Lotsa Lobstah

June 2016
Written By: 
Paul Grimshaw

The Claw House serves up fresh New England seafood

Sitting high off the ground, The Claw House resides on a portion of a formerly empty lot next to the Dead Dog Saloon. Serving up New England lobsters, oysters, crab legs, clams, mussels and a variety of coldwater specialties, The Claw House restaurant on the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk opened in April.

Sitting high off the ground, The Claw House resides on a portion of a formerly empty lot next to the Dead Dog Saloon. While there’s plenty of indoor, air-conditioned dining room space, it’s the wide, wrap-around open-air/climate controlled porch/deck that really wows the patrons. Inside, however, The Claw House’s centerpiece is a 3,000-gallon aquarium created and installed by ATM (Acrylic Tank Manufacturing) of the hit reality Animal Planet TV show Tanked. The Claw House, Murrells Inlet and the aquarium installation will be featured on a Tanked episode this year.

On the menu, starters include mussels marinara (fresh mussels cooked in gorgonzola marinara sauce and served with toast points), Ipswich clams, whole belly fried clams, steamers, clams casino dip, pork shanks, lobster corn chowder and more. The oyster bar features raw and steamed delicacies including Stone Crab claws and house-made tuna ceviche with avocado.

For dinner choose a whole lobster with two sides in 1.5-pound, 2-pound and 3-pound sizes (even larger upon request). Sandwiches include lobster roll, lobster grilled cheese, BLTs, a burger option, a chicken panini and fish & chips. Additionally, patrons may choose entrees including grilled beef tenderloin, pork rib-eye, Maryland-style crab cakes, and fried or grilled seafood including salmon, swordfish, scallops, baked haddock and shrimp, as well as daily specials.

With a 26-foot refrigerated truck on the road, The Claw House is its own purveyor of fresh seafood, making twice-weekly trips to New England and back.

“We envisioned something completely unique, but still familiar; the old school New England lobster house. Casual, friendly, fresh and affordable,” said John Campbell, co-owner and co-developer of the concept he and his business partner Peter Haentjens had been dreaming of for several years.

The Claw House

4097 U.S. 17 Business

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

(843) 651-4415


Open daily at 11 a.m.


Photos by Michael Powell