Where to Eat in Murrells Inlet: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Phylicia Berquist

Murrells Inlet is an unincorporated area and census-designated place straddling the line between Horry and Georgetown Counties in South Carolina, United States. The population was 7,547 at the 2010 census. The community was once primarily a fishing village, but has grown substantially in modern time, along with the rest of the Grand Strand, into a popular tourist and retirement location. It is most known for the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, a ⁄2-mile-long (0.8 km) boardwalk overlooking a salt marsh and which houses many restaurants.
Things to do in Murrells Inlet

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. 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.

3. 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.

4. Hot Fish Club

4911 US Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 843-357-9175
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Hot Fish Club

The Hot Fish Club provides a variety of rooms for your events. You can find comfort in our 150-seat inside dining room with a decor inspired by the natural beauty of the inlet. Or you may want to relax in the 70-seat enclosed Creekview Porch that is comfortably heated in the Winter and cooled in the warmer months. The open-air Gazebo Bar with a 700 sq. ft. deck on the water might be your preference for the occasion. Or the perfect site may be in our vast green grass yard spread under the 200 year-old Live Oaks. Whichever your choice may be, you will be pleased to find the absolute best view of Murrells Inlet and the ocean jetties. We also offer an assortment of live entertainment, and can help you select from over 75 bands, featuring anything from beach music to reggae to funk.

Reviewed By ra0805 - south carolina

The food is good and there is something for everyone. Lots of families there when we dined resulting in a high decibel level. Many dishes fried but other preparations available.
Had the soft shell crab-sauce on it was tasty but overpowered the crab. Probably fine if don't order the special and stick to traditional dishes.

5. 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.

6. Graham's Landing

5225 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576-5215 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 39 +1 843-947-0520
Excellent
64%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 896 reviews

Graham's Landing

The only restaurant in Murrells Inlet with a natural view on the water. We cater to all tastes and have something for everyone. Fresh local seafood, certified Angus steaks, slow roasted hickory smoked prime rib and pork roast, are some of our specialties. Waterside dining, and a rustic atmosphere, we are sure you will enjoy your time with us.

Reviewed By kellywchicago - Chicago

We discovered Murrells Inlet on our last day of vacation, and we're thrilled to have done so. We walked through the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk and didn't see a restaurant we just 'had' to try so we kept driving a bit farther down the road and...MoreGlad to hear that your visit was a successful and enjoyable one. Many people will read your review and stop in for a meal with us. Thank you. Ella

7. 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.

8. Inlet Crab House & Raw Bar

3572 Business 17, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 843-651-8452
Excellent
67%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Inlet Crab House & Raw Bar

We serve fresh Seafood, Steak Chicken, and ribs also dailey lunch specials.

Reviewed By Jo N - Westmont, New Jersey

Our local friend brought us here because of the crab cakes without fillers and good prices. Off menu, for low carb, I ordered a crab cake YUMMY on side salad (average iceberg lettuce type). Wife had shrimp, Cole slaw and fries, all wonderful. Waitress was most scattered I've seen in years, but apologized nicely, so overall a good experience, but the management needs to train / oversee better.

9. Gulfstream Cafe

1536 S Waccamaw Dr, Garden City Beach, SC 29576-5500 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 843-651-8808
Excellent
59%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 794 reviews

Gulfstream Cafe

Voted “best restaurant with a view” and “most romantic” by The Sun News; Gulfstream Cafe is the only restaurant on the Strand overlooking the ocean on one side and Murrells Inlet on the other. Watch the sun set from the upstairs bar or deck and savor the creamy She-Crab soup, jumbo lump Crab Cakes, daily catch or Southern favorites- such as fried Lobster Tail. Offering something for everyone: live music, seasonal Oyster Roasts and Sunday brunch with a build your own Bloody Mary bar. Located at the south end of Garden City next to Marlin Quay Marina.

Reviewed By CharlieConn92 - Warwick, New York

We were promptly greeted and brought to a table by the wondeful hostess Amy. Our waiter Jason Birch provided impeccable service throughout the night. The food and drink was also outstanding. Highly recommend this establishment as the views were breath taking. You will not be disappointed.

10. Russell's Seafood Grill

4906 Highway 17 Business, South end of Business 17, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576-5647 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 54 +1 843-651-0553
Excellent
69%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 988 reviews

Russell's Seafood Grill

We are located at the south end of Business 17 across the street from Hot Fish Club and Nance's. GPS's may or may not find us. Call for directions. We do not take reservations and we are NOT open for Lunch

Reviewed By Wrapper1 - Limerick, Pennsylvania

We ate at Russels Seafood Grill March 5/18. We were hungry for some seafood while on our yearly trip to South Carolina. We were told that Russels was a good place for what we wanted. It did not disappoint. I believe it is family owned. The hush puppies were excellent. Our party had a variety of seafood items and we all enjoyed everything.

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