Top Hotels within Walking Distance of Myrtle Beach’s Best Restaurants
There are good and bad things about driving in Myrtle Beach. On the positive side is the convenience of being able to go wherever you want whenever you want. On the negative side is traffic, that almighty and unavoidable beast that dominates much of the Grand Strand during the summer months.
That said, the best way to beat the gridlock is to lace up your shoes and take a stroll. But it seems, judging by the jam-packed roads, that there are people out there who underestimate the walkability of the area.
In reality, how many times do you really need to leave your hotel? Whatever your answer, you can cut a couple of those car trips out by staying within walking distance of some of Myrtle Beach’s best restaurants.
Check 'em out.
It wouldn’t be a proper exploration of the area’s eateries if I didn’t mention the one that was awarded the number one spot on OpenTable’s 2014 Best Restaurants in America list – SeaBlue Restaurant and Wine Bar. The two towers at Avista are modern and hi-tech, and while SeaBlue is a little over a mile away, the trip will go quickly as you prepare for one of the best meals you’re likely to have, anywhere. Scallops Rockefeller, Foie Gras, Escargot, Prime Steaks – it’s all kinds of fancy.
Downtown Myrtle Beach has the highest concentration of interesting international cuisine on the Grand Strand, and this oceanfront resort on 5th Avenue North puts you right in the middle of all the culinary action. Within a four block radius of the hotel, vacationers can hoof it to Bodo’s German Restaurant & Pub, Bombay at the Beach (Indian), Redi-et Ethiopian Cuisine, Sun City Café (Mexican-American), and Bangkok House (Thai), each of the eateries offering modestly-priced meals and the chance to step a little bit outside of your comfort zone. Trust us, you’ll (probably) be glad you did!
As one of the oldest and most popular resorts in town, it’s only fitting that a couple of Myrtle Beach’s dining institutions are just are a few steps from the lobby. Serving a selection of seafood, steaks, burgers, wings, and shellfish, Dirty Don’s Oyster Bar & Grill is a great place to shuck a few oysters and then go to work on their Fish Fry of shrimp, scallops, grouper, crab cakes, and oysters. And just two doors down is River City Café, where the list of World Famous Burgers contains 22 variations on the great American sandwich.
Having been presented with several “Best of the Beach” and TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence, it’s easy to overlook the fact that this resort’s best asset is the restaurant right next door. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but Sea Captain's House has been serving up some of the Grand Strand’s best seafood dishes for several decades. Whether you’re in the mood for Crab Cakes Benedict for breakfast, a Carolina Shrimp and Oyster Po’ Boy for lunch, or an all-out Fried Seafood Platter for dinner, the perks of staying at the Caribbean extend a little farther than the property itself.
An on-site water park and exceptional service make this oceanfront resort one of the most popular in town, and just up 52nd Avenue North is one of Myrtle Beach’s best Italian joints. Ciao has gained a sizeable local following for their contemporary preparations of classic Italian cuisine. Fried Calamari, Lasagna, Lobster Ravioli, Chicken Cacciatore, Veal Parmesan – it’s all here, just minutes away for those on foot.
This resort on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is a quick stroll from one of the area’s newest and most exciting culinary experiences – Art Burger Sushi Bar. Guests here can take their pick between inventive lists of sandwiches and rolls, or get something from both menus. And for something a little more upscale, take a walk over to The Library to experience old-world cuisine and fine-dining service at its best.
The area surrounding 77th Avenue North and Business 17 is saturated with great restaurants, making a stay at Horizon an obvious choice for those looking to walk to a new eatery every night. Options include the upscale Collector’s Café, which doubles as a gallery of local fine art; Fire & Smoke’s tapas-style menu and great selection of craft beer; Liberty Tap Room’s classic American menu and microbrews; Lombardo’s upscale Italian offerings; Boom Boom Wine Room’s vino-centric atmosphere; and Hurricane Maggie’s menu of way-better-than-average-bar-food.
Guests at this 4-Diamond resort enjoy the island vibes and uncrowded strip of beach directly in front of the tower. And they also appreciate the option of taking the elevator to nosh on the award-winning Lowcountry fare for breakfast and dinner at The Cypress Room, where stunning floor-to-ceiling views of the ocean enhance the casually-elegant dining experience.
Located on the south end of the Grand Strand, Litchfield is a nice place to escape to hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach in the summer. And this resort has the advantage of being within a very short stroll of a couple of great eateries. Quigley’s Pint & Plate is a contemporary gastropub with an on-site microbrewery and a menu full of Lowcountry favorites. And just down the street, Eggs Up Grill offers some of the tastiest breakfast dishes in town.
One of North Myrtle Beach’s best restaurants is accessible without even leaving the property at this oceanfront luxury resort. 21 Main serves a menu full of Prime and Aged Steaks, fresh Nigiri and Specialty Sushi Rolls, and much more all in a dining room that achieves elegance without crossing over into stuffiness.