Wicked Tuna

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

With great views of the inlet, some of the freshest fish in town, and several options for prime beef, this MarshWalk restaurant has quickly become a hot spot for tourists and locals alike. And as far as we know, it’s completely un-affiliated with the National Geographic Channel television show of the same name.

The menu is understandably fish-heavy, but it’s Murrells Inlet so why shouldn’t it be? The list of Appetizers includes a variety of things like Oysters Rockefeller, New England Egg Rolls (lobster and shrimp salad with a sweet Thai chili dipping sauce), and Fish Bites (local fried fish, remoulade), as well as unique items like White Corn Guacamole with fresh queso and hand-cut tortilla chips, Hummus, Fried Pickles, and Crispy Cauliflower served with a coconut curry cream sauce.

For Salads, check out the Roasted Beet & Arugula with goat cheese, candied pecans, and honey mustard vinaigrette, Kale & Apple with radicchio, candied pecans, goat gouda cheese, and champagne vinaigrette, or several classic options like the Caesar, Wedge, and Greek.

Burgers here are made with an 8oz blend of ground prime filet, ribeye, and NY strip, and options include the standard Cheeseburger and Bacon Cheeseburger, as well as a Smokehouse Burger with mushrooms, bacon, cheddar, onion straws, and steak sauce, and Mushroom Onion Swiss Burger.

Other Sandwich choices include a Maryland Crab Cake Sandwich, Shrimp or Oyster Po’ Boy, The Boston (cold water lobster salad on buttery brioche with a kale and apple salad), and a Basil Chicken Panini. There’s also a short list of Tacos available, including fried Shrimp, Crispy Fish, Carne Asada, and Blackened Fish.

Other Entrees are divided up into three sections – Surf, Turf, and Surf & Turf. What else do you need, right? Turf highlights include a 12oz Ribeye, 10oz NY Strip, 8oz Filet, St. Louis Ribs, and Grilled Herb Chicken.

The Surf list includes pretty much everything, but the standouts seem to be the Blackened Grouper with slow-roasted tomato jam, sautéed asparagus, and cheese grits, the Stuffed Flounder Stack with lump crab, mushrooms, spinach, sun-dried and macadamia crust, cauliflower puree, and parmesan cream sauce, the Fried Shrimp Platter, and, of course, the Daily Fresh Catch.

And after all of that we still haven’t gotten into sushi, so here we go. The list of starters includes standard sushi bar apps like Tuna Tartar, Ahi Poke, Seaweed Salad, and Shrimp Cocktail, as well as unique appetizers like Tuna Pizza with tomato, red onion, jalapeno, queso fresco, Japanese mayo, and avocado mousse, and the Cured Royal Salmon Carpaccio with dill and caper cream points.

In addition to all of the standard Maki, Nigiri, and Sashimi available, the Specialty Roll menu includes the Cherry Blossom (soy paper wrap, spicy tuna, avocado, shrimp tempura, spicy mayo, sweet glaze), King Dragon (tempura crab, avocado, cucumber, eel, sweet glaze, potato flakes), and the Wicked Tuna (tempura shrimp, lobster salad, cucumber, 7-spice seared Ahi tuna, ponzu, sweet chili, wasabi mousse).   

The dining room and patio here are pretty swanky by Murrells Inlet standards, which are even shabbier than Pawleys Island’s. The indoor area is outfitted with seductive blue lighting and a contemporary bar, while outside there are white linens hanging from the ceilings and sharp royal blue chairs.