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A Foodie’s Guide to Pawleys Island Restaurants

By Marissa Polascak • October 28, 2015

There are many great places for dining in the Pawleys Island area, but if you’re just visiting, then it is impossible to eat at all the places during your stay. With so many options, it is nice to have a guide as to where you can find exactly what you’re looking for. With that being said, we have put together this list of Pawleys Island area restaurants for you. Check it out:

Breakfast Restaurants in Pawleys Island

Applewood House of Pancakes

14361 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 979-1022

This Pawleys Island eatery serves breakfast and lunch from 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. every day. Of course, you can find traditional breakfast items on their menu, but Applewood House of Pancakes also serves Southern favorites like Shrimp and Grits. This pancake house also serves up unique menu items like a variety of Frittatas, Eggs Florentine, Hash Royale, Salmon Benedict, and more. If you’re not in the mood for breakfast, you can always try a lunch item from a menu of sandwiches, salads, and an array of delicious entrees.

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Dead Dog Saloon

4079 US Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-0664

While this restaurant serves food all day, Dead Dog Saloon is an unexpectedly great breakfast stop. Breakfast items include but are not limited to options such as pancakes (banana, blueberry, chocolate chip, strawberry), Biscuits and Gravy, Benedicts (crab cake, country, traditional, smoked salmon), Country Fried Steak, Lobster Home Fries, Bagels and Lox, and more. If you enjoy your breakfast, you can always come back later for lunch and dinner and dine on delicious menu items such as sandwiches, tacos, appetizers, seafood, steak, and much, much more.

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Eggs Up Grill

115 County Rd S-22-362, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-7313

The name of this restaurant says it all; eggs! This location of Eggs Up Grill is found in Litchfield Beach, and is known for serving up delectable breakfast and lunch items. Offering traditional items featuring eggs and breakfast meats, Eggs Up Grill also caters to those seeking lighter options by serving things like fruit, oatmeal, salads, and more. If you’re more focused on lunch, Eggs Up Grill has a lunch menu full of sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and salads.

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Litchfield Restaurant

12223 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-4414

Operating since 1968, this classic Litchfield diner serves breakfast and lunch items daily. Breakfast items include traditional dishes like pancakes, waffles, omelets, french toast, eggs, and pastries, while other breakfast items include chicken fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, egg sandwiches, pork chop biscuits, and more. Lunch begins at 11 a.m. and the lunch menu includes items like burgers, daily specials, plates, sandwiches, and salads.

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Asian, Mexican & Italian Restaurants in Pawleys Island

Check out these restaurants if you’re craving some foreign cuisine:

Caffe Piccolo

9428 Ocean Hwy , Pawleys Island • (843) 314-3424

Caffe Piccolo’s motto is “Simple, Fresh, Italian,” and serves up just that; simple, fresh, Italian food. Open for lunch and dinner, the staff at Caffe Piccolo makes sure your meal is top-notch by selecting only the best cuts of meat, the freshest fish, and creating every ingredient possible in-house. This quaint, friendly restaurant offers traditional Italian dishes featuring chicken, veal, pasta, shrimp, and scallops. Sitinside and dine, or enjoy your meal outside on the patio.

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Gio’s Italian Kitchen

10008 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-8245

One of the main focuses at Gio’s Italian Kitchen is the Neopolitan-style pizza. The pizzas come in different varities from traditional Margherita and White, as well as a French-influenced pizza and other tasty options. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, you can always try an Antipasti like fried calamari, fried mozzarella, little neck clams, and more. Or, you can also opt for an entree such as eggplant parmesan,veal chop, steak, seared scallops, or something else on the menu.

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Habanero’s

11151 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • 1-866-679-2514

If you’re searching for traditional Mexican cuisine while you’re in Pawleys Island, look no further than Habanero’s. This restaurant serves lunch and dinner, and features an outdoor patio as well as an indoor seating area and bar. Haberno’s menu includes lunch items, entrees, house specials, ala carte items, and a section for vegetarians.

