Top 10 Places for Thanksgiving Dinner on the Grand Strand

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No one wants to spend Thanksgiving working over a hot stove and rattling pots and pans, especially while vacationing. Never fear, at least not with all of the Myrtle Beach restaurants serving traditional holiday meals to celebrate the special occasion.

Whether you are looking for a large family feast of the traditional turkey with all the trimmings or a more unique approach to Thanksgiving dinner with fresh local seafood and a Lowcountry twist, the Grand Strand has a wide selection of restaurants all tastes and price ranges.

Reservations are strongly encouraged and required at some of the more popular restaurants. Here's a list of 12 can't-miss places to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner in Myrtle Beach:

21 Main: Located at the exclusive North Beach Plantation, this fine-dining establishment serves delicious roasted turkey and baked ham with all the trimmings. North Beach guests can take a short stroll to and from their dinner tables, but non-guests are welcome too. Reservations are available by calling 843-315-3000.

Bistro 90: Located a bit off the beaten path on Highway 90 in Longs, this upscale eatery puts its own unique spin on the traditional Thanksgiving platters of turkey and ham with all the trimmings. Call 843-390-5151 for reservations.

Brentwood Restaurant: This charming, fine-dining establishment is located in a former home in Little River and serves traditional Thanksgiving dinner to go with its award-winning European and Continental cuisine. Call 843-249-2601 for reservations, and ask for a table on the new outdoor patio deck if weather permits.

Carolina Roadhouse: Along with sister restaurant California Dreaming, these two eateries serve a bounty of traditional American dishes and colonial cuisine. Reservations are not required so this is a good place for a last-minute feast.

Damon's Oceanfront Grill: Enjoy Damon's famous ribs alongside its Thanksgiving lineup of roast turkey and all the trimmings in a charming oceanfront environment. Save room for pumpkin pie or banana pudding – or both. Call 843-626-8000 for reservations.

Hard Rock Cafe: The theme restaurant dedicated to American music also serves up a buffet filled with classic American cuisine and all the Thanksgiving favorites. Reservations are accepted in 30-minute intervals to avoid logjams at the buffet station.

Magnolia's at 26th: This Southern-cooking favorite goes the extra mile for Thanksgiving, adding all the traditional dishes to its own lineup of country cuisine, a carving station and dessert bar. Reserve a spot at 843-839-3993.

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes: Enjoy live music and a lovely view of the Intracoastal Waterway at this upscale eatery. American and Lowcountry favorites, along with a special kids' menu, make up the Thanksgiving buffet. Reserve your spot at 843-913-2858.

Simply Southern Smokehouse: For a simpler and less expensive Thanksgiving buffet, check out this barbecue joint's all-you-can-eat offerings, which includes a mix of the regular menu plus holiday classics. Reservations are not required but seats may fill up fast.

Salt Water Creek Cafe: Located beside a tidal creek in Murrells Inlet, the Seafood Capital of South Carolina, Salt Water Creek adds a heavy dose of seafood from the regular menu, along with a traditional Thanksgiving lineup. Book your reservations at 843-357-2433.

The Cypress Room: Located within the Island Vista Resort, this fine-dining establishment offers excellent and creative cuisine with an ocean view. Island Vista guests receive priority seating and special pricing. Reserve your spot at 843-449-6406.

Thoroughbred’s Chophouse & Seafood Grille: This Restaurant Row institution puts out an incredible spread for Thanksgiving, including a carving station and a peel-and-eat shrimp raw bar. To make reservations for this popular holiday headquarters, call 843-497-2636.


(Posted: 10/20/14)

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