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“Wait wait and wait!”

The Original Benjamin's Calabash Seafood
Ranked #64 of 893 Restaurants in Myrtle Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Soups
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Description: A landmark of the Grand Strand, The Original Benjamin's Calabash Seafood serves fresh local seafood daily. Our award-winning buffet is world-famous for introducing the Myrtle Beach area to cooking seafood Calabash style, which is lightly battered and deep-fried. If great food and a good time are what you're craving, then you've found the place. So sail on in for the adventures of a true nautical dining experience, and save room for an abundance of sensational food and memories
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wait wait and wait!”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

Ate here for years. Stopped about 3 years ago because of just what we saw again this evening. Waited to enter even though we were there at 415pm. Then we waited to get in line to wait for food. As always over crowded, cannot imagine how fire marshal allows so many people in such tight quarters. Food was mostly fried fare and over fried to boot. Most was cold so must set in back before being brought out. Was handed 2 clumps of crab legs after standing in line over 5 minutes for more you must return to back of line and wait again. Waited in line for desert selection of stale cakes and all ice cream was apportioned by employee. Then to top it off waited to get in bathroom to wash hands after eating. Suffice it to say we will NEVER EVER eat here again! Beware! Much better venues for better meal

  • Visited August 2013
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Conyers, GA
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Pretty good”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

This is the second time visiting this place. The first time was much better. I'm not sure if coming back the second time was a good choice becuase its very expensive. The food quality has went down and the hush puppies were'nt as good as the first time. I will probably try another place next year.

Visited July 2013
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Washington DC
Level 6 Contributor
147 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great with food allergies!”
Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

We went her for our second time. This year we had our daughters food allergies to worry about. Our waitress, Catie, was fantastic! Her service was excellent and she was able to tell us what was safe for our daughter to eat. They even made her corn without butter. We were impress with how accommodating they were. Buffet price for kids is a deal! My wife said the oysters were great as we're the other seafood items. As a vegetarian, the buffet had several things, but it was hard to justify the price. That said, the Tomato pie was heavenly, as the asparagus! This is a great place and if you go around 4pm, not too crowded, either.

Visited August 2013
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Fulton, New York
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Annual Crab Legs Contest”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

We go here every year for an annual crab legs contest with our daughters to see who can eat the most. The crab legs here are always fresh and tasty.

Visited August 2013
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Morgantown, West Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Too Exspensive.”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

Not rating this on a food basis. I,m sure the food is great if you can afford to eat there. At 30.00 a person, too expensive fo a seafood buffet. No one I know can eat 30.00 worth of food.

Visited August 2013
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