Bistro 217

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

This upscale eatery in the heart of Pawleys Island focuses on serving unique Lowcountry cuisine with European and Asian influences. The inventive preparations make for an exciting culinary experience, and the atmosphere lends itself perfectly to a fancy night out, without feeling stuffy.

Open for lunch and dinner, the menus here offer a variety of dishes that are suitable to most tastes. The daytime fare focuses on salads, sandwiches, soups, and small plates. The diverse list of starters includes the Bistro Three-Bean Chili, Crab Nachos (avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro), and a Warm Bistro Potato Soup with Applewood-smoked bacon. The Salad options cover most, if not all, of the bases. Traditional offerings like the Mediterranean Salad, Bistro-Style Cobb Salad, and Wedge compete with distinctive creations like the Seared Scallop Salad with Roasted Goat Cheese (spinach, prosciutto, lemon aioli, champagne-herb vinaigrette, balsamic reduction), and the Pecan-Encrusted Trigger Fish Salad (spinach, strawberries, blueberries, poppy seed dressing, bleu cheese crumbles).

And while the Entrée options are sandwich-centered (Bistro Burger, Philly Cheesesteak, Cuban, BLT, Catfish Po Boy, Reuben), there are plenty of other possibilities to choose from. Check out the Shepard’s Pie, with pulled Certified Angus Beef, the Pad Thai, or the Vegetable Quesadilla, with grilled Portobello, tomato, spinach, pico, Brie, provolone, feta, and avocado salad. 

The Dinner list is divided into three sections – Soups & Appetizers, Salads, and Entrees. Starters include classics like French Onion and She Crab, but a Tomato, Crab, and Jalapeno Soup with toasted white corn sticks tempts patrons to try something new. Other small options include Fried Green Tomatoes and Oyster (blue cheese, bacon cream sauce), Quick-Fried Calamari (cherry peppers, five-pepper jelly, lemon aioli, field greens), and Tuna Napoleon (avocado salad, wonton chips, yuzu aioli). Guests can also start with something green, and options range from an Organic Field Greens Salad and a Classic Caesar, to a Warm Pistachio-Encrusted Goat Cheese Salad and a tempting Pear Salad. The Entrée selection is full of Lowcountry fare, but also dabbles in European standbys like Veal Piccata, Chicken Carbonara, and Paella. Some notable dishes include Braised Short Rib (certified Angus beef, buttermilk-mashed potatoes, country green beans with bacon, bleu cheese, cider reduction), the 217 Eggplant Treasure Chest (shrimp, scallops, grouper, basil parmesan cream sauce, fried eggplant), and Herb-Encrusted Grouper (paprika-roasted potatoes, sautéed spinach, cape-brown butter).

And with a sweet tooth and a little room to spare, diners can choose from a Dessert list that includes things like Warm White Chocolate Bread Pudding, Classic Tiramisu, Crème Brulee, and Mixed Berry Cobbler.

The experience here can vary greatly depending on where you choose to sit. When the weather is nice, grab a seat outside at one of their wrought-iron tables and catch a nice breeze with your meal. Inside seating options include half-booth banquette tables, full booths, and a classic wooded bar area. Contemporary lighting hangs from above, and mirrors with a modern-design adorn the walls, creating an overall vibe that’s fancy, fresh, and unique.