Pawleys Island Restaurants

When someone mentions Pawleys Island, many things might come to mind – scenic marshes, uncrowded beaches, hammocks, “arrogantly shabby” cottages, the laid-back atmosphere, and a thriving culinary scene, to name a few.

Whether you’re looking for the best creations the Lowcountry has to offer or something from a completely different continent, Pawleys Island is home to an impressive collection of restaurants.

Here’s a look at some of the Island’s standout eateries.

Frank’s and Frank’s Outback

10434 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-3030

This upscale eatery has been revered as the gold standard of Lowcountry dining for years, and patrons have two options for seating – in the elegant dining room or “out back” on the smartly-appointed patio. Wherever you decide to sit, you’ll find a menu that’s packed with creative items from beginning to end. Highlights include Fried Goat Cheese Medallions with tomato fondue, Deep-Fried Deviled Eggs with bacon and jalapeno, Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops on a bacon and cheddar grits cake, Wild Mushroom Ravioli with asparagus, prosciutto, and brown butter, Cornmeal-Encrusted Grouper over stone ground grits, Duck Two Ways in a red wine demi over a fried grit cake, or the 20oz Dry Aged Bone-In Ribeye from their Chophouse Menu. The selection is similar Outback, with the addition of Wood-Fired Pizzas like the Short Rib, Roasted Pablano Peppers, and Provolone, the Mediterranean Lamb (arugula, parmesan, goat cheese, whole wheat dough), the Margherite, and the Pizza Alla American (sausage, pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms, onions, mozzarella).

Eggs Up Grill

115 County Rd S-22-362, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-7313

These egg-centric breakfast and lunch joints are popping up all over the place, and for good reason – you’d be hard-pressed to find a better selection of breakfast and lunch items. Born in Pawleys Island in 1986, there are now 13 franchises in South Carolina and Georgia serving Omelet, Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast, Breakfast Sandwiches, Benedicts, Burgers, Melts, Wraps, Salads, and more. Depending when you stop in, there might be a short wait for a table. But that’s a good sign, and it’s worth it.

Pawleys Island Tavern

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

Known to locals as “PIT,” this rustic Lowcountry tavern bills itself as the home of shrimp, beer, and blues and is a popular weekend spot for those interested in live music. As for the fare, the menu offers highlights like the Daily Fresh Catch (blackened, grilled, fried, or broiled), Fried Seafood Platter, Blackened Mahi over Crawfish Grits, Ribeye Steak, the House Special Pizza, Psycho Burger (pimento cheese, chili, bacon, jalapenos, onions, slaw, over-easy egg, hot sauce), Conch Fritters, and a daily selection of homemade desserts. Seating options at PIT include a dollar bill and license plate-decorated dining room, or the Oak-shaded tables out front. Bands play inside and out, depending on the weather, so check out the schedule and pick a good band if you want to enjoy some live music while you eat.

Perrone’s Restaurant & Bar

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

As with many upscale establishments, a couple of different experiences are available at Perrone’s. Guests can enjoy a multiple-course meal at a table in the fashionable dining room, or take a seat at the bar and have some bites from the selection of tapas. One look at the menu and you’ll be instantly aware of how much effort goes into each dish. The third page lists the purveyors and which ingredients they receive from each, and on page four the restaurants “sous-vide” style (vacuum-sealed, warm water bath, tender results) of preparation is detailed. Dinner menu highlights include Spicy Calamari and Shrimp Bruschetta, Mussels Fra Diavolo, Spicy Spaghetti with Crab, and a 14oz New York Strip, while selections from the list of Tapas includes Chipotle Hummus, Brie and Fruit, Charcuterie and Pate Plates, Crispy Pig Ears, and Lionfish Crudo.

Indo Thai, Sushi, and Hibachi

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

As one of the most popular Pan-Asian restaurants in the area, Indo has established itself as a great place to find a wide variety of consistently-prepared Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, Singaporean, and Korean dishes. Standouts include the Tom Yum Seafood Soup, Thai Spring Roll, Pad Thai, Massaman Curry, Sushi options like the Thunderstorm Roll (crab, cream cheese, cucumber, masago, spicy mussels) and Sea Witch Roll (soft shell crab, spicy tuna, asparagus, cucumber), Sizzling Duck, and Salmon La Bamba.

