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18 Essential Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

From king crab legs to mofongo

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Contrary to popular belief, many tourists enjoy being trapped, even if they claim they don’t. Myrtle Beach is proof, feeding 14 million visitors a year with its own brand of kitsch. Get past the stench of SPF 50 and the ocean breeze carries the aroma of halal chicken shawarma, cotton candy-flavored saltwater taffy, calamari tempura, and churro sundaes to where you’re sipping frozen mai tais on a pool float shaped like a giant lobster.

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1. Fowler Dining Room

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920 Crabtree Ln
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 349-5334
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On a whim, executive director Joseph Bonaparte steers his students at the International Culinary Institute into different realms — one week it might be Nobu-inspired edamame and blue crab gyoza; the next, coq au vin and escargot. A recent menu included Arnold Palmer granitas, roasted quail stuffed with andouille, and a riff on classic surf and turf: sauteed monkfish paired with braised oxtails from WK Price Farms.

2. Angelo's Steak & Pasta

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2311 S Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 626-2800
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One has to give chef Angelo Antonucci props for audacity in claiming his restaurant serves the “best steaks in the universe.” In fairness, they are pretty great: All of them are USDA-certified, aged, and hand-cut on premises.

External view of Angelo’s with green sign
Angelo’s Steak & Pasta.
Angelo’s Steak & Pasta

3. Punta Cana Dominican Grill

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633 Robert M Grissom Pkwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 839-2269
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Punta Cana smells like deep-fried yucca and sounds like a machete chopping slabs of crunchy-yet-tender chicharrones. All the Dominican staples are here: hearty bowls of sancocho soup, pescado con coco, and mofongo so stuffed it’s practically erupting. To drink, get the morir sonando, literally “to die dreaming,” a blend of orange juice and sweetened milk. Palmetto trees, bright orange walls, and a lush array of flora give Punta Cana a vibrant and breezy atmosphere.

4. La Poblanita Restaurant

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311 Hwy 15
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 448-3150
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The La Poblanita menu is vast, its al pastor- and carne asada-stuffed gorditas and burritos, caldo de mariscos, and mole enchiladas best accompanied by a guava Jarritos.

Al pastor tacos on a white paper
Tacos at La Poblanita.
La Poblanita

5. Captain Benjamin's Calabash Seafood Buffet

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401 S Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 626-9354
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Many of the Calabash seafood establishments in Myrtle Beach are buffets boasting 170 items or more, from teriyaki salmon to chocolate fountains. At Captain Benjamin’s, focus on the Alaskan king crab legs, which are so popular that they’re plastered on billboards all over town.

Sign that reads Captain Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood Buffet
Captain Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood Buffet
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6. Homestyle Restaurant

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514 8th Ave N
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 945-1258

The thriving Jamaican population in Myrtle Beach heads to Homestyle for curry goat, perfectly smoked fiery jerk chicken, and oxtails so tender the meat comes right off the bone. Don’t miss the brown-stewed red snapper, served whole and always cooked to order.

A small storefront with a neon open sign in the window.
Homestyle Restaurant.
Homestyle Restaurant/Facebook

7. Yamato

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1213 Celebrity Circle R 5
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 448-1959
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Yamato claims to be South Carolina’s original Japanese steakhouse. The dining room is dim and communal, punctuated by teppanyaki theatrics. Most diners are in awe of the onion volcano, but the showstopper is a mound of rice molded into the shape of a heart, made to look like it’s beating with the deft maneuvering of a spatula. If you’re lucky, 16-year veteran chef Ken will roll his cart to your table. Order the steak and shrimp combo and cover it with house-made shrimp sauce.

Red sign over a door reading “Yamato” with a fish
Yamato.
Yamato Steakhouse/Facebook

8. Peaches Corner

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900 Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 448-7424
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Every boardwalk needs a greasy spoon like Peaches Corner. When the shoebox-sized place opened in 1937, Myrtle Beach wasn’t even a city yet, and it’s still run by the same family with the same untouched menu of cheeseburgers, corn dogs, onion rings, and floats. Order the Bruiser, a beer-battered, foot-long, all-beef hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with shredded cheddar cheese, diced onion, and homemade chili. It’s such a monstrosity that it comes with a plastic knife and fork.

A hot dog covered in cheese
Chili cheese dog at Peaches Corner.
Peaches Corner/Facebook

9. Big Mike's Soul Food

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504 16th Ave N
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 712-2048
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The slogan at Big Mike’s is, “Soul food the way your momma made it,” as if everybody’s lucky enough to have a mother who can cook this well. Big Mike’s Special is the meat-and-three with a chunk of cornbread. If you just can’t decide on a combo, go for the fried chicken, collard greens, candied yams, and chicken bog — a local rice specialty that co-owner Mike Chestnut humbly guarantees is the best around.

