Myrtle Beach Restaurant Reviews
Myrtle Beach restaurants offer something for every palette. With well over 1,500 eateries of all kinds, sadly, very few are top-shelf, and, sadly, the vast majority of them are best forgotten. Hey, this is the Redneck Rivera, so what can you expect.
The following Myrtle Beach Restaurant Reviews are distilled from the good, the bad and the ugly dining experiences of the officers, directors and associates of the Myrtle Beach Golf Association, supplemented by feedback from our golfers. While the primary focus is on the quality of the cuisine, other important factors that also influence the ratings are friendliness, service, presentation, facilities, cleanliness, value and clientele.
However, the most critical question that must be asked of and answered by every eatery in a resort destination, like Myrtle Beach, is, "Is going to this particular restaurant worth the trip?" Why would a vacationer invest his or her time, energy and hard-earned money, while traveling hundreds of miles, only to eat in a mediocre, poor or down-right lousy restaurant, especially when they can do that at home without any of the aggravation and at a fraction of the cost? That over-riding question, and the answers that the MBGA gets, is why the MBGA ratings bar is so much higher than any others.
It is important to note that every establishment is visited anonymously, and the reviewers pay all of their own checks (gratuities too), and are not reimbursed one penny. Needless to say, they are quite picky about where they are going to spend their hard earned money, and rather irate when they feel that they have been taken advantage of.
Please note that we do not review chain restaurants, except in cases where we find a particular location to be either exceptional or exceptionally awful. We also don’t review Calabash style (that’s an oxymoron that means that everything is cooked in the same grease that the joint has been using since they opened for business 20-years ago, so that everything tastes exactly the same) buffets, buffet establishments or worst of all, those insipid hangouts of the gastronomically retarded, trailer park misfits that drink white Zinfandel, those habitats of the unwashed those god-awful fondue joints. Why you ask, simply because we think its beyond moronic to go out to diner, and have to wait on ourselves, much less being expected to tip some clown, or clownette, who didn’t do a damn thing except snort “Hi guys” (even to women) and then stand around and whine with their fellow cretins.
Please be advised that, unlike the MBGA golf course ratings, rankings and reviews, the MBGA Restaurant Reviews, once completed, rarely change – especially the low-rates eateries. The reasons for this are quite simple:
- We can only eat in just so many establishments,
- Like most people we like to frequent places we enjoy, so when we return to good places that limits our time to be able to check-out any new places, and
- We’re not going to go back to some joint that we hated, and throw good money and valuable time after bad.
Don’t Be Fooled! There is a local endorsement known as The Best of the Beach, that area businesses, especially area restaurants, tout in their advertising as a local “vote of confidence” for their business. Please be advised that in most cases a Best of the Beach rating is a farce because the local businesses “fix the results” by getting all of their staffers, suppliers, family members, neighbors, customers, buddies and pets to send in ballots for them. We know one character that sent in 50 ballots for himself in one week. As with all reviews, the MBGA Restaurant Reviews are strictly the reviewer’s opinions, and should always be considered subjective!
Whereas the Myrtle Beach Golf Association is only concerned with "current conditions," it is imperative that any submissions be dated, detailed and sent to email@example.com immediately after your dining experience or your issue of concern occurs. Please include a telephone number in order to facilitate prompt follow ups.
While the Myrtle Beach Golf Association takes great pains to make sure that all restaurant reviews and assessments are as current and as accurate as humanly possible, all of the ratings, reviews and assessments found here are strictly the opinions of the Myrtle Beach Golf Association and are by their very nature subjective and should always be considered as such.
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= A Great Restaurant to Check Out
= Think and Consider This One
= Forget About It!
