Must Eat Myrtle Beach

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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 multiple on-site dining options including the Admirals Room, Captain’s Cafe, Perk’s Up Coffee Shop, and Pool Side Grill where delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are served.

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 we will tell you about in this guide. For the convenience of planning your daily itineraries, we have divided this list into sections of Myrtle Beach: Central, the North End, and the South End.

Must Eat in Central Myrtle Beach 

Mr. Fish Seafood Restaurant

6307 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach | (843) 492-0374

Restaurant Hours: Wed&Thurs 3-8:30 pm, Fri&Sat 3-9 pm

Sushi Hours: Wed-Sat 3-7 pm

Seafood lovers will line up to try the incredible seafood creations at Mr. Fish. All of their seafood and sushi dishes feature fresh, locally caught fish and shellfish. They also have many gluten-free options for those with food intolerances.

We recommend the Blackened Bleu sushi roll for an appetizer and Lump Crab Cakes for your entree. Also, be sure to try their cucumber salad side dish, an underrated yet delicious pair to any meal.

Next door to Mr. Fish’s restaurant, you will find their Seafood Market, open daily 10 am - 7 pm. They have a large selection of fresh whole fish, filet fish, and fresh shellfish. There is also a new selection of seasonings, homemade sauces, seafood breadings, and homemade soups.

The Library Restaurant

6613 N Kings Hwy Unit D, Myrtle Beach | (843) 448-4527

Hours: Tues-Sat 5-10 pm

For a romantic dinner or upscale meal, you must plan to visit The Library Restaurant. This iconic Myrtle Beach restaurant was originally opened in 1974 and located on the 1200 block of N Kings Hwy, next to Chapin Library. In 2017, The Library moved to its new home but continues to serve exquisite dishes while providing exceptional service. This new location also features 88 Keys, Myrtle Beach’s only upscale piano bar.

We recommend the Lobster Cocktail to start with Steak Diane for your entree. The Library also offers over 200 delectable wines from around the world. Ask your server for their recommendation of the best pairing with your meal.

Jerusalem Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar

205 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach | (843) 946-6650

Hours: Mon-Thurs 12-9 pm, Fri&Sun 12-10 pm, Sat 5-10 pm

Eating at Jerusalem’s is not just a meal, it’s an experience. This Moroccan-themed restaurant and bar serve kosher Mediterranean dishes that are as pretty to look at as they are delicious to eat. Owner and chef Maksim “Max” Garby blends ingredients, techniques, and flavors from Greece, Morocco, Tukey, Egypt, and Isreal to create traditional and unique dishes.

We recommend starting with the Three Way Pita and Mediterranean Sampler. For your entree, we recommend the Jerusalem Experience for Two- so you can try a taste of everything.

Johnny D’s Waffles

3301 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach | (843) 448-6789

Hours: Daily 7 am - 2 pm

Who doesn’t love breakfast? Johnny D’s offers an incredible breakfast and lunch menu. And now, they have locations on the North and South Ends of town (3900 Hwy 17 S, NMB and 1200 Hwy 17 Bus, Surfside Beach). Say hello to Chef Jamie Daskalis when you visit Johnny D’s. She personally created all of the menu items you love and enjoy.

For breakfast, we recommend the drool-worthy Chicken & Waffles and Crab Cake Benedict. For lunch, you must try the Hot Honey Habanero Sandwich and the Pork Belly Burger.

For more must eat breakfast restaurants in Myrtle Beach, we have created a breakfast guide to make your selection simpler.

More Must Eat in Central Myrtle Beach 

While planning your vacation itinerary, two of Myrtle Beach’s top area attractions you will want to visit are The Market Common and Broadway at the Beach. We have guides for the best bites found at each.


Must Eat In North Myrtle Beach

Villa Tuscanna

97 Hwy 17 N, North Myrtle Beach | (843)280-2288

Hours: Sun-Thurs 4-9 pm, Fri&Sat 4-10 pm, Closed Mon

If you are looking for authentic Italian cuisine, look no further than Villa Tuscanna. This locally-owned restaurant is truly a family affair. Chef Toni’s Momma arrives early every day to prepare fresh marinara sauce and stocks along with homemade meatballs and dressings.

To start, we recommend the Mozzarella Caprese. And for your entree, you must try the classic but delicious Spaghetti Marinara with Homemade Meatballs.

Thai Season

1004 Hwy 17 S Suite A, North Myrtle Beach | (843) 663-9300

Hours: Tue-Thurs 11:30 am - 9 pm, Fri-Sun 12-9:30 pm

Thai Season is a locally-owned Thai restaurant with a menu full of flavors, variety, and authenticity. During the summer, Sweet Ice is open, a rolled ice cream and bubble tea stand located in the front of Thai Season. Please note, Thai Season closes for the month of January each year.

