One of the best parts of a vacation on the South Carolina coast is getting to sit back and admire the scenery. If you’re looking for the perfect restaurant to relax with a water view on the Grand Strand, we’ve got a few suggestions.
What it's known for: For great food with an even better view, Banditos is the perfect spot to have a relaxed dinner on vacation. The menu is loaded with all of your favorite Mexican flavors, excellent happy hour specials and even a few surprise items like the delicious spinach and pecan salad.
Style: Mexican, waterfront, casual, lunch, dinner
Address: 1410 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
What it's known for: Sea Captain’s House specializes in traditional seafood dishes with superior service and of course – a spectacular view. It’s a must-go for families and travelers alike, many who’ve been dining here for more than 50 years. Don't miss the daily specials. And many locals say it serves the best burger on the beach, too.
Style: Seafood, casual, family-friendly, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Address: 3002 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
What it's known for: It doesn’t get more Oceanfront than Pier 14. Come enjoy drinks and dinner on the pier, with the ocean breeze on your face. They like to keep their menu simple and delicious – and if you have room for dessert, try the Key lime pie.
Style: Seafood, casual, family-friendly, waterfront, lunch, dinner
Address: 1306 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
What it's known for: Walk right up to Croaker’s from the beach for a relaxed lunch with your family. Customers rave about the fried flounder, shrimp and catfish – not to mention the good service and beautiful, oceanfront view.
Style: Seafood, burgers, casual, oceanfront
Address: 9700 Kings Road, Myrtle Beach
What it's known for: Gulfstream Café wants their guests to experience high-end seafood in a laid-back atmosphere. Boasting some of the most beautiful water views across Murrells Inlet, excellent service, delicious food and a relaxed atmosphere come together here to create a perfect vacation dinner spot.
Style: Seafood, waterfront, dinner, Sunday brunch
Address: 1536 S. Waccamaw Drive, Garden City Beach
What it's known for: If you’re on the north end, Filet’s is a great choice with an awesome view. Come early for their excellent happy hour specials and stay for live music and a delicious menu. The lobster bisque and the steak tips with blue cheese never disappoint.
Style: Steakhouse, seafood, sushi, waterfront, dinner
Address: 2120 Sea Mountain Highway No. 1100, North Myrtle Beach
What it's known for: If you’re looking for your Irish fix of corned beef and bangers and mash, or if you just want a casual and family-friendly spot with a great view – try Molly Darcy’s. She boasts an excellent beer selection, plenty of outdoor seating and a game room for entertaining the kids.
Style: Irish Pub, casual, family-friendly, waterfront, lunch, dinner
Address: 1701 S. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach
What it's known for: The Pier House is a three-story restaurant with giant glass windows that offer the best views of Myrtle Beach from the 2nd Avenue Pier. The Lowcountry-themed menu honors coastal towns and the delicious dishes they inspire. Try items like the Socastee Shrimp and Grits or the Georgetown Grouper. There's also a terrific bar upstairs with cushy chairs and a view that goes on for miles.
Style: Seafood, waterfront, family-friendly, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Address: 110 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach