19 Must Eat Myrtle Beach Restaurants to Try Now

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Whether you are already in Myrtle Beach for your vacation or you are still in the planning process, you will have to plan what or where you will be eating each meal of the day. With Dunes Village Resort’s awesome in-room amenities, you can hit up the grocery store and cook some meals in your suite.

Dunes Village also offers on-site dining options including:
  • Admiral's Room
  • Cabana Tiki Bar
  • Captain’s Cafe
  • Perk’s Up Coffee Shop
Taking all this into consideration, there are restaurants in Myrtle Beach that we would call the best of the best, those local restaurants you will only find on the Grand Strand. These are the Must Eat Myrtle Beach restaurants:

Must Eat in Central Myrtle Beach

Plate of lump crab cakes and lemon.

Mr. Fish Seafood Restaurant

Address: 6307 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach

Phone: (843) 492-0374 Cuisine: Seafood Seafood lovers will love to try the incredible seafood creations at Mr. Fish Seafood Restaurant. All their seafood and sushi dishes feature fresh, locally caught fish and shellfish. They also have many gluten-free options for food intolerances. We recommend the Boom Boom Shrimp Tower for an appetizer and Lump Crab Cakes Platter for your entree. Also, try their sweet potato fries, an underrated yet delicious pair to any meal. Next door to Mr. Fish’s Seafood Restaurant is the Seafood Market. Here, you'll find a large selection of fresh whole fish, filet fish, and fresh shellfish that can be purchased to prepare your own homemade meals in your oceanfront suite. Or stay a while and enjoy a sandwich, seafood platter, or tacos.

The Library Restaurant

Address: 6613 North Kings Highway Unit D, Myrtle Beach

Phone: (843) 448-4527

Cuisine: Fine dining

For a romantic dinner or an upscale meal, visit The Library Restaurant. This restaurant opened in 1974 on the 1200 block of North Kings Highway, next to Chapin Library. In 2017, The Library moved to its new home. But it continues to serve exquisite dishes while providing exceptional service. This location also features 88 Keys, Myrtle Beach’s only upscale piano bar. You may wish to start off with the Escargot Chablisiens, followed by the Steak Diane for your entree. The Library also offers more than 200 distinctive wines from around the world. Ask your server for their recommendation of the perfect wine to pair with your meal.

Jerusalem Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar

Address: 205 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach

Phone: (843) 946-6650

Cuisine: European and Middle Eastern Eating at the Moroccan-themed Jerusalem Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar is must-try experience. Their bar serves kosher Mediterranean dishes that are pretty to look at and delicious to eat. Owner Max Garby blends flavors from Greece, Morocco, Turkey, Egypt, and Israel to create traditional and creative dishes. We recommend starting with Dolma and Baba Ganoush and moving to the slow-roasted Chicken Tagine as an entree.

Johnny D’s Waffles

Address: 3301 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach

Phone: (843) 448-6789

Cuisine: Breakfast and American lunch options Who doesn’t love breakfast? Johnny D’s Waffles offers a fantastic breakfast and lunch menu. Meet Chef Jamie Daskalis when you visit Johnny D’s. She created all the menu items you'll love and enjoy. Great breakfast choices include the Punch of Protein Omelette or Pecan Waffle. For lunch, try the Breakfast Burger or the Turkey Triple Club. And now, Johnny D's Waffles has two more locations outside of Myrtle Beach:
  • 3900 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach
  • 1200 Highway 17 Business, Surfside Beach
For more breakfast restaurants, check out our Myrtle Beach breakfast guide.

Sea Captain's House

Address: 3002 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach Phone: (843) 448-8082 Cuisine: Southern seafood Anyone who has experienced Sea Captain's House will tell you it must be on your Grand Strand agenda. They serve traditional seafood dishes in a beautiful 1930s cottage at the seaside. Read about this historic spot on the menu as you wait for your meal. Get up early for a Seafarer Omelet for breakfast. She-Crab Soup and Shrimp Stir Fry make for a wonderful lunch. For dinner, Tuscany Seafood Pasta and Grilled Mahi are incredible. Top it all off with Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie.