The Aspen Grille has changed hands yet again. New owner/chef, lighter walls, new piano player, slightly different but still "pricey" menu and a really lousy bartender. The shaved-headed clown behind… Read More »
Forget that this great little Italian restaurant is in a trailer, because its very nice inside and the fare is outstanding. Benny and his wife Michelle create a new… Read More »
This mom and pop restaurant is one of the very few places to offer “select” oysters, and while there is no atmosphere and the service leaves something to be… Read More »
A great, noisy, little hideaway with something always going on all day and into the night. While the menu is limited all of their offerings are fresh and very… Read More »
This neat new offering from the folks who own the Island Deli in Pawleys Island is much better than its sister eatery, and is already one of the best… Read More »
Formerly Loyal Thai, the first Thai restaurant in town, has a clean and interesting art deco interior. This small eatery features authentic Thai cuisine and a good wine list.… Read More »
One of the few places in town where you can actually see the Ocean. Limited menu, primarily burgers and sandwiches with a couple of entrees or specials. Regulars get… Read More »
A busy restaurant with a lot of character in its eclectic décor. Everything on the menu is good, but nothing to really rate a “wow.” A solid and consistent… Read More »
We know, we said that, “we’re through with this joint,” but we have gone back a couple of times for lunch. Old News: The bar, table and menus were… Read More »
This bustling restaurant is one of the best in this small chain. There is something for everyone, and everything on their menu is surprisingly good, especially their veal, steaks… Read More »
This rustic little seafood house is the southern-most restaurant on the creekside of Highway 17 Business. It’s busy, noisy and the service is loosey goosey, but you know that… Read More »
Forget Margaritaville (see review below), as this cool new offering from Jimmy Buffett and the Outback Steakhouse folks puts that god-awful tourist trap to shame, and is a must… Read More »
This restaurant on a lake is pretty much average for the higher-end Myrtle Beach eateries. An extensive and solid menu with large, well-prepared portions, but nothing that really knocked… Read More »
Lately this rustic, multi-level establishment has made a comeback lately. While their salad bar is rather limited, it is associated with the Charthouse restaurants, so the fare is consistent… Read More »
A real find! This “happening,” up-scale restaurant in an art gallery is a true dining pleasure. Their menu changes, so often, that we cannot tell you what entrées we… Read More »
This is a great place to go anytime of the day or night. A cool place that has one of the most interesting and extensive menus in town, so… Read More »
We went to this big, beautiful, multi-level restaurant with a panoramic view of the inlet with a party of eight. It features an outside gazebo bar, sushi bar, three… Read More »
While you can still get baskets of roasted peanuts and icy cold beer here, and the staff at the Cherry Grove location is pretty friendly, their wonderful homemade breadsticks… Read More »
We almost didn’t upload this review, because we don’t want this wonderful little Asian fusion eatery to get so busy that we can’t get in. The prices are so… Read More »
There isn’t much atmosphere here, except on St. Patrick’s Day, and the service can be spotty. The food, however, is very good. With corned beef and cabbage, Longford (Irish)… Read More »
We’re please to finally report that this handsome establishment has returned to our list of favorite eateries. We really want to commend the owners, the two Dino’s, on all… Read More »
Now here’s a different experience for you. This rustic little Cajun-style eatery overlooking the inlet was well known for being the haunt of the notorious Flo, a real character… Read More »
One of the very best restaurants in the Carolinas. A wonderful and diverse up-scale menu that changes weekly, with personable and professional service to match. Our favorites are the… Read More »
Probably the most beautiful restaurant in town overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. With the closing of Aspen Grille, the mantle for the best steaks in town has been handed to… Read More »
This longtime favorite burger joint has moved from their original location, to a larger and too damn bright location around the corner. While the new place has a cool… Read More »
While this eatery from the Redneck Disneyland people (Bass Pro Shops) has one of the most interesting and beautiful decors in town, don’t eat there! We went in for… Read More »