A dimly lit restaurant building.
Big Mike’s Soul Food.
Big Mike’s Soulfood/Facebook

10. Olympic Flame Pancake House

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1309 Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 448-2756
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There’s a rumor going around that there are more pancake houses per capita in Myrtle Beach than anywhere in the country. Olympic Flame is one of the originals, and it’s always packed. Start off with a stack of buttermilk pancakes and festoon them with a choice of more than 10 toppings — or skip all that and get them with the whipped cream-and-blueberry smiley face.

Restaurant interior with blue booths and wooden chairs at tables.
Olympic Flame Pancake House
Olympic Flame Restaurant/Facebook

11. Cafe Old Vienna

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1604 N Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 946-6252
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For over two decades, chef Werner and Martina Horvath have served gemutlichkeit, or coziness, at Cafe Old Vienna. The servers are clad in lederhosen, and the bartender filling mugs with hefeweizen is dressed like the blonde from the St. Pauli Girl bottle. Expect goulash and bratwurst with sauerkraut, and nearly a dozen schnitzels; try the mushroom gravy-topped jaeger-schnitzel, with red cabbage and spatzle.

Sign that reads Cafe Old Vienna
Cafe Old Vienna
Cafe Old Vienna

12. Banditos Cantina

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1410 Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 712-2992
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A panoramic view of the Atlantic sets the tone at Banditos. Highlights include corn topped with lime crema, margaritas in mason jars, fish tacos, and the Baja shrimp burrito, which goes well with shots of smoky Xicaru mezcal and pints of Dirty Myrtle Double IPA from the local New South brewery.

Chips and salsa at Banditos Cantina.
Chips and salsa at Banditos Cantina.
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13. Sea Captain's House

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3002 N Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 448-8082
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Founded in 1962 in a 1930s beach cottage, the Sea Captain’s House menu stays true to the old-school. Lines form for the classic shrimp and grits, pecan-crusted grouper, and an award-winning she-crab soup.

White restaurant with palm tree in front
Sea Captain’s House.
Sea Captain’s House/Facebook

14. Little Pigs Bar-B-Q

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6102 Frontage Rd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 692-9774
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Little Pigs is a small and unfussy spot for local Pee Dee-style pit barbecue piled between two buns, or with sides of baked beans, coleslaw, and hush puppies. Despite the numerous plaques on the wall, no one can get Robert Huffling to brag or call himself a pitmaster, even though he’s been hickory-smoking pork butts for the past 42 years — though he will boast about his mustard-based sauce.

Pulled pork, baked beans, and rice on a plate
Pulled pork at Little Pigs Bar-B-Q.
Little Pigs Bar-B-Q/Facebook

15. Foster's Cafe & Bar

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6307 N Kings Hwy A
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 449-7945

Foster’s serves some of the best chicken wings in town, for only 70 cents apiece. But the main draw is the vibe: Mingle with the pool sharks, order a French dip sandwich, join the dart league, or eavesdrop on patrons reminiscing about the good old days when they used to party hard — although considering you might see them duck behind the bar to help themselves to Jell-O shots, who’s to say they don’t still?

16. Fire and Smoke

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411 79th Ave N
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 449-0085
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Executive chef Tyler Rice is the mastermind behind this gastropub near the Atlantic Ocean. He baits customers with familiar dishes like North Carolina jumbo lump crabcakes and Memphis-style ribs — and then drags them into uncharted territory with bison carpaccio, and free-range elk chops with a side of bone marrow bread pudding.

A piece of fish on top of haricot verts on a white plate.
A fish special at Fire and Smoke.
Fire and Smoke Gastropub/Facebook

17. Blueberry's Grill

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7931 N Kings Hwy #140
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 945-4588
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Chef Evi Spaho offers lactose-free cheese, gluten-free toast, and stone-ground grits with goat cheese and pesto pine nuts. The chicken is GMO-free and the kale varieties for the egg white omelet range from Black Magic to Red Russian. The smoked salmon Benedict is hard to pass up, but go for the Monte Cristo, because what’s more Myrtle Beach than something deep-fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar? Expect a wait and a very lively atmosphere. Be sure to get a souvenir coffee mug.

omelette with fruit and toast
Omelette at Blueberry’s Grill.
Blueberry’s Grill/Facebook

18. Hook & Barrel

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8014 N Kings Hwy B
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 839-5888
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Chef Heidi Vukov’s most recent project is the purest example of 2020s Myrtle Beach: The seafood is sustainable, there’s prosecco on tap, and the jellyfish lamps are the crux of this nauti-posh aesthetic. The plump crabcake sliders with remoulade slathered on challah buns and topped kohlrabi slaw are an ideal prelude to the pan-seared scallops.

restaurant interior with lots of hardwood
Hook & Barrel
Hook & Barrel/Facebook

1. Fowler Dining Room

920 Crabtree Ln, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

On a whim, executive director Joseph Bonaparte steers his students at the International Culinary Institute into different realms — one week it might be Nobu-inspired edamame and blue crab gyoza; the next, coq au vin and escargot. A recent menu included Arnold Palmer granitas, roasted quail stuffed with andouille, and a riff on classic surf and turf: sauteed monkfish paired with braised oxtails from WK Price Farms.

