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Big Chill Island House: A Slice of Paradise at Barefoot Landing

  By  Katie Hunter
Big Chill Island House seating

One of the latest additions to Barefoot Landing, Big Chill Island House is a new restaurant in North Myrtle Beach that provides waterfront views and vibrant flavors designed to accompany its unique decor. 

This island-inspired spot is breezy and spacious, with a laid-back vibe and a tasty menu that fuses elements of Hawaiian, Latin and Lowcountry cuisine.

It is the sister restaurant of Crooked Hammock Brewery, a bright, friendly and fun craft brew spot which has become a popular stop for Barefoot Landing visitors since opening in 2021. 

Similar to Crooked Hammock, Big Chill is bright and airy, but with an added touch of class, feeling more like a serene island retreat or a sunny veranda in Key West. 

Big Chill interior

The setting at Big Chill is "Island Chic" with unique decor and seating areas.

Big Chill Views of the Waterway

The Big Chill Island House features a large back deck with views of the Intracoastal Waterway.

The Big chill bar

Belly up to this open-air bar and enjoy a great selection of brew from Big Chill's sister brewery, Crooked Hammock.

Big Chill Island House From the water

The view from the Intracoastal Waterway shows Big Chill's large outdoor area and dockside parking.

A uniquely coastal atmosphere

Big Chill Island House features 3 bars, a spacious dining room, back patio and rooftop bar. Set along the Intracoastal Waterway, the rooftop bar and outdoor patio will be the spot this summer to watch boats cruise by and the sun set.

As you step inside the restaurant, the decor will make you feel as though you were whisked away to a tropical island. You can also hear the faint sounds of island music playing among the palm trees and ferns throughout the restaurant.

The rooftop bar is perfect for a swanky date night or a night out with friends. The drink menu offers a variety of delicious tropical cocktails that really screams “relaxation.”

The featured brews from their sister restaurant in Barefoot Landing, Crooked Hammock Brewery, offer a “hoppy” option for everyone. The main dining room is spacious and offers larger tables for families or groups to all sit back and enjoy a stress-free meal together. 

Big Chill Island House Food

The Island House Lobster Roll features butter griddled King Hawaiian Rolls stuffed with chunks of lobster meat tossed with creamy avocado mayo and shredded lettuce.

Big Chill Island House Food

The Tuna Nikkei Ceviche, Ponzu marinated tuna in a ginger & lemongrass-infused coconut milk, topped with red onion, jalapenos, togarashi, cilantro, mint, served with plantain chips.

Big Chill Island House Food

Rum Hot Honey Wings with house blend rub, grilled, topped with rum hot honey, lime zest and scallions.

Big Chill Island House Food

Jumbo Crab Cake Sandwich, blue crab lightly tossed in Mid-Atlantic spices & mayo, Key West tartar, shredded lettuce, served on toasted brioche bun. With a side of mac and cheese.

Explore a Island-inspired Menu

The menu is a mixture of cultures, ranging from Caribbean cuisine to Polynesian-inspired options.

A must-try appetizer on the menu is the Aloha Fries, with a spicy and tangy sauce drizzled over the top. For more island flavors, try the Kalua Pork Sliders, which are salty and sweet, or the fresh Short Rib Bao Buns.

Then from the main course, dig into the Island Bowl with perfectly cooked shrimp, which is a favorite dish on the menu. The fish sandwich should not be overlooked with house-made blackening seasoning and the fresh catch of the day.

You can also choose from a variety of familiar dishes like a burger, shrimp and grits, or crab cakes, all with a Big Island spin. From Hawaii to the Florida Keys, the flavors of each island town are represented in a delicious, tropical fusion with both vegetarian and gluten free options.

Be sure to save room for dessert, which are all made in house from scratch. The Key Lime Pie is a twist on the traditional style, with an ice cream consistency center — you have to try it! And if key lime isn’t for you, the coconut cake is a crowd-pleaser.

Big Chill Island House
1. Big Chill Island House
4736 Hwy 17 South North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Get more details on this spot for casual rooftop dining with stunning sunset views. Directions, website, phone number and more.

Our take

There are tons of waterfront restaurants in the Myrtle Beach area, but none quite like Big Chill Island House. This place definitely has a vibe all its own, with a combination of great decor, island-inspired cuisine and an accompaniment of drinks designed to please. 

The staff is full of Southern Charm, there's lot of unique views and places to sit, and the attention to detail throughout this multi-level restaurant is notable. If you're looking for something beyond the same ol' beach spot, you'll likely find it here — it's a little elevated and a lot of fun.

Make your reservation and discover why Big Chill Island House is one of the best new spots in North Myrtle Beach of 2024 for foodies and sunset lovers.

Katie Hunter

Katie Hunter recently relocated to Myrtle Beach, SC, but she is a true South Carolinian at heart. Growing up in Charleston, SC and living in the SC Upstate, Katie cherishes the rhythm of southern hospitality and a refreshing sea breeze. Katie has written stories for her friends and family to enjoy ever since she was little and is excited to uncover everything that makes Myrtle Beach, The Beach. Katie loves baking, the beach, and her Clemson Tigers. She can often be found walking her black labrador retriever or checking out a new restaurant in the Grand Strand with her husband.