Bistro 217

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

This contemporary Lowcountry Bistro specializes in Seafood, Steaks, Pasta, and Desserts, and guests have the option of taking a seat at a wrought-iron table in the courtyard, or at any number of banquettes and booths indoors. The dinner selections includes options like Fried Green Tomatoes & Oysters with bleu cheese and bacon-cream sauce, curry-seared Tuna Napoleon with an avocado salad and wontons, Veal Piccata, Braised Short Rib, and Paella of shrimp, chorizo, chicken, mussels, artichoke, and saffron rice. Also, a little room should be saved for a Warm White Chocolate Bread Pudding, Apple Crisp with vanilla bean ice cream, Crème Brulee, or Classic Tiramisu.


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

Named after the spicy chili pepper from south of the border, fans of Mexican food can enjoy the flavors on the tiki deck, at one of the two bars, or in the dining room. The menu includes some things that you won’t find anywhere else in Pawleys, including Beef Tongue Tacos with rice, beans, cilantro, and onion, Molcajete (chicken, chorizo, shrimp, steak, onions, peppers, cactus, cheese, rice, beans, guacamole!), Lunch Specials starting at $3.75, Happy Hour Margaritas for $2.75, and Sopapillas with cinnamon and honey for dessert. They also offer all of the standard Mexican-American fare for those looking for a chips, salsa, and burrito fix.

Rustic Table

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

Utilizing several of the area’s farms and fisheries, this new addition to the Island’s culinary community offers guests upscale, made-from-scratch Southern classics. Choose from starters like Popcorn Gator or Crispy Fried Chicken Livers, entrees such as the Fried Pork Chop, Country Fried Steak, or Trout Almondine, or signature items like The “Comfy,” a fried chicken breast served open-faced on a biscuit with creamy sausage gravy and fries.

New Dining Options in Pawleys Island

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New restaurants in Pawleys Island and Litchfield this spring run the gamut from comfort food to fine dining to sushi to casual with spice and sweets.

Anne Hardee and Adam Kirby, co-owners of Bistro 217, will open Rustic Table on Tuesday in the former Island Café and Deli at the Island Shops. The late Russell Hardee started there in 1988, and the family closed the restaurant for remodeling this winter.

The interior space has been opened up, making more room for wooden tables and chairs and a larger L-shaped bar. The community table in front — it seats 14 — was made by Joe Chandler of Murrells Inlet from 800-year-old cypress dredged from a river. Designers used reclaimed barn wood on the interior walls as wainscoting.

Chef Kirby said the menu will be Southern foods he learned to cook from his mother and grandmother with a little of his own flair. “Everywhere you go,” he said, “food is popped out of a box. I wanted to get back to the basics of cooking.” Rustic Table will offer local seafood in addition to barbecue, fried chicken, meatloaf and steak. Vegetables will come from local farmers, Kirby said. On Saturdays and Sundays, Rustic Table will serve brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering the norm, blueberry pancakes and eggs Benedict, to the sublime, Kirby Goes Bananas, caramelized bananas on French toast. There’s also country fried steak and eggs and smoked salmon on the menu.

In addition to brunch, the restaurant will be open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for lunch and Tuesdays through Sundays from 5 to 10 p.m. for supper. The menu and hours are posted at Make reservations by calling 843-314-0164. Kristi Pieterse will be the manager.

Boll Weevil Café | Julie Ford is bringing a concept she discovered in Augusta, Ga., to the former Mayor’s House in Litchfield Village. Boll Weevil Café and Sweetery offers an eclectic dinner menu ranging from shrimp and grits to a gumbo with Cajun sauce to jambalaya. Soups, salads, sandwiches and appetizers range from an original tomato apple soup, to the Boll Weevil Salad featuring grilled sirloin steak on a spring mix, to a Curious Georges’ sandwich of turkey topped with spinach dip and provolone cheese to appetizers fried green tomatoes and black bean quesadillas. There is one burger on the sandwich menu, a bison burger with pimento cheese, and luncheon entrees include tacos with pork or blackened fish and a pasta creole in a spicy alfredo sauce. Suppliers will include Millgrove Farms of Georgetown, an organic vegetable grower.