This expansive tourist trap is truly Parrot Head (you know those obnoxious, yuppie twits that act like complete asses and think they have to scream along with every Jimmy… Read More »
This is without a doubt the worst, and dirtiest KFC we have ever had the misfortune to visit. In fact, it is probably the worst food establishment in the… Read More »
A very confusing place. Great décor; a very good and reasonably priced menu; a nice lake view, especially for the seasonal fireworks, counteracted by shoddy service and a slow… Read More »
King Kong's may be the "King of Sushi Rolls," but everything else at this cozy sushi restaurant, just off Highway 501, leaves much to be desired. It's staffed with… Read More »
This is a favorite of the Northend locals, especially around happy hour. You can eat and drink outside on their spacious patio (they call it a “beer garden,” but… Read More »
Step out of the chaos of downtown Myrtle Beach into the serenity of this 32-year-old landmark. Known for their personal, tableside service and ala carte pricing, this is an… Read More »
Over the last few years’ Mexican restaurants have popped-up all over town, but this is the best one in town, and they also have the very best margarita’s in… Read More »
This well-appointed, Mediterranean style, family-owned and somewhat pricy restaurant is basically Italian. They feature veal, duck, pasta, seafood, 60 different martinis and 120 wines (20 by the glass). While… Read More »
5001 North Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach (843.692.9003). Isn’t this what everyone wants in a restaurant? Serve yourself, make a mess that nobody cleans up, tip a server who only… Read More »
While, if you’ve seen one Japanese steakhouse you have pretty much seen them all, this establishment is a very nice one. It features a beautiful sushi bar with real… Read More »
When this establishment did away with their unique “floating” sushi bar, it became just another Japanese steakhouse. Sadly, while it’s the oldest one in town and has a very… Read More »
The original New York Prime was history when Ed Cribb left and opened his Aspen Grille. Ed’s recent move to Calabash, NC, is the best thing to happen to… Read More »
This neon-infused locals' favorite is one of the friendliest joints in town. The owner, Kerwin, and his crew go out of their way to make you feel welcome, especially… Read More »
Ever since the original Phillips Crab Houses in Ocean City, Maryland went “chain,” it has gone from wonderful to awful, and the Myrtle Beach store is just that –… Read More »
208 73rd Avenue North, Myrtle Beach (843.449.8877), 9550 Shore Drive, Myrtle Beach (843.497.5299), 11 North Seaside Drive, Surfside Beach (843.232.9797) and Highway 17 Business, Murrell’s Inlet (843.651.1004). Another great… Read More »
This little eatery does the “raw bar” thing a little differently. They have “fighting chairs” bolted to the floor around the bar, and they have “steam kettles” with five… Read More »
Myrtle Beach’s biggest Italian restaurant, and one of the most impressive as well. A local favorite, they offer an extensive menu, with something for everyone’s taste. We especially love… Read More »
This beautiful little hideaway is a small treasure for discriminating palates. The owners overlooked nothing in creating this visual and dining delight; they even added lighting over the end… Read More »
A Myrtle Beach While this landmark eatery offers one of the best views of the Ocean in Myrtle Beach, their seafood is what its truly all about. The décor… Read More »
We think “Oh No” fits this place better than their pretentious Soho moniker. This is a beautiful little spot, with some serious babes usually working there (but not usually… Read More »
4601 Highway 17 – South, North Myrtle Beach (843.272.4880) and 3841 Highway 17 – Bypass, Murrells Inlet (843.357.2785). The owner of this local trio of dirty spoons prefers Fuddrucker’s… Read More »
This used to be an intimate Japanese restaurant that was a local’s favorite, but they’ve expanded it into ordinary. While they still offer an excellent Japanese hot menu, and… Read More »
While it is a little out of the way, this is one of our very favorite and fun places. Every dish is a “wow!” Caribbean pizza, spicy beef Jamaican… Read More »
Hey, they’ve got a fancier name and a great sign, but, sadly, that’s about the best this once top-rated establishment has going for it now. While still one of… Read More »
There is only one Umberto’s, and it’s this one. This Italian restaurant always gives you more than you can eat and more than your money’s worth. Soup, salad, vegetable,… Read More »
This wonderful family owned and operated restaurant has moved a couple of miles west, but Fred and the rest of his crew have not missed a… Read More »