We Know the 10 Best Pawleys Island Restaurants!

Are you looking for a culinary adventure in Pawleys Island? Look no further than the 10 Best Pawleys Island Restaurants. You don’t have to travel far for an exceptional meal. From upscale dining to beach bites, there’s something for everyone on this list.

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The 10 Best Pawleys Island Restaurants

Rustic Table

$$ | Upscale Southern Cuisine | Family Friendly

10683 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Just off Ocean Highway lies Rustic Table. This southern gem serves crispy smash burgers, juicy chicken biscuits, and classic shrimp and grits. While you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, we recommend ordering their Brisket Sandwich and pairing it with their delicious Bloody Mary.

Insider’s Tip: This place is POPULAR with locals and out-of-towners alike, so be sure to make a reservation!


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Pawley’s Raw Bar

$$ | Funky, Low-Key Seafood Eatery | Family Friendly

9448 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

If you’re looking to sample a Lowcountry boil, this is the place to go! Pawley’s Raw Bar is a no-fuss seafood shack that doesn’t skimp on the portions. We recommend the gator bites and the smothered chicken sandwich (if you’re not partial to seafood).

Insider’s Tip: Pawley’s Raw Bar is great for kiddos! They have coloring activities, lots to look at inside, and a kid’s menu offering items like chicken tenders for the picky eater and flounder for adventurous little ones.


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Austin’s Ocean One

$$$ | Seasonal New American | Finer Dining

1 Norris Dr, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Ocean views and top-notch dining is in store for you at Ocean One! Part of Austin’s Restaurant Group, this fine dining location is one of their best. Whether you’re dining for a special occasion or just a random Tuesday, Ocean One is sure to delight. Crowd-favorite dishes include their Prime Angus Ribeye, Lobster Milanese, and New England Clam Chowder.

Insider’s Tip: Choose a reservation during sunset for the most spectacular dining experience.


Bistro 217

$$ | Chic Bistro | Finer Dining

10707 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

With the reputation of “consistently amazing,” it’s hard to pass up a meal at Bistro 217. Known for their excellent breadbasket (did someone say pimento cheese?) and main dishes like Braised Short Ribs and Local Flounder, this restaurant aims to please.

Insider Tip: Request a table in the outdoor courtyard! It’s our favorite way to dine.


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Austin’s Cabana Café

$$ | Casual Beach Bar | Family Friendly

1 Norris Dr, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

What’s better than coastal bites at the beach? Austin’s Cabana Café is an excellent option for families that don’t want to lose too much of their beach day. Our favorite menu items include their Southern Cobb Salad, Famous Fried Grouper Sandwich, and Lobster Lover’s Basket.

Insider’s Tip: Don’t forget to cool down with one of their beach cocktails—you’re on vacation!



$$-$$$ | Brunch Spot | Family Friendly

10880 Ocean Hwy Unit 21, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Located in the Hammock Shops Village of Pawleys Island, Local boasts locally sourced food and ingredients on both the menu & behind the bar and heaping amounts of Pawleys Island hospitality. Don’t visit without sampling their Chicken & Waffles, Fried Oysters, and Spiked Mimosas.

Insider’s Tip: Don’t miss shopping at the Hammock Shops Village before or after your meal. Visit our shopping blog to see some of our favorites!



$$ | Brunch Spot | Family Friendly

10880 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Nothing says “southern” like biscuits! Also located in the Hammock Shops Village, BisQit serves up southern comfort food, craft beers and cocktails, and a good time! Like the name suggests, you’ll definitely want to go for one of their BisQit Sandwiches. Our favorites are the Lowcountry and the Litchfield!

Insider’s Tip: Ask for the Dill Sauce! We’re still trying to get our hands on the secret recipe.


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Café Piccolo

$$$ | Italian Fare | Family Friendly

9428 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585-8259

Café Piccolo brings the Amalfi Coast to the Hammock Coast! Enjoy classic Italian dishes in an innovative and elevated way. Don’t miss their Crab Cakes, Scallops, Mushroom Ragu, and Mussels Alla Piccolo. Named a Traveler’s Choice restaurant by Trip Advisor, it lives up to the accolades.

Insider’s Tip: Save room for dessert! Their Tiramisu and Limoncello Cake are both “to die for” good.


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$$$ | Elevated American | Finer Dining

10434 Ocean Highway Hwy 17 S, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Frank’s has been a Pawleys Island institution since 1988. Featured in Gourmet, Bon Appetite, Southern Living, and National Restaurant Magazines, Frank’s comes highly recommended by locals and visitors alike. Enjoy their classics or sample their locally inspired rotating daily specials.

Insider’s Tip: Hungry for more? Check out Frank’s Outback for dinner or lunch during your trip. Their slightly more casual restaurant is highly unique and just as heavenly.


Perrone’s Restaurant & Bar

$$$ | Global/Mediterranean | Finer Dining

13302 Ocean Hwy Suite ABC, Pawleys Island, SC 29585-7099

Perrone’s fires up global cuisine and inspired dishes. You can expect flavors and influences from India, Thailand, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the American South. We highly recommend their Dry Aged Steaks, Duck Breast, and Fresh Catch. We love pairing dinner with their Barrel Aged Old Fashioned, Bees Knees, or a hand-selected wine from their 16-page wine list! You simply must dine here.

Insider’s Tip: Don’t miss their house-made ice cream!

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