Ford confessed she did not cook during the first eight years of marriage to her husband, Mike, except for mac and cheese, peanut butter sandwiches and the occasional hamburger. She admitted to a certain reverse logic of starting to cook after having children — three in all, ages 9, 7 and 4.

She discovered Boll Weevil Café and Sweetery when the family moved from Colorado to Augusta, Ga., and found owner George Harrison’s dishes and big chocolate cakes irresistible. Even after the Fords left Augusta, Julie drove back for the cake.

Mike Ford took a job with Georgetown Hospital System — living in North Litchfield was the deciding factor over a job offer in Charlotte and a few others, Julie says.

An entrepreneur at heart, she bought the rights to Boll Weevil’s recipes and concepts, and the owner came from Augusta to Litchfield to train the cooks and bakers.

The Boll Weevil Café layout retained the former Mayor’s House bar in back. Space inside the front door was organized into a bakery display — cakes are sold from the cases by the slice or whole with a day’s notice as well as fresh bread. Around the corner is a bright, airy dining room with wooden tables and chairs. Ford was delighted to find original wooden floors under the restaurant’s old carpet and even used the Mayor’s House sign as a base for her new lettering. The owner says there will be tables and chairs on the front porch when the weather turns warmer.

Boll Weevil Café and Sweetery will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days a week. It will open on Sundays from April to October and move its closing time to 10 p.m. Order at 843-314-0680.

Sabella’s Italian | Arthur and Tracey Sabella are bringing New York-style fine dining to Litchfield Village with Sabella’s Italian Restaurant and Bar in the former JD’s Steakhouse.

The husband and wife have been in the restaurant business for 35 years. They met in Manhattan when Arthur’s family ran a restaurant named Casabella and Tracey’s uncle ran a pastry shop, La Bella Farrows, on opposite sides of Mulberry Street in Little Italy. They have had restaurants in Manhattan and Long Island, perfecting a menu of regional Italian dishes, featuring the butter and cream of the north and the olive oil and garlic of the south, Tuscany and Rome, Arthur said.

There are familiar dishes on the Sabella’s menu. Veal chops, braised short ribs and a New York Strip all feature an Italian twist like a Parmesan-infused potato for instance. Patrons won’t find the “chicken Parm” of typical Italian restaurants, Tracey said. Sabella’s features nine pastas. The Sabellas say they have spent their first month here clearing up a misconception among some patrons that they are a reconstituted LaBella’s, an Italian restaurant on Highway 17 that closed. Only the names are similar, she said.

Hours are Monday-Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. to late night. Make reservations at 843-235-4020 or get more information at

New York Pizza |Brothers Max and Armond Alou have opened New York Pizza Kitchen and Sweet Cups Pawleys Island Creamery at Pawleys Market in the two spaces north of Lowe’s Foods.

New York Pizza features a hand-tossed “king crust” with all fresh ingredients baked in a brick oven, according to Max Alou. Pizzas are sold whole and by the slice. The restaurant also offers 14 hoagies, stromboli, calzone, pasta, burgers and salads for dining in or take-out. Order at 843-353-2160.

Sweet Cups features 10 flavors of frozen yogurt and 16 flavors of ice cream with 36 toppings. It has three flavors of gelato and offers coffee, cappuccino, mochaccino and espresso.

The Alou brothers have run restaurants in Myrtle Beach for 15 years and been in business 27 years overall.

The pizza parlor is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with plans for later summer hours. The ice cream shop is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Divine Dining Group | will open three restaurants in one this month at the former site of Nosh in the Hammock Shops. Plans call for the Pawleys Pavilion Bar and Cafe on the covered deck with Cera Sushi and Pawleys Prime, a steak and seafood restaurant, inside.


