In addition to being one of the most scenic destinations on the East Coast, our area is also renowned for its array of outdoor activities, award-winning golf courses, and, of course, world-class Pawleys Island restaurants.
Ask a local where to eat and listen as they rattle off a string of fine establishments. Ask another local and you might hear about a completely different set of eateries. But one thing is for sure – there’s no shortage of memorable meals to be had in this quaint Lowcountry community.
Narrowing the list to a manageable number is a tough task, and everyone has their own opinions as to who serves the best fare in town. That said, here are 10 restaurants in Pawleys Island that we think of as the cream of the crop.
The carefully-constructed menu at Perrone’s is full of Mediterranean-inspired upscale fare. Using ingredients from reputable small farms and fisheries, each dish is labored over from inception to consumption. Menu highlights include everything from Starters like ground pork and kimchi Egg Rolls and Prince Edward Island Mussels Fra Diavolo to Large Plates such as sous-vide Duck Breast, Peruvian Tuna Causa, a 14oz Painted Hills New York Strip, and Spicy Spaghetti with hand-picked North Carolina lump blue crab. Perrone’s also offers a full menu of Tapas, Cocktails, Wines, and Cordials menu at the bar Tuesday – Saturday from 5 – 7 p.m.See full profile »
The history of Frank’s and Frank’s Outback dates back to the 1930’s with the opening of Marlow’s Supermarket. Since then it’s evolved into one of the finest dining establishments in Pawleys Island. The menu features a variety of southern specialties, fresh seafood, small plates, wood-fired pizzas and more. Try the deep fried deviled eggs with bacon and jalapeno or the Charred octopus confit with baby arugula, cannellini beans, shaved red chilis, olive oil and balsamic syrup to start. Then move on to pan roasted Scottish salmon over lemon couscous with grape tomatoes, olives and eggplant Caponata or a 6 ounce center cut filet. Whether you prefer a the ambience of a private dining room or the casual outdoor patio, you’re sure to find your next date night spot.See full profile »
The lunch and dinner menus at this bistro draw on the numerous culinary influences that Chef Adam Kirby has experienced during his time spent in some of the best restaurants in the country. In addition to The Monster Bistro Burger, recognized by Southern Living magazine as one of Carolina’s Best Burgers, guests can choose diverse offerings such as the Seared Scallop Salad with roasted goat cheese, prosciutto, and a champagne vinaigrette, the Certified Angus Beef Braised Short Rib with buttermilk mashed potatoes, Applewood-smoked bacon, and crumbled blue cheese, or the house Paella with shrimp, chorizo, chicken, mussels, artichoke, and saffron rice.See full profile »
Chive Blossom Cafe is a great spot for a casual lunch or dinner with friends with a great, laid back atmosphere. The quirky menu happily offers a variety of soups, tasty spreads and starters, chilled salads, noodle dishes, falafel, sandwiches, seafood and meat dishes and small plates. Roll your own Greek-style lamb tacos with kalamata olives, red onion, tomato, feta, shredded lettuce and bread for wrapping with tzatziki or stuff yourself with the Southern Boullabaisse made with shrimp, scallops, little neck clams, flounder, tomato, okra, silerverqueen corn, local butter beans in a white saffron broth. Chive Blossom offers a great wine menu with wines by the bottles and the glass.See full profile »
As the sister restaurant to Bistro 217, Rustic Table has a lot to live up to the family name. Luckily for you, they do just that with their delectable Lowcountry cooking. The Pawleys Island restaurant serves brunch, lunch and supper with a variety of gluten free menu items. They use local farmers and fishermen to supply the ingredients used in their dishes like popcorn gator, fried trout Almondine, crispy fried chicken livers and Ms. Anne’s salad featuring pecan-cruised flounder. Click here for a peek at their delicious Steak Salad recipe!See full profile »
Craving some Lowcountry-inspired comfort food and a pint or two of fresh draft beer to wash it down? Then look no further than this Litchfield Beach English-style gastropub. With a selection of no less than eight specialty lagers, ales, and IPAs crafted on-site at Quigley’s in-house brewery, connoisseurs and casual sippers alike can enjoy a cold one with menu items like Yardbird Wings, Fries and Gravy, Shrimp and Grits, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, and Blackened Mahi Tacos. There’s also an outdoor patio for when the weather is too perfect to stay cooped up indoors.See full profile »
Located just off of Ocean Highway, Caffe Piccolo has been serving up unique Italian dishes since 2010. Chef James Pronesti carefully crafts his daily specials with only the freshest ingredients. Try out local seafood specials like seared scallops or jumbo roasted shrimp. Other dishes include sausage and cheese stuffed banana peppers, fresh fennel salad with oranges and Fettucini Carbonara made with farm fresh eggs, crispy pancetta, imported Pecorino Romano and Italian parsley.See full profile »
What started in Pawleys Island as a small breakfast and lunch joint has turned into a franchise with numerous locations all over the Grand Strand, Upstate South Carolina, and Georgia. And for good reason – it’s hard to find an eatery with a better selection of quality dishes. Whether you’re in the mood for Omelets, Benedicts, Breakfast Sandwiches, Waffles, Pancakes, French Toast, Burgers, Wraps, Home Fry Platters, or Salads, you’re not likely to stumble into a restaurant with more enticing diner-style options in this part of the country.See full profile »
Home to some of the best homemade biscuits on the Grand Strand, bisQit serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at its location in The Hammock Shops Village. These aren’t your average, run-of-the-mill breakfast breads though! Take your pick from root beer braised pork belly, fried chicken or pimento cheese. They also offer specialty breakfast sandwiches, milkshakes, craft beers and fun (gourmet) twists on burgers. We can’t wait to try the Pittsburger with Belgian fries, diced tomato, house queso and lowcountry slaw. YUM!See full profile »
Hanser House is owned and operated by three generations of the Hanser Family. They serve seafood, shrimp and oysters from McClellanville and straight off the boats in Murrells Inlet. You can’t go wrong by starting with any of their homemade soups like Pawleys Island red clam chowder, Hanser Family She Crab Soup or Murrells Inlet Stew. Then take your pick from broiled, fried, grilled or specialty entrees. They also serve hand cut steaks and plenty of choices for the land lovers. An early bird menu is available from 4-6 p.m. with selections like Shrimp ‘N’ Grits, Crab Cakes or BBQ Ribs.See full profile »