Coordinating a fall golf vacation to Myrtle Beach for a large party can be frustrating. And for as tall as a task as it can be to get eight or more players all lined up with travel schedules, hotel stays and tee times without staggering the group, locking down food on a whim is possibly even more problematic. It doesn’t matter that the bulk of summer tourism has waned; frankly, not every restaurant is equipped to handle bigger clusters of patrons.
Let us recommend five who not only can, but do it pretty darn well.
CAPTAIN GEORGE’S, MYRTLE BEACH
Year round, at just about any time during regular business hours, the parking lot at Captain George’s is packed. And yet, wait times for tables hardly ever mirror that. This seafood buffet – located across the street from the popular Broadway at the Beach – is adept keeping the proverbial line moving. And with 50 or so items regularly on the buffet, you better believe it’s not just about seafood.
LIBERTY TAP ROOM & GRILL, MYRTLE BEACH
Amid a handful of national chain restaurants, Liberty (which is a South Carolina mini-conglomerate) has been a host site for happy hour groups and functions since it first opened its doors. Several massive high-top tables just off the bar area or others on the patio can seat upwards of 12-20 guests without issue, all while those with smaller needs are in the main dining room. Meanwhile, the menu itself has the range to please just about anyone.
MARGARITA’S, MYRTLE BEACH
Located a few blocks away from the Tanger Outlets on U.S. 17 just north of city limits, Margaritas is typically one of the highest-rated Mexican restaurants up and down the Grand Strand. And for the purposes of this list, it is also a top-notch accommodation for your fall golf group. Chances are, even if you walk in sans reservation with a group of 12, you’re going to wait no more than a few minutes before chips and salsa and a drink are in your hand.
RIOZ BRAZILLIAN STEAKHOUSE, MYRTLE BEACH/NORTH MYRTLE BEACH
When the server comes to your table with a bunch of food on a stick, chances are you’re going to have no idea what he just called it. But just say “Yes.” Sure, you may eventually need help getting out of your chair, but whatever. Beef, pork, chicken, lamb – it’s all on the menu. It’s a serving style that caters well to big parties.
WICKED TUNA, MURRELLS INLET
As good as the dining experience is at just about every restaurant along the Marshwalk, not every establishment can handle bigger groups without advanced warning. That’s not an issue at Wicked Tuna. The huge building intermingles tables large and small, all while simultaneously utilizing a large bar area and outdoor patio. Unlike some of its neighbors overlooking the inlet, it also accepts reservations.