While we’re often accused of being the “Redneck Riviera” here, a town filled to the brim with tourist trap theme restaurants, fast food joints and all-you-can-eat buffets, there’s more to Myrtle Beach restaurants than meets the eye.
In fact, we’ve got a great infusion of foreign culture throughout area eateries, with many visitors and workers from all over the world coming to visit Myrtle Beach and then deciding later to call the Grand Strand home and open up eateries devoted to their home country’s cuisine.
And while we may not rival the veritable United Nations of dining options you’ll find in some vacation destinations, it’s likely that if you’ve got a hankering for something a little unusual you can find it here at the beach.
Here’s a look at some of our favorite ethnic restaurants and places serving international cuisine around the area:
• Why it made the list: Enjoy top-notch Bavarian cuisine — authentic German food with an Austrian twist — at this unassuming restaurant located inside a small strip mall storefront. The staff and atmosphere here gets you into an old-world state of mind as you fill up on tons of unique and amazing schnitzel options, bratwurst, german potato salad, potato pancakes and strudel for dessert. • Why it made the list: When it comes to a romantic restaurants in Myrtle Beach, few beat the experience of this French bistro, located within a historic house in Little River. From its extensive wine list and fancy four course meals to the attentive staff and ghost stories from the chef it’s a “must-try” spot for date night or any night. • Why it made the list: This amazing Asian fusion spot with decor and a unique atmosphere has locations in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. Lots of different styles of tasty noodles to choose from and some great healthy and vegetarian options as well. • Why it made the list: Specializing in European and Continental Cuisine, this “restaurant of excellence” is as notable for its unique and cozy interior lined with bookshelves as it is for the food it serves. Come enjoy scrumptious soups and appetizers, fine wines and an amazing selection of entrees that range from Steak, Chicken and Salmon to Duck, Veal and Escargot. • Why it made the list: If you like eating with your fingers — and who doesn’t? — you’ll enjoy the unique dining experience of the area’s first and only Ethiopian restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach. Here, you can sample Doro Wat (chicken) and Kei Wat (Beef) as well as tons of great vegetarian dishes and sides all sauted in a unique blend of spices and served atop a tasty flatbread, which you tear apart to scoop up these flavorful bites of African cuisine. • Why it made the list: It’s not exactly an “authentic” Mexican restaurant, but this locally-owned spot in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach has plenty of character and excellent cuisine that’s worth checking out. The eclectic atmosphere of this hidden gem is highlighted by funky decor featuring colorful artwork, a chalkboard menu and a fun and friendly staff of locals. Some of the best fish tacos around and amazing quesadillas as well. • Why it made the list: It’s a bit hidden — tucked into a corridor off of U.S. 501 that’s mostly traveled by locals — but if you can manage to hunt down this combination restaurant/market you’ll be glad you did. The small cafe serves up big taste in nearly every dish, and having sampled everything from the hummus, Falafel and Kabobs to the Baba Ganoush, Taboule Salad and Baklava we’ve yet to find anything on the menu that wasn’t great. • Why it made the list: This Pawleys Island Restaurant, bar and wine shop specializes in Mediterranean and World Cuisine and provides a unique, quality dining experience. On the menu there’s everything from Moroccan Poussin (chicken) to Italian Nduja (pork sausage) to Peruvian Tuna, but it’s the excellent craft brew and wine selection as well as the attention to details by a knowledgeable staff and owner that really put Perrone’s over the top. • Why it made the list: Another little “hole in the wall” in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, this Jamaican restaurant is located inside a Kings Highway storefront holds a grand total of four tables inside and does much of its business via carryout. But even without much of an ambiance or an extensive menu, the quality of the food makes it worth noting. Basically, they had us a “Jerk Chicken” on this one. • Why it made the list: Though we’ll admit to not being well-versed in the intricacies of Indian cuisine, the curry dishes at this are always quite tasty in our opinion. We’d suggest checking out the lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. so you can get a sampling of all the dif
ferent options, that way you’re sure to find at least something you like.
More ethnic restaurants in Myrtle Beach
Didn’t find what you were looking for above? Click below on any of the Myrtle Beach restaurants from around the world that we’d recommend checking out or visit our World Cuisine page for even more options.
- Caribbean Island Grill (Caribbean)
- Clarendon Cuisine (Jamaican)
- Athena’s Bar & Grill (American/Filipino)
- Abraham’s Gyros
- Collector’s Cafe
- Grecian Delight
- Perrone’s Market Restaurant & Bar
- Coastal Wine Boutique