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Indo Thai, Sushi and Hibachi

47A DaGullah Way, Pawleys Island • (843) 314-3543

The name of this restaurant lets customers know beforehand what this place is all about. Serving Thai and Japenese fare, Indo Thai, Sushi, and Hibachi provides delicious food in an upscale atmosphere. The Thai items on the menu include favorites like Tom Yum soup, dumplings, rolls, Thai curry, Thai fried rice, and more. The Japenese menu includes a variety of hibachi options and, of course, sushi.

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La Playa Mexican Restaurant

10185 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 314-3493

There could not be a better name for this restaurant. La Playa, meaning “the beach” in Spanish, is home to an array of classic Mexican dishes as well as Caribbean inspired fare. Of course, you can find burritos, enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, and toastadas here, but you can also find the Caribbean taste of the Jamaican Jerk Trio, as well as other unique items you won’t find anywhere else in Pawleys Island.

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Landolfi’s Bakery & Deli

9305 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-7900

This quaint eatery was originally from New Jersey, but new serves Pawleys Island with specailty Neapolitan pizza, paninis, and sandwiches. Many people also drop by to grab a pastry or cake from the bakery case.

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Pastaria 811

11359 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-5811

If you’re craving Italian fare, Pastaria 811 is definitely an option to consider. The chefs at this restaurant use recipes that have been handed down from ancestors from Italy, so you can trust that their cuisine is nothing but authentic. The menu at Pastaria 811 is broken down into the following sections: Appetizers, Pesce (seafood), Pasta, Carne (meat), and pizza.

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Fresh Seafood Restaurants in Pawleys Island

Captain Dave’s Dockside

4037 Highway 17 Businesss, Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-5850

Captain Dave’s Dockside has been family owned and run since 1974. This restaurant is located on the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk and boasts fresh caught seafood items. Though most of the dishes on this menu are seafood-centered (like oysters, crispy calamari, shrimp, Maine lobster, and more) the dinner menu at Captain Dave’s Dockside also offers alternative items for those in your family who aren’t too crazy about seafood.

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Drunken Jack’s

4031 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-2044

This restaurant is named after a legendary pirate, and, understandably, serves up dishes that are made with ingredients from the sea. The menu at Drunken Jack’s features appetizers like She Crab Soup, New England Clam Chowder, and oysters, and main dishes include but are not limited to dishes such as fried seafood platters, Grouper Royale, Surf and Turf, lobster tails, and more. For landlubbers, there is also a selection of steaks.

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Hot Fish Club

4911 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet • (843) 357-9175

This historic restaurant has stories that date back to the 1700s. However, today, Hot Fish Club serves fresh seafood to patrons, and is home to one of the best views in Murrells Inlet. The seafood-centric menu at Hot Fish Club provides hungry visitors with a wide range of seafood options like the Blue Crab Fondue appetizer, the Lobster Pot Pie, fried seafood platters, the Lowcountry Steampot, and much, much more! If you’re more-so in the mood for land-based meal, Hot Fish Club has got you covered, too.

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Lee’s Inlet Kitchen

4460 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-2881

This family-owned restaurant has been known for serving fresh seafood since 1948; particularly in a Lowcountry-Murrells Inlet style. The menu at Lee’s Inlet Kitch is chock-full of delicious fresh-caught Carolina seafood like clam chowder, oysters, crab cakes, and more. Main entrees include salads as well as fried, broiled, and grilled seafood options. For those in your family who don’t like seafood, there is also a list of seafood-free items as well.

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Litchfield Beach Fish Houses

13060 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-3949

Litchfield Beach Fish House is known for being a family-friendly environment. Here, you will be served the Lowcountry delight of hushpuppies and honeybutter before your delicious meal. The menu at Litchfield Fish House is almost entirely seafood, with a chicken sandwich and a burger option for those who aren’t in the mood for fish. However, seafood lovers will rejoice at the wide array of soups, salads, and entrees like the Daily Fresh Catch.

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Nance’s Creekfront Restaurant

4883 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-2696

Located right on the Inlet, Nance’s Creekfront Restaurant has been a favorite for locals and visitors for years. Of course, the menu here is full of fresh-caught seafood, and it is said that Nance’s has some of the best oysters in town. Nance’s menu features several seafood appetizers as well as hot wings, sweet potato fries, and mozzarella sticks. Main dishes include peel and eat shrimp, oysters on a half shell, crab legs, clams, crab cakes, lobster tails, grouper, scallops, and more. Nance’s Creekfront Restaurant also offers a “Land Lubbers” menu which consists of items like steak, chicken, and sandwiches.

