Best of the Grand Strand 2019
Café Amalfi at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort
10000 Beach Club Drive, Myrtle Beach. (843) 449-5000, hilton.com
The oceanfront view and airy atmosphere of Café Amalfi make it a favorite among Grand Strand residents and visitors alike. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the cafe offers casual fine dining with high-end style. Breakfast brings a traditional breakfast bar, as well as customized omelets, eggs benedict and French toast. Lunch includes salads, small plates of shrimp ceviche and fried green tomatoes, and specialty pizzas in addition to an array of sandwiches. Seafood features prominently on the dinner menu, with blackened scallops, seafood linguine and crab-stuffed flounder, as well as items such as boar belly and Szechuan-braised pork shoulder. For a gorgeous view of the beach at morning, noon or night, combined with a variety of dining options, Café Amalfi is a perfect destination. It is open 6:30–10:30 a.m. for breakfast, noon–4 p.m. for lunch, and 5–10 p.m. for dinner daily.
21 Main Prime Steakhouse at North Myrtle Beach Plantation
719 North Beach Blvd., North Myrtle Beach. (843) 315-3000, 21mainatnorthbeach.com
21 Main Prime Steakhouse offers an elegant fine dining experience within a charming, contemporary Southern estate. The menu features traditional steakhouse items plus signature dishes with a creative flair. A variety of cuts and chops of beef, veal and pork, including USDA Prime and Certified Angus Beef, are served a la carte and can be combined with shrimp, scallops or lobster. Beef Carpaccio, oysters Rockefeller and baked brie en croute are featured on the starters menu, and side items include collard greens with ham hocks, creamed spinach with pancetta and lobster and bacon macaroni and cheese. 21 Main also offers a private dining room, event planning services and a special first seating daily from 4–5:30 p.m., serving three courses for $35. 21 Main is open Monday–Thursday from 4–10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4–11 p.m.
The Cypress Room at Islandvista Resort
6000 Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. (843) 449-6406, islandvista.com/cypress-room
The Cypress Room at the family-owned-and-operated Island Vista Resort offers a fine dining experience from an award-winning chef within a family-friendly atmosphere. The oceanfront dining room offers spectacular views to complement any meal, and the Cypress Room offers both breakfast and dinner. Morning brings early-bird breakfast specials served from 7:30–8:30 a.m., with service continuing until 10, which includes traditional items as well as specialties such as sweet potato pancakes, huevos rancheros and house-made granola. At dinner, executive chef Michael McKinnon incorporates fresh, local ingredients into inspired, sophisticated dishes ranging from citrus crusted grouper and Lowcountry bouillabaisse to a lamb duo (seared chop and braised shoulder) with a garlic jus reduction, ratatouille risotto and seared duck breast. Live music in the dining room, handcrafted cocktails and an extensive wine list round out the experience that’s perfect for a romantic evening or a family gathering. Open for breakfast from 7:30–10 a.m. and dinner from 5:30–8:30 p.m. daily.
Ocean’s on 82nd at the Myrtle Beach Marriott at Grande Dunes
8400 Costa Verde Drive, Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, Myrtle Beach. (843) 692-3750, marriott.com
The Grande Dunes Marriott is an elegant, sophisticated backdrop for this restaurant, and the oceanfront views offer a panoramic landscape of a particularly quiet portion of the beach. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Ocean’s on 82nd features a popular breakfast buffet. Lunch brings a menu of fresh salads, sandwiches and specialty items such as boom boom shrimp tacos and a grouper sandwich served grilled or fried. At dinner, prime beef offerings include New York strip and filet mignon, as well as a rotating chef’s special and catch of the day. Ocean’s on 82nd is open for breakfast from 6:30–11 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., and dinner from 5–10 p.m. daily.
WaterScapes at Marina Inn Grande Dunes
8121 Amalfi Place, Myrtle Beach. (843) 913-2845, waterscapesrestaurant.com
Beautifully situated overlooking the marina and the Grande Dunes pool, WaterScapes offers romantic fine dining with fresh seafood, choice steaks and specialties featuring Southern European, Indian and Hispanic influences. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the elegant WaterScapes offers dining inside or outside on the terrace, where gorgeous sunsets make a spectacular display. Executive chef Byron J. Bondoc brings 12 years of culinary arts experience to Marina Inn and creates signature dishes for WaterScapes featuring fresh, local ingredients. Dinner may include Spanish chorizo soup and a tuna poke bowl in addition to pan-seared diver scallops, short rib ragu, seafood paella or Moroccan chicken. Featuring a private dining room, WaterScapes is also a perfect destination for a group event. Open for breakfast 6:30–11 a.m.; for lunch, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; and for dinner, 5:30–10 p.m. daily.
Photographs by Gregory Pierce, Jon Stell, Scott Smallin and courtesy of Waterscapes