The 10 Best Restaurants In Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

The 10 Best Restaurants In Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Murrells Inlet is a picturesque town in coastal South Carolina. Along with great views, Murrells Inlet holds the promise of fresh seafood along with many other culinary delights. Here are the 10 restaurants you need to visit while in Murrells Inlet.
View of Murrells Inlet from Hot Fish Club Courtesy of Hot Fish Club

Inlet Crab House & Raw Bar

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
You can’t miss Inlet Crab House & Raw Bar because it’s painted bright pink, blue, and yellow. Plus, it exudes the mellowest of vibes. The interior manages to pull off a balance between rustic and festive with its fishing gear décor, string lights, wooden tables, chairs and wall finish. Inlet Crab House & Raw Bar serves up southern favorites like peel and eat shrimp, fried grouper, grits, hush puppies, and conch fritters.
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Poppy’s Burgers and Subs

Poppy’s is in a league of its own as far as burger places go in this area. Poppy’s chicken burgers are made to succulent juicy perfection, and the beef burgers are piled with fresh lettuce, tomato and onion. Additionally, Poppy’s has a thing for experimental deep-frying. If nothing else, it’s imperative that you give the fried Oreos with vanilla ice cream a try.

Poppy’s Burgers and Subs, 3290 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC, USA, +1 843-651-6800

Blue Elephant Thai Cuisine

When you find yourself looking for a break from the burgers and the seafood for which this area’s dining scene is known, come to Blue Elephant for some light and tasty Thai food. Everything is freshly prepared to order, making it worth the relaxed pace of the meal. Wash everything down with a Thailand’s signature Singha beer or a Thai iced tea.

Blue Elephant Thai Cuisine, 4493 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC, USA, +1 843-651-5863

Graham’s Landing

Restaurant, Bar, Seafood, $$$
Graham’s Landing is a great place for lunch. It offers seafood, steaks, and pasta alongside a perfect view of the sunset cast over the surrounding inlet in the evening. The fried green tomato BLT is a twist on a southern classic, the shrimp and grits is hands down a crowd favorite, and the prime rib is smoked on site. In fact, you can expect everything at Graham’s Landing to be made from scratch.
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Hot Fish Club

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
Lobster Potpie at Hot Fish Club
Lobster Potpie at Hot Fish Club | Courtesy of Hot Fish Club
Murrells Inlet is such a mecca for seafood on the southern coast of the US that we urge you to try Hot Fish Club. The Hot Fish Club was founded all the way back in the 1792, making it the oldest restaurant establishment in Murrells Inlet. The lobster potpie will blow the top off anything you thought you knew about potpies. Or try the famous steam pot filled with clams, shrimp, oysters and corn on the cob.
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Lobster Potpie at Hot Fish Club Courtesy of Hot Fish Club

Charlie’s Studio Café

Cafe, American, $$$
For a full-on Southern style brunch for a great value, go to Charlie’s Studio Café. They serve fresh biscuits and gravy, grits, scrambled eggs and bacon, and fluffy pancakes. The café has a charming, spacious interior, its walls painted in various pastel colors. Each of the tables are also hand painted. It is clear that this local business is built on tender love and care.
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The Local Grind Coffeehouse

Hip and stylish coffeehouses are always good in our book, and The Local Grind Coffeehouse is certainly no exception. With added features like caramel apple pie cheesecake bars and open mic nights, why would you ever want to leave? The Local Grind also has a lovely ivy covered porch, which is perfect for a balmy night in South Carolina.

The Local Grind Coffeehouse, 880 Inlet Square Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC, USA, +1 843-299-0547

Painters Homemade Ice Cream

Anything served in a fresh waffle cone is difficult to resist. Add the fact that the scent of the waffle cones baking wafts throughout the whole of Painters, and it’s a done deal. Of course, waffle cones are made for ice cream and Painters piles their cones high. The south is known for its peaches so why not get your fix in ice cream form? The brownie special is another popular item.

Painters Homemade Ice Cream, 2115 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC, USA, +1 843-651-1255

K-Rae’s Waterway Bar & Grille

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
K-Rae’s Waterway Bar & Grille offers a wide variety of fare including certified Angus beef, tuna tacos, and shrimp salad. What these menu items have in common is that all of them go great with one of K-Rae’s many drink selections. The cocktails are served in mason jars with little umbrellas, and they have their very own DIY Bloody Mary bar.
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Dead Dog Saloon

Dead Dog Saloon is your go-to stop for a hearty breakfast. Choose a sunny spot to enjoy your meal with a mimosa in hand on their outdoor patio overlooking the inlet. It doesn’t stop there: they provide a pretty expansive lunch spread as well. From burgers, to tacos, to fresh grilled fish, you won’t be disappointed.

Dead Dog Saloon, 4079 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC, USA, +1 843-651-0664