Getting away on a beachfront vacation is the best way to erase the stresses of life. Swimming, building sandcastles, trying a new watersport or just lounging on a beach blanket and soaking up rays are some of the enjoyments that can be had at the ocean. However, the sea gives back as well... In the Grand Strand, the fishermen and restaurateurs have perfected their methods to ultimately present diners with mouthwatering seafood meals. After your toes have been in the sand, the thought of fresh seafood is all too tempting, though sometimes there’s nothing like a juicy steak after working up an appetite in the surf. Regardless of your tastes, the rippling water and sounds of the waves serve as ideal backdrops to an indulgent and perhaps even romantic dining experience. Sunny Day Guide has some wonderful recommendations for dining with a view.
Live music, late night drinks and succulent seafood can be enjoyed at several oceanfront restaurants. Step off the beach and grab some grouper fingers at Bummz Beach Cafe, located in a retro-style beach house. Oceanfront Bar & Grill has been a boardwalk staple for over 60 years. Featuring a vast selection of seafood including their steam pot and shrimp and crab dip, this restaurant consistently manages to tempt tourists’ appetites.
Many will agree that there’s no better ocean view than when you’re on top of the water. At the Pier House Restaurant, the views are stunning—especially from their rooftop, open-air bar. The indoor restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Above at the bar, feel the sun on your skin and the sea breeze through your hair as you relish the panoramic view and a creamy crab dip.
Oceanfront dining is not the only way to enjoy the water while sampling a chef’s fresh catch. Overlook the Intracoastal Waterway at Coquina Harbour while indulging on a juicy ribeye or freshly prepared fish at Clark’s Seafood & Chop House. This fine-dining establishment serves flavorful surf-and-turf combinations that can placate any appetite. Or, head to Filet’s Waterfront for another great waterfront dining option. Start with a freshly made sushi roll of your choice or sip cocktails on the tiki deck that overlooks Harbourgate Marina. Filet’s also features live, outdoor entertainment and dancing on select evenings.
Flying Fish is both a seafood market and a restaurant located at Barefoot Landing that was inspired by Seattle’s Pike’s Place Public Market. It’s aptly named since you may just see fish flying through the air from one employee to another. This unique venue has fresh seafood that can be enjoyed in their restaurant or you can take the food with you for a picnic on the beach. Either way, the food is sure to please.
There are those who enjoy dining on the waterfront but having cuisine that comes from the land. Enter Stillhouse BBQ. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway at Barefoot Landing, this eatery features several versions of delicious dry-rubbed, slow-cooked BBQ. The choice of sauce is up to you, ensuring a perfect plate each time. River City Cafe is famous for their burgers and has several convenient locations throughout Myrtle Beach including some on the waterfront. Visit their Barefoot Landing location or their oceanfront cafe in Surfside Beach to enjoy classic American fare with a great view.
With one visit to Greg Norman’s Australian Grille, you’ll know you’re on vacation. This high-end restaurant at Barefoot Landing has been receiving acclamations and awards from various publications and websites including Wine Spectator magazine and TripAdvisor for its creative menu options and extensive selection. Plus, the scenery is amazing. Sit at a table that overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway while enjoying your mouthwatering entrée of seafood, steak, or poultry that is perhaps prepared the way they do in the land down-under—on the barbie!
If you find yourself in Murrells Inlet, watch the boats go by from any one of the delectable seafood restaurants along the Marsh Walk. Feast on the freshest ceviche or a flavorful fillet of blackened grouper while taking in some of the most panoramic views in the Grand Strand.
No matter which waterfront restaurant you choose, the beautiful views and delicious cuisine will ensure a vacation state-of-mind.