920 Crabtree Ln
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

2. Angelo's Steak & Pasta

2311 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
External view of Angelo’s with green sign
Angelo’s Steak & Pasta.
Angelo’s Steak & Pasta

One has to give chef Angelo Antonucci props for audacity in claiming his restaurant serves the “best steaks in the universe.” In fairness, they are pretty great: All of them are USDA-certified, aged, and hand-cut on premises.

2311 S Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

3. Punta Cana Dominican Grill

633 Robert M Grissom Pkwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Punta Cana smells like deep-fried yucca and sounds like a machete chopping slabs of crunchy-yet-tender chicharrones. All the Dominican staples are here: hearty bowls of sancocho soup, pescado con coco, and mofongo so stuffed it’s practically erupting. To drink, get the morir sonando, literally “to die dreaming,” a blend of orange juice and sweetened milk. Palmetto trees, bright orange walls, and a lush array of flora give Punta Cana a vibrant and breezy atmosphere.

633 Robert M Grissom Pkwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

4. La Poblanita Restaurant

311 Hwy 15, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Al pastor tacos on a white paper
Tacos at La Poblanita.
La Poblanita

The La Poblanita menu is vast, its al pastor- and carne asada-stuffed gorditas and burritos, caldo de mariscos, and mole enchiladas best accompanied by a guava Jarritos.

311 Hwy 15
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

5. Captain Benjamin's Calabash Seafood Buffet

401 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Sign that reads Captain Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood Buffet
Captain Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood Buffet
Captain Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood/Facebook

Many of the Calabash seafood establishments in Myrtle Beach are buffets boasting 170 items or more, from teriyaki salmon to chocolate fountains. At Captain Benjamin’s, focus on the Alaskan king crab legs, which are so popular that they’re plastered on billboards all over town.

401 S Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

6. Homestyle Restaurant

514 8th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
A small storefront with a neon open sign in the window.
Homestyle Restaurant.
Homestyle Restaurant/Facebook

The thriving Jamaican population in Myrtle Beach heads to Homestyle for curry goat, perfectly smoked fiery jerk chicken, and oxtails so tender the meat comes right off the bone. Don’t miss the brown-stewed red snapper, served whole and always cooked to order.

514 8th Ave N
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

7. Yamato

1213 Celebrity Circle R 5, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Red sign over a door reading “Yamato” with a fish
Yamato.
Yamato Steakhouse/Facebook

Yamato claims to be South Carolina’s original Japanese steakhouse. The dining room is dim and communal, punctuated by teppanyaki theatrics. Most diners are in awe of the onion volcano, but the showstopper is a mound of rice molded into the shape of a heart, made to look like it’s beating with the deft maneuvering of a spatula. If you’re lucky, 16-year veteran chef Ken will roll his cart to your table. Order the steak and shrimp combo and cover it with house-made shrimp sauce.

1213 Celebrity Circle R 5
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

8. Peaches Corner

900 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
A hot dog covered in cheese
Chili cheese dog at Peaches Corner.
Peaches Corner/Facebook

Every boardwalk needs a greasy spoon like Peaches Corner. When the shoebox-sized place opened in 1937, Myrtle Beach wasn’t even a city yet, and it’s still run by the same family with the same untouched menu of cheeseburgers, corn dogs, onion rings, and floats. Order the Bruiser, a beer-battered, foot-long, all-beef hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with shredded cheddar cheese, diced onion, and homemade chili. It’s such a monstrosity that it comes with a plastic knife and fork.

900 Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

9. Big Mike's Soul Food

504 16th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
A dimly lit restaurant building.
Big Mike’s Soul Food.
Big Mike’s Soulfood/Facebook

The slogan at Big Mike’s is, “Soul food the way your momma made it,” as if everybody’s lucky enough to have a mother who can cook this well. Big Mike’s Special is the meat-and-three with a chunk of cornbread. If you just can’t decide on a combo, go for the fried chicken, collard greens, candied yams, and chicken bog — a local rice specialty that co-owner Mike Chestnut humbly guarantees is the best around.