1st Annual Taste of the Inlet

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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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Murrells Inlet Restaurant Guide 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

Halloween at Murrells Inlet Marshwalk

Monday, October 31

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The Ghosts and Goblins take over the marsh in the Annual “Halloween on the MarshWalk!” Join us for the Kids Costume Parade & Contest from 5pm – 6pm. Prizes will be awarded for The Funniest, The Scariest, and The Most Creative kids costumes. Kids can trick-or-treat among the restaurants and the costume judging will take place at 6pm at the Pirate Statue behind Drunken Jack’s.



It’s time for grown-up fun starting at 7:30pm with the Adult Costume Contest. Over $2,000 in Cash and Prizes given away to the winners! $1,500 CASH to First Place winner! Enjoy food and drink specials in each of the restaurants all night.



Register for the contest at Wahoo’s and then each contest participant must visit each of the seven MarshWalk restaurants, see the restaurant’s costume judge and collect a colored paper bracelet. The Final Judging will be held at Wahoo’s at 10pm. YOU MUST HAVE ALL SEVEN BRACELETS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE CASH PRIZE.

Insider Tips: Happy Hour

South Strand (Surfside, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys)

Backfinz – 7.5
Bliss Restaurant & Lounge – 7.7
Blue Crab – 6.9

Borgata – 8.0
Bovine’s Wood Fired Specialties – 6.7
Brick House Lounge – 7.0

Captain Dave’s Dockside/Bubba’s Love Shack – 6.8

Causeway Grill & Raw Bar – 6.6
Charleston Cafe – 6.7

Cooter’s Backyard Bar – 7.2

Creek Ratz – 5.8
Crystalite Cafe – 7.5
**Dead Dog Saloon – 7.1
Garden City Beach Bar & Grill – 6.9

Gilligan’s Steamer & Raw Bar – 7.2
 Hannah Banana’s Sunshine Cabana – 6.3

Island Bar & Grill (North) – 8.2
Island Bar& Grill (South) – 7.7
Jackson’s Inlet Bar & Grill – 6.6
Jasper’s Sports Grille – 7.3

K-Rae’s Pub – 7.3
La Playa – 6.3
Marlin Quay Bar – 7.1
O’Keefe’s Irish Pub  – 7.4

On The Half Shell – 6.6
Pawleys Island Tavern – 7.3
Quigley’s Pint & Plate  – 7.8
Salt Creek Cafe
 – 7.7
Sandy Monkey – 6.3
Scotty’s Beach Bar– 6.1

Southside Pattys  – 6.6
Southside Raw Bar – 7.1

Spencer’z – 7.4 
Stadium Club – 6.3
Suck Bang Blow – 7.0
Surfside Live / It’s Beer 30 – 6.6
Uncle Tito’s – 6.2
Vienna’s Pizzeria & Sports Pub – 7.8
Webster’s Tavern – 6.6

** The Dead Dog experienced a fire on 2/22/12 that will temporary close the restaurant.

Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk Golf Tournament

Grab your putter and head to the picturesque Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk on Saturday April 9, for the Murrells Inlet 2020 2nd Annual Marsh Walk Masters Putt Putt Golf Tournament.

From 4-8 p.m., players can putt their way through nine minature golf holes hosted by Marsh Walk area restaurants. Bovine’s, Wahoo’s, Drunken Jacks, Dave’s Dockside, Creek Ratz, Dead Dog Saloon, Spud’s Waterfront Dining, K-Rae’s Beach House and Uncle Tito’s will all participate in this fun filled evening of golf.

Along with a golf hole, each restaurant will also feature drink and appetizer specials for golfers and attendees. Sip on a drink or munch on yummy favorites while crawling between golf holes.

Participants will compete for the best score accumulated from the nine minature golf holes. Golfers can bring their own putter, however one will be available at each hole as well. Through a variety of obstacles, the restaurant’s creative golf holes will put seasoned and amatuer golfer’s skills to the test.

The first place winner will take home a $500 cash prize, with additional prizes available for second and third place.

However, you don’t have to putt under par to take an award home. Dress in your best and zaniest golf gear for a chance to win the Best Dressed prize.

Afterwards, gather with friends and family at Dead Dog Saloon for an after party at 9 p.m. and enjoy live music by the Necessary Band.

Golfers must be 21 years old to compete and registration costs $20. This includes a player t-shirt.

To register, or for more information, call 357-2007, or visit