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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 #163 of 744 restaurants in Myrtle Beach
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Soups, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children
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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Latrobe, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We visited this buffet for the crab legs. After waiting in line for 5 minutes, we each got two sets of crab legs. They were cold and could not get meat out. Went back for more and they were same. I asked the waiter why it's like this and he said that's the way we do it here. I asked... More

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Raeford
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

My family and I waited for 1 hour to be seated. Not bad for Myrtle Beach Calabash. BUT....my favorite food is STEAMED OYSTERS. My family and I were finally seated and then proceeded to the food lines. I went thru the oyster line but NO steamed oysters. I asked a manager and he said "yea...they are over there", I asked... More

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

What a disappointment. Fried shrimp was tasteless as were most things on Buffett....the scallops?? Let's just say, I've never seen scallops look like that before. Crab legs are good, but,that's about it...PACKED full of,people. The staff was friendly, but,for the price and quality of food....go somewhere else. I will NOT be back. Try The sea captains house or pier 14... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

First time to Myrtle Beach and we went on recommendation from a few different sources. The wait is extremely long told 30 minutes was more like 45-50 and the place smelled like an old basement. The restroom is disgusting only around 5 stalls for hundreds of diners...that is NOT an exaggeration! The lines for food are ridiculous. I said forget... More

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

5 families were charged a gratuity of over $100 plus tax plus the price of the meals! Buffet is $31.95 per person for ages 13 and above. What a ripoff and total disappointment. The restaurant was packed with people! The parking lot was packed! Customer can't order seafood buffet without crab legs even if you don't want crab legs so... More

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Wanted this to be a better experience than it was. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed with the food offered, the quality of it, and especially so in the context of the price. As others have noted, this is not worth the money or risk. There are much better seafood buffets available in Myrtle and North Myrtle.

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Cloquet, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I was recently a customer at this establishment, and would not recommend it to anyone. I am from Minnesota, and our local casino has a much better seafood buffet for half the price. I thought that being thus was located on the Atlantic coast I was going to experience fantastic seafood, but this was not the case. We paid 150... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My crew love the crab legs so we eat enough for that $31 cover. The other food on the so called 170 items buffet are just ok. Also go early this place gets packed and the wait can be a pain at times. But overall it's cool.

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Canton, Ohio
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

All I can say is YUCK! Even though we knew we were going to spend a small fortune eating here, I would have rather done something better with my $120.00 (for 3 adults). The crab legs were very small, therefore it was hard to get the meat out of them, and the other food was cold. The only good things... More

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salisbury, nc
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6 reviews 6 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Food, service, atmosphere were all EXCELLENT !!!! seated within mins of arrival many items on buffet bar. can not wait to return

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