Because of South Carolina’s prime coastal location, it’s almost mandatory that the Palmetto State dish out some amazing seafood. Really, there’s no excuse for lackluster seafood here when the coast is brimming with fresh-off-the-boat options. As the old saying goes, “There are plenty of fish in the sea.” And the Palmetto State is catching the best ones and putting them on your plate at these 7 best seafood restaurants in South Carolina.
If you’ve ever formed preconceptions about what a themed seafood house should look and feel like, Drunken Jack’s is probably it. Patrons get the total dining experience with a ship-like ambiance and fresh seafood creations to match. You also get a nice view of the saltwater marsh while you dine.
This four-location oyster eatery takes pride in presenting fresh seafood with a Lowcountry flair. Aside from their namesake offering, they’re serving up a variety of local seafood creations, like gumbo, cod sliders, lobster rolls, and seafood tacos.
Having customers tout you as some of the best seafood in Murrells Inlet is no easy feat, since most of the restaurants here are well renowned for their seafood fare. From fully cooked classics like shrimp scampi and lobster to raw bar offerings, the only thing that’s as good as the food here is their service.
With two other locations in West Ashley and Coosaw Creek, you can expect fun, fresh seafood combinations. Locals dig it because of the good vibes and tasty variety of options, along with great service and cold drinks. Domestic shrimp, local oysters, and plenty of fried and grilled choices await you.
If seafood could also be considered comfort food, you’ll find it at Fleet Landing. This waterfront restaurant is known for its variety of locally caught fish and shrimp, along with classic fried favorites like shrimp, oysters, and flounder. For the more health conscious, they offer salmon, baked cod, and grilled fish tacos.
Ask any regular Myrtle Beach tourist, and they’ll tell you no trip to the beach is complete without a visit to Sea Captain’s House. This quaint cottage overlooking the ocean transforms traditional seafood into southern cuisine with hospitality to match.
It’s not on the ocean, but its location within a Lake Hartwell marina is the next best thing. Along with waterfront dining, guests marvel at the freshness of the seafood here despite being so far inland. The menu is small, and it isn’t strictly seafood, but the options you can find here are worth the drive.