the flavors of our Murrells Inlet and Garden City Beach restaurants, on January 27, 2013, 6pm – 9pm, at Inlet Square Mall, located at 12125 Highway 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet. Guests need to enter the Mall via the entrance located next to Books-a-Million. This premier Inlet culinary competition event allows area restaurants and chefs to showcase their signature dishes, as they serve up a delicious feast of hors d’oeuvres, tapas and heavy appetizers.  Guests will be able to sample and vote for their favorite choices.  The winning restaurants will be presented with trophies.  Over twenty area restaurants will be participating.  Restaurants already committed include Bliss, Bovines, Capt. Dave’s Dockside, Carolina Tavern, Creek Ratz, Dead Dog Saloon, Divine Fish House, Drunken Jack’s, Flo’s Place, Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille, Graham’s Landing, Gulf Stream Cafe, Hot Fish Club, Inlet Affairs, Lee’s Inlet Kitchen, Mickey’s Tavern, Millardo’s, On the Half Shell, River City, Sara J’s, TGIFridays and Twelve.  The list continues to grow.  Interested restaurants can call 843-357-2007. Event admission tickets cost $5 in advance ($8 at the door).  Ticket sales will be limited, so guests are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance to be guaranteed admission.  Beverage and taste tickets will be priced separately, and sold at the event.  Food and dessert tastes will range $2 – $4.  Beverages will include beer, wine and soft drinks. Proceeds benefit Murrells Inlet 2020, a 501c3 non-profit community revitalization organization, dedicated to making the Inlet a nice place to live, work and visit.  Murrells Inlet 2020 thanks the participating restaurants and its event sponsors:  Inlet Square Mall, WPDE, HTC, US Foods, Costco, New South Brewing and Owens Liquors.

Tickets can be purchased online with Mastercard or Visa.

Guests can also purchase tickets at the Conway National Bank branch in Murrells Inlet, located at 4345 Highway 17 Bypass, or the Murrells Inlet 2020 office, located at 4124 Hwy 17 Business or over the phone by calling 843-357-2007.

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Litchfield Restaurant

Since 1968, Pawleys Island locals and visitors alike have considered the Litchfield Restaurant the “Best Breakfast in Town”. That is as true today as it was back then. Over four decades later, they still serve hearty home-style Southern cooking for both breakfast and lunch. And their full menu is available all day, so sleep in and have a late breakfast.. You want a bowl of our delicious creamy grits at 1 p.m., no problem. Or have a hand-pattied freshly cooked burger at your pleasure. They offer weekday lunch specials start at 11 a.m. and feature the classic choice of “meat and 3 vegetables” , includes your drink and tax!

Litchfield Restaurant is  known as ‘where the locals eat’, and visitors and newcomers always receive a sincere welcome to this casual family friendly restaurant. This is a casual diner and perfect for the traveler that wants to experience Pawleys Island like a local.

Check out comments from National Geographic Traveler – HERE

Monday Thru Friday: 6:30AM – 2:00PM
Saturday & Sunday: 6:30AM – 1:00PM

Litchfield Restaurant

12223 Ocean Highway
Pawleys Island, SC 29585

(843) 237-4414

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Murrells Inlet Restaurant Guide

www.spudsdining.com Wicked Tuna –

The Wicked Tuna is the newest and greatest restaurant added to an already awesome restaurant community in Murrells Inlet.  They offer Asian Sushi as well as big city casual Dining to Murrells Inlet without compromising the traditions and price ranges in Murrells Inlet. Wicked Tuna offers the most stunning view on the entire Grand Strand of South Carolina.  www.wickedtuna.comMap

www.deaddogsaloon.com Dead Dog Saloon –

The Dead Dog Saloon has established a reputation around the world for serving spectacular food inside in their spacious dining rooms or outside at their waterfront bar and massive deck. Situated along the Marsh Walk, you’ll enjoy breathtaking inlet views, hear live music nightly and enjoy late–night food service. The “live music Mecca” of Murrells Inlet. Open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner, and cocktails. www.deaddogsaloon.comMap

UPDATE 2/22/12 – The Dead Dog experienced a fire and will be closed until further notice. More info HERE

www.creekratz.com Creek Ratz Restaurant –

Creek Ratz Restaurant and Bar with its rustic nautical atmosphere, spectacular views of the Murrells Inlet waterfront and both indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, has something for the entire family.

Children will enjoy our kid’s corner where they can draw on the chalkboard walls, or just relax in a bean bag and watch TV.

