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Top 5 Seafood Restaurants on the South Strand

Courtney Martin   |   17 Mar 2017

One of the most delicious perks of living and vacationing on the coast is the easy access to the finest and freshest local seafood. Most coastal Carolina cuisine includes some form of ocean-fresh delicacy, from deviled crab to flounder to shrimp po boys. While enjoying your Myrtle Beach rental on the South Strand try one of these top 5 restaurants for an authentic seafood experience:

  • 5. Hog Heaven

    Seafood and swine meet up for a delectable combination at Hog Heaven in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. This hole-in-the-wall restaurant churns out great BBQ favorites, but their add-on seafood items really make this dive worthwhile! Add all-you-can-eat shrimp, oysters, or both on top of the BBQ buffet at a fraction of the cost of some other seafood buffets in the area. Hog Heaven also offers up steamed seafood options like crab legs and clams, as well as fried seafood platters of shrimp, oysters, grouper, scallops, and flounder. Make a quick stop by Hog Heaven for large portions at a great price!


  • 4. Wicked Tuna

    Located in the heart of the Inlet, Wicked Tuna brings guests excellent sushi choices, as well as other "Hook to Table" options that are certain to please your palate! The restaurant sends their fishing fleet out each week, in search of grouper, mahi mahi, seabass, and snapper right off of the Carolina coast. These local and fresh fish are cleaned and prepared in their own on-site fish house, before being brought into the restaurant's kitchen. From there, Wicked Tuna's master chefs work to assemble inspired and creative dishes unlike those found anywhere else! Choose from Roasted Red Pepper Mahi, Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits, Stuffed Flounder Stack, and much more! Enjoy your dining experience from the sprawling outside deck, where you'll have fabulous views of the Inlet. Don't miss out on the creations being put together daily at Wicked Tuna!


  • 3. Lee's Inlet Kitchen

    This establishment prides itself on being the only restaurant in Murrells Inlet that is still owned and operated by the original family that started the business! Since 1948, Lee's has been serving up fresh and delicious Lowcountry-Murrells Inlet style seafood in the same way, and the owners guarantee that food like this can't be found anywhere else! With recipes handed down from generation to generation, some of the restaurant's specialties include Shrimp Creole, Homemade She Crab Soup (6 time winner of the Murrells Inlet Chowder Contest!), as well as variations of fried, broiled, and grilled seafood platters. The restaurant also offers up lighter fare and an array of alcoholic beverage options. Stop by Lee's Inlet Kitchen to step back in time and enjoy the local seafood recipes that have been satisfying customers for over 65 years!


  • 2. Gulfstream Cafe

    Are you looking for dinner with a view? Then be sure to check out Gulfstream Cafe in Garden City, South Carolina, just a few miles north of Murrells Inlet. Arrive early for short waits, and ask for tables with a lovely view of the inlet. The oceanfront dining isn't the only perk of Gulfstream Cafe. With exquisite appetizer selections like N'awlins Shrimp and Grits, and Oyster Shooters, your meal will get off to an epic start! Entrees include options like Grouper Francaise, Seafood Cioppino, and Southern Fried Seafood Platters. Try Gulftream Cafe for a fabulous and delicious waterfront dining experience.


  • 1. Hot Fish Club

    Whether you're looking for a small plate or an enormous steamer entree, Hot Fish Club continues to impress locals and visitors alike with its impeccable menu with dining options for everyone.

    Located on Highway 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, Hot Fish Club offers up filling platters, tasty sandwiches, and seafood classics. Get things started with one of their famous appetizers, which range from lobster rolls to grouper bites to blue crab fondue! Next, move on to an entree that is sure to impress your taste buds with selections like Inlet Crab Cakes, Shrimp and Grits Hot Fish Style, or the notorious Lobster Pot Pie. If you're looking to try a little bit of everything, go with the Hot Fish Platter, which includes local flounder, shrimp, oysters, crab cake, and scallops! Spend a cool evening at Hot Fish Club by dining on the Super Steampot, a more superior version of the Lowcountry boil, including shrimp, oysters, mussels, corn, red potatoes, 1 King Crab Leg, and 1 Alaskan Crab Cluster. If you're looking for a smaller portion, try out the delicious clam chowder or one of Hot Fish's small plates, which include shrimp tacos, fish and chips, and much more.

    For a seafood experience that is unforgettable, authentic, and local in every way, try out Hot Fish Club.


You may never want to eat from the land again after indulging in the scrumptious seafood selections being offered in the Myrtle Beach area. The seafood in Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet is some of the best in the world. Try it for yourself during your next vacation rental!
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