Captain George's Seafood Restaurant

Address: 1401 29th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach Phone: (843) 916-2278 Cuisine: Seafood buffet When you insist on a delicious buffet experience in Myrtle Beach, Captain George's is the place to be. Here, you'll enjoy fresh seafood and exemplary service in a lively setting, with additional gluten-free and allergy-friendly selections. We recommend Steamed Clams, Sea Leg Salad, and homemade bread. Captain George's stuffed mushrooms are delicious, too. Save room for cherry cobbler for dessert!

RipTydz Oceanfront Grille & Rooftop Bar

Address: 1210 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach Phone: (843) 945-1204 Cuisine: American and seafood Expect a jovial crowd any night of the week on the patio at RipTydz Oceanfront Grille & Rooftop Bar. The ocean views are spectacular and it's likely to become a must-eat on all your Myrtle Beach visits. We recommend the Smoked Gouda Chicken Egg Rolls as an appetizer or the Rip'n Shrimp. Mac N Cheese Burger and Fried Shrimp Boat are popular entrees.

Winna's Kitchen

Address: 819 Main Street, Myrtle Beach Phone: (843) 945-8181 Cuisine: Comfort food Winna's Kitchen is a quaint restaurant with an amazing mission (ask about helping to provide meals to those in need.) This community-based family eatery has delicious offerings every day. Anything among Winna's breakfast entrees will delight your tastebuds. Winna's serves a chef's menu, meaning it's an unpublished lineup that includes four to five courses of flavorful dishes. Reservations are required, and tell the staff if you have dietary restrictions.

More Must Eat in Central Myrtle Beach 

While planning your itinerary, visit two of Myrtle Beach’s top area attractions. The Market Common and Broadway at the Beach are popular spots, and we have guides for the finest bites at each.

Must Eat In North Myrtle Beach

Bowl of penne alla vodka.

Villa Tuscanna

Address: 97 Highway 17 North, North Myrtle Beach

Phone: (843) 280-2288

Cuisine: Italian If you want authentic Italian cuisine, look no further than the family and locally owned Villa Tuscanna. "Momma" arrives early every day and prepares the fresh marinara sauce and stocks, meatballs, and dressings. To start, we recommend the Zuppa Di Cozze. And for your entree, try the classic and delicious Penne Alla Vodka.

Thai Season

Address: 1004 Highway 17 South Suite A, North Myrtle Beach

Phone: (843) 663-9300

Cuisine: Thai Thai Season is locally owned, with a menu full of flavors, variety, and authenticity. Sweet Ice, a rolled ice cream and bubble tea stand, is located in front of Thai Season during the summer. Please note: Thai Season closes in January each year. For a starter, we recommend the Shrimp Cake. For an entree, we recommend Basil Eggplant. You can customize whichever dish you choose to the spice level you desire.

Midtown Bistro

Address: 2004 Highway 17 South No. 3, North Myrtle Beach

Phone: (843) 427-4720

Cuisine: American Another quaint local’s favorite is Midtown Bistro. At Midtown Bistro, the walls are filled with colorful artwork created by local artists and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. When describing their dishes, quality is the overarching theme. From flatbreads and pasta to steak and blackened scallops, Midtown Bistro has it all. For lunch, we recommend the Apple Pecan Salad or Strawberry Flat Bread Pizza. For dinner, we recommend a Long Island cocktail with your Grilled Chicken and Shrimp or Bone in Pork Chop.

LuLu's North Myrtle Beach

Address: 4954 Highway 17 South Phone: (843) 491-5011 Cuisine: American File this eatery away under fun. LuLu’s is a lively joint where you can get delicious burgers, seafood, and sandwiches. They also have a full lineup of beer, cocktails, and wine. The kids will love the menu and the outdoor playground.  We recommend Crazy Sista’s Crab Dip or Classic Southern Wedge Salad as starters. For dinner, you can’t go wrong with Fresh Seasonal Snapper, blackened, fried, or grilled.

21 Main

Address: 719 North Beach Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach Phone: (843) 315-3000 Cuisine: Steak and seafood How about a pour of stellar merlot and a sensational steak for al fresco dining? 21 Main offers seafood and dry-aged beef entrees in a romantic southern setting. It's a superlative experience, from appetizer to dessert to ambiance. Open with Oysters Rockefeller or French Onion Soup. Favorite entrees include Prime Delmonico Ribeye, Rack of Lamb, and Coldwater Lobster Tail.