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Pawley’s Raw Bar

9448 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 979-2722

As anyone could guess from the name, Pawley’s Raw Bar is home to a menu that focuses mainly on fresh seafood. This casual restaurant offers a variety of seafood items that can be seared, grilled, raw, fried, or boiled, as well as a list of delicious appetizers. Start off your meal with Oysters Rockefeller, Blue Crab Dip, Wings, or Banging Shrimp before indulging in a raw dish like little neck clams, oysters, and more. Entrees include the Catch of the Day, fried seafood platters, fish tacos, shrimp and grits, and plenty of other options. There’s even a burger on the menu for those who have had their fill of seafood.

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Russell’s Seafood Grill and Raw Bar

4906 Hwy US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-0553

Many claim that Russell’s Seafood Grill and Raw Bar is home to the best fresh seafood in the area, and with such an extensive menu of seafood options, they may be right. Begin your culinary experience at Russell’s with starters like clams casino, oysters Rockefeller, conch fritters, and more. Main dishes include fried baskets, seafood sandwiches, burgers, chicken sandwiches, catch of the day, seafood platters, steaks, and more.

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Wahoo’s Fish House

3993 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-5800

Wahoo’s is home to a ton of specialty seafood dishes, including a wide variety of sushi. Sushi lovers can choose from a two-piece sushi dish or opt for a sushi roll like the Rainbow Roll, the Blackened Tuna Roll, and more. Other seafood options include She-Crab soup, the daily fresh catch, seafood platters, bourbon BBQ Mahi, and crispy catfish. There are some other menu items like Lowcountry fried green tomatoes, and 5-spice duck breast.

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Wicked Tuna

4123 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-9987

The menu at Wicked Tuna boasts an array of seafood and prime beef options. Begin your meal with fish bites, hummus, a salad, or another item off of the starters menu. Entrees include sandwiches, burgers, stuffed flounder, grouper, crab cake sandwich, the daily fresh catch, sushi, and much more.

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Pub Food & Bars in Pawleys Island

Buzz’s Roost

911 Front St, Georgetown • (843) 545-1595

The name of this restaurant was inspired by a pirate, and pirates like pubs, so it is no surprise that Buzz’s Roost is known for their pub-style cuisine. Located on Front St. in Georgetown, Buzz’s Roost offers menu items such as wings, crab balls, calamari, peel and eat shrimp, a variety of sandwiches, burgers, ribs, salads, pasta, fish and chips, and more.

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Creek Ratz

4065 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet • (843) 357-2891

Don’t worry — the name of this restaurant is base on an endearing term that people call kids that grow up in Murrells Inlet. With that being said, Creek Ratz’s menu is full of pub-style food such as appetizers, fried seafood baskets, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and a raw bar.

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Island Bar and Grill

10744 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • 235-3399

The name of this joint immediately suggests the type of fare that can be found here. Island Bar and grill offers a menu that is full of pub grub items like wings, nachos, burgers, mozarella sticks, sliders, and sandwiches, but also serves items like quesadillas, wraps, salads, and soups.

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King Street Grille

4891 Hwy Business 17, Murrells Inlet • (843) 299-1444

This chain restaurant is quite popular along the Grand Strand, and is a great place to catch a game on TV. The main fare on the menu at King Street Grill is reminiscent of traditional pub food. Here, you can find items like burgers, nachos, sandwiches, salads,hot wings, quesadillas, Thai lettuce wraps, mac & cheese eggrolls, hummus, and more. Don’t come here expecting to find boring food; King Street Grill puts their own twist on classic favorites.

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Pawleys Island Tavern

10635 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-8465

Though this place doesn’t look like much from the outside (and it is a little hidden), Pawleys Island Tavern is packed with a lot of great energy and awesome food. A cross between a bar, a Lowcountry spot, and a fish house, the menu at the P.I.T. offers items such as burgers, peel and eat shrimp, crab cakes, pizzas, pimento cheese sandwiches, and much more. Stop by here to enjoy some beer and live music, too!

