Shine On

December 2022
Written By: 
Ashley Daniels
Photographs by: 
Ashley Daniels

The new 1229 Shine coastal-inspired eatery is a bright star on the Grand Strand

Dine at 1229 Shine and your day will likely shine even brighter. The newer restaurant’s name doubles as its location at 1229 Shine Ave. on the outskirts of The Market Common and the gates of the airport’s private terminal.

Outside, the building gives off industrial-retro beach diner vibes, boasting a fun, colorful mural, a wraparound patio for alfresco dining, and a teal neon sign. Inside, modern maritime design continues throughout in the overhead lighting, the massive bar, the shiplap walls, and rustic floors.

The coastal-inspired 1229 Shine concept is another delicious invention by the Collected hospitality group, which has also brought Co Sushi, Whitaker’s, and the Lucky Duck Tavern to 10 different locations throughout the Southeast. In other words, they know a thing or two about running a restaurant.

The main menu is centered around seafood, but also includes a smattering of other non-swimming goodies, like the edamame falafel bites, spinach and mozzarella rolls, double smash Shine burger, and buttermilk-brined fried chicken sandwich.

If your palate is more seafaring, 1229 Shine is certainly the place to be. Top picks from the Bites section include the Surimi Cajun Crab Dip with grilled crostini, the Deviled Eggs topped with lobster salad, and the Crawfish Spring Rolls. Other seafood must-tries are their Viet Cajun Boil swimming with shrimp, mussels, clams, sausage, corn, and red potato doused in Cajun spices; the Grilled Oysters Rockefeller smothered in compound butter, bacon, baby spinach, parmesan cheese, and bread crumbs; and the Tuna Wonton Taco, with diced tuna, soy, lime, avocado, and radish stuffed into a crispy wonton shell. Salads, “sammies,” and sweets round out the menu. And don’t dismiss the sides—we liked the Brussels Sprouts with Bonita Flakes, the Curry Corn on the Cob, and the Asian Cucumber Salad.

Shucking good: The Grilled Oysters Rockafeller at 1229 Shine.

The brunch menu, served on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is also a delight, featuring creative combos like Cajun Grits tossed with bacon, red bell pepper, onion, and your choice of Cajun shrimp or grouper; Southern Omelet folded in with pimento cheese, bacon, grilled cherry tomatoes, and spinach; and Chicken & Waffles on four Belgian-style mini waffles. Order the Bubbles & Shucks bottle package, which comes with your choice of champagne, two small carafes of either orange, watermelon, mango or peach juice, and one dozen oysters.

The 1229 Shine happy hour menu is available weekdays from 4-6 p.m., with $5 sips and food specials. They also offer a gluten-friendly menu. Anytime is a fine time to get your shine on at 1229 Shine.

1229 Shine Ave., Myrtle Beach
(843) 438-4877
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.