The Freshest Seafood on the Grand Strand

October 2020
Written By: 
Ashley Daniels

These area eateries please with delicious seafood, from the ocean to your plate

One of the many perks of living on the Grand Strand? Fresh seafood! Check out these area restaurants that you voted as your faves for the freshest!


Chesapeake House 
9918 U.S. 17, Myrtle Beach, 
(843) 449-3231

Anchored on Myrtle Beach’s Restaurant Row, the Chesapeake House has been family owned and operated since 1971. That’s quite a feat in itself, along with their successful tradition of serving up fresh, local seafood to tourists and locals alike. For starters, folks can’t get enough of the fried Cajun shrimp or oysters, Uncle Bill’s World Famous Fish Stew, Chesapeake Baked Flounder, fried seafood platters and soft shelled crabs, the area’s best Deviled Crab, and Carolina Crab Cakes. Save room for their infamous cinnamon rolls made fresh daily in the restaurant’s bakery. 

Lee’s Inlet Kitchen
4460 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, 
(843) 651-2881

Lee’s Inlet Kitchen is a senior citizen at 71 years old, but they still catch and release some of the freshest seafood here on the coast. The same family operates the restaurant originally opened by Pearl and Eford Lee in a converted country store. The same Murrells Inlet-style seafood recipes they used are also still used today, which has served them well. Recipes like their hand-breaded calamari, their house specialty homemade crab cake made with fresh Carolina crab meat, their award-winning she crab soup and red Inlet-style clam chowder, Mrs. Lee’s famous shrimp salad, shrimp Creole, the popular baked stuffed fillet of flounder and more. 

Rockefellers Raw Bar
3613 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, 
(843) 361-9677

Rock on to Rockefellers, where fresh seafood reigns supreme in different schools of preparation. The longtime North Myrtle Beach raw bar tops its menu with oyster offerings, like their traditional oysters Rockefeller, oysters on the half shell (raw or steamed), fried oysters, or an oyster shooter—a brave combination of beer, cocktail sauce, horseradish, jalapeno, hot sauce and one raw oyster. Go light with either the Rockefellers Salad or Caesar Salad and top with grilled or Cajun spiced shrimp or grouper. Or go all in and treat yourself to one of Rockefellers’ infamous steam kettles swimming with fresh, piping-hot seafood steamed in your choice of Old Bay and beer, wine and garlic herb butter, marinara, or Fra Diablo (Alfredo sauce is a $2 upcharge). Your fresh-steamed seafood of choice is served with Parmesan cheese, with the exception of the Old Bay and beer crawfish option; additional seafood selections are shrimp, mussels, scallops, shrimp and scallops, “Priddy” spicy shrimp, clams, or a “golfers special” with just about everything thrown into the kettle.

Mr. Fish Seafood Restaurant
6401 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, 
(843) 839-3474 (restaurant); (843) 492-0374 (seafood market)

Mr. Fish, also known as owner Ted Hammerman, has a lifetime passion for the fish industry and sharing that with others in the community. His long-running restaurant and seafood market feature menus that are creatively eclectic—and all things seafood, from Crab Rangoon, Crab Balls and Grouper Bites to the Chilympics award-winning Shmaxy’s Smoked Tuna Chili to steamed and raw seafood to sushi, sashimi and nigiri. The Seafood Market also offers a smattering of fresh catch combo platters prepared in a variety of cooking styles, sandwiches and wraps, steam pots, raw bar and their award-winning Banh Mi taco. They’ll also pack up their fresh seafood for your travels, cater your next event, and sell homemade sauces, seasonings and kitchen accessories.