When vacationers head out for a seafood meal on the Grand Strand, expectations are high. And considering the area’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, it’s understandable that diners expect to find the tastiest and freshest of seafood dishes on local menus.
Of course, these seafood lovers won’t be disappointed in the Myrtle Beach area. In fact, fresh cuisine from the ocean is considered by many to be the Grand Strand’s signature culinary offering. But even with the wealth of establishments serving fresh-caught seafood here, some eateries simply rise above the competition. If you and your vacation crew are looking to enjoy some fresh ocean catches during your next Myrtle Beach area getaway, head for one of these five spots that are known for delicious seafood:
Hook & Barrel — This upscale Myrtle Beach eatery serves up some serious flavor, with its fresh seafood taking center stage. House-specialty entrees include the Pan-Seared Scallops topped with Benton’s bacon, roasted corn and grape tomatoes; the Paella for 2 with clams, shrimp, scallops, crab, chicken and Andouille sausage; and the Crab Cakes featuring jumbo lump blue crab. Wash it all down with a diverse selection of barreled and bottled wines, cocktails, and nightcaps. Explore the full dining and bar menus a hookandbarrel.com.
Sea Captain’s House — With more than half a century of history on the Grand Strand — and located just a few blocks from Breakers Resort— this oceanfront Myrtle Beach restaurant offers some of the area’s best seafood and one of the region’s top outdoor patios. Guests here can enjoy house specialties like New England Clam Chowder, Shrimp & Grits, Pecan-Crusted Grouper and Filet Mignon while taking in sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. For early risers, catching breakfast here along with a sunrise over the Atlantic is a fantastic way to start the day. Visit seacaptains.com to learn more.
Mr. Fish — Found in Myrtle Beach on North Kings Highway, Mr. Fish is a father/daughter-run establishment that’s home to both a cooked-to-order seafood restaurant and a fresh fish market. At Mr. Fish Seafood Restaurant, the full menu of freshly prepared items ranges from shrimp & grits, sautéed mahi tacos, and crab mac and cheese to appetizers like crab balls and specialty sushi rolls like the shrimp tempura roll. At Mr. Fish Seafood Market, the variety of local and seasonal catches available includes shrimp, cluster oysters, blue crab, softshell crabs and seabass, to name a few. And the homemade goodies offered here include she crab soup, clam chowder, crab cakes, sauces and more.
Flying Fish Public Market & Grill — Situated alongside the Intracoastal Waterway at North Myrtle Beach shopping/dining/entertainment hot spot Barefoot Landing, this part restaurant/part fish market serves up fresh catches both raw and cooked to perfection under the same roof. With a concept inspired by Seattle’s Pike Place Market and South Carolina’s own Pearlz Oyster Bar, Flying Fish allows guests to dine on house specialties like lobster ravioli, Lowcountry crab cakes, shrimp & grits and house-made maki rolls while watching employees throw ice-cooled raw fish to one another over the counter. Explore the Flying Fish menus at flyingfishmarket.com.
Hot Fish Club — Housed in the Grand Strand’s oldest existing restaurant building, this Murrells Inlet seafood restaurant specializes in serving fresh catches accompanied by fresh local produce. Diners looking to enjoy their meal alfresco can head to the restaurant’s back deck overlooking a marsh, where they can opt for signature dishes such as Char-Grilled Grouper, Blackened Mahi Stuffed With Crabmeat, Lobster Pot Pie and Maple-Ginger Glazed Salmon. Visit hotfish.comto learn more.
After sampling some of the Grand Strand’s finest seafood, head back to The Long Bay Resort for some rest and relaxation.