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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Grand Dunes


Anchor Café

8121 Amalfi Place. 843-315-7855.

Serving burgers, fresh salads, pastas, sandwiches & fish tacos. Great place to boat watch. Hours: Seasonal. Casual. $$


Ruth’s Chris Steak House

8761 Marina Pkwy. 843-839-9500.

Tender, juicy steaks. Fresh lobster, barbecued shrimp, lamb chops, stuffed chicken breast, & market fresh seafood. Bread pudding with Whiskey sauce for dessert. Hours: Sun 5-9p, M-Th 5-10p, F-Sat 5-11p. Dressy. $$$$



8121 Amalfi Place. 843-913-2845.

Seafood right off the boat. Hog Snapper, Rock Hinds, lobster mac n cheese, Trigger Fish, Black Bass & Amberjack. Dessert? Caramel chocolate mousse bombe with peanut brittle ice cream. Hours: 6:30a-10:30a, 11:30a-2p, 6-9p, daily. Casual. $$$

Murrells Inlet


Bovine’s Steakhouse

3979 Hwy 17. 843-651-2888.

Bovine’s shrimp pasta, wood-fired steaks, Carolina crab cakes, Tequila shrimp, & Southwestern stuffed chicken breast. Pizza from a wood-burning, brick oven. Hours: 4:30-10p. Casual. $$$


Captain Dave’s Dock Side

4037 Hwy 17. 843-651-5850.

Old south style fish camp dining on the waterfront in Murrells Inlet.  Live music nightly.  Enjoy cold drinks on the water.  Hours 11:30 – close daily.


Bubbas Love Shak

4037 Hwy 17 Bus. 843-651-5850

Dine on the deck. Live music. Shrimp & grits made with Andouille sausage & Tasso ham gravy over stone ground grits. Pan-crusted grouper. Hushpuppies! Hours: Open 7 days a week. Lunch starts at 11:30-2:30, Dinner starts at 4 p.m. Casual. $$


Creek Ratz Restaurant

4065 Hwy 17. 843-357-2891.

Full raw bar, fresh seafood. Selections include Creek Ratz’s stuffed mushroom, fried pickle chips, fish nuggets, grilled pizza salad, po boy sandwiches & spicy Creek Rat Reuben. The root beer floats. Hours: 11a-11p. Casual.

Dead Dog Saloon

4079 Hwy 17. 843-651-0664.

Char-broiled steaks, pasta dishes, burgers & selection of sandwiches. Popular items: Dead Dog Salon’s greatest crab dip or Wasabi-seared Tuna drizzled with teriyaki glaze. Live music. Hours: 11 daily. Casual.


Divine Fish House

3993 Hwy 17. 843-651-5800.

Sushi bar. Also southern oyster fry, pumpkin seed grouper, ravioli & shrimp Napoli, Thai hot pot, San Antonio salmon & cold-water Lobster tail. Live music. Hours: Daily at 5p. Casual. $$


Deck 383

1950 Wachesaw Road. 843-357-3838

Located at Wacca Wache Marina, Deck 383 got its name from the Intracoastal mile marker number near their outdoor deck, overlooking the Waccamaw River portion of the ICW. Offering fresh, “upscale shabby” dishes for any appetite, from burgers, to daily entree specials. Live music Fri-Sun. Hours: 10a-9p Tu-Sun. $-$$ Casual, of course.


Drunken Jack’s

4031 Hwy 17. 843-651-2044.

Overlooking Snug Harbor. Clam chowder, she-crab soup, flounder, fantail shrimp, oysters, deviled crab & lobster Theodore. Homemade pie. Hours: Tu-Sun 11:30a-2:30p, 4-10p. Casual.


Hot Fish Club

4911 Hwy 17 Bus. 843-357-9175.

Located in the oldest existing restaurant building on the Grand Strand. Most menu items locally sourced with milk & produce from local farms. Fish from the local, daily catch. Live music, full bar & extensive wine list. Th-Sat. Daily happy hour specials. Hours: 4p-until, W-Su. Casual. $-$$


Marshview Seafood Kitchen & Bar

4129 Hwy 17 Bus. 843-651-3890.

Located at Marshview Marina. Serving burgers, sandwiches, cold brews, and your favorite seafood baskets. Relax on the large deck overlooking one of the best marsh views in town. Open daily 11a-10p. Casual.


Salt Creek Café

4660 Hwy 17 Bypass. 843-357-2433.

Fish tacos, filet mignon, Creek chicken, grits, Creek burgers, Cob salads, wraps, sandwiches, pasta, pizza, & homemade key lime pie. Hours: 11a-9p daily, Sat, Sun Brunch 10a-2p. Casual.





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


The Claw Fish

4097 Hwy 17 Bus, Murrells Inlet 843-651-4415

A New England-style lobster house & raw bar with a touch of Southern flare, featuring live North Atlantic lobster delivered bi-week.y by our very own refrigerated truck. The freshest seafood the Atlantic Seaboard has to offer as well as a selection of tasty non-seafood items. Water views from every seat in the restaurant, a large climate controlled outdoor deck, a 30-seat, horseshoe-shaped oyster bar and an incredible aquarium filled with amazing sealife for all to enjoy.

Open 11a-10p daily. $$


Wahoo’s Raw Bar

3993 Hwy 17. 843-651-5800.

Chicken wings, seafood spring rolls, peach blackstrap molasses BBQ swordfish, pan seared red snapper, pesto roasted Charleston stone bass, Australian rack of lamb. Hours: Daily 5p. Casual. $$


Wicked Tuna

4123 Hwy 17. 843-651-9987.

The Wicked Tuna is “Murrells Inlet dining with a wicked attitude.” Bringing Asian sushi as well as big city casual dining, without compromising the traditions & price ranges in Murrells Inlet. Located at Crazy Sister Marina for the best views on the water! Open daily at 11a.


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