Coastal Eateries with a View: Dining With Stunning Waterfront Vistas

Oceanfront restaurants in Pawleys Island provide dining with views worthy of lingering long after you’ve finished the delectable, chef-crafted cuisine. The fresh seafood entrées and creative dishes make every meal one to remember.

Here are some of our favorite coastal eateries on the water near Litchfield Beach, Murrells Inlet, and Pawleys Island.  Dining out at any of these waterfront spots is a true pleasure for couples or families:

Austin’s Ocean One

1 Norris Dr, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Contemporary dishes created with fresh, seasonal ingredients are a highlight of Austin’s Ocean One restaurant, but the panoramic waterway views really steal the show. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide gorgeous vistas you’ll enjoy from the small plates to the after-dinner cocktails. 

Sample your way through starters and indulge in top-tier entrées, like the ginger-glazed salmon or grilled beef tenderloin. The on-site sommelier is happy to find a wine pairing for any meal you choose. Spring for chocolate mousse for dessert or an Irish Creme cappuccino to savor the ocean scape for a while.

Hot Fish Club

4911 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Those who appreciate locally sourced ingredients and unbeatable views love the Hot Fish Club in Murrells Inlet. What began in the 1700s as a social club dedicated to serving gourmet food and strong drinks has prevailed in a new location, satisfying vacationers and locals with its festive food and amusing atmosphere.

The aroma of bold spices and Lowcountry preparations whet your appetite right away. Tease your taste buds with the Bam Bam Shrimp and Crispy Korean Chicken appetizers, and continue your meal with a specialty Seafood Cioppino or a steampot. In the mood for merrymaking? Stick around for live music on the waterfront.

Gulfstream Cafe

1536 S Waccamaw Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Offering sought-after views of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Murrells Inlet on the other, the Gulfstream Cafe is a popular spot to eat, drink, and watch the setting sun. Choose a spot on the rooftop deck or a table inside near a window to catch the picturesque scenery outside—it’s all the entertainment you need. 

The menu is a seafood lover’s dream, featuring tuna tartare, oysters, seafood platters, and Lowcountry boils. Plus, there’s a solid selection of steaks and chicken for meat-eaters too. Spend your evening sipping on a hand-shaken margarita that’s as colorful as the horizon.


3979 Business Hwy. 17, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

For evening eats on the waterfront, head to Bovine’s. The casual atmosphere is perfect for family dinners or a date night. Dine outside on the patio to soak up the charm of the Inlet. 

The menu features wood-fired entrées from brick-oven pizzas to char-grilled steaks. If you’re feeling fancy, try the dinner special or the Shrimp and Grits, and for casual evenings out, the Bovine’s Burger or Blackened Salmon Sandwich hit the spot.

Wahoo’s Fish House

3993 US 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Dining along the creek in Murrells Inlet at Wahoo’s Fish House is an exciting culinary experience with upscale seafood and sushi. With two spacious levels and windows facing the water, there’s no bad seat in the house. 

The water views aren’t the only exceptional offerings at this restaurant. The sushi bar and Beef Tataki or Blackened Tuna Roll are some of the best around. For more traditional fare, choose the daily catch with seasonal vegetables or the signature Wedge Salad. The kids’ menu features items to please any picky eater, and the scenic nature views keep kids happily occupied spotting critters on land and sea.

Wicked Tuna

Wicked Tuna has two waterfront locations, one in Murrells Inlet and the other in Myrtle Beach. Select either dining experience to be treated to fabulous food and unbeatable service. While both restaurants are located on captivating waterways, the cuisine is what keeps visitors and locals coming back. 

Each chef-driven menu features seasonal local ingredients that embody the “hook to plate” motto of Wicked Tuna. Try their signature sushi made with tempura shrimp and lobster salad or wake up your palette with a spicy crab roll. Entrées like grouper, sea bass, and snapper are caught right off the Carolina coast.

Creek Ratz

4065 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

This restaurant on the waterway offers dining and drinks in a rustic setting that locals and visitors appreciate. The name Creek Ratz celebrates the kids who grew up in Murrells Inlet, and the lively yet casual vibe is a perfect reflection of that. Seat yourself indoors to watch the game or outside to watch the sun go down.

The reasonable prices and family-friendly menu make this an easy choice for parents. Enjoy delicious local fare, including the Mahi tacos or Carolina shrimp basket, or go for a burger and a beer as you take in the scenic waterway.

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Stay In Luxury at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort

Plan your vacation today! Reserve your stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort in Pawleys Island to make visiting any of these waterfront restaurants a breeze. The impressive amenities provide all the entertainment you need, and when it’s time to eat, you’ll find many restaurants with views nearby. The hardest part will be deciding which view of the coast to enjoy next.