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Gulfstream Cafe

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1536 South Waccamaw Drive, Garden City Beach, SC 29576 (Atlantic Avenue)
Water taxi is available at Marlin Quay Marina.
843.651.8808
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4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Voted “best restaurant with a view” and “most romantic” by The Sun News...
Voted “best restaurant with a view” and “most romantic” by The Sun News; Gulfstream Cafe is the only restaurant on the Strand overlooking the ocean on one side and Murrells Inlet on the other. Watch the sun set from the upstairs bar or deck and savor the creamy She-Crab soup, jumbo lump Crab Cakes, daily catch or Southern favorites- such as fried Lobster Tail. Offering something for everyone: live music, seasonal Oyster Roasts and Sunday brunch with a build your own Bloody Mary bar. Located at the south end of Garden City next to Marlin Quay Marina.
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    Very good
  • 51
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  • 23
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Anniversary dinner

Always love Gulfstream Cafe and this trip was no exception. Have to get the oysters Rockefeller and grouper francais every time. The food never disappoints. Our server was very sweet but seemed a little new. Not clearing plates or putting them on a tray right by the table..a little retraining for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
CBear1968
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Roanoke, Virginia
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Richmond, Virginia
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

We all know that first visits, like first impressions, can be misleading. But I'm betting that the Gulfstream Cafe is a year-round favorite with the locals. First, the food, which we thought was excellent. The appetizer of She-Crab Soup was rich, thick, with plenty of crab. We both chose the Grouper Francaise as our main course ($24.50). A generous portion... More 

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Shelby, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

I was surprised that I had not already reviewed this fine establishment. We have been coming here for years! First, you have to make a decision-- 4-5:30 is when they run their early bird specials-- great food and great prices, but no reservations and sometimes in the summer that can be an issue.(unless you go to the roof top bar,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

We love Gulf Stream! Always our first stop for dinner! Food is amazing!! And the staff is always wonderful!

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Roanoke, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Always love Gulfstream Cafe and this trip was no exception. Have to get the oysters Rockefeller and grouper francais every time. The food never disappoints. Our server was very sweet but seemed a little new. Not clearing plates or putting them on a tray right by the table..a little retraining for an upscale restaurant. Otherwise, the server was over the... More 

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

A friend told me about the early bird dinner at Gulfstream Cafe. Completely different menu with entree/sides, salad and coffee/tea included for $12.95. My husband chose the filet medallions (two 3 oz) with two sides. I chose fried scallops and oysters with 1 side. Including each of us ordering a glass of wine, meal was under $50. Prompt service was... More 

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Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

One of our favorite restaurants in South Carolina. The service is always great as well as the food. Plan on coming in early though as parking can be a little tight during peak times.

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Cumming, Georgia, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We eat here every year! This is a local favorite and once you try it you will see why! If you arrive between 4-5:30 you can get early bird. It's best to arrive early first come first serve!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We ate outside with a beautiful sunset. Everything was excellent from the drinks (mine was a Mohito) to the desserts. Tim took very good care of us. The crab cakes and grouper were exceptional. We will be back next year.

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Florence, South Carolina
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Enjoyed the food, the view and the ambiance of dining on the deck with a view of the sunset. She Crab soup is the best I've had by far.

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Stallings, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Great calamari. Great salads. Best crab cakes I have ever had. Tgese place is excellent. We will be back the next beach trip!! 5 stars!!!

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Additional Information about Gulfstream Cafe

Address: 1536 South Waccamaw Drive, Garden City Beach, SC 29576
Phone Number: 843.651.8808
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Garden City Beach
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1536 South Waccamaw Drive, Garden City Beach, SC 29576
    (Atlantic Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: Water taxi is available at Marlin Quay Marina.
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Garden City Beach
  • Phone Number: 843.651.8808

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic

Description

Voted “best restaurant with a view” and “most romantic” by The Sun News; Gulfstream Cafe is the only restaurant on the Strand overlooking the ocean on one side and Murrells Inlet on the other. Watch the sun set from the upstairs bar or deck and savor the creamy She-Crab soup, jumbo lump Crab Cakes, daily catch or Southern favorites- such as fried Lobster Tail. Offering something for everyone: live music, seasonal Oyster Roasts and Sunday brunch with a build your own Bloody Mary bar. Located at the south end of Garden City next to Marlin Quay Marina.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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