The Best Dinners with a View on the Grand Strand

October 2020
Written By: 
Ashley Daniels

Pair a delicious meal with a stunning landscape

With these eateries, it’s hard to decide whether the food or the view is the star! Dig into deliciousness and relax with a stunning vista, all from the same table.


Best Dinners with a View

1210 North Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, 
(843) 945-1204

The oceanfront RipTydz beach bar/restaurant is an architectural marvel. The three-level, 17,000-plus-square-foot, 500-seat restaurant is stunning at every footstep, inside and out—especially as you walk closer toward the Atlantic, where the building opens up and offers a picture-perfect bird’s eye view of the ocean. On warm days, the salt breeze blows through the ceiling rafters and between the wood pilings that support the roof of the open air setting. The third floor houses a rooftop bar, complete with drinks from the bar top, colorful wicker seating, TVs and a killer view. And the views taste as good as they look, with a menu of fresh seafood towers and steamers, sandwiches, burgers, tacos and more.

Austin’s Ocean One
1 Norris Drive (in The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn), Pawleys Island, 
(843) 235-8700

One of the number one views of the ocean, tableside, is on 1 Norris Drive, where Austin’s Ocean One has called home for so many years. It’s almost like a locals’ secret (until now), with practically a hidden restaurant entrance to the inn’s second floor. Once you reach the top of the stairs, you’ll be blown away by the panoramic ocean views accessible from any seat. You’ll also love Austin’s casual-fine dining surrounds and eclectic, locally sourced menu. Try the Fried Green Tomato Tower stacked with goat cheese, sautéed spinach and tomato vinaigrette; the fresh catch; the Lowcountry Chicken; the Pistachio and Ginger Crusted Grouper with Thai basil and blue crab sauce; and so many more. And take advantage of Austin’s on-staff sommelier for the perfect pairing!

Sea Captain’s House
3002 North Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, 
(843) 448-8082

Standing oceanfront since the 1940s, the cozy beach cottage that is Sea Captain’s House has been welcoming guests through their front door with memorable seafood and Southern hospitality. And then there’s the unforgettable ocean views from the dining areas for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try their award-winning she crab soup, the fresh boiled and chilled shrimp salad, Southern fried chicken topped with a fig jam, jambalaya and seafood platters. (They also offer gluten-free and vegetarian menus.) And make sure you save room for any of their homemade desserts crafted by their in-house pastry chef, like the hummingbird cake, a Southern favorite with layers of spice cake, made with pecans, pineapple, banana, and cream cheese frosting, or the chocolate bourbon pecan pie.

The Oyster Rock
9931 Nance St., Calabash, N.C., 
(910) 579-6875

The Oyster Rock is a pretty pearl along the Calabash River, docked amidst shrimp boats and still waters. The front of the waterfront restaurant could be likened to a lighthouse tower, with a Vegas-style blue neon rotating oyster shell sign. The back patio and boardwalk, however, is the showstopper, with alfresco seating and brilliant views of the water. Pair that with the Rock’s incredible dinner and drink menu, featuring creations such as succulent Ragin’ Cajun Oysters, charcuterie boards, pit-roasted oysters in the custom-built outdoor pit, Deep Treasure diver scallops, Mahi tacos, Heritage Hog pork chops, and so much more.