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By Chris King on February 18, 2010
Sure golf is the main attraction on a trip to Myrtle Beach, but the bounty offered by the nearby Atlantic Ocean is hard to resist, especially at dinner time.
Seafood tops everyone’s menu when they come to town, and Myrtle Beach’s stream of all-you-can-buffets is the answer for many, but some prefer quality over quantity. For those with a more discerning palette, we offer up the five best places in the Myrtle Beach area for a great seafood dinner.
1. Rivertown Bistro – Located in Conway, approximately 12 miles west of Myrtle Beach, Rivertown Bistro is off the beaten path but worth the trip. Nine different types of sushi are available and the entrée menu is as creative as any. You won’t go wrong with the lightly blackened dolphin, jalapeno grit cake, blue crab crème and sautéed swiss chard.
2. Sea Captain’s House – The area’s oldest and most popular seafood restaurant, Sea Captain’s could easily occupy the top spot. Overlooking the ocean, Sea Captain’s starts every meal with complimentary hush puppies and things only get better from there. The Jambalaya is outstanding, but the Captain’s Seafood Muddle - sautéed shrimp, scallops, fish, mussels and clams in a saffron tomato broth with bacon, potatoes, celery and herbs – is a house specialty.
3. Divine’s Fish House – Murrell’s Inlet is the Seafood Capital of South Carolina and Divine’s is one of the reasons why. A breathtaking view of the marsh is accompanied by a fresh fish menu that includes swordfish, flounder, yellowfin ahi tuna and mahi-mahi. Divine’s is very good.
4. Collector’s Café – The area’s most unique restaurant, Collector’s is a world class restaurant and a working art gallery rolled into one. The sonoran spiced yellowfin tuna, which is caught locally, is excellent, but the scallop cake is an original dish that is as good as any entrée on the beach.
5. Gulfstream Café – The only restaurant in the area where the Atlantic is visible on one side and Murrells Inlet on the other, Gulfstream’s food is often the equal of its stunning views. The she-crab soup is a must, and if you are looking for a recommendation, the grouper francais is a good one.