Fine dining is never far away for guests at North Beach Plantation. With Restaurant Row to the south, Ocean Drive to the north, and Barefoot Landing just across the street, visitors have lots of options for upscale dining in the neighborhood. Here’s a list of the top five fine-dining establishments in the North Myrtle Beach area:
* 21 Main: Guests at North Beach Plantation don’t even have to leave the property to find the finest in fine dining on the Grand Strand. The on-site 21 Main offers upscale dining in a formal setting for those with discriminating tastes. Specializing in prime cuts of beef that are aged in-house, fresh catch of the day seafood dishes and creative sushi options, 21 Main also offers excellent service and atmosphere, Perfect for celebrating special occasions, family gatherings or a romantic dinner for two, 21 Main is a multi-time recipient of AAA’s prestigious Four-Diamond Award winner for many reasons – excellence in food, service and venue. Oh, and don’t forget the extensive wine list and delicious dessert cart.
* Brentwood House: Fine dining and an elegant atmosphere come together at this Little River establishment. This former beach house has been transformed into one of the most upscale restaurants on the Grand Strand. Serving French-inspired four-course feasts, dinners can enjoy such rare delicacies as Chateaubriand and escargot. An extensive wine list provides the perfect companion to your meal and the atmosphere. The original house layout features separate dining rooms, making it the ideal location for a private function, and a new outdoor patio deck is a great setting during the warmer months. Reservations are encouraged.
* Greg Norman’s Australian Grille: Sports fans know Greg Norman as an accomplished international golfer, but foodies are finding out that “The Shark” also has a knack for fine dining. Norman’s namesake restaurant brings top-notch cuisine from the Land Down Under to provide a unique dining experience for his friends in America. Rock-lobster tail, giant prawns, New Zealand rack of lamb and thick cuts of meats are among the many menu items that Norman’s is famous. Located at Barefoot Landing, just across Highway 17 from North Beach Plantation, Norman’s offers an elegant atmosphere and a scenic view of the Intracoastal Waterway from its patio deck. Norman’s is also famous for its international wine list.
* Joe’s Bar & Grill: Between Joe’s Crab Shack and Joe’s Hamburger Shack and the famous ad campaign “Eat at Joe’s,” this plain-named eatery might get lost in the mix of all the Joe’s if not for the excellent food and atmosphere. Located just outside the North Beach Plantation entrance, Joe’s Bar & Grill seems an unassuming place from the street. But step inside and onto the back patio deck overlooking a salt marsh and you are in a different world. Creative dishes are the signature of this café, utilizing fresh local seafood and prime cuts of beef, veal and poultry to make some magic in kitchen. The food is fine dining but the environment is semi-casual, offering a laid-back place to enjoy award-winning creations.
* SeaBlue Wine Bar & Restaurant: Discover a metropolitan dining experience in the heart of North Myrtle Beach at this trendy tapas eatery. Featuring small serving samples of flavorful dishes, SeaBlue serves many items you won’t find anywhere else on the Grand Strand. As the name indicates, SeaBlue is as much a wine bar and a restaurant. Featuring rare vintages from all over the world, SeaBlue’s bar also serves unique blends of martinis. The blue and green décor create a relaxed atmosphere that is perfect for a romantic date of plate sharing.