For a starter, we recommend the Summer Rolls, and for an entree, we recommend the Spicy Ginger Crispy Chicken. You can customize whichever dish you choose to the spice level you desire.

Midtown Bistro

2004 Hwy 17 S #3, North Myrtle Beach | (843) 427-4720

Hours: Daily 11 am - 9 pm

Another quaint local’s favorite is Midtown Bistro. The walls are filled with artwork created by local artists. 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 a little bit of everything.

For lunch, we recommend the Hot Veggie Wrap with Chipotle Mayo and Pasta Salad on the side. For dinner, we recommend the Espresso Martini with the Filet Mignon.

The Grill House 

228 2nd Ave N, North Myrtle Beach | (843) 249-3033

Hours: Mon&Tues 4-10 pm, Wed-Sat 11 am - 10 pm

Don’t allow the humble exterior of this restaurant to fool you - their food packs a delicious punch. Beyond the classics of steaks, ribs, chicken, and burgers, The Grill House has daily specials and Greek-inspired dishes created by the owner and head chef, Stat Manos.

Manos highly recommends the NY Strip and BBQ Ribs. We recommend the Little River Crab Cake Sandwich with homemade chips.


Must Eat South of Myrtle Beach 

Habaneros Mexican Restaurant

10799 SC 707, Murrells Inlet | (843) 748-9026

Hours: Mon-Fri 11 am - 9 pm, Sat&Sun 11:30 am - 9 pm

Habaneros has some of the most authentic Mexican cuisine in the Myrtle Beach area. The atmosphere is festive and colorful. The staff is friendly and helpful. The food is fresh and delicious. Habaneros also has a location further south in Pawleys Island at 11151 Ocean Hwy.

We recommend the Molcajete for your entree. This dish is like traditional fajitas but next level. Also, you’ll want to share with someone as this dish is very large.


10880 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island | (843) 979-2747

Hours: Mon-Fri 10 am - 8 pm, Sat&Sun 9 am - 9 pm

This cute hideaway restaurant is located in the Hammock Shops Village, but it’s so worth the drive. BisQit is the sister restaurant of Quigley’s Pint & Plate, a family-friendly restaurant and brewery located in Litchfield Beach.

BisQit some of the best burgers and fresh-cut Belgian fries in Myrtle Beach. We recommend the Homemade Beef Jerky to start with the Smokehouse Burger and Onion Rings for your entree.

Dagwood’s Deli & Sports Bar

600 Hwy 17 Bus N, Surfside Beach | (843) 828-4600

Hours: Daily 11 am - 11 pm

Another local favorite, Dagwood’s is a little sports pub with a fun family-friendly atmosphere. From the bar or your comfortable booth, you will have a view of multiple 59” flat-screen TVs playing sports, sports, and more sports. There are also two billiards tables, a dartboard, and a few sports video games to keep everyone entertained.

Dagwood’s also has a location in Myrtle Beach on Mr. Joe White Ave. Both restaurants offer the same great menu and prices. Choose from burgers & baskets to out-of-this-world deli sandwiches. We recommend the Chicken Philly Sandwich with Fries and a side of Homemade Ranch.

Sara J’s 

314 Atlantic Ave, Garden City | (843) 651-1657

Winter Hours: Thurs-Sat 4-8 pm

Sara J’s is a family-owned seafood restaurant that is no longer a local’s secret. On summer evenings, there will be quite a wait but it’s worth it! On the walls of Sara J’s you will see 4 giant fish, the owner’s prize catches. There are also many fishing pictures and articles. The whole dining room has an incredible view of the Inlet.

Depending on when you visit, Sara J’s has specific menus for winter and summer. For winter, we recommend the Buffalo Shrimp appetizer and the Oyster Poboy entree.

Russell’s Seafood Grill 

4906 Hwy 17 Bus, Murrells Inlet | (843) 651-0553

Hours: Mon-Thurs 12-9 pm, Fri&Sat 12-10 pm

Our final delicious Must Eat on the South End is Russell’s. This locally owned restaurant has been serving fresh seafood to locals and visitors alike since 1989. You are sure to meet the owner, Russell, during your visit as he walks around greeting customers.

Russell’s menu hasn’t changed much through the years offering the same amazing seafood platters and raw bar options. There are also specials featuring the Catch of the Day. We recommend the Coconut Shrimp and Raw Oysters on the Half Shell to start with the Fried Seafood Platter for your entree.

More Must Eat South of Myrtle Beach

For even more amazing restaurants on the South End of the Grand Strand, here is a complete guide to the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. The MarshWalk has 7 locally-owned restaurants with live music played nightly.


We hope this guide has not only made you hungry but also heightened your excitement for you your Myrtle Beach vacation. Before you book your room, don’t forget to check out the Specials currently running at Dunes Village Resort to be sure you get the best deal.

If you didn’t see what you were looking for, here are a few more amazing restaurants you will find right around the corner from Dunes Village. Happy bites!