Where to Eat in Garden City Beach: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Malia Yoakum

Garden City’s main attraction is the beach. Grab a boogie board and body surf on the waves, or build sand castles with the kids. For more exciting water fun, you can drive up the road to visit Myrtle Waves, a large water park with fun water slides and a lazy river. Adventurous adults can try parasailing above the ocean, and then relaxing with a fishing pole on the pier.There are so many things to do on the Grand Strand. Myrtle Beach has a new boardwalk and attractions including a giant Ferris wheel. You can visit Ripley's Believe It or Not museum and see the oddities, play in an arcade game, or get a hot dog from Peaches Corners. If you travel to Broadway at the Beach, you have a wide choice of restaurants including Margaretville, owned by Jimmy Buffett. There is also mini golf, a movie theater, and countless shops. Seafood is the order of the day in the Grand Strand and one of the finest seafood restaurants around is located right in Garden City, maybe even in walking distance of your vacation rental. Sara J's is located right on the marsh, and if the weather is good, you can enjoy your meal outside on the deck. There are numerous restaurants up and down the Strand offering a myriad of choices.The Carolina Opry, Legends in Concert, and the House of Blues all provide live entertainment. You can find clubs to go dancing or quiet little bars to have a drink.
Things to do in Garden City Beach

1. Pacino's Mediterranean Grille

3103 Business Hwy 17 South, Garden City Beach, SC 29576 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Lebanese, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 14 - SGD 29 +1 843-651-0532
Excellent
88%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 374 reviews

Pacino's Mediterranean Grille

A unique combination of fabulous Italian and Lebanese cuisine!At Pacino’s it's equal parts dishes from across the region melded with warm attentive service. The menu features dishes from Italy all the way to Lebanon with stops in between – including regional wine favorites. All our dishes are prepared to order using fresh local ingredients. Our menu includes traditional dishes as well as unique culinary creations that you won’t find anywhere else. They are sure to delight any taste bud. Live music adds to the ambience on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Reviewed By cheryl h - Durham, North Carolina

What an awesome meal. This is an authentic Italian, several course meal, so don't let the "Mediterranean" fool you (I wasn't exactly sure what they meant by Mediterranean so at first I didn't want to go there). Everything was so tasty we are definitely putting this into the rotation for our annual myrtle beach golfing outing.

Our server was very attentive and friendly. The place is small so the tables were a little closer together than I am usually comfortable with but the food made up for that.

Their salad dressing was very good, the garlic bread was amazing and the marinara sauce on the chicken parm and lasagna was oh so good.

2. Valentino's Italian Restaurant

323 Highway 17 Business, Surfside Beach, SC 29575 Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 843-839-4949
Excellent
83%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 860 reviews

Valentino's Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By MILLANDRO - Mint Hill, North Carolina

Don't let the cheesy exterior fool you, this place is authentic Italian fare. Once inside, the atmosphere screams Italy. It is family owned and the waitstaff prides themselves on knowing how each dish is created. Music by an excellent Italian singer who played the piano...MoreThank you for stopping by! Thank you for taking the time to review us! We apologize about the noise, sometimes it is hard to control. Hope to see you back again soon!

3. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

2607 Highway 17 Business, Garden City Beach, SC 29576 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Fast Food Breakfast +1 843-651-2303
Excellent
70%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 130 reviews

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Reviewed By Larry13C - Fort Mill, South Carolina

We came here to Garden City Krispy Kreme because we were craving HOT doughnuts, but they are misleading! They are not a full size Krispy Kreme shop. The doughnuts not done in a fryer here. They are heated up in a over and then go through a glaze. So they are not HOT, they are warm at best!

4. Twisters Soft Serve

U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 843-504-9472
Excellent
80%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 100 reviews

Twisters Soft Serve

Reviewed By Hop2It2day - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Twisters is a GREAT little ice cream shop, and I do mean little. It is tasty, but a bit pricey and can get BUSY during the summer.