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Quigley’s Pint and Plate

257 Willbrook Blvd. Pawleys Island, Litchfield/Pawleys Island • (843) 237-7010

Not only does Quigley’s Pint and Plate make their own beer on-site, but they also provide hungry guests with a Lowcountry twist on typical bar food. Stop by for lunch and you can enjoy a range of salads, sandwiches, soups, and some entress like chicken and waffles and fish and chips. For dinner, have some wings, fried pickles, pub steak, grilled pork chop, and a variety of sandwiches.

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Southern Restaurants in Pawleys Island

Aunny’s Country Kitchen

926 Front St, Georgetown • (843) 461-4750

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Aunny’s Country Kitchen makes locals and visitors happy with Soul Food and American favorites. Breakfast options are pretty standard here, but lunch includes Southern delights such as fried pickles and peel and eat shrimp. Main Southern dishes include sandwiches like the whiting or shrimp po boy, bacon chicken melt, and bologna sandwich. Perhaps the most popular items, though, are the weekly rotating specials that include items like fried chicken, meatloaf, pork chops, liver and onions, spare ribs, baked chicken, BBQ chicken, shrimp and grits, fried shrimp, and many more delicious dishes.

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Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery

13089 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 314-0680

Originally opened in Georgia, Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery boasts a menu that is full of a variety of dishes, some of which are Lowcountry favorites. These Southern dishes include shrimp and grits, jumbalaya, gumbo, pasta creole, and pimento grilled cheese. The menu has other options as well, like steaks, salads, soups, and sandwiches.

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Bubba’s Love Shak

4037 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-5850

While you can find hot wings, bacon-wrapped shrimp, and other non-Southern dishes on the menu at Bubba’s Love Shak, the restaurant boasts plenty of Southern inspired cuisine. The Lowcountry options include Lowcountry mussels, seafood gumbo, shrimp and grits, fried lobster, BBQ rib plate, and the fried catfish platter.​

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Chive Blossom Cafe

85 North Causeway, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-1438

Chive Blossom Cafe specializes in their own take on Lowcountry food. The awesome Southern dishes that can be found here are: She Crab soup, chicken liver plate, hot crab and artichoke spread, parmesan fried oysters, scallops, Prince Edward Island mussels, fried seafood, crab crepes, seafood pot pie, fried green tomato sandwich, and more.

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Get Carried Away Southern Takeout

10126 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 314-3493

If you’re craving delicious Southern food but don’t have the time to sit down in a restaurant, Get Carried Away is the perfect choice for you. Get Carried Away offers pies, sandwiches, salads, dips, sides, breads, desserts, casseroles, and more. Some of the favorites from Get Carried Away are seafood pie, chicken pot pie, Palmetto Cheese sandwich, Pawleys Island crab dip, collard greens, shrimp and grits, corn bread salad, okra and tomatoes, crab devine, and much, much more.

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Hanser House

14360 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-3021

This family-owned North Litchfield restaurant prides itself on serving great Lowcountry fare. Some of these home-cooked Southern dishes include oysters on a half shell, crab cakes, steamed shrimp, Pawleys Island red clam chowder, She Crab soup, Murrells Inlet Stew, fried seafood, pork chop, ribs, shrimp and grits, jumbalaya, and shrimp creole.

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Hog Heaven BBQ and Raw Bar

7147 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-PIGG

While Hog Heaven isn’t an upscale restaurant, it serves up amazingly delicious BBQ and seafood options. Many people opt for the all-you-can-eat buffet, which features pork bbq, barbecue chicken, fried chicken, squash, baked beans, slaw, mac and cheese, and banana pudding. Others may order ribs, steamed seafood, and fried seafood as well.

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Moe’s Original Barbecue

12827 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-8008

Don’t let the fact that this is a chain restaurant stop you from eating here. Moe’s Original Barbecue offers platters and sandwich options featuring smoked chicken, pulled pork, turkey breast, mahi mahi, fried shrimp, and fried catfish. Sides include baked beans, slaw, mac and cheese, potato salad, chips, and a special of the day that changes daily.