Hoskins Restaurant

Address: 405 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach Phone: (843) 249-2014 Cuisine: Diner Never compromise on the restaurant you choose for dinner. Hoskins is a family-owned restaurant that serves American seafood and steak for all three meals. Visitors have been coming for years and expect a delicious meal every time. For breakfast, we recommend hotcakes and country ham. If you're eating lunch, try the oyster or smoked chopped barbecue sandwich. Dinnertime favorites include sea scallops or fried chicken.

Must Eat South of Myrtle Beach 

Shrimp, beef and chicken Mexican fajitas.

Habaneros Mexican Restaurant

Address: 10799 SC 707, Murrells Inlet

Phone: (843) 748-9026 Cuisine: Mexican Habaneros has some of the best Mexican dishes on the Grand Strand. The atmosphere is festive and colorful, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the food is fresh and delicious. Habaneros also has a Pawleys Island location at 11151 Ocean Highway. We recommend the Pollo a la Crema for your entree. This dish is traditional but next-level. Also, consider sharing Shrimp Fajitas for two.


Address: 10880 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island

Phone: (843) 979-2747

Cuisine: Southern comfort eats This cute hideaway restaurant is in the Hammock Shops Village in Pawleys Island, but it's worth the drive. BisQit has some of the most delicious burgers and fresh-cut Belgian fries in Myrtle Beach. We recommend cauliflower wings to start with. Then, the American Beauty Burger and Lowcountry Slaw for your entree. BisQit's sister restaurant, Quigley’s Pint & Plate, is in Litchfield Beach.

Dagwood’s Deli & Sports Bar

Address: 600 Highway 17 Business North, Surfside Beach

Phone: (843) 828-4600

Cuisine: American Another local favorite, Dagwood’s is a sports pub with a family-friendly atmosphere. From the bar or your booth, you will see many flat-screen TVs playing sports, sports, and more sports. There are billiard tables, dartboards, and video games to keep everyone entertained. Dagwood’s also has a location on Mr. Joe White Avenue. Both restaurants offer the same favorable menu and prices. Choose from burgers & baskets to out-of-this-world deli sandwiches. We recommend the Hail Mary Dipper sandwich, with ham, turkey, Swiss, and homemade dill mayo.

Sara J's Seafood Restaurant

Address: 314 Atlantic Avene, Garden City

Phone: (843) 651-1657 Cuisine: Seafood Sara J’s is a family-owned seafood restaurant that is no longer a local’s secret. On summer evenings, there will be a long wait but it’s worth it! On the walls of Sara J’s you will see four giant fish, the owner’s prize catches. There are also many fishing pictures and articles and the dining room has a spectacular view of the Inlet. Depending on when you visit, Sara J’s has specific menus for early-bird dining and regular hours. For early birds, we recommend the Hamburger Steak. To start off your dinner, try the Buffalo Shrimp, Crab Bowl, or Grilled Chicken Breast salad. For an entree, it's the J's Lowcountry Boil or Filet of Flounder

Russell’s Seafood Grill 

Address: 4906 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet

Phone: (843) 651-0553

Cuisine: Seafood

Our final delicious Must Eat in the South End is Russell’s. This restaurant has served fresh seafood to locals and visitors since 1989. You will likely meet the owner, Russell, during your visit as he enjoys walking around greeting customers. Russell’s menu hasn’t changed much over time. It offers the same amazing seafood platters and raw bar options. There are also specials featuring the Catch of the Day. We recommend Fried Pickle Chips and Calamari to start with, and Crab Legs or Oyster Stew as your main course.

More Must Eat South of Myrtle Beach

For more restaurants on the South End, check out this guide to the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. The MarshWalk has seven locally-owned restaurants with live entertainment every night.

We hope this guide makes you hungry! And that has heightened your excitement for your Myrtle Beach vacation. Before you book your room, check out the hotel specials running at Dunes Village Resort to ensure you get the right deal. Didn’t see what you wanted? Here are a few more amazing restaurants near Dunes Village Resort. Happy bites!