As a world-class vacation destination, the Myrtle Beach area is well-known for both its beautiful surroundings and its delicious dining. After all, with 60-plus miles of Atlantic coastline and more than 1,700 dining establishments on the Grand Strand, there’s plenty of each to go around. And when you can combine a great view with a fantastic meal, you’re really in for a treat.
Check out this list of eight Grand Strand eateries where it can be hard to decide which is better — the food or the views:
Gulfstream Cafe — A South Strand favorite for 30-plus years, this seafood restaurant in Garden City serves up fresh ocean catches and signature Southern specialties with picturesque waterfront views of Murrells Inlet. Especially when the weather cooperates, the rooftop deck is a great place to enjoy popular dishes such as N’awlins Shrimp & Grits, Southern Fried Scallops, and Broiled or Fried Lobster Tail (try it stuffed with jumbo lump crabmeat), all while soaking in the spectacular scenery. Learn more at gulfstreamcafe.com.
Bovine’s — Most of the restaurants on the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk — a half-mile wooden boardwalk in Murrells Inlet that overlooks a natural saltwater estuary — offer fresh seafood and remarkable views, and Bovine’s is certainly no exception. Especially likely to be a hit among the carnivores in your crew, this waterfront restaurant specializes in fresh seafood, aged beef and gourmet pizzas, all cooked in a wood-fired brick oven. The open patio overlooking the water and backyard dock is a great place to soak in a great meal and some great views. Visit bovinesrestaurant.com to explore the menu.
Dead Dog Saloon — Another MarshWalk favorite, this casual, family-friendly restaurant serves up fresh seafood and American fare such as sandwiches, burgers, steaks and barbecue daily. And like its MarshWalk colleagues, Dead Dog’s location right on the waterfront also guarantees you’ll catch some picturesque views with your meal. A great place to unwind during happy hour or do some late-night dancing, this establishment also plays regular host to live music. Check out thedeaddogsaloon.com to learn more.
Second Avenue Pier — Found near the southern terminus of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, the Second Avenue Pier is home to a pair of great dining options with sweeping ocean views. The Pier House Restaurant serves up fresh seafood, steaks and more — along with magnificent views of the Atlantic through its large, over-the-water windows. When the weather outside calls for a meal in the sun, head to the attached Pier View Open Air Bar to enjoy some ocean breezes and similar views of the Atlantic while you dine. Menu options here include appetizers, seafood, sandwiches, burgers and more.
Riptydz Oceanfront Grille & Rooftop Bar — This relatively new hot spot on North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach is a combination oceanfront restaurant/beach bar, and its rooftop bar offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and live music nightly, all accompanied by a menu featuring seafood and prime steaks. This one also sits right on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, so it’s a great place to start or finish a stroll along the iconic 1.2-mile walkway.
Banditos Cantina — This longtime local favorite Mexican restaurant, now sporting new digs at THEBlvd entertainment complex on Myrtle Beach’s North Ocean Boulevard, is again serving up the same tacos, burritos, fajitas, margaritas and other Mexican fare that made it famous — just in a brand-new facility offering a more modern vibe and the same great Atlantic Ocean views. Bonus: You’ll find unique tequila offerings here that are unavailable anywhere else on the Grand Strand … or in the Carolinas, for that matter. Visit banditosmyrtle.com to check out the full menu.
Tin Roof: Also found in THEBlvd complex, this entertainment venue with the tagline “A Live Music Joint” features musical acts and DJs on its separate stages nightly. When a little break from the music is called for, visitors can breathe in some fresh air, Atlantic Ocean views and sea breezes on the open-air patio. And when hunger strikes, a menu of made-from-scratch, Southern-inspired “Better Than Bar Food” items is available. For more info, visit tinroofmyrtlebeach.com.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House — Located in the prestigious Grande Dunes community on the north end of Myrtle Beach, this high-end steak house offers meat lovers’ entrees like its Cowboy Ribeye, its 40-ounce Porterhouse for Two and its Lamb Chops, all served on its signature 500˚ sizzling plates. As a bonus, the restaurant offers spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Grande Dunes Marina — an especially nice perk during evening sunsets. For more information, visit ruthschris.com.
After enjoying the one-two punch of delicious dining and amazing views at your Grand Strand restaurant of choice, head back to The Strand Resort to relax in your comfortable oceanfront accommodations and treat yourself to some of the wide-ranging on-property amenities. Book your Myrtle Beach getaway today — and get ready to savor some of the best the Grand Strand has to offer.