Myrtle Beach is a great place for food lovers as it sits right on the South Carolina coastline and is a prime spot for seafood bars in particular. But Myrtle Beach is also home to steakhouses, BBQ joints, fun family-friendly eateries, and romantic restaurants too.

    Reputed as having more restaurants per capita than many of America’s largest cities, Myrtle Beach offers a whole lot of choice for food lovers of all persuasions. Whether you're searching for classic southern cooking, authentic Italian dishes or casual family eats, you'll likely find it all here.



    Family-friendly Italian cooking

    Angelo's, also known as Angelo's Steak and Pasta, is one of the top Italian restaurants in the whole Myrtle Beach area. Famed for its welcoming staff and family-friendly atmosphere, it can appeal to both Italian food lovers and steakhouse enthusiasts too.

    There's a daily early-bird Italian buffet serving up pasta, pizzas, and other Italian dishes, as well as a full a la carte menu with steaks, salads, and more, all served up in a cozy and colorful space with beautiful murals painted on many of the walls.

    Location: 2311 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, USA

    Open: Daily from 3.30 pm to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +1 843-626-2800


    The Library

    Gourmet meals in the heart of Myrtle Beach

    The Library is one of the premier gourmet dining destinations in Myrtle Beach. Offering something a little more high-end than the family eateries and casual seafood bars along the coast, this restaurant serves up fine French dishes, along with other European options too.

    The Library has been running since the 1970s, famed for its tuxedo-wearing waiters and wonderfully sourced ingredients from local oysters to Parisian mushrooms. Some of the dishes are even partly prepared right at your table, adding a little flair and excitement to the overall dining experience.

    Location: 6613 N Kings Hwy Unit D, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 5 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 843-448-4527



    For wine lovers

    Brentwood immediately stands out for its location and is housed in a gorgeous old Victorian building that dates back to 1910. For several decades now, this restaurant has been serving up some of the best eats in the city, with French Chef Eric Masson heading up the kitchen and fusing European classics with American influences.

    You'll find a rich and varied menu of bistro-style dishes at Brentwood, and wine is a big part of the experience too. The restaurant runs its own wine club and offers red or white recommendations to pair with every dish on the menu.

    Location: 4269 State Rd S-26-852, Little River, SC 29566, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 4 pm to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 843-249-2601



    The best sandwiches in Myrtle Beach

    Dagwood's Deli is a local Myrtle Beach chain of sandwich shops that a lot of the locals have fallen in love with over the years. The original location sits on Mr. Joe White Avenue and has been running since the late ‘80s. If you find yourself craving a sandwich, this really is one of the best places in the city, offering up a wide range of fillings and stacking each sandwich high with generous helpings every time.

    The bread rolls are always baked fresh each day and you can easily see how popular this place is by the long lines that start to form outside around lunchtime. Be sure to call and place your order in advance if you're in a hurry.

    Location: 400 Mr. Joe White Ave, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +1 843-448-0100


    Hwy 55

    Comfort food in comfortable surroundings

    Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries is all about classic comfort foods. As the name implies, big burgers, fresh fries, and tasty shakes are all over the menu here, making it a great spot for families and groups of friends looking for an authentic, old-fashioned diner experience.

    There's even a food challenge here for those who feel capable to take it on. The 'Five Five Challenge' involves eating a burger with 7 patties and 4 toppings, a side of fries, and a 24 oz soda too.

    Location: Coastal Grand Mall, 2000 Coastal Grand Cir FC6, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 843-232-7564


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    River City Cafe

    Big burgers and friendly service

    River City Cafe is a local chain with several eateries situated all around the Myrtle Beach area. Locals and local media alike have classed this as one of the city's top-rated eateries, especially for families or those in search of somewhere casual and cozy to take a seat and enjoy a tasty, filling meal.

    Burgers, fries, and sides are the main items on the menu here. The OMG Burger, for example, offers 2 patties, melted Swiss and cheddar cheese, salad, and smoky bacon, all stacked between 2 fried cheese and egg sandwiches.

    Location: 404 21st Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 843-448-1990



    Two restaurants in one

    Frank's is essentially 2 terrific restaurants in 1 location. Situated just outside the main Myrtle Beach area in Pawleys Island, Frank's is divided up into a gourmet restaurant serving traditional Southern dishes, as well as the Frank's Outback section, which is more casual and family-friendly.

    You'll find a great range of signature South Carolina dishes at Frank's, while those looking for seafood, wood-fired pizzas, and outdoor dining will feel right at home in the Outback section. There are plenty of unique daily specials too, often centered around fresh catches of the day or prime cuts of locally sourced meat.

    Location: 10434 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, USA

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 843-237-3030


    Crave Italian Oven

    Authentic Italian cooking in Myrtle Beach

    Crave Italian Oven stands out among the many Italian restaurants in and around Myrtle Beach for the quality of its dishes and the dedication of its staff. There are many Italian eateries around, but this one actually took the time to import a true European marble oven.

    Known as 'Eleanor' to the staff in honor of one of the owner's mothers, this oven produces some of the tastiest pizzas on the coast with extra crispy crusts and perfectly cooked toppings. The menu is impressively varied too, with a wide range of pizza options, along with soups, salads, and light bites.

    Location: 5900 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, USA

    Open: Sunday–Wednesday from noon to 8 pm, Thursday–Saturday from noon to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 843-213-0500


    Carolina Roadhouse

    Carolina cooking at its best

    The Carolina Roadhouse aims to pay homage to the spirit and culture of the Carolinas with its generous helpings, friendly service, and diverse menu. The portions here offer amazing value for money, with mountains of fries, super long hot dogs, and super stacks of spicy ribs too.

    The kitchen is set up in an open plan, giving diners a fun view of the culinary team hard at work. Meanwhile, the wrap-around bar and colorful aesthetic help to give the Carolina Roadhouse a fun and friendly vibe.

    Location: 4617 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 843-497-9911


    Collector's Café

    An artistic endeavor

    The Collector's Cafe offers something totally different from many other restaurants in the Myrtle Beach area. It has its own art gallery, made up of several different rooms, including multiple private spaces for parties and special occasions, this charming eatery is decorated with lots of lovely artworks.

    Dozens of local artists feature throughout the Collector's Cafe, and all the art is for sale too. In terms of food, you'll find a good range of typical coastal seafood dishes and elegant European fare here. The menu, wine list, and artistic aesthetic make the Collector's Cafe a very romantic dining destination.

    Location: 7740 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11.30 am to 10 pm, Saturday from 11.30 am to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +1 843-449-9370

    Khadija Bilal | Contributing Writer

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