There are lots of great reasons to stay at Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach – the clean and comfortable oceanfront accommodations, the wide range of outstanding amenities and the abundance of water facilities. But one of the most overlooked advantages is its close proximity to some of the best dining on the Grand Strand. Here are 10 great places to dine within walking distance of the resort:
Banana Boat/Cafe DuPort: Ocean Reef guests don't have to look very far to find great food and drinks. The on-site Banana Boat Lounge serves cold and frozen drinks by the poolside deck, as well as an indoor/outdoor dining area with burgers and more. The on-site Cafe DuPort serves a full breakfast each morning.
Bonefish Grill: Excellent seafood is only a few blocks away at this national chain. The Bang Bang Shrimp and Ahi Tuna are two of its most popular appetizers, and the dinner menu is filled with tasty dishes from the sea. The bar makes a mean martini.
Boom Boom Wine Room: Located at the nearby Northwoods Shopping Center, this upscale wine tasting room recently added a full lunch and dinner menu to its lineup. Enjoy an array of flavors to go with the extensive wine list in an elegant atmosphere. The farm-to-table philosophy comes through in the fresh salads and soups, and the entrees are a collection of creative recipes designed for discriminating tastes.
Collector's Cafe: This fine-dining establishment doubles as an art gallery. It's a fitting combo since the chef at Collector's regards food preparation as an art form. Fresh local shrimp, scallops and fish paired with filet medallions make a perfect surf-and-turf feast. Collector’s also features a European-style coffee room featuring a wide selection of exotic coffees, teas
Flamingo Grill: Located only two blocks from Ocean Reef, this local eatery specializes in fresh local seafood and mouth-watering prime rib. Be sure to try the house special Lobster Chunks as an appetizer or meal. The bar serves some of the most creative martinis in town.
Liberty Tap Room & Grill: This locally owned chain of brew pubs, including its sister restaurant at Broadway at the Beach, is a short walk from the resort. Excellent steaks combine with the fresh-brewed beers for an excellent meal hot off the grill. Liberty also boasts one of the best happy hours in town, with $2 house brews and half-priced appetizers.
Lombardo's: This restaurant is known for its international cuisine, especially its wide selection of Italian favorites. Enjoy some of the great dishes of Europe under one roof. An extensive wine list and dessert cart make Lombardo’s a great place to dine from start to finish.
Outback Steakhouse: This national chain is famed for its thick, juicy steaks and the massive Bloomin' Onion. Add on grilled shrimp or lobster tails to make it a surf-and-turf combo, and finish it off by sharing a huge serving of Chocolate Thunder from Down Under. Outback also offers a convenient take-out service if you want to enjoy a nice meal back at the resort.
River City Cafe: Located only a block from the resort on Ocean Boulevard, this local chain serves some of the best hamburgers on the Grand Strand. A long list of novelty burgers with gourmet toppings ensures the perfect burger for everyone in the family.
Sam's Corner: Hungry for a late-night snack? Sam's Corner is only a short stroll away and is open 24 hours a day. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner at any hour of the day, Sam's is famous for its Ocean Burger and Foot-Long Hot Dogs.