Myrtle Beach’s 5 Best Seafood Restaurants, Non-Buffet Division

A trip to Myrtle Beach means more than just great golf. It also offers something else land-locked visitors often love – fresh, local seafood.

We aren’t talking about buffets – despite my love for crab legs – but instead restaurants that serve locally-sourced seafood. Here are the area’s five best for one lover of all things saltwater.

Sea Captain’s House  (top photo) is an oceanfront restaurant with food that is the equal of the views. Beginning with a morning breakfast buffet, Sea Captain’s never disappoints and the dinner menu, led by a jambalaya that includes fresh shrimp and scallops, offers something for everyone.

Aspen Grille is one of Myrtle Beach proper’s best restaurants and the creative seafood dishes are a primary reason why. The North Carolina flounder stuffed with crab imperial topped with a chardonnay butter sauce is outstanding, but if you are there on a night they are serving hog snapper, you have to order it. It’s that good.

— If you are playing along the South Strand and want an outstanding meal, Chive Blossom will deliver. The seasonal menu is long seafood and creativity, delighting diners with Mediterranean, French and Asian influences. Suggested entree: local grouper with warm dill potato salad, lobster, corn and asparagus.

— Murrells Inlet is the Seafood Capital of South Carolina so a trip to the Marshwalk is a must for golfers in search of the Atlantic Ocean’s bounty. The choices are many, beginning with Wahoo’s and Drunken Jack’s, but Wicked Tuna  (pictured right) would be my choice by the width of a dorsal fin. The food is outstanding and the view from the second story deck is spectacular. That being said, there are no bad choices along the Marshwalk.

— How fresh are the offerings at Mr. Fish? The ever-popular restaurant also doubles as a seafood market. Mr. Fish is one of the area’s most popular eateries and it’s moderately priced, a win for everyone.