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When Dining with a Crowd, Try These SC Restaurants

Libby Wiersema Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 38 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.
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Snagging a table for two at South Carolina restaurants doesn’t typically require complicated feats of pre-planning. Trying to seat your large family or group of friends, however, may be a little trickier. While most restaurants can accommodate larger parties with proper advanced notice, there are certain places where seating a crowd is easier thanks to bigger spaces.

Here is a short list of restaurants representing some of the state’s hottest dining destinations. Each one is known for handily accommodating eight or more diners at a single table. Of course, reserve as far in advance as possible. Even if you’re dining with your group on the fly, a phone call to check availability is not only good manners, but it ups the odds of finding a place for everyone at the table. And if reservations are not accepted, go ahead and just show up—the earlier, the better though.


Historic Charleston
Burwell’s Stonefire Grill – Old-school steakhouse with modern twists and two floors of seating

Charleston Crab House – Bustling seafood joint with two floors of seating and a rooftop patio

Edmund’s Oast – Part brewery, part restaurant featuring seasonal dishes and an expansive dining room

Hank’s – Local seafood tradition welcomes larger groups in a turn-of-the-century warehouse

82 Queen – Classic Lowcountry cuisine served in 11 elegant dining rooms


Alodia's Italiana Cucina (Irmo and Lexington) – Italian favorites from family recipes; a favorite of larger groups
Note: Does not accept reservations, so seating is first come, first served.

California Dreaming – Serving a comprehensive menu of American favorites in a historic train station with lots of seating

Cola’s – Seafood, steaks and more served in the casual, fine dining atmosphere of a restored RC Cola bottling plant; ample number of large booths and tables

Little Pigs Barbecue – Vinegar-based pulled pork and more offered off the menu or on a hearty buffet brimming with sides and fixings; room for lots of hungry folks

Thirsty Fellow – Pizza and pub grub served in an energetic, roomy atmosphere


Grand Strand
Chuck’s Steakhouse, Myrtle Beach – Popular place for steak in a hunting lodge setting filled with seating options

Flying Fish, North Myrtle Beach – Located at Barefoot Landing, this seafood market and restaurant has an expansive dining area to accommodate groups of every size

Hook and Barrel, Myrtle Beach – Fresh, inspired seafood dishes are a treat at this distinctive, eco-friendly restaurant that gladly accommodates large parties

Preston Seafood, North Myrtle Beach – Casual seafood and country cooking restaurant with homemade sides for discriminating buffet diners

Simply Southern Smokehouse – Southern cooking and barbecue appoint this buffet that accommodates groups of all sizes


Hilton Head Island
Crazy Crab, Jarvis Creek and Harbour Town – Lots of fresh seafood, lots of seating, great water views for one and all

Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks – A Lowcountry treasure featuring fresh-from-the-docks seafood and gorgeous views of Port Royal Sound
Note: Reservations not accepted, so show up early for the best seating options

Marleys Island Grille – Seafood, steaks and chicken served with tropical flair; casual and fun group dining

Old Oyster Factory – Fresh seafood restaurant welcoming groups of all sizes; large dining area and deck situated on the former site of an oyster canning factory

One Hot Mama’s – An American grill with smoked meats and homemade country sides; happily accommodates groups


Larkin’s on the River – Dry-aged steak, shrimp and grits, and more served in a white-tablecloth setting

Pomegranate on Main – Persian cuisine made with fresh ingredients for groups seeking a dining adventure

Rick Erwin’s West End Grille – Casually elegant steakhouse with ample seating for parties of all sizes

Sassafras Southern Bistro – Southern cooking meets French cuisine; accommodating of larger groups

Soby’s – New Southern cuisine served in a historic building with a main dining room, mezzanine and outdoor patio for dining options

Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 38 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.