The guide to eating in or dining out along the Grand Strand. The establishments listed here have water access on site or very nearby. Or we really, really like what they're sellin'!


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Gulfstream Café  Marlin Quay

1536 S Waccamaw Dr. 843-651-8808.

The grouper Francaise dipped in parmesan batter, sautéed, topped with lemon-butter sauce. Ummm. Also: low country crab cakes & Salmon Portobello. Colossal king crab legs. Hours: Daily 4-9p, Sun Brunch 10:30a-2:30p. Boat slips available. Casual. $$


Sara J’s

314 Atlantic Ave. 843-651-1657.

Family-owned, known for specialty recipes. Large shrimp with homemade dressing; broiled fish with crabmeat dressing & Anglers seafood casserole. Sara’s Mango pie. Hours: Seasonal. Boat slips available. Casual. $$




Alfresco Bistro

812 Front Street. 843-344-3869.

In a former bank, circa 1919, this bistro is cozy, quaint, & memorable. Beautifully presented meals with Italian flare, Alfresco takes pride in using local produce and seafood. Indoor and covered outdoor dining in the heart of downtown Georgetown. Reservations recommended. Hours: M-Sat, 11a-10p.


Atlantic House Restaurant

109 Screven St. 843-520-6918.

Only 100 feet from the town clock! Daily lunch specials. The menu includes a range of seafood items like shrimp & grits. Also soups, sandwiches, salads, burgers and more! Ice creams and desserts made in-house. Serving lunch daily, 11a-3p. There’s a private patio out back for dining or for your next function or private party. $-$$


Aunny’s Country Kitchen

926 Front St. 843-461-4750.

Aunny’s says they have the best down home cooking in Georgetown, and they do it all day. Family-owned. Daily specials, reasonable prices. Tu-Sat 6a-8p; Sun 6a-6p. Casual. $


Buzz’s Roost

911 Front St. 843-545-1595.

Casual waterfront bar & grill featuring a large, open waterfront deck. The Crab Balls are a specialty and share the menu with other crab dishes as well as a variety of seafood -- try the shrimp platters! -- and lowcountry items. There’s also a large selection of popular American bar fare featuring burgers and sliders. Open for lunch, dinner and late nights every day. Casual. $

Chacon’s (formerly Land’s End)

444 Marina Dr. 843-527-1376.

Chacon’s is operated by Chef Eddy Chacon, who also owns Alfresco. Located at the Hwy 17 bridge and next to Georgetown Landing Marina. Great views of Winyah Bay. Chicon’s focus is on fresh, local seafood. Fine dining in the big room, more casual in the sunroom and on the deck. Hours: M-Sat 11:30a-close; Sun 11a-7p; Sunday buffet 11a-3p.


Front Street Deli

809 Front St. 843-546-2008.

Homemade items include Front Street meatball hero sandwich. Cream of tomato with basil soup. Sour cream pound cake. Hours: 10a-2:30p, daily. Boat slips available. Casual. $


Groucho’s Deli

913 Front St. 843-833-8515.

Fast, fresh & original. Groucho’s has great salads and sandwiches. Eat in or on the run. Friendly service with a smile. Catering also available. Hours: M-Sat 11a-8:30p. Casual.


Old Fish House AKA Big Tuna

807 Front St. 843-546-1045.

Tuna steaks! Fresh oysters & clams, shrimp salad. Selection of sandwiches, juicy burgers & ice cold beer. Hours: 11a-til. Boat slips available.


River Room Restaurant

801 Front St. 843-527-4110.

Since 1984. Selections include shrimp & grits, crunchy pecan chicken salad. Chef specialties are Herb-crusted Grouper or McClellanville crab cakes. Hours: M-Sat 11a-2:30p, 5-10p. Boat slips available. Casual. $$


Seven Hundred Modern Grill + Bar

916 Front St. 843-520-5720.

Newest venture from the Zest family, in the 900 block of Front Street. A full menu page dedicated to sushi. Very good! Also serving burgers with local flare, fresh salads, sandwiches and pizza built the way you like. Specialty beers, wine. Hours: M-Sun, 11a-10p. $$

Try one or all of these waterfront or water-access restaurants next time you're, you know, hungry ...



Thomas Café

703 Front St. 843-546-7776.

Cozy landmark since 1929 offering a wide selection of unique low country dishes, specialties including the Cajun omelet, blueberry pancakes, crawfish cake sandwiches, made-from-scratch jambalaya, fresh baked cornbread & bread pudding. Hours: M-F 7a-2p, Sat 7a-1p. Boat slips available. Casual.


WildFish Grill

619 Front St. 843-527-3250.

Lunch specials daily! Home made soups (try the lobster bisque), fresh salads, & always-fresh local ingredients. Specialty tacos are

a must-have, as well as pilau, local catch of the day, build-a-burgers & more. For those who love an eclectic atmosphere, great meal, & always a reasonable price. Open until 2am daily. $$


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