There’s something therapeutic about water. It seems to relax and rejuvenate the soul. We’re lucky enough in Myrtle Beach to be surrounded by it, from inland streams and rivers to the sprawling ocean. Here taking in a delicious meal along a waterway is like literally having your cake and eating it too. While there are too many waterside-restaurants to even count, here is a sampling of some of our favorites.

Gulfstream Café

Being on the east coast, unobstructed sunset views can be hard to come by. Gulfstream Café in Garden City is one of the rare waterfront restaurants where diners can enjoy both sunrise and sunset views with the added bonus of lovely, fresh seafood.  

Wicked Tuna

This inventive and fresh restaurant is set within the scenic MarshWalk area – a dining destination boasting live music every night in Murrells Inlet, the seafood capital of South Carolina. You can’t go wrong here, from sushi to pizza, dockside seafood to cocktails. 

WaterScapes at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

It may not be the ocean, but we swear the water views at WaterScapes will not disappoint. Situated along the Intracoastal, the restaurant boasts excellent French-inspired cuisine within the AAA 4-diamond, idyllic and serene Marina Inn at Grande Dunes resort. If that description alone isn’t enough, Marina Inn is offering a deal for visitors in September and October: stay two nights and receive breakfast each morning and a 3-course meal each evening at WaterScapes for just $478 per couple.

Hot Fish Club

The fun and lively Hot Fish Club is the perfect spot to unwind and refuel after a day catching waves or soaking in the sun. And the food is amazing too.

Pier House

Right in the heart of it all, the Pier House Restaurant at Second Avenue Pier is literally on the ocean with a menu that can only be overshadowed by the view. From southern comfort dishes to original twists on classics, sea-to-table entrees to yummy breakfast staples, Pier House has a little something for every diner.

Sea Captain’s House

An institution in the Myrtle Beach area, Sea Captains is a historic restaurant known for its breathtaking ocean views as much as its incredible sea-to-table cuisine. Try the hushpuppies or She Crab soup to start. Both are excellent!

Ocean Annie’s

Maybe it’s not a restaurant, but we don’t care. Ocean Annie’s serves up delicious drinks right by the water, so you can literally step off the bar and into the sand. Can’t beat that.

The Claw House

A newcomer to the Myrtle Beach area, The Claw House is a New England-style Lobster and rawbar with a Southern twist. Take that with a side of Murrells Inlet water views, which can be seen from any seat in the restaurant. We recommend bringing the kids for this meal: there’s a massive aquarium near the front entrance chock full of sea life.

Capt. Dave’s Dockside

This is perhaps the Low Country at its very best: spectacular water views, casual and comfortable surroundings, delicious traditional Carolina Coastal cuisine, and true Southern hospitality. Walk up or dock up.

ART Burger Sushi

The eclectic food and ever-changing walls of art are just two reasons to visit ART Burger Sushi. The ocean views along the Boardwalk & Promenade, which meanders in front of the restaurant, is another. Come hungry and thirsty for this meal! The cocktails are just an intriguing as the dishes.

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