504 16th Ave N
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

10. Olympic Flame Pancake House

1309 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Restaurant interior with blue booths and wooden chairs at tables.
Olympic Flame Pancake House
Olympic Flame Restaurant/Facebook

There’s a rumor going around that there are more pancake houses per capita in Myrtle Beach than anywhere in the country. Olympic Flame is one of the originals, and it’s always packed. Start off with a stack of buttermilk pancakes and festoon them with a choice of more than 10 toppings — or skip all that and get them with the whipped cream-and-blueberry smiley face.

1309 Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

11. Cafe Old Vienna

1604 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Sign that reads Cafe Old Vienna
Cafe Old Vienna
Cafe Old Vienna

For over two decades, chef Werner and Martina Horvath have served gemutlichkeit, or coziness, at Cafe Old Vienna. The servers are clad in lederhosen, and the bartender filling mugs with hefeweizen is dressed like the blonde from the St. Pauli Girl bottle. Expect goulash and bratwurst with sauerkraut, and nearly a dozen schnitzels; try the mushroom gravy-topped jaeger-schnitzel, with red cabbage and spatzle.

1604 N Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

12. Banditos Cantina

1410 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Chips and salsa at Banditos Cantina.
Chips and salsa at Banditos Cantina.
Banditos Cantina/Facebook

A panoramic view of the Atlantic sets the tone at Banditos. Highlights include corn topped with lime crema, margaritas in mason jars, fish tacos, and the Baja shrimp burrito, which goes well with shots of smoky Xicaru mezcal and pints of Dirty Myrtle Double IPA from the local New South brewery.

1410 Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

13. Sea Captain's House

3002 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
White restaurant with palm tree in front
Sea Captain’s House.
Sea Captain’s House/Facebook

Founded in 1962 in a 1930s beach cottage, the Sea Captain’s House menu stays true to the old-school. Lines form for the classic shrimp and grits, pecan-crusted grouper, and an award-winning she-crab soup.

3002 N Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

14. Little Pigs Bar-B-Q

6102 Frontage Rd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Pulled pork, baked beans, and rice on a plate
Pulled pork at Little Pigs Bar-B-Q.
Little Pigs Bar-B-Q/Facebook

Little Pigs is a small and unfussy spot for local Pee Dee-style pit barbecue piled between two buns, or with sides of baked beans, coleslaw, and hush puppies. Despite the numerous plaques on the wall, no one can get Robert Huffling to brag or call himself a pitmaster, even though he’s been hickory-smoking pork butts for the past 42 years — though he will boast about his mustard-based sauce.

6102 Frontage Rd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

15. Foster's Cafe & Bar

6307 N Kings Hwy A, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Foster’s serves some of the best chicken wings in town, for only 70 cents apiece. But the main draw is the vibe: Mingle with the pool sharks, order a French dip sandwich, join the dart league, or eavesdrop on patrons reminiscing about the good old days when they used to party hard — although considering you might see them duck behind the bar to help themselves to Jell-O shots, who’s to say they don’t still?

6307 N Kings Hwy A
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

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16. Fire and Smoke

411 79th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
A piece of fish on top of haricot verts on a white plate.
A fish special at Fire and Smoke.
Fire and Smoke Gastropub/Facebook

Executive chef Tyler Rice is the mastermind behind this gastropub near the Atlantic Ocean. He baits customers with familiar dishes like North Carolina jumbo lump crabcakes and Memphis-style ribs — and then drags them into uncharted territory with bison carpaccio, and free-range elk chops with a side of bone marrow bread pudding.

411 79th Ave N
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

17. Blueberry's Grill

7931 N Kings Hwy #140, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
omelette with fruit and toast
Omelette at Blueberry’s Grill.
Blueberry’s Grill/Facebook

Chef Evi Spaho offers lactose-free cheese, gluten-free toast, and stone-ground grits with goat cheese and pesto pine nuts. The chicken is GMO-free and the kale varieties for the egg white omelet range from Black Magic to Red Russian. The smoked salmon Benedict is hard to pass up, but go for the Monte Cristo, because what’s more Myrtle Beach than something deep-fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar? Expect a wait and a very lively atmosphere. Be sure to get a souvenir coffee mug.

7931 N Kings Hwy #140
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

18. Hook & Barrel

8014 N Kings Hwy B, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
restaurant interior with lots of hardwood
Hook & Barrel
Hook & Barrel/Facebook

Chef Heidi Vukov’s most recent project is the purest example of 2020s Myrtle Beach: The seafood is sustainable, there’s prosecco on tap, and the jellyfish lamps are the crux of this nauti-posh aesthetic. The plump crabcake sliders with remoulade slathered on challah buns and topped kohlrabi slaw are an ideal prelude to the pan-seared scallops.

8014 N Kings Hwy B
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

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