Where to Eat in Sunset Beach: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Janean Rudisill

Sunset Beach is a seaside town in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 3,572 at the 2010 census, up from 1,824 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area.
Things to do in Sunset Beach

1. La Cucina Italian Grill

1780 Chandlers Ln, Sunset Beach, NC 28468-4366 Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 17 - SGD 31 +1 910-579-9777
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 353 reviews

La Cucina Italian Grill

Reviewed By marian g - Calabash, North Carolina

This quiet little restaurant was the perfect setting for a family New Years celebration.
The service was exceptional.
The food DELICIOUS! and plentiful.
Everyone in our party felt satisfied and eager to return for another wonderful meal
(Even the vegetarian in our group found appetizers and entrees to their liking)
This will definitely be a frequented haunt for this local!

2. Waterfront Seafood Shack

9945 Nance St, Calabash, NC 28467-2715 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 910-575-0017
Excellent
86%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 570 reviews

Waterfront Seafood Shack

Reviewed By Ricky H - Georgia

Went here on a whim from Myrtle Beach. We were glad we did. The shrimp, black bass and crab cakes were fresh and awesome. It’s all outside seating but perfect. Everything was delicious and of course fresh. The staff were friendly and inventively our needs.

3. Sunset Slush of Ocean Isle Beach - Classic Italian Ice

1 W First St, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469 Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, American, Gluten Free Options SGD 4 - SGD 10 +1 910-619-7724
Excellent
88%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 297 reviews

Sunset Slush of Ocean Isle Beach - Classic Italian Ice

The finest and most flavorful Italian Ice arrived via Sunset Slush - Classic Italian Ice® in Brunswick County, North Carolina in January 2003. Sunset Slush® is known for its unique flavor and texture; there is nothing quite like it - it has been called "designer ice." It is smooth, nutritious, thirst-quenching, dairy-free, low in calories, cholesterol free, gluten free and refreshing.Italian Ice has become one of the fastest growing and most popular segments of the frozen dessert market. The uniqueness of our Super Premium Italian Ice and our passion for the business will make your trip to one of our stores, the beach pushcarts or event pushcarts the most enjoyable Italian Ice experience ever.Sunset Slush - Classic Italian Ice® offers 50 flavors (including our creative flavor combinations) in our stores and our Italian Ice is available in cups, pints, quarts, 1 gallon buckets and 2.5 gallon buckets. We also offer Gelatis at our stores - any flavor of Italian Ice mixed with vanilla bean or chocolate ice cream. Sunset Slush® is also available for your special event. However you choose to enjoy Sunset Slush - Classic Italian Ice®, we strive to make it an experience to remember.

Reviewed By Kari W - Mansfield, Texas

We love sunset slush. So many great flavors to choose from and you can get it with or without ice cream. Great beach treat!

4. Causeway Gourmet

100 Causeway Dr Ste 7, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469-7564 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 910-575-1084
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 426 reviews

Causeway Gourmet

Reviewed By Ruth S - Davidson, North Carolina, United States

I admit my expectations were not high for this little storefront restaurant. But after two fine experiences, I highly recommend it. Our most recent meal was takeout sandwiches and desserts. Portions are generous, and one sandwich is plenty for two with normal appetites to share. The Tom Turkey got rave reviews, as did the club wrap. The potato salad was exceptional — likely better than any you remember. And coconut cream pie, lemon bar and Key Lime pie were off the charts good. Try it — dine in or carry out!

5. Calabash Creamery

9910 Beach Dr SW, Calabash, NC 28467-2710 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 910-575-1180
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 466 reviews

Calabash Creamery

Reviewed By Twistedintheburgh - Gibsonia

If you read all the glowing reviews on the Calabash Creamery you would think they'd discovered a new planet, or at the very least, found the Lost Ark. The only thing I can think of is that the tourists that flock there must not have a good old fashioned quality ice cream parlor in their hometown. Yes, the ice cream is good....even very good....and yes, the place is "cute" with an ice cream parlor feel and a wrap around porch. And yes, on a hot summer's day, there's nothing better than a dish or cone of quality ice cream. But be prepared in peak times for crowds....people that can't make up their minds once they finally get up to the counter....and to have your Gold Card in hand, because the price of cones for you and your troops will be roughly the same if you bought every quart at the local Food Lion or Publix!

6. How Sweet It Is

101 Shoreline Dr W Ste 2, Sunset Beach, NC 28468-4417 Takeout, Seating +1 910-579-2777
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Reviewed By retiree2 - North Carolina

We are the lucky ones living a block away from this ice cream store. We have enjoyed it for over 10 years. Wanda the owner is frequently there and is a joy to talk with. She employs local teens to do the scooping and they are all pleasant and knowledgeable. Well over 20 flavors of ice cream. Home made waffle cones.

7. Drift

20 E Second St, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469-7614 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Seating Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch SGD 16 +1 910-579-3664
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 124 reviews

Drift

Established in 2014 to bring quality coffee, small kitchen meals, real fruit smoothies, organic baked goods completed by people with a passion for serving.

Reviewed By kwinty - Lumberton, North Carolina

Nice place for a coffee break. Smoothies are also good. Prices are a little pricey, considering it's not Starbucks and the only coffee shop without going over the bridge it's still well worth the price!

8. Mavericks Java

303 Sunset Blvd N, Sunset Beach, NC 28468-4165 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 910-575-5282
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
13%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Mavericks Java

Located in a remodeled liqour store, Mavericks Java & Bistro is a family owned and operated coffee shop, wine shop, and bistro. Food offerings range from cooked to order breakfast, lunch or house-made pastries. Drinks include gourmet organic coffee & espresso, specialty lattes, frappes (blended coffee), iced coffee, tea, wine by the glass, mimosas, Italian soda, and more! Soy & almond milk available.

Reviewed By AineFlorida - Florida

What a pleasant surprise upon entering this coffee shop. I thought it was just a little hole in the wall coffee shop...but it was not. First of all the inside was spacious and super clean. Service was quick and very pleasant. Lots of room to sit, relax and enjoy your coffee. One must try the muffins huge, moist and delicious. The coffee was awesome and such a variety. On one wall there was a great selection of wines. What a total surprise. Will return again. My lesson learned is not to judge a place by the outside.

9. Fibber McGees

1780 Queen Anne, Sunset Beach, NC 28468-4392 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 10 - SGD 25 +1 910-575-2271
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 432 reviews

Fibber McGees

Casual Upscale Dining

Reviewed By joefenns - Drewsville, New Hampshire

Our Eighth trip to Ocean isle would not be complete without going to Fibber's. Food is always Excellent and the beer cold. What more can a good Irishman ask for.

10. Calabash Deli Bakery & Gourmet Shop

9929 Beach Dr SW, Calabash, NC 28467-2711 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 910-579-9801
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 268 reviews

Calabash Deli Bakery & Gourmet Shop

Reviewed By Karen L - New Bern, North Carolina, United States

Really loved this little restaurant tucked away in Calabash NC. Different homemade soups every day, which isn’t easy to find in a seaside town. Sandwiches were generously sized and a very large assortment was offered. There was also a deli case with 12+ varieties of main meals (meatloaf, lasagna) and salads (seafood, macaroni, coleslaw, olive, etc.). Fresh and homemade, of course! You could eat in or take home any of these for meals at home. Then there was the bakery...oh, my....

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