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“True Dining Experience”
Review of The Parson's Table

The Parson's Table
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Ranked #2 of 71 Restaurants in Little River
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Highway 17
Description: Not only can you get a juicy roast prime rib at The Parson"s Table, but you can eat it inside a church, too. The location remains very much the same structure that it was in 1885, when Little River Methodist Church was built. The cherished establishment first opened its church doors as a restaurant in the late 1970's and has been serving exquisite American steakhouse fare ever since. The restaurant's decor is positively Southern-charm antique, complete with dark wooden walls, stained glass windows and an original Tiffany glass lamp in the main dining room. An award winning wine list graces The Parson's Table as well as an outstanding fresh seafood selection.
Waterford, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“True Dining Experience”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Little River was a drive for Us from South Myrtle Beach, but we had read about it & knew We wanted to try it. The little Church with stained glass windows was a very nice setting & the Food was very, very good. It was a very enjoyable evening.

  • Visited October 2012
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Cape Cod
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95 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A Great Find”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This restaurant is a great find, A unique dining experience with excellent food and service. You should look into the Happy hour from 4:30- 7:00 PM and Early Bird Specials 4:30-5:45 PM. My wife and I ate at the bar and enjoyed several starters. We had mussels, Maryland crab cakes and smoked salmon. The atmosphere is truly awesome. The 150 year old cypress entry doors, the antique stained glass windows lamps are just a plus to the excellent food experience. A walk through the old church is a must.

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  • Visited October 2012
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Cary, NC
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Consistently Excellent...Owner/Chef & Staff Shine”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Fourth time here over three year period..each time it seems better than the last.. Year ago we left our AMEX card; Ed Murray (Owner/Chef) mailed it to us the next day.

Cons first (because so few of them): front stairway entrance is ancient and threatens a fall to less agile patrons...be sure to hold onto railing...one enters bar area first and encounters a dark, less than homey space with only a few stools and hostess desk...not cheery for extended stay but welcoming for a brief drink while table waiting. Happy hour prices apply early hours - good deal .A few Merry-go-Round horses in main dining room are grossly out of place and actually detract from the "churchy" feel of the interior - seems like someone coudln't bear to part with them so they got stuck there.

Pros: Endless! Superb choice of just about every food genre imaginable. Really. However, bring your own flashlight because it is almost impossible to read the menu by ambient light...the whole dining area in main part is very dark; server tried to locate a house flashlight but none could be found...fortunately my wife had one hidden in the bottom of her purse and to our surprise it worked.

Service was punctual, professional and courteous.at 6:00PM reservation and a substitute table quickly offered when the first was rejected (facing wall). Server Rob immediately appeared with comp herb cheese ball and fresh crackers. Although not listed as available KJ Reserve chardonnay by the glass was produced upon request at $7.50 which was very good price. Especially since wife accidently spilled 1/2 the glass after a few sips and Rob immediately brought new full glass without charge! One does not often come across that kind of concern for the patron. Kudoes to Rob and management.

We shared one order of she crab soup which was average in flavor and texture but steaming hot as was requested. Wife ordered end cut (yes it was made available) of prime rib roast served with sweet potato puree and green beans (the latter being mediocre since we are not much on green beans). However, the 12 oz.(cut is offered in three thicknesses/prices) end cut of beef was done perfectly as ordered (medium rare), cut with a fork and sent the taste buds to heaven. One of the best if not THE best slice of prime beef (ouside perhaps of Ruth's Chris). If you are beef-eater, DON'T miss this one.

I was between the braised short ribs and the breast of duck but as I pondered, my food angel pointed to the ribs so I submitted. What a wonderful treat! Just enough to fully satisfy without left-overs....a well braised serving of dark, juicy, sweet, mouth watering short rib arrived with a sufficient side of mashed potatoes (could have used some gravy from the rib pot and I'm sure I'd have gotten if I asked) and those ever present green beans (still mediocre to our taste).
This will be my standard of taste and re-ordering on our next visit. I saw Ed Murray the chef/owner and asked him how he did the ribs to achieve such excellence thinking a secret ingredient might be ginger snaps (like Grandma used to put in the sauerbraten gravy). Mr Murray parted with his special ingredient but I'll not reveal it even though he did not ask that I do so.....you will have to go to The Parson's Table and find out for yourself!

We split a creme brulee which was also superb although on the small side. If you know where to look on it's website there is usually a 15% discount coupon available which changes from month-to-month (18% gratuity is automatically added to check if coupon is used). Weather permitting there is often a gathering of golfers dining here after the round; they can be boisterous (depending on who won and who lost).

Bottom line: BY far one of the best restaurants in the Myrtle Beach/Little River area worth a special trip for a special event or for any reason special or not.

  • Visited October 2012
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Virginia
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“On Our Every Trip List!!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We have been visiting North Myrtle Beach for more than 20 years and The Parson's Table is on our list of restaurants to visit every time we are in the area. The food and selection is always great - tuna and steak are always delicious. There was no wait when we were there in October. Beautiful setting.

  • Visited October 2012
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Coppell, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Can't say enough good things about the wonderful dinner we enjoyed last night at the Parson's Table in Little River, SC. The menu was extensive, with 5 additional dinner specials added on top, plus appetizers and soups. The mushroom soup was delicious and others at the table raved about the ahi tuna specials. We had great service and the setting in the 150 year old church was great. Beautiful stained glass, smaller rooms allowed for more intimate table seatings. We did have a table full of fairly drunk, obnoxious revelers nearby which did slightly dampen the meal, but once they left, atmosphere improved for all. Great service by Robert, enjoyed a anniversary dessert on the house and a good time was had by all. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to celebrate a special occasion with good food, good friends/family and good times!

Visited October 2012
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