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Grand Strand Gourmet Dining

One of the major attractions of the Grand Strand is the impressive number of gourmet dining options available to vacationers. Myrtle Beach visitors owe it to themselves to visit these outstanding establishments.

Jesse Broadt: Contributor

Dining out is one of the best loved activities among Myrtle Beach vacationers. Fortunately, the Grand Strand offers gourmet dining at its finest, regardless of the specific type of food for which one is looking. Below are the top 10 choices for gourmet cuisine that will leave visitors wanting more:

Frank’s Restaurant

Located on Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island, Frank’s Restaurant opened its doors to Grand Strand visitors in 1988. This establishment sets the bar high, offering delicious gourmet food, a unique ambience, and award-winning service. With its crisp white linens, candles, and Oriental rugs over hardwood floors, Frank’s is not only a place for sumptuous cuisine, it also offers a luxurious atmosphere in which guests can relax and enjoy being catered to throughout a leisurely meal. Featuring Low Country gourmet specialties cooked to perfection and a great wine and beer selection, few restaurants can compete with this popular Pawleys Island eatery.

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Gourmet cuisine is not difficult to find on the Grand Strand


 As its name implies, Thoroughbreds Chophouse and Seafood Grille offers top-of-the-line cuisine and outstanding service. It is conveniently located on Highway 17 in Myrtle Beach in an area commonly referred to as “restaurant row.” Boasting six unique fine dining areas and several fully stocked bars, it has everything patrons could desire.

Thoroughbreds visitors’ expectations are exceeded by the establishment’s executive chef and his talented team. Offering both international and domestic fare, guests are always pleased with the restaurant’s extensive menu and wine list. Thoroughbreds has a long history of satisfying even the most discriminating palate and has definitely earned its place in the winner’s circle.

Library Restaurant

 One-of-a-kind dishes prepared tableside, a tuxedoed staff and a robust wine list are all things patrons can expect to find at the Library Restaurant on North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. Perhaps one of the best kept secrets of the Grand Strand, this restaurant has provided delectable gourmet cuisine and a fabulous dining experience to Myrtle Beach vacationers since 1974.

Patrons can start their night at the speakeasy themed lounge and then make their way to the candlelit dining room where meals are prepared before their eyes from Steak Diane to Duck L’Orange. Serving classic American fare and traditional Southern dishes, this upscale, formal restaurant is a wonderful choice for those who want to enjoy the good life.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ruth’s Chris Steak House is located on the Marina Parkway in Myrtle Beach just off Highway 17 towards the northern end of the Grand Strand. In a casual environment, patrons can expect exemplary service and unique dishes prepared by an expert chef. Although steaks are the specialty of the house, patrons will also find fresh seafood options, seasonal dishes and irresistible desserts on the restaurant’s expansive menu. A fully stocked bar with friendly bartenders and a wide variety of cocktails, wine, beer and specialty drinks are also available. Deserving of its place on the Grand Strand’s most popular restaurants list,  Ruth’s Chris Steak House is a terrific option for any visitor.

Steak au poivre served

Cocktails, dinner, or light fare, Myrtle Beach gourmet restaurants have it all.

Cypress Dining Room at Island Vista

For a decadent dining experience, the Cypress Dining Room at Island Vista on North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach is a failsafe option. Serving classic Southern fare, American cuisine and award-winning seafood, patrons cannot go wrong regardless of what dish they choose.

Serving breakfast and dinner, the Cypress Dining Room offers a floor-to-ceiling view of the ocean, and also boasts a seasonal outdoor Tiki bar and year-round indoor lounge. The establishment also bakes homemade pizza on demand to eat in or take out. Whether visitors want to eat light, have a full course dinner or simply enjoy cocktails in a beautiful, upbeat environment, the Cypress Dining Room is a great choice.

Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bistro

Conveniently located in The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, the Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bistro is a must-visit for lovers of Italian fare. Travinia’s pasta, seafood, veal and chicken dishes are flavored with homemade cream sauces and unique, robust marinaras. Premium service, renowned chefs and the freshest of ingredients are what keep Grand Strand visitors coming back for more.

Homemade desserts and an impressive selection of wine are also sure to please any customer. Boasting a casual environment, but one in which each patron is catered to on demand, the restaurant’s ambience is perfect for an enjoyable meal at any time.

Pasta dish

The Grand Strand has no shortage of authentic Italian restaurants

Waterscapes at Marina Inn

 A favorite of both locals and vacationers, WaterScapes Restaurant is located in Myrtle Beach at Grande Dunes in the luxurious Marina Inn. Unlike any other Myrtle Beach restaurant, its atmosphere is an interesting  blend of comfort and elegance. Featuring beautiful gold and beige decor, this distinguished, white tablecloth dining room will please even the most discerning visitor.

With menu options featuring choice steaks, fresh seafood, and signature dishes prepared in Southern European style with Hispanic and Indian influences, the restaurant’s cuisine is as unique as its atmosphere. Waterscapes also offers an extensive wine selection, specialty cocktails, and signature desserts. A strong competitor among Myrtle Beach’s best restaurants, this award-winning eatery is an ideal option for any vacationer.

Aspen Grille

Those in search of an exceptional meal when visiting the Grand Strand need look no further than Myrtle Beach’s Aspen Grille. Located on North Kings Highway, this fresh, trendy establishment offers flavor packed dishes featuring ingredients from top-notch local suppliers.

Mouthwatering, traditional Southern favorites are the specialty of this elegant but casual restaurant, and the ever-changing menu always features seasonal options prepared with the chef’s own personal twist. Any dish can be paired with a gourmet wine from the restaurant’s hand selected list and signature cocktails and classic Southern desserts round out the impressive menu. A true ambassador of Southern hospitality, the Aspen Grille offers exceptional service and willingness to please each and every guest.

Rare steak

Steak, seafood or pasta, visitors are never disappointed with the Grand Strand’s restaurant row

Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro

The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro is found in the quaint, fishing village of Little River. Featuring French style cuisine and classic Low Country favorites, this beautiful, historic restaurant is the perfect combination of sumptuous food and an unforgettable atmosphere. A high-end, romantic establishment, customers always enjoy the lovely Victorian architecture and decor by which they are surrounded when dining at Brentwood. A full menu featuring signature dishes and a seemingly endless wine list ensure that visitors have a memorable and enjoyable experience when dining at this classy, upscale restaurant.

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