You are here for the golf, but when you are in Myrtle Beach, who doesn’t want seafood? While the Grand Strand is home to a surplus of outstanding seafood restaurants, the buffet remains the destination of choice for golfers who want to eat crab legs, shrimp and nearly anything else pulled from the sea until the buttons on their shorts pop. With that in mind, I willingly risked my long-term health in an attempt to rank the area’s best seafood buffets for you. Using a combination of personal experience and the input of other well-fed locals, here is my list of the area’s best buffets.
Captain George’s has it all, crab legs, shrimp (of all varieties), oysters Rockefeller, blackened mahi, scallops, ribs and nearly everything else you can imagine. Did I mention they have 17 desserts, including cheesecake, a variety of cobblers, carrot cake and an assortment of puddings? Seriously, I’m getting hungry thinking about it. Throw in a prime location just across from Broadway at the Beach, and there is little not to like about Captain George’s, if you want an all-you-can-eat buffet.
The Original Benjamin’s is a family-owned restaurant and many locals will tell you it’s the area’s best. The nautically themed dining room has a 170-item smorgasbord with, as always, crab legs as the centerpiece. Throw-in a dry sea aquarium and the Original Benjamin’s is 1 or 1A on every list of Myrtle Beach’s best buffets.
Golfers staying along the South Strand will want to visit Crabby Mike’s. For 28 years, Crabby Mike’s has been sending folks home happy with a buffet that offers nearly everything imaginable in and out the water. In addition to all the regulars, Crabby Mike’s serves shrimp and grits, boom boom shrimp, jambalaya and more.
No list of Myrtle Beach buffets is complete without an acknowledgment of the Calabash-style cooking that was invented just north of the state line. With that in mind, let me recommend Bennett’s Calabash Seafood. With two locations, one in Myrtle Beach and the other along Restaurant Row, you can’t go wrong at Bennett’s, especially if you like your seafood fried.
Golfers staying in downtown Myrtle Beach will want to give Seafood World try. The three-island buffet features nearly 100 items, including all the staples, but what differentiates Seafood World is a landlubber’s specialty – AUCE ribeye steak. Crab legs and steak is a formidable combination.
Let us know what your favorite Myrtle Beach seafood buffet is, especially if it isn’t on my list.