With reasonable prices, a full raw bar, fresh seafood, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, pizza, children’s menu, daily happy hour, live entertainment, the coldest drinks, and plenty of TVs to watch your favorite sporting events, its easy to see why Creek Ratz is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. www.creekratz.comMap

www.captdavesdockside.com Captain Dave’s Dockside Restaurant –

Southern Living Magazine said: “At Capt. Dave’s Dockside you could point at the menu with your eyes closed and be assured of a culinary treat.”

The Travel Channel said: “Best waterfront atmosphere…” and “The pan-crusted grouper is divine…”

Family owned and operated since 1974, specializing in charcoal grilled seafood, Angus Beef and Live Maine Lobster. With an open style kitchen and fantastic views from any seat in the house, the atmosphere and décor give you a feel of 1940’s Havana or South Florida. After dinner, take a stroll along the scenic Marsh Walk. www.captdavesdockside.comMap

www.bubbasloveshak.com Bubba’s Love Shak –

A little bit of soul in the heart of Murrells Inlet! The Marsh Walk’s newest hot spot.

“Bubba Love”, a much loved character along the waterfront in Murrells Inlet, is known for his outgoing personality, very social and very LOUD! When asked why he is so loud he once responded, “When you come from a family of 16 head, if you ain’t loud, you don’t eat!”

Inspired by his larger than life character, Capt. Dave’s Dockside remodeled the screened-in dining porch out back and dubbed it “Bubba’s Love Shak.” Take in all the “Bubbaisms” and enjoy inlet favorites like Big Papa Puff’s Crab Cakes, Rasta Pasta and Bubbahamian Steamed Fish along with seasonal drink specialties.

So come on down to the Shak where love is served daily. And as Bubba says, “If you ain’t happy, stay a while longer.” www.bubbasloveshak.comMap

www.bovineswoodfired.com Bovine’s –

This award winning waterfront eatery is located at picturesque Wahoo’s Marina offering choice wood-fired steaks, fresh local seafood, wood oven pizzas and an extraordinary selection of unique dishes. www.bovineswoodfired.comMap

www.wahoosbar.com Wahoo’s –

Wahoo’s Raw Bar & Marina takes you to a tropical paradise of dreams. Wahoo’s features an open-air Tiki Bar with beautiful waterfalls and is known for its frozen libations, ice-cold beer and lively nightlife. Stop by and feast on fresh seafood, creative appetizers, as well as other delicious items featured on the award winning Divine Fish House menu. Relax in a tropical setting listening to a waterfall, feel the ocean breeze and watch the sunset with family and friends. www.wahoosbar.comMap

www.drunkenjacks.com Drunken Jack’s –

Drunken Jacks offers the freshest seafood right off of the boat prepared to perfection- grilled, blackened, sautéed, or southern fried. Drunken Jack’s also features steaks, prime rib and chicken. Or try one of our Low Country Specialties, and don’t pass up our famous Hush Puppies with Honey Butter! Dinner is from 4:00pm – 10pm 7 nights a week. Lunch is served from 11:30am – 2:30pm Tuesday-Sunday. The Lounge opens daily at 3:00PM for cocktails and appetizers. Come enjoy our waterfront deck! www.drunkenjacks.comMap

Restaurant Review – Island Cafe & Deli Pawleys Island

Photo by Becky Billingsly

My in-laws have been raving about Island Cafe & Deli for years.  It is their “go to” place every time they are in the area.  Their prices are reasonable and the menus are varied.  You can order just about anything form Peanut Butter & Jelly to a Filet Mignon or Shrimp & Grits.  Reading some on of the online reviews will tell you that locals in Myrtle Beach, 20 minutes north, enjoy this establishment. too.  Before rambling on……. check out the menus.


Casual Fare           Grill Specialties             Dinner             Drinks & Desserts

Island Cafe & Deli   US 17, Pawleys Island, SC 29585  843-237-9527

REVIEW FROM MYRTLE BEACH RESTAURANT NEWS:  There are a few long-established area restaurants I haven’t yet visited, and when I finally dine at one such as Island Cafe and Deli in Pawleys Island, I have to ask myself, “What took so long?”

And honestly, a friend and I had planned to visit another south strand restaurant on Oct. 19, but when that plan fell through we decided to check out Island Cafe and Deli. Russell Hardee has been the proprietor since 1988.

The building’s decor is much of the charm with quaint murals depicting its kitchen, staff, customers, food and area waterscapes. Out front is a covered outdoor dining area. Inside a bar is to the right, and to the left is a spacious dining room.  Read more…