4 Must-Try Seafood Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

The ocean is truly an amazing thing. You can swim in it, sail on it, scuba dive beneath it and surf on top of it. Then, at the end of a long day at sea, you can even feast on its bounty. But for all the fun you can have playing in the ocean during your Myrtle Beach vacation, fresh seafood is the Grand Strand’s tastiest and perhaps best asset.


Situated midway between two of the most productive fishing ports on the East Coast, Myrtle Beach offers a virtual buffet of restaurants that serve fresh seafood from the local docks. Murrells Inlet, the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina,” is located 15 miles south. About 15 miles north is Little River, which is just across the Carolina border from Calabash, NC, the “Seafood Capital of the World.” So you couldn’t ask for a better location for seafood, and here are five local restaurants that know how to serve it:

Sea Captain's House

Known for its delicious seafood and Southern hospitality, this iconic establishment provides a cozy atmosphere with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The menu features a variety of fresh catches, ensuring a delightful dining experience. Whether you’re savoring a leisurely brunch, enjoying a romantic dinner, or just stopping by for a casual lunch, Sea Captain’s House caters to a diverse range of occasions. It’s not just a place to eat; it’s an institution that encapsulates the essence of Myrtle Beach’s coastal charm. With its warm ambiance and seaside charm, Sea Captain’s House is a must-visit destination for those seeking a taste of coastal culinary excellence in Myrtle Beach. 

Rockafeller's Raw Bar

This North Myrtle Beach institution might not look like much from the outside, but between the four small walls is some of the tastiest seafood in town. Start with a dozen steamed oysters or the famous blue crab dip, but save room for the main course. Rockafeller’s specializes in steam kettles, which allow guests to create their own meals by selecting shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels and more. Your choices are steamed in a selection of sauces, like Old Bay & Beer or Wine & Garlic. Have it served over pasta for a small fee and sop up the sauce to the last drop with the house-made bread. The bar is also a popular locals’ late-night hangout.

Exterior of the Sea Captains House

Captain George's

Bring a hearty appetite to this Broadway at the Beach buffet, which serves Chesapeake Bay and Outer Banks-style seafood by the boatload. In fact, the massive restaurant is shaped like a huge fishing vessel and the interior is more upscale than most buffets. Numerous food stations include peel-and-eat shrimp, crab legs, oysters and fresh catch fish dishes, as well as some unique recipes that aren’t normally found buffet tables. Land food lovers are also welcome, with prime rib, fried chicken and lots of veggies and side items. Kids’ favorites and desserts are also on the menu.

Hook & Barrel

Elevate your seafood dining experience at Hook & Barrel, where modern culinary techniques meet coastal classics. With a commitment to sustainable sourcing, this restaurant offers a menu that highlights the best of the sea. From lobster mac ‘n’ cheese to innovative seafood creations, Hook & Barrel caters to the discerning seafood enthusiast.

The Strand Outdoor Pool

Try a New Restaurant and Stay at the Strand

 Picture waking up to the sound of waves right outside your window and having a cozy room that feels like a home away from home. The Strand is not just about comfy rooms; amenities like an outdoor pool and hot tub for extra relaxation. The staff is friendly and ready to make sure you have everything you need for a stress-free stay. 

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