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Prosser’s Bar-B-Que

3750 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet • (843) 357-6146

This locally favorite spot is the place to go if you are seeking a buffet full of Southern favorites. Prosser’s Bar-B-Que’s buffet boasts tasty options like pulled pork, fried flounder, fried chicken, mac and cheese, pork chops, collard greens and more. Oh, and the sweet tea here is awesome.

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River Room Restaurant

801 Front St, Georgetown • (843) 527-4110

Located in historic Georgetown, the River Room Restaurant is home to delicious Southern cuisine. While you’re here, try dishes like spicy crawfish dip, soft shell crab, black-eyed pea cakes, crab balls, shrimp and grits, fried seafood platter, and much more.

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Rustic Table

10683 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 314-0164

Boasting made-from-scratch Lowcountry dishes, Rustic Table’s menu is full of mouthwatering fare. For starters, try the fried pickles, peel and eat shrimp, popcorn gator, or crispy chicken livers. If you’re hungry, try signature dishes like stuffed fried chicken breast, po’ boy, brisket sandwich, fried porkchops, shrimp and grits, fried seafood, and many other delectable options.

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Flo’s Place

3797 Hwy. 17 Business , Murrells Inlet • (843) 651-7222

Flo’s Place is home to a menu featuring Lowcountry and New Orleans-style food. The menu here consists of many seafood-centered items like spicy shrimp ball marinara, shrimp creole, crab stuffed baked potato, crab cakes, and oysters diablo. Other items include BBQ gator skewer, alligator stew, fried pickles, red beans and rice, po boys, and ribs.

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Upscale Restaurants in Pawleys Island

Austin’s Ocean One

1 Norris Dr, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-8700

This fine-dining restaurant can be found at the Oceanfront Litchfield Inn and is known as one of the more upscale restaurants in town. The menu here is cooked up by an award-winninf chef, and he selects only the freshest seafood, locally-sourced produce, and hand-cut steaks. Dishes on this menu range from salads and soups to to small plates and entrees. For those seeking a “fancier” feel than the main dining room, there is also the Fish Bowl and the Spirit Room; both of which offer private seating.

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Bistro 217

10707 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-8217

This upscale eatery is home to Lowcountry cuisine that has Asian and European influences. Open for lunch and dinner, each menu offers delectable options for hungry visitors. Some of the upscale dining options include crab nachos, seared scallop salad with roasted goat cheese, pad thai, pecan-encrusted trigger fish salad, tuna Napoleon, paella, veal piccata, the 217 eggplant treasure chest, and more.

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Bliss Restaurant & Lounge

4606 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet • (843) 904-1997

With a tagline like “Premium Restaurant, Premium Food,” it’s no wonder that Bliss Restaurant & Lounge serves upscale cuisine. Some of the high-end dishes served here are lobster claw, beef carpaccio, tuna 2 ways, stuffed buffalo meatloaf, smoked duck carpaccio, duo of tartare, pork rolitini, a variety of seafood, surf and turf, and more.

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Frank’s & Frank’s Outback

10434 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-3030

This restaurant, which is two restaurants in one, is known as one of the top restaurants along the Grand Strand. Known for Lowcountry favorites like shrimp and grits, Frank’s & Frank’s Outback is also known for their choice cuts of meat such as pork, beef, local game, and lamb. On top of these items, the menu at Frank’s also features a variety of freshly caught seafood.

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Perrone’s Restaurant and Bar

13302 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-9193

This upscale Pawleys Island restaurant features a menu that is full of top-notch dishes. These dishes include but are not limited to: pork and kimchi eggrolls, calamari and shrimp bruschetta, steak tartare, Morrocan Poussin, duck breast, filet mignon, and much more.

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Salt Water Creek Cafe

4660 US-17, Murrells Inlet • (843) 357-2433

Known as an “upscale casual” restaurant, Salt Water Creek Cafe has a lot of seafood options on their menu, but also provides guests with other tasty dishes. The menu is divided up into the categories Land, Sea, and Air. The Land section features steaks, pork chops, and lamb, while the Sea portion contains an array of seafood options. The Air section has duck and chicken options, however, the menu doesn’t end there; Salt Water Creek Cafe also offers sushi, pizza, fish tacos, and sandwiches, too!

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