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Local Seafood Restaurants in Murrells Inlet

  By  Ashlee Carson
Seafood dish at Drunken Jacks

Murrells Inlet is commonly referred to as the seafood capital of South Carolina – and for good reason. This little stretch of the Grand Strand is jam-packed with restaurants vying for the title of best seafood restaurant in town. They serve only the freshest local seafood with selections like Steam Pots, Fisherman’s Feasts and local oyster roasts with scenic views along the salt marshes. You can literally watch as the boat captains unload their haul for the day with many of the catches going straight to the restaurants around town and beyond.  Where will you try next?

Drunken Jack’s

Chef Casey Blake puts his own touches on every dish here at Drunken Jack’s. The restaurant itself has been open for more than 40 years along the scenic MarshWalk and serves only the freshest seafood available. Visitors and locals flock to this iconic restaurant for their shrimp and crab fondue, Low Country She Crab Soup and fresh oysters on the half shell. Signature entrees include Fresh Catch of the Day, Fried Creek Shrimp and Jack’s Seafood Platter.


Mojo’s Marina Bar & Grill

Mojo’s Marina Bar and Grill is one of the newest restaurants along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk and is a great spot for live music with a great family-friendly atmosphere. The waterfront restaurant offers unique seafood dishes like Blackened Shrimp and Yucca Fries with Creole sauce; a Blackened Shrimp Quinoa Bowl; and Blackened Shrimp or Fish tacos. They also offer traditional specialties like Fish and Chips, Coconut Shrimp and Peel and Eat Shrimp.


Russell’s Seafood Grill and Raw Bar

Russell’s is located on the “last piece of Old Murrells Inlet” after it was wiped out after Hurricane Hugo. As one of the only original spots remaining in town, this treehouse restaurant strives to serve classic seafood dishes to fill your hungry belly. Start off with their grilled oysters, peel and eat shrimp or Conch Fritters. Make your way to the dinner entrees stacked with Lump Crab Cakes, Fresh Catch of the Day, Deviled Crab Platter, shrimp, flounder, oysters and more!

Wicked Tuna – Grille Sushi Bar

Located on the MarshWalk, Wicked Tuna serves up seafood in their signature “hook to plate” style with fresh fish coming in right from the docks at the inlet. Each fish they serve is caught from their very own fishing fleet and prepared by master chefs. The house specialties include the Catch of the Day Piccata, Tempura fried local fish and chips and the Crab Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp with a house made creole. You can’t go wrong with the Grilled Grouper smothered in the lemon cream sauce – it’s amazing!


Costa Coastal Kitchen & Bar

The food at Costa Coastal Kitchen is made with the freshest ingredients with an Italian flare. Their seafood is locally sourced and carefully prepared to tantalize your tastebuds with every bite. Raved about menu items include their Crab Cake with colossal lump crab meat; Pan Seared Diver Scallops served over wild mushroom risotto and roasted hazelnuts and arugula; and the Linguini with clams served with your choice of white wine, marinara or fra diavolo sauces.

Dead Dog Saloon

Dead Dog Saloon is one of the most popular restaurants along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. They offer a wide variety of starters, fried seafood baskets and tasty steampots. Famous appetizers include the Fried Green Tomatoes topped with fresh shrimp and goat cheese and the Blue Crab Nachos. Try the Heavenly Inlet Trio with a house made crab cake, shrimp and scallops, or their featured shrimp and grits with a red pepper and bacon cream sauce. Best of all – these all come with amazing water views!


Water at MarshWalk of Dead Dog Saloon and Boats

Hot Fish Club

The history of the Hot Fish Club dates all the way back to the 1700s when it served as a social club and remains from the club can be seen near the coast of Huntington Beach State Park. Seafood is the name of the game at this restaurant featuring selections like Blue Crab Dip, Grouper Bites, Lobster Pot Pie and Blackened Mahi with Crabmeat. They also have an incredible list of “Inlet Style” seafood including grilled or fried local flounder, shrimp, oysters and scallops. Be sure to grab a drink outside at the Gazebo and enjoy the water views.

The Claw House

The Claw House ships its seafood directly from New England and is a traditional lobster house. Located right on the MarshWalk, the restaurant serves seasonal oysters on the half shell, raw bar selections, tacos and entrees. The Raw Bar Sampler is a must order for the table and comes with fresh oysters, shrimp, clams, tuna ceviche and lobster and crab salad wraps. Other popular choices from The Claw House include Seafood Mac and Cheese, North Atlantic Grilled Salmon and the Fisherman’s Platter with Cod, shrimp and scallops served grilled or fried.


Nance’s Creek Front Restaurant

Nance’s Creek Front Restaurant is a no-frills seafood spot with fantastic inlet water views and is one of the oldest restaurants in the area. All of their seafood is prepared “inlet style” and has been since 1967! Nance’s is best known for their local oyster roasts but also offers combo pots served right at the table with mussels, clams, crab legs, potatoes, shrimp and corn with their signature seasoning mix. There’s also a great selection of seafood combos and single seafood dishes.

Inlet Crab House & Raw Bar

Captain Jimmy and Kim Mayes have been running the show at Inlet Crab House and Raw Bar since 1992 and pride themselves on serving the “best food with the best prices.” You just have to try the soft shell crab fried to perfection (even they say so)! Other options include the Crab Balls, Crab Pizza Dip, fried seafood baskets, pastas, seafood steampots or the fried or grilled platters. There’s no wrong choice at Inlet Crab House!


Shelbi Ankiewicz
Shelbi Ankiewicz is a senior at Coastal Carolina University studying communication, journalism, and intercultural studies. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, but has resided in Myrtle Beach for 14 years. She is the Editor-in-Chief of CCU's student newspaper, The Chanticleer, and is a member of a two-year leadership program called the Wall Fellows. Shelbi enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling to major cities in the SouthEast, and attending concerts. In her free time you can find her hanging out with her frenchton bulldog, Oma, or visiting the local trails Myrtle Beach has to offer.