Best on the Grand Strand 2021 - Bistro on the Beach

(Left to right) 44 & King; Bistro 90

Written By Ashley Daniels
Photographs By Jon Stell, Scott Smallin, & courtesy of The Brentwood Bistro

Midtown Bistro
2004 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach 
(843) 427-4720

This newly remodeled Italian bistro in North Myrtle Beach has become a favorite meet-up for lunch or dinner in its quaint, charming surrounds. Chef and owner Jeff Martini prides himself on Midtown’s mantra of “simple food and simple prices” for couples and families, such as Italian classics, steaks, flat breads and pizzas. Then there’s their long list of wines, martinis and specialty drinks to unwind with after work or sip on between courses.

Bistro 217
10707 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island 
(843) 235-8217

A popular place in Pawleys to wine and dine on the south end, Bistro 217 has been a crowd-pleaser for years. And it’s no wonder, thanks to the cozy charming ambiance beyond the courtyard entrance. For lunch and dinner, an eclectic mix of culinary creations have been hand-crafted with love, including the Tomato, Crab and Jalapeno Soup, the Shrimp Fried Rice, cornmeal-encrusted Local Flounder with pepper jack cheese grits, crawfish Creole and fried okra, Braised Short Ribs and more. 

Barefoot Bistro
3914 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach 
(843) 663-0534

Windy Hill locals are well-versed on Barefoot Bistro’s lunch and dinner menu laden with fun, fresh Southern fare and served with warm hospitality. You can’t go wrong with any of Barefoot’s comfort foods, like their Chicken Pot Pie, a creamy blend of chicken, carrots, peas, potatoes, corn, onions and topped with a pastry crust, or the Fried Fish Basket filled with fried, grilled or blackened cod, coleslaw, waffle fries and hushpuppies.

South End Bistro
8151 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island 
(843) 885-1519

You’ll fall in love with the outdoor garden setting in the backyard of South End Bistro, a multi-deck layout, open-air bar and covered pavilion dining area combined with a pretty indoor dining room. There’s a lot to love on the casual menu, too, like the Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Eggplant Rollatini, burgers and a plethora of pizza or calzone options to choose from.

The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro
4269 Luck Ave., Little River 
(843) 249-2601

The beautiful Victorian home-turned Brentwood Restaurant is layered with history, artistic cuisine, fine wines and spirits from the past who are said to return for a visit. Dating back to 1910, the landmark in Little River is never at a loss of things to do. From French-inspired dinners led by Chef Eric Masson to Wine Club events to Ghost Dinner & Tours and more all set within a lovely setting born over 100 years ago. 

Bistro 90 
7209 SC-90, Longs 
(843) 390-5151

Located in rural Horry County on its namesake Highway 90, Bistro 90 is known for its hand-cut certified USDA Prime Grade steaks and chops and for its eight-time winning streak (2013-2020) of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Take a seat at your dinner reservation and be prepared to be treated to fine dining flair, from an artisan cheese board to fresh seafood to Italian classics to steaks, chops, lamb and duck to more casual pizza, calzones and stromboli.