It is difficult to prepare seafood well. But when it’s good, it’s really good.
The Myrtle Beach area’s seafood restaurants draw locals and visitors alike, and with dozens of options, it can be difficult to decide which ones to patronize.
As part of our hunt for the best seafood restaurants, The Sun News sent readers a form asking for their thoughts and opinions. They delivered.
Here are some of our readers’ favorite seafood restaurants.
Captain John’s Seafood Grill, 13057 Ocean Hwy at Pawleys Island
Captain John’s, a favorite among residents of Pawleys Island, has daily specials and specialty cocktails on its menu.
“Best fresh seafood and service on the South Strand!” wrote William Clark, a resident of Pawleys Island.
Chesapeake House, 9918 US-17 at Myrtle Beach
The Chesapeake House Restaurant is open in the evening and serves its early bird menu from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.
“Always fresh. Been going for years,” wrote Doreen Bennett who lives in Conway.
Crabby Mike’s, 290 US-17 Business at Surfside Beach
For 30 years, Crabby Mike’s has offered a Calabash Seafood Buffet for locals and visitors looking for seafood, whether it’s boiled, steamed, broiled or deep-fried.
“The best food at a reasonable price,” Darrell Kingsbury wrote.
Drunken Jack’s, 4031 US-17 Company in Murrells Inlet
One of many spots in the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk’s seafood paradise, Drunken Jack’s features water views and a menu developed by South Carolina’s 2015 Chef of the Year.
Jeff Usher is a fan of the honey butter hush puppies and the seafood platter.
Hoskins Restaurant, 405 Main Street in North Myrtle Beach
A staple in North Myrtle Beach, Hoskin’s Restaurant opened in 1948 and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The can’t-miss menu item is the fried scallops, according to North Myrtle Beach residents Kay Garrison and Kim Strong.
Hot Fish Club, 4911 US-17 Company in Murrells Inlet
The Hot Fish Club at the south end of Murrells Inlet has a happy hour daily from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and has an extensive appetizer menu.
“We’ve always had exceptional meals there,” wrote Greg Forquer. “Everyone we brought there loved it and put it on their lists for a date.”
Inlet Crab House, 3572 US-17 Company in Murrells Inlet
It’s no coincidence that many of the most popular answers can be found in Murrells Inlet – after all, it’s called the seafood capital of South Carolina. Inlet Crab House features colorful beach decor and a patio.
“The food is excellent, the service is good and friendly, the prices are reasonable,” wrote Ken Plants of Murrells Inlet.
Lee’s Inlet Kitchen, 4460 US-17 Business at Murrells Inlet
Lee’s Inlet Kitchen has plenty of house specialties and features crab soup, a South Carolina staple. According to Barry Brown, even those who love seafood will be able to find something on the menu here.
“I love everything on the menu, even the non-seafood dishes,” he wrote.
Sara J’s, 314 Atlantic Avenue in Murrells Inlet
If you are looking for stories while enjoying your seafood dinner, Sara J’s could be your place. The restaurant is adorned with photos of fishing expeditions and even some of the catches themselves, the largest weighing over 500 pounds.
“Great steaks, grilled fish and fried scallops,” wrote Socastee’s Alvin Payne. “Great view of the creek and great service.”
The Sun News will be running articles over the next few weeks highlighting different seafood restaurants based on readers’ favorite menu items. Stay tuned for the best crabs, shrimp, groupers and more on the Grand Strand.
This story was originally published July 6, 2021 10:00 a.m.