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Original Benjamin's Calabash

9593 North Kings Hwy, Restaurant Row, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
843 449 0821
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Ranked #139 of 723 restaurants in Myrtle Beach
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Soups, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Featured in "Southern Living" and "Gourmet" magazines nationally. A true landmark of the Grand Strand. The Original Benjamin's Calabash Seafood is the largest Calabash seafood in the world! The restaurant spectacular all-you-can-eat buffet features over 170 items created from the freshest ingredients. Operating our own private shrimp boats allows us to serve you the highest quality seafood available. Some favorites from the sea include fried, broiled and steamed selections of shrimp, oysters, scallops, clams and fish including flounder, mahi-mahi, salomon and tuna, just to name a few. You will also find deviled crab, crab cakes and of course all-you-can eat crab legs. The buffet offers a scrumptious selection of steaks, chicken, barbecue, made-to-order pastas, fresh vegetables and many more culinary creations! The abundant salad bar and homemade soups are sure to please everyone, and prize-winning hush puppies, freshly-baked breads, melt-in-your-mouth cookies, and delectable desserts are prepared daily in the restaurant's in-house bakery.
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Charlotte, NC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Try everything on the buffet to get your monies worth. Most of the items were good. Some, not so much. I'm not a huge fan of the desserts.

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PA
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Neither my husband nor I eat seafood, but visited with a group. There was plenty of non-seafood (and even vegetarian) food. The food was on the upper scale of good for buffet food. The best thing was that the temperature of the hot foods was hot, not lukewarm or cold. Waitress was friendly and attentive.

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Spring Lake, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Maybe better in peak season but not great when we were there. Especially for the money. Look for better option

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Harrogate, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

It was a little pricey, but they had a great many choices of buffets, & the biggest dessert buffet I've ever seen, with very tasty choices.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I try different seafood buffets each time we go and this one is the best by far! We've decided to stick with this one from now on! They have a variety that is not just seafood, which is good for my husband. Their crab legs are awesome and their staff is always great! Be sure to get the coupon from... More

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Beamsville, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Upon entering a pirate greeted us and gave us some mardi gras necklaces, the kids really enjoyed this part. Then once inside a hostess brought us through the restaurant and gave us a breakdown of the enormous buffet telling us where we could find different types of food, which was very helpful. This is one of the best seafood buffets... More

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Picked this restaurant after reading reviews & tips for the million seafood buffets on Kings Hwy. If you can sit and eat a large amount of crab legs this place is for you; they are steamed perfectly. The food was average but there was great variety. Wasn't impressed with the prime rib or the crab bisque but the fish bites,... More

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

This is the best seafood restaurant in Myrtle Beach. The seafood is fresh and prepared well. The choices are vast, from seafood prepared many ways to steak and chicken. I dare you to walk away hungry. The service is top notch and the food is always hot. The cost is a bit pricy, but worth it. We have been to... More

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

What an experience at The Original Benjamins Calabash - others have tried to imitate the name, but make sure you go to "THE ORIGINAL." We've dined there 4 times, have taken 3 different couples there and everyone raves about the quality and quantity of the food. Service is great, the staff is excellent, and the food is fresh, hot, very... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

170+ item buffet including fresh crab legs, calabash bar, pasta bar, dessert bar & every type of seafood, meat & side item imaginable. You won’t leave hungry! Great fresh hush puppies with honey butter delivered right to the table. Food was good, not phenomenal but we were not disappointed. Cost was about $30 adult & less for kids + drinks…... More

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