The Nance family has been involved in the local fishing and seafood business in Murrells Inlet for generations, and that heritage is reflected in the rustic, wooden architecture of their self-titled establishment. In a town known for great restaurants, Nance’s stands the test of time.
Located on a tidal creek that flows into the inlet, Nance’s operates its own fishing fleet so the fresh catch of the day and the extensive seafood lineup is delivered directly to the docks. Fresh local oyster clusters, shrimp, crab and a wide range of fish are the highlight of the menu, with steam pots teeming with crab legs, corn on the cob, smoked sausage and potatoes and Calabash-style fried seafood platters featuring goodies from local waters. Steak and chicken dishes are available but when in Rome, er, Murrells Inlet … Nance’s regularly holds all-you-can-eat oyster roasts that attract a local crowd, and the bar area is a popular hangout for football and NASCAR events. This is an old-school seafood shack the way they were meant to be.
Although heavy on families in the summertime, Nance’s transforms into a bit of a locals’ hangout in the offseason. The 150-foot glass window in the dining room gives all visitors a nice view of the creek and inlet. The mood is come-as-you-are casual.