When you think of Myrtle Beach restaurants, fine dining might not be the first word that comes to mind. With all of the all-you-can-eat buffets and themed dinner shows it’s easy to miss these local gems. However, there are plenty of fine dining establishments all over the area with every type of cuisine you could imagine. Italian eateries, Chophouses and seafood restaurants all top our list of best fine dining in Myrtle Beach. Dive on in to our list below and find your next date night hot spot.

The Melting Pot

5001 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC

The Melting Pot consistently ranks at the top of the list of romantic restaurants in Myrtle Beach each year. The cozy restaurant features private booths, dim lighting, and unique eats. Fondue selections make up most of the menu and each one is carefully whipped up right at your table for two. Top picks include Bacon and Brie, White Chocolate Crème Brulee, and Flaming Turtle chocolate fondue. The Melting Pot also offers an extensive wine list as well as locally crafted cocktails. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Aspen Grille

5101 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC

Aspen Grille prides itself on serving Fresh Carolina Cuisine in a fine dining setting. The popular Myrtle Beach restaurant features local ingredients with both a classic and Southern twist. Popular dishes include Panko Crusted NC Mountain Trout, Shrimp and Grits, Grilled Fish of the Day, and a long list of Dry Aged U.S.D.A. Prime Beef. The hand selected wine list features wines by the glass or bottle from all over the world and live music can be heard several days each week.

Thoroughbred’s Chophouse & Seafood Grille

9706 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC

Thoroghbreds Myrtle Beach

Located in the historic Restaurant Row section, Thoroughbred’s Chophouse and Seafood Grille has been serving some of the best steaks in northern Myrtle Beach since 1988. The restaurant features six different dining areas including favorites like the Paddock Porch and The Derby Room. The menu offers hand carved steaks aged at least 28 days as well as seafood dishes, salads, starters and desserts. Flaming Bananas Foster is the perfect way to top off your romantic dinner as you watch it prepared tableside by your server.

The Library Restaurant

6613 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC

The Library Myrtle Beach

The Library Restaurant opened in 1974 in downtown Myrtle Beach and has since moved to a newer, larger location just a few miles north. The fine dining establishment prides itself on their traditional tableside service with dishes like Steak Diane with creamy mushroom Demi or Filet au Poivre. Other highlights include Baked Escargot, Lobster Cocktail, Library Mushrooms baked with Gruyere and table-side Caesar salad. Continue your date night with a trip to 88 Keys Piano Bar next door.

Ciao! Italian Restaurant

5223 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC

Ciao Italian Myrtle Beach

This quaint Italian restaurant in Myrtle Beach is a hit among visitors and locals looking for a romantic night out. Ciao! Italian Restaurant proudly serves traditional homemade pastas and classics as well as fresh seafood dishes and specials each night. The Spinach and Walnut Ravioli are a fan favorite along with the crab-stuffed Portabella Mushroom appetizer. Other picks include Chicken or Veal Picatta, Antipasto for two or four, Prince Edward Island Mussels, and Baked Clams. Ask your server for wine pairings to go with your meal.

New York Prime

405 28th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach, SC

New York Prime Myrtle Beach

Steak lovers can’t leave the beach without trying New York Prime. This supper club-like restaurant features a la carte steaks and seafood that have impressed guests for more than two decades. All steaks are aged 28 days and are served Pittsburgh-style on a sizzling cast iron platter. New York Prime offers a wide variety of appetizers including Oysters Rockefeller, Colossal Shrimp or Lump Crab cocktails, and Thick Cut Sizzling Bacon. Reservations are recommended year-round.

Hook & Barrel Restaurant

8014 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC

Hook and Barrell Myrtle Beach

Hook and Barrel Restaurant is owned by Heidi Vukov who opened the famed Croissants Bistro and Bakery years before. This casual fine dining spot offers guests a “fresh take on dining” with a focus mainly on seafood. Start off with the Seafood Tower which is a seasonal medley of the chef’s choice of fresh seafood. If that’s not enough, choose your favorite fresh fish from the menu and have it prepared your way with whatever sauce you like. Other menu features include Oysters a la Heidi stuffed with bacon, spinach, onions, marscapone, Sambuca and a special hollandaise seauce, Fried Flounder and Grits, and Grilled Duroc Pork Chop.

Looking for fine dining a little further north? This list of restaurants can help you find just what you’re looking for around North Myrtle Beach.

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