One thing we all have in common is the never-ending search for new and amazing places to dine out. Whether you’re driving there or paddling up in your one-man kayak, these dockside restaurants in South Carolina all dish up terrific food that’s perfect for satisfying an itch for all sorts of local and regional cuisine. For surf or turf, these 11 eateries deliver your main dish with a side of amazing views.
1. Hudson's Seafood House - Hilton Head
Dining here may afford you the best happy hour views on Hilton Head Island, but it also guarantees you'll have seafood so fresh you may think it's still swimming! Hudson's has been a local fave since 1967. Lowcountry seafood is at its finest at this dockside restaurant.
1 Hudson Rd., Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
2. Fleet Landing Restaurant and Bar - Charleston
Aside from enjoying the great ocean breeze and all the tremendous photos you'll walk away with at Fleet Landing, you'll also find a hearty menu with both regional and more mainstream American fare. Whatever you're craving, from cheeseburgers to shrimp and grits, you'll find it at this waterside restaurant atop a wharf in downtown Charleston.
186 Concord St., Charleston, SC 29401
3. Tiki Hut Lakeside Grill - Seneca
The perfect lakeside dining experience in the Upstate awaits at Seneca's Tiki Hut. Order up a side of lunch or dinner with the amazing view you'll have from where you're seated, inside or out. And we think the Tiki Hut has pretty much topped the charts for creating the most beautiful plate of nachos in the entire state! Order one for yourself and then enjoy it while you browse the menu for other delectable items on which to nosh.
156 Keowee Marina Dr., Seneca, SC 29672
4. Bowens Island - Charleston
Bowens Island is a Lowcountry institution. They've been located here in the same spot tucked away enroute to Folly Beach since 1946 and folks either love it or they don't. Load up on locally harvested oysters, fresh shrimp, frogmore stew and hushpuppies while you enjoy the incredible views.
1870 Bowens Island Rd., Charleston, SC 29412
5. Dave's Dockside - Murrells Inlet
Nothing delivers the promise of mouthwatering seafood more than a restaurant located next to or on a dock. Such is the case at Dave's Dockside. Family owned since 1974, Dave's dishes up a cozy casual atmosphere with top notch seafood and breathtaking views. For seafood that has some traditional Lowcountry flair, this is the spot for you!
4037 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
6. Vickerys Bar & Grill - Mount Pleasant
Overlooking the famed Shem Creek along Charleston Harbor in Mt. Pleasant, Vickery's Bar & Grill offers both indoor and outside dining options from high above the docks the big shrimp trawlers call home. Choose from a wide variety on their menu of both regional flavors and more mainstream American fare.
1313 Shrimp Boat Ln., Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
7. T-Bones on the Lake - Lake Wylie
At T-Bones, the views are every bit as delicious as the food. The fish tacos shown above look delish! Dock and dine if you're out for a sunny day on the lake, or cruise up in more traditional transportation.
3990 Charlotte Hwy., Lake Wylie, SC 29710
8. Gilligan's Seafood at the Dock - Moncks Corner
Park your car or your boat and head into Gilligans' Moncks Corner location for some of their signature dishes including shrimp, grilled fresh fish and their never-ending hush puppies. Imagine the mound of food you'll get if the plate shown above is a lunch portion!
582 Dock Rd., Moncks Corner, SC 29461
9. Mac Daddy's - Cross
For some of the best home cookin' on the lake, head to Mac Daddy's on the diversion canal and order up this hearty and tasty double cheeseburger. They're also known for having one of the best steaks on the lake too.
139 Canal Landing Rd., Cross, SC 29436
10. Harris Landing - Greenwood
Are you a Tiger fan? You won't miss a single moment of the game at this lakeside eatery on Lake Greenwood. To ensure you have enough energy for all that cheering, order the burger shown above. The Boat Trash Burger is piled high with homemade chili, bacon, two types of cheese, mushrooms, and a whole slew of other toppings including jalapeños! Yum. Yes, please.
5120 Old Laurens Rd., Greenwood, SC 29649
11. Big Tuna Raw Bar - Georgetown
The inside of Big Tuna (as it's called from the Harborwalk entrance) is entirely as unassuming as the outside. With bare bones nautical decor and raw, weathered wood features, the focus here is entirely on the delicious seafood found at this Georgetown eatery that visitors love so much.
807 Front St., Georgetown, SC 29440
If you’ve already tried any of these we’d love to hear your feedback in the comments… and of course, if we neglected to list your favorite dockside restaurant then feel free to add it to the list!