How to Eat in Myrtle Beach and Avoid Chain Restaurants

Confession time: How many times on vacation do you settle for food that you could have had at home?


It happens. You get busy, you’re tired after a long day of fun, and that familiar chain is a safe bet. There’s nothing wrong with familiarity. But you’re missing out if you don’t expand your horizons when you eat in Myrtle Beach.


Here are a few on the Grand Strand you’ll love, and want to write glowing reviews for afterward!

Tips for Giving a Restaurant an Online Review

  1. Give Them a Chance

If your food is cold and your drink is flat, bring it up to your server before you rip the eatery apart with words. Restaurants usually want to make it right.

  1. Be Creative and Positive

Compliment the flavors and complexity. State that food you don’t like is too “insert variable” for your taste.

  1. Proofread and Edit

Even the pros could use an edit — check through it twice (or three times!) for errors and clarity. An error-filled review loses credibility.

Restaurants That Bring Much Variety to Myrtle Beach

1. Carolina Roadhouse

It’s always a flurry of fun in this laid-back lodge with a wraparound bar and great menu. The service is splendid too, which is great, considering it’s quite the hot spot. For a quick bite of American fare or a relaxing dinner, you can’t go wrong at Carolina Roadhouse.


  • Creamed Spinach Nacho: The topping is homemade.
  • Oven Roasted Salmon: With rosemary and thyme seasonings.
  • Danish Baby Back Rack: Fall-off-the-bone tender with a char.


2. Angus Steakhouse and Seafood

This is a kitschy, cattle-rustin’, cowboy/cowgirl-themed place and they make no apologies. They prepare dishes to perfection, and the waitstaff is friendly and knowledgeable. You might wind up here more than once on your trip.


  • Potato Skins: Crispy, topped with aged cheese and smoky bacon.
  • Prime Rib: 12- or 16-ounce, it’s the house favorite, perfectly seasoned.
  • Mahi-Mahi: 8 ounces, thick-cut filet, blackened or fried.


steak dinner

3. Capriccio

In the flash and splash of Myrtle Beach, Capriccio brings a home feel to Italian cuisine. It’s a fantastic dining experience, especially for the discerning eater. Food “just like grandma’s,” Capriccio says, and we’d like to meet grandma in that case.


  • Mozzarella in Carozza: Fresh, wrapped in bread, fried, and baked.
  • Chicken Marsala Pizza: Tender chicken with baby mushrooms.
  • Chicken Sorrentino: Chicken with eggplant, prosciutto, and cheese.


4. Hook & Barrel

It’s one of the coolest places on the Grand Strand, with a nautical theme, local seafood, and great wine. If you’re anywhere near Myrtle Beach, it’s worth dropping in because they do all the things right. It’ll be one of the best dinners you’ve had in a long time.


  • She Crab Soup: Blue crab, Harvey’s Bristol Cream Sherry.
  • Tuna Poke: Ahi, Carolina gold rice, avocado, toasted panko, wasabi aioli.
  • Roasted Chicken Breast: Brown jus, local radish, whipped potatoes.


seafood dinner

5. Original Shucker’s Raw Bar

Retreat to this awesome tavern for pool and darts, plus southern bar food and fried Oreos. It’s a local gem with an awesome happy hour, sports-bar feel, and also family-oriented. Enjoy the best deal on oysters in town and scrumptious lightly-breaded seafood favorites.


  • Shucker’s Seafood Nacho: Fresh, warm tortilla chips, queso, salsa.
  • Fish Tacos: Sauteed, blackened, or fried, on flour tortillas, queso.
  • Shucker’s Captain’s Platter: Fish, oysters, shrimp, scallops.


Compass Cove oceanfront

For a Great Stay, Choose Compass Cove Resort

You’ll love quick beach access and a wealth of amenities at your resort. Enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, an amazing patio deck, rooms with kitchens, and more. Oh, plus amazing beach views! Choose an amazing special going on right now, and make plans to stay at Compass Cove today.



Ariel View of Compass Cove
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