5. Costa

4606 Highway 17 Business, Attached to Inlet Sports Lodge, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576-5638 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 52 - SGD 105 +1 843-299-1970
Excellent
84%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 357 reviews

Costa

Reviewed By MiaVal - North Billerica, Massachusetts

Very creative plates with wonderful combinations of savory flavors. Service Staff gave a detailed description of dishes and responsive service. Little did I know what a treat I was in for while visiting friends in the area. Best meal I consumed in my 5 day visit.

6. Southside Grill

355 Highway 17 N, Surfside Beach, SC 29575-6030 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 26 +1 843-839-8043
Excellent
79%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 121 reviews

Southside Grill

Small owner operated restaurant with made to order burgers, seafood, salads, steaks and homemade desserts. B.Y.O.B.

Reviewed By travelingbillbury - Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Such a cozy, welcoming place. Real hospitality. GREAT FOOD. They treat everyone like family. A delightful experience every time. Very inexpensive, especially considering the quality of the ingredients and the generous portions. You can't go wrong here. Check the specials board...Ric usually has something seasonal and tempting in addition to the extensive regular menu. And ask what desserts Mimi made for the day.

7. Grilled Cheese & Crab Cake Co

2520 Highway 17 Business Unit 9, Garden City Beach, SC 29576 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Soups Lunch, Dinner SGD 5 - SGD 22 +1 843-947-0855
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 341 reviews

Grilled Cheese & Crab Cake Co

We are located in The Oasis Plaza at 2520 17 Business South in Garden City S.C. We offer a cozy atmosphere with friendly smiles and great food! Our staff is here to please and make everyone feel welcome, so we hope to see some new faces and to all our loyal repeat customers can not wait to prepare some new and exciting sandwiches for you!

Reviewed By CathyP1953 - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

What a great sandwich!!! Bread is so crispy and buttery. We ordered a shrimp grilled cheese and an oyster grilled cheese and shared the mouthwatering morsels!!! The old bay seasoned fries were fabulous!!! The season was awesome!!! Service was great!! I will be back for another special grilled cheese!!!

8. Froyoz

2607 S Highway 17, Garden City Beach, SC 29576-7618 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Gluten Free Options SGD 7 +1 843-651-2665
Excellent
82%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 55 reviews

Froyoz

Froyoz is a place where families can come together and enjoy a delicious dessert made of only the finest ingredients! With a lively staff and friendly atmosphere, Froyoz is dedicated to ensuring that the customer is always happy. We believe that great yogurt.ice cream and Sorbet is the foundation for a special dessert. We are committed to delivering fresh and nutritious toppings so that your dessert is always guilt-free. As we continue the tradition of simple and satisfying desserts made from the best ingredients, our hope is that Froyoz will always exceed your expectations. See you soon!

Reviewed By buzzbee2016 - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The yogurt and fresh toppings are top quality at Froyoz... I highly recommend a visit. However, I think what really makes a difference at Froyoz is the friendly and welcoming spirit each and every time I've stepped in and filled a cup... everyone has been so nice and helpful. The frozen yogurt and all of the flavors and toppings are great...but, it's the folks behind the counter that make this place the Best of the Best in the Grand Strand. By far, my favorite!

9. Painters Homemade Ice Cream

2107 S Highway 17, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576-7607 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 843-651-1255
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 102 reviews

Painters Homemade Ice Cream

Reviewed By krissybee1979 - Wilmington, North Carolina

My dad and I had a hot fudge sundae, my grandma had key lime, mom had pistachio and kids had waffle cones, one with vanilla and one with chocolate. Everyone loved theirs! We will be back.

10. Painter's Homemade Ice Cream

100 N Waccamaw Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576-8030 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 843-357-6201
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 71 reviews

Painter's Homemade Ice Cream

Reviewed By 1969RS - Rogers, Arkansas

Saw review for homemade ice cream. TA rated this high so we checked it out. Very plain underwhelming decor. I didn't see anything that really screamed they make their own ice cream. Different flavors in big buckets but I'd suspect they buy from a distributor. They had several flavors and some unique special. I had Oreo Surprise which was crushed Oreos, chocolate fudge, chocolate ice cream and whip cream. It was very rich but again, not overwhelming. $5.
Not a memorable